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Tim Dorsey

Tim was a PREP scholar in the Burdette lab and is now a PHARMD/PHD. He did his first rotation and is in his P2 year.


Tova Bergsten, MD/PHD

Tova defended her PHD in 2023 and is currently finishing her M3 and M4 years at UIC. She was supported by an F30.


Matt Dean, PHD

Matt investigated the ovary’s influence on FTE. He is currently running his own lab at the U. of Illinois in Urbana Champaign as an Assistant Professor.

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Sharon Eddie, PHD

Sharon developed models of FTE cancer. She is currently a faculty at Queen’s University in Belfast. Her work defined genetic alterations in tubal cell carcinogenesis.


Kevin Jackson, PHD

Kevin is now a Hematology Program Manager at Sarah Cannon in Nashville.


Esther Calderon-Gierszal, PHD

Esther is an Assistant Professor at Rosalind Franklin in Physiology and Biophysics.


Eoghainin O’hAinmhire, PHD

Eoghainin is a senior scientist at Abbvie.

He got his PHD in the lab working on mutant p53 and Smad signaling.


Subbulakshmi Karthikeyan, PHD 

Subbu got her BS and MS from the U. of Madras. She graduated in 2018 and is currently a research associate in the Duke-NUS lab. She recently received the Khoo postdoctoral fellowship.


Laura Rodgers, MD/PHD

Laura worked on PAX8 as part of her F30. She is completing a residency in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's.


Austin Czarnecki

Austin came from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  He got his doctorate in dentistry at Marquette.

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Kari Inoue, MD

Kari completed her M.D. at Tulane and she is a practicing MD/DO in New Orleans.



Tia did her MD at U. of Cincinnati and her residency at Duke before coming to UIC to do a fellowship in REI. She worked on PCOS and fallopian tube biology. 


Jose Colina, PHD

Jose got his B.S. at Ohio State and worked on PAX2 and androgens in fallopian tube biology. He is now a postdoc at Michigan in the Difeo lab.


Adam Li, PHD

Adam investigated phytoprogesterone compounds, such as baicalein. He received both his PHD and MS from Urbana. He now works at Genscript.


Emanuele Canestrari, PHD

Emanuele got his PHD from U. of Urbino and was a postdoc working on the ovary’s action on fallopian tube cells. He is currently working for Cook MyoSite.

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Michael Endsley, PHD

Mike is currently working with Dr. Wang at Medical College of Wisconsin.


Tyvette Hilliard, PHD

Tyvette  is a Res. Assistant Professor at Notre Dame with Dr. Sharon Stack. She is the recipient of an NIH K01 award.

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May Fern Toh, PHD

Fern is a senior scientist at Cerevel Therapeutics. She got her PHD in the lab working on phytoprogestins.


Dimple Modi, PHD

Dimple defended her PHD focused on the role of PAX2 and is currently a Scientist at Regeneron.

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Amanda Maldonado, PHD

Amanda was a T32 fellow and Yale Ciencia Academy member. She is a Portfolio Manager at Lurie's Children in the Innovate2Impact Program.


KiAundra Kilpatrick

KiAundra came from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with her B.S. to join the UIC Prep program. She is an MD student at Loyola.


David A. Davis

David was one of the first members from 2007-09 and then he joined us again for two years. He is now a histopathologist at Johns Hopkins.

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Kathy De La Torre

Kathy was a PREP scholar and is now an MSTP at UIC. She did her first rotation here in Burdette lab and is starting M1.


Julia Austin, PHD

Julia got her B.S. at Arkansas and worked on phytoprogestins. She is now a postdoc at Minnesota in the Lange lab.


Alex Yang, PHD

Alex got his PHD from Zhejiang University and did a postdoc at U. Chicago before joining us.  He worked on ovarian secreted factors that drive  migration.


Georgette Heyrman, PHD

Georgette is an Associate Professor at  U. of Wisconsin Green Bay in the Human Biology Program. She identified estrogen targets in the fallopian tube.


Shelby King, PHD

Shelby is  Associate Director at Biotheranostics. Her work helped define how ovulation impacts ovarian or fallopian tube cancer.


Suzanne Quartuccio, PHD

Suzanne  is an Assistant Professor at George Mason University.


Wei-Lun Chen, PHD

Wei-Lun worked on natural products with anti-cancer activity. He did a postdoc at Northwestern. He now works at Pfizer.


Alexandria Young, MD/PHD

Ally worked on FemKube and novel anti-cancer natural products as part of her F30. She is completing a residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital.


Steven Kurina

Steve came from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently attending the UIC College of Medicine in Rockford.


Roshan Ahmed

Roshan graduated from U. Chicago in 2008.  She completed the PHD program at Columbia.  She is an associate editor at Genome Medicine.

Undergraduates/Summer Fellows

Yaboh Koumassou 2023

undergraduate/Cancer Center Summer Fellow

Yaboh attends Harold Washington and worked with Monica and Diandra on the role of progesterone in fallopian tube cells. 

