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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 computational biology.

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Student Publications

Dynamic enhancers control skeletal muscle identity and reprogramming.

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

PLoS Biol. 2019 Oct 7;17(10):e3000467. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000467. [Epub ahead of print]

Long-term Persistence of an Extensively Drug Resistant Subclade of Globally Distributed Pseudomonas aeruginosa Clonal Complex 446 in an Academic Medical Center.

Pincus NB, Bachta KER, Ozer EA, Allen JP, Pura ON, Qi C, Rhodes NJ, Marty FM, Pandit A, Mekalanos JJ, Oliver A, …

Clin Infect Dis. 2019 Oct 4. pii: ciz973. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciz973. [Epub ahead of print]

Acute Megakaryocytic Leukemia.

McNulty M, Crispino JD.

Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med. 2019 Sep 23. pii: a034884. doi: 10.1101/cshperspect.a034884. [Epub ahead of print]

Employing PEG crosslinkers to optimize cell viability in gel phase bioinks and tailor post printing mechanical properties.

Rutz AL, Gargus ES, Hyland KE, Lewis PL, Setty A, Burghardt WR, Shah RN.

Acta Biomater. 2019 Sep 17. pii: S1742-7061(19)30619-1. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2019.09.007. [Epub ahead of print]

Spinal cord injury results in chronic mechanical stiffening.

Cooper JG, Sicard D, Sharma S, Van Gulden S, McGuire TL, Cajiao MP, Tschumperlin DJ, Kessler J.

J Neurotrauma. 2019 Sep 13. doi: 10.1089/neu.2019.6540. [Epub ahead of print]

PLIN2 Functions as a Novel Link between Progesterone Signaling and Metabolism in Uterine Leiomyoma Cells.

Okeigwe I, Bulun S, Liu S, Rademaker AW, Coon V JS, Kujawa S, Robins J, Yin P.

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2019 Jul 23. pii: jc.2019-00762. doi: 10.1210/jc.2019-00762. [Epub ahead of print]

Activating newborn neurons suppresses depression and anxiety-like behaviors.

Tunc-Ozcan E, Peng CY, Zhu Y, Dunlop SR, Contractor A, Kessler JA.

Nat Commun. 2019 Aug 21;10(1):3768. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-11641-8.

CATACOMB: An endogenous inducible gene that antagonizes H3K27 methylation activity of Polycomb repressive complex 2 via an H3K27M-like mechanism.

Piunti A, Smith ER, Morgan MAJ, Ugarenko M, Khaltyan N, Helmin KA, Ryan CA, Murray DC, Rickels RA, Yilmaz BD, …

Sci Adv. 2019 Jul 3;5(7):eaax2887. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aax2887. eCollection 2019 Jul.

Stenotrophomonas maltophilia Encodes a VirB/VirD4 Type IV Secretion System That Modulates Apoptosis in Human Cells and Promotes Competition against Heterologous Bacteria, Including Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Nas MY, White RC, DuMont AL, Lopez AE, Cianciotto NP.

Infect Immun. 2019 Aug 21;87(9). pii: e00457-19. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00457-19. Print 2019 Sep.

Progressing from Recurring Tissue Injury to Genomic Instability: A New Mechanism of Neutrophil Pathogenesis.

Bui TM, Sumagin R.

DNA Cell Biol. 2019 Aug;38(8):747-753. doi: 10.1089/dna.2019.4842. Epub 2019 Jun 12. Review.

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