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Graduate Students

PhD Students

Kelsey Hirschi

Research: Effects of inhibition of receptors for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE) by semi-synthetic glycosaminoglycan ethers (SAGEs) following exposure to tobacco smoke or electronic cigarette vapor

Hometown: Rexburg, Idaho

Future Goals: Answer some of my endless questions & share a love of learning

Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family and friends, being outdoors-preferably in the mountains or in the water, music, and reading

Felix R. Jimenez

Research: Claudin-6 Expression During Lung Morphogenesis and Remodeling

Hobbies: Soccer, camping, movies

Favorite Quote: I want to know God's thoughts; the rest are details

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Josh Lewis

Education: graduated from BYU in April 2013 in Exercise Science

Research: the role of Claudin-6 and how smoking affects both its role in development and its function as a tight junction protein

Other Work: works for a stained glass company. As a project manager, he has had the chance to work on LDS temples around the world

Hobbies: soccer, hiking, guitar, blowing glass, restoring his 1972 motorcycle

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Duane Winden

Former Research: characterization of second-hand smoke and materno-fetal interactions in receptors for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE) targeted mice

Work: assistant professor at Roseman University, College of Dental Medicine

Hobbies: gardening, hiking, family, camping

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Jie (Bridget) Wu



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MS Students

Michael Nelson

Research: The role of receptors for advanced glycation end-products and ceramide in cardiovascular disease

Hobbies: Jogging, reading, coaching soccer

Favorite Place: Bear Lake

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Adam Robinson

Former Research: RAGE Signaling By Alveolar Macrophages Influences Tobacco Smoke-Induced Inflammation

Where he is now: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery resident at University of Nebraska Medical Center

Hobbies: Running, reading, spending time with family, BYU sports, watching movies

2017 Update:

Married with 2 kids, Elijah (7) and Anneli (3)

Graduated from Midwestern University-Arizona College of Dental Medicine in May 2016

July 2016 started combined MD-OMFS program at UNMC in Omaha, Nebraska

Jeff Stogsdill

Where He Is Now: graduate student at Duke University working in the lab of Dr. Cagla Eroglu

Current Scientific Interests: astrocyte development and synapse formation within the central nervous system

Miscellaneous: he is married to Megan Stogsdill (also a Reynolds Lab alumnus). Even though he has become a Blue Devil, he remains loyal to the BYU Blue. GO COUGARS!!

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Tyler Wood

Former Research: Targeting of receptors for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE) diminishes acute second hand smoke-induced inflammation in mice.

Where he is now: Midwestern College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hobbies: Fishing, hiking, sports

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