grad program students - fall welcome
 

All IBP Graduate Students

Ifeolu Akinnola, Graduate Student (MD/Ph.D)
Ph.D. Candidate (MSTP program)

akinn007@umn.edu

Panoskaltsis-Mortari Lab

Reconstitution of vascular endothelium within decellularized lung scaffolds.

Rawan Almutlaq
Graduate Student

almut051@umn.edu

Fanta Barrow
Graduate Student

fbarrow@umn.edu

Revelo lab

Daniel Baumann
Ph.D. Candidate

dbaumann@umn.edu

Osborn Lab

Understanding cytokine mediated renal afferent nerve activity in hypertension.

Houda Cohen, MD
Graduate Student

cohen461@umn.edu

Metzgzer lab

Arthur de la Cruz-Lynch, Graduate Student (MD/Ph.D)
Graduate Student (MD/PhD)

delac086@umn.edu

Osborn Lab

Developing experimental surgical interventions and devices to treat hypertension and other cardiometabolic diseases in a DOCA salt sheep model of hypertension.

I decided to pursue a PhD because I enjoyed the ever evolving challenge of research and exploration. I had a wonderful experience in my undergraduate immunology laboratory, but I was always fascinated with the beautiful anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system. Going into the application cycle, I knew that I wanted to pursue a program that had a wide breadth of cardiovascular research opportunities and a supportive and inclusive academic environment. Only after I visited Minnesota did I fall in love with the amazing parks, bike trails, restaurants, climbing gyms, beautiful lakes, and most importantly, the wonderfully kind people in the community! I'm happy to be a part of John Osborn's laboratory, where we test surgical devices and procedures centered around neuromodulation to combat high blood pressure in the DOCA-salt sheep model of hypertension.

Gavin Fredrickson
Graduate Student

fredr300@umn.edu

Richard Gonigam
Graduate Student

gonig001@umn.edu

van Berlo lab

Seokwon Jo
Ph.D. Candidate

joxxx057@umn.edu

Alejandro lab

Investigating the interplay between O-GlcNAc and mTORC1 signaling in modulating autophagy-driven pancreatic beta cell function

After graduating with B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Minnesota, I wanted to explore and further hone my skills in biomedical research, where I had found a home in Dr. Alejandro's lab in IBP department. Here, I became fascinated by the complexity of physiology at systemic level and was enamored by the lab's expertise and ability to study the molecular metabolism and signaling in pancreatic beta cells and their subsequent effects in whole-body glucose metabolism. This experience inspired me to further pursue PhD degree in physiology and investigate important biological signalings that affect the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes

Michaela Jones
Graduate Student

jone3303@umn.edu

Alexie Larson
Ph.D. Candidate

lars4527@umn.edu

Lowe Lab

Investigating the mechanisms whereby estradiol deficiency impairs satellite cell maintenance and self-renewal.

After receiving my Master's degree in Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan, I was eager to continue my studies in a physiology department. My PhD in Integrative Biology and Physiology has helped me better understand how our cells, tissues, and organ systems work together to maintain a healthy body. Simply put, physiology provides the building blocks to understand what is normal; thus, with physiology, you can identify what is abnormal and provide the necessary therapies.

Jenna Mendelson
Graduate Student

mende192@umn.edu

Jennifer Mikkila
Graduate Student

winte608@umn.edu

van Berlo lab

Jean Pierre Pallais
Graduate Student

palla058@umn.edu

Bartolomucci Lab

Defining the sites of action and function of TLQP-21 on its receptor, C3aR1, within the central nervous system and its contribution to metabolic regulation.

I graduated with a B.S in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota. I was expecting to study strictly neuroscience at the time, being somewhat naïve to what neuroscience is truly all about. That was until I started working in Dr. Catherine Kotz’s lab, in which I was studying neuroscience but in the context of physiology. This exposure gave birth to a passion that I didn’t know that I had, that being the role of the brain in regulating our metabolic physiology. Moreso specifically, looking at how aging and neurodegenerative diseases take a huge toll on our physiology as a whole. Perhaps I started off with a very narrow vision on what I wanted to study, but my time working in an IBP lab really inspired me to continue with my studies by pursuing a PhD in Physiology.


Preethy Parthiban
Graduate Student

parth034@umn.edu

Revelo Lab

Investigating the role of resident cardiac macrophages in steady state and pathophysiology


Sara Puccini
Graduate Student

pucci026@umn.edu

Ingrid Rodriguez Aragon
Graduate Student

rodri754@umn.edu

Jae Hwi Sung
Ph.D. Candidate

sung0031@umn.edu

Liu Lab

Characterizing roles of MICU 1, a component of the MCU complex in the heart.

I received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biomedical Science at Korea University. When I was in Korea, I was experienced in the field of molecular diagnostics, cardiac electrophysiology, and clinical chemistry. At that moment, I have seen that Ca2 handling in the cardiomyocyte is closely related to metabolism. Thus, I was always curious about mitochondria’s role in the heart. Finally, I am exploring mitochondrial roles in cardiac physiology in Julia Liu lab within the IBP department.

Brandon Wagner
Graduate Student

O'Connell Lab

Activation of Ffar4 signaling mechanisms in response to endogenous fatty acids.

Dogacan Yücel
Ph.D. Candidate

dyucel@umn.edu

van Berlo Lab

Identification of genes mediating cardiomyocyte cell-cycle arrest.

Naixin Zhang
Ph.D. Candidate

zhan5038@umn.edu

O'Connell Lab

Identification of the role of omega-3 fatty acid's receptor FFAR4 in terms
of cardiac dysfunction and metabolic dysfunction in HFD-induced obese mice.


