B.S. in Microbiology


Student Scholarly Accomplishments

Below is a list of scholarly accomplishments in which ACPHS Microbiology students have achieved.

Student names are indicated in bold.

Publications

Lasek-Nesselquist, E., Lu, J., Schneider, R., Ma, Z., Russo, V., Mishra, S., Pai, M.P., Pata, J., McDonough, K.M., and Malik, M. (2019). Insights into the evolution of Staphylococcus aureus daptomycin resistance from an in vitro bioreactor model. Frontiers in Microbiology- Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology. Accepted.

McCaig WD, Deragon MA, Haluska RJ, Hodges AL, Patel PS, and LaRocca TJ (2019). Journal of Visualized Experiments. (143). doi: 10.3791/59022.

McCaig WD, Patel PS, Sosunov SA, Shakerley NL, Smiraglia TA, Craft MM, Walker KM, Deragon, MA, Ten VS, and LaRocca TJ (2017). Hyperglycemia potentiates a shift from apoptosis to RIP1-dependent necroptosis. Cell Death Discovery. 4:55.

Ma, Z., Lasek-Nasselquist, E., Lu, J., Schnieder, R., Shah, R., Oliva, G.L., Dotson, R., Pata, J., McDonough, K.M., Pai, M.P., Rose, W.E., Sakoulas, G., and Malik, M. (2018). Characterization of genetic changes associated with daptomycin nonsusceptibility in Staphylococcus aureus strains. PLoS One. 13(6):e0198366.

Ma, Z., King, K., Alqahtani, M., Worden, M., Parthasarthy, M., Cioffi, C., Bakshi, C.S., and Malik, M. Stringent response governs the virulence and oxidative stress resistance of Francisella tularensis. Accepted. PLoS One. 2019.

Alharbi, A., Rabadi, S.M., Alqahtani, M., Marghani, D., Worden, M., Ma, Z., Malik, M.*, Bakshi, C.S*. Role of peroxiredoxin of the AhpC/TSA family in antioxidant defense mechanisms of Francisella tularensis. PLoS One. 2019 Mar 14;14(3): e0213699. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0213699. eCollection 2019. *Co-senior authors

Lasek-Nesselquist, E., Lu, J., Schneider, R., Ma, Z., Russo, V., Mishra, S., Pai, M.P., Pata, J., McDonough, K.M., and Malik, M. (2019).  Insights into the evolution of Staphylococcus aureus daptomycin resistance from an in vitro bioreactor model. Frontiers in Microbiology- Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology. Accepted. 

Ma, Z., Lasek-Nasselquist, E., Lu, J., Schnieder, R., Shah, R., Oliva, G.L., Dotson, R., Pata, J., McDonough, K.M., Pai, M.P., Rose, W.E., Sakoulas, G., and Malik, M. (2018). Characterization of genetic changes associated with daptomycin nonsusceptibility in Staphylococcus aureus strains. PLoS One. 13(6): e0198366.

Deragon MA, McCaig WD, Patel PS, Haluska RJ Jr, Hodges AL, Sosunov SA, Murphy MP, Ten VS, and LaRocca TJ (2020). Mitochondrial ROS prime the hyperglycemic shift from apoptosis to necroptosis. Cell Death Discovery. Accepted for publication.

Hodges AL, Kempen CG, McCaig WD, Parker CA, Mantis NJ, and LaRocca TJ (2019). TNF family cytokines induce distinct cell death modalities in the A549 human lung epithelial cell line when administered in combination with ricin toxin. Toxins. 11(8): 450.

McCaig WD, Hodges AL, Deragon MA, Haluska RJ Jr, Bandyopadhyay S, Ratner AJ, Spitalnik SL, Hod EA, and LaRocca TJ (2019). Storage primes erythrocytes for necroptosis and clearance. Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry. 53(3). 496-507.

McCaig WD, Deragon MA, Haluska RJ Jr, Hodges AL, Patel PS, and LaRocca TJ (2019). Cell fractionation of U937 cells in the absence of high-speed centrifugation. Journal of Visualized Experiments. (143). e59022.

