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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

Spinal cord injury results in chronic mechanical stiffening.

Cooper JG, Sicard D, Sharma S, Van Gulden S, McGuire TL, Cajiao MP, Tschumperlin DJ, Kessler J.

J Neurotrauma. 2019 Sep 13. doi: 10.1089/neu.2019.6540. [Epub ahead of print]

PLIN2 Functions as a Novel Link between Progesterone Signaling and Metabolism in Uterine Leiomyoma Cells.

Okeigwe I, Bulun S, Liu S, Rademaker AW, Coon V JS, Kujawa S, Robins J, Yin P.

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2019 Jul 23. pii: jc.2019-00762. doi: 10.1210/jc.2019-00762. [Epub ahead of print]

Activating newborn neurons suppresses depression and anxiety-like behaviors.

Tunc-Ozcan E, Peng CY, Zhu Y, Dunlop SR, Contractor A, Kessler JA.

Nat Commun. 2019 Aug 21;10(1):3768. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-11641-8.

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/VirD4 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 Aug 21;87(9). pii: e00457-19. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00457-19. Print 2019 Sep.

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

Bui TM, Sumagin R.

DNA Cell Biol. 2019 Aug;38(8):747-753. doi: 10.1089/dna.2019.4842. Epub 2019 Jun 12. Review.

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]

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