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2020 Graduation Slides
2020 Graduation Slides
2020 Graduation Slides
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Characterization of Mechanisms of Resistance of ATXII in
Pediatric Cell Lines
Research Interests: Microbial pathogenesis, host-pathogen
interactions, oncology, pharmacology and molecular genetics
Ivan X. Albino Flores
Master of Science in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Molecular Immunology & Microbiology Track
Mentor Name: Peter Houghton, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Evaluation of Healing at Molar Extraction Sites with Ridge
Preservation using a Non-resorbable Dense Polytetrafluoroethylene
Polytetrafluoroethylene (dPTFE) Membrane
Research Interests: Periodontal regenerative therapy, soft tissue
management around teeth and implants and relationship between
between periodontal disease and systemic health
Arwa will return to Saudi Arabia and start working for the Ministry of National Guard Health
Affairs as a full–time periodontist and part–time in private practice.
Arwa M. Al Hugail
Master of Science in Dental Science
Periodontics Track
Mentor Name: Brian L. Mealey, D.D.S., M.S.
ThesisTitle: Demineralization Inhibition of Enamel at Restoration
Margins of Vitremer, Z 100 and Activa Bioactive Restorative Materials: An
Materials: An In Vitro Study
Research Interests: Behavioral management, caries prevention and
restorative materials in pediatric population
Alaa is planning to return to Saudi Arabia and work for the Ministry of Health and as a
part–time faculty member in academia.
Alaa Al Jameel
Master of Science in Dental Science
Pediatric Dentistry Track
Mentor Name: Kevin J. Donly, D.D.S, M.S.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Quantitative Assessment of Mechanical Allodynia and its
Association with Endodontic Diagnosis, Pre-Operative Pain Levels and
Levels and Catastrophizing
Research Interests: Endodontics
Ahmed is going back to Saudi Arabia and will start working as an assistant professor in
the Department of Endodontics at Najran University.
Ahmed Ali Alelyani
Master of Science in Dental Science
Endodontics Track
Mentor Name: Anibal Diogenes, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Accuracy of CBCT Machine in Detecting Root Fracture
when Metal Artifact Reduction (MAR) Filter is Used at Different
Different Settings of Kvp on Plameca Promax 3D
Research Interests: Diagnostic accuracy of CBCT and quality control
Ahmed Almeshari
Master of Science in Dental Science
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Track
Mentor Name: Hassem Geha, D.D.S., M.S.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Inhibiting the Growth of Candida Albicans Biofilm on
Denture Materials by Organo-selenium-containing Dental Sealant
Sealant
Research Interests: Bioactive dental materials, implant dentistry and
clinical prosthodontics
Neda Al-Mojel
Master of Science in Dental Science
Prosthodontics Track
Mentor Name: Bennett T. Amaechi, B.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Comparing Maxillary Incisors Extrusion Using Clear Aligner
Therapy with Facial Attachments Versus Facial and Lingual Attachments
Attachments
Research Interests: Orthodontics
Ahmed will be working in Prince Sultan Medical Military City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as an
orthodontist.
Ahmed Alotaibi
Master of Science in Dental Science
Orthodontics Track
Mentor Name: Ravikumar Anthony, D.D.S.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Effect of Oral Health Campaign on Children of Refugees'
Families
Research Interests: Disparities in children’s oral health to identify the
cultural, workforce, behavioral, and biological factors associated with
with health disparities among ethnic/racial groups
Murad is currently working at the Pediatric and Orthodontic Department of Dentistry at Qassim
University, Saudi Arabia.
Murad Alrashdi
Master of Science in Dental Science
Pediatric Dentistry Track
Mentor Name: Maria Jose Cervantes Mendez, D.D.S., M.Sc.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Impact of Different Surgical Protocols on Dimensional
Changes of Oral Soft Tissue Autografts: A Randomized Controlled
Controlled Trial
Research Interests: Free soft tissue autograft dimensional changes with
an apical periosteal fenestration
Akemi will be joining her father’s periodontics practice in California.
Akemi Arzouman
Master of Science in Dental Science
Periodontics Track
Mentor Name: Brian Mealey, D.D.S., M.S.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Differences in Maxillary and Mandibular First Molar Size and
Shape in Class I, Class II and Class III Malocclusions in Hispanics using
using Geometric Morphometric Analysis
Research Interests: Analysis of tooth shape and size in different
ethnicities and malocclusion types using geometric morphometrics
morphometrics
Sana plans to start practicing full-time at a local orthodontic office.
Sana Banday
Master of Science in Dental Science
Orthodontics Track
Mentor Name: Peter Gakunga, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
Thesis Title: Identification of Therapeutic Targets in Diabetes-Induced
Breast Cancer Metastasis
Research Interests: Clinical periodontics
Liz will return to Canada and work as a periodontist in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Lizandre Belanger
Master of Science in Dental Science
Periodontics Track
Mentor Name: Nandini Ghosh-Choudhury, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: The Role of the Kynurenine Pathway on Neural Stem
Cell Function
Research Interests: Molecularmechanismsbehindadultneurogenesis,
neurodegenerativedisease,neuroinflammationandaging
Morgan will be starting the Life and Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program at the
University of Sydney, Australia.
Morgan Bucknor
Master of Science in Cell Systems and Anatomy
Biotechnology Track
Mentor Name: Erzsebet Kokovay, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: External Root Resorption of Mandibular Incisors in Patients
Treated with Empower Self-ligating Brackets Versus Invisalign: A
Cone-beam Computed Tomography Study
Research Interests: Orthodontics, root resorption, clear aligners
Corbin will be working as an orthodontist at Sparkman Orthodontics in Amarillo, Texas.
Corbin Clifton
Master of Science in Dental Science
Orthodontics Track
Mentor Name: Ravikumar Anthony, B.D.S., M.D.S., M.S.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Microglia Phagocytosis Contributes to Neural Stem Cell
Loss in the Aging Subventricular Zone
Research Interests: Interactions between neural stem cells and the
diversity of cells that reside in their neurogenic niche that go awry
awry during aging are potential drivers of cognitive decline.
Approaches include scRNA-Seq, confocal microscopy, and live in vitro
vitro imaging.
Ronnie will be starting the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program at Albert Einstein College of
Medicine in the fall.
Ronald R. Cutler
Master of Science in Cell Systems and Anatomy
Biotechnology Track
Mentor Name: Erzsebet Kokovay, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated Transformation of Candida
glabrata
Research Interests: Mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions and
adaptation to the host
Samantha will be starting the Microbiology Ph.D. program at the University of Virginia.
Samantha Katherine D’Spain
Master of Science in Immunology & Infection
Mentor Name: Brian Wickes, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: The Effect of Transforming Growth Factor Beta on Antigen-
Specific CD8+ T Cell Response in the Colon
Erika is currently teaching in Kansas and will begin a position this fall as a STEM teacher in
underserved school districts in Dallas, Texas.
Erika L. Demel
Master of Science in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Molecular Immunology and Microbiology Discipline
Mentor Name: Nu Zhang, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Dental Hygienists’ Role in the Opioid Syndemic: Assessing
Attitudes, Perceptions, and Practices
Research Interests: Substance abuse training and interprofessional
collaboration impacts on opioid use disorder identification,
medication- assisted treatment rates, and outcomes
Michelle is a full-time faculty instructor in the Department of Allied Health & Sciences at
Lamar Institute of Technology.
Michelle DeMoss
Master of Science in Dental Hygiene
Mentor Name: Carol A. Nguyen, RDH, M.S.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: A Cadaveric Study of Variations of the Facial Artery
Research Interests: Anatomical variation, pathology
Erica plans to apply to medical school and become a pathologist.
Erica Michelle Newman Evans
Master of Science in Cell Systems and Anatomy
Anatomical Sciences Track
Mentor Name: Haley Nation, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: The Healthy Aging Index and its Association with Mortality
in Older Mexican and European Americans
Research Interests: Dementia, neurodegenerative diseases, aging,
metabolism and diabetes
Vinutha plans to work on clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease, aging and diabetes and is in the
process of getting physician medical licensure in the United States.
Vinutha Ganapathy
Master of Science in Clinical Investigation and Translational Science
Mentor Name: Sudha Seshadri, M.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: CBCT Evaluation of Inter-Arch Transverse Skeletal
Relationships in Non-Crossbite Subjects
Research Interests: The assessment of the skeletal transverse
dimension in ideal patients and evaluation of molar inclination in
in patients without crossbites
Wesley will be going into private practice for Orthodontics in Cumming, Georgia.
Wesley Robert Gass
Master of Science in Dental Science
Orthodontics Track
Mentor Name: Vishnu Raj, B.D.S., M.S.F.S., M.S.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Effect of Proprietary Filter Application and Artifact Removal
Sequences in Cone Beam CT on Contrast-to-Noise Ratio
Research Interests: Imaging filter algorithms, DICOM and STL
integration, teleradiology, macroeconomics
Sean will return to active duty with the U.S. Navy to practice Oral Maxillofacial Radiology.
Sean Hershberger
Master of Science in Dental Science
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Track
Mentor Name: Hassem Geha, D.D.S., M.D.S.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Detection of Dental Calculus Using Digital Radiography
Research Interests: Periodontics
Jenna will be working at a private periodontal practice in Denver, Colorado.
Jenna C. Hyer
Master of Science in Dental Science
Periodontics Track
Mentor Name: David E. Deas, D.M.D, M.S.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: MED12 Mutation Associated Genomic Instability in
Uterine Fibroids
Research Interests: Genetic and biochemical mechanisms
underlying MED12 mutation induced replication stress and
DNA damage leading to genomic instability in uterine fibroids
fibroids
Samin plans to attend dental school.
Samin Javanmardi
Master of Science in Personalized Molecular Medicine
Mentor Name: Thomas G. Boyer, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Radiographic Alveolar Crest Position in Periodontal Health
Hillary will be starting a position as a staff periodontist and instructor at the Advanced Education
in General Dentistry one year program at the United State Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs,
Colorado.