McCaig WD, Patel PS, Sosunov SA, Shakerley NL, Smiraglia TA, Craft MM, Walker KM, Deragon MA, Ten VS, and LaRocca TJ (2018). Hyperglycemia potentiates a shift from apoptosis to RIP1-dependent necroptosis. Cell Death Discovery. 4:55.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Russo, V., Ma, Z., Deragon, M., Dotson, R., Catlett, S.V. and Malik, M. Characterization of oxidative stress regulator OxyR of Francisella tularensis. Eastern New York Student Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology (ENYSCASM), Albany, NY, November 4, 2015.

Oliva G, Shah R, Lu J, Catlett SV, Pai MP, Rose WE, Sakoulas G, Malik M. Characterization of gene expression in profile associated with daptomycin nonsusceptibility in Staphylococcus aureus. Poster presented in 116th General Meeting of American Society for Microbiology, Boston, MA, June 16-19, 2016.

Visconti R, Williams C, Wurth R, Harton JA, Yager EJ. Molecular regulation of host inflammation during Influenza A virus infection. ASM Microbe 2016 Meeting, Boston, MA, June 16-20, 2016.

Shakerley NL, Craft M, Smiraglia TA, Payal PS, Sosunov S, Ten VS, LaRocca TJ. “Hyperglycemia primes cells for programmed cell death shift in a glycolysis-dependent manner.” 22nd Society for Radical Biology and Medicine Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 16-19 2016.

Shakerley, NL, Smiraglia TA, Patel PS, Walker KM, Craft M, Sosunov SA, Ten VS, LaRocca TJ. “Hyperglycemia potentiates a shift from apoptosis to necroptosis.” Eastern New York Student Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology (ENYSCASM), Albany, NY, November 17, 2016.

McCaig WD, Patel PS, Sosunov SA, Shakerley NL, Smiraglia TA, Craft MM, Walker KM, Deragon MA, Ten VS, and LaRocca TJ. “Hyperglycemia potentiates a shift from apoptosis to RIP1-dependent necroptosis.” Keystone Symposia Conference: Cell Death, Inflammation, and Adaptation to Tissue Stress, Breckenridge, CO, January 21-25 2018.

McCaig WD, Patel PS, Sosunov SA, Shakerley NL, Smiraglia TA, Craft MM, Walker KM, Deragon MA, Ten VS, and LaRocca TJ. “Hyperglycemia potentiates a shift from apoptosis to RIP1-dependent necroptosis.” The New York Academy of Sciences: Cell Death Pathways in Human Health and Disease, New York, NY, March 19, 2018.

Lasek-Nesselquist E, Lu J, Schneider R, Ma Z, Russo V, Mishra S, Pai MP, Pata J, McDonough KM, Malik M. Genetic basis for daptomycin resistance in methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Eastern New York Branch of American Society for Microbiology Meeting, Albany NY, October 16, 2018.

Phelps CM, Ketter PM, Arulanandam BP, Malik M, Shakerley NL. Contribution of Thioredoxin A to Acinetobacter baumannii Virulence. ASM 53rd Annual Regional Meeting, Albany NY, October 16, 2018.

Dong, C.S., Vojnar, B., Maring, B., and Parent, M.A. Developing a murine model for the investigation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections. 53rd Annual Eastern NY ASM Regional Meeting, Albany NY, October 16, 2018.

Vojnar, B., Maring, B., Dong, C.S., Waters-Wezalis, S., and Parent, M.A. Vibrio parahaemolyticus Response to Oxidative Stress. 53rd Annual Eastern NY ASM Regional Meeting, Albany NY, October 16, 2018.

Fantone K, Miller J, Ma Z, Bakshi CS, Malik M. Investigating the mechanisms of AIM2 inflammasome suppression in Francisella tularensis. American Society for Microbiology Trainee Symposium – Student Chapter of Eastern New York Branch, Albany NY, December 6, 2018.