Year 1

Rawan Almutlaq
Graduate Student

almut051@umn.edu

Gavin Fredrickson
Graduate Student

fredr300@umn.edu

Jenna Mendelson
Graduate Student

mende192@umn.edu

Sara Puccini
Graduate Student

pucci026@umn.edu

Year 2

Arthur de la Cruz-Lynch, Graduate Student (MD/Ph.D)
Graduate Student (MD/PhD)

delac086@umn.edu

Osborn Lab

Developing experimental surgical interventions and devices to treat hypertension and other cardiometabolic diseases in a DOCA salt sheep model of hypertension.

I decided to pursue a PhD because I enjoyed the ever evolving challenge of research and exploration. I had a wonderful experience in my undergraduate immunology laboratory, but I was always fascinated with the beautiful anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system. Going into the application cycle, I knew that I wanted to pursue a program that had a wide breadth of cardiovascular research opportunities and a supportive and inclusive academic environment. Only after I visited Minnesota did I fall in love with the amazing parks, bike trails, restaurants, climbing gyms, beautiful lakes, and most importantly, the wonderfully kind people in the community! I'm happy to be a part of John Osborn's laboratory, where we test surgical devices and procedures centered around neuromodulation to combat high blood pressure in the DOCA-salt sheep model of hypertension.

Richard Gonigam
Graduate Student

gonig001@umn.edu

van Berlo lab

Jennifer Mikkila
Graduate Student

winte608@umn.edu

van Berlo lab

Ingrid Rodriguez Aragon
Graduate Student

rodri754@umn.edu

Year 3

Fanta Barrow
Graduate Student

fbarrow@umn.edu

Revelo lab

Houda Cohen, MD
Graduate Student

cohen461@umn.edu

Metzgzer lab

Preethy Parthiban
Graduate Student

parth034@umn.edu

Revelo Lab

Investigating the role of resident cardiac macrophages in steady state and pathophysiology


Jean Pierre Pallais
Graduate Student

palla058@umn.edu

Bartolomucci Lab

Defining the sites of action and function of TLQP-21 on its receptor, C3aR1, within the central nervous system and its contribution to metabolic regulation.

I graduated with a B.S in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota. I was expecting to study strictly neuroscience at the time, being somewhat naïve to what neuroscience is truly all about. That was until I started working in Dr. Catherine Kotz’s lab, in which I was studying neuroscience but in the context of physiology. This exposure gave birth to a passion that I didn’t know that I had, that being the role of the brain in regulating our metabolic physiology. Moreso specifically, looking at how aging and neurodegenerative diseases take a huge toll on our physiology as a whole. Perhaps I started off with a very narrow vision on what I wanted to study, but my time working in an IBP lab really inspired me to continue with my studies by pursuing a PhD in Physiology.


Seokwon Jo
Ph.D. Candidate

joxxx057@umn.edu

Alejandro lab

Investigating the interplay between O-GlcNAc and mTORC1 signaling in modulating autophagy-driven pancreatic beta cell function

After graduating with B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Minnesota, I wanted to explore and further hone my skills in biomedical research, where I had found a home in Dr. Alejandro's lab in IBP department. Here, I became fascinated by the complexity of physiology at systemic level and was enamored by the lab's expertise and ability to study the molecular metabolism and signaling in pancreatic beta cells and their subsequent effects in whole-body glucose metabolism. This experience inspired me to further pursue PhD degree in physiology and investigate important biological signalings that affect the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes

Year 4

Jae Hwi Sung
Ph.D. Candidate

sung0031@umn.edu

Liu Lab

Characterizing roles of MICU 1, a component of the MCU complex in the heart.

I received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biomedical Science at Korea University. When I was in Korea, I was experienced in the field of molecular diagnostics, cardiac electrophysiology, and clinical chemistry. At that moment, I have seen that Ca2 handling in the cardiomyocyte is closely related to metabolism. Thus, I was always curious about mitochondria’s role in the heart. Finally, I am exploring mitochondrial roles in cardiac physiology in Julia Liu lab within the IBP department.

Brandon Wagner
Graduate Student

O'Connell Lab

Activation of Ffar4 signaling mechanisms in response to endogenous fatty acids.

Year 5

Ifeolu Akinnola, Graduate Student (MD/Ph.D)
Ph.D. Candidate (MSTP program)

akinn007@umn.edu

Panoskaltsis-Mortari Lab

Reconstitution of vascular endothelium within decellularized lung scaffolds.

Daniel Baumann
Ph.D. Candidate

dbaumann@umn.edu

Osborn Lab

Understanding cytokine mediated renal afferent nerve activity in hypertension.

Pedro Rodriguez
Ph.D. Candidate

rodr0385@umn.edu

Bartolomucci Lab

Characterizing the biochemical mechanism of TLQP-21 activation of C3aR1 and its role in energy balance.

Dogacan Yücel
Ph.D. Candidate

dyucel@umn.edu

van Berlo Lab

Identification of genes mediating cardiomyocyte cell-cycle arrest.

Year 5+

Alexie Larson
Ph.D. Candidate

lars4527@umn.edu

Lowe Lab

Investigating the mechanisms whereby estradiol deficiency impairs satellite cell maintenance and self-renewal.

After receiving my Master's degree in Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan, I was eager to continue my studies in a physiology department. My PhD in Integrative Biology and Physiology has helped me better understand how our cells, tissues, and organ systems work together to maintain a healthy body. Simply put, physiology provides the building blocks to understand what is normal; thus, with physiology, you can identify what is abnormal and provide the necessary therapies.

Naixin Zhang
Ph.D. Candidate

zhan5038@umn.edu

O'Connell Lab

Identification of the role of omega-3 fatty acid's receptor FFAR4 in terms
of cardiac dysfunction and metabolic dysfunction in HFD-induced obese mice.


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