DCTP Sponsored Students

PhD. Candidate in Chemical Engineering
Mentors:  Howard Matthew, PhD
Research: Modular Bioprinting Assembly of Transplantable Liver Tissue


  1. Moses, T.E., Chammaa, M., Ramos, R., Waineo, E. and Greenwald, M.K.; Opioid Overdose Prevention and Response Training for First Year Medical Students: Does training provide a benefit outside of the traditional curriculum? Substance Abuse {Under Review}
  2. Moses TE, Chammaa M, Ramos R, Waineo E, Greenwald MK. Incoming medical students' knowledge of and attitudes toward people with substance use disorders: Implications for curricular training. Subst Abus. 2021;42(4):692-698. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2020.1843104. Epub 2020 Nov 9. PMID: 33166242
  3. Laethem, B.S., Lewis, K.T., Ramos, R., Hou, X., Sun, F., Taatjes, D.J., Jena, B.P. and Arslanturk, S., 2020. Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) inhibition results in mucus accumulation in human airway epithelia Calu-3 cells: Experimental and Machine Learning Studies. BioRxiv
  4. Ma H, Hu J, Tian J, Zhou X, Li H, Laws MT, Wesemann LD, Zhu B, Chen W, Ramos R, Xia J, Shao J. A single-center, retrospective study of COVID-19 features in children: a descriptive investigation. BMC Med. 2020 May 6;18(1):123. doi: 10.1186/s12916-020-01596-9. PMID: 32370747
  5. Pernal, S.P., Liyanaarachchi, A., Gatti, D.L., Formosa, B., Pulvender, R., Kuhn, E.R., Ramos, R., Naik, A.R., George, K., Arslanturk, S. and Taatjes, D.J., 2020. Nanoscale imaging using differential expansion microscopy. Histochemistry and Cell Biology, pp.1-12
  6. Freeman S, Ramos R, Alexis Chando P, Zhou L, Reeser K, Jin S, Soman P, Ye K. A bioink blend for rotary 3D bioprinting tissue engineered small-diameter vascular constructs. Acta Biomater. 2019 Sep 1;95:152-164. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2019.06.052. Epub 2019 Jul 2. PMID: 31271883
  7. Ramos R, Zhang K, Quinn D, Sawyer SW, Mcloughlin S, Soman P. Measuring Changes in Electrical Impedance During Cell-Mediated Mineralization. Bioelectricity. 2019 Jun 1;1(2):73-84. doi: 10.1089/bioe.2018.0008. Epub 2019 Jun 14. PMID: 34471812 Free PMC article.
  8. Xiong Z, Li H, Kunwar P, Zhu Y, Ramos R, Mcloughlin S, Winston T, Ma Z, Soman P. Femtosecond laser induced densification within cell-laden hydrogels results in cellular alignment. Biofabrication. 2019 Apr 5;11(3):035005. doi: 10.1088/1758-5090/ab0f8b. PMID: 30865942
  9. Winston TS, Suddhapas K, Wang C, Ramos R, Soman P, Ma Z.  Serum-Free Manufacturing of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Tissue Rings Using Human-Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells. Stem Cells Int. 2019 Jan 15;2019:5654324. doi: 10.1155/2019/5654324. eCollection 2019. PMID: 30766604

PhD. Candidate in Physiology
Mentors:  Emilio Mottillo, PhD
Research: Functional Significance of PNPLA3 and the I148M Variant: Implications for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Atherosclerosis


  1. Butcko AJ, Putman AK, Mottillo EP. The intersection of genetic factors, aberrant nutrient metabolism and oxidative stress in the progression of cardiometabolic disease. Antioxidants 2024, 13, 87. https://doi.org/10.3390/antiox13010087
  2. Rahman AA, Butcko AJ, Songyekutu E, Granneman JG, Mottillo EP. Direct effects of adipocyte lipolysis on AMPK through intracellular long-chain acyl-CoA signaling. Sci Rep. 2024 Jan 2;14(1):19. doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-50903-w. PMID: 38167670
  3. Harfmann BD, Elmer SJ, Vranish JR, Bhaskaran S, Zubek JF, Gordish K, Butcko A, Westercamp CM, Bell HJ, Sharma N. 10th Annual Michigan Physiological Society Meeting: June 26-27, 2023. Adv Physiol Educ. 2023 Aug 10. doi: 10.1152/advan.00145.2023. PMID: 37560783

MD/PhD. - Candidate in Physiology
Mentors:  Robert Wessells, PhD
Research: Endurance exercise as a rescue for negative health outcomes resulting from circadian rhythm disturbances in Drosophila


  1. Safdar M, Wessells R. Octopamine Rescues Endurance and Climbing Speed in Drosophila Clkout Mutants with Circadian Rhythm Disruption. Cells 2023, 12(21), 2515; https://doi.org/10.3390/cells12212515
  2. Cobb T, Hwang I, Soukar M, Namkoong S, Cho US, Safdar M, Kim M, Wessells RJ, Jun Hee Lee JH. Iditarod, a Drosophila homolog of the Irisin precursor FNDC5, is critical for exercise performance and cardiac autophagy. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2023 Sep 26;120(39):e2220556120. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2220556120.
  3. Ahmed S, Safdar M, Morton C, Soave N, Patel R, Castillo K, Lalande S, Jimenez L, Mateika JH, Wessells R. Effect of virtual reality-simulated exercise on sympathovagal balance. PLoS One. 2020 Jul 16;15(7):e0235792. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0235792. PMID: 32673347
  4. Sujkowski A, Spierer AN, Rajagopalan T, Bazzell B, Safdar M, Imsirovic D, Arking R, Rand DM, Wessells R. Mito-nuclear interactions modify Drosophila exercise performance. Mitochondrion. 2019 Jul;47:188-205. doi: 10.1016/j.mito.2018.11.005. PMID: 30408593