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When searching for a lab in which to rotate, the PI of the lab may ask your DBBS Program Coordinator to view your application. Please complete the File Permission Form to ensure a seamless transition to each rotation.

Setting Up Your First Rotation
We encourage all DBBS students to research our faculty database and to contact potential research mentors before arriving on campus. Here are a few tips to make setting up your first rotation a success: 

  • Review faculty and their research interests to get an idea of where you want to rotate.
  • Most faculty members prefer to be contacted initially by email, so contact faculty before you arrive.
  • To prepare for your first meeting with the faculty member, read some recent papers from the faculty member's laboratory.
  • Download and fill out the Research Rotation Form​ and give to your program coordinator.
  • Please visit the Student Forms section of the DBBS website for all student forms.
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Money Matters

The 2019-2020 annual stipend is $30,500.  Stipend payments are disbursed the last working day of each month.  You will receive an email notification from HR on how to set-up direct deposit once entered into the payroll system.  If your direct deposit isn’t set-up in time, you will be notified via e-mail when checks are available to be picked up from the DBBS Division Office.

To ensure that you receive your first stipend paycheck, make certain to check in with a DBBS Finance Coordinator to complete the required payroll documents as soon as you arrive.  Documents must be completed no later than the following dates:  June 11, July 11, August 8.

The amount of your first stipend check will be prorated according to your start date.  For more information regarding stipend payments and possible tax implications please visit https://financialservices.wustl.edu/wfin-topic/payroll/tax-issues-fellowship-stipend-recipients/​.

International Students:

Please visit the WUSTL Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) webpage for important information.  Prior to orientation, questions concerning your VISA should be directed to Bridge​t Coleman at 314-935-8753 or bridgetcoleman@wustl.edu​.  International students must go to the OISS located on the Danforth campus to check-in before coming to the Division office.  Please make certain to bring all appropriate original documentation when you meet with the OISS representative. 

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Faculty Mentors

BIOLOGY 

Dixit, Ram: Dr. Dixit focuses on understanding on how the microtubule cytoskeleton regulates plant cell shape. His lab uses transgenic plants and follow fluorescently tagged proteins in living cells using total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy to study dynamics and function of proteins at the single molecule level. In addition, by combining mutational analysis with live imaging of new two-color marker lines generated in the Dixit lab, they examine the way in which microtubule severing proteins are responsible for pruning unaligned cortical microtubules at crossover sites and how this activity is involved in creating ordered arrays. Collaborators: Herzog, Piston.

Herzog, Erik: Dr. Herzog studies the cellular and molecular basis for circadian rhythms, focusing on the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus. By combining electrophysiological and molecular imaging techniques, his lab is identifying pacemaking cells and how these cells coordinate their activities to drive behavior. The lab compares the circadian rhythms expressed behaviorally and by cells and tissues using a variety of techniques including behavioral monitoring and imaging with multielectrode recordings, bioluminescence and fluorescence from animals carrying transgenic reporters. Trainees in the Herzog lab pursue optical and digital imaging of low-light bioluminescence, fluorescence, and bright-field preparations. Dr. Herzog received an Outstanding Mentor Award in 2008. Collaborators: Holy, Culver, Taghert.

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (BME) 

An, Hongyu: Dr. An has extensive experience in MR and PET/MR imaging and is the associate director of the Center for Clinical Imaging Research (CCIR). Her expertise includes MRI physics, MR sequence design and programming, image reconstruction, image and data analysis, PET/MR attenuation correction, and motion correction. Simultaneously acquired anatomical, physiological and metabolic MR imaging and physiological and molecular PET imaging provide unprecedented diagnostic and prognostic values in many diseases. A specialty of Dr. An’s group has been developing novel MR based PET attenuation methods. An application area is the important MR imaging challenge of quantifying cerebral oxygenation. Collaborators: Ackerman, Hershey, Woodard. 

Anastasio, Mark: Dr. Anastasio’s research interests include the development of biomedical imaging methods, image reconstruction, and inverse problems in imaging and theoretical image science. Almost all modern biomedical imaging systems including advanced microscopy methods, X-ray computed tomography (CT), and photoacoustic tomography, to name only a few, utilize computational methods for image formation. Dr. Anastasio’s lab brings together imaging physics with a deep knowledge of image reconstruction algorithms to provide quantitative imaging with improved performance across a wide range of metrics. In particularly they have been actively involved in the development of several emerging wave-based bioimaging modalities including photoacoustic computed tomography (PACT), X-ray phase-contrast imaging, ultrasound computed tomography (UST) and optical tomography. Collaborators: Chen, Culver, Parikh. 

Chen, Hong:  Dr. Chen’s research is focused on developing image-guided ultrasound drug delivery (IGUDD) techniques. A new assistant professor, Dr. Chen has a joint appointment with Radiation oncology. Her laboratory is setting up two experimental systems: an ultrasound-image-guided focused ultrasound system and an MRI-guided focused ultrasound system. The goal is to translate basic research advances in imaging and ultrasound therapy into image-guided therapy devices that can impact cancer patient care. Collaborators: Anastasio, Hallahan, Parikh. 

Jha, Abhinav Kumar:  Dr. Jha's research focuses on developing quantitative task-specific computational medical imaging solutions for improving diagnosis and therapy of diseases. His lab integrates physics and machine-learning-based methods for improving image reconstruction, analysis and image-quality evaluation. A particular focus of the lab is on functional imaging modalities including nuclear-medicine and optical imaging, with a major goal of advancing quantitative imaging.  Dr. Jha's lab is a close collaboration between the Schools of Engineering and Medicine, with the objective to develop rigorous image-science-based solutions  for clinically important problems and then translate these solutions to clinical setups with the goal of improving medical imaging.  Collaborators: Siegel, Laforest, Achilefu, Schindler, Tai.

Raman, Barani: Dr. Raman’s research focuses on examining the spatio-temporal signals in neural systems to understand the design and computing principles of biological sensory systems using relatively simple invertebrate models (e.g., Drosophila melanogaster). His lab employ’s a variety of multi-dimensional electrophysiological recording techniques and computational modeling approaches to investigate how dynamic odor signals are encoded as neural representations (odor coding). Recent work from Dr. Raman’s lab, published in Nature Communications and Nature Neuroscience, has revealed the behavioral relevance of combinations of neurons activated by an odorant (i.e., ‘the combinatorial code’) and in the temporal structure of the neural activity (i.e., ‘the temporal code’). Collaborators: Gruev, Holy, Petersen. 

CELL BIOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY 

Cooper, John: The laboratory uses a variety of light and electron microscopy techniques to address questions of how cells control their shape and movement. Those techniques might include low-light level fluorescence microscopy of living cell preparations, including spinning-disk confocal and total internal reflection microscopy. Collaborators: Bayly, Piston. 

Mecham, Robert: Dr. Mecham studies the extracellular matrix, the critical material that helps bind together and support the structures and tissues of the human body. He is a well-known leader in uncovering the structure of elastic fiber and understanding the complex process involved in producing it. His laboratory focuses on learning how cells produce elastic fibers, a major component of the extracellular matrix. His work includes live-cell imaging of extracellular matrix assembly. Collaborators: Holtzman, Taber 

Piston, David:  The main research focus of the Piston lab is the understanding of glucose-regulated hormone secretion from islets of Langerhans in the pancreas. To perform live cell measurements in situ and in vivo, his lab develops unique, state-of-the-art fluorescence imaging methods to assay responses along critical signaling pathways in both glucagon-secreting α-cells and insulin-secreting β-cells. These quantitative microscopy measurements are combined with standard biochemical and molecular biological techniques to obtain valuable information that bridges the gap between the known details of the signaling pathways in individual cells and the overall response of a whole islet. Experimental work involves 5D live cell imaging and high-content screening. Collaborators: Nichols, Urano, Gross, Lawson. 

