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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.

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

 

Thesis: Chemo-resistance in MYC amplified medulloblastoma

Thesis: The role of CD82 in osteoclast differentiation

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

Thesis: Genetic modifiers of LRRK2-induced cellular toxicity

Thesis project title to be determined.

Thesis: Integrative approaches to structural biology

Thesis: Function study of MHC I in central neuronal system

Thesis project title to be determined.

Thesis project title to be determined.

Thesis project title to be determined.

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

Thesis: The role of the advanced glycation endproduct receptor, galectin-3, in diabetic bone

Thesis: The role of PI3K class IIa in autophagy

Thesis: A role for MEK in arteriogenesis: Implications for vascular disease

Thesis: Androgen and integrin regulation of mitophagy in prostate cancer progression

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

Thesis: HSV-1 VP16 recruitment of chromatin co-activators as a mechanism for reactivation from latency

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

Thesis project title to be determined.

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

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

Thesis project title to be determined.