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Student Publications

Below are recent articles published by students in the College of Graduate Studies at SUNY Upstate Medical University. These articles appear in professional journals and books.  Doctoral students who graduated from the College of Graduate Studies in the 2021-2022 academic year published on average 4.16 papers during their time at Upstate that have been cited on average 28 times. On average doctoral students graduate with 1.7 first authored papers.


  • Mikhailova, T., et.al (2024). Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory and Eepigenetic Potential of Curcumin in Alzheimer's Disease. BioFactors (Oxford, England), 10.1002/biof.2039. PMID: 38226733
  • Molla, M. M. A. et. al. (2024). Predominant Dengue Virus Serotype in Dhaka, Bangladesh: A Research Letter on Samples from 2022 Outbreak. Health Science Reports, 7(1), e1818. PMID: 38250477
  • Akter, D., Mahmud, J., et. al (2024). Human Cytomegalovirus Modulates mTORC1 to Redirect mRNA Translation within Quiescently Infected Monocytes. Journal of Virology98(2), e0188823. . PMID: 38289104
  • Khan, M. M., et. al (2024). Molecular Mechanism of Oxr1p Mediated Disassembly of Yeast V-ATPase. EMBO Reports25(5), 2323–2347. PMID: 38565737
  • Jacob, I. B., et. al. (2024). Human Surfactant Protein A Inhibits SARS-CoV-2 Infectivity and Alleviates Lung Injury in a Mouse Infection Model. Frontiers in Immunology, 15, 1370511. PMID: 38596675
  • Sekhon, H., et. al. (2023). Mimicking Kidney Flow Shear Efficiently Induces Aggregation of LECT2, a Protein Involved in Renal Amyloidosis. bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology, 2023.07.13.548788. PMID: 37503176
  • Belkevich, A. E., et. al. (2024). Minimization and Complete Loss of General Transcription Factor Proteins in the Intracellular Parasite Encephalitozoon Cuniculi. Transcription, 1–17. Advance online publication. PMID: 38722258
  • Papp, C., et. al. (2024). KDM7A-DT Induces Genotoxic Stress, Tumorigenesis, and Progression of p53 Missense Mutation-associated Invasive Breast Cancer. Frontiers in Oncology, 14, 1227151. PMID: 38756663
  • Pimm, M. L., et. al. (2024). Coordination of Actin Plus-end Dynamics by IQGAP1, Formin, and Capping Protein. The Journal of Cell Biology, 223(9), e202305065. PMID: 38787349


  • Barnett E. J. (2023). Analysis of the Relationship of 
    Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder With Posttraumatic Stress 
    Disorder Clarifies Relationship Directionality. Biological Psychiatry, 93(4), e11–e12.
    PMID: 36653108.
  • Razavi, A. S., et al. (2023). Machine Learning and MRI-based Diagnostic Models for ADHD: Are We There Yet?. Journal of Attention Disorders, 27(4), 335–353. PMID: 36651494.
  • Backe, S. J., Ahanin, E., et al. (2023). Impact of Co-chaperones and Posttranslational Modifications Toward Hsp90 Drug Sensitivity. Sub-cellular Biochemistry, 101, 319–350. PMID: 36520312.
  • Phillips, H. L., et. al. (2023). Dorsomedial Prefrontal Hypoexcitability Underlies Lost Empathy in Frontotemporal Dementia. Neuron, 111(6), 797–806.e6. PMID: 36638803.
  • Tuli, F., et. al. (2023). Chimeric a-subunit Isoforms Generate Functional Yeast V-ATPases with Altered Regulatory Properties in vitro and in vivo. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 34(3), ar14. PMID: 36598799.
  • Pedicone, C., et. al. (2023). Obesity Control by SHIP Inhibition Requires Pan-paralog Inhibition and an Intact Eosinophil Compartment. iScience, 26(2), 106071. PMID: 36818285.