CHEMISTRY 

Ackerman, Joseph: Trainees perform research in the development and application of magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and imaging (MRI) for study of intact biological systems, from cultured cells to mice to man. A major area of research is the development of MR techniques that will provide a more complete understanding of the complex structure and operating organization of mammalian tissues in the intact, functioning state. Collaborators: Bayly, Culver, Weilbaecher. 

Mirica, Liviu: Dr. Mirica uses inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biological chemistry to address metal-mediated processes with energy, biological, and medical relevance. One of his projects involves investigation of the interaction of transition metal ions with Aβ peptides and study of the role of metal ions in amyloid plaque and reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation in patients with AD — whose plaques exhibit unusually high concentrations of copper, iron, and zinc. He is developing Cu-64 complexes that can be employed for PET imaging and early diagnosis of AD. Collaborators: Rath, Tai. 

COMPUTER SCIENCE 

Gruev, Victor:  Dr. Gruev’s research focuses on borrowing key concepts from nature to develop ultra-sensitive, compact, lightweight and conformal imaging sensors capable of recording spectral and polarization properties with high spatial resolution and to bring these new sensory devices to clinical settings. Gruev’s lab has been able to successfully mimic both the optics and underlying neural circuitry from the visual system of both Morpho butterflies and mantis shrimp by using various nanomaterials and nanofabrication techniques and monolithically integrate them with circuits fabricated with advanced CMOS technologies. The compact realization of these bio-inspired spectral-polarization imaging sensors combined with wearable goggle devices and real-time image processing implemented on FPGA platform, were recently used to translate this technology into the operating room to provide instant visual feedback to physicians. Collaborators: Achilefu, Culver, Raman. 

Pless, Robert:  Dr. Pless works on developing tools for the fundamental mathematical modeling and analysis of motion in video sequences. He co-founded the Media and Machines Laboratory, which now includes five full time faculty and is a focal point for research on Computer Vision, Robotics, Graphics, Medical Imaging and Human Computer Interaction. Driven by biological imaging applications, the primary mathematical tools are data-driven, non-parametric statistical models that represent scene-specific or patient-specific models of common motions and behaviors. These models are ignore distracting motions (e.g., breathing artifacts in CT). Collaborators: Bayly, Leuthardt, Miller, O’Sullivan, Taber. 

Ju, Tau:  Dr. Tau’ works on computer graphics and image analysis with application to biological imaging. His early works pioneered the cage-based deformation paradigm which is now widely used in both entertainment industry and academics. In collaboration with a group of image processing specialists and neuroscientists, his lab used geometric atlases to map the gene expression patterns in the mouse brain. While the prototype of the mapped database (see www.geneatlas.org) was initially done in 2D, his lab recently completed a 3D version (hosted on the same website) with the support of an NSF grant. His lab also is working on theoretical foundations and practical algorithms to quantify how “tubular” or “plate-like” an object (or one of its part) is. This work is mostly motivated by the analysis of biological structures in biomedical images with applications to optical and electron microscopy. Collaborators: Dacey, Zipfel, Prior. 

ELECTRICAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (ESE) 

Lew, Mathew:  Dr. Lew, a new faculty recruit, is interested in developing imaging platforms for visualizing biomolecules in living organisms across length scales, from subcellular to whole subjects. He trained in the lab of W.E. Morner (Noble prize 2014). His work primarily focuses on super-resolution microscopy. For example he developed method simultaneous accurate measurement of the 3D position and 2D orientation of single molecules and solutions for mitigating localization errors through modified labeling or optical strategies. On the applications side, he works on labeling and imaging internal cellular structures and external cell surfaces, in 3D, with resolution beyond the diffraction limit. These techniques will enabled the mapping of protein locations and interactions in studies of developmental cell biology. Collaborator: Achilefu. 

Nehorai, AryeDr. Nehorai’s research deals with analysis of space-time data in a number of biomedical areas. In biomedicine, he is developing methods for locating electrical sources in the brain using arrays of electrodes (EEG) or magnetometers (MEG) placed around the head. His solutions are important for clinical applications such as finding origins of seizures, or in neuroscience for mapping the brain functions. He is also developing procedures that find the stiffness of the heart wall using MRI. In microscopy imaging, he is working on algorithms to quantify targets (e.g., antigens, proteins etc.) from 3D microarray-based images, and quantum-dot (q-dot) barcoded microparticle ensembles. Collaborators: Achilefu, Garbow, Song. 

O’Sullivan, Jody:  Dr. O'Sullivan was the director of the Electronic Systems and Signals Research Laboratory (ESSRL) from 1998-2007, and is now dean of the new joint engineering program between University of Missouri-St. Louis and WU. He conducts research in a wide range of science and technology for security applications, including borders, target and object recognition theory, information hiding for secure and clandestine communication, and spectral analysis for biochemical agent detection. Current imaging research includes spiral CT imaging in the presence high-density attenuators and microPET. Collaborators: Tai, Culver. 

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 

Bayly, Phillip:  Dr. Bayly, Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering, uses MRI to study deformation and to infer mechanical properties of soft tissue, particularly in the brain and spinal cord. The changes in shape and mechanical properties are important both in rapid events such as brain trauma, and very slow events, such as brain morphogenesis. His students employ MR tagging and analysis of tagged images to study the deformation of the brain during linear angular acceleration of the skull. Dr. Bayly collaborates with other researchers who use MRI measurement of water diffusion to characterize the effects of trauma on the brain and spinal cord, in vivo, in animal models. Collaborators: Ackerman, Carlsson, Cooper, Garbow, Pham. 

Lake, Spence:   Dr. Lake’s research focuses on multiscale structure-function relationships of musculoskeletal soft tissues and joints. He uses various imaging techniques (e.g., quantitative polarized light imaging, two-photo microscopy, x-ray microscopy) to quantify structural organization of tissues at various length scales and correlate with region-specific compositional and mechanical properties. His work seeks to understand fundamental principles that govern how soft tissues function in healthy conditions, how these relationships change in injury/disease, and how connective tissue damage can be better prevented, treated, or replaced.

MEDICINE 

Weilbaecher, Katherine:  Dr. Weilbaecher’s laboratory investigates the molecular mechanisms of tumor metastasis to bone. They utilize luciferase/GFP labeled osteolytic cancer cell lines and evaluate tumor metastasis and bone tumor growth using in vivo bioluminescence in genetically targeted osteoclast and platelet defective mice. They also utilize MRI and PET imaging to evaluate bone tumor growth and metastasis in spontaneous metastasis tumor mouse models. Trainees gain experience in metastasis biology and host cell/tumor cell interactions using an array of in vivo imaging techniques, including PET, bioluminescence and MRI. Collaborators: Achilefu, Ackerman, Garbow, Lanza. 