Hillary Key
Master of Science in Dental Science
Periodontics Track
Mentor Name: Brian Alent, D.M.D., M.S.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Investigating the Role of Mitochondrial Trifunctional Protein
Subunits in Neuroprotection After Stroke
Research Interests: Neuroscience and imaging techniques
Sarah plans to start working in the biotechnology industry following graduation.
Sarah Khoury
Master of Science in Cell Systems and Anatomy
Biotechnology Track
Mentor Name: Jim Lechleiter, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Impact of Ethanol Consumption in the Heart Subjected
to Ischemia and Reperfusion Injury: The Role Mitofilin Plays
Li is currently applying to lab positions.
Li Liu
Master of Science in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Physiology and Pharmacology Discipline
Mentor Name: Jean Bopassa, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Characterization of the Epithelial Lineage Resulting in the Formation
of Enamel and Junctional Epithelium
Research Interests: Genes expressed in the epithelial lineage during
enamel and epithelial attachment formation
Mike will be assigned as the periodontist at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
Michael S. Luna
Master of Science in Dental Science
Periodontics Track
Mentor Name: Yong-Hee P. Chun, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: The Identification of Adhesion Domains and Antigenic
Regions of the P140 Protein form Mycoplasma Genitalium
Danielle Molotsky
Master of Science in Immunology and Infection
Mentor Name: Thirumalai Kanna, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: A Randomized Controlled Trial on the Impact of Healing Time
on Wound Healing Following Ridge Preservation Using a 70/30%
Combination of Mineralized and Demineralized Freeze-Dried Bone
Allograft
Research Interests: Periodontics, implants, and mucogingival procedures
Aaron, along with his wife Bree and three kids: Reese, Graham, and Tate, will be moving to Gilbert,
Arizona in May 2020. Aaron will be starting as an associate periodontist at East Valley Periodontics in
June 2020.
Aaron C. Nelson
Master of Science in Dental Science
Periodontics Track
Mentor Name: Brian L. Mealey, D.D.S., M.S.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Job Satisfaction and Retention of Part-Time Dental Hygiene
Faculty in the U.S. and Canada
Research Interests: Faculty retention and calibration of dental hygiene
faculty
Marie is currently looking for a full–time position in dental hygiene education while continuing to
work as a part–time dental hygiene faculty member in Michigan.
Marie Elizabeth Richey
Master of Science in Dental Hygiene
Mentor Name: JoAnn Jordan, M.A., RDH
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Understanding the Mechanisms that Regulate Centromere
Formation and Maintenance
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms that ensure accurate chromosome
segregation in mitosis and meiosis
Andrea Salinas
Master of Science in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Medicine Discipline
Mentor Name: Katsumi Kitagawa, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Different Phenotype Protocols for Immediate Dental Implants
Research Interests: Hard and soft tissue implant deficiencies in the
esthetic zone; immediate implant placement and loading protocols
Adam Saltz
Master of Science in Dental Science
Periodontics Track
Mentor Name: Brian L. Mealey, D.D.S., M.S.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Effect of Pre- and Post-acquisition of Metal Artifact Reduction
Algorithm on Contrast-to-noise Ratio and Artifact Generated by Four Implant
Implant Material Types on CBCT Under Different kVps
Research Interests: Dynamics of intracellular mechanisms and adaptive
responses to ionizing and non-ionizing radiation exposure
Rana will be taking the second part of the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Board Certification
exam in September 2020.
Rana Sharaf
Master of Science in Dental Science
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Track
Mentor Name: Rujuta Katkar, B.D.S, M.S.
2020 Graduation Slides
Thesis Title: Identification of Novel Antischistosomal Drugs
Rolando Trevino, Jr.
Master of Science in Immunology and Infection
Mentor Name: Philip LoVerde, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Tgm3 Overexpression and its Effect On Cancer Development
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of regulation and inhibition of
colorectal cancer cells development and growth by Tgm3 expression during
during infection and inflammatory disease
Travis is studying for the MCAT and will be applying to medical school.
Travis Williams
Master of Science in Immunology and Infection
Mentor Name: Peter Dube, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Fracture Resistance of Anterior Full Coverage High Translucent
Zirconia Restorations Following Endodontic Access Preparation
Research Interests: Zirconia-based biomaterials in dentistry; dental role in
sleep disorders and sleep-related breathing disorders; management and
and interplay of dental, systemic health and disease
Chris will be starting in a private practice after graduation.
Chris Yang
Master of Science in Dental Science
Prosthodontics Track
Mentor Name: Petrina Gerogianni, D.D.S., M.S., FACP
2020 Graduation Slides
ThesisTitle: Efficacy of the 12-well Color Plate Tuberculosis Diagnostic
Test
Research Interests: Mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions and
adaptation to the host
Kizil will be starting the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program at UT Health San Antonio.
Kizil Ather Yusoof
Master of Science in Immunology and Infection
Mentor Name: Jordi B. Torrelles, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
2020 Graduation Slides
Research Interests: Morphology of the mandibular condyles in patients
with deviated mandibles
Aman will be starting the Prosthodontic Residency Program at New York University, School of
Dentistry this year.
Aman Kaur
Certificate in Translational Science
2020 Graduation Slides
2020 Graduation Slides
ResearchTitle: Substance Abuse/Naloxone, Stop the Bleed, and Infectious Diseases
Notable Awards: Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science
Community Engagement Hero Award, Student Government Association
Association Community Service Learning Award
Courtney has accepted a residency position with UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin.
Courtney Baus
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentor Name: Kirk Evoy, Pharm.D., BCACP, BC-ADM, CTTS
2020 Graduation Slides
Research Interests: Optimal management of anticoagulant therapy;
Strategies for managing HIV disease and secondary infections;
Therapeutic applications of radiopharmaceuticals
Eldridge will begin his journey as a pharmacist at Walgreens Pharmacy in the San Antonio area.
Eldridge Darnell Boyce Jr.
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentor Name: Kirk Evoy, Pharm.D., BCACP, BC-ADM, CTTS
2020 Graduation Slides
Research Interests: Stop The Bleed, Substance Abuse & Naloxone
Notable Awards: Community Service Learning Award, Community
Engagement Hero Award for Outstanding Community Health
Improvement Project
Claire has accepted a residency position with the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System VA in
Nashville, Tennessee.
Claire Brandt
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentor Name: Kirk Evoy, Pharm.D., BCACP, BC-ADM, CTTS
2020 Graduation Slides
ResearchTitle: Antibiotic Utilization Patterns Associated with Pediatric Urinary
Tract Infections in Texas Medicaid Patients
Research Interests: Health care utilization and value assessment
Notable Awards: TSHP Clinical Skills Competition Winner; Honors
Thesis; Community Engagement Hero Award (Stop the Bleed)
Alana has accepted a residency position in managed care at Anthem in Norfolk, Virginia.
Alana Michelle Coleman
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentor Name: Karen Rascati, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
Notable Awards: Friendliest Classmate SA 2019
Richard has accepted a residency position with St. David’s South Austin Medical Center in
Austin, Texas.
Richard George Crowell
Doctor of Pharmacy
2020 Graduation Slides
ResearchTitle: Impact of Student Pharmacist-led Naloxone Academic Detailing
at Community Pharmacies in Texas
Research Interests: Substance abuse, infectious disease, cardiovascular
diseases
Notable Awards: PDC Professional & Service Projects Award, UT Health
San Antonio Community Service Learning Judge’s Choice Award for Best
for Best Poster
William has accepted a residency position with the University of New Mexico Hospital in
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
William R. Godinez
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentor Name: Kirk Evoy, Pharm.D., BCACP, BC-ADM, CTTS
2020 Graduation Slides
Notable Awards: Second Runner-Up as a member of the University of
Texas at Austin Team at the 2019 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA
Pruitt-Schutte Annual Student Business Plan Competition
Chelsea plans to return to her hometown of Nacogdoches, Texas to serve the people of East
Texas as a community pharmacist.
Chelsea Griffin
Doctor of Pharmacy
2020 Graduation Slides
ResearchTitle: Impact of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine on Pneumonia
Burden in the United States
Research Interests: Infectious diseases, opioid abuse
Notable Awards: Baptist Health Foundation Scholarship
James has accepted a residency position with the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San
Antonio, Texas.
James Hsu
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentor Name: Grace C. Lee, Pharm.D., Ph.D., BCPS
2020 Graduation Slides
Research Interests: Critical care, emergency medicine, pediatrics
Ashly has accepted a pharmacy residency position with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health in
Edinburgh, Texas.
Ashly Nasima Ibrahim
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentor Name: Kelly Reveles, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
ResearchTitle:The Impact of Rapid DiagnosticTesting, SurveillanceSoftware,and Clinical
PharmacistStaffingat a Large Community Hospitalin the Managementof Gram-Negative
NegativeBloodstreamInfections;The Impact of the Verigene®Gram-positive Blood Culture
Culture Panel on the Managementof VancomycinResistantEnterococciBloodstreamInfections
Infectionsin a Multi-Site Cohort Study; The Impact of the BioFire® FilmArray®
GastrointestinalSyndromic Panelon the Managementof InfectiousGastroenteritisdue to
to DiarrheagenicE.coliStrains in a Large Community Hospital;Utility of T2BacteriaPanel for
Panel for Antibiotic Stewardshipin PatientsUndergoing HematopoieticStem Cell
Transplantation
Research Interests: Rapid diagnostics, antibiotic stewardship
Chris will be taking over as chief operating officer at the nutraceutical company, Betterbrand.
Christopher Bryan Jackson
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentor Name: Grace Lee, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
Research Interests: Geriatrics, transitions of care, health disparities in
minorities, anticoagulation, federal healthcare systems, and ambulatory
ambulatory care
NotableAwards: 2018 STVHCS VALOR Intern and 2019 Pharmacy Exchange
Program APPE Student in Barcelona, Spain
Aly has accepted a residency with the Albuquerque Indian Health Center in New Mexico,
focusing on Ambulatory Care.