  • Singh, A., Li, H., Strat, A. N., et. al. (2023). Simvastatin Attenuates Glucocorticoid-Induced Human Trabecular Meshwork Cell Dysfunction via YAP/TAZ Inactivation. Current Eye Research, 48(8), 736–749. PMID: 3708346
  • Pimm, M. L., et. al. (2023). Purification of Human β- and γ-actin from Budding Yeast. Journal of Cell Science, 136(9), jcs260540. PMID: 37070275
  • Zehrbach, N. M., et. al. (2023). Paxillin Regulates Rab5-mediated Vesicle Motility through Modulating Microtubule Acetylation. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 34(7), ar65.PMID: 37043310
  • Waldran, M. J., Wegman, A. D., Bahr, L. E.,et. al. (2023). Soluble NS1 Antagonizes IgG- and IgA- Mediated Monocytic Phagocytosis of DENV Infected Cells. The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 228(1), 70–79. PMID: 37103221
  • Papp, C., et. al. (2023). Stable Bulged G-quadruplexes in the Human Genome: Identification, Experimental Validation and Functionalization. Nucleic Acids Research, 51(9), 4148–4177. PMID: 37094040
  • Belkevich, A. E., Pascual, H. G., Ball, D. G., et. al. (2023).Distinct Interaction Modes for the Eukaryotic RNA Polymerase Alpha-like Subunits. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 43(6), 269–282. PMID: 37222571
  • Khan, M. M., Knight, K., et. al. (2023). Tender love and disassembly: How a TLDc Domain Pprotein Breaks the V-ATPase. BioEssays : News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, 45(7), e2200251. PMID: 37183929
  • Singh, V., et. al. (2023). It is Premature for a Unified Hypothesis of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy: A Great Amount of Research is Still Needed to Understand the Multisystem Cascade. Epilepsia, 64(8), 2006–2010. PMID: 37129136.
  • Bonzerato, C. G., et. al. (2023). Bok: Real Killer or Bystander with Non-apoptotic Roles?. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, 11, 1161910. PMID: 37123400.
  • Backe, S. J., Heritz, J. A., et. al. (2023). Activation of Autophagy Depends on Atg1/Ulk1-mediated Phosphorylation and Inhibition of the Hsp90 Chaperone Machinery. Cell Reports, 42(7), 112807. PMID: 37453059.
  • Ahanin, E. F., et. al. (2023). Catalytic inhibitor of Protein Phosphatase 5 Activates the Extrinsic Apoptotic Pathway by Disrupting Complex II in Kidney Cancer. Cell Chemical Biology, S2451-9456(23)00206-4. PMID: 37527661.
  • Yang, X., et. al. (2023). Engineering Telodendrimer Nanocarriers for Monomeric Amphotericin B Delivery. Molecular Pharmaceutics, 20(4), 2138–2149. PMID: 36877183.
  • Namitz, K. E. W., et. al. (2023). Phase Separation Promotes a Highly Active Oligomeric Scaffold of the MLL1 Core Complex for Regulation of Histone H3K4 Methylation. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 299(10), 105204. PMID: 37660926
  • Papp, C., et.al. (2023). Dataset of Bulged G-quadruplex Forming Sequences in the Human Genome. Data in Brief, 50, 109550.PMID: 37743888.
  • Saxena, A., et.al. (2023). Reward Functioning in General and Specific Psychopathology in Children and Adults. Journal of Attention Disorders, 10870547231201867. Advance online publication. PMID: 37864336
  • Singh, A., et.al. (2023). Targeting YAP Mechanosignaling to Ameliorate Stiffness-induced Schlemm's Canal Cell Pathobiology. bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology, 2023.09.08.556840. PMID: 37781615
  • Bonzerato, C. G., et.al. (2023). The Ubiquitin-proteasome Pathway Inhibitor TAK-243 has Major Effects on Calcium Handling in Mammalian Cells. Biochimica et biophysica acta. Molecular cell research, 1871(1), 119618. PMID: 37907195
  • Hossain, M., et. al. (2023). Multidrug-resistant Escherichia Coli Isolated from Patients and Surrounding Hospital Environments in Bangladesh: A Molecular Approach for the Determination of Pathogenicity and Resistance. Heliyon, 9(11), e22109. PMID: 38027708
  • Lin, K. M., et. al. (2023). Breast Cancer Treatment: To tARget or Not? That Is the Question. Cancers, 15(23), 5664. PMID: 38067367
  • Singh, A., et. al. (2023). Targeting YAP/TAZ Mechanosignaling to Ameliorate Stiffness-induced Schlemm's Canal Cell Pathobiology. American journal of physiology. Cell physiology, 10.1152/ajpcell.00438.2023. PMID: 38105758
  • Chakraborty, A., Dettori, L. G., Li, J., et.al. (2023). Complex Interplay Between FMRP and DHX9 During DNA Replication Stress. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 105572. Advance online publication. PMID: 38110032



  • Bonzerato, C. G., Szczesniak, L. M., et. al. (2022). Endogenous Bok is Stable at the Endoplasmic Reticulum Membrane and Does Not Mediate Proteasome Inhibitor-induced Apoptosis. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, 10, 1094302. PMID: 36601536
  • Hinman, A. M., et. al. (2022). Understanding Laterality Disorders and the Lleft-right Oorganizer: Insights from Zebrafish. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, 10, 1035513. PMID: 36619867.
