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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.

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Faculty work with students to conduct research across disciplines, including biochemistry, biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neurobiology, pharmacology and computational biology.

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IκB kinase-β regulates neutrophil recruitment through activation of STAT3 signaling in the esophagus.

Wiles KN, Alioto CM, Hodge NB, Clevenger MH, Tsikretsis LE, Lin FTJ, Tétreault MP.

Cell Mol Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2021 Jul 23:S2352-345X(21)00152-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jcmgh.2021.07.007. Online ahead of print.

Loss of TARBP2 Drives the Progression of Hepatocellular Carcinoma via miR-145-SERPINE1 Axis.

Li LM, Chen C, Ran RX, Huang JT, Sun HL, Zeng C, Zhang Z, Zhang W, Liu SM.

Front Oncol. 2021 Jun 24;11:620912. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2021.620912. eCollection 2021.

Tumor-associated neutrophils: orchestrating cancer pathobiology and therapeutic resistance.

Bui TM, Yalom LK, Sumagin R.

Expert Opin Ther Targets. 2021 Jul 16:1-11. doi: 10.1080/14728222.2021.1954162. Online ahead of print.

Human cytomegalovirus exploits TACC3 to control microtubule dynamics and late stages of infection.

Furey C, Astar H, Walsh D.

J Virol. 2021 Jun 30:JVI0082121. doi: 10.1128/JVI.00821-21. Online ahead of print.

Effectors of the Stenotrophomonas maltophilia Type IV Secretion System Mediate Killing of Clinical Isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Nas MY, Gabell J, Cianciotto NP.

mBio. 2021 Jun 29;12(3):e0150221. doi: 10.1128/mBio.01502-21. Epub 2021 Jun 29.

An integrative analysis of genome-wide 5-hydroxymethylcytosines in circulating cell-free DNA detects noninvasive diagnostic markers for gliomas.

Cai J, Zeng C, Hua W, Qi Z, Song Y, Lu X, Li D, Zhang Z, Cui X, Zhang X, Yang Z, Zhang J, Quan K, Zhu W, Cai J, He C, Cheng SY, Zhang W, Mao Y.

Neurooncol Adv. 2021 Apr 16;3(1):vdab049. doi: 10.1093/noajnl/vdab049. eCollection 2021 Jan-Dec.

Young athletes: Preventing sudden death by adopting a modern screening approach? A critical review and the opening of a debate.

Angelini P, Muthupillai R, Lopez A, Cheong B, Uribe C, Hernandez E, Coulter S, Perin E, Molossi S, Gentile F, Flamm S, Lorenz G, D'Ascenzi F, Tobis J, Sarnari R, Corno A, Furgerson J, Chiribiri A, Villa ADM, Orzan F, Brugada P, Jefferies J, Aubry P, Towbin J, Thiene G, Tomanek R.

Int J Cardiol Heart Vasc. 2021 May 28;34:100790. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcha.2021.100790. eCollection 2021 Jun.

Integrated Genomic Analyses of Cutaneous T Cell Lymphomas Reveal the Molecular Bases for Disease Heterogeneity.

Park J, Daniels J, Wartewig T, Ringbloom KG, Martinez-Escala ME, Choi S, Thomas JJ, Doukas PG, Yang J, Snowden C, Law C, Lee Y, Lee K, Zhang Y, Conran C, Tegtmeyer K, Mo SH, Pease DR, Jothishankar B, Kwok PY, Abdulla FR, Pro B, Louissaint A, Boggon T, Sosman J, Guitart J, Rao DA, Ruland J, Choi J.

Blood. 2021 Jun 11:blood.2020009655. doi: 10.1182/blood.2020009655. Online ahead of print.

Desmosomes polarize and integrate chemical and mechanical signaling to govern epidermal tissue form and function.

Broussard JA, Koetsier JL, Hegazy M, Green KJ.

Curr Biol. 2021 Jun 2:S0960-9822(21)00680-1. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.05.021. Online ahead of print.

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