DCTP Sponsored Students

  • Kendall Case

    Ph.D. Candidate in Biological Sciences
    Mentor: Miriam Greenberg, Ph.D. & TBN
    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..
  • Peter Levanovich

  • Ph.D. Candidate in Physiology
    Mentor: Noreen Rossi, M.D.
    Research: Fructose high-salt diet induces neuronal plasticity within the paraventricular nucleus and contributes to renal morbidity


    1. Levanovich PE, Diaczok A, Rossi NF. Clinical and Molecular Perspectives of Monogenic Hypertension. Curr Hypertens Rev. 2019 Apr 9. doi: 10.2174/1573402115666190409115330. PMID: 30963979
    2. Komnenov D, Levanovich PE, Rossi NF. Hypertension Associated with Fructose and High Salt: Renal and Sympathetic Mechanisms. Nutrients. 2019 Mar 7;11(3). pii: E569. doi: 10.3390/nu11030569. PMID: 30866441
    3. Rajaganapathy BR, Janicki JJ, Levanovich P, Tyagi P, Hafron J, Chancellor MB, Krueger S, Marples B. Intravesical Liposomal Tacrolimus Protects against Radiation Cystitis Induced by 3-Beam Targeted Bladder Radiation. J Urol. 2015 Aug;194(2):578-84. PMID: 25839382
    4. Levanovich PE, Diokno A, Hasenau DL, Lajiness M, Pruchnic R, Chancellor MB. Intradetrusor injection of adult muscle-derived cells for the treatment of underactive bladder: pilot study. Int Urol Nephrol. 2015 Mar;47(3):465-7. PMID: 25663053
    5. Smith PP, Tyagi P, Kuchel GA, Pore S, Chermansky C, Chancellor M, Yoshimura N, Levanovich P. Advanced therapeutic directions to treat the underactive bladder. Int Urol Nephrol. 2014 Sep;46 Suppl 1:S35-44. PMID: 25238893
  • Ph.D. Candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Mentor: Zhengping Yi, Ph.D.
    Research: Protein Phosphatase 2A in Metformin's Action in Primary Human Skeletal Muscle Cells


    1. Qi Y, Zhang X, Seyoum B, Msallaty Z, Mallisho A, Caruso M, Damacharla D, Ma D, Al-Janabi W, Tagett R, Alharbi M, Calme G, Mestareehi A, Draghici S, Abou-Samra A, Kowluru A, Yi Z. Kinome Profiling Reveals Abnormal Activity of Kinases in Skeletal Muscle From Adults With Obesity and Insulin Resistance. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2020 Mar 1;105(3). pii: dgz115. doi: 10.1210/clinem/dgz115. PMID: 31652310
    2. Damacharla D, Thamilselvan V, Zhang X, Mestareehi A, Yi Z, Kowluru A. Quantitative proteomics reveals novel interaction partners of Rac1 in pancreatic β-cells: Evidence for increased interaction with Rac1 under hyperglycemic conditions. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2019 Aug 20;494:110489. doi: 10.1016/j.mce.2019.110489. PMID: 31202817

    Kristin Richardson

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


    1. Richardson K, Wessells RJ. Commentary: Octopamine Drives Endurance Exercise Adaptations if Drosophila.  J Neurology & Neuromedicine 3(5):29-32 2018.