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JoEllen Welsh, Ph.D.

Graduate Students

Valerie Weaver: PhD degree, University of Ottawa, 1992. Thesis: Effect of dietary minerals and diabetes on renal vitamin D hydroxylation and calcium homeostasis. MRC Studentship recipient. Present Position: Director, Center for Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Lisa Stone: MSc degree, University of Ottawa, 1992. Thesis: Vitamin D receptors, tissue growth and insulin dependent diabetes. MRC Studentship recipient. Present Position: Conflict Management Consultant, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Maura Simboli-Campbell: PhD degree, University of Ottawa, 1993. Thesis: The role of protein kinase C in vitamin D mediated effects in kidney. Present Position: Biomedical Research Consultant, Canadian Marketing Group, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Debbie Bonell (now Clements): MSc degree, University of Ottawa, 1994. Thesis: The regulation of intestinal epithelial cell proliferation by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D and transforming growth factor beta. NSERC studentship recipient. Present Position: Director of Research and Communications, NutriChem, New Brunswick, NS, Canada

AnneMarie Gagnon: PhD degree, University of Ottawa, 1995. Thesis: Regulation of calbindin D-28K by 1,25(OH)2D3 in MDBK cells. MRC studentship recipient. Present Position: Research Associate, Loeb Research Institute, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Manjula Donepudi: MSc degree, University of Ottawa, 1996. Thesis: The regulation of calbindin D-28K by epidermal growth factor in MDBK cells and the involvement of signal transduction pathways. Present Position: Senior Manager, IP, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Ltd, NY, NY

Ian Byrne: PhD degree, Joint Graduate Program between W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center and University College, Dublin, Ireland, 1999. Thesis: Molecular characterization of the vitamin D receptor in a 1,25(OH)2D3-resistant human breast cancer cell line and identification of a novel, hormone responsive vitamin D receptor promoter. Present Position: Founder and CEO, Wolfhound Software, Dublin, Ireland.

Kathryn Packman (formerly VanWeelden): PhD degree, University of Notre Dame, 2000. Thesis: Induction of apoptosis in MCF-7 human breast cancer cells and xenografts by the vitamin D3 analog EB1089. DOD Breast Cancer Research Program Predoctoral Traineeship recipient. Present Position: Head of Preclinical Oncology Research, Roche Translational Clinical Research Center, NY, NY

Louise Flanagan: PhD degree, Joint Graduate Program between W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center and University College, Dublin, Ireland, 2000. Thesis: Regulation of growth, apoptosis and metastases in oestrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells by vitamin D and its analogues. DOD Breast Cancer Research Program Predoctoral Traineeship recipient. Present Position: Senior Medical Scientist, National Cancer Screening Service, Dublin Ireland.

Glendon Zinser: PhD degree, University of Notre Dame, 2002. Thesis: The effect of vitamin D receptor ablation on mammary gland development and tumorigenesis. Komen Foundation Dissertation Award recipient. Present Position: Grants Management Specialist, Susan G Komen Foundation

Jennifer Wietzke: PhD degree, University of Notre Dame, 2003. Thesis: Molecular characterization of vitamin D3 receptor promoter and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamn D3 action in breast cancer cells. Fisher Fellowship recipient. Present Position: Clinical Communications Specialist, CPE Communications, Chicago, IL

Belinda Byrne: PhD degree, University of Notre Dame, 2006. Thesis: Signaling mechanisms of vitamin D3 mediated apoptosis in MCF7 breast cancer cells. DOD Breast Cancer Research Program Predoctoral Traineeship recipient. Present Position: Scientific Advisor at Merck Serono, London, UK

Carly Kemmis: PhD degree, University of Notre Dame, 2007. Thesis: Investigation of 1,25D synthesis and vitamin D signaling in human mammary epithelial cells. Fisher Fellowship recipient. Present Position: Assistant Professor of Cell & Molecular Biology, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC

Meggan Valrance (now Keith): PhD degree, University of Notre Dame, 2007. Thesis: Role of the VDR in 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D mediated growth arrest and apoptosis. Clare Booth Luce Graduate Fellowship recipient. DOD Breast Cancer Research Program Predoctoral Traineeship recipient. Present Position: Scientist, Taconic Farms, Inc, Rensselaer, NY

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Maura Simboli-Campbell, PhD. University of Ottawa, Project title: Vitamin D and apoptosis in breast cancer cells. Present Position: Biomedical Research Consultant, Canadian Marketing Group, Ottawa, ON,Canada

Zhongjun Luo, PhD. University of Kupio, Finland, Project title: Role of calcium in vitamin D mediated apoptosis. Present Position: Wyeth-Ayerst Research

Carmen J. Narvaez, PhD. Rutgers University. Project title: Cellular mechanisms of vitamin D mediated apoptosis in breast cancer cells. American Institute for Cancer Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship; DOD Breast Cancer Research Program Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Present Position: Senior Research Associate, Cancer Research Center, University at Albany

Glendon Zinser, PhD. University of Notre Dame. Project Title: Effect of VDR on wnt/beta catenin signaling in mammary cells. Susan G. Komen Foundation Fellowship, 2003-2005. Present Position: Grants Management Specialist, Susan G Komen Foundation

Mathieu Renouf, PhD. Iowa State University. Project Title: PXR-VDR interactions in breast cancer. Present Position: Scientist, Bioavailability Group, Nestle Corporation, Lausanne, Switzerland

Matthew Rowling, PhD. Iowa State University. Project Title: Uptake and transport of anti-tumorigenic vitamins in mammary gland. Susan G. Komen Foundation Fellowship, 2005-2007. Present Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

David Veselik, PhD. Georgetown University. Project Title: Creation and characterization of mammary specific VDR knockout mouse model. Present Position: Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Jean Han, PhD. St John´s University. Project Title: Modulation of DNA damage and repair by vitamin D.