DCTP Sponsored Students

Timothy Bryson
Ph.D. Candidate
Mentor:  Pamela Harding, Ph.D., & Robert Lasley, Ph.D.
The balance between prostaglandin E2, EP3 and EP4 receptors determines severity of cardiac damage in an angiotensin II-induced model of hypertension


  1. Gu X, Xu J, Zhu L, Bryson T, Yang XP, Peterson E, Harding P. Prostaglandin E2 Reduces Cardiac Contractility via EP3 Receptor. Circulation:Heart Failure Circ Heart Fail. 2016 Aug;9(8). pii: e003291. PMID: 27502370
  2. Fang J, Liu M, Zhang X, Sakamoto T, Taatjes DJ, Jena BP, Sun F, Woods J, Bryson T, Kowluru A, Zhang K, Chen X. COPII Dependent ER Export: a Critical Component of Insulin Biogenesis and Beta Cell ER Homeostasis. Mol Endocrinol. 2015 Jun 17:me20151012. PMID: 26083833.

Matthew Fountain
Ph.D. Candidate
Mentor(s):  Glida Hillman, Ph.D. and TBA
Mechanisms of Radioprotection by Soy Isoflavones: Modulations of Radiation-Induced Inflammatory and Oxidative Signaling Pathways


  1. Dominello, MM*, Fountain, MD*, Rothstein, SE, Cannon AC, Abernathy LM, Hoogstra DJ, Chen, W, Joiner MC, and GG Hillman. Radiation injury to cardiac arteries and myocardium is reduced by soy isoflavones. Journal of Radiation Oncology First Online: 22 March 2017; DOI:10.1007/s13566-017-0301-z. *Denotes Co-first author
  2. Abernathy LM, Fountain MD, Joiner MC, and Hillman GG. Innate Immune Pathways Associated With Lung Radioprotection By Soy Isoflavones. Frontiers in Oncology, 2017, 7:7. PMID: 28168165 PMCID: PMC5253714 DOI: 0.3389/fonc.2017.00007.
  3. Hillman G, Reich, L, Fountain M, Rothstein S, Abernathy L, Hankerd K, Yunker C, Rakowski J, Quemeneur, Slos P. Radiotherapy and MVA-MUC1-IL-2 vaccine act synergistically for inducing specific immunity to tumor antigens. Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer, 2017; 5:4. PMID: 28116088 PMCID: PMC5240430 DOI: 10.1186/s40425-016-0204-3. This article was highlighted by the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer which is the journal of the Society for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer (January 18, 2017).
  4. Abernathy LM, Fountain MD, Rothstein SE, David JM, Yunker CK, Rakowski J, Lonardo F, Joiner MC, Hillman GG. Soy Isoflavones Promote Radioprotection of Normal Lung Tissue by Inhibition of Radiation-Induced Activation of Macrophages and Neutrophils. Journal of Thoracic Oncology, 2015. 10: 1703-1712. PMC 26709479.
  5. Fountain MD, Abernathy LM, Lonardo F, Rothstein SE, Dominello MM, Yunker CK, Chen W, Gadgeel S, Joiner MC, Hillman GG. Radiation-Induced Esophagitis is Mitigated by Soy Isoflavones. Frontiers in Oncology, 2015; 5:238. PMCID: PMC4617099.