Alyeshka Liz Jusino-Acosta
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentors: Justina Lipscomb, Pharm.D., BCPS
Ashley Oliver Harold, Pharm.D., BCPS
2020 Graduation Slides
Research Titles: Hypoglycemia Associated Alone and in Combination with
Sulfonylureas and Meglitinides: An Epidemiologic Surveillance Study of the FDA
the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERs); Stop the Bleed: An
Interprofessional Community Service Learning Project Assessing the Efficacy of
Efficacy of Pharmacist-Led Hemorrhage Control Education for Laypersons
Laypersons
Research Interests: Pediatrics & Critical Care
Notable Awards: Student Government Association Research & Scholarship
Award 2020
Kaitlin has accepted a pediatric pharmacy resident position at Children’s Medical Center Dallas in
Dallas, Texas.
Kaitlin Kennedy
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentor Name: Chris Frei, Pharm.D., M.Sc., FCCP, BCPS
2020 Graduation Slides
Hanna Kim
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentor Name: Jim Koeller, M.S.
Research Interests: Oncology
Notable Awards: TSHP Clinical Skills Competition P3 Winner
Hanna has accepted a residency position at the Corpus Christi Medical Center.
2020 Graduation Slides
ResearchTitle:Depression and Antidepressant Medication May Increase
ClostridioidesdifficileInfection Risk in a National Cohort of Veterans; Drug Use
Evaluation of Lithium at a State Psychiatric Facility Supports Need for Improved
Improved Monitoring
Research Interests: Infectious Disease and Psychiatry
Notable Awards: Honors Research and Thesis; University Honors
Falak accepted a residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership with an
M.S. in Health–System Pharmacy Administration at University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City,
Utah.
Falak Lalani
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentors: Kelly Reveles, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Stephen R. Saklad, Pharm.D., BCPP
2020 Graduation Slides
Research Interests: Oncology, solid organ transplantation, transitions of
care
Notable Awards: Peter John Layden and Professor Willet T. Conklin
Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Pharmacy
Andres is currently seeking positions as a pharmacist.
Andres Leos
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentors: Jonathan Enchinton, Pharm.D., BCPS
Travis Smith, Pharm.D., BCPS
2020 Graduation Slides
ResearchTitle:Stop the Bleed: the Efficacy of Pharmacist-led Hemorrhage Education for
Laypersons; Operation Naloxone: Interprofessional Overdose Prevention Service
Service LearningExpanded
Research Interests: Substance use disorders, community outreach
Notable Awards: Outstanding Community Health Improvement Project, San
Antonio Student Government Community Service Learning Award
Robert plans to serve the San Antonio community while continuing professional organization
experience on the local and national levels.
Robert Moton
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentor Name: Kirk Evoy, Pharm.D., BCACP, BC-ADM, CTTS
2020 Graduation Slides
ResearchTitle: Spironolactone and Eplerenone Use in Heart Failure Patients
with Reduced Ejection Fraction at Discharge at a Large Community Hospital
Hospital
Research Interests: Emergency medicine
Notable Awards: Alan and Nancy Hamm Endowed Presidential
Scholarship in Pharmacy
Hannah has accepted a residency position with Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s
Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.
Hannah Taylor Mucha
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentor Name: Kirk E. Evoy, Pharm.D., BCACP, BC-ADM, CTTS
2020 Graduation Slides
ResearchTitle: Comparing Acute Kidney Injury Reports Among Antibiotics: A
Pharmacovigilance Study of the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS)
(FAERS)
Clinical Interests: Critical care and emergency medicine
Notable Awards: Student Government Association Research/Scholarship
Award 2020
Taylor has accepted a residency position at the University of New Mexico Hospital in
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Taylor Patek
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentor Name: Christopher R. Frei, Pharm.D., M.Sc., FCCP, BCPS
2020 Graduation Slides
Notable Awards: Bergen Brunswig Corporation Endowed Presidential
Scholarship, Peter John Layden and Professor Willet T. Conklin Endowed
Endowed Presidential Scholarship, Pharmacy Alumni Endowed
Scholarship; UT-SSHP Clinical Skills Competition, 1st place
Melissa has accepted a residency at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas.
Melissa Nacu Weller
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentor Name: Jennifer Seltzer, Pharm.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
Clinical Interests: Emergency medicine and critical care
Notable Awards: Student Government Association Clinical Skills Award
2020
Mac accepted a residency at University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.
Mac Whaley
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentor Name: Bryson Duhon, Pharm.D., BCPS
2020 Graduation Slides
ResearchTitle: National Ambulatory Care Prescribing of Oral Antibiotics and
Prevalence of Inappropriate Prescribing in the United States, 2009 to 2016
2016
Research Interests: Infectious diseases
Notable Awards: James T. and Phyllis Doluisio Endowed Presidential
Scholarship in Pharmacy
Alex will be starting the combined masters of pharmacotherapy/clinical residency program at UT
Health San Antonio.
Alexander Gregory Yap
Doctor of Pharmacy
Mentor Name: Kelly Reveles, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
2020 Graduation Slides
CapstoneProject: An Open Source Tool to Visualize Potential Cone Collisions
while Planning SRS Cases
Research Interests: Patient technical education in medical physics
Anna Laura will be moving to Louisville, Kentucky where she has obtained a job as a clinical
therapy physicist.
Anna Laura Licon
Doctorate of Medical Physics
Mentor Name: Sotirios Stathakis, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
CapstoneProject: Electron Cutout Factor Variation Across Centers with
Matched Linear Accelerators
Research Interests: Surface Guided Imaging, Stereotactic Radiosurgery
James is currently interviewing at several locations for a therapeutic medical physicist position.
James McCulloch
Doctorate of Medical Physics
Mentor Name: Neil Kirby, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
CapstoneProject: HDR Applicator Commissioning Using Linear Accelerator
On-Board Imaging
Research Interests: Proton therapy and HDR
Daniel will be moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico to work as a therapeutic medical physicist at
New Mexico Cancer Center.
Daniel J. Nicewonger
Doctorate of Medical Physics
Mentor Name: Karl Rasmussen, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
CapstoneProject: Implementation of an Automated Digital Radiography
Quality Control Program
Alex is currently applying for medical physicist positions.
Alex Zhao
Doctorate of Medical Physics
Mentor Name: Geoffrey D. Clarke, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Stress Effects on Neuronal Connectivity in the
Orbitofrontal Cortex
Research Interests: Novel signaling mechanisms in the prefrontal cortex
that may underlay cognitive deficits induced by chronic stress
Samantha Adler
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Neuroscience Discipline
Mentor Name: David Morilak, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Novel Role of Natural and Synthetic Glucocorticoids in
Breast and Colon Cancer or Stress Can Kill You
Research Interests: Investigating psychological stress effect on chemo-
resistance in breast and colon cancer and the role of natural compounds
compounds as anti-cancer/anti-stress agents
Kristina will continue conducting cancer research and enhance human health by turning her
basic science observations into effective clinical interventions.
Kristina Andrijauskaite
Doctor of Philosophy in Translational Science
Mentor Name: Michael Wargovich, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
Dissertation Title: The Role of the Diabetes gene and WNT Pathway Effector
Transcription Factor 7-Like 2 on Hepatic Metabolic Zonation
Research Interests: Genetic epidemiology and integrated physiology of
metabolic diseases
Iriscilla is currently in a postdoctoral position at UT Health San Antonio.
Iriscilla Imabary Ayala
Doctor of Philosophy in Cellular and Structural Biology
Mentors: Ralph DeFronzo, M.D.
Luke Norton, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Linking Microbiome-Associated Endotoxmia to Insulin
Sensitivity and Obesity
Research Interests: Gerontology and the study of aging-associated
diseases, pathogenesis of insulin resistance, senolytics therapies
Eric will be returning to medical school as part of the South Texas Medical Scientist Training
Program at UT Health San Antonio.
Eric Baeuerle
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Science
Biology of Aging Discipline
Mentor Name: Nicolas Musi, M.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Dosimetric Effects of Inhomogenous Media for Sub-MeV
Photon Radiotherapy
Research Interests: Dosimetry, nanoparticle, low energy radiation,
radiotherapy, HDR, heterogenous media
Nema will be starting a medical physics residency at UC Davis.
Nema Bassiri
Doctor of Philosophy in Radiological Sciences
Medical Physics Therapy Track
Mentor Name: Neil Kirby, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: High Omega-6 Diet Produces a Painful Peripheral
Neuropathy that is Rescued by Altering Membrane Lipid Content or
Enzyme Activity
Research Interests: Peripheral mechanisms of sensory dysfunction, lipid
and dietary regulation of afferent fiber activity, contribution of non-
neuronal cells to nociception and nerve damage
Jacob will be returning to medical school as part of the South Texas Medical Scientist Training
Program at UT Health San Antonio.
Jacob Tyler Boyd
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Philosophy and Pharmacology Discipline
Mentor Name: Kenneth M. Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: El Valor De La Amabilidad: Experiences of Predominantly
Spanish-speaking Women with Prenatal Care and Giving Birth in the United
United States, A Latinidad Ethnographic Research
Research Interests: The experiences of immigrant mothers with
childbirth in the United States
Marisol is a clinical educator with Women Services at University Health System.
Marisol Arizmendi Bretón-Leija
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science
Mentor Name: Sara L. Gill, Ph.D., RN, IBCLC, FAAN
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Derivation of Olfactory Placodal Cells from Human
Pluripotent Stem Cells
Research Interests: Cell-based therapies for neurological disorders
Rebecca Bricker
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Medicine Discipline
Mentor Name: Melanie Carless, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Functional Characterization of Tumor-Associated
Germline TMEM127 Variants
Research Interests: Inherited genetic disorders; genetic susceptibility;
applied genetics
Shahida is a forensic and molecular genetics research fellow/DNA analyst at the Harris County
Institute of Forensic Sciences in Houston, Texas.
Mentor Name: Patricia Dahia, M.D., Ph.D.
Shahida K. Flores
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Medicine Discipline
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Discovery of Small-molecule Inhibitors of Excision
Repair Cross-complementation Group 1 and Three Prime Repair
Exonuclease 2
Research Interests: Understanding the structural basis for protein-protein
interactions and its importance in cancer and drug discovery
Liezl will begin her postdoctoral fellowship at UT Health Houston in July 2020.
