MPP Graduate Students


Ayed Allawzi
Box G

Research: My research focuses on the role of Anoctamin-1, a calcium activated chloride channel, in hypoxic endothelial dysfunction.
Nicholas Bellono
Oancea Lab
Box G-B3
Lab: 401-863-6315

Research: My research focuses on characterizing ultraviolet light phototransduction in human skin.
Zachary DeLoughery
Hetal Desai
Darling Lab
Box G-B3
Lab: 401-863-6807

Research: My research focuses on live-cell gene expression analyses of differentiating mesenchymal stem cells in 2D and 3D microenvironments to inform and improve tissue engineered constructs.

Hawasatu Dumbaya
Oancea Lab
Box G-B3
Lab: 401-863-1861 

Research:  My research focuses on the regulation of melanin synthesis in human epidermal melanocytes and on characterizing ultraviolet light phototransduction in human skin.
Cyrena Gawuga
Carpenter Lab
Box G-8013

Research: My research focuses on the relationship between inflammatory immune activity and psychological stress, particularly stressful experiences in childhood, and the potential utility of markers of immune activity (e.g., cytokines) in the clinical assessment of stress-related psychiatric and medical disorders.
Kirk Haltaufderhyde
Box G-B3
Lab: 401-863-6315

Research: My research interest lies in understanding the regulation of melanin synthesis in human epidermal melanocytes.
Ynes Helou
Salomon Lab
Box G-E3
Lab: 401-863-1627

Research: My research exploits emerging mass spectrometry-based phosphoproteomic technologies to gain insights into T cell receptor-dependent phosphorylation signaling networks.
Marilyn Le

Cheri Liu
Bowen Lab
Box G-B3 
Matthew Mulcahy
Hawrot Lab
Box G-E3
Lab: 401-863-1357

Research: My research is focused on identifying proteins which interact with α7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptors to better understand the signaling pathways of the receptor and its association with neurodegenerative diseases.
Kyle Newman
Box G
Hilary Nicholson 
Bowen Lab
Box G
Lab: 401-863-6137 

Research:  My research focuses on the pharmacology and function of the sigma-2 receptor and its impact on cancer. I characterize sigma-2 ligands and use them to investigate the proliferative and cytotoxic effects induced by sigma-2 ligand binding.

Rana Ozdeslik   
Oancea Lab
Box G  

Research: 
My research interest lies in understanding of extraretinal photoreceptive protein expression and downstream phototransduction pathway in human skin cells.

Lauren Quattrochi
Box G
Lab: 401-863-7751

Research: My research focuses on elucidating the functional relevance of specific retinal ganglion cell types and their brain projections with a goal to improve our basic understanding of vision processing and non-image forming nuclei.

Alejandro Scaffa

Tracey Suter
Box G
Lab: 401-863-5830

Research: My research focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms behind axon guidance and target selection. I am working on identifying and characterizing novel signaling molecules and their downstream targeting molecules. 
Nelly Valkov
Box G

Reserach: My research focuses on microRNAs, which are newly identified, essential regulatory molecules in both cardiac development and disease. I investigate their expression, regulation and role in regulating cardiac fibroblast function in the normal and diseased heart.


Valerie Zabala
Box G 

Research: My research examines the role of endogenous cellular oxidative stress on the modulation of autophagy and senescence in a liver injury model.