Ph.D. Candidates

Julia Tobacyk, B.S.


Julia Tobacyk, B.S.
Mentor: Lee Ann MacMillan-Crow, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: Louisiana Tech University

Research Interests: Role of mitochondrial fusion regulators in renal transplant injury.



Brittney Garner, B.S.Brittney Garner, B.S.
Mentor: Nancy Rusch, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: East Texas Baptist University

Research Interests: Ion channel remodeling in lymphedema.



Catheryn Wilson, B.S.

Catheryn Wilson, B.S.
Mentors: Bill Fantegrossi, Ph.D. and Paul Prather, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Research Interests: Studying the effects of synthetic cannabinoids using in vivo and in vitro approaches.


Lauren Russell, B.S.Lauren Russell, B.S.
Mentor: Bill Fantegrossi, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: Southern Arkansas University

Research Interests: Neuro degeneration




Amal Shoeib, M.S.

Amal Shoeib, M.S.
Mentor: Paul Prather, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: Misr International University (in Egypt)
Research Interests: Development of Cannabinoid receptor biased agonists for potential improvement of the safety and efficacy of therapeutic agents.



Christian Cabanlong

Christian Cabanlong, B.S.
Mentor: Paul Prather, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: University of New Mexico

Research Interests: Signal transduction.



David Henry, M.P.H.David Henry, M.P.H.
Mentor: Sung Rhee, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: Davidson College
Masters Degree: Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Research Interests: The role of adrenergic receptors in leptomeningeal collateral arterial blood flow.



Joel VazquezJoel Vazquez, B.S.
Undergrad: St. John’s University, Queens, NY, 18′, B.S. Toxicology
Grad: 2nd year in GPIBS, Pharmacology & Toxicology track, in the lab of Dr. Mitch McGill
Research interest: Drug-Induced Liver Injury (DILI) is a leading cause of Acute Liver Failure in the United States. Without proper biomarkers, it is difficult to predict the severity of injury. Our research focuses on establishing and validating biomarkers that would give better predictive and prognostic insight, useful in both the clinical setting and in improving the drug regulatory process by distinguishing between artificial and real liver injury.

Lance BensonLance Benson, B.S.
Mentor: Shengyu Mu, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: Harding University

Research Interest: I am interested in looking at the mechanism of development in salt-sensitive hypertension, especially considering the mechanism by which CD8+T cells become activated to contribute to its initiation and progression. Once the mechanism has been elucidated, I aim to identify potential therapeutic targets for treatment.

Brian ParksBrian Parks, B.S.
Mentor: Dr. Lisa Brents, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: Abilene Christian University

Research Interest: Development and mechanisms of acute and chronic pain.





In Memoriam: Melissa Clemens, M.P.H.

Melissa Clemens, M.P.H.

Mentor: Mitchell McGill, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Arkansas
Master’s Degree: University of Arkansas for Medical Science

Research Interest: Mechanisms and biomarkers of liver regeneration after drug-induced liver injury.