NEUROLOGY 

Petersen, Steven:  Dr. Peterson pioneered the use of brain imaging (PET and fMRI) to identify brain regions that contribute to attention, learning, memory and language. He also investigates the effects of disease and brain damage on these cognitive processes. Currently, he has two main areas of interest. The first focus is the development of neural mechanisms underlying cognition. Methods have been developed that allow direct statistical comparison of child and adult imaging data. The second focus is identifying and characterizing fMRI signals related to task organization and executive control. Recently his lab developed a series of seminal papers on functional connectivity mapping with MRI related to the management of motion artifacts, the applications of graph theory and the mapping of network hubs. Collaborators: Barch, Culver, Hershey, Raman. 

NEUROSCIENCE

Bruchas, Michael:  Dr. Bruchas’ lab is largely focused on optogenetic techniques and the neurobiology of stress and motivation, as it relates to neuromodulatory circuits, addiction, and GPCR signaling. In particular, a strong theme of the lab is the use of in vivo optogenetics to dissect affective behavioral circuits in reward, aversion, and anxiety (Science, Cell, Neuron, Nature Communications). The work includes development of novel optogenetic tools and optogenetic/physiological dissection of opioid, noradrenergic, dopamine, corticotropin-releasing factors in neural circuits. New work combines optogenetics with optical neuroimaging to produce cell type specific maps of brain connectivity. Collaborators: Bauer, Culver, Gereau, Lee, McGehee.

Holy, Timothy:  Dr. Holy’s research in imaging focuses on developing new optical methods for imaging neuronal activity. He has devised a new method, called objective-couple planar illumination microscopy, for imaging neuronal activity simultaneously in large neuronal populations. This approach uses a sheet of light to provide three-dimensional resolution without point-scanning. The principal advantage of this technique is that hundreds or thousands of neurons can be imaged at high speed and high signal-to-noise ratio. Current work on this technology includes optical and algorithmic methods for enhancing resolution deeper into tissue. Collaborators: Herzog, Raman, Taghert. 

Taghert, Pau:  Dr. Taghert’s research focuses on (i) how peptidergic neurons differentiate and (ii) how neural circuits are controlled by the circadian clock to generate rhythmic behaviors. Both areas of study rely heavily on imaging methods, including standard epifluorescent and confocal microscopy, low light level imaging methods, and use of bioluminesent reporters to interrogate pacemaker neuron function and peptidergic cell secretion mechanisms. Collaborators: Hanson, Herzog, Holy. 

PSYCHOLOGY and BRAIN SCIENCES 

Barch, Deanna:  Dr. Barch’s research program is focused on developing and using a variety of neuroimaging techniques to understand the developmental interplay among cognition, emotion, and brain function to better understand the deficits in behavior and cognition found in illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression and substance abuse. She has a long history of mentoring graduate, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty in psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience who have gone on to productive research careers. She was the Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology 2004 to 2014 (now Chair of Psychology) and is a co-Investigator on the Human Connectome Project. Cofounder of our Cognitive, Computational and Systems Neuroscience integrative training pathway, Dr. Barch and has been actively involved in training students in cross-disciplinary neuroimaging research. Collaborators: Petersen, Hershey. 

PSYCHIATRY 

Hershey, TamaraDr. Hershey’s research is in the fields of neuroimaging and cognitive and clinical neuroscience. Her lab uses a range of neuroimaging, pharmacological and cognitive techniques to understand the impact of metabolic and neurodegenerative conditions on the brain, particularly during development. For example, her lab explores the neural underpinnings of cognitive and mood dysfunction in disorders relevant to dopamine and the basal ganglia (e.g., Parkinson disease, Tourette syndrome), the effects of diabetes and obesity on the brain, particularly within development, and the neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative impact of a rare monogenic diabetes. Dr. Hershey is deputy lab chief of the WUSM Neuroimaging Labs, and has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty and co-directs a WU Peer Mentoring Program. Collaborators: Barch, Culver, Raichle. 

RADIATION ONCOLOGY

Zhang, Tiezhi:  Dr. Zhang’s primary research interests include the development of multi-pixel x-ray source, tetrahedron x-ray imaging systems based on scanning x-ray sources. Almost all modern x-ray imaging systems including x-ray radiography, fluoroscopy, mammography and cone beam CT, to name only a few, utilize a single x-ray source and a 2D detector to acquire 2D images. Dr. Zhang’s lab develops new linear scan x-ray sources and tetrahedron beam imaging systems that can overcome the problems in traditional x-ray imaging, including excessive x-ray scattering, suboptimal detector performance and limited detector dimension. The novel imaging system may find important uses in many medical procedures such as image guided radiotherapy (IGRT), image guided intervention, and office-based point-of-care diagnostic imaging. Besides x-ray imaging, Dr. Zhang’s lab also develops novel technologies for precise radiation (x-ray and proton) treatment of cancers.

​RADIOLOGY 

Achilefu, Samuel:  Dr. Achilefu is interested in molecular optical imaging, the design and development of new molecular probes and nanomaterials, specific delivery of imaging agents and drugs to target cells or tissues, development of tissue-specific multi-modal imaging molecules, and tumor-specific photodynamic therapy agents. He is co-leader of the oncologic imaging program for the NCI-designated Siteman Cancer Center, and Director of WU molecular imaging center. His Optical Radiology Lab provides a multidisciplinary environment for students in a variety of disciplines, including the chemistry, physics, and biology of optical imaging of diseases. The lab is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments to train the student in all aspects of optical imaging, depending on the expressed interest level of the student. Collaborators: Culver, Gruev, Lew, Shokeen, Weilbaecher, Woodard. 

Benzinger, Tammie:  Dr. Benzinger`s research focuses on translating advanced neuromagnetic resonance imaging techniques from small animal research in the Department of Radiology, to translational research in the Center for Clinical Imaging Research (CCIR), and into clinical practice. In particular, her current research focuses on using directional diffusivity measurements derived from diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to measure axonal and myelin damage in pediatric and adult demyelination, dysmyelinating diseases, in traumatic brain injury (TBI), and as a function of aging. Diseases under study in Dr. Benzinger`s laboratory include multiple sclerosis (MS), acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), adrenoleukodystrophy, Krabbe`s disease, Pelizaeus-Merzbacher`s disease, and head trauma. In addition, Dr. Benzinger combines advanced neuromagnetic resonance techniques, such as DTI and spectroscopy, and positron emission tomography (PET) to study interactions between normal aging, Alzherimer`s disease, depression, and delirium in older adults.  Collaborators: Achilefu, Ackerman, Hershey, Culver, Woodard

Culver, Joseph:  Dr. Culver’s Lab develops neurophotonic technology for mapping brain function in humans and animal models. With the goal of producing high-performance portable brain imaging in humans, his group has been developing a series of innovations for diffuse optical tomography (DOT) instrumentation and algorithms. Recently they presented the first DOT system capable of mapping distributed brain function and networks (Nature Photonics). Applied projects include mapping brain function in infants in the neonatal ICU, and in stroke patients in the Adult ICU. In parallel with human imaging efforts, the Culver lab is also developing mouse equivalent measurements of functional connectivity using optical intrinsic signal imaging (fcOIS) - so as to link human fcMRI with mouse models of disease (e.g., amyloid-beta models of Alzheimer’s, stroke, brain tumors, autism). Recently, to work with faster physiological signals, they have extend fcOIS to mice with genetically encoded calcium indicators and are exploring transitions between awake/sleep and anesthesia. Collaborators: Achilefu, Ackerman, Anastasio, Bruchas, Hershey, O’Sullivan, Petersen, Shokeen. 