Higgs M, Ma Z, Bakshi CS, Malik M. Role of FTL_0586 and FTL_1939 genes of Francisella tularensis in immune suppression. American Society for Microbiology Trainee Symposium – Student Chapter of Eastern New York Branch, Albany NY, December 6, 2018.

Mishra S, Lasek-Nesselquist E, Lu J, Schneider R, Ma Z, Pata J, McDonough KM, Malik M. Genetic basis for daptomycin resistance in methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. American Society for Microbiology Trainee Symposium – Student Chapter of Eastern New York Branch, Albany NY, December 6, 2018.

Phelps CM, Ketter PM, Arulanandam BP, Malik M, Shakerley NL. Contribution of Thioredoxin A to Acinetobacter baumannii Virulence. ASM Trainee Symposium, Albany NY, December 6, 2018

Dong, C.S., Vojnar, B., Maring, B., and Parent, M.A. Developing a murine model for the investigation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections. American Society for Microbiology Trainee Symposium – Student Chapter of Eastern New York Branch, Albany NY, December 6, 2018.

Vojnar, B., Maring, B., Dong, C.S., Waters-Wezalis, S., and Parent, M.A. Vibrio parahaemolyticus Response to Oxidative Stress. American Society for Microbiology Trainee Symposium – Student Chapter of Eastern New York Branch, Albany NY, December 6, 2018.

Russo, V., Ma, Z., Deragon, M., Dotson, R., Catlett, S.V. and Malik, M. Characterization of oxidative stress regulator OxyR of Francisella tularensis. Eastern New York Student Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology (ENYSCASM), Albany, NY, November 4, 2015.

Oliva G, Shah R, Lu J, Catlett SV, Pai MP, Rose WE, Sakoulas G, Malik M. Characterization of gene expression in profile associated with daptomycin nonsusceptibility in Staphylococcus aureus. Poster presented in 116th General Meeting of American Society for Microbiology, Boston, MA, June 16-19, 2016.

Visconti R, Williams C, Wurth R, Harton JA, Yager EJ. Molecular regulation of host inflammation during Influenza A virus infection. ASM Microbe 2016 Meeting, Boston, MA, June 16-20, 2016.

Shakerley NL, Craft M, Smiraglia TA, Payal PS, Sosunov S, Ten VS, LaRocca TJ. “Hyperglycemia primes cells for programmed cell death shift in a glycolysis-dependent manner.” 22nd Society for Radical Biology and Medicine Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 16-19 2016.

Shakerley, NL, Smiraglia TA, Patel PS, Walker KM, Craft M, Sosunov SA, Ten VS, LaRocca TJ. “Hyperglycemia potentiates a shift from apoptosis to necroptosis.” Eastern New York Student Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology (ENYSCASM), Albany, NY, November 17, 2016.

McCaig WD, Patel PS, Sosunov SA, Shakerley NL, Smiraglia TA, Craft MM, Walker KM, Deragon MA, Ten VS, and LaRocca TJ. “Hyperglycemia potentiates a shift from apoptosis to RIP1-dependent necroptosis.” Keystone Symposia Conference: Cell Death, Inflammation, and Adaptation to Tissue Stress, Breckenridge, CO, January 21-25 2018.

McCaig WD, Patel PS, Sosunov SA, Shakerley NL, Smiraglia TA, Craft MM, Walker KM, Deragon MA, Ten VS, and LaRocca TJ. “Hyperglycemia potentiates a shift from apoptosis to RIP1-dependent necroptosis.” The New York Academy of Sciences: Cell Death Pathways in Human Health and Disease, New York, NY, March 19, 2018.

Ma Z, King K, Worden M, Bakshi CS, Malik M. Regulatory role of pp(p)Gpp in oxidative stress response in Francisella tularensis. 9th International conference on Tularemia., Montreal, Canada, October 16-19, 2018.

