Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences

Comprehensive, interdisciplinary training in modern biomedical sciences.

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Who We Are

The Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary PhD program that trains students in biomedical sciences while giving them the flexibility to pursue a variety of research interests, dual degrees and specialized tracks.

Research and Mentors

Faculty work with students to conduct research across disciplines, including biochemistry, biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neurobiology, pharmacology and biomedical informatics.

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Student Publications

Dynamic repression by BCL6 controls the genome-wide liver response to fasting and steatosis.

Sommars MA, Ramachandran K, Senagolage MD, Futtner CR, Germain DM, Allred AL, Omura Y, Bederman IR, Barish GD.

Elife. 2019 Apr 15;8. pii: e43922. doi: 10.7554/eLife.43922.

Moderate exercise improves function and increases adiponectin in the mdx mouse model of muscular dystrophy.

Zelikovich AS, Quattrocelli M, Salamone IM, Kuntz NL, McNally EM.

Sci Rep. 2019 Apr 8;9(1):5770. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-42203-z.

Association of dermatomyositis with systemic and opportunistic infections in the United States.

Ren Z, Laumann AE, Silverberg JI.

Arch Dermatol Res. 2019 Apr 6. doi: 10.1007/s00403-019-01913-0. [Epub ahead of print]

Activation of MAPK signaling by CXCR7 leads to enzalutamide resistance in prostate cancer.

Li S, Fong KW, Gritsina G, Zhang A, Zhao JC, Kim J, Sharp A, Yuan W, Aversa C, Yang XJ, Nelson PS, Feng FY, …

Cancer Res. 2019 Apr 5. pii: canres.2812.2018. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-18-2812. [Epub ahead of print]

Transcriptional repression by androgen receptor: roles in castration-resistant prostate cancer.

Gritsina G, Gao WQ, Yu J.

Asian J Androl. 2019 Mar 29. doi: 10.4103/aja.aja_19_19. [Epub ahead of print]

Genetic Spectrum of Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy.

Gacita AM, McNally EM.

Circ Heart Fail. 2019 Mar;12(3):e005850. doi: 10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.119.005850. No abstract available.

NAD-biosynthetic pathways regulate innate immunity.

Billingham LK, Chandel NS.

Nat Immunol. 2019 Apr;20(4):380-382. doi: 10.1038/s41590-019-0353-x. No abstract available.

Organoids Increase the Predictive Value of in vitro Cancer Chemoprevention Studies for in vivo Outcome.

Njoroge RN, Vatapalli RJ, Abdulkadir SA.

Front Oncol. 2019 Feb 20;9:77. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2019.00077. eCollection 2019.

Neuronal apolipoprotein E4 increases cell death and phosphorylated tau release in alzheimer disease.

Wadhwani AR, Affaneh A, Van Gulden S, Kessler JA.

Ann Neurol. 2019 Mar 6. doi: 10.1002/ana.25455. [Epub ahead of print]

Transcriptional Basis for Rhythmic Control of Hunger and Metabolism within the AgRP Neuron.

Cedernaes J, Huang W, Ramsey KM, Waldeck N, Cheng L, Marcheva B, Omura C, Kobayashi Y, Peek CB, Levine DC, Dhir R, …

Cell Metab. 2019 Feb 18. pii: S1550-4131(19)30063-4. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2019.01.023. [Epub ahead of print]

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