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Emeson