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Systems Biology and Physiology Graduate Program

News, Events, and Announcements

Emma Teal

July 15, 2019

Emma Teal, PhD

Congratulations to Emma Teal on the successful defense of her doctoral dissertation, "The role of CD44 variant 9 in gastric ulcer repair". With the help of her mentor, Yana Zavros, PhD, Emma completed five manuscripts during her four years in the program.

Andrew Rosselot

June 3, 2019

Summer internship for student

Drew Rosselot has landed a summer internship with the Procter & Gamble Company, where he will continue his work on circadian clock function within the skin. Drew is mentored by Christian Hong, PhD.

Steven Crone

May 13, 2019

Welcome to Steven Crone, PhD

The graduate program welcomes Steven Crone, PhD to its program faculty. Dr. Crone uses transgenic mouse models to investigate the neural control of respiratory muscles with the goal of improving ventilation in patients with neuromuscular disease and injury.

Takanori Takebe

May 1, 2019

Welcome to Takanori Takebe, MD

Takanori Takebe, MD has joined the faculty of the graduate program. Dr. Takebe uses stem cells and organoids to develop new therapies for treating pediatric intractable disease.

Kristen Engevik

March 28, 2019

Kristen Engevik, PhD

Kristen Engevik has been awarded the PhD on the basis of her dissertation "Elucidating the mechanism behind gastric restitution", done with her adviser Marshall Montrose, PhD. Kristen is pursuing postdoctoral studies at Baylor University.

Hesam Hakimjavadi

March 13, 2019

Hesam Hakimjavadi, PhD

Congratulations to Hesam Hakimjavadi on receiving his PhD for his dissertation "Sodium pumps keep us running: distinct roles for Na,K-ATPase isozymes in regulation of skeletal muscle contractility". Hesam was mentored by Judy Heiny, PhD.


October 16, 2018

Mokryun (Lily) Baek, PhD

Lily Baek was awarded her PhD based on her dissertation "Circadian clock regulation of the glycogen metabolism in Neurospora crassa". Congratulations also go to Christian Hong, PhD on the successful mentoring of his first doctoral student.

Vakul Mohanty

July 2, 2018

Vakul Mohanty, PhD

Vakul Mohanty successfully defended his dissertation "The role of non-oncogenic variants in cancers: onco-passengers and germline polymorphisms". Vakul worked with adviser Kakajan Komurov, PhD and will pursue postdoctoral studies at the M.D. Anderson Cancer.

Onur Kanisicak

June 27, 2018

Welcome to Onur Kanisicak, PhD

We welcome Onur Kanisicak, PhD to the program faculty. Dr. Kanisicak uses transgenic mouse models to study fibrogenesis in cardiovascular diseases.

Richard Ballweg

May 24, 2018

Ryan Fellowship for Rick Ballweg

Rick Ballweg was awarded a Ryan Fellowship, which is the highest honor the College of Medicine can bestow on graduate students while they are in their degree program. Rick's mentor is Tongli Zhang, PhD.

Emma Teal

October 31, 2017

Double honors for Emma Teal

Emma Teal was awarded the 2017 Ohio Physiological Society Abstract Travel Award and also won a national election to become the Junior Trainee Representative on the Cell and Molecular Physiology Section of the American Physiological Society Steering Committee. Emma studies with Yana Zavros, PhD.

Alex Ruwe

October 5, 2017

Award for poster by Alex Ruwe

A poster by Alex Ruwe was awarded an honorable mention in the UC College of Medicine Graduate Student Research Forum. The work was done under the guidance of Bryan Mackenzie, PhD.

Sakthivel Sadayappan

August 18, 2017

Welcome to Sakthivel Sadayappan, PhD

Sakthivel Sadayappan, PhD has joined our program faculty. Dr. Sadayappan directs the Heart Branch of the UC Heart, Lung, and Vascular Institute and studies the functions of cardiac and skeletal muscles in health and disease.

Jack Rubinstein

August 8, 2017

Welcome to Jack Rubinstein, MD

The graduate program welcomes a new faculty member, Jack Rubinstein, PhD, who studies clinical and basic questions in heart failure and ischemic heart disease.

Kristen Engevik

July 26, 2017

Kristen Engevik receives NIH fellowship

Congratulations to Kristen Engevik for receiving an NIH Predoctoral National Research Service Award (F31).

Jason Winnick

July 24, 2017

Welcome to Jason Winnick, PhD

The graduate program welcomes Jason Winnick, PhD to its program faculty. Dr. Winnick investigates how hepatic glucose metabolism is dysregulated in diabetic patients.