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The MSTP training grant submitted last year was successfully renewed for years 24-29 of support. The new award for $2.3M represents a 33% annual increase over last year's funding, and a 77% increase over the amount awarded five years ago when we last renewed the grant. The program currently has 58 students. While most PhD training is done on the Stony Brook campus, about a quarter of the students conduct their research at CSHL and a few at BNL.

Welcome Class of 2015!

Nathan Y. B. Agi, B.A. Yeshiva University, 2015. Interests: Metastasis and cancer stem cells

Jason A. Carter, B.A 2014 and M.S. 2015. Univ. of California-San Diego. Interests: Quantitative Biology, Molecular Biology, Bioengineering

Carter J.A., Lind C.H., Truong M.P., and Collins E.M.S. (2015) To Each His Own. Reproductive Strategies and Success of Three Common Planarian Species: Schmidtea mediterranea, Dugeisa japonica, and Dugesia tigrina. In Review

Carter J.A., Sinha, J., Cochet-Escartin, O. and Collins, E.M.S. (2015) The BK ion channel slo1 regulates the effect of alcohol on planarian locomotion. In preparation. 

Carter J.A.*, Hyland, C.*, Steele, R.E., and Collins, E.M.S. (2015) A physical model for mouth opening in HydraIn preparation. (*Equal Contribution). 

Tyler Guinn, B.S. The Univ. of Texas at Dallas, 2013. Interests: Cancer Biology, Genetics, Synthetic Biology, and Quantitative Biology

Ehrhardt, K.*, Guinn, M. T.*, Quarton, T., Zhang, M., & Bleris, L. (2015). Reconfigurable hybrid interface for molecular marker diagnostics and in-situ reporting. Submitted. (*equal contribution)

Guinn, M. & Bleris, L. (2014). Biological 2-Input Decoder Circuit in Human Cells. ACS Synthetic Biology. doi: 10.1021/sb4001596

Li, Y., Moore, R.*, Guinn, M.*, & Bleris, L. (2012). Transcription activator-like effector hybrids for conditional control and rewiring of chromosomal transgene expression. Scientific Reports 2: 897. (*equal contribution)

Nuri Kim, B.A. Univ. of California-Berkeley, 2011. Interests: Neuroscience, Aging, and Genetics 

 Kim JY, Kim N, Yenari MA (2015) Mechanisms and potential therapeutic applications of microglial activation after brain injury. CNS Neurosci Ther. 21:309-19

Kim N, Kim JY, Yenari MA (2015) Pharmacological induction of the 70-kDa heat shock protein protects against brain injury. Neuroscience. 284:912-9

Kim JY, Ho H, Kim N, Liu J, Tu CL, Yenari MA, Chang W (2014) Calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) as a novel target for ischemic neuroprotection. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 1:851-66.

Kim JY, Kim N, Zheng Z, Lee JE, Yenari MA (2013) The 70 kDa heat shock protein protects against experimental traumatic brain injury. Neurobiol Dis. 58C:289- 295.

Kim JY, Kim N, Yenari MA, Chang W (2013) Hypothermia and Pharmacological Regimens that Prevent Overexpression and Overactivity of the Extracellular Calcium-Sensing Receptor Protect Neurons.... 30(13):1170-6.

Kim N, Kim JY, Yenari MA (2012) Anti-inflammatory properties and pharmacological induction of Hsp70 after brain injury. Inflammopharmacology. 20(3):177-85. Review.

Kim JY, Kim N, Yenari MA, Chang W (2011) Mild Hypothermia Suppresses Calcium-Sensing Receptor Induction Following Forebrain Ischemia While Increasing GABA-R-1 Receptor 1 Expression. Transl Stroke Res. 2(2):195-201.

Suelynn E. Ren, B.S. McGill University, 2014 NIH Post-Bac IRTA fellow. Interests: Behavioural neuroscience, addiction and Neuropsychiatry, neuroimmunology

Wakabayashi KT, Ren S, Kiyatkin EA (2015) Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and cocaine induce opposite changes in nucleus accumbens glucose despite similar effects on brain and body temperatures, locomotor activity and vascular tone. (in progress)

Kiyatkin EA, Ren S, Wakabayashi KT, Baumann M, Shaham Y (2015). Clinically-relevant pharmacological strategies that reverse MDMA-induced brain hyperthermia potentiated by social interaction. Neuropsychopharmacology (under review)

Kiyatkin EA and Ren S (2014). "Clubbing with ecstasy." Temperature 1.3 160-161.

Zhelev DV, Dupuis C, Ren S, Le A, Hunt M, Gibbons H (2012). Effect of the Bacillus atrophaeus subsp. globigii Spo0F H101R Mutation on Strain Fitness. Applied and environmental microbiology 78.24 (2012): 8601-8610.

Zhelev DV, Dupuis C, Ren S, Le A., Hunt M, Gibbons H. (2012).Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNP)-specific Quantitative Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Assay for Analyzing Competition and Emergence of the Military Hypersporulating Strains of Bacillus Atrophaeous var. Globigii (No. ARL-TR-6205). Army research lab adelphi md sensors and electron devices directorate  

John C. Williams, B.E. 2013 and M.S. 2015. Stony Brook University. Interests: Neuroscience, electrophysiology, optogenetics, neuroimaging, psychiatry, neurology

Williams JC and Entcheva E. (2015). Optogenetic vs. Electrical Stimulation of Human Cardiomyocytes: Modeling Insights. Biophysical Journal. 2015 Apr 21;108(8):1934-45. doi:10.1016/j.bpj.2015.03.032. PMID: 25902433; PMCID: PMC4407252.

