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

Northwestern’s interdisciplinary biomedical PhD training program.

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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 and dual degrees.

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

Association of Atopic Dermatitis With Bacterial, Fungal, Viral, and Sexually Transmitted Skin Infections.

Ren Z, Silverberg JI.

Dermatitis. 2020 Feb 10. doi: 10.1097/DER.0000000000000526. [Epub ahead of print]

ICAM-1 functions as an efferocytosis receptor in inflammatory macrophages.

Wiesolek HL, Bui TM, Lee JJ, Dalal P, Finkielsztein A, Batra A, Thorp EB, Sumagin R.

Am J Pathol. 2020 Feb 5. pii: S0002-9440(20)30021-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2019.12.006. [Epub ahead of print]

Complete Genome Sequence of Klebsiella pneumoniae Strain TK421, a Conjugative Hypervirulent Isolate.

Kochan TJ, Ozer EA, Pincus NB, Fitzpatrick MA, Hauser AR.

Microbiol Resour Announc. 2020 Jan 16;9(3). pii: e01408-19. doi: 10.1128/MRA.01408-19.

The Vibrio cholerae MARTX toxin silences the inflammatory response to cytoskeletal damage before inducing actin cytoskeleton collapse.

Woida PJ, Satchell KJF.

Sci Signal. 2020 Jan 14;13(614). pii: eaaw9447. doi: 10.1126/scisignal.aaw9447.

Endothelial Cell Calcium Signaling during Barrier Function and Inflammation.

Dalal PJ, Muller WA, Sullivan DP.

Am J Pathol. 2019 Dec 19. pii: S0002-9440(19)30863-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2019.11.004. [Epub ahead of print] Review.

The Oncogenic Kaposi's Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus Encodes a Mimic of the Tumor-Suppressive miR-15/16 miRNA Family.

Morrison K, Manzano M, Chung K, Schipma MJ, Bartom ET, Gottwein E.

Cell Rep. 2019 Dec 3;29(10):2961-2969.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2019.11.005.

Direct Cloning Method for Expression of Recombinant Proteins with an Inositol Hexakisphosphate Inducible Self-Cleaving Tag.

Kwon K, Biancucci M, Woida PJ, Satchell KJF.

Methods Mol Biol. 2020;2091:163-179. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-0167-9_15.

In vivo structure of the Legionella type II secretion system by electron cryotomography.

Ghosal D, Kim KW, Zheng H, Kaplan M, Truchan HK, Lopez AE, McIntire IE, Vogel JP, Cianciotto NP, Jensen GJ.

Nat Microbiol. 2019 Dec;4(12):2101-2108. doi: 10.1038/s41564-019-0603-6. Epub 2019 Nov 21.

Elemental Zn and its Binding Protein Zinc-α2-Glycoprotein are Elevated in HPV-Positive Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Poropatich K, Paunesku T, Zander A, Wray B, Schipma M, Dalal P, Agulnik M, Chen S, Lai B, Antipova O, Maxey E, Brown K, …

Sci Rep. 2019 Nov 18;9(1):16965. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-53268-1.

Hyperandrogenemia is Common in Asymptomatic Women and is Associated with Increased Metabolic Risk.

Torchen LC, Tsai JN, Jasti P, Macaya R, Sisk R, Dapas ML, Hayes MG, Urbanek M, Dunaif A.

Obesity (Silver Spring). 2020 Jan;28(1):106-113. doi: 10.1002/oby.22659. Epub 2019 Nov 14.

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