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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences

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, 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 computational biology.

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Student Publications

Small-Molecule MYC Inhibitors Suppress Tumor Growth and Enhance Immunotherapy.

Han H, Jain AD, Truica MI, Izquierdo-Ferrer J, Anker JF, Lysy B, Sagar V, Luan Y, Chalmers ZR, Unno K, Mok H, …

Cancer Cell. 2019 Oct 22. pii: S1535-6108(19)30439-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ccell.2019.10.001. [Epub ahead of print]

Mitochondrial stress causes neuronal dysfunction via an ATF4-dependent increase in L-2-hydroxyglutarate.

Hunt RJ, Granat L, McElroy GS, Ranganathan R, Chandel NS, Bateman JM.

J Cell Biol. 2019 Oct 23. pii: jcb.201904148. doi: 10.1083/jcb.201904148. [Epub ahead of print]

EPHB4 inhibition activates ER stress to promote immunogenic cell death of prostate cancer cells.

Sagar V, Vatapalli R, Lysy B, Pamarthy S, Anker JF, Rodriguez Y, Han H, Unno K, Stadler WM, Catalona WJ, Hussain M, …

Cell Death Dis. 2019 Oct 22;10(11):801. doi: 10.1038/s41419-019-2042-y.

Dynamic enhancers control skeletal muscle identity and reprogramming.

Ramachandran K, Senagolage MD, Sommars MA, Futtner CR, Omura Y, Allred AL, Barish GD.

PLoS Biol. 2019 Oct 7;17(10):e3000467. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000467. eCollection 2019 Oct.

Long-term Persistence of an Extensively Drug Resistant Subclade of Globally Distributed Pseudomonas aeruginosa Clonal Complex 446 in an Academic Medical Center.

Pincus NB, Bachta KER, Ozer EA, Allen JP, Pura ON, Qi C, Rhodes NJ, Marty FM, Pandit A, Mekalanos JJ, Oliver A, …

Clin Infect Dis. 2019 Oct 4. pii: ciz973. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciz973. [Epub ahead of print]

Acute Megakaryocytic Leukemia.

McNulty M, Crispino JD.

Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med. 2019 Sep 23. pii: a034884. doi: 10.1101/cshperspect.a034884. [Epub ahead of print]

Employing PEG crosslinkers to optimize cell viability in gel phase bioinks and tailor post printing mechanical properties.

Rutz AL, Gargus ES, Hyland KE, Lewis PL, Setty A, Burghardt WR, Shah RN.

Acta Biomater. 2019 Sep 17. pii: S1742-7061(19)30619-1. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2019.09.007. [Epub ahead of print]

Spinal Cord Injury Results in Chronic Mechanical Stiffening.

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

J Neurotrauma. 2019 Oct 18. 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 JS, Kujawa S, Robins J, Yin P.

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2019 Dec 1;104(12):6256-6264. doi: 10.1210/jc.2019-00762.

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.

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