Lasek-Nesselquist E, Lu J, Schneider R, Ma Z, Russo V, Mishra S, Pai MP, Pata J, McDonough KM, Malik M. Genetic basis for daptomycin resistance in methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Eastern New York Branch of American Society for Microbiology Meeting, Albany NY, October 16, 2018.

Phelps CM, Ketter PM, Arulanandam BP, Malik M, Shakerley NL. Contribution of Thioredoxin A to Acinetobacter baumannii Virulence. ASM 53rd Annual Regional Meeting, Albany NY, October 16, 2018.

Dong, C.S., Vojnar, B., Maring, B., and Parent, M.A. Developing a murine model for the investigation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections.  53rd Annual Eastern NY ASM Regional Meeting, Albany NY, October 16, 2018.

Vojnar, B., Maring, B., Dong, C.S., Waters-Wezalis, S., and Parent, M.A. Vibrio parahaemolyticus Response to Oxidative Stress. 53rd Annual Eastern NY ASM Regional Meeting, Albany NY, October 16, 2018.

Fantone K, Miller J, Ma Z, Bakshi CS, Malik M. Investigating the mechanisms of AIM2 inflammasome suppression in Francisella tularensis. American Society for Microbiology Trainee Symposium – Student Chapter of Eastern New York Branch, Albany NY, December 6, 2018.

Higgs M, Ma Z, Bakshi CS, Malik M. Role of FTL_0586 and FTL_1939 genes of Francisella tularensis in immune suppression. American Society for Microbiology Trainee Symposium – Student Chapter of Eastern New York Branch, Albany NY, December 6, 2018.

Mishra S, Lasek-Nesselquist E, Lu J, Schneider R, Ma Z, Pata J, McDonough KM, Malik M. Genetic basis for daptomycin resistance in methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. American Society for Microbiology Trainee Symposium – Student Chapter of Eastern New York Branch, Albany NY, December 6, 2018.

Phelps CM, Ketter PM, Arulanandam BP, Malik M, Shakerley NL. Contribution of Thioredoxin A to Acinetobacter baumannii Virulence. ASM Trainee Symposium, Albany NY, December 6, 2018

Dong, C.S., Vojnar, B., Maring, B., and Parent, M.A. Developing a murine model for the investigation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections.  American Society for Microbiology Trainee Symposium – Student Chapter of Eastern New York Branch, Albany NY, December 6, 2018.

Vojnar, B., Maring, B., Dong, C.S., Waters-Wezalis, S., and Parent, M.A. Vibrio parahaemolyticus Response to Oxidative Stress. American Society for Microbiology Trainee Symposium – Student Chapter of Eastern New York Branch, Albany NY, December 6, 2018.

Ma, Z., King, K., Alqahtani, M., Worden, M., Parthasarthy, M., Cioffi, C., Bakshi, C.S., and Malik, M. Stringent response governs the virulence and oxidative stress resistance of Francisella tularensis. Poster presented in 119th General Meeting of American Society for Microbiology, San Francisco, June 20-24, 2019.

Phelps CM, Hatch M, Moussadek K, Arulanandam BP, Malik M, Shakerley NL.  (2019) Defining the Antioxidant Determinants of Acinetobacter baumannii Virulence. Poster presented in 119th General Meeting of American Society for Microbiology, San Francisco, June 20-24, 2019.

Vojnar, B, Maring, BL, Dong, CS, Parent, MA. Investigating Vibrio Parahaemolyticus Ability To Combat Reactive Oxygen Stresses From Multiple Host Models Of Infection.  Poster presented 8th biennial International Conference on the Biology of Vibrios McGill University, Montreal Canada, November 18-20, 2019.

Dong, CS, Vojnar, B, Maring, BL, Parent, MA. Vibrio parahaemolyticus Infection Stimulates Host Cytokine Production and Innate Lymphocyte Cell Activation. Poster presented 8th biennial International Conference on the Biology of Vibrios McGill University, Montreal Canada, November 18-20, 2019.