  • Andre Grageda. et. al. (2022). A Double Jeopardy: Loss of FMRP Results in DSB and Down-regulated DNA Repair. 21 Century Pathol, 2(5):125. PMID: 36688938
  • Tatiana Mikhailova. et. al. (2022). Neuroimmune Transcriptome Changes in Patient Brains of Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders. Mol Psychiatry, 28(2), 710–72. PMID: 36424395
  • Pei-Ju Liu, Maria Presti, Eric Plante. et. al. (2022). Steroid-Resistant Nephrotic Syndrome-Associated <i>MYO1E</i> Mutations Have Differential Effects on Myosin 1e Localization, Dynamics, and Activity. J Am Soc Nephrol, 33(11):1989-2007. PMID: 36316095.
  • Ashley Canning. et. al. (2022).  Parallel Functional Annotation of Cancer-associated Missense Mutations in Histone Methyltransferases. Sci Rep., 12(1):18487. PMID: 36323913.
  • Yu Liu. et. al. (2022).  Deletion of POMT2 in Zebrafish Causes Degeneration of Photoreceptors. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 23(23), 14809. PMID: 36499139
  • Haiyan Li, Ayushi Singh. et. al. (2022). YAP/TAZ Mediate TGFβ2-Induced Schlemm's Canal Cell Dysfunction. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci., 63(12):15. PMID: 36350617.
  • Maria Ortiz, Xiang Li, Baylee Porter-Hansen. et. al. (2022).  In Vivo Models for Prostate Cancer Research. Cancers (Basel), 14(21):5321. PMID: 36358740.
  • Mitchell Waldran, Chad Gebo. et. al. (2022). Evolution of Inflammation and Immunity in a Dengue Virus 1 Human Infection Model. Sci Transl Med., 14(668):eabo5019. PMID: 36288280.
  • Yu Liu. et al. (2022).  Interactions between C8orf37 and FAM161A, Two Ciliary Proteins Essential for Photoreceptor Survival. Int J Mol Sci., 23(19):12033. PMID: 36233334.
  • Nathan McKean. et. al. (2022). Coevolution of the Ess1-CTD Axis in Polar Fungi Suggests a Role for Phase Separation in Cold Tolerance. Sci Adv., 8(36):eabq3235. PMID: 36070379.
  • Allen Esterly. et. al. (2022). Evaluations of Rationally Designed Rift Valley Fever Vaccine Candidate RVax-1 in Mosquito and Rodent Models. NPJ Vaccines, 7(1):109. PMID: 36131104.
  • Farzana Khan, Sarah Backe. et. al. (2022). Targeting extracellular Hsp90: A Unique Frontier Against Cancer. Front Mol Biosci., 9:982593. PMID: 36060252.
  • Sarah Backe. et. al. (2022). O-GlcNAcylation Suppresses TRAP1 Activity and Promotes Mitochondrial Respiration. Cell Stress Chaperones. 27(5):573-585. PMID: 35976490.
  • Yetunde Kayode, Deanna Clemmer. et. al. (2022). mTOR Regulation of Metabolism Limits LPS-induced Monocyte iInflammatory and Procoagulant Responses. Commun Biol., 5(1):878. PMID: 36028574.
  • Adam Wegman. et al. (2022). Fever and Hypothermia Do Not Affect the All-cause 30-day Hospital Readmission. Am J Med Sci., PMID: 35803309.
  • Allen Esterly. et. al. (2022). A Human Skin Model for Assessing Arboviral Infections. JID Innov., 2(4):100128. PMID: 35812722.
  • Sarah Backe. et. al. (2022).  A Specialized Hsp90 Co-chaperone Network Regulates Steroid Hormone Receptor Response to Ligand. Cell Rep., 40(2):111039. PMID: 35830801.
  • Ruijia Dai. et al. (2022).  Distinct Phenotypes of Inflammation Associated Macrophages and Microglia in the Prefrontal Cortex Schizophrenia Compared to Controls. Front Neurosci., 16:858989. PMID: 35844224.
  • Camille Chin. et. al. (2022).  The Epigenetic Reader PHF21B Modulates Murine Social Memory and Synaptic Plasticity-related Genes. JCI Insight, 7(14):e158081. PMID: 35866480.
  • Justin Cox. et. al. (2022).  T-bet+ B Cells Dominate the Peritoneal Cavity B Cell Response during Murine Intracellular Bacterial Infection. J  Immunol., 208(12):2749-2760. PMID: 35867676.
  • Sarah Backe. et. al. (2022). Emerging Link between Tsc1 and FNIP Co-Chaperones of Hsp90 and Cancer. Biomolecules, 12(7):928. PMID: 35883484.
  • Alana Belkevich. et. al. (2022).  A Clinically-relevant Residue of POLR1D is Required for Drosophila Development. Dev Dyn., PMID: 35656583.
  • Morgan Pimm, Xinbei Liu, Farzana Tuli, Jennifer Heritz. et al. (2022).  Visualizing Molecules of Functional Human Profilin. Elife. 11:e76485. PMID: 35666129.
  • Laura Szczesniak. et. al. (2022). Microdose Induction of Buprenorphine in a Patient Using Tianeptine. J Addict Med., PMID: 35709488.
  • Xinbei Liu. et. al. (2022). Multiple Roles for the Cytoskeleton in ALS. Exp Neurol. 355:114143. PMID: 35714755.
  • Michael Garone. et. al. (2022). Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis and Proteinuria Associated with Myo1E Mutations: Novel Variants and Histological Phenotype Analysis. Pediatr Nephrol, PMID: 35723736
  • Sarah Backe. et al. (2022). TRAP1 Chaperones the Metabolic Switch in Cancer. Biomolecules, 12(6):786. PMID: 35740911.
  • Maria Presti. et al. (2022).  Mechanistic Insights into Enhancement or Inhibition of Phase Separation by Different Polyubiquitin Chains. EMBO Rep.,  23(8):e55056. PMID: 35762418.
  • Caden Bonzerato. et al. (2022). Binding of the Erlin1/2 Complex to the Third Intralumenal Loop of IP3R1 Triggers its Ubiquitin-proteasomal Degradation.The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 298(6), 102026. PMID: 35568199
  • Krista Newell. et. al. (2022). mRNA-1273 Vaccination Protects Against SARS-CoV-2 Elicited Lung Inflammation in Non-human Primates.  JCI Insight, 7(13), e160039. PMID: 35653196.
  • Chiara Pedicone. et al. (2022). LRBA Deficiency Can Lead to Lethal Colitis That Is Diminished by SHIP1 Agonism. Front Immunol., 13:830961. PMID: 35603158.
  • Xiakong Guo, Caden Bonzerato. et. al. (2022). Binding of the Erlin1/2 Complex to the Third Intralumenal Loop of IP3R1 Triggers its Ubiquitin-proteasomal Degradation. J Biol Chem., 298(6):102026. PMID: 35568199.
  • Ana Strat, Ayushi Singh, Haiyan Li. et. al. (2022). Engineering a 3D Hydrogel System to Study Optic Nerve Head Astrocyte Morphology and Behavior. Exp Eye Res, 220:109102. PMID: 35525298.
  • Harsimranjit Sekhon. et. al. (2022). Engineering Protein Activity Into Off-the-shelf DNA Devices. Cell Rep Methods, 2(4):100202. PMID: 35497497.
  • Alexis Zajicek, Hannah Phillips. et. al.  (2022). Cylindromatosis Drives Synapse Pruning and Weakening by Promoting Macroautophagy through Akt-mTOR Signaling. Mol Psychiatry. PMID: 35449295.
