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

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/D4 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 Jun 24. pii: IAI.00457-19. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00457-19. [Epub ahead of print]

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

Bui TM, Sumagin R.

DNA Cell Biol. 2019 Jun 12. doi: 10.1089/dna.2019.4842. [Epub ahead of print]

Cryptochromes-Mediated Inhibition of the CRL4Cop1-Complex Assembly Defines an Evolutionary Conserved Signaling Mechanism.

Rizzini L, Levine DC, Perelis M, Bass J, Peek CB, Pagano M.

Curr Biol. 2019 Jun 17;29(12):1954-1962.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.04.073. Epub 2019 May 30.

Cancer-associated mutation and beyond: The emerging biology of isocitrate dehydrogenases in human disease.

Tommasini-Ghelfi S, Murnan K, Kouri FM, Mahajan AS, May JL, Stegh AH.

Sci Adv. 2019 May 22;5(5):eaaw4543. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw4543. eCollection 2019 May. Review.

CBX2 is required to stabilize the testis pathway by repressing Wnt signaling.

Garcia-Moreno SA, Lin YT, Futtner CR, Salamone IM, Capel B, Maatouk DM.

PLoS Genet. 2019 May 22;15(5):e1007895. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1007895. eCollection 2019 May.

Family-based quantitative trait meta-analysis implicates rare noncoding variants in DENND1A in polycystic ovary syndrome.

Dapas M, Sisk R, Legro RS, Urbanek M, Dunaif A, Hayes MG.

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2019 Apr 30. pii: jc.2018-02496. doi: 10.1210/jc.2018-02496. [Epub ahead of print]

Endometriosis.

Bulun SE, Yilmaz BD, Sison C, Miyazaki K, Bernardi L, Liu S, Kohlmeier A, Yin P, Milad M, Wei J.

Endocr Rev. 2019 Aug 1;40(4):1048-1079. doi: 10.1210/er.2018-00242.

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.

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