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

Neutrophil-induced genomic instability impedes resolution of inflammation and wound healing.

Butin-Israeli V, Bui TM, Wiesolek HL, Mascarenhas L, Lee JJ, Mehl LC, Knutson KR, Adam SA, Goldman RD, Beyder A, …

J Clin Invest. 2019 Jan 14. pii: 122085. doi: 10.1172/JCI122085. [Epub ahead of print]

CD73 expression on effector T cells sustained by TGF-β facilitates tumor resistance to anti-4-1BB/CD137 therapy.

Chen S, Fan J, Zhang M, Qin L, Dominguez D, Long A, Wang G, Ma R, Li H, Zhang Y, Fang D, Sosman J, Zhang B.

Nat Commun. 2019 Jan 11;10(1):150. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-08123-8.

Mitochondrial complex III is essential for suppressive function of regulatory T cells.

Weinberg SE, Singer BD, Steinert EM, Martinez CA, Mehta MM, Martínez-Reyes I, Gao P, Helmin KA, Abdala-Valencia H, …

Nature. 2019 Jan 9. doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0846-z. [Epub ahead of print]

Uropathogenic Escherichia coli-Induced Fibrosis, leading to Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms, is associated with Type-2 cytokine signaling.

Bell-Cohn A, Mazur DJ, Hall CC, Schaeffer AJ, Thumbikat P.

Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2019 Jan 9. doi: 10.1152/ajprenal.00222.2018. [Epub ahead of print]

IDH3α regulates one-carbon metabolism in glioblastoma.

May JL, Kouri FM, Hurley LA, Liu J, Tommasini-Ghelfi S, Ji Y, Gao P, Calvert AE, Lee A, Chandel NS, Davuluri RV, …

Sci Adv. 2019 Jan 2;5(1):eaat0456. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aat0456. eCollection 2019 Jan.

Efferocytosis Fuels Requirements of Fatty Acid Oxidation and the Electron Transport Chain to Polarize Macrophages for Tissue Repair.

Zhang S, Weinberg S, DeBerge M, Gainullina A, Schipma M, Kinchen JM, Ben-Sahra I, Gius DR, Charvet LY, Chandel NS, …

Cell Metab. 2018 Dec 20. pii: S1550-4131(18)30741-1. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2018.12.004. [Epub ahead of print]

Mast Cell-Specific Expression of Human Siglec-8 in Conditional Knock-in Mice.

Wei Y, Chhiba KD, Zhang F, Ye X, Wang L, Zhang L, Robida PA, Moreno-Vinasco L, Schnaar RL, Roers A, Hartmann K, Lee CM, …

Int J Mol Sci. 2018 Dec 21;20(1). pii: E19. doi: 10.3390/ijms20010019.

Author Correction: Enabling precision medicine in neonatology, an integrated repository for preterm birth research.

Sirota M, Thomas CG, Liu R, Zuhl M, Banerjee P, Wong RJ, Quaintance CC, Leite R, Chubiz J, Anderson R, Chappell J, …

Sci Data. 2018 Dec 18;5(1):3. doi: 10.1038/s41597-018-0004-3.

Single-Cell Transcriptomic Analysis of Human Lung Provides Insights into the Pathobiology of Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Reyfman PA, Walter JM, Joshi N, Anekalla KR, McQuattie-Pimentel AC, Chiu S, Fernandez R, Akbarpour M, Chen CI, Ren Z, …

Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 Dec 15. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201712-2410OC. [Epub ahead of print]

Lactation intensity and duration to postpartum diabetes and prediabetes risk in women with gestational diabetes.

Shen Y, Leng J, Li W, Zhang S, Liu H, Shao P, Wang P, Wang L, Tian H, Zhang C, Yang X, Yu Z, Hou L, Tuomilehto J, Hu G.

Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2018 Dec 13:e3115. doi: 10.1002/dmrr.3115. [Epub ahead of print]

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