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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 and dual degrees.

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

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Ethical Principles in Personal Protective Equipment Inventory Management Decisions and Partnerships Across State Lines During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Merchant T, Hormozian S, Smith RS, Pendergrast T, Siddiqui A, Wen Z, Sheldon M.

Public Health Rep. 2021 Dec 30:333549211058734. doi: 10.1177/00333549211058734. Online ahead of print.

Hippocampal BMP signaling as a common pathway for antidepressant action.

Tunc-Ozcan E, Brooker SM, Bonds JA, Tsai YH, Rawat R, McGuire TL, Peng CY, Kessler JA.

Cell Mol Life Sci. 2021 Dec 22;79(1):31. doi: 10.1007/s00018-021-04026-y.

Translational implications of Th17-skewed inflammation due to genetic deficiency of a cadherin stress sensor.

Godsel LM, Roth-Carter QR, Koetsier JL, Tsoi LC, Huffine AL, Broussard JA, Fitz GN, Lloyd SM, Kweon J, Burks HE, Hegazy M, Amagai S, Harms PW, Xing X, Kirma J, Johnson JL, Urciuoli G, Doglio LT, Swindell WR, Awatramani R, Sprecher E, Bao X, Cohen-Barak E, Missero C, Gudjonsson JE, Green KJ.

J Clin Invest. 2021 Dec 14:e144363. doi: 10.1172/JCI144363. Online ahead of print.

DISE/6mer seed toxicity-a powerful anti-cancer mechanism with implications for other diseases.

Haluck-Kangas A, Patel M, Paudel B, Vaidyanathan A, Murmann AE, Peter ME.

J Exp Clin Cancer Res. 2021 Dec 10;40(1):389. doi: 10.1186/s13046-021-02177-1.

The Astrocyte Type I Interferon Response is Essential for Protection Against Herpes Simplex Encephalitis.

Hayes CK, Giraldo D, Wilcox DR, Longnecker R.

J Virol. 2021 Dec 8:JVI0178321. doi: 10.1128/JVI.01783-21. Online ahead of print.

Identification of Drug Transporter Genomic Variants and Inhibitors that Protect Against Doxorubicin-Induced Cardiotoxicity.

Magdy T, Jouni M, Kuo HH, Weddle CJ, Lyra-Leite D, Fonoudi H, Romero-Tejeda M, Gharib M, Javed H, Fajardo G, Ross CJD, Carleton BC, Bernstein D, Burridge PW.

Circulation. 2021 Dec 7. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.121.055801. Online ahead of print.

HRD1-mediated METTL14 degradation regulates m6A mRNA modification to suppress ER proteotoxic liver disease.

Wei J, Harada BT, Lu D, Ma R, Gao B, Xu Y, Montauti E, Mani N, Chaudhuri SM, Gregory S, Weinberg SE, Zhang DD, Green R, He C, Fang D.

Mol Cell. 2021 Dec 16;81(24):5052-5065.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2021.10.028. Epub 2021 Nov 29.

Herpesviruses assimilate kinesin to produce motorized viral particles.

Pegg CE, Zaichick SV, Bomba-Warczak E, Jovasevic V, Kim D, Kharkwal H, Wilson DW, Walsh D, Sollars PJ, Pickard GE, Savas JN, Smith GA.

Nature. 2021 Nov;599(7886):662-666. doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-04106-w. Epub 2021 Nov 17.

Development of Fe3O4 core-TiO2 shell nanocomposites and nanoconjugates as a foundation for neuroblastoma radiosensitization.

Liu W, Mirzoeva S, Yuan Y, Deng J, Chen S, Lai B, Vogt S, Shah K, Shroff R, Bleher R, Jin Q, Vo N, Bazak R, Ritner C, Gutionov S, Raha S, Sedlmair J, Hirschmugl C, Jacobsen C, Paunesku T, Kalapurkal J, Woloschak GE.

Cancer Nanotechnol. 2021;12(1):12. doi: 10.1186/s12645-021-00081-z. Epub 2021 May 14.

Experimental Colitis Enhances Temporal Variations in CX3CR1 Cell Colonization of the Gut and Brain Following Irradiation.

Batra A, Bui TM, Rehring JF, Yalom LK, Muller WA, Sullivan DP, Sumagin R.

Am J Pathol. 2021 Nov 10:S0002-9440(21)00482-X. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2021.10.013. Online ahead of print.

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