Liezl E. Francisco
Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry
Mentor Name: Dmitri Ivanov, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Care Episode of Parents of Children with Asthma
Research Interests: Asthma care in the pediatric population from a
systems perspective, role preference, socioecological model, social
justice
Jasmine R. Graw
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science
Mentor Name: Sara Gill, Ph.D., RN, IBCLC, FAAN
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Structural and Functional Alterations in Major Depressive
Disorder: A Multi-Modal Meta-Analytic Approach to Network Modeling
Research Interests: Automated image analysis, computational modeling,
big-data methods
Jodie will be starting work at a private defense contracting company in Navarre, Florida.
Jodie P. Gray
Doctor of Philosophy in Radiological Sciences
Medical Physics and Neuroscience Imaging Tracks
Mentor Name: Peter T. Fox, M.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Astrocytes Sense the Integration of Sensory Input with
Arousal by Noradrenergic Terminals
Research Interests: Understanding the contributions of CNS support cells
during behaviors that exemplify brain state changes
Shawn began employment as a project manager for a local cell biologics company in San
Antonio, Texas.
Shawn Ryan Gray
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering
Mentor Name: Martin Paukert, M.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Insights into the Molecular Mechanisms and
Development of Novel Therapeutics to Treat Human Schistosomiasis
Meghan A. Guzman-Rueda
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Molecular Immunology and Microbiology Discipline
Mentor Name: Philip T. LoVerde, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: The Role of Secretory Factor Leucine-rich Alpha-2-
glycoprotein 1 in Obesity-induced Hepatic Steatosis and Insulin
Resistance
Research Interests: Endocrine function of adipose tissues and molecular
mechanisms of adipokine dysregulation in obesity-induced metabolic
metabolic disorders
Sijia is working as a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Xianlin Han from The Sam and Ann
Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies at UT Health San Antonio.
Sijia He
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Physiology and Pharmacology Discipline
Mentor Name: Feng Liu, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: N-Terminal Auto-Ubiquitylation of the TIRM5a
Antiviral Factor as Controlled by the Proximity of Three Ring Domains
Domains Present in the Hexagonal TRIM5a Assemblies Formed Atop
Atop Retroviral Capsids
Frank is starting a postdoctoral position at UT Health San Antonio working on a COVID-19
project.
Frank Herkules
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry Discipline
Mentor Name: Dmitri Ivanov, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: SIRT1, A Double-edged Sword During Prostate
Pathogenesis
Research Interests: Identification of molecular mechanisms associated with
prostate cancer progression and development of therapeutic resistance for
resistance for improved current treatment options
Shih-Bo will be starting a postdoctoral position at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City.
Shih-Bo Huang
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Cancer Biology Discipline
Mentor Name: Addanki Pratap Kumar, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Assessing the Significance of Mitochondrial Dysfunction
in Doxorubicin Induced-Cardiomyopathy
Research Interests: Single cell biology, deep learning, bioinformatics,
molecular cardiology
Brian will be returning to medical school as part of the South Texas Medical Scientist Training
Program at UT Health San Antonio.
Brian Sean Iskra
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Cancer Biology Discipline
Mentor Name: Gregory J. Aune, M.D., Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Genetic Influence over Age-Related Functional
Connectivity Changes within the Default Mode Network of the Aging
Aging Brain
Research Interests: Identifying neurobiomarkers and defining
endophenotypes of neurocognitive and neurodegenerative disorders
disorders using neuroimaging measures
Cassandra will be returning to medical school as part of the South Texas Medical Scientist
Training Program at UT Health San Antonio.
Cassandra Dee Leonardo
Doctor of Philosophy in Radiological Sciences
Neuroscience Imaging Track
Mentor Name: Peter T. Fox, M.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Insights into Mitochondrial Function in Cardiac
Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury
Research Interests: Chronic G protein-coupled estrogen receptor
signaling, mitochondrial structure and function in cardioprotection
Ngoni Madungwe
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering
Mentor Name: Jean Bopassa, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Exploring Demands Faced by Today’s Nurse Leaders
Research Interests: Leadership development, succession planning in
healthcare leadership, mentoring, change management, organizational
organizational development
Isabel currently works at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System as the nurse manager in
the Balcones Heights Primary Care Clinic.
Isabel Calderon Martinez
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science
Mentor Name: Carrie Jo Braden, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Evaluation of Biogenic Aldehydes as Therapeutic
Targets in Parkinson’s Disease
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms underlying protein
aggregation and accumulation that result in neurotoxicity
Anthony will continue research in the area of Parkinson’s Disease at UT Health San Antonio.
Paul Anthony Martinez
Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology
Mentor Name: Randy Strong, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Characterization of a Novel Inhibitor of Candida albicans
Filamentation Produced by Candida glabrata
Research Interests: Mechanisms that regulate filamentation and biofilm
formation in the opportunistic fungal organism Candida albicans
Sabrina is a consultant for clinical trial optimization and investigation for new indications of
FDA–approved drugs.
Sabrina Martinez
Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology
Mentor Name: David Kadosh, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Regulation of Peripheral Kappa Opioid Receptor –
Mediated Antinociception
Research Interests: Opioid receptor signaling and pharmacology,
inflammatory pain, peripheral sensory neurons, and non-neuronal
peripheral cells involved in pain and analgesia
Miryam will be applying to postdoctoral positions in the United States after graduation.
Miryam Marta Pando
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Neuroscience Discipline
Mentor Name: Kelly A. Berg, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Clinical Implementation of Monte Carlo Modeling of the Elekta
Versa HD Linear Accelerator with the Agility Collimator Head
Research Interests: Radiotherapy dose calculation algorithms, Monte Carlo
methods, radiotherapy patient-specific quality assurance
Holly will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at UT Health San Antonio followed by a two-year
radiation oncology physics residency at the UT Health San Antonio Mays Cancer Center.
Holly Marie Parenica
Doctor of Philosophy in Radiological Sciences
Medical Physics Therapy Track
Mentor Name: Sotirios Stathakis, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Novel Approaches to Improving the Treatment of Triple
Negative Breast Cancer
Research Interests: Triple negative breast cancer, drug discovery, natural
products, microtubule targeting agents, extracellular vesicles
Petra will be returning to medical school as part of the South Texas Medical Scientist Training
Program at UT Health San Antonio.
Petra Elizabeth Jans Pederson
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Physiology and Pharmacology Discipline
Mentor Name: Susan L. Mooberry, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Unfinished Nursing Care: A Mixed Methods Study
Research Interests: Unfinished nursing care, moral distress, pressure
injuries
Mary Lee is the director of professional nursing practice at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital in
San Antonio, Texas.
Mary Lee Potter
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science
Mentor Name: Janna Lesser, RN, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Investigating the Mechanisms Involved in Early Steps of
Ebola Virus Infection
Research Interests: Characterization of molecular mechanisms, drug
target identification and the rational design of novel therapeutics and
and drug delivery vehicles
Maritza is currently working on COVID-19 research at Texas Biomedical Research Institute in
San Antonio, Texas.
Maritza V. Quintero
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry Discipline
Mentors: Robert Davey, Ph.D. and Jean Patterson Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: B Cell TLR/BCR Co-engagement Induces Hypermutated
and Class-Switched Protective Antibody Responses in Absence of T Cells
Carlos Eduardo Rivera
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Molecular Immunology and Microbiology Discipline
Mentor Name: Zhenming Xu, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: A Device for Beam Quality Measurements in
Computed Tomography
Research Interests: Radiation therapy physics, diagnostic imaging
physics, radiation dosimetry, health physics, radiation protection,
protection, nuclear incident/accident response, laser radiation safety,
safety, design of experiments, nuclear energy, space propulsion and
and exploration
Nestor is currently pursuing positions in academia in the greater San Antonio area.
Néstor A. Ruiz González
Doctor of Philosophy in Radiological Sciences
Mentor: Geoffrey D. Clarke, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Ebola Virus Encoded
Proteins
Ashley has accepted a postdoctoral position in Dr. Joseph Donfack’s FBI Laboratory in the
Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit, Quantico, Virginia.
Ashley Silvia
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Medicine Discipline
Mentor Name: Anthony Griffiths, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: The Novel Sushi Protein SRPX2 Protects Synapses from
Complement-Mediated Elimination
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of synapse elimination and
identification of synaptic protectors
Breeanne will be continuing research on synapse elimination as a postdoctoral research fellow at
UT Health San Antonio.
Breeanne Soteros
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Neuroscience Discipline
Mentor Name: Gek-Ming Sia, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Engineering and Characterization of Photoconvertible
Fluorescent Proteins for Quantitative Localization Microscopy
Research Interests: Regulation of membrane protein organization,
genetically encoded fluorescent probes, and high content bioimage
analysis
Brian is currently a postdoctoral fellow at UT Health San Antonio.
Brian Stoveken
Doctor of Philosophy in Cellular and Structural Biology
Mentor Name: James D. Lechleiter, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Identification of Critical Factors for Replication Fork
Stability in Cancer
Research Interests: Genetic contributions to human disease
Erin is an associate human molecular geneticist at Prevention Genetics in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
Erin Hannah Sybouts
Doctor of Philosophy in Cellular and Structural Biology
Mentor Name: Alexander James Roy Bishop, D.Phil.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Role of AlkB homolog 5, RNA demethylase in
Osteosarcoma
Research Interests: Epitranscriptomic regulation of gene expression,
cancer biology and epigenetics
Pooja will be starting a postdoctoral fellowship at UT Health San Antonio.
Pooja Yadav
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Cancer Biology Discipline
Mentor Name: Manjeet Rao, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides
DissertationTitle: Role of YAP/TAZ in the Initiation of Human Pancreatic
Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDAC)
Research Interests: Identified the mechanisms of how YAP/TAZ induce
acinar-to-ductal metaplasia during PDAC initiation and provided
knowledge for the exploration of early diagnosis and treatments for
PDAC
Xue is a pharmacy intern at Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin.
Xue Yin
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences
Cancer Biology Discipline
Mentor Name: Pei Wang, Ph.D.
2020 Graduation Slides

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2020 Graduation Slides

  • 5. ThesisTitle: Characterization of Mechanisms of Resistance of ATXII in Pediatric Cell Lines Research Interests: Microbial pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, oncology, pharmacology and molecular genetics Ivan X. Albino Flores Master of Science in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Molecular Immunology & Microbiology Track Mentor Name: Peter Houghton, Ph.D.