Alumni Outcomes

Victoria DeLaCancela (2016) Employed at Regeneron as QC Microbiology Analyst at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Albany NY

Lacey Slater (2016) Employed as Laboratory Technician, Palmetto Primary Care Physicians, North Charleston, South Carolina

Mark Paquette (2016) Doctor of Osteopathy Candidate, Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lynchburg VA.

Clare Williams (2016) Completed MS Molecular Biosciences program (2018). Research Technician, Albany Medical College, Albany NY.

Hiram Adames (2017) Relocated to Puerto Rico; Applying to Medical Technology Programs.

Matthew Deragon (2017) Graduate student, MS Molecular Biosciences, ACPHS, Albany NY.  Employed as Research Technician, New York Medical College

Jackson Lu (2017) Doctor of Osteopathy Candidate, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA.

Tori Smirglia (2017)  Graduate student, MS Clinical Laboratory Sciences, ACPHS, Albany NY.. Employed as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, NY.

Jessica Stout (2018) Employed as Assistant Research Scientist at New York State Department of Health, Albany NY.

Hunter Martin (2018)  D.O. student, Alabama School of Osteopathic Medicine in Fall 2019.

Brittany Vojnar (2018) Graduate student, MS Molecular Biosciences, ACPHS, Albany NY.  Employed at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

Silpa Matthew (2019)  PharmD student, ACPHS, Albany, NY

Mofeoluwa Akinbogun (2019)  Nursing Student, Ohio

Samuel Weitzen (2020)  Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI

Cory Parker (2020)  Pursuing Graduate School

Khadija Moussadek (2020)  Working as a research technician at ACPHS doing COVID testing

Matthew Higgs (2020)  MS Molecular Biosciences student, ACPHS, Albany, NY.  PhD candidate, UNC Chapel Hill

Catherine Phelps (2020)  MS Molecular Biosciences student, ACPHS, Albany, NY.  PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh

RESEARCH CAPSTONE PROJECTS

Victoria DeLaCancela (2016). Intermedilysin, a bacterial pore-forming toxin causes caspase-dependent cell death. Mentor: Tim LaRocca

Lacey Slater (2016). Pneumolysin, a bacterial pore-forming toxin causes caspase-dependent cell death. Mentor: Tim LaRocca

Mark Paquette (2016). The suppression of HIV infection by p53 depends on host cell status. Mentor: Binshan Shi

Clare Williams (2016). Determining the role of cellular glycosphingolipid biosynthesis on influenza virus lifecycle. Mentor: Eric Yager

Hiram Adames (2017). Elucidating the importance of glucosylceramide synthase on Influenza virus infectivity. Mentor: Eric Yager

Matthew Deragon (2017) Modeling the genetic basis for the development of antimicrobial resistance in Staphylococcus aureus. Mentor: Meenakshi Malik

Jackson Lu (2017) Modeling the genetic basis for the development of antimicrobial resistance in Staphylococcus aureus. Mentor: Meenakshi Malik

Tori Smirglia (2017). Role of kinases in the hyperglycemic shift from apoptosis to necroptosis. Mentor: Tim LaRocca

Jessica Stout (2018). The role of climate change in vectorial capacity of Aedes albopictus in New York State. Mentor: Alex Ciota (The NYS Arbovirus Lab); Co-mentor: Eric Yager

Hunter Martin (2018) xCT as a novel inhibitor of HIV infection. Mentor: John Sharifi

Brittany Vojnar (2018) Vibrio parahaemolyticus response to oxidative stress. Mentor: Michelle Parent

Silpa Matthew (2019). Viral Modulation of Host Cell Glycosphingolipid Biosynthesis. Mentor: Eric Yager

Mofeoluwa Akinbogun (2019). Viral Modulation of Host Cell Glycosphingolipid Biosynthesis. Mentor: Eric Yager

Matthew Higgs (2019). Understanding the role of FTL_1939 gene of Francisella tularensis in immune suppression. Mentor: Meenakshi Malik