Shokeen, Monica:  Dr. Shokeen’s lab has expertise in the development and evaluation of molecularly targeted small molecule and multi-functional macromolecular bio-conjugates for nuclear and optical imaging of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Her group aspires to utilize the translational capabilities of quantitative imaging modalities (PET, SPECT, FMT and MRI) to bring the bench side discoveries into patient care. Working on the chemistry of imaging, the Shokeen lab has been evaluating high-affinity 64Cu labeled-Very Late Antigen-4 (VLA-4) targeted PET radiopharmaceuticals to assess disease progression and response to treatment in pre-clinical mouse and human models of multiple myeloma by quantitative receptor measurements. The ultimate goal of these studies is successful clinical translation. Her group is also investigating the unique metabolic pathways and metabolite fate tracking in multiple myeloma tissues by using 13C edited 1H NMR and 11C-Acetate/PET-CT imaging. Additionally, as part of a multi-PI team, the Schokeen lab is developing a high-throughput optical in vivo imaging platform for the detection of unstable plaque in carotid arteries using a novel custom built Fluorescence Molecular Tomography (FMT) system. Collaborators: Woodard, Achilefu, Culver. 

Tai, Yuan-Chuan:  Dr. Tai’s team conceived and demonstrated the feasibility of the virtual-pinhole PET insert technology for improving the image resolution of existing human and animal PET scanners. This technology is currently being evaluated for whole-body cancer staging to improve the sensitivity of metastatic cancer detection. Additionally, Tai’s lab has developed several high resolution PET and multimodality imaging systems for preclinical, clinical, and functional plant imaging applications. The plant PET imager is now used routinely for molecular plant imaging research and has brought the in vivo imaging technology to plant scientists and triggered new interdisciplinary researches across multiple universities and institutions. Collaborators: O’Sullivan, Laforest. 

Woodard, Pamela:  Dr. Woodard’s expertise is in translational imaging and clinical trials, particularly in cardiovascular MRI, CT and PET. She is Radiology’s Vice Chair of Clinical Translational Research, has an appointment in Biomedical Engineering and is the Director of the Center for Clinical Imaging Research (CCIR). She has been principal investigator (PI) or co-investigator on numerous NIH grants and subcontracts, including the PIOPED II and III Trials. Most recently, her lab has developed a receptor-targeted nanoparticle PET imaging agent for assessment of atherosclerosis, brought it through preclinical safety testing, applied for and received an FDA eIND for testing in human subjects, and have begun testing in normal volunteers and patients. New extensions of the same receptor targeted nanoparticle include optical labelling for imaging with fluorescence molecular tomography. Collaborators: Shokeen, Achilefu, Culver. 

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National Institute of Health

Ehiole Akhirome - Developmental, Regenerative & Stem Cell Biology

Chinwendu Amazu - Molecular Cell Biology

David Anderson - Immunology

Juliet Bartleson - Immunology

Michael Bern - Immunology

Kayla Berry - Molecular Microbiology & Microbial Pathogenesis

Adam Clemens - Developemental, Regenerative & Stem Cell Biology

Jennifer Davis - Molecular Cell Biology

Vivek Durai - Immunology

Trent Evans - Molecular Cell Biology

McKenna Feltes - Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology

Jerry Fong - Computational & Systems Biology

Jared Goodman - Molecular Genetics & Genomics

Gary Grajales-Reyes - Immunology

Samarth Hegde​ - Molecular Cell Biology

Kieth Johnson​ - Neurosciences

Andrew Kraft - Neurosciences

Dov Lerman-Sinkoff - Biomedical Engineering

Lucy Li - Molecular Microbiology & Microbial Pathogenesis

Stephen Linderman - Biomedical Engineering

Sindhu Manivasaga​m​ - Neurosciences

Hannah Miller - Immunology

Anish Mitra - Neurosciences

Arnav Moudgil - Computational & Systems Biology

Bernard Mulvey​ - Neurosciences

Dillian Newbold - Neurosciences

Takihiro Ohara - Immunology

Patrick Olson - Molecular Microbiology & Microbial Pathogenesis

Elizabeth Ostrander​ - Human & Statistical Genetics

Eugene Park - Immunology

Chelsea Parker Harp - Immunology

Justin Porter - Computational & Systems Biology

Caitlin Purman - Molecular Genetics & Genomics

Monica Xiong - Neurosciences

Megan Radyk - Molecular Cell Biology

Michelle Robinette - Immunology

Emilie Russler-Germain - Immunology

Alexandra Russo​ - Neurosciences

Arthur Sletten - Molecular Cell Biology

Sarah Smith - Neurosciences

Brett Tort​elli​- Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis​

Samantha (Bayer) Van Hove - Molecular Cell Biology

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Application, Procedures and Criteria for GENERAL Membership in the DBBS
Note: faculty who want to mentor students in their lab should apply with the PROGRAM Membership application

Faculty on the Clinical, Research or Investigator track from any Department of Washington University may be nominated for DBBS General membership by their Department Head/Chair or Division Chief.
Candidates for new General membership in the DBBS will be evaluated using the following criteria, reflecting the importance of continued excellence in postgraduate training and mentoring. It is expected that DBBS faculty members will have strong credentials in many/most of the following areas:
  • A good record of student engagement within the Medical School and/or University at large.
  • Committee service to science/medical entities including university, regional, and national organizations that support and promote graduate and medical education.
  • Past and ongoing teaching contributions to graduate and/or medical education. A list should be provided of course titles with a brief summary of the subject matter taught and the number of contact hours in the classroom.
  • For recently appointed junior faculty who have not had the opportunity to meet these criteria, the basis for a positive prognosis should be addressed in the nomination letter from the Department Head/Chair.
The Associate Dean for Graduate Education will review applications and decide whether to admit the candidate to General membership in DBBS. If admission is declined, there is a period of one year before a new request will be considered.
Completed applications must include the four components described below and must be attached to the DBBS membership application form, which can be downloaded below.
Applications are limited to 6 pages.Recommendation Letter or Supporting Statement from Applicant’s Department Head/Chair or Division Chief (1-2 pages)
Biographical Sketch or CV of Applicant (1-2 pages)
Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages), detailing the applicant’s area of expertise and enumerating how they will contribute to the mission of DBBS
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Application, Procedures and Criteria for PROGRAM Membership in the DBBS
Faculty on the Investigator (tenure) track from any Department of Washington University may be nominated for DBBS Program membership by their Department Head/Chair. 
Candidates for new Program membership in the DBBS will be evaluated using the following criteria, reflecting the importance of continued excellence in postgraduate training and mentoring. It is expected that DBBS faculty members will have strong credentials in many/most of the following areas:
  • A high quality, independent research program in an area of biological or biomedical research that is congruent with existing DBBS programs, and evidence of sustainable research funding or (in the case of new investigators) a strong prognosis for securing funding.
  • A strong record of training and mentoring students (graduate, medical, and/or undergraduate) and/or postdoctoral fellows, or (for new investigators) a clear interest and potential to do so. Examples include a record of past trainees and their current professional status and achievements, a list of publications authored by trainees, formal recognition/awards for teaching or mentoring, and any other evidence of a positive impact on the professional development of mentees.
  • Past and ongoing teaching contributions to graduate and/or medical education. A list should be provided of course titles with a brief summary of the subject matter taught and the number of contact hours in the classroom.
  • For recently appointed junior faculty who have not had the opportunity to meet these criteria, the basis for a positive prognosis should be addressed in the nomination letter from the Department Head/Chair.
The process for evaluating candidates will include the following steps.
  • The Associate Dean for Graduate Education will screen all candidates for DBBS Program membership. The Assocaite Dean will convey their recommendation on the candidates membership application to the Director(s) of the primary program which the candidate wishes to join.
  • The Program Directors will decide whether to admit the candidate to DBBS Program membership or recommend a re-evaluation for General membership. If admission is thoroughly declined, there is a period of one year before a new request will be considered.
Completed applications must include the six components described below and must be attached to the DBBS membership application form, which can be downloaded below. Applications are limited to 12 pages and must provide evidence of mentoring experience and skills as well as evidence of ability to fully support graduate students that affiliate with faculty member/mentor, inclusive of stipend and fees. The following documents are required when a faculty member applies for membership to the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences:

