Current Students

Working on an individual thesis under the guidance of a distinguished faculty mentor Van Andel Institute Graduate School (VAIGS) students are bright, inquisitive, creative and independent learners with a passion for biomedical research.

Click on a student’s name to learn more about them.

 

Thesis project title to be determined.

Aditi Bagchi, M.D.
Mentor: Scott Jewell, Ph.D.

Thesis: Hypermutation in recurrent medulloblastoma

Alix Booms

Thesis project title to be determined

Thesis: Therapeutically targeting SWI/SNF mutant cancers

Thesis project title to be determined.

Shelby Compton

Thesis project title to be determined

Thesis: Investigating the roles of lysine-methyltransferases in the epigenetic regulation of cardiac and skeletal myogenesis

Thesis: Genetic modifiers of LRRK2-induced cellular toxicity

Thesis: Structural mechanisms of Wnt-mediated Frizzled activation

Thesis: Integrative approaches to structural biology

Thesis: Function study of MHC I in central neuronal system

Dylan Dues

Thesis project title to be determined

Thesis: Building a mitotic clock

Joe Floramo

Thesis project title to be determined

Thesis: A mechanistic approach to optimize mithramycin administration for the treatment of Ewing sarcoma

Thesis: Predicting response to kinase inhibitors in NF1-related malignancies based on tumor genomics

Thesis: Structural, biochemical and pharmacological analysis of TRP channels in chemosensation and signaling

Thesis project title to be determined.

Rachel House

Thesis project title to be determined

Thesis: Investigating RAS and RTK signaling in MPNST progression and drug resistance

Ariana Kupai

Thesis project title to be determined

Thesis: Identification of trabectedin analogs that improve the suppression of EWS-FLI1

Thesis: Post-GWAS characterization of Parkinson’s disease risk-SNP rs356182

Thesis: Mechanisms of oncohistone-mediated tumorigenesis

Thesis: The role of polycomb target gene DNA methylation in intestinal tumorigenesis

Thesis: Epigenetic regulation through histone ubiquitination

Thesis: The molecular mechanisms of VPS35-linked Parkinson’s disease

Thesis: Identifying intramolecular and intermolecular interactions regulating LRRK2 activity and neurotoxicity