DCTP Sponsored Students

Courtney Campbell

Ph.D. Candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Mentor: Timothy Stemmler, Ph.D. 
Research: Molecular details of the scaffold Fe-S cluster assembly protein in rat cardiomyocites and in vitro


  1. Campbell, C.J.; Pall, A.E.; Naik, A.R.; Thompson, L.N.; Stemmler, T.L. "Molecular Details of the Frataxin–Scaffold Interaction during Mitochondrial Fe–S Cluster Assembly.", Int. J. Mol. Sci., 2021, 22, 6006. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms22116006 (In Press).
  2. Lewis, B.E.*; Campbell, C.J.*; Rodrigues, A.; Thompson, L.; Koebke, K.; Pandey, A.; Pain, D.; Dancis, A.; Stemmler, T.L. "Characterization of the Isu1 C-terminal deletion mutant defect in ISCU Myopathy, in relation to scaffold iron and frataxin binding.", Biochemistry, 2021, submitted.

Kendall Case

Ph.D. Candidate in Biological Sciences
Mentor: Miriam Greenberg, Ph.D. & Xuequn Chen, Ph.D.
Research: Regulation of inositol synthesis: Phosphoregulation of human and yeast MIPS


  1. Case KC, Salsaa M, Yu W, Greenberg ML. Regulation of Inositol Biosynthesis: Balancing Health and Pathophysiology. Handb Exp Pharmacol. 2020;259:221-260. doi: 10.1007/164_2018_181. PMID: 30591968
  2. Salsaa M, Case K, Greenberg ML. Orchestrating phospholipid biosynthesis: Phosphatidic acid conducts and Opi1p performs. J Biol Chem. 2017 Nov 10;292(45):18729-18730. doi: 10.1074/jbc.H117.809970. Review. PMID: 29127205..

Tyler Cobb

Ph.D. Candidate in Physiology
Mentor: Robert Wessells, Ph.D.
Research: The Role of  Muscle-Specific Secreted Factors in the Exercise Response of Drosophila


  1. Pun P, Brown J, Cobb T, Wessells RJ, Kim DH. Navigation of a Freely Walking Fruit Fly in Infinite Space Using a Transparent Omnidirectional Locomotion Compensator (TOLC). Sensors (Basel). 2021 Feb 27;21(5):1651. doi: 10.3390/s21051651. PMID: 33673520
  2. Cobb T, Damschroder D, Wessells R. Sestrin regulates acute chill coma recovery in Drosophila melanogaster. Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2021 Feb 4:103548. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2021.103548. PMID: 33549817
  3. Damschroder D, Richardson K, Cobb T, Wessells R. The effects of genetic background on exercise performance in Drosophila. Fly (Austin). 2020 Oct 26:1-13. doi: 10.1080/19336934.2020.1835329. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33100141
  4. *Cobb T, *Sujkowski A*, Morton C, Ramesh D, Wessells R. Variation in mobility and exercise adaptations between Drosophila species. J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol. 2020 Apr 25. doi: 10.1007/s00359-020-01421-x. PMID: 32335730 *These authors contributed equally to this work
  5. Cao T, Sujkowski A, Cobb T, Wessells RJ, Jin JP. The glutamic acid-rich long C-terminal extension of troponin T has a critical role in insect muscle functions. J Biol Chem. 2020 Feb 5. pii: jbc.RA119.012014. doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA119.012014.  PMID: 32024695
  6. *Kim M, *Sujkowski A, Namkoong S, Gu B, Cobb T, Kim B, Kowalsky AH, Cho CS, Semple I, Ro SH, Davis C, Brooks SV, Karin M, Wessells RH, Lee JH, Sestrins are evolutionarily conserved mediators of exercise benefits. Nature Communications, 11, Article # 190 (2020), /doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-13442-5. *These authors contributed equally to this work.
  7. Damschroder D*, Cobb T*, Sujkowski A, Wessells R. (2018). Drosophila Endurance Training and Assessment of Its Effects on Systemic Adaptations. Bio-protocol 8(19): e3037. DOI: 10.21769/BioProtoc.3037. (*share first authorship)

PhD. Candidate in Physiology
Mentors:  Robert Wessells, Ph.D.
Research: Excitability and Plasticity of Octopaminergic Neurons During Chronic Exercise


  1. Damschroder D, Richardson K, Cobb T, Wessells R. The effects of genetic background on exercise performance in Drosophila. Fly (Austin). 2020 Mar-Dec;14(1-4):80-92. doi: 10.1080/19336934.2020.1835329. Epub 2020 Oct 26. PMID: 33100141
  2. Richardson K, Wessells RJ. Commentary: Octopamine Drives Endurance Exercise Adaptations if Drosophila.  J Neurology & Neuromedicine 3(5):29-32 2018.

PhD. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering
Mentors:  Mai Lam, Ph.D. and Takeshi Sakamoto, Ph.D.
Research: Development of Biologically engineered renal fibromuscular dysplasia


  1. Patel B, Wonski BT, Saliganan DM, Rteil A, Kabbani LS, Lam MT. Decellularized dermis extracellular matrix alloderm mechanically strengthens biological engineered tunica adventitia-based blood vessels. Sci Rep. 2021 May 31;11(1):11384. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-91005-9. PMID: 34059745. .