Recommendation Letter or Supporting Statement from Applicant’s Department Head/Chair or Division Chief, whoever is financially responsible in the event of a lapse of funding by the faculty member (1-2 pages)
Biographical Sketch of Applicant (1-2 pages)
Current and Pending Support (include information regarding start-up funds, if applicable (1-2 pages)
Research Statement (1-2 pages)
List of Current and Past Trainees, if applicable, and other evidence of mentoring experience and skills (Past 5 Years – 1-2 pages)
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Continuing Program Membership in DBBS

Program membership in the DBBS will be reviewed periodically:

The first-phase of review will be conducted by the Program Director/Steering Committees. The review process will address the following areas of participation in DBBS:
  • The member’s record of training and mentoring students, along with current and pending funding.
  • Committee service to the DBBS and related basic science entities including university, regional, and national organizations that support and promote graduate and medical education. Local service on advisory, planning, and oversight committees related to the mission of the DBBS.
  • Regular involvement in DBBS program activities, including seminars, journal clubs, student recruiting, and retreats.
  • Teaching contributions to graduate and/or medical education
Based upon the criteria noted above and the recommendation of the Program Director/Steering Committees, the Faculty Membership Committee will decide whether to renew the Program membership in DBBS, recommend an offer of General membership, or deny membership. If admission is denied, there is a period of one year before a new request will be considered. 
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Justin Miller

Justin Miller

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​Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology program, incoming class 2015; 
lab of Dr. Audrey Odom John

What is your educational/professional background?
I received a B.S. in both Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry at Iowa State University before starting here. As an undergrad I worked in a biochemistry lab trying to understand the structure-function relationship of very long chain fatty acid enzymes in corn.

Why did you choose to attend Washington University DBBS?
What is your favorite part about pursuing your PhD training here?
I absolutely loved the collaborative, interdepartmental, and interprogram nature of DBBS. The people here (grad students, post-docs, staff, and faculty) were incredibly genuine, caring, supportive, and humble, and made WashU feel like home immediately. As I've continued here in DBBS I'm continually amazed by just how true my original assessment was.​

What research are you currently working on? What is a fun fact about your current research?
I study how proteins choose the substrates they accept and the products they make (both in vitro and in vivo) in the laboratory of Dr. Audrey Odom John. Specifically, I now focus on how ester pro-drugs are activated in pathogens and am trying to bias activation towards specific activation in a pathogen, rather than activation in the host. We hope that this will lead to better pharmacokinetic properties of drugs. 

Fun fact: I’m absolutely enamored with puns (don’t get me started, I’m punstoppable), and through time have warmed my lab to the idea that puns are great. Now we start our weeks off by solving a visual pun every Monday morning.

Are you involved in any student groups, volunteer work or other ventures outside of the lab?
I'm currently serving as the senior co-chair of the Student Advisory Committee, the governing student body of DBBS. We mediate discussions between students and the administration, provide social outlets for students, and develop resources for students in the division. I also spend time with Future Educators, where I coordinate journal club discussions on current best practices in teaching and mentoring. Additionally, I sit on a few committees in the Biochemistry program/department, and am helping out on DBBS’s curriculum reform committee. 

In my free time I volunteer at the St. Louis Science Center as an interpreter for the life sciences department. I help lead discussions with the public on genetic modifications of crops and lab animals, synthetic biology, and evolution. This past summer I put together a hands-on synthetic biology summer camp for 7-10th graders. We had tons of fun exploring why tomatoes are red and carrots are orange by cloning* the lycopene and b-carotene synthase genes into E.coli. *some shortcuts taken.

What is your favorite part about living in St. Louis?
So much! I'll parrot the past few featured students in saying that the truckloads of free/cheap activities (both in and out of the park) are incredible. There's an overwhelming number of things to do and try — from restaurants on South Grand, to glass blowing demonstrations at the Third Degree Glass Factory — which perpetually fill my "to-do" list. Lastly, we're not far from cool hiking and camping which is a huge bonus. 

What hobbies do you enjoy?
I absolutely love to rock climb, hike, swim, and camp (bonus points for all four in a weekend). I've also recently developed an interest in baking sourdough bread and pickling. The latter I'm sustaining by gardening in a community garden plot!

What is your favorite quote?
I have two that I try and keep in the back of my brain on a regular basis:

"One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world." ― Malala Yousafzai
"We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.” ― Stephen King

Is a hot dog a sandwich?
Only if you eat your hot dog with the buns parallel to the ground ... which would be weird ...

What movie would be greatly improved if it were made into a musical?
Next on Broadway: “Star Wars the Musical.” It's got the story setup for it all: two drastically different best friends (Han and Chewie), an awkward love story (redacted, spoilers), and I personally can't wait for a song by Yoda.

Who is your biggest role model?
My post-doc turned staff scientist mentor during my undergraduate career remains a huge role model for me to this day. She constantly amazes me in the way she balances science and teaching — from hands on mentoring of undergraduate researchers in lab, to developing new research-based lab courses, to leading initiatives to help freshman get involved in research.

What career would you like to pursue after completing your PhD training?
I would love to have a career with equal parts outreach, teaching, and research. I love the moments when I'm able to sit down with someone and talk science with them. It's amazing to see their faces light up when they realize just how many cool things are possible.

What advice would you give to prospective graduate students?
Find something that you love (both in science and outside of lab) and pursue both with gusto. As many have highlighted it's important to maintain a balance between lab and life. Additionally: Fail fast and fail often. We often dream of all the ways that our hypothesis might be successful and look to prove it correct. However, I’ve found that when I’m in that mindset I think of the experiments I “could do,” rather than the “killer experiment(s)” which really tell me if my hypothesis is correct. Don’t be afraid to fail, take what data you have and move on! 

Work smarter, not just harder. It's so easy in graduate school to pile on extra experiments, class time, seminars, papers, etc., that you must have a way to prioritize what is the most important, not only for you right now, but also for your future self. Look to your mentor(s) for help with prioritization! Don't be afraid to ask for help. We've all been at the point of an experiment where we don't know what to do or we're just confused about the results. Trying to find the answer on your own may be a useful exercise sometimes, but often you'll get a more complete answer (in less time) when you ask for help.

Past Student Spotlights
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Chronology

PH.D. THESIS EXAMINATION PROCEDURES

See your student coordinator at least THREE - SIX months prior to thesis examination (defense).

If you are an International student, YOU MUST see the International Office prior to setting up a defense date to discuss your Visa status and its implication.

