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VAIGS Alumni

Van Andel Institute Graduate School Alumni Association

The mission of the Van Andel Institute Graduate School Alumni Association (VAIGSAA) is to provide support and connections for our alumni, mentoring for current students, and continued interest in the mission and impact of Van Andel Institute. Click here for more information and VAIGSAA guidelines.

Van Andel Institute Graduate School’s alumni have gone on to pursue excellent careers in academia, research and industry. Please see the table below for a list of alumni.

 

 Alumni Mentor Graduation    Thesis/Dissertation Title Current Placement
Dani Burgenske, Ph.D. Jeff MacKeigan, Ph.D. 2015 Investigating the role of autophagy in prostate cancer chemoresistance  Research Fellow in the Sarkaria Lab
Mayo Clinic
Casey Droscha, Ph.D. Bart
Williams, Ph.D.
2016 Characterizing mechanisms of gene transcription in models of bone development Research Scientist
NorthStar Cooperative
Jonathan Karnes,
M.S.
Jeff MacKeigan, Ph.D. 2012 PI3K class IIα is required for autophagy Vice President of Scientific Operations
NxGEN MDx
Jeff Klomp, Ph.D. Kyle Furge, Ph.D. 2012 Exploring the molecular genetics of onococytic kidney Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology
Chiu Ying (Cynthia) Kuk, M.S. Nick Duesbery, Ph.D. 2014 Anthrax lethal toxin is a tumor hemorragic toxin Emergency Medical Scribe
Scribe American
Kevin Maupin, Ph.D. Bart
Williams, Ph.D.
2017 Galectin-3 as a regulator of bone mass Postdoctoral Fellow
Indiana University School of Medicine
Marie Mooney, Ph.D. Matt Steensma, M.D. 2016 Precision medicine approaches to integrating genomics with cancer therapy: Applications in glioblastoma Department of Pediatrics and Human Development,
Bachmann Lab,
College of Human Medicine Michigan State University
Agni
Naidu,
Ph.D.
Nick Duesbery, Ph.D. 2017  A role for MEK in arteriogenesis Medical Writer and Editor
MediScribe
Natalie Niemi,
Ph.D.
Jeff MacKeigan, Ph.D. 2012 A characterization of MK-STYX, a catalytically iInactive phosphatase regulating mitochondrial apoptosis Postdoctoral Research Associate
Morgridge Institute for Research
Eric Nollet, Ph.D. Cindy Miranti, Ph.D. 2017 Integrin α6 activity in castration-resistant prostate cancer  
Donald Scholten, Ph.D. Matt Steensma, M.D. 2015 Characterizing tumor hypoxia and anoikis resistance in human osteosarcoma: Addressing critical aspects of disease progression

Residency Program in Orthopedic Surgery
Wake Forest School of Medicine 

Nikki Thelman, Ph.D. Steven Triezenberg, Ph.D. 2017  A human neuronal model for herpes simplex
virus latency and reactivation
Manager of Companion Animal Clinical Development
Zoetis
Ken Valkenburg, Ph.D.  Bart
Williams, Ph.D.
2014 Developing pre-clinical mouse models of
prostate cancer: Deciphering the roles of tumor
suppressors adenomatous polyposis coli and Smad4
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Pienta Laboratory in the Brady Urological Institute
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Laura Westrate, Ph.D. Jeff MacKeigan, Ph.D. 2013 Quantitation of mitochondrial dynamics reveals
critical roles for mitochondrial morphology
in cell cycle progression and apoptosis
Postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Gia Voeltz
University of Colorado-Boulder