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Success Stories

Pathways to Graduate Study      Associated Faculty

Our graduate programs available at UT are currently supporting a diverse group of students pursuing PhD's in quantitative life sciences. For a sampling of these students, we invite you to hear from the recent NIMBioS Graduate Awardees as they tell brief stories of their research projects. Below is a summary listing of the PhD students who have obtained their degrees under the mentorship of faculty affiliated with our programs, along with their position following graduation, to provide evidence of the success of our programs in supporting graduate students to move on to a diverse range of successful careers, whether academia, government or industry.


Academia

Erika Asano, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2006. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Lecturer, Montana Tech. Univ., Butte, MT

Ouassim Bara, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (co-advised), 2017. Advisor: Judy Day. Postdoctoral Fellow INRIA, Nice, France

Mahadev Bhat, Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, 1991. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Professor, Florida International Univ.

Jason Bintz, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2015. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Asst. Professor, Johnson Univ., Knoxville, TN

Erin N. Bodine, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2010. Advisors: Louis Gross and Suzanne Lenhart. Assoc. Professor, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN

Sam Borstein, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology, 2019. Advisor: Brian O'Meara, Postdoctoral Fellow at Univ. of Michigan

Sanjay Chawla, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 1995. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Professor, Univ. of Sydney, Australia

Timothy Clayton, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2008. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Asst. Professor, Lincoln Memorial Univ., TN

Kokum De Silva, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2015. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Asst. Professor, Univ. of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Mahir Demir, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2019. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan State Univ.

Wandi Ding, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2006. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Professor, Middle Tennessee State Univ., Murfreesboro, TN

Scott Duke-Sylvester, Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2006. Advisor: Louis Gross. Assoc. Professor, Univ. of Louisiana, Lafayette

Christine Dumoulin, Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 2017. Advisor: Paul Armsworth. Postdoctoral Fellow, Univ. of Georgia

K. Renee Fister, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 1996. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Professor, Murray State Univ., Murray, KY

Mauricio Ganzales Forero, Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution, 2013. Advisor: Sergey Gavrilets. Postdoctoral Fellow, Univ. of Lausanne

Rachel Fovargue, Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 2017. Advisor: Paul Armsworth. Postdoctoral Fellow, Univ. of Oklahoma

Lindsey Fox, Ph.D. in Mathematics with a concentration in Mathematical Ecology, 2019. Advisor: Judy Day. Asst. Professor, Mathematics, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL

Holly Gaff, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 1999. Advisor: Louis Gross. Professor, Old Dominion Univ.

Milena Holmgren, Ph.D. in Ecology, 1996. Advisor: Louis Gross. Assoc. Professor, Waganingen Univ.

Vlad Hrynkiv, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2006. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Asst. Professor, Univ. of Houston, Downtown, deceased 2018.

Xiaohu Hu, Ph.D. in Life Science/Genome Science and Technology, 2016. Advisor: Jeremy Smith. Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

Michael Joseph Hughes, Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2014. Advisor: Louis Gross. Postdoctoral Fellow, Oregon State Univ.

Gwen Iacona, Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 2014. Advisor: Paul Armsworth. Postdoctoral Fellow, Resources for the Future

Hem Raj Joshi Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2002. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Professor, Xavier Univ., Cincinnati, OH

Ivan Juric, Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution, 2014. Advisor: Sergey Gavrilets. Postdoctoral Fellow, Univ. of Oklahoma

Quentin Johnson, Ph.D. in Life Science/Genome Science and Technology, 2015. Advisor: Tongye Shen. Asst. Professor, Berry College

Michael Kelly, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2014. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Asst. Professor, Transylvania Univ., Lexington KY

Rachel Leander, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2010. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Asst. Professor, Middle Tennessee State Univ., Murfreesboro, TN

Natalie Lemanski, Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution, 2017. Advisor: Nina Fefferman. Post Doctoral Researcher, UCLA

Benjamin Levy, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2016. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Asst. Professor, Fitchburg State Univ., Fitchburg, MA

Eric Lofgren, Ph.D. in Epidemiology (co-advised), 2013. Advisor: Nina Fefferman. Asst. Professor, Washington State Univ.

Marco Martinez, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2013. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Assoc. Professor, North Central College, Chicago, IL

Rachael Miller Neilan, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2009. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Assoc. Professor, Duquesne Univ., Pittsburgh, PA

Barmak Mostofian, Ph.D. in Life Science/Genome Science and Technology, 2014. Advisor: Jeremy Smith. Postdoctoral Fellow, Oregon Health and Science Univ., Portland, OR

Eric Numfor, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2014. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Asst. Professor, Augusta Univ., Augusta, GA

Buddhi Pantha, Ph.D. in Mathematics with a concentration in Mathematical Ecology (co-advised), 2016. Advisors: Suzanne Lenhart and Judy Day. Asst. Professor, Mathematics, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton, GA

Logan Perry, Ph.D. in Math, 2019. Advisor: Sergey Gavrilets. Instructor, Univ. of Louisiana Lafayette.

Kelly Rooker, Ph.D. in Math, 2017. Advisor: Sergey Gavrilets. Researcher, Advanced Physics Lab

René Salinas, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2003. Advisor: Louis Gross. Professor, Appalachian State Univ.

Sammi Schwab, Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution, 2018. Advisor: Nina Fefferman. Science Teacher, Rutgers Preparatory School

Brittany Stephenson, Ph.D. in Mathematics with a concentration in Mathematical Ecology (co-advised), 2018. Advisor: Judy Day. Asst. Professor, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Lewis Univ., Romeoville, IL

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Government

Mark Bevelhimer, Ph.D. in Ecology, 1990. Advisor: Louis Gross. Oak Ridge National Lab

Brad Greening, Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution, 2014. Advisor: Nina Fefferman. Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Betsy Heines, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2017. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Mathematical Statistician, U.S. Dept. of Justice

Rebecca Pettit, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2018. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. U.S. Dept. of Defense

Nathan Louis Pollesch, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2016. Advisor: Louis Gross. EPA- Duluth

Larry Pounds, Ph.D. in Ecology, 1995. Advisor: Louis Gross. Retired

Justin N Vaughn, Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cellular & Molecular Biology, 2011. Advisor: Albrecht von Arnim. Computational Biologist, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Athens, GA

Jing Zhou, Ph.D. in Life Science/Genome Science and Technology, 2017. Advisor: Jeremy Smith. Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH, Bethesda, MD

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Industry

Jenn Bosco, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology, Masters in statistics, 2017. Advisor: Brian O'Meara. Pratt & Whitney

Ming Chen, Ph.D. in Life Science/Genome Science and Technology, 2019. Advisor: Meg Staton. Data Scientist, Cryoocyte, Inc, Atlanta GA

Ashley DeNegre, Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution, November 2015. Advisor: Nina Fefferman. Asst. Medical Director, Ogilvy Health

Edgar Duéñez-Guzmán, Ph.D. in Computer Science, 2010. Advisor: Sergey Gavrilets. Senior Research Engineer at DeepMind, UK

Mustafa Elmas, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2018. Advisor: V. Alexiades. Asurion, Nashvile TN

Benjamin Ernest, Ph.D. in Life Science/Genome Science and Technology, 2016. Advisor: Albrecht von Arnim. Bioinformatics Specialist, Digicon Corporation, DC

Min Liang, Ph.D. in Mathematics, 1998. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Software Developer at Intel Math Kernel Library, Intel Corporation, Austin TX

Katie Massana, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology, Masters in statistics, 2017. Advisor: Brian O'Meara. SAS Institute, Inc.

Austin Milt, Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 2015. Advisor: Paul Armsworth. Software Engineer, Pandora

Paul Mlynarczyk, Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2018. Advisor: Steve Abel. Corning Inc.

Aaron Prescott, Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2017. Advisor: Steve Abel. ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

Roland Schulz, Ph.D. in Life Science/Genome Science and Technology, 2015. Advisor: Jeremy Smith. Computer Software Engineer, Intel, Portland, OR

Peng Zhong. Ph.D. in Mathematics, 2011. Advisor: Suzanne Lenhart. Actuary in Chicago

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