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Current Trainees

Program Eligibility

& Nominations

Dr. Asrar B Malik

Program Director

Department of Pharmacology

Center for Lung and Vascular Biology

University of Illinois College of Medicine

835 S Wolcott Ave E403

Chicago, IL 60612

                    Tel:        (312) 996-7635

                    Fax:       (312) 996-1225

                    E-mail:  abmalik@uic.edu


List of all predoctoral trainees that have been supported on this NHBLI sponsored institutional training program, currently in its 23rd year.


Training Period

Research Description


Current Position

Phuoc Vuong​​​​​​​

Years 1-2

PKCB Regulation of Endothelial Barrier




Chad Ellis, PhD

Years 1-3

Signaling and

PAR-1 Expression in Endothelial Cells

Associate Director

Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

U North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC

Andrea True Kelly, PhD

Years 1-4

H2O2 Signaling of

ICAM-1 Expression

via NF-ϰβ

Consultant and President

ATK Clinical Consultaing

Charleston, NC

Richard Bodnar, PhD

Years 3-6

Regulation of Platelet-Endothelial Interaction

Senior Research Consultant

Reace Consulting

Pittsburgh, PA

Joseph Schober, PhD

Years 5-6

CCN Protein-Integrin

αmβ2 Interactions


Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Southern Illinois U

Edwardsville, IL

Larry Shepard, PhD

Years 4-7

Signal Transduction

Activated by KSHV

G-Protein Coupled Receptor


Associate Director


Atlanta, GA

Michael Holinstat, PhD

Years 7-9

RhoA Regulation of Endothelial Barrier Integrity

Associate Professor of Pharmacology

U Michigan Medical School

Ann Arbor, MI

Barry Kreutz, PhD

Years 7-9

Structure and Function of Rho Guanine Nucleotide Exchange Factor Activation by Gα13


Principal Research Scientist

Abbott Labs

David Jho, MD/PhD

Years 7-9

Angiotpoetin-1 and

VEGF Interaction in Endothelial Cells

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Allegheny General Hospital/

U Pittsburg

Pittsburgh, PA

Michael Broman, MD/PhD

Years 7-9

Cdc42 Regulation of Endothelial Adherens Junctions

Assistant Professor of Medicine

U Chicago Medical Center

Douglas Yau, PhD

Years 8-10

Characterization of Gα12 Structure and Signaling Pathways


Director of Oncology

Medical Affairs

Sanofi Genzyme

Cambridge, MA

Angela Kwiatek, PhD

Years 9-10

TRPC1 Binding of Caveolin-1 Scaffolding Domain Regulates Store-Operated Ca2σ Channels

Manager of

Medical Writing Program

Astellas Pharma

Northbrook, IL

Kelly Barrett, PhD

Years 10-12

Interaction between P-Selection Glycoprotein Ligand-1 and



EMD Millipore

Billerica, MA

Emily Welch, PhD

Years 10-12

Lyso-Platelet Activating

Factor Regulation of

cAMP in Neutrophils



Tasso, Inc.

Seattle, WA

Irene (Klein) Louh, MD/PhD

Years 10-12, 14

Regulation of Caveolae-Mediated Endocytosis

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Columbia U Medical Center

New York, NY

Panagiotis Flevaris​​​​​​​, MD/PhD

Years 11-12

Signaling of Platelet Aggregation and Interaction with Endothelials

Research Fellow

Physician-Scientist Track

Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern U

Chicago, IL

Marija Milenkovic

Years 11-12

PSGL-1 and F-Actin Reorganization in Neutrophils



Erica (Southgate) Troksa, PhD

Years 12-13

Identifcation of Agonists

for Formyl Peptide Receptors in Neutrophils and Inflammation Mechanisms


Staff Scientist

Covance, Inc.