  • 7. ThesisTitle: Evaluation of Healing at Molar Extraction Sites with Ridge Preservation using a Non-resorbable Dense Polytetrafluoroethylene Polytetrafluoroethylene (dPTFE) Membrane Research Interests: Periodontal regenerative therapy, soft tissue management around teeth and implants and relationship between between periodontal disease and systemic health Arwa will return to Saudi Arabia and start working for the Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs as a full–time periodontist and part–time in private practice. Arwa M. Al Hugail Master of Science in Dental Science Periodontics Track Mentor Name: Brian L. Mealey, D.D.S., M.S.
  • 8. ThesisTitle: Demineralization Inhibition of Enamel at Restoration Margins of Vitremer, Z 100 and Activa Bioactive Restorative Materials: An Materials: An In Vitro Study Research Interests: Behavioral management, caries prevention and restorative materials in pediatric population Alaa is planning to return to Saudi Arabia and work for the Ministry of Health and as a part–time faculty member in academia. Alaa Al Jameel Master of Science in Dental Science Pediatric Dentistry Track Mentor Name: Kevin J. Donly, D.D.S, M.S.
  • 10. ThesisTitle: Quantitative Assessment of Mechanical Allodynia and its Association with Endodontic Diagnosis, Pre-Operative Pain Levels and Levels and Catastrophizing Research Interests: Endodontics Ahmed is going back to Saudi Arabia and will start working as an assistant professor in the Department of Endodontics at Najran University. Ahmed Ali Alelyani Master of Science in Dental Science Endodontics Track Mentor Name: Anibal Diogenes, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
  • 12. ThesisTitle: Accuracy of CBCT Machine in Detecting Root Fracture when Metal Artifact Reduction (MAR) Filter is Used at Different Different Settings of Kvp on Plameca Promax 3D Research Interests: Diagnostic accuracy of CBCT and quality control Ahmed Almeshari Master of Science in Dental Science Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Track Mentor Name: Hassem Geha, D.D.S., M.S.
  • 14. ThesisTitle: Inhibiting the Growth of Candida Albicans Biofilm on Denture Materials by Organo-selenium-containing Dental Sealant Sealant Research Interests: Bioactive dental materials, implant dentistry and clinical prosthodontics Neda Al-Mojel Master of Science in Dental Science Prosthodontics Track Mentor Name: Bennett T. Amaechi, B.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D.
  • 16. ThesisTitle: Comparing Maxillary Incisors Extrusion Using Clear Aligner Therapy with Facial Attachments Versus Facial and Lingual Attachments Attachments Research Interests: Orthodontics Ahmed will be working in Prince Sultan Medical Military City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as an orthodontist. Ahmed Alotaibi Master of Science in Dental Science Orthodontics Track Mentor Name: Ravikumar Anthony, D.D.S.
  • 18. ThesisTitle: Effect of Oral Health Campaign on Children of Refugees' Families Research Interests: Disparities in children’s oral health to identify the cultural, workforce, behavioral, and biological factors associated with with health disparities among ethnic/racial groups Murad is currently working at the Pediatric and Orthodontic Department of Dentistry at Qassim University, Saudi Arabia. Murad Alrashdi Master of Science in Dental Science Pediatric Dentistry Track Mentor Name: Maria Jose Cervantes Mendez, D.D.S., M.Sc.
  • 20. ThesisTitle: Impact of Different Surgical Protocols on Dimensional Changes of Oral Soft Tissue Autografts: A Randomized Controlled Controlled Trial Research Interests: Free soft tissue autograft dimensional changes with an apical periosteal fenestration Akemi will be joining her father’s periodontics practice in California. Akemi Arzouman Master of Science in Dental Science Periodontics Track Mentor Name: Brian Mealey, D.D.S., M.S.
  • 22. ThesisTitle: Differences in Maxillary and Mandibular First Molar Size and Shape in Class I, Class II and Class III Malocclusions in Hispanics using using Geometric Morphometric Analysis Research Interests: Analysis of tooth shape and size in different ethnicities and malocclusion types using geometric morphometrics morphometrics Sana plans to start practicing full-time at a local orthodontic office. Sana Banday Master of Science in Dental Science Orthodontics Track Mentor Name: Peter Gakunga, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
  • 24. Thesis Title: Identification of Therapeutic Targets in Diabetes-Induced Breast Cancer Metastasis Research Interests: Clinical periodontics Liz will return to Canada and work as a periodontist in the Canadian Armed Forces. Lizandre Belanger Master of Science in Dental Science Periodontics Track Mentor Name: Nandini Ghosh-Choudhury, Ph.D.
  • 26. ThesisTitle: The Role of the Kynurenine Pathway on Neural Stem Cell Function Research Interests: Molecularmechanismsbehindadultneurogenesis, neurodegenerativedisease,neuroinflammationandaging Morgan will be starting the Life and Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program at the University of Sydney, Australia. Morgan Bucknor Master of Science in Cell Systems and Anatomy Biotechnology Track Mentor Name: Erzsebet Kokovay, Ph.D.
  • 28. ThesisTitle: External Root Resorption of Mandibular Incisors in Patients Treated with Empower Self-ligating Brackets Versus Invisalign: A Cone-beam Computed Tomography Study Research Interests: Orthodontics, root resorption, clear aligners Corbin will be working as an orthodontist at Sparkman Orthodontics in Amarillo, Texas. Corbin Clifton Master of Science in Dental Science Orthodontics Track Mentor Name: Ravikumar Anthony, B.D.S., M.D.S., M.S.
  • 30. ThesisTitle: Microglia Phagocytosis Contributes to Neural Stem Cell Loss in the Aging Subventricular Zone Research Interests: Interactions between neural stem cells and the diversity of cells that reside in their neurogenic niche that go awry awry during aging are potential drivers of cognitive decline. Approaches include scRNA-Seq, confocal microscopy, and live in vitro vitro imaging. Ronnie will be starting the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the fall. Ronald R. Cutler Master of Science in Cell Systems and Anatomy Biotechnology Track Mentor Name: Erzsebet Kokovay, Ph.D.
  • 32. ThesisTitle: Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated Transformation of Candida glabrata Research Interests: Mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions and adaptation to the host Samantha will be starting the Microbiology Ph.D. program at the University of Virginia. Samantha Katherine D’Spain Master of Science in Immunology & Infection Mentor Name: Brian Wickes, Ph.D.
  • 34. ThesisTitle: The Effect of Transforming Growth Factor Beta on Antigen- Specific CD8+ T Cell Response in the Colon Erika is currently teaching in Kansas and will begin a position this fall as a STEM teacher in underserved school districts in Dallas, Texas. Erika L. Demel Master of Science in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Molecular Immunology and Microbiology Discipline Mentor Name: Nu Zhang, Ph.D.
  • 36. ThesisTitle: Dental Hygienists’ Role in the Opioid Syndemic: Assessing Attitudes, Perceptions, and Practices Research Interests: Substance abuse training and interprofessional collaboration impacts on opioid use disorder identification, medication- assisted treatment rates, and outcomes Michelle is a full-time faculty instructor in the Department of Allied Health & Sciences at Lamar Institute of Technology. Michelle DeMoss Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Mentor Name: Carol A. Nguyen, RDH, M.S.
  • 38. ThesisTitle: A Cadaveric Study of Variations of the Facial Artery Research Interests: Anatomical variation, pathology Erica plans to apply to medical school and become a pathologist. Erica Michelle Newman Evans Master of Science in Cell Systems and Anatomy Anatomical Sciences Track Mentor Name: Haley Nation, Ph.D.
  • 40. ThesisTitle: The Healthy Aging Index and its Association with Mortality in Older Mexican and European Americans Research Interests: Dementia, neurodegenerative diseases, aging, metabolism and diabetes Vinutha plans to work on clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease, aging and diabetes and is in the process of getting physician medical licensure in the United States. Vinutha Ganapathy Master of Science in Clinical Investigation and Translational Science Mentor Name: Sudha Seshadri, M.D.
  • 42. ThesisTitle: CBCT Evaluation of Inter-Arch Transverse Skeletal Relationships in Non-Crossbite Subjects Research Interests: The assessment of the skeletal transverse dimension in ideal patients and evaluation of molar inclination in in patients without crossbites Wesley will be going into private practice for Orthodontics in Cumming, Georgia. Wesley Robert Gass Master of Science in Dental Science Orthodontics Track Mentor Name: Vishnu Raj, B.D.S., M.S.F.S., M.S.
  • 44. ThesisTitle: Effect of Proprietary Filter Application and Artifact Removal Sequences in Cone Beam CT on Contrast-to-Noise Ratio Research Interests: Imaging filter algorithms, DICOM and STL integration, teleradiology, macroeconomics Sean will return to active duty with the U.S. Navy to practice Oral Maxillofacial Radiology. Sean Hershberger Master of Science in Dental Science Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Track Mentor Name: Hassem Geha, D.D.S., M.D.S.
  • 46. ThesisTitle: Detection of Dental Calculus Using Digital Radiography Research Interests: Periodontics Jenna will be working at a private periodontal practice in Denver, Colorado. Jenna C. Hyer Master of Science in Dental Science Periodontics Track Mentor Name: David E. Deas, D.M.D, M.S.
  • 48. ThesisTitle: MED12 Mutation Associated Genomic Instability in Uterine Fibroids Research Interests: Genetic and biochemical mechanisms underlying MED12 mutation induced replication stress and DNA damage leading to genomic instability in uterine fibroids fibroids Samin plans to attend dental school. Samin Javanmardi Master of Science in Personalized Molecular Medicine Mentor Name: Thomas G. Boyer, Ph.D.
  • 50. ThesisTitle: Radiographic Alveolar Crest Position in Periodontal Health Hillary will be starting a position as a staff periodontist and instructor at the Advanced Education in General Dentistry one year program at the United State Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hillary Key Master of Science in Dental Science Periodontics Track Mentor Name: Brian Alent, D.M.D., M.S.