Intent to Graduate Form - The Office of Student Records requires that you complete the Intent to Graduate Form on-line through WebSTAC, see below for graduation deadlines. If you have any problems locating or completing the form in WebSTAC, please contact the Office of Student Records at (314) 935-5959.
 
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STUDENT COORDINATOR WHEN YOU FILE YOUR INTENT TO GRADUATE FORM ON WEBSTAC. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOUR STUDENT COORDINATOR KNOW YOUR DEFENSE AND GRADUATION DATE.
 
Read through the Doctoral Dissertatio​n Guide for formatting guidelines and other important information (found at http://graduateschool.wustl.edu/guides-0).
 
 
ALL FORMS LISTED BELOW MUST BE SUBMITTED TO YOUR COORDINATOR.
 
One Month Before Thesis Examination:
  • Ask your coordinator for the Dissertation Committee Form, have your program director sign the form and return form to your coordinator.
  • Submit your CV and the dissertation abstract.  (Be sure to follow the guidelines in the Doctoral Dissertation Guide booklet). Each should be initialed by the thesis advisor.
  • Email your coordinator the dissertation title, defense date, time and location of thesis examination. It is the student’s responsibility to reserve a room for the thesis examination.  (Thesis Examination information will be published in the DBBS seminar calendar online.)
  • Submit the Payroll/Student Health Form
Two Weeks Before Thesis Examination:
  • Distribute copies of dissertation and a copy of your CV to committee members electronically.  If your PDF file is too large to send by email, we advise you to use the Washington University Large File Transfer System, https://box.wustl.edu/​.  It is a secure and encrypted tool for transferring large files between people and works in a similar manner to Dropbox.  Members of the Wash U community can access this system with their WUSTL Key.
    Note: Your thesis advisor should be listed as the chairperson on your title page and the date would be your degree date (May, August or December are the only options). If you have questions about permission to use published papers in your thesis, you may wish to visit https://media2.proquest.com/documents/copyright_dissthesis_ownership.pdf for help with this topic or you may wish to consult your subject librarian, or email WULIB_copyrighthelp@wumail.wustl.edu.
After Defense:
  • Submit your Thesis Examination Approval form to your coordinator.
  • Submit your finalized dissertation online.  Log on to http://www.etdadmin.com/wustl to create an account. Once your dissertation has been successfully submitted you will receive an email informing you that everything has been received. Final submission must be completed by the deadline, indicated in deadline section below.  Plan to submit your dissertation and paperwork a few days before the deadline. You may need to make corrections to your formatting or fill out additional paperwork.
  • Fill out the Post-Graduation Job​ Survey ahttp://graduateschool.wustl.edu/guides-0​
  • Fill out the Survey of Earned Docto​rates Form at http://graduateschool.wustl.edu/forms.
  • Check in with your coordinator to make sure you have submitted everything you need to submit. 
Binding Dissertation
  • If you would like to have your dissertation bound, visit http://wustl.thesisondemand.com/  to upload your thesis and order bound copies. No copies should be ordered until after the electronic submission of a dissertation to ProQuest has been approved by the Graduate School; the pdf uploaded at http://wustl.thesisondemand.com/ should be identical to the approved pdf previously submitted to ProQuest.
  • Note: The price for binding a single dissertation begins at $25 (shipping additional). A $35 Scholar Credit will be applied to each graduating student’s SIS account approximately 30 days after their last stipend check.
  • Should your PI want a copy of your thesis, they can also use the Thesis on Demand site at their own expense. You will need to provide them with an electronic copy of your thesis to utilize this site- http://wustl.thesisondemand.com/.
  • Questions regarding dissertation binding should be directed to Andrew Richards, Director of Alumni Affairs at richardsa@wustl.edu​.
Getting Ready to Graduate
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Deadlines

Intent to Graduate Form must be filed:

August 1, 2019 for August 15, 2019 Graduation
September 30, 2019 for December 14, 2019 Graduation
December 18, 2019 for a May 15, 2020 Graduation

Final Dissertation must be electronically submitted to the Graduate School (in its final form, all edits corrected):

April 22, 2019 for May 17, 2019 Graduation
September 5, 2019 for August 15, 2019 Graduation
January 3, 2020 for December 14, 2019 Graduation
April 20, 2020 for a May 15, 2020 Graduation​

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Financial Support & Benefits

All Division students are guaranteed a stipend, full tuition and related fees, including health care, disability and life insurance, as long as satisfactory progress toward the degree is maintained. Students who are not United States citizens receive the same support (further details appear in the section for International Students below). 

Stipends
All Division students receive a stipend throughout their tenure as students. This support is provided through a variety of sources, including University funds, training grants from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies, foundation funds, individual predoctoral fellowships, thesis mentor's research grants, and/or department funds. If support is restricted by a confidentiality agreement the student must submit a “Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement”. Graduate education is a full-time commitment. Division students may not hold any employment outside the University. They may, with mentor approval, serve as tutors or participate in research studies for payment to the extent that it does not interfere with their academic progress. Activities which interfere with a student’s progress are specifically prohibited.

Because of the guaranteed financial support, a single international student is not required to provide proof of financial support. International students in the Division are subject to all regulations of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service as administered through the University’s International Office. International students who have attended another academic institution in the United States must have their visa documents transferred to Washington University. It is illegal for an international student to work in a laboratory or receive stipend payment until the transfer is complete. All matters related to visa status and international student eligibility are referred to the University International Office. The booklet, International Perspectives, which is distributed by the International Office to all international students entering the University, provides important information about international student life in St. Louis. The Director and staff of the International Office are available to assist international students as they prepare to enter the United States and during their student tenure. The telephone number of the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) is 314-935-5910.

Any PhD or MSTP student who obtains competitive external funding awarding at least $23,844 in stipend annually will receive the base DBBS stipend plus a $5,000 merit award per year for the duration of the fellowship as long as they remain in good academic standing. If the agency award is more than the $5,000 above the DBBS base stipend, the student will receive the agency award only, no merit award will be offered. At the end of the fellowship the student will then return to the current DBBS stipend level at that time.

Tuition/Fees
Throughout a student's tenure in the Division all tuition and fees are paid directly to the University from a variety of sources, including the Division, training grants, fellowships, scholarships, thesis mentors and/or their departments, etc. Currently the fees include a health fee and the network access fee.

Health Coverage
Entering students receive detailed information about their coverage and about procedures for obtaining dental, medical care and/or counseling services. When recommended by Student Health Service, counseling is provided. Student Health Service provides assistance in dealing with a wide variety of concerns and can be reached at 314-362-3523. After a student has turned in the completed thesis and forms to the Graduate School, s/he begins thirty days of emergency only health care; arrangements for continuing medical coverage should be made prior to the thesis defense.

Information regarding spouse and dependent health care coverage is available from Student Health Services staff.

Disability and Life Insurance
Disability and life insurance are provided by the University. These coverages continue for the student's tenure, and details about them are available at the Student Health Service.

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DGSP Administrative Policy
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Application Process
Eligibility:
Students applying in year 1 must be good academic standing. 
Students applying in year 2 must have completed the Program-specific qualifying exam. 
Students are encouraged to have completed one or more of the following courses: Genomics (Bio 5488), Advanced Genetics (Bio 5491) or Fundamentals of Mammalian Genetics (Bio 5285), however all interested students should apply.    
 
