Alumni (2009-present) and their destinations

  • Esra A. Akbay (Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School)
  • Gina Aloisio (Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School)
  • Michael Baker (IVF Florida Reproductive Associates)
  • Ashley Childress (Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine)
  • Cristina M. Contreras (UNC/Lineberger Cancer Center)
  • Jeremy Cortez (Princeton University Graduate School)
  • Ileana Cuevas, Ph.D. (UT Southwestern)
  • Max Ezzati, M.D. (Sutter Health/Palo Alto Medical Foundation)
  • Alejandra Gallegos (UT El Paso)
  • Meredith Goertz (WiserTogether, Inc.)
  • John Marshall Haynie (LSU Health Science Center Medical School)
  • George John, Ph.D. (UT Southwestern Department of Pathology)
  • Mahdi Kaheri (University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth)
  • Hao-Dong Li, Ph.D. (Children's Health, Dallas)
  • Carissa Lumby (UT Austin)
  • Mabo Imoisilli (Columbia University School of Medicine)
  • Qingyun Mai, M.D. (Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou)
  • Jose Michel (UT Medical Branch at Galveston Medical School)
  • Yuji Nakada (UT Southwestern)
  • Christopher Peña (UT Health Science Center at San Antonio)
  • Duygu Saatcioglu (Massachusetts General Hospital)
  • Marc Salhanick (UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Medical School)
  • Lane Shirley (UNM Children's Hospital Pediatrics Residency)
  • Tamara Strauss (UT Southwestern)
  • Edward Tarnawa, M.D. (Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas)
  • Shana Wingo, M.D. (Arizona Oncology)
  • Zhuoru Wu, Ph.D. (Tulane University)
Lab Alumnus Dr. Michael Baker sits in front of a microscope

Past Trainee Accomplishments

Duygu Saatcioglu

Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program

Platform presentation, TED Talk, and Travel Award for Endo (Endocrine Society Annual Meeting), 2016 (Boston, Massachusetts) Platform presentation, Texas Forum for Reproductive Biology, 2016 (Houston, Texas)

Christopher Peña

Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program

Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Travel Award, American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting, 2013 (Washington, D.C.) Best in Show, UTSW Graduate Student Poster Day, 2014

Cristina Contreras

Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program

NCI F31 Predoctoral Fellowship, 2009
AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Travel Award, 2009 (Washington, D.C.)

Gina Aloisio

MSTP and Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program

PEO Scholar Award, 2015; UTSW Hamon Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine Fellowship, 2014; UTSW Green Center Fellowship, 2013; Platform presentation, Society for the Study of Reproduction Annual Meeting, 2015 (Grand Rapids, Michigan); Platform presentation, Texas Forum for Reproductive Biology, 2015 (Houston, Texas)

Esra Akbay

Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program

Outstanding Poster Award at the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center Annual Scientific Retreat, UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2008; Travel award from the UT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center for the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science, Frontiers of Cancer Research Meeting, 2009

Meredith Goertz

Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program

Platform presentation, Gametogenesis and Embryogenesis Gordon Research Conference (Waterville Valley, New Hampshire), 2011; PEO Scholar Award, 2010; UTSW T32 Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant, 2009-2010

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Dr. Esra Akbay discusses her research with Professor Jerry Shay Former graduate student Dr. Esra Akbay discusses her research with Professor Jerry Shay of cell biology at a poster session.