Catherine Phelps (2019). Thioredoxin-Mediated Modulation of Acinetobacter baumannii Virulence and Antibiotic Resistance. Mentor: Nicole Shakerley

Samuel Weitzen (2020). Mechanism of Influenza A Virus Escape from the antiviral protein REDD1. Mentor: John Sharifi

Cory Parker (2020). Initiation of Bystander cell death by Ricin. Mentor: Tim LaRocca

Khadija Moussadek (2020). Characterizing the role of Alkyl hydroperoxide reductase subunits in Acenitobacter baumanii pathogenicity. Mentor: Nicole Shakerley

Jacob Miller (2020). Mechanisms of AIM2 and NLRP3 inflammasome suppression by Francisella tularensis. Mentor: Meenakshi Malik

Yelena Dunikova (2020). Determining the Vibrio parahemolyticus antioxidant genes required for organism survival in various environments. Mentor: Michelle Parent

Dakota Paine (2020). Elucidation of Potential Variation in HIV-1/2 VPR/X Functional Dependency on CUL4 Isoforms. Mentor: John Sharifi

STUDENT SUMMER RESEARCH AWARDS

Jackson Lu. “Investigation of ceftriaxone-mediated molecular mechanisms that prevent development of Daptomycin Non-Susceptible Staphylococcus aureus strains.” 2015 Student Summer Research Award.

Jackson Lu. “Modeling the Genetic Basis for the Development of Antimicrobial Resistance” 2016 Student Summer Research Award.

Matthew Higgs. “Repression of inflammasome by Francisella tularensis”. 2017 Student Summer Research Award.

Hunter Martin. “xCT as a novel inhibitor of HIV infection”. 2016 and 2017 ACPHS Student Summer Research Award.

Catherine Phelps. “Determine contribution of Acinetobacter catalase to intramacrophage survival”. 2018 Student Summer Research Award.

Jacob Miller. “Investigating the mechanisms of Francisella tularensis antioxidant- enzyme dependent repression of inflammasome”. 2018 Student Summer Research Award.

Matthew Higgs. “Understanding the role of FTL_1939 gene of Francisella tularensis in immune suppression”.  2019 Student Summer Research Award.

Yelena Dunikova.  “Determining the Vibrio parahemolyticus antioxidant genes required for organism survival in various environments”. 2019 Student Summer Research Award.

Catherine Phelps. “Determine contribution of Acinetobacter antioxidants to antibiotic resistance”. 2019 Student Summer Research Award.

Phillip Truong. “Redox Modulation of Acinetobacter baumannii intramacrophage survival”. 2020 Student Summer Research Award.

AWARDS AND HONORS

Hunter Martin: General Excellence Award, Fall 2016

Jackson Lu: Excellence in Basic Science Research Award, Spring 2017

Madeline Worden: MS Excellence in Research Award, Spring 2017.

Hunter Martin: Leadership Award, Spring 2018

Catherine Phelps: General Excellence Award, Fall 2018; American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Summer 2019; MS Excellence in Research Award, Spring 2020.

Sam Weitzen: Provost’s Award for Highest Academic Standing, Fall 2017, 2018, 2019.

Febronia Mansour: Provost’s Award for Highest Academic Standing, Fall 2019.

INTERNSHIPS AT REGENERON & ELI LILLY

Matthew Higgs: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., Summer 2018

Brittany Vojnar: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., Summer 2018

Alexis Parry: Eli Lilly & Company, Summer 2019

Jacob Miller: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., Summer 2019

Alexis Parry: Eli Lilly & Company, Summer 2020

Vincent Fazzari: Eli Lilly & Company, Summer 2020

Alima Ahmed: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Summer 2020

CO-OPS AT REGENERON

Padraic Morrissey (2019)

Brittany Vojnar (Spring 2020)

Chen Shu-Dong (Spring 2020)