Djeneba Diakite 2022

undergrad student/LEAP Scholar

Djeneba was a UIC Honor's college undergraduate working with Adam and Elizabeth. She graduated with distinction from UIC and was a part of the Chicago CHEC LEAP program.  She is applying to med schools and working at Exact Science in Madison.

Aliya Mirza 2021

undergrad student

Aliya was a GPPA student and Honor's college student working on her capstone with Amanda Maldonado and natural products. 

Junlone Moy 2020

undergrad student

Jun was a UIC Honor’s college undergraduate student working under the direction of Angela Russo.  He is attending UIC COP.

Kanella Eliadis 2020

undergrad student

Kanella was a UIC Honor’s college undergraduate student getting her PHARMD at UIC.  She was mentored by Jose.

Kimberly Heath-Borrero 2020

undergrad student

Kim was UIC Honor’s college undergraduate student at UIC that came from the University of Puerto Rico and was part of the L@s GANAS program. She was a PREP scholar at Jackson Labs and was recently accepted into the MD/PHD program in Puerto Rico.

Rocio Rivera 2019

undergrad student

Rocio was an ASPET SURF student from the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Camps. She was a MARC fellow and ABRCMS poster winner from her SURF work in our lab. She is doing her PHD with Jeremy Johnson at UIC.


Samantha Watry 2019

PHARMD Student

Samantha is a UIC PharmD student who worked on a Riback fellowship with Dr. Salvi.


Denisse Herrera 2017-2019

undergrad student

Denisse was a UIC Honor’s student who graduated in 2018.  She left to be a student in the U. of Iowa College of Pharmacy.

Peter Varughese 2017-2019

undergrad student

Peter was a UIC Honor’s college undergraduate mentored by Jose.  He is currently obtaining his Master’s degree at Loyola.

Vivian Jin 2018

undergrad student

Vivian was a UIC GPPA Medicine Student who graduated as the Louis Pasteur winner for Biology in 2018. She attended Oxford for her MS before coming back to UIC to obtain her MD degree.


Nidhi Suthar 2017

undergrad student

Nidhi was a UIC GPPA Medicine student in 2017 and is currently working towards her MD at UIC.  She was mentored by Laura and Angela.

Alvina Shaikh 2017

undergrad student

Alvina was a UIC Honor’s College student who is now attending medical school.  She worked with Matt on the Evil Ovary.

Demi Chae 2016

undergrad student

Demi graduated with honors in 2016 and went to UIC Pharmacy school. She was mentored by Subbu.

Seth Baligod 2015

undergrad student

Seth was a UIC honor’s student who worked with Dr. Russo. He is now a medical student at Missouri.

Whay Cheng 2012-2013


Whay was a Biochemistry major in the UIC Honor’s college.  She is now attending osteopathic medical school in California.

Estella Huang 2013


Estella was in the UIC Honor’s college and worked under the guidance of Georgette. She then went on the get her M.D. at UIC.


Patricia Corona 2012-2013


Patricia was in the UIC Honor’s college. She finished her capstone and left for medical school.


Amanda Czekaj 2011-2012


Amanda completed her Capstone project in the lab.  She recently graduated with her PHARMD from UIC.


Roshni Patel undergraduate 2011-2012

Roshni was a UIC Honor’s college student.  She received a PHARMD at the UIC College of Pharmacy.

Brandon Chiu 2010-2011


Brandon was a UIC undergraduate who worked with Suzanne.

Keerthi Raju 2011-2012


Keerthi was a UIC Honor’s college student. She graduated as valedictorian of her PHARMD class at UIC.

Selwyn Erapuram 2011


Selwyn completed his bachelor’s degree and worked with Tyvette Hilliard.

Rosemarie Tagare 2011

undergrad student

Rosemarie was a UIC Honor’s College student who then got her PHARMD at UIC.  She worked with Dimple on getting her Pax Straight.

Amanda Muehlbauer 2008-2010


Mandy finished her MD at Rosalind Franklin, is an ER doctor, and my neighbor!  She worked on GSK3-beta inhibitors as drugs against ovarian cancers.

Fitsum Tesfamicael 2011


Fits was a UIC undergraduate who worked under the guidance of Suzanne.

Lucia Wu 2008-2010


Lucy got her PHARMD from UIC. She worked on the role of the fallopian tube in ovarian cancer as a capstone with Shelby.


Angel Hernandez high school student 2017

Angel was a high school student from UIC PREP who worked for the summer with Laura on PAX8.

Sylvia Swiercz, ACS Summer Intern 2013

Sylvia graduated high school and went to U. of Pennsylvania.  She was selected into the ACS program and worked under the guidance of Dimple.

Asma Patel   ACS Summer Intern 2012

Asma was a student at von Struben Metro Science Center.  She was selected into the American Cancer Society Summer Research Program.

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