Application:    
- Name, birth date, address, academic program and year and citizenship.  
- Contact information (e-mail and telephone)
- PI in which thesis work is being conducted
- CV or resume (include a list of graduate courses taken and grade)
- Paragraph description of why the student is interested in the Pathway
- Paragraph description of thesis research.* 
- Assemble these components into a single PDF, and send to
pmpathway@genetics.wustl.edu
- Two letters of recommendation, one of which is from the thesis advisor*, should be sent directly to
pmpathway@genetics.wustl.edu
 
*If you have not yet joined a thesis laboratory then a rotation lab project and a rotation advisor can be used as a substitute.
 
All application material should be submitted by June 15, 2019, to
pmpathway@genetics.wustl.edu
 
Applications will be reviewed by the Pathway Co-directors, Tim Schedl (Genetics), Chris Gurnett (Neurology), John Welch (Medicine) and Gary Stormo (Genetics).
Genetics & Genomics Pathway Application Process
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IV) Annual educational retreat
October 24, 2019
Keynote speaker-Rick Lifton (Rockefeller University)
Presentation by students in the second year of the Pathway (either on Thesis research or Clinical mentored project)
Genetics and Genomics Pathway
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III) Clinical Connections
 a) Attend recurring clinical conferences at the Medical School (2 per semester)
       - Pediatric genetics conference (every Monday) 
       - Undiagnosed Disease Network Genomics Board (3rd Wednesday each month)
     
b) Shadow a clinician (spring year 1- year 2)
     Students will pair with a clinically active faculty member whose practice involves patients with genetically/ genomically based disease. 
 
c) Clinical mentored project (year 2)  [Optional]
     A circumscribed bioinformatic project will be carried out with a clinical mentor on a patient case or area of mutual interest.  The project will provide a student with a more in depth exposure to patient specific data and its analysis, and has the potential to result in novel publishable findings.  As such projects will usually be unrelated to the students thesis work, they must be limited in duration (up 40 hrs), and thoughtfully chosen in consultation with the clinical mentor, Pathway co-directors and student’s thesis mentor.  
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Defense Packet

Below are all the forms that need to be completed. You still must see your Coordinator for additional items and forms.

MSTP students - please see the MSTP office for instructions.

  1. Visit http://graduateschool.wustl.edu/guides-0 to access:
    1. Dissertation and Thesis Template
    2. Doctoral Dissert​ation Guide
  2. Visit http://graduateschool.wustl.edu/forms to access:
    1. Dissertation Defense Committee Form​
    2. ​Survey of Earned Doctorates Form
    3. Job Survey
  3. Intent to Graduate Form - filed via WEBSTAC
  4. Payroll/Student Health Form
  5. Graduating Student Survey

Getting Ready to Graduate
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Hope Grows Foundation

Wayne Warner - Molecular Cell Biology

External Fellowship Awardees
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Cameron Jay Sargent - Biochemistry

External Fellowship Awardees
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Philip and Sima Needleman Student Fellowship

​Joseph Burclaff - Developmental, Regenerative and Stem Cell Biology

Marcus Mahar​ - Developmental, Regenerative and Stem Cell Biology

External Fellowship Awardees
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National Science Foundation

David Anderson - Immunology

Prachi Gopal Bagadia - Immunology

David Baranger - Neurosciences

Kirsten Brenner - Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Amy Kate Clippinger - Neurosciences

Melissa Cook - Immunology

Rebecca Lynn CunninghamDevelopmental, Regenerative & Stem Cell Biology​

Lisa Drewry - Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Vincent FasanelloEvolution, Ecology and Population Biology

Alexis Shontae Fennoy - Molecular Genetics & Genomics

Katherine Geist - Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology

Percy Griffin - Molecular Cell Biology​

Sarem Seifu Hailemariam - Molecular Cell Biology

Gregory Harriso​n​ - Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Katherine Heisey - Neurosciences

Cynthia  Holland - Plant and Microbial Biosciences

Eric Keen - Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Elizabeth Kennedy - Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Zuzana Kocsisova - Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Nathan D. Kopp - Human and Statistical Genetics

Lisa McLellanMolecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Kari Miller - Plant and Microbial Biosciences

Elizabeth Mueller - Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Kayla Nygaard - Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Ryan Raut - Neurosciences

Anne RobinsonBiochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology​

Luis Sandoval - Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Stephanie Schultz - Neurosciences

Jennette ShootsPlant and Microbial Biosciences

Matthew Singh - Neurosciences

Maria Sorkin - Plant and Microbial Biosciences

Allison Soung - Neurosciences

Melanie Anne Sparks - Biochemistry

Michael Strickland - Neurosciences

Cassondra Leigh Vernier - Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology

Hung Vuong​ - Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis

James Weagley - Molecular Genetics and Genomics

Marshall WedgerEvolution, Ecology and Population Biology

Rachel Wong - Immunology

Sara Wright​ - Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology

External Fellowship Awardees
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Kwanjeong Educational Foundation
External Fellowship Awardees
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Merit Award for Individual National Competitive Fellowships
  • Any PhD or MSTP student who obtains competitive external funding awarding at least $23,844 annually in stipend will receive the base DBBS stipend plus a $5,000 merit award per year for the duration of the fellowship as long as they remain in good academic standing.
  • If the agency award is more than the $5,000 above the DBBS base stipend, the student will receive the agency award only, no merit award will be offered. At the end of the fellowship the student will return to the current DBBS stipend at that time.
  • The merit award is the full responsibility of the Mentor/Department for advanced students.
Grants Management
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Past Invited Speakers
Speaker Date of Talk

Leslie Ungerleider, PhD

04/2008

Anthony Movshon, PhD

03/2009

Larry Abbott, PhD

11/2009

William Newsome, PhD

02/2010

Emery Brown, MD, PhD

12/2010

Sabine Kastner, MD, PhD

03/2011

Yiel Niv, PhD

05/2011

Todd Maddox, PhD

04/2013

Lynn Nadel, PhD

03/2014

David Leopold, PhD

4/2014

Michael Frank, PhD

10/2014

Peter Dyan, PhD

03/2015

Jacqueline Gottlieb, PhD​

11/2015

Greg DeAngelis, PhD

03/2016

Philip Sabes, PhD

10/2016

Josh Tenenbaum, PhD

03/2017

Nick Turk-Browne, PhD

10/2017

Elizabeth Spelke, PhD

03/2018

Molly Crockett, PhD

09/2018

CCSN
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Young Scientist Program (YSP)

The Young Scientist Program (YSP) is designed to attract high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds into scientific careers through activities emphasizing hands-on research and individualized contact between young people and active scientists. In addition, the YSP targets St. Louis City Public High School teachers with resources that facilitate inquiry-based learning in the classroom. Each year, the program reaches hundreds of high school students and teachers in the St. Louis City Public Schools. The program currently is divided into four components, which work in concert with one another to foster high school students’ and teachers’ interest in science: Teaching Teams, Teacher Researcher Partnership Program, and Summer Focus. A unique feature of the program is that it is entirely run by graduate/medical students and postdoc volunteers from the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. For more information, email ysp.summerfocus@wustl.edu​ or call 314-362-7456.