MOLECULAR BIOSCIENCES GRADUATES & CAREER OUTCOMES

Student: Madeline Worden

  • Degree:  M.S., Molecular Biosciences
  • Advisor: Meenakshi Malik
  • Thesis Title: Characterization of Nutritional and Oxidative Stress Resistance Mechanisms of Francisella tularensis
  • Graduation: 2017
  • Current Position: Student, Tufts Dental School, Boston

Student: Kayla Fantone

  • Degree: M.S., Molecular Biosciences
  • Advisor: Meenakshi Malik
  • Thesis Title: Understanding the mechanisms of suppression of inflammasome by Francisella tularensis
  • Graduation: 2018
  • Current Position: Ph.D. Student, University of Georgia

Student: Payel Patel

  • Degree: M.S., Molecular Biosciences
  • Advisor: Timothy LaRocca
  • Thesis Title: Programmed cell death dynamics in hyperglycemia
  • Graduation: 2018
  • Current Position: Research Technician, Weill Cornell University

Student: Clare Williams

  • Degree: M.S., Molecular Biosciences
  • Advisor: Eric Yager
  • Thesis Title: Elucidating the Role of Cellular Glycosphingolipids Biosynthesis on Influenza A Virus Lifecycle
  • Graduation: 2018
  • Current Position: Research Technician, Albany Medical College

Student: Kayla King

  • Degree: M.S., Molecular Biosciences
  • Advisor: Meenakshi Malik
  • Thesis Title: Stringent Response Governs the Virulence and Oxidative Stress Resistance of Francisella tularensis
  • Graduation: 2019
  • Current Position: Working at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Student: Smruti Mishra

  • Degree: M.S., Molecular Biosciences
  • Advisor: Meenakshi Malik
  • Thesis Title: Mapping the genetic evolution of daptomycin resistance in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
  • Graduation: 2019
  • Current Position: Ph.D. Student, SUNY Stony Brook

Student: Matthew Deragon

  • Degree: M.S., Molecular Biosciences
  • Advisor: Timothy LaRocca
  • Thesis Title: Mechanisms and outcomes of the hyperglycemic shift from apoptosis to necroptosis
  • Graduation: 2019
  • Current Position: Research Technician, NYMC

Student: Matthew Higgs

  • Degree: M.S., Molecular Biosciences
  • Advisor: Meenakshi Malik
  • Thesis Title: Elucidating the Role of Thioredoxin in the Oxidative Stress Response of Francisella tularensis
  • Graduation: 2020
  • Current Position: Ph.D. Student, UNC Chapel Hill

Student: Catherine Phelps

  • Degree: M.S., Molecular Biosciences
  • Advisor: Nicole Shakerley
  • Thesis Title: Thioredoxin mediated modulation of Acenitobacter baumanii virulence and antibiotic resistance
  • Graduation: 2020
  • Current Position: Ph.D. Student, University of Pittsburgh

Student: Padraic Morrissey

  • Degree: M.S., Molecular Biosciences
  • Advisor: Meenakshi Malik
  • Capstone Project: Francisella tularensis a review: Transmission, Intracellular Life Cycle, and Cellular Death
  • Graduation: 2020
  • Current Position: Employed at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Student: Robert Haluska

  • Degree: M.S., Molecular Biosciences
  • Advisor: Timothy LaRocca
  • Thesis Title: Role of ROS and mitochondria during the hyperglycemic shift from apoptosis to necroptosis
  • Graduation: 2020
  • Current Position: Employed at Eli Lilly & Co.

Student: Brittany Vojnar

  • Degree: M.S., Molecular Biosciences
  • Advisor: Michelle Parent
  • Thesis Title: Investigating the Host-Pathogen Interaction Between Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Macrophages, Understanding the Role of Reactive Oxygen Stresses
  • Graduation: 2020
  • Current Position: Employed at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Student: Chen Shu Dong

  • Degree: M.S., Molecular Biosciences
  • Advisor: Michelle Parent
  • Thesis Title: Vibrio parahaemolyticus Infection Stimulates Proinflammatory Cytokine Production and Innate Lymphocyte Cell Activation
  • Graduation: 2020
  • Current Position: Employed at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals