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Former Predoctoral Trainees - Where are they now?



Trainee and Prior Institution Training Period and Preceptor Title of Project Current Position
Diana Albu

University of Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry, Cluj-Napoca,  Romania
1999-2004 Preceptor:  Dennis W. Metzger IL-12 as a Mucosal Adjuvant for Enhancement of HIV-1 and Influenza Virus Immune Responses Scientist, Oncology, EiSai, Andover, MA
Paul Arnaboldi

College of St. Rose, NY 
1999-2005 Preceptor: Dennis W. Metzger Mucosal B Cell Dysfunction in IgA Deficiency Research Scientist, Biopeptides Corp; and Research Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Bernard Arulanandam

Mankato State University, Mankato, MN
1995-1999 Preceptor:  Dennis W. Metzger Effects of IL-12 on Mucosal and Neonatal Immunity Professor of Immunology, Department of Biology, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
Maninjay Atianand

Grant Medical College, Bombay, India
2006-2011 Preceptor:  Jonathan A. Harton Structure-Function Analysis of POP2: Modulation of NFkB and Inflammasome Functions Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
J. Matthew Buchanan

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1993-1996 Preceptor: Dennis W. Metzger Influence of Interleukin-12 on Antibody Isotype Expression Supervisor, Quality Control, North American Science Associates, Toledo, OH
Renee M. Buchanan

Miami University, Oxford, OH
1995-1999 Preceptor: Dennis W. Metzger Influence of IL-12 on Antibody Responses to T-Independent Antigens Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical College of Ohio, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Toledo, OH
Kathleen O. Busman-Sahay (nee McCabe)

State University of New York at Albany, NY
2005-2012
Preceptor:  James R. Drake
Critical Regulatory Elements Control B Cell Receptor Endocytosis and Antigen Presentation by MHC Class II Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Immunology & Microbial Disease, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY

Adriana Caballero Muniz

LaMolina National Agrarian University, Peru 

2001-2007 Preceptor:  James R. Drake

Functional and Structural Requirements for B Cell Receptor-mediated Antigen Internalization and Trafficking

Postdoctoral Fellow,
RFUMS/The Chicago Medical School, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Chicago, IL

Christopher Collins

Houghton College

2002-2006 Preceptor: James R. Drake

Update and Trafficking of Franciscella tularensis in Macrophages Graduate Student, State University of NY at Albany, NY
Kip Connor

American International College
2000-2005 Preceptor: J. Andres Melendez Manganese Superoxide Dismutase Regulates the Malignant Phenotype through the Production of Mitochondrial Derived Hydrogen Peroxide Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology, Boston, MA

Jaya Dasgupta

Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, India

2002-2008 Preceptor: J. Andres Melendez

Age-Dependent Induction of Matrix Metalloproteinase-1 is a Redox-Sensitive Process Requiring the Activation of the C-Jun N-Terminal Kinase Pathway Instructor in Biology, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY
Lori DeFreest

State University of New York at Albany, NY
2000-2005 Preceptor: James A. Bennett Binding Sites and Mechanistic Pathways for a Novel Human Anti-Breast Cancer Peptide Resident, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY
Douglas M. Durrant

Utah State University
2004-2010 Preceptor:  Dennis W. Metzger IL-12 Alleviates Allergic Lung Inflammation in the Absence of T-Bet Regulation Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Stephen M. Festin

Villanova University and Temple University

1992-1997 Preceptor: James A. Bennett Antiestrogenic Portion of Alpha-fetoprotein Localizes to Domain III Senior Manager, Molecular Analysis, Taconic-Albany Site, Rensselaer, NY
Anthony J. Hickey

State University of New York at Albany, NY
2005-2011
Preceptor:  Dennis W. Metzger
Franciscella tularensis Outer Membrane Protein A (FopA) as a Protective Antigen in Mice for Tularemia Postdoctoral Fellow, The Trudeau Institute, Saranac Lake, NY
Victor C. Huber

Northern State University
1997-2001 Preceptor: Dennis W. Metzger Mechanisms for IL-12 Influence on Mucosal Immunity Assistant Professor, Division of Biomedical Sciences, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Vermillion, SD
Dawn M. Jelley-Gibbs

SUNY Plattsburgh, NY
1993-1998 Preceptor: Edmund J. Gosselin Immune Targeting and the Role of Fc-gamma Receptor and Human IgG Subclasses in Enhanced Presentation of IgG-Antigen Complexes Scientific Program Manager,
Taconic, Inc., Rensselaer, NY
Bhuvana Katkere

Bogomolets National Medical University,  Ukraine
2006-2012
Preceptor:  James R. Drake
Molecular Requisite for B Cell Receptor Ubiquitination Postdoctoral Trainee, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Penn State University, State College, PA
Kevin Leahy

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
1995-1998 Preceptor: Dana R. Crawford Identification and Characterization of a Novel Stress-induced Gene, adapt78 M.D., Ph.D., FACS
Assistant Professor, Clinical Otorhinolaryngology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Ling Lu

Tianjin Medical University, China

2001-2006 Preceptor:  Jing-Ren Zhang

Identification of the Molecular Mechanisms of CbpA-mediated Pneumococcal Pathogenesis

Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical and Experimental Endocrinology and Immunology, Wadsworth Center, NYS Dept. of Health, Albany, NY
Amanda Melillo

Medical College of Ohio
2005-2010 Preceptor:  J. Andres Melendez The Role of Francisella Antioxidants in Virulence and Restricting Macrophage Signaling and Inflammatory Cytokine Production Postdoctoral Fellow, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Division of Bacterial, Parasitic and Allergenic Products, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Washington, DC 
Fassil Mesfin

State University of New York at Old Westbury
1997-2001 Preceptor: James A. Bennett Design, Synthesis and Characterization of Anti- estrogenic and Anti-breast Cancer AFP-derived Peptides Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Missouri, School of Medicine, Columbia, MO
Valerie Nappi

Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY
1997-2002 Preceptor: Lisa M. Petti The BPV E5/PDGF b Receptor Connection: A Model in Transmembrane Protein-Protein Interactions Assistant Professor, Biology Department, St. Joseph's College, Patchogue, NY
Kristen Nelson

Luther College, Regina, Saskatchewan , Canada
1999-2004 Preceptor: J. Andres Melendez The Mechanism of Manganese Superoxide Dismutase-regulated Matrix Metalloproteinase-1 Expression Revealed? Postdoctoral Fellow, James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Molecular Targets Group, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Eiji Okubo

Indiana University
1995-2002 Preceptor: Thomas D. Friedrich Negative Regulation of Mitotic Promoting Factor by SV40 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pathology; NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
Lisa M. Plitnick

University of New York, Oswego, NY
1994-1999 Preceptor: Edmund J. Gosselin Inhibition of IL-2 by a Gram Positive Commensal Organism Senior Research Toxicologist, Merck & Co., Inc., Department of Safety Assessment, West Point, PA
Kristen Porter

University of New Hampshire
2005-2010
Preceptor: 
Karen M. Duus
Mechanisms of Class II Transcriptional Activator (CIITA) Enhancement of HIV Replication

Health Scientist Administrator,
PSP/DAIDS/NIAID/NIH/DHHS, Bethesda, MD

Mark Preissler

Russell Sage College, Albany, NY
1997-2004 Preceptor: Edmund J. Gosselin Utilization of Receptors for IgG for the Inhibition and/or Elimination of Ag-specific B Cells Director, Serology Laboratory, Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany, NY
Aparna Ranganathan

University of Hyderabad, India
1997-2002 Preceptor: J. Andres Melendez Redox Regulation of Interleukin-1a Expression

Assistant Professor,
Basic Medical Sciences, University of Arizona
College of Medicine, Phoenix, AZ

Ana M. Rodriguez

University of Extremadura, Caceres, Spain
1997-2000 Preceptor: J. Andres Melendez The Regulation of Tumorigenesis by Mitochondrial Oxidants Postdoctoral Fellow, NYS Department of Public Health Wadsworth Laboratory, Albany, NY
Odeniel Sertil

SUNY Stony Brook, NY
2000-2006 Preceptors: Charles V. Lowry and Jeffrey A. Banas Regulatory Mechanisms of  Anaerobic Gene Expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae: Role of Mot3 and Rpd3 in Adaptation to Anaerobic Growth Postdoctoral Fellow, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

Sita Subbaram

University of Baroda, India

2002-2008 Preceptor: J. Andres Melendez

Redox-Control of Co-activators and Repressors of MMP-1 Transcription Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Cell Biology & Cancer Research, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY

Keer Sun

Lanzhou University, China

2001-2006 Preceptor: Dennis W. Metzger Interplay Between Respiratory Antibodies and Phagocytes in Protection Against Streptococcus Pneumonia

Assistant Professor,
Department of Pathology & Microbiology,
University of Nebraska, College of Medicine,
Omaha, NE

Victor H. Van Cleave

University of Tennessee, Martin, TN
1983-1987 Preceptor: Dennis W. Metzger Immunochemical and Molecular Characterization of Monoclonal Internal Images Vice President,  Research & Development, Meridian Life Science, Inc., Memphis, TN
Laura A. Vogel (Ling)

Miami University, Oxford, OH
1991-1995 Preceptor: Dennis W. Metzger Influences of T cells and T Cell Regulatory Cytokines on B-1 Cell Function Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL

Mary Walsh

Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

1997-2002 Preceptor: Edmund J. Gosselin

Targeting Ag to FcgammaRI:  A Modular Approach to Vaccines

Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Yanhang Wang

Wuhan University, China
1993-1996 Preceptor: Dana R. Crawford Identification and Characterization of a Novel Oxidant-inducible Gene From Hamster HA-1 cells Bioinformatics Student, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR
Xiaoyun Wen

JiNan University
2004-2010
Preceptor:
Carlos de Noronha
HIV1 VPR Function is Mediated Through Interaction with the DDB1 CUL4 Ubiquitin Ligase Complex Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Immunology, Emory University, Decatur, GA
Justin Wilson

Castleton State College, VT
2003-2009
Preceptor:  James R. Drake
Effect of Francisella tularensis Infection on Macrophage Antigen Presentation Postdoctoral Fellow, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
Ying Zhang

Shandong Medical University, China 
1997-2002 Preceptor: Lisa M. Petti Apoptosis in Human Diploid Fibroblasts Expressing the BPV E5 Transforming Protein Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

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