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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Microglia and infiltrating T-cells adopt long-term, age-specific, transcriptional changes after traumatic brain injury in mice.

Chen Z, Islam MBAR, Ford KP, Zhao G, Chen SY, Wang Y, Davis BT 4th, Mentis AA, Schwulst SJ.

Shock. 2022 Nov 7. doi: 10.1097/SHK.0000000000002027. Online ahead of print.

MAGNET: A web-based application for gene set enrichment analysis using macrophage data sets.

Chen SY, Gadhvi G, Winter DR.

PLoS One. 2023 Jan 11;18(1):e0272166. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0272166. eCollection 2023.

CD95/Fas ligand induced toxicity.

Haluck-Kangas A, Peter ME.

Biochem Soc Trans. 2023 Jan 11:BST20211187. doi: 10.1042/BST20211187. Online ahead of print.

Why Some Mice Are Smarter than Others: The Impact of Bone Morphogenetic Protein Signaling on Cognition.

Bonds JA, Tunc-Ozcan E, Dunlop SR, Rawat R, Peng CY, Kessler JA.

eNeuro. 2023 Jan 10;10(1):ENEURO.0213-22.2022. doi: 10.1523/ENEURO.0213-22.2022. Print 2023 Jan.

Epidermal stratification requires retromer-mediated desmoglein-1 recycling.

Hegazy M, Koetsier JL, Huffine AL, Broussard JA, Godsel BM, Cohen-Barak E, Sprecher E, Wolfgeher DJ, Kron SJ, Godsel LM, Green KJ.

Dev Cell. 2022 Dec 19;57(24):2683-2698.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2022.11.010. Epub 2022 Dec 9.

Oncogenic deubiquitination controls tyrosine kinase signaling and therapy response in acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Jin Q, Gutierrez Diaz B, Pieters T, Zhou Y, Narang S, Fijalkwoski I, Borin C, Van Laere J, Payton M, Cho BK, Han C, Sun L, Serafin V, Yacu G, Von Loocke W, Basso G, Veltri G, Dreveny I, Ben-Sahra I, Goo YA, Safgren SL, Tsai YC, Bornhauser B, Suraneni PK, Gaspar-Maia A, Kandela I, Van Vlierberghe P, Crispino JD, Tsirigos A, Ntziachristos P.

Sci Adv. 2022 Dec 9;8(49):eabq8437. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abq8437. Epub 2022 Dec 9.

Characterization of the Illumina EPIC Array for Optimal Applications in Epigenetic Research Targeting Diverse Human Populations.

Zhang Z, Zeng C, Zhang W.

Epigenetics Commun. 2022;2:7. doi: 10.1186/s43682-022-00015-9. Epub 2022 Dec 1.

A deubiquitination module essential for Treg fitness in the tumor microenvironment.

Montauti E, Weinberg SE, Chu P, Chaudhuri S, Mani NL, Iyer R, Zhou Y, Zhang Y, Liu C, Xin C, Gregory S, Wei J, Zhang Y, Chen W, Sun Z, Yan M, Fang D.

Sci Adv. 2022 Nov 25;8(47):eabo4116. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abo4116. Epub 2022 Nov 25.

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.

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