Graduate Program News

tMeyersKudos to Tanya Meyers (Townsend lab) who recently published a paper as first author in the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology.  Title: Acute AT1R blockade prevents isoproterenol-induced injury in mdx hearts. January 2019

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amber lockridge

Amber Lockridge (Alejandro lab) is receiving a two-year F31 predoctoral fellowship.  The title is:  "Molecular mechanisms of O-GlcNAcylation in prediabetic beta-cell hypersecretion during diet-induced obesity"  Congratulations Amber!
Feb 2018

amritha yellamilli

Ph.D. Candidate and MSTP student, Amritha Yellamilli competed in the university-wide 3 minute thesis competition and took second place, as well as winning the people’s choice award.
Here is a link to the article posted on the Medical School website.  The Star Tribune also picked up the story.
Dec 2017


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Congratuations to Tim Matsuura and Matt Wheelwright who both were successful in their oral thesis defense in May 2017.   Tim is currently interviewing for a post doc position and Matt will be continuing with the MSTP program to receive his M. D. degree.
May 2017


Amber Lockridge

Congratulations to Amber Lockridge for winning the 2016 Lifson/Johnson Memorial Award recognizing excellence in physiology teaching by graduate students, and for recently obtaining a fellowship slot on the Minnesota Obesity Prevention Training program.

amber yic award

Amber Lockridge received First Place at the 2017 Visscher Young Investigator Award Competition!
June 6, 2017

Nathan ZaidmanCongratulations to Dr. Nathan A. Zaidman on his successful thesis defense entitled “The Role of Hydrocortisone on the Development and Maintenance of Ion Transport Pathways Essential to Mucociliary Clearance in Differentiated Normal Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells”.  Nathan will begin a post doctoral fellow position at Johns Hopkins with Jennifer L. Pluznick, Ph.D. beginning in October 2016.

tanya meyers Award

Tatyana Meyers (Townsend lab) was awarded the 2015 Lifson/Johnson Memorial Award recognizing excellence in teaching.

Mayank VermaCongrats to former IBP grad student Mayank Verma who had an article published in Cell Stem Cell.  Mayank is completing his MD degree with the MSTP program.
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dan baumannCongrats to Dan Baumann who received the Allan Hemingway Scholarship for highest GPA in first year of graduate coursework. Sept 2018


amritha yellamilli

Congratulations to Amritha Yellamilli, Ph.D.!  Amritha successfully defended her thesis entitled: "The Side Population Phenotype Enriches for Endogenous Stem Cells in the Adult Heart".  Amritha is continuing in the MSTP program to obtain her M.D. degree. June 2018

May 2018
Congratulations to our Medical School Award recipients!

amber amrithaAmritha Yellamilli received the Bacaner Research Award in both Cardiology and IBP and the Jacob Kaplan award.  Amber Lockridge received the Steer Family award in Diabetes research.

Second year graduate student, Alexie Larson received the Lifson Johnson Memorial Award for excellence in teaching.alexie Lifson

Tanya Meyers

Congratuations to Tanya Meyers who was awarded an NIH Research Fellowship. "Female Resilience in Dystrophic Cardiomyopathy"
Aug 2017

Kudos to Tim! Tim Matsuura (Yannopolous lab) was awarded a grant through the American Heart Association. (February 2017)

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Congratuations to Amritha Yellamilli (van Berlo lab) who won 1st place in the 3 Minute Thesis event held at the 2017 Biomedical Sciences Programs Research Recognition Day.  View Amiritha's talk here.
May 25, 2017

tim matsuuraTim Matsurra was selected to receive the 2016-17 Dr. Marvin & Hadassah Bacaner Research Award which recognized excellence in science research.


December 2016 - Amber Lockridge co-authored paper with Emilyn Alejandro - Islets 2016 Nov;8(6):195-206. Serine racemase is expressed in islets and contributes to the regulation of glucose homeostasis.

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2016 - Ph.D. Candidate, Snider Desir first author publication: Tunneling nanotube formation is stimulated by hypoxia in ovarian cancer cells.

alexie larsonCongratulations to 2nd year graduate student, Alexie Larson (Dawn Lowe lab) who has received a pre-doc trainee position on the Functional Proteomics of Aging TG (Arriaga and Ferrington, PI’s)  April 2018

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Dr. Anthony Vetter
has completed a Ph.D. in Physiology! Anthony successfully defended his thesis and completed his doctorate in Physiology.  Thesis Title: "The role of Cardiac Troponin I as an Allosteric Regulator of Sarcomere Activation"
Nov 2017


Kudos to 2nd year grad student, Alexie Larson who was awarded the Allan Hemingway Scholarship for holding the highest GPA upon completion of the first year of coursework.
Fall 2017

snider desirCongratulations to Dr. Snider Desir! Snider successfully defended his thesis in December and is currently working in a short-term post doc position in Dr. Lou's lab.  Thesis Title: "The Role of Tunnelling Nanotubes in Mediating Intercallular Communication in Cancer"
Dec 2017

Amritha Yellamilli

Amritha Yellamilli (van Berlo lab) has been awarded the 2016-17 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.  Congratulations!

January 2017 - Paper published by IBP Graduate Program Alumna, Cheryl Cero and co-authored by recent graduate of IBP Ph.D Program, Nathan Zaidman. The neuropeptide TLQP-21 opposes obesity via C3aR1-mediated enhancement of adrenergic-induced lipolysis - Cheryl Cero, Maria Razzoli, Ruijun Han, Bhavani Shankar Sahu, Jessica Patricelli, ZengKui Guo, Nathan A. Zaidman, John M. Miles, Scott M. O'Grady, Alessandro Bartolomucci
Volume 6 | No. 1 | January 2017
Abstract | PDF

Evelyne Houang

Congratuations to Evelyne Houang, Ph.D.!
April 2016 - Evelyne successfully defended her thesis entitled "Structure-function studies of a membrane stabilizer copolymer for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy"


 Mayank Verma

Ph.D. Candidate, Mayank Verma (Asakura Lab) was awarded the 2015 Fisch Art of Medicine Student Award which highlights projects that combine the arts and science of medicine.

nathan zaidman award

Ph.D. Candidate, Nathan Zaidman (O'Grady/Mortari labs) was presented with the 2015 Dr. Marvin and Hadassah Bacaner Research award which recognizes exceptional research achievement by graduate students in the basic sciences.