Greenfield, IN

Aaron Place, PhD

Years 13-14

Src Regulation  of Caveolin-1 Phosphorylation and Caveolae Internalization

Medical Science Liaison

Collegium Pharmaceutical

Chicago, IL

Tracy (Thennes) Schmidt​​​​​​​, PhD

Years 13-14

FAK Regulation of Sphingosine-1-Phosphate-1 Receptor Signaling

Senior Medical Writer

Abbott Labs

Abbott Park, IL

Masooma Razvi, PharmD

Years 13-14

Role of PTP1B in

ROS Generalization

and VEGF Signaling

GlaxoSmithKline Global Regulatory Affairs Fellow

U North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC

Jessica Lowry​​​​​​​, PhD

Years 13-14

ERK-Dependent eNOS Activation of Bradykinin and Endothelial Activation


Postdoctoral Fellow

Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern U

Emily Vanderbroucke, PhD

Years 14-15

PKCα Regulation of

Lung Vascular Endothelial

Barrier Function

Assistant Medical Director

of Cardiology

GE Healthcare

Chicago, IL

Alejandra Chavez, PhD

Years 14-15

Regulation of Function by PTEN and SPHK in Lung Endothelial Cells

Postdoctoral Trainee

Northwestern U

Alexander Garcia, MD

Year 15

Role of IQGAP1 Signaling in Regulating Lung Vascular Barrier Function


Radiation Oncology

U Arizona

Tucson, AZ

Farnaz Bakhshi, PhD

Years 15-16

S-Nitrosylation of Caveolin-1 Regulation of Oligomerization and Endothelial Integrity

Licensing Manager

Partners HealthCare

Cambridge, MA

Kelly O'Brien, PhD

Years 16-17

Role of Akt Isoforms in Platelet Activation and Lung Vascular Thrombosis

Data Manager

The EMMES Corporation

Rockville, MD

Maulik Patel, PhD

Years 16-17

Role of PDZ-RhoGEF Signaling in Cell Prolifeation


Pfizer Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

Clinical Pharmacology-Oncology

U California - San Diego

Nazila Daneshjou, PhD

Years 17-18

Role of Rac1 in

Regulating Endothelial Adherens Junctions

Medical Science Liaison

Agendia, Inc

San Diego, CA

Melissa Geyer, PhD

Years 17-18

Role of EB3 on Microtubule Dynamics and Ca2+ Signaling

Medical Science Liaison

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Chicago, IL

Megan Rexius

Years 17-18

Role of Hypoxia in Expression of Stem Cell Markers in Endothelial Cells Using Microfluidic System

Rehman /


Still in Training

Ruby Fernandez, PhD

Years 18-19

Transition of Pulmonary

Artery Smooth Muscle Cells

from Contractile to

Proliferative Phenotype


Bioscience Specialist

Nikon Instruments

Melville, NY

Kevin Kruse

Years 18-19

Role of VE- and N-Cadherin Signaling in Regulating Endothelial Integrity

Still in Training

Andrew Barazia, PhD

Years 18-19

Identifcation of a Novel Peptide with Anti-thrombotic and anti-ARDS Effects

Applications Scientist

Intelligent Imaging Innovations

Denver, CO

David Ebenezer

Year 19

Regulation of Histone Acetylation in Lung Inflammation by SIP

Still in Training

Jennifer Klomp

Years 19-20


Src Regulation Endothelial Integrity

Still in Training

Elizabeth LeMaster,


Years 19-20

Role of Flow in Regulating oxLDL Uptake in Endothelial and Epithelial Cells of Lungs

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep & Allergy

U Illinois College of Medicine

Chicago, IL

Brian Shy,


Years 19-20

Mechanisms Underlying

Wnt Signaling in Stem Cells

and Tissue Repair


Pathology Resident

U California - San Francisco

Alan Tseng

Year 21

Role of TNR-α Signaling in Mediating Neutrophil Recruitment in Inflammation

Still in Training

Vanessa Juettner

Years 21-23

 Relationships of VE-PTP

with VE-cadherin in Lung Endothelial Cells

Still in Training

Mark Shaaya

Years 21-22

Role of Phospholipase D in vesicular trafficking of VE-Cadhern at Adherens Junction; Role of ALI

Still in Training

Sarah Krantz

Years 21-23

Role of Mitophagy and Mitochondrial Homeostasis in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells and Endothelial Cells

Still in Training

James Hyun

Years 22-23

Role of Hypoxia

in Differentiation to

Endothelial Cell Fate

Still in Training

Ian Rochford

Years 22-23

Macrophages Polarization During Inflammatory

Signaling in Lungs  

Still in Training

Victoria Mastej

Years 22-23

Role of KLF4 in Lymphatic Endothelial Signaling

Still in Training

Killian Sottoriva

Year 23

Novel Targets for

Notch Signaling

Still in Training

Cassandre Coles

Year 23

Caveolae Transport of oxLDL

Still in Training