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Akbarian Lab Alumni

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Frederick A. Schroeder, Ph.D. defended in 2008
Dissertation Title: A Role for Histone Modifications in the Mechanism of Action of Antidepressant and Stimulant Drugs
Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Broad Institute at Harvard and MIT (Drs. Tracey Petryshen and Edward Scolnick)

Hsien-Sung Huang, Ph.D. defended in 2008
Dissertation Title: Epigenetic Determinants of Gene Expression in Schizophrenia
Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Dr. Ben Philpot)
Beginning January 2013: Assistant Professor, tenure track, Graduate Institute of Brain and Mind Sciences, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University

Nikolaos Mellios, Ph.D. defended in 2009
Dissertation Title: Differentially Expressed microRNAs Act as Inhibitors of BDNF in Prefrontal Cortex - Implications for Schizophrenia
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT (Dr. Migranka Sur)

Yan Jiang, Ph.D. defended in 2010
Dissertation Title: Chromatin Remodeling in Transgenic Mouse Brain: Implications for the Neurobiology of Depression
Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dr. Luis Parada)

Caroline Connor, Ph.D. defended in 2011
Dissertation Title: Inflammation Alters Histone Methylation in the Central Nervous System: Implications for Neuropsychiatric Disease
Current Position: Medical Student, University of Massachusetts Medical School


Gardner Lab Alumni

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Yuly F. Fuentes Medel, M.S. defended in 2004
Thesis Title: Potential Regulatory Role of an Intronic Sequence in the Expression of the Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Alpha3 and Beta4 Subunit Genes
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT Sloan School of Management (Drs. Fiona Murray and Pierre Azoulay) 

Michael D. Scofield, Ph.D. defended in 2010
Dissertation Title: Elucidating the Transcriptional Network Underlying Expression of a Neuronal Nicotinic Receptor Gene
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Medical University of South Carolina (Dr. Peter Kalivas)

Ma. Reina D. Improgo, Ph.D. defended in 2011
Dissertation Title: Regulation and Function of Neuronal Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in Lung Cancer
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School (Dr. Jennifer Brown)


Melikian Lab Alumni

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Katerina Boudanova, M.S. defended in 2007
Thesis Title: Role of Carboxyl Terminal Domains in Dopamine Transporter Trafficking
Current Position: Senior Research Associate, Genzyme


Tapper Lab Alumni

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Linzy M. Hendrickson, Ph.D. defended in 2011
Dissertation Title: Neuronal Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors: Molecular Targets for Alcoholism and Ethanol Reward
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Texas, Austin (Dr. Hitoshi Murikawa)