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

Genetic Spectrum of Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy.

Gacita AM, McNally EM.

Circ Heart Fail. 2019 Mar;12(3):e005850. doi: 10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.119.005850. No abstract available.

NAD-biosynthetic pathways regulate innate immunity.

Billingham LK, Chandel NS.

Nat Immunol. 2019 Apr;20(4):380-382. doi: 10.1038/s41590-019-0353-x. No abstract available.

Organoids Increase the Predictive Value of in vitro Cancer Chemoprevention Studies for in vivo Outcome.

Njoroge RN, Vatapalli RJ, Abdulkadir SA.

Front Oncol. 2019 Feb 20;9:77. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2019.00077. eCollection 2019.

Neuronal Apolipoprotein E4 increases cell death and p-tau release in Alzheimer's disease.

Wadhwani AR, Affaneh A, Van Gulden S, Kessler JA.

Ann Neurol. 2019 Mar 6. doi: 10.1002/ana.25455. [Epub ahead of print]

Transcriptional Basis for Rhythmic Control of Hunger and Metabolism within the AgRP Neuron.

Cedernaes J, Huang W, Ramsey KM, Waldeck N, Cheng L, Marcheva B, Omura C, Kobayashi Y, Peek CB, Levine DC, Dhir R, …

Cell Metab. 2019 Feb 18. pii: S1550-4131(19)30063-4. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2019.01.023. [Epub ahead of print]

Functional Genetic Variation in the Anti-M├╝llerian Hormone Pathway in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

Gorsic LK, Dapas M, Legro RS, Hayes MG, Urbanek M.

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2019 Feb 20. pii: jc.2018-02178. doi: 10.1210/jc.2018-02178. [Epub ahead of print]

Serine Metabolism Supports Macrophage IL-1╬▓ Production.

Rodriguez AE, Ducker GS, Billingham LK, Martinez CA, Mainolfi N, Suri V, Friedman A, Manfredi MG, Weinberg SE, …

Cell Metab. 2019 Feb 7. pii: S1550-4131(19)30014-2. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2019.01.014. [Epub ahead of print]

Histamine-driven responses are sustained via a bioactive metabolite.

Velez TE, Byrne AJ, Wechsler JB, Krier-Burris RA, Hulse KE, Bryce PJ.

J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2019 Feb 8. pii: S0091-6749(19)30196-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2019.01.037. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

Distinct pathological signatures in human cellular models of myotonic dystrophy subtypes.

Kim EY, Barefield DY, Vo AH, Gacita AM, Schuster EJ, Wyatt EJ, Davis JL, Dong B, Sun C, Page P, Dellefave-Castillo L, …

JCI Insight. 2019 Mar 21;4(6). pii: 122686. doi: 10.1172/jci.insight.122686. eCollection 2019 Mar 21.

Radiation databases and archives - examples and comparisons.

Zander A, Paunesku T, Woloschak G.

Int J Radiat Biol. 2019 Jan 24:1-12. doi: 10.1080/09553002.2019.1572249. [Epub ahead of print]

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