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MS and PhD Graduates 2012

Image from Hall's thesis

Domicinda M. Hall completed an MS

Advisor: Robert Dores 

Dissertation title:  "Analyzing the Interaction Between Melanocortin 5 Receptor, Melanocortin Receptor Accessory Protein 1, and Melanocortin 2 Receptor in RainbowTrout"


Image from Pauckova's thesis

Monika Pauckova completed an MS

Advisor: Nancy Lorenzon

Dissertation title: "Estradiol modulation of calcium dynamics in pituitary MMQ lactotroph cells"


Image from Ross' thesis

Erika K. Ross completed an MS

Advisor: Daniel Linseman

Dissertation title: "Nutraceutical Antioxidants and Their Therapeutic Potential in Neurodegeneration"

Alumni Accomplishments

Mark Edson earned his MD/PhD from Baylor College of Medicine on May 24, 2011.

Aaron Wolfe earned his DO from Des Moines University School of Osteopathic and Podiatric Medicine on May 28, 2011.

Brian Ferguson enrolled in the Des Moines University School of Osteopathic and Podiatric Medicine in August, 2011.

Faculty in the news

Jack Kinnamon wins scholar/teacher award

Professor John Kinneman is named Scholar/Teacher of the Year

A neuroscientist and professor in DU's Department of Biological Sciences, John ("Jack")Kinnamon received the United Methodist Church University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award at DU's Convocation in October 2009.  Dr. Kinnamon's research has focused on discovering how taste cells inside taste buds interface with the nerves that carry the message of taste sensation to the brain.  His teaching includes neurobiology and a first-year seminar on science fiction.  Congratulations to Jack! Read more on DU Today.


Dan Linseman in lab

Dan Linseman is advancing research of Lou Gehrig's disease

Armed with grants from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, DU researcher John Linseman has devoted the last three years to unraveling the mysteries of Lou Gehrig's disease. Read more in the DU Magazine.