Courtney Andersen studies the role of estrogen receptor-alpha in ovarian cancer.
Chris Barnes investigates the structural details by which transcription factor activity regulates RNA Polymerase II during the universal process of eukaryotic gene expression.
Soma Jobaggy studies nitrated fatty acid pharmacology and the antioxidant response in hypertensive end-organ damage.
Allison Nagle studies growth factor receptor signaling in breast cancer.
Courtney R LaValle

Freelance medical writing and editing, Owner, CRL MedWrite, Auburn, WA


Graduated: 2011
Targeting Protein Kinase D by Novel Small Molecule Inhibitors and RNA Interference in Prostate Cancer

After graduation, in their own words:

I am one of the newest grads - defended in June 2011. I also have taken a bit of a different career path thus far... Immediately after graduation, I moved to WA, where I started work at the University of Puget Sound as the manager/trainer/technician for the microscope facility and other core equipment (confocal LSM, SEM, TEM, qPCR, microarray, etc.). My job focuses mainly on training students and faculty to use the microscopes, etc., and helping teach certain lab sections. Also, I started up a freelance medical writing/editing business, CRL MedWrite, and for the last 6+ months, I have done consultation work with a couple different medical communications companies (work including preparation of manuscripts, posters, abstracts, medical slide decks, etc., and editing of a variety of scientific documents).


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Program Achievements

Molecular Pharmacology Graduate Program Ranked #2 in National Research Council Rankings

Outcomes:  Time to disseration, last five graduating classes:  4.5 years, Completion Rate: 84.8%

Ranked #9 in National of Institute of Health funding of departments of Pharmacology

Ranked in the top 15 in funding for twenty four consecutive years

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