Organizations & Campus Groups- Open to All
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Recommendations
Three letters of recommendation must be submitted from faculty members acquainted with the applicant’s work in the major area of study. Please use the recommender’s professional e-mail address. Do not use personal e-mail addresses through services such as AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo. Upon submission of the recommender’s name and e-mail address, an e-mail will be sent to the recommender containing a web link. The recommender will then be able to complete the necessary recommendation. Online recommendations are instantly attached to your application. Please notify recommenders that they will receive this notification via e-mail and encourage them to respond promptly. If your recommenders use a SPAM blocking tool, please be sure to have them add the email address Washington University in St Louis <lor_help@collegenet.com>to their known/safe addresses.

At least one recommender must be from the applicant’s faculty advisor or research mentor. Other likely candidates for recommendation are professors and/or employers that can assess qualities in ways that professors cannot. Recommendations from family members are not appropriate.
 
View the Checklist page often to see if your recommenders have submitted the form. If not, please contact them and ask them to complete by the deadline. If your recommenders have not received the recommendation email request, you may resend the request from the Application Status page.
 
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and its amendments guarantee students access to educational records concerning them. Applicants are also permitted to waive their right of access to recommendations. The recommendation is used to help reach decisions on admission. It is not retained as part of the academic record of a student who enrolls at Washington University. Should you decide not to waive your right, you will have access to the recommendation only if you enroll in the Graduate School at Washington University and request to review the form by September 1st of the year you enroll.
 
The Admissions Committee uses recommendations as one means to obtain an independent assessment of capabilities, experience, and determination for the applicant’s chosen degree program. Applicants are required to inform the recommenders whether they have waived the right to access the letter in their student record. This choice is the applicant’s preference; however, it may affect the information submitted by the recommender.
PhD Application Instructions
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Graduate Student Senate

The Graduate Student Senate is composed of one representative from each department or program in The Graduate School at Washington University in St. Louis. The primary purpose of the Senate is to represent and advocate the interests of graduate students in The Graduate School to members of Washington University and the surrounding community.

Organizations & Campus Groups - Graduate Students
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Section III - Cardiovascular Disease
Section Co-Leaders:
  • Babak Razani, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Immunology/Pathology, Cardiovascular Division
  • Joel Schilling, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Medicine, Immunology/Pathology, Cardiovascular Division

​Date

​Location

​Speaker

Topic​

Oct 25

FLTC 204

(1:30-3:00pm)

Babak Razani, MD PhD

Assistant​ Professor of Medicine, Immunology/Pathology

Cardiovascular Division

Cardiac Imaging


+ Echo Demonstration​

​Oct 30

FLTC 204


(1:30-3:00pm)​

Joel Schilling, MD PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Immunology/Pathology

Cardiovascular Division

Heart Failure

+ Field Trip to Visit Patient
in Suite 2100

​Nov 1

Lunch:

FLTC 204

12:30-1:30pm

 

Lecture:

FLTC 204
(1:30-3:00pm)

Jeff Saffitz, MD PhD

(Invited Speaker)

Mallinckrodt Professor of Pathology

Head of the Department of Pathology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital

Cardiac Pathology


+ Autopsy Field Trip

Nov 6

FLTC 204


(1:30-3:00pm)

Phillip Cuculich, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine,

Cardiovascular Division

Center for Heart Rhythm Disorders

Cardiac Electrophysiology

+ Patient Visit

Nov 8

 

FLTC 204


(1:30-3:00pm)

Alan Braverman, MD FACC

Alumni Endowed Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases

Director, Marfan Syndrome Clinic & Center for Thoracic Aorta Disease

Director, Inpatient Cardiology Firm

Cardiovascular Division

Diseases of the Aorta

 

+ Patient Visit

Nov 13

FLTC 203

 

(11:30-1:00pm)

(1:30-3:00pm)

Babak Razani, MD PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Immunology/Pathology

Cardiovascular Division

Atherosclerosis/Myocardial Infarction

 

Nov 15

FLTC 204


(1:30-3:00pm)

Marc Sintek, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine,

Cardiovascular Division

Valvular Heart Disease

Nov 20

FLTC 204

 

(1:30-3:00pm)

ALL

Wrap Up & Round Table Discussion

Dec 6

FLTC 204

(1:30-3:00pm)

Ryan Fields, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic, Gastrointestinal and Oncologic Surgery

Associate Program Director, Gen Surgery Residency Program

Director, Resident Research

Department of Surgery

Mandatory Clinical Mentorship Orientation

Pathobiology of Human Disease States Course
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Test Scores

GRE:
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General test is required by some DBBS Programs. Please refer to the individual program web page (http://www.dbbs.wustl.edu/divprograms/Pages/Division-Programs.aspx) to see if you need to submit GRE scores.  If so, scores must be from tests taken in the last five years. The Subject test is not required. Applicants who need to submit scores are strongly encouraged to schedule the exam early so the official scores will reach DBBS before the December 1st deadline.

ETS Institution Code - 6929

TOEFL or IELTS:
Proficiency in English is required of all applicants. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Only scores from tests taken within the last two years will be accepted. To be eligible for an automatic (no request needed) TOEFL/IELTS waiver the applicant must have completed a full-time bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited university located in the United States or an institution where English is the primary language of instruction.   PLEASE NOTE: The US Immigration service may require a TOEFL/IELTS exam score if the entire program of study is less than 3 years in duration.

ETS Institution Code - 6929

Outstanding recommendations and higher quality research experience may make up for lower test scores, so do not let lower scores discourage you from applying.

Admissions- What Makes An App Strong?
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I am an international student, how do I know if I am exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS test?

To be eligible for an automatic (no request needed) TOEFL/IELTS waiver the applicant must have completed a full-time bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited university located in the United States or an institution where English is the primary language of instruction.  PLEASE NOTE: The US Immigration service may require a TOEFL/IELTS exam score if the entire program of study is less than 3 years in duration.

Admissions- FAQ TEST SCORES
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What are the minimum requirements for applying to DBBS?

All applicants must have a U.S. bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General test is required for only some programs. Scores must be from tests taken in the last five years. The Subject test is not required. Applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule the exam early so the official scores will reach DBBS before the December 1st deadline. See “Test Scores” below for additional information. 

Proficiency in English is required of all applicants. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Only scores from tests taken within the last two years will be accepted. To be eligible for an automatic (no request needed) TOEFL/IELTS waiver the applicant must have completed a full-time bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited university located in the United States or an institution where English is the primary language of instruction.  PLEASE NOTE: The US Immigration service may require a TOEFL/IELTS exam score if the entire program of study is less than 3 years in duration.

Some programs have specific course requirements and some do not require the GRE. Please refer to the programs' website for additional information.

Admissions- FAQ APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
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What test scores are required and when do I need to take them?

GRE:
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General test is required by some DBBS Programs. Please refer to the individual program web page (http://www.dbbs.wustl.edu/divprograms/Pages/Division-Programs.aspx) to see if you need to submit GRE scores.  If so, scores must be from tests taken in the last five years. The Subject test is not required. Applicants who need to submit scores are strongly encouraged to schedule the exam early so the official scores will reach DBBS before the December 1st deadline.

ETS Institution Code - 6929

TOEFL or IELTS:
Proficiency in English is required of all applicants. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Only scores from tests taken within the last two years will be accepted. To be eligible for an automatic (no request needed) TOEFL/IELTS waiver the applicant must have completed a full-time bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited university located in the United States or an institution where English is the primary language of instruction.  PLEASE NOTE: The US Immigration service may require a TOEFL/IELTS exam score if the entire program of study is less than 3 years in duration.

ETS Institution Code - 6929

Admissions- FAQ APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
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