Congratulations to our summer 2016 graduates

July 28, 2016

Congratulations to the following neuroscience students that recieved their doctoral degrees during the summer 2016 semester:






Jamie Church

Jamie Church
Advisor: Dr. Dana McTigue

Dissertation Title: Toll-like receptor 4 signaling regulates macrophage and oligodendrocyte lineage cell responses in the injured spinal cord

Jamie graduated summa cum laude as a Commonwealth Honors College Scholar with Greatest Distinction from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Biology. Her undergraduate thesis work was with Dr. Jerrold Meyer examining the neurotoxic effects of MDMA in a rat model. While at UMass, she also worked in the lab of Dr. Elizabeth Jakob studying learning and memory in a jumping spider model. Jamie entered the Neuroscience Graduate Program in 2011 and has been pursuing her PhD in the laboratory of Dr. Dana McTigue investigating how the innate immune receptor toll-like receptor 4 regulates intraspinal and peripheral responses after spinal cord injury using rodent models. During her time as a graduate student Jamie has won numerous fellowships and honors, including the Distinguished University Fellowship, Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship, and Ray Travel Award, and was the president of the student-run neuroscience outreach group, NEURO, for four years. She designed and taught two original courses, one for the neuroscience major at OSU, and another for the Central Ohio Technical College Lifelong Learning Institute. Jamie has presented her work at both national and international conferences. She has one published first-author paper in the Journal of Neuroscience, one paper in review, and one paper in preparation, along with one accepted co-author review and a co-author paper in preparation. After completing her graduate work, Jamie will begin a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Dr. Jared Schwartzer at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, investigating immune and nervous systems interactions that influence social interaction and behavior in a mouse model.

Evan GoldsteinEvan Goldstein
Advisor: Dr. Dana McTigue

Dissertation Title: TLR4-activated microglia have divergent effects on oligodendrocyte lineage cells 

Evan graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2010 with a BA in Biology and Psychology, and a minor in Chemistry. As an undergraduate, Evan studied the chick cochlea in Dr. Richard Hyson’s lab and studied social cognition after traumatic brain injury in Dr. Angela Ciccia’s lab. In the fall of 2010, Evan joined Dr. Dana McTigue’s lab and began studying the role of inflammation in oligodendrocyte lineage cells responses. Throughout his graduate career, Evan has presented numerous posters and talks at local and international conferences.  He has received travel awards to the International Symposium on Neural Regeneration and American Society for Neurochemistry meeting, and was awarded the Alumni Grant for Graduate Research and Scholarship from The Ohio State University.  To date, Evan has published one manuscript and is an author on two others. Additionally, two remaining manuscripts are in preparation. Upon graduation, Evan plans to pursue a post-doctoral position in a myelin lab. His interviews are ongoing. 

Alessandra WelkerAlessandra Welker
Advisors: Drs. Christine Beattie and Balveen Kaur

Dissertation Title: Generation, characterization, standardization and utility of a Zebrafish model of glioblastoma

Alessandra has a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience from Colby College (Waterville, Maine), graduating in 2011. While at Colby, she worked in the laboratory of Melissa Glenn on a murine model of dietary supplementation and behavior. In her summers in Boston, she worked in the laboratories of Drs. Leonard Zon and Lee Rubin on zebrafish cancer models and in-vitro neuromuscular disease models, respectively. She joined Dr. Christine Beattie’s lab in the fall of 2011 where she developed a novel zebrafish model of glioblastoma. She also worked in the labs of Drs. Balveen Kaur and Vinay Puduvalli on this collaborative project. She has one first author paper on this subject in Disease Models and Mechanisms, with three additional papers in preparation with Drs. Beattie and Puduvalli. She had the opportunity to attend the GSA Zebrafish Meeting as well as the Zebrafish Disease Models Society Meeting, in Madison, Wisconsin and Boston, Massachusetts. She has served as the Junior and Senior representative to the Neuroscience Graduate Program Committee and chaired the IGP Career Day event. She has had the opportunity to present her research at numerous on campus venues such as OSUWMC Trainee Days, OSU Zebrameet Seminars and the OSUCCC-James Annual Scientific Meetings, as well as judge the Denman Forum and the Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Day. She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, Zebrafish Disease Models Society (where she is the chair of the Graduate Student Committee), American Association for Cancer Research and the Society for Neuro-Oncology. After completion of her Ph.D. in Neuroscience, she will be taking a post-doctoral position at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University, studying the mechanisms that drive pediatric tumor progression and relapse using zebrafish models in the laboratory of Dr. David Langenau.