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Doctoral Student Graduates

Our students come from a variety of educational backgrounds, but have in common a love for research and a desire to make scientific discovery part of their career goals. This page will focus on a group of our doctoral student graduates, indicating where they came from, what they worked on, what their specific goals were and their future plans.

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Jonathan C. Sedeyn: I graduated in 2006 from The Richard Stockton College of NJ, with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. My mentor is Dr. Venkat Venkataraman who is a member of the Department of Cell Biology at the School of Osteopathic Medicine. I work on elucidating the mechanisms of Alzheimer's Disease. We believe there are several 'hits' that must occur in tandem in order for AD to manifest itself. Currently, I am working on two of these; blood-brain barrier breaches and alterations in Ca2+ transduction within affected neurons. We have developed an animal model to test out hypothesis in the transgenic S100B KO mouse. Possible future in academia, I also hope to attend SOM after completing my Ph.D.

Jonathan graduated in May of 2010 with his Ph.D. and is currently a 2nd year DO student at the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine. He will complete the DO/PhD dual degree program in May of 2014.


Eli Levin

Eli Levin: I graduated in 2005 from The College of New Jersey, summa cum laude, with a B.S. in Biology. My mentor is Dr. Robert Nagele who is at the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging. I am exploring Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis, specifically the role of blood brain barrier breakdown on intracellular amyloid accumulation and neuronal cell death. To this end, I am examining human AD brains as well as mouse and pig models using various techniques: immunohistochemistry, slice cultures, light, confocal, and electron microscopy. As the mechanism by which AD induces its neurodegenerative effect becomes elucidated, potential therapeutic targets should be revealed. Upon completing my D.O. and Ph.D. degrees, I hope to match in a competitive residency at an academic institute that will allow me to pursue my research interests while completing my postgraduate medical education. I have been inducted into The Foundation of UMDNJ Society of Research Scholars.

Eli graduated in May of 2010 with his Ph.D. and is currently a 4th year DO student at the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine. He will complete the DO/PhD dual degree program in May of 2012.


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Vadim Molodtsov: I graduated from the A.I.Herzen Russian State Pedagogic University (St. Petersburg, Russia) in 2003 with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry (Specialist Degree which is an equivalent of a Master Degree). Immediately after my graduation I entered the Ph.D. program in Human and Animal Normal Physiology at the Lab of Neuroendocrynology, I.M.Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry (St. Petersburg, Russia) where I studied regulation of age-dependent apoptosis in the murine brain. After two years of research on apoptosis, I quit the program and entered the Ph.D. program in Cell and Molecular Biology at UMDNJ. My mentor is Dr. William T. McAllister who is the Chair of the Department of Cell Biology at the School of Osteopathic Medicine. I study various aspects of transcription by bacteriophage T7 RNA polymerase. Specifically, I study transcript slippage during the elongation phase and molecular basis for transcription termination. After completing my thesis research I am going to find a postdoctoral position to continue my research in molecular biology. My final goal is to get a faculty position in academics.

Vadim graduated in May of 2010 with his Ph.D. and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Penn State University.


Xun Li

Xun Li I graduated from Xiamen University in China in 2005 with a major in Biology. After that, with a strong interest in Cell and Molecular Biology, I entered the Ph.D. program at UMDNJ-Stratford. I joined the lab of Dr. Gary Goldberg to study how oncogene Src affects gene expression, intercellular communication, growth, and migration of transformed cells. I plan to pursue a career in Biomedical Sciences after finishing my Ph.D. study.

Xun graduated in May of 2009 with his Ph.D. and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School.

 
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