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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.

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Students choose their thesis lab/mentor in March of their first academic year.

Thesis: Chemo-resistance in MYC amplified medulloblastoma

Thesis: The role of CD82 in osteoclast differentiation

Therapeutically targeting SWI/SNF mutant cancers

Students choose their thesis lab/mentor in March of their first academic year.

Thesis: Genetics of aging and Parkinson’s disease in C. elegans

Students choose their thesis lab/mentor in March of their first academic year.

Thesis: Genetic modifiers of LRRK2-induced cellular toxicity

Structural mechanisms of Wnt-mediated Frizzled activation

Thesis: Integrative approaches to structural biology

Thesis: Function study of MHC I in central neuronal system

Students choose their thesis lab/mentor in March of their first academic year.

Thesis project title to be determined.

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

Students choose their thesis lab/mentor in March of their first academic year.

Investigating RAS and RTK signaling in MPNST progression and drug resistance

Students choose their thesis lab/mentor in March of their first academic year.

Thesis: The interplay between ROS signaling and mitochondrial morphology in aging and neurodegenerative disease

Students choose their thesis lab/mentor in March of their first academic year.

Students choose their thesis lab/mentor in March of their first academic year.

Thesis: Targeting autophagy, the Achilles heel of KRAS-driven NSCLC

Students choose their thesis lab/mentor in March of their first academic year.

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

Epigenetic regulation through histone ubiquitination

Students choose their thesis lab/mentor in March of their first academic year.

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

Identifying intramolecular and intermolecular interactions regulating LRRK2 activity and neurotoxicity