  • 52. ThesisTitle: Investigating the Role of Mitochondrial Trifunctional Protein Subunits in Neuroprotection After Stroke Research Interests: Neuroscience and imaging techniques Sarah plans to start working in the biotechnology industry following graduation. Sarah Khoury Master of Science in Cell Systems and Anatomy Biotechnology Track Mentor Name: Jim Lechleiter, Ph.D.
  • 54. ThesisTitle: Impact of Ethanol Consumption in the Heart Subjected to Ischemia and Reperfusion Injury: The Role Mitofilin Plays Li is currently applying to lab positions. Li Liu Master of Science in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Physiology and Pharmacology Discipline Mentor Name: Jean Bopassa, Ph.D.
  • 56. ThesisTitle: Characterization of the Epithelial Lineage Resulting in the Formation of Enamel and Junctional Epithelium Research Interests: Genes expressed in the epithelial lineage during enamel and epithelial attachment formation Mike will be assigned as the periodontist at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Michael S. Luna Master of Science in Dental Science Periodontics Track Mentor Name: Yong-Hee P. Chun, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
  • 58. ThesisTitle: The Identification of Adhesion Domains and Antigenic Regions of the P140 Protein form Mycoplasma Genitalium Danielle Molotsky Master of Science in Immunology and Infection Mentor Name: Thirumalai Kanna, Ph.D.
  • 60. ThesisTitle: A Randomized Controlled Trial on the Impact of Healing Time on Wound Healing Following Ridge Preservation Using a 70/30% Combination of Mineralized and Demineralized Freeze-Dried Bone Allograft Research Interests: Periodontics, implants, and mucogingival procedures Aaron, along with his wife Bree and three kids: Reese, Graham, and Tate, will be moving to Gilbert, Arizona in May 2020. Aaron will be starting as an associate periodontist at East Valley Periodontics in June 2020. Aaron C. Nelson Master of Science in Dental Science Periodontics Track Mentor Name: Brian L. Mealey, D.D.S., M.S.
  • 62. ThesisTitle: Job Satisfaction and Retention of Part-Time Dental Hygiene Faculty in the U.S. and Canada Research Interests: Faculty retention and calibration of dental hygiene faculty Marie is currently looking for a full–time position in dental hygiene education while continuing to work as a part–time dental hygiene faculty member in Michigan. Marie Elizabeth Richey Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Mentor Name: JoAnn Jordan, M.A., RDH
  • 64. ThesisTitle: Understanding the Mechanisms that Regulate Centromere Formation and Maintenance Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms that ensure accurate chromosome segregation in mitosis and meiosis Andrea Salinas Master of Science in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Medicine Discipline Mentor Name: Katsumi Kitagawa, Ph.D.
  • 66. ThesisTitle: Different Phenotype Protocols for Immediate Dental Implants Research Interests: Hard and soft tissue implant deficiencies in the esthetic zone; immediate implant placement and loading protocols Adam Saltz Master of Science in Dental Science Periodontics Track Mentor Name: Brian L. Mealey, D.D.S., M.S.
  • 68. ThesisTitle: Effect of Pre- and Post-acquisition of Metal Artifact Reduction Algorithm on Contrast-to-noise Ratio and Artifact Generated by Four Implant Implant Material Types on CBCT Under Different kVps Research Interests: Dynamics of intracellular mechanisms and adaptive responses to ionizing and non-ionizing radiation exposure Rana will be taking the second part of the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Board Certification exam in September 2020. Rana Sharaf Master of Science in Dental Science Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Track Mentor Name: Rujuta Katkar, B.D.S, M.S.
  • 70. Thesis Title: Identification of Novel Antischistosomal Drugs Rolando Trevino, Jr. Master of Science in Immunology and Infection Mentor Name: Philip LoVerde, Ph.D.
  • 72. ThesisTitle: Tgm3 Overexpression and its Effect On Cancer Development Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of regulation and inhibition of colorectal cancer cells development and growth by Tgm3 expression during during infection and inflammatory disease Travis is studying for the MCAT and will be applying to medical school. Travis Williams Master of Science in Immunology and Infection Mentor Name: Peter Dube, Ph.D.
  • 74. ThesisTitle: Fracture Resistance of Anterior Full Coverage High Translucent Zirconia Restorations Following Endodontic Access Preparation Research Interests: Zirconia-based biomaterials in dentistry; dental role in sleep disorders and sleep-related breathing disorders; management and and interplay of dental, systemic health and disease Chris will be starting in a private practice after graduation. Chris Yang Master of Science in Dental Science Prosthodontics Track Mentor Name: Petrina Gerogianni, D.D.S., M.S., FACP
  • 76. ThesisTitle: Efficacy of the 12-well Color Plate Tuberculosis Diagnostic Test Research Interests: Mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions and adaptation to the host Kizil will be starting the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program at UT Health San Antonio. Kizil Ather Yusoof Master of Science in Immunology and Infection Mentor Name: Jordi B. Torrelles, Ph.D.
  • 79. Research Interests: Morphology of the mandibular condyles in patients with deviated mandibles Aman will be starting the Prosthodontic Residency Program at New York University, School of Dentistry this year. Aman Kaur Certificate in Translational Science
  • 82. ResearchTitle: Substance Abuse/Naloxone, Stop the Bleed, and Infectious Diseases Notable Awards: Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science Community Engagement Hero Award, Student Government Association Association Community Service Learning Award Courtney has accepted a residency position with UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin. Courtney Baus Doctor of Pharmacy Mentor Name: Kirk Evoy, Pharm.D., BCACP, BC-ADM, CTTS
  • 84. Research Interests: Optimal management of anticoagulant therapy; Strategies for managing HIV disease and secondary infections; Therapeutic applications of radiopharmaceuticals Eldridge will begin his journey as a pharmacist at Walgreens Pharmacy in the San Antonio area. Eldridge Darnell Boyce Jr. Doctor of Pharmacy Mentor Name: Kirk Evoy, Pharm.D., BCACP, BC-ADM, CTTS
  • 86. Research Interests: Stop The Bleed, Substance Abuse & Naloxone Notable Awards: Community Service Learning Award, Community Engagement Hero Award for Outstanding Community Health Improvement Project Claire has accepted a residency position with the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System VA in Nashville, Tennessee. Claire Brandt Doctor of Pharmacy Mentor Name: Kirk Evoy, Pharm.D., BCACP, BC-ADM, CTTS
  • 88. ResearchTitle: Antibiotic Utilization Patterns Associated with Pediatric Urinary Tract Infections in Texas Medicaid Patients Research Interests: Health care utilization and value assessment Notable Awards: TSHP Clinical Skills Competition Winner; Honors Thesis; Community Engagement Hero Award (Stop the Bleed) Alana has accepted a residency position in managed care at Anthem in Norfolk, Virginia. Alana Michelle Coleman Doctor of Pharmacy Mentor Name: Karen Rascati, Ph.D.
  • 90. Notable Awards: Friendliest Classmate SA 2019 Richard has accepted a residency position with St. David’s South Austin Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Richard George Crowell Doctor of Pharmacy
  • 92. ResearchTitle: Impact of Student Pharmacist-led Naloxone Academic Detailing at Community Pharmacies in Texas Research Interests: Substance abuse, infectious disease, cardiovascular diseases Notable Awards: PDC Professional & Service Projects Award, UT Health San Antonio Community Service Learning Judge’s Choice Award for Best for Best Poster William has accepted a residency position with the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. William R. Godinez Doctor of Pharmacy Mentor Name: Kirk Evoy, Pharm.D., BCACP, BC-ADM, CTTS
  • 94. Notable Awards: Second Runner-Up as a member of the University of Texas at Austin Team at the 2019 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Annual Student Business Plan Competition Chelsea plans to return to her hometown of Nacogdoches, Texas to serve the people of East Texas as a community pharmacist. Chelsea Griffin Doctor of Pharmacy
  • 96. ResearchTitle: Impact of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine on Pneumonia Burden in the United States Research Interests: Infectious diseases, opioid abuse Notable Awards: Baptist Health Foundation Scholarship James has accepted a residency position with the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio, Texas. James Hsu Doctor of Pharmacy Mentor Name: Grace C. Lee, Pharm.D., Ph.D., BCPS
  • 98. Research Interests: Critical care, emergency medicine, pediatrics Ashly has accepted a pharmacy residency position with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health in Edinburgh, Texas. Ashly Nasima Ibrahim Doctor of Pharmacy Mentor Name: Kelly Reveles, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
  • 100. ResearchTitle:The Impact of Rapid DiagnosticTesting, SurveillanceSoftware,and Clinical PharmacistStaffingat a Large Community Hospitalin the Managementof Gram-Negative NegativeBloodstreamInfections;The Impact of the Verigene®Gram-positive Blood Culture Culture Panel on the Managementof VancomycinResistantEnterococciBloodstreamInfections Infectionsin a Multi-Site Cohort Study; The Impact of the BioFire® FilmArray® GastrointestinalSyndromic Panelon the Managementof InfectiousGastroenteritisdue to to DiarrheagenicE.coliStrains in a Large Community Hospital;Utility of T2BacteriaPanel for Panel for Antibiotic Stewardshipin PatientsUndergoing HematopoieticStem Cell Transplantation Research Interests: Rapid diagnostics, antibiotic stewardship Chris will be taking over as chief operating officer at the nutraceutical company, Betterbrand. Christopher Bryan Jackson Doctor of Pharmacy Mentor Name: Grace Lee, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
  • 102. Research Interests: Geriatrics, transitions of care, health disparities in minorities, anticoagulation, federal healthcare systems, and ambulatory ambulatory care NotableAwards: 2018 STVHCS VALOR Intern and 2019 Pharmacy Exchange Program APPE Student in Barcelona, Spain Aly has accepted a residency with the Albuquerque Indian Health Center in New Mexico, focusing on Ambulatory Care. Alyeshka Liz Jusino-Acosta Doctor of Pharmacy Mentors: Justina Lipscomb, Pharm.D., BCPS Ashley Oliver Harold, Pharm.D., BCPS
  • 104. Research Titles: Hypoglycemia Associated Alone and in Combination with Sulfonylureas and Meglitinides: An Epidemiologic Surveillance Study of the FDA the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERs); Stop the Bleed: An Interprofessional Community Service Learning Project Assessing the Efficacy of Efficacy of Pharmacist-Led Hemorrhage Control Education for Laypersons Laypersons Research Interests: Pediatrics & Critical Care Notable Awards: Student Government Association Research & Scholarship Award 2020 Kaitlin has accepted a pediatric pharmacy resident position at Children’s Medical Center Dallas in Dallas, Texas. Kaitlin Kennedy Doctor of Pharmacy Mentor Name: Chris Frei, Pharm.D., M.Sc., FCCP, BCPS
  • 106. Hanna Kim Doctor of Pharmacy Mentor Name: Jim Koeller, M.S. Research Interests: Oncology Notable Awards: TSHP Clinical Skills Competition P3 Winner Hanna has accepted a residency position at the Corpus Christi Medical Center.
