May 17, 2002

Thirty-five receive Ph.D. degrees

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Monica Parker, who earned her Ph.D. in Cell Biology, was all smiles during commencement on Friday. Parker was mentored by Dr. R. Daniel Beauchamp. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Graduate students who made research discoveries in every corner of the Medical Center were honored at last week’s commencement ceremonies.

Thirty-five students earned doctor of philosophy degrees in biomedical sciences in August, December, or May. Nineteen of these students participated in the ceremony last week and received doctoral hoods — with dark blue velvet edging that signifies the Ph.D. degree — from their mentors or other departmental faculty members.

Graduate students interested in biomedical research enter the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP), and after a year of coursework and laboratory “rotations,” they choose research mentors and home departments. On average, students require about five years to earn the Ph.D. degree.

The majority of new graduates are continuing their research training as postdoctoral fellows.

Graduate students who received Ph.D. degrees:

May 2002

Dale Scott Edgerton, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

Michael Scott Marlow, Molecular Biology

Lori Lynn McGrew, Pharmacology

Melanie Diane Ohi, Cell Biology

Robert Daniel Ott, Molecular Biology

Monica Alesia Parker, Cell & Developmental Biology

Stephanie Marie Sherck, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

Molly Amelia Thoreson, Cancer Biology

Rebecca Ann Wagenaar Miller, Cancer Biology

Erica Kristen White-Grindley, Microbiology & Immunology

December 2001

Lauren Ashley Cowart, Biochemistry

John Charles Donaldson, Cell Biology

Gregory Lee Gerdeman, Pharmacology

Kevin Edward Gerrish, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

Brenda Diane Hopkins, Molecular Biology

Kevin Robert Kozak, Biochemistry

Dina Carole Myers, Molecular Biology

David Tevis Pride, Microbiology & Immunology

Ian Scott Ramsey, Pharmacology

Brent Neil Rexer, Biochemistry

Paul James Ruest, Cell Biology

Michelle Sabourin, Biochemistry

Kathrin Rachel Sidell, Pathology

Andrew Ronald Tapper, Pharmacology

Amy Elizabeth Wiencken-Barger, Cell Biology

John Curlee Wilkinson, Molecular Biology

Adrienne Mican Woodside, Biochemistry

JianFeng Zhang, Cell Biology

August 2001

Casey Narrie Bassett, Pathology

Robert Paul Carson, Pharmacology

Jonathan Andrew Ewald, Molecular Biology

John Scott Moody, Biochemistry

James Benjamin Petro, Microbiology & Immunology

Deborah Joy Rexer, Cancer Biology

Arlene Denise Vinion-Dubiel, Microbiology & Immunology.