  • Eric Barnett. et. al. (2022).  Identifying Pediatric Mood Disorders from Transdiagnostic Polygenic Risk Scores: A Study of Children and Adolescents. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 83(3), 21m14180. PMID: 35452197
  • Brittany Geiler. et. al. (2022). Development of Robust Varicella Zoster Virus Luciferase Reporter Viruses for In Vivo Monitoring of Virus Growth and Its Antiviral Inhibition in Culture, Skin, and Humanized Mice. Viruses, 14(4):826. PMID: 35458556.
  • Krista Newell, Mitchell Waldran. et. al. (2022). Simultaneous Analysis of Antigen-specific B and T Cells After SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Vaccination. Cytometry A, PMID: 35468250
  • Baylee Porter. et. al. (2022).  Evaluation of the Effect of Tobacco Use on Buccal Mucosa Graft Histology: Tobacco Use Does Not Cause Histological Changes in Buccal Mucosal Grafts. Urology, PMID: 35469807.
  • Haiyan Li. et al. (2022).  TGFβ2 Regulates Human Trabecular Meshwork Cell Contractility Via ERK and ROCK Pathways With Distinct Signaling Crosstalk Dependent on the Culture Substrate. Curr Eye Res.. 1-41. PMID: 35481448. 
  • Chiara Pedicone. et. al. (2022).  Discovery of a Novel SHIP1 Agonist that Promotes Degradation of Lipid-laden Phagocytic Cargo by Microglia. iScience, 25(4), 104170. PMID: 35465359.
  • Haiyan Li. et. al. (2022).  Extracellular Matrix Stiffness and TGFβ2 Regulate YAP/TAZ Activity in Human Trabecular Meshwork Cells. Front Cell Dev Biol., 10:844342. PMID: 35300422.
  • Md Murad Khan. et. al. (2022). Oxidative Stress Protein Oxr1 Promotes V-ATPase Holoenzyme Disassembly in Catalytic Activity-independent Manner. EMBO J, 41(3):e109360. PMID: 34918374.
  • Weiyi Xu, Kyle Alpha, Nicholas Zehrbach. et. al. (2022). Paxillin Promotes Breast Tumor Collective Cell Invasion through Maintenance of Adherens Junction Integrity. Mol Biol Cell, 1;33(2):ar14. PMID: 34851720.
  • Xinbei Liu, Morgan Pimm, Andrew Brawner. et. al. (2022). Biochemical Characterization of Actin Assembly Mechanisms with ALS-associated Profilin Variants. Eur J Cell Biol., 26;101(2):151212. PMID: 35248815.
  • Nick Huang. et. al. (2022). Mantle Cell Lymphoma Management Trends and Novel Agents: Where Are We Going? Ther Adv Hematol, 13:20406207221080743. PMID: 35237397.
  • Ishita Joshi. et. al. (2022). Exceptional Origin Activation Revealed by Comparative Analysis in Two Laboratory Yeast Strains. PLoS One, 17(2):e0263569. PMID: 35157703.
  • Arnav Rana. et. al. (2022). A Gravity-fed Transcardial Perfusion Method for Histologic Analysis of the Mouse Central Nervous System. J Vis Exp., (179). PMID: 35129175.
  • Anna John, Harsimranjit Sekhon. et. al. (2022).  Engineering a Fluorescent Protein Color Switch Using Entropy-Driven β-Strand Exchange. ACS Sens., 7(1):263-271. PMID: 3500667.
  • Krista Newell, Justin Cox. et. al. (2022). Adenosine Receptor 2a Agonists Target Mouse CD11c +T-bet +B Cells in Infection and Autoimmunity. Nat Commun., 13(1):452. PMID: 35064115.
  • Rui Chen. et. al. (2022). The Ets Protein Pointed P1 Represses Asense Expression in Type II Neuroblasts by Activating Tailless. PLoS Genet, 18(1):e1009928. PMID: 35100262.
  • Maria Presti. et. al. (2022). Mechanistic Insights into the Enhancement or Inhibition of Phase Separation by Polyubiquitin Chains of Different Lengths or Linkages. BioRxiv, EMBO reports, 23(8), e55056. PMID: 35762418.


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