  • 108. ResearchTitle:Depression and Antidepressant Medication May Increase ClostridioidesdifficileInfection Risk in a National Cohort of Veterans; Drug Use Evaluation of Lithium at a State Psychiatric Facility Supports Need for Improved Improved Monitoring Research Interests: Infectious Disease and Psychiatry Notable Awards: Honors Research and Thesis; University Honors Falak accepted a residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership with an M.S. in Health–System Pharmacy Administration at University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City, Utah. Falak Lalani Doctor of Pharmacy Mentors: Kelly Reveles, Pharm.D., Ph.D. Stephen R. Saklad, Pharm.D., BCPP
  • 110. Research Interests: Oncology, solid organ transplantation, transitions of care Notable Awards: Peter John Layden and Professor Willet T. Conklin Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Pharmacy Andres is currently seeking positions as a pharmacist. Andres Leos Doctor of Pharmacy Mentors: Jonathan Enchinton, Pharm.D., BCPS Travis Smith, Pharm.D., BCPS
  • 112. ResearchTitle:Stop the Bleed: the Efficacy of Pharmacist-led Hemorrhage Education for Laypersons; Operation Naloxone: Interprofessional Overdose Prevention Service Service LearningExpanded Research Interests: Substance use disorders, community outreach Notable Awards: Outstanding Community Health Improvement Project, San Antonio Student Government Community Service Learning Award Robert plans to serve the San Antonio community while continuing professional organization experience on the local and national levels. Robert Moton Doctor of Pharmacy Mentor Name: Kirk Evoy, Pharm.D., BCACP, BC-ADM, CTTS
  • 114. ResearchTitle: Spironolactone and Eplerenone Use in Heart Failure Patients with Reduced Ejection Fraction at Discharge at a Large Community Hospital Hospital Research Interests: Emergency medicine Notable Awards: Alan and Nancy Hamm Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Pharmacy Hannah has accepted a residency position with Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Hannah Taylor Mucha Doctor of Pharmacy Mentor Name: Kirk E. Evoy, Pharm.D., BCACP, BC-ADM, CTTS
  • 116. ResearchTitle: Comparing Acute Kidney Injury Reports Among Antibiotics: A Pharmacovigilance Study of the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) (FAERS) Clinical Interests: Critical care and emergency medicine Notable Awards: Student Government Association Research/Scholarship Award 2020 Taylor has accepted a residency position at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Taylor Patek Doctor of Pharmacy Mentor Name: Christopher R. Frei, Pharm.D., M.Sc., FCCP, BCPS
  • 118. Notable Awards: Bergen Brunswig Corporation Endowed Presidential Scholarship, Peter John Layden and Professor Willet T. Conklin Endowed Endowed Presidential Scholarship, Pharmacy Alumni Endowed Scholarship; UT-SSHP Clinical Skills Competition, 1st place Melissa has accepted a residency at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Melissa Nacu Weller Doctor of Pharmacy Mentor Name: Jennifer Seltzer, Pharm.D.
  • 120. Clinical Interests: Emergency medicine and critical care Notable Awards: Student Government Association Clinical Skills Award 2020 Mac accepted a residency at University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Mac Whaley Doctor of Pharmacy Mentor Name: Bryson Duhon, Pharm.D., BCPS
  • 122. ResearchTitle: National Ambulatory Care Prescribing of Oral Antibiotics and Prevalence of Inappropriate Prescribing in the United States, 2009 to 2016 2016 Research Interests: Infectious diseases Notable Awards: James T. and Phyllis Doluisio Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Pharmacy Alex will be starting the combined masters of pharmacotherapy/clinical residency program at UT Health San Antonio. Alexander Gregory Yap Doctor of Pharmacy Mentor Name: Kelly Reveles, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
  • 125. CapstoneProject: An Open Source Tool to Visualize Potential Cone Collisions while Planning SRS Cases Research Interests: Patient technical education in medical physics Anna Laura will be moving to Louisville, Kentucky where she has obtained a job as a clinical therapy physicist. Anna Laura Licon Doctorate of Medical Physics Mentor Name: Sotirios Stathakis, Ph.D.
  • 127. CapstoneProject: Electron Cutout Factor Variation Across Centers with Matched Linear Accelerators Research Interests: Surface Guided Imaging, Stereotactic Radiosurgery James is currently interviewing at several locations for a therapeutic medical physicist position. James McCulloch Doctorate of Medical Physics Mentor Name: Neil Kirby, Ph.D.
  • 129. CapstoneProject: HDR Applicator Commissioning Using Linear Accelerator On-Board Imaging Research Interests: Proton therapy and HDR Daniel will be moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico to work as a therapeutic medical physicist at New Mexico Cancer Center. Daniel J. Nicewonger Doctorate of Medical Physics Mentor Name: Karl Rasmussen, Ph.D.
  • 131. CapstoneProject: Implementation of an Automated Digital Radiography Quality Control Program Alex is currently applying for medical physicist positions. Alex Zhao Doctorate of Medical Physics Mentor Name: Geoffrey D. Clarke, Ph.D.
  • 134. DissertationTitle: Stress Effects on Neuronal Connectivity in the Orbitofrontal Cortex Research Interests: Novel signaling mechanisms in the prefrontal cortex that may underlay cognitive deficits induced by chronic stress Samantha Adler Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Neuroscience Discipline Mentor Name: David Morilak, Ph.D.
  • 136. DissertationTitle: Novel Role of Natural and Synthetic Glucocorticoids in Breast and Colon Cancer or Stress Can Kill You Research Interests: Investigating psychological stress effect on chemo- resistance in breast and colon cancer and the role of natural compounds compounds as anti-cancer/anti-stress agents Kristina will continue conducting cancer research and enhance human health by turning her basic science observations into effective clinical interventions. Kristina Andrijauskaite Doctor of Philosophy in Translational Science Mentor Name: Michael Wargovich, Ph.D.
  • 138. Dissertation Title: The Role of the Diabetes gene and WNT Pathway Effector Transcription Factor 7-Like 2 on Hepatic Metabolic Zonation Research Interests: Genetic epidemiology and integrated physiology of metabolic diseases Iriscilla is currently in a postdoctoral position at UT Health San Antonio. Iriscilla Imabary Ayala Doctor of Philosophy in Cellular and Structural Biology Mentors: Ralph DeFronzo, M.D. Luke Norton, Ph.D.
  • 140. DissertationTitle: Linking Microbiome-Associated Endotoxmia to Insulin Sensitivity and Obesity Research Interests: Gerontology and the study of aging-associated diseases, pathogenesis of insulin resistance, senolytics therapies Eric will be returning to medical school as part of the South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program at UT Health San Antonio. Eric Baeuerle Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Science Biology of Aging Discipline Mentor Name: Nicolas Musi, M.D.
  • 142. DissertationTitle: Dosimetric Effects of Inhomogenous Media for Sub-MeV Photon Radiotherapy Research Interests: Dosimetry, nanoparticle, low energy radiation, radiotherapy, HDR, heterogenous media Nema will be starting a medical physics residency at UC Davis. Nema Bassiri Doctor of Philosophy in Radiological Sciences Medical Physics Therapy Track Mentor Name: Neil Kirby, Ph.D.
  • 144. DissertationTitle: High Omega-6 Diet Produces a Painful Peripheral Neuropathy that is Rescued by Altering Membrane Lipid Content or Enzyme Activity Research Interests: Peripheral mechanisms of sensory dysfunction, lipid and dietary regulation of afferent fiber activity, contribution of non- neuronal cells to nociception and nerve damage Jacob will be returning to medical school as part of the South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program at UT Health San Antonio. Jacob Tyler Boyd Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Philosophy and Pharmacology Discipline Mentor Name: Kenneth M. Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D.
  • 146. DissertationTitle: El Valor De La Amabilidad: Experiences of Predominantly Spanish-speaking Women with Prenatal Care and Giving Birth in the United United States, A Latinidad Ethnographic Research Research Interests: The experiences of immigrant mothers with childbirth in the United States Marisol is a clinical educator with Women Services at University Health System. Marisol Arizmendi Bretón-Leija Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science Mentor Name: Sara L. Gill, Ph.D., RN, IBCLC, FAAN
  • 148. DissertationTitle: Derivation of Olfactory Placodal Cells from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells Research Interests: Cell-based therapies for neurological disorders Rebecca Bricker Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Medicine Discipline Mentor Name: Melanie Carless, Ph.D.
  • 150. DissertationTitle: Functional Characterization of Tumor-Associated Germline TMEM127 Variants Research Interests: Inherited genetic disorders; genetic susceptibility; applied genetics Shahida is a forensic and molecular genetics research fellow/DNA analyst at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in Houston, Texas. Mentor Name: Patricia Dahia, M.D., Ph.D. Shahida K. Flores Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Medicine Discipline
  • 152. DissertationTitle: Discovery of Small-molecule Inhibitors of Excision Repair Cross-complementation Group 1 and Three Prime Repair Exonuclease 2 Research Interests: Understanding the structural basis for protein-protein interactions and its importance in cancer and drug discovery Liezl will begin her postdoctoral fellowship at UT Health Houston in July 2020. Liezl E. Francisco Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry Mentor Name: Dmitri Ivanov, Ph.D.
  • 154. DissertationTitle: Care Episode of Parents of Children with Asthma Research Interests: Asthma care in the pediatric population from a systems perspective, role preference, socioecological model, social justice Jasmine R. Graw Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science Mentor Name: Sara Gill, Ph.D., RN, IBCLC, FAAN
  • 156. DissertationTitle: Structural and Functional Alterations in Major Depressive Disorder: A Multi-Modal Meta-Analytic Approach to Network Modeling Research Interests: Automated image analysis, computational modeling, big-data methods Jodie will be starting work at a private defense contracting company in Navarre, Florida. Jodie P. Gray Doctor of Philosophy in Radiological Sciences Medical Physics and Neuroscience Imaging Tracks Mentor Name: Peter T. Fox, M.D.
  • 158. DissertationTitle: Astrocytes Sense the Integration of Sensory Input with Arousal by Noradrenergic Terminals Research Interests: Understanding the contributions of CNS support cells during behaviors that exemplify brain state changes Shawn began employment as a project manager for a local cell biologics company in San Antonio, Texas. Shawn Ryan Gray Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering Mentor Name: Martin Paukert, M.D.
  • 160. DissertationTitle: Insights into the Molecular Mechanisms and Development of Novel Therapeutics to Treat Human Schistosomiasis Meghan A. Guzman-Rueda Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Molecular Immunology and Microbiology Discipline Mentor Name: Philip T. LoVerde, Ph.D.
  • 162. DissertationTitle: The Role of Secretory Factor Leucine-rich Alpha-2- glycoprotein 1 in Obesity-induced Hepatic Steatosis and Insulin Resistance Research Interests: Endocrine function of adipose tissues and molecular mechanisms of adipokine dysregulation in obesity-induced metabolic metabolic disorders Sijia is working as a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Xianlin Han from The Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies at UT Health San Antonio. Sijia He Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Physiology and Pharmacology Discipline Mentor Name: Feng Liu, Ph.D.
  • 164. DissertationTitle: N-Terminal Auto-Ubiquitylation of the TIRM5a Antiviral Factor as Controlled by the Proximity of Three Ring Domains Domains Present in the Hexagonal TRIM5a Assemblies Formed Atop Atop Retroviral Capsids Frank is starting a postdoctoral position at UT Health San Antonio working on a COVID-19 project. Frank Herkules Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry Discipline Mentor Name: Dmitri Ivanov, Ph.D.
  • 166. DissertationTitle: SIRT1, A Double-edged Sword During Prostate Pathogenesis Research Interests: Identification of molecular mechanisms associated with prostate cancer progression and development of therapeutic resistance for resistance for improved current treatment options Shih-Bo will be starting a postdoctoral position at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. Shih-Bo Huang Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Cancer Biology Discipline Mentor Name: Addanki Pratap Kumar, Ph.D.
  • 168. DissertationTitle: Assessing the Significance of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Doxorubicin Induced-Cardiomyopathy Research Interests: Single cell biology, deep learning, bioinformatics, molecular cardiology Brian will be returning to medical school as part of the South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program at UT Health San Antonio. Brian Sean Iskra Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Cancer Biology Discipline Mentor Name: Gregory J. Aune, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 170. DissertationTitle: Genetic Influence over Age-Related Functional Connectivity Changes within the Default Mode Network of the Aging Aging Brain Research Interests: Identifying neurobiomarkers and defining endophenotypes of neurocognitive and neurodegenerative disorders disorders using neuroimaging measures Cassandra will be returning to medical school as part of the South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program at UT Health San Antonio. Cassandra Dee Leonardo Doctor of Philosophy in Radiological Sciences Neuroscience Imaging Track Mentor Name: Peter T. Fox, M.D.
  • 172. DissertationTitle: Insights into Mitochondrial Function in Cardiac Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury Research Interests: Chronic G protein-coupled estrogen receptor signaling, mitochondrial structure and function in cardioprotection Ngoni Madungwe Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering Mentor Name: Jean Bopassa, Ph.D.
  • 174. DissertationTitle: Exploring Demands Faced by Today’s Nurse Leaders Research Interests: Leadership development, succession planning in healthcare leadership, mentoring, change management, organizational organizational development Isabel currently works at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System as the nurse manager in the Balcones Heights Primary Care Clinic. Isabel Calderon Martinez Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science Mentor Name: Carrie Jo Braden, Ph.D.
  • 176. DissertationTitle: Evaluation of Biogenic Aldehydes as Therapeutic Targets in Parkinson’s Disease Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms underlying protein aggregation and accumulation that result in neurotoxicity Anthony will continue research in the area of Parkinson’s Disease at UT Health San Antonio. Paul Anthony Martinez Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology Mentor Name: Randy Strong, Ph.D.
  • 178. DissertationTitle: Characterization of a Novel Inhibitor of Candida albicans Filamentation Produced by Candida glabrata Research Interests: Mechanisms that regulate filamentation and biofilm formation in the opportunistic fungal organism Candida albicans Sabrina is a consultant for clinical trial optimization and investigation for new indications of FDA–approved drugs. Sabrina Martinez Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology Mentor Name: David Kadosh, Ph.D.
  • 180. DissertationTitle: Regulation of Peripheral Kappa Opioid Receptor – Mediated Antinociception Research Interests: Opioid receptor signaling and pharmacology, inflammatory pain, peripheral sensory neurons, and non-neuronal peripheral cells involved in pain and analgesia Miryam will be applying to postdoctoral positions in the United States after graduation. Miryam Marta Pando Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Neuroscience Discipline Mentor Name: Kelly A. Berg, Ph.D.
  • 182. DissertationTitle: Clinical Implementation of Monte Carlo Modeling of the Elekta Versa HD Linear Accelerator with the Agility Collimator Head Research Interests: Radiotherapy dose calculation algorithms, Monte Carlo methods, radiotherapy patient-specific quality assurance Holly will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at UT Health San Antonio followed by a two-year radiation oncology physics residency at the UT Health San Antonio Mays Cancer Center. Holly Marie Parenica Doctor of Philosophy in Radiological Sciences Medical Physics Therapy Track Mentor Name: Sotirios Stathakis, Ph.D.
  • 184. DissertationTitle: Novel Approaches to Improving the Treatment of Triple Negative Breast Cancer Research Interests: Triple negative breast cancer, drug discovery, natural products, microtubule targeting agents, extracellular vesicles Petra will be returning to medical school as part of the South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program at UT Health San Antonio. Petra Elizabeth Jans Pederson Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Physiology and Pharmacology Discipline Mentor Name: Susan L. Mooberry, Ph.D.
  • 186. DissertationTitle: Unfinished Nursing Care: A Mixed Methods Study Research Interests: Unfinished nursing care, moral distress, pressure injuries Mary Lee is the director of professional nursing practice at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Mary Lee Potter Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science Mentor Name: Janna Lesser, RN, Ph.D.
  • 188. DissertationTitle: Investigating the Mechanisms Involved in Early Steps of Ebola Virus Infection Research Interests: Characterization of molecular mechanisms, drug target identification and the rational design of novel therapeutics and and drug delivery vehicles Maritza is currently working on COVID-19 research at Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. Maritza V. Quintero Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry Discipline Mentors: Robert Davey, Ph.D. and Jean Patterson Ph.D.
  • 190. DissertationTitle: B Cell TLR/BCR Co-engagement Induces Hypermutated and Class-Switched Protective Antibody Responses in Absence of T Cells Carlos Eduardo Rivera Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Molecular Immunology and Microbiology Discipline Mentor Name: Zhenming Xu, Ph.D.
  • 192. DissertationTitle: A Device for Beam Quality Measurements in Computed Tomography Research Interests: Radiation therapy physics, diagnostic imaging physics, radiation dosimetry, health physics, radiation protection, protection, nuclear incident/accident response, laser radiation safety, safety, design of experiments, nuclear energy, space propulsion and and exploration Nestor is currently pursuing positions in academia in the greater San Antonio area. Néstor A. Ruiz González Doctor of Philosophy in Radiological Sciences Mentor: Geoffrey D. Clarke, Ph.D.
  • 194. DissertationTitle: Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Ebola Virus Encoded Proteins Ashley has accepted a postdoctoral position in Dr. Joseph Donfack’s FBI Laboratory in the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit, Quantico, Virginia. Ashley Silvia Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Medicine Discipline Mentor Name: Anthony Griffiths, Ph.D.
  • 196. DissertationTitle: The Novel Sushi Protein SRPX2 Protects Synapses from Complement-Mediated Elimination Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of synapse elimination and identification of synaptic protectors Breeanne will be continuing research on synapse elimination as a postdoctoral research fellow at UT Health San Antonio. Breeanne Soteros Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Neuroscience Discipline Mentor Name: Gek-Ming Sia, Ph.D.
  • 198. DissertationTitle: Engineering and Characterization of Photoconvertible Fluorescent Proteins for Quantitative Localization Microscopy Research Interests: Regulation of membrane protein organization, genetically encoded fluorescent probes, and high content bioimage analysis Brian is currently a postdoctoral fellow at UT Health San Antonio. Brian Stoveken Doctor of Philosophy in Cellular and Structural Biology Mentor Name: James D. Lechleiter, Ph.D.
  • 200. DissertationTitle: Identification of Critical Factors for Replication Fork Stability in Cancer Research Interests: Genetic contributions to human disease Erin is an associate human molecular geneticist at Prevention Genetics in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Erin Hannah Sybouts Doctor of Philosophy in Cellular and Structural Biology Mentor Name: Alexander James Roy Bishop, D.Phil.
  • 202. DissertationTitle: Role of AlkB homolog 5, RNA demethylase in Osteosarcoma Research Interests: Epitranscriptomic regulation of gene expression, cancer biology and epigenetics Pooja will be starting a postdoctoral fellowship at UT Health San Antonio. Pooja Yadav Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Cancer Biology Discipline Mentor Name: Manjeet Rao, Ph.D.
  • 204. DissertationTitle: Role of YAP/TAZ in the Initiation of Human Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDAC) Research Interests: Identified the mechanisms of how YAP/TAZ induce acinar-to-ductal metaplasia during PDAC initiation and provided knowledge for the exploration of early diagnosis and treatments for PDAC Xue is a pharmacy intern at Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin. Xue Yin Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Cancer Biology Discipline Mentor Name: Pei Wang, Ph.D.