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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Time-restricted feeding mitigates obesity through adipocyte thermogenesis.

Hepler C, Weidemann BJ, Waldeck NJ, Marcheva B, Cedernaes J, Thorne AK, Kobayashi Y, Nozawa R, Newman MV, Gao P, Shao M, Ramsey KM, Gupta RK, Bass J.

Science. 2022 Oct 21;378(6617):276-284. doi: 10.1126/science.abl8007. Epub 2022 Oct 20.

Druggable host gene dependencies in primary effusion lymphoma.

Kuehnle N, Gottwein E.

Curr Opin Virol. 2022 Sep 28;56:101270. doi: 10.1016/j.coviro.2022.101270. Online ahead of print.

Legionella pneumophila Cas2 Promotes the Expression of Small Heat Shock Protein C2 That Is Required for Thermal Tolerance and Optimal Intracellular Infection.

Campbell JA, Cianciotto NP.

Infect Immun. 2022 Oct 20;90(10):e0036922. doi: 10.1128/iai.00369-22. Epub 2022 Sep 8.

Adoptive B cell therapy for chronic viral infection.

Chung YR, Dangi T, Palacio N, Sanchez S, Penaloza-MacMaster P.

Front Immunol. 2022 Jul 26;13:908707. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2022.908707. eCollection 2022.

FOXA1 inhibits hypoxia programs through transcriptional repression of HIF1A.

Wang X, Brea L, Lu X, Gritsina G, Park SH, Xie W, Zhao JC, Yu J.

Oncogene. 2022 Sep;41(37):4259-4270. doi: 10.1038/s41388-022-02423-6. Epub 2022 Aug 5.

Human CD99L2 Regulates a Unique Step in Leukocyte Transmigration.

Rutledge NS, Ogungbe FT, Watson RL, Sullivan DP, Muller WA.

J Immunol. 2022 Sep 1;209(5):1001-1012. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.2101091. Epub 2022 Aug 1.

GITR agonistic stimulation enhances the anti-tumor immune response in a mouse model of ESCC.

Wiles KN, Tsikretsis LE, Alioto CM, Hermida de Viveiros PA, Villaflor VM, Tétreault MP.

Carcinogenesis. 2022 Oct 22;43(9):908-918. doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgac064.

The Robust Tumoricidal Effects of Combined BET/HDAC Inhibition in Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma Can Be Reproduced by ΔNp73 Depletion.

Zhao L, Hsiao T, Stonesifer C, Daniels J, Garcia-Saleem TJ, Choi J, Geskin L, Rook AH, Wood GS.

J Invest Dermatol. 2022 Dec;142(12):3253-3261.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.jid.2022.06.005. Epub 2022 Jul 1.

C16orf72/HAPSTR1 is a molecular rheostat in an integrated network of stress response pathways.

Amici DR, Ansel DJ, Metz KA, Smith RS, Phoumyvong CM, Gayatri S, Chamera T, Edwards SL, O'Hara BP, Srivastava S, Brockway S, Takagishi SR, Cho BK, Goo YA, Kelleher NL, Ben-Sahra I, Foltz DR, Li J, Mendillo ML.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2022 Jul 5;119(27):e2111262119. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2111262119. Epub 2022 Jul 1.

Pre-illness data reveals differences in multiple metabolites and metabolic pathways in those who do and do not recover from infectious mononucleosis.

Jason LA, Conroy KE, Furst J, Vasan K, Katz BZ.

Mol Omics. 2022 Aug 15;18(7):662-665. doi: 10.1039/d2mo00124a.

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