Entcheva E and Williams JC. (2014). Channelrhodopsin2 Current During the Action Potential: "Optical AP Clamp" and Approximation. Scientific Reports. 2014 Jul 25;4:5838. doi:10.1038/srep05838. PMID: 25060859.

Williams JC, Xu J, LuZ, Klimas A, Chen X, Ambrosi CM, Cohen IS, and Entcheva E. (2013). Computational optogenetics: empirically-derived voltage- and light-sensitive channelrhodopsin-2 model. PloS Computational Biology. 2013;9(9):e1003220. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi. 1003220. Epub 2013 Sep 12. PMID: 24068903; PMCID: PMC3772068.

Boyle PM, Williams JC, Ambrosi CM, Entcheva E, and Trayanova NA. (2013). A comprehensive multiscale framework for simulating optogenetics in the heart. Nature Communications. 2013;4:2370. doi: 10.1038/ncomms3370. PMID: 23982300; PMCID: PMC3838435.

ral Defense Announcement!

Congratulations to the below students who successfully defended their dissertation.


Dr. Saadat U. Aleem
Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 10:00 A.M.
BST, Level 5, Room T5-140
Advisor: W. Todd Miller, PhD, Stony Brook University
The Graduate Program in Molecular & Cellular Biology
Title: "Specificity in the Regulation and Inhibition of Src and Related Tyrosine Kinases"

Congratulations Dr. Aleem on the
Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase and Kinase Specificity in Regulation of SRC and BRK article
The Journal of Biological Chemistry

Dr. Zachariah H. Foda
Friday, May 8th, 2015 at 10:00 A.M.
Life Sciences Building, Room 038
Advisor: Markus Seeliger, PhD, Stony Brook University
The Graduate Program in Molecular & Cellular Biology
Title: "Structural studies on allosteric regulation and drug binding"

Dr. Kip E. Guja
Monday, May 11th, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.
Basic Science Tower, Level 8, Room 180
Advisor: Miguel Garcia-Diaz, PhD, Stony Brook University
The Graduate Program in Biochemistry & Structural Biology
Title: "Structural insights into mitochondrial gene expression and disease"

Dr. Achraf Shamseddine
Thursday, July 30th, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.
Atkins Center, Health Sciences Center, Level 4
Advisor: Yusuf Hannun, MD, Stony Brook University
The Graduate Program in Molecular & Cellular Biology
Title: "Role and regulation of neutral sphingomyelinase-2 in response to DNA damage"

Jason Tucciarone
Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 at 12:00 P.M.
Life Sciences, Room 038
Advisor: Josh Huang, PhD, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
The Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Title: "Genetic dissection of cortical circuits: A prefrontal chandelier cell module and beyond"


Dr. Esam K. Al-Shareffi
Friday, August 1st, 2014 at 9:00 A.M.
Life Sciences Building, Room 038
Advisor: Dr. Robert S. Haltiwanger, Stony Brook University
The Graduate Program in Biochemistry & Structural Biology
Title: "The Versatile Applications of 6-Alkynyl Fucose and Other Fucose Analogs in Studying Protein Fucosylation"

Dr. Trevor C. Griffen
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 10:00 A.M.
Life Sciences Building, Room 038
Advisor: Arianna Maffei, PhD, Stony Brook University
The Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Title: "Plasticity of cortical circuit activation within the monocular region of primary visual cortex of the rat"

Dr. Rashek Kazi
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 at 10:00 A.M.
Life Sciences Building, Room 038
Advisor: Dr. Lonnie P. Wollmuth, Stony Brook University
The Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Title: "The Mechanisms of NMDA Receptor Activation"

Dr. Noah A. Levit
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at 10:00 A.M.
Basic Science Tower, Level 8, Room 180
Advisor: Dr. Thomas White, Stony Brook University
The Graduate Program in Genetics
Title: "Inhibition of pathological connexin26 hemichannels implicated in keratitis-ichthyosis-deafness syndrome"

Dr. Prem K. Premsrirut
Friday, April 30th, 2010 at 3:00 P.M.
Hawkins Lecture Hall, Wendt Building, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Advisor: Dr. Scott Lowe, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
The Graduate Program in Genetics
Title: "Spatial, temporal and reversible regulation of endogenous gene expression in vivo using RNA interference"

Third Year Reps for 2015 - 2016:

Danielle Fassler, Joanna (Chang) Kim, Agatha Lyczek, John Psonis, and Eric Roth were selected to be the third year reps.

Thanks much to our outgoing reps; Derek Cheng, Ping He, Alexander Jares, Greg Kirschen, Raja Pillai, Bryce Schroeder, Nicholas Schwartz, Courtney Singleton, and Allen Yu during the 2014-2015 recruitment process.


MSTP Fellows organize, although not every year, a one-day research symposium open to all wishing to attend. It focuses on a topic chosen by the students and involved distinguished speakers invited from around the world. Recent speakers included Nobel Laureates, members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and many others, including several members of the SBU community. All MSTP Fellows are invited to lunch and dinner with the speakers.

The MSTP encourages and supports Fellows to attend the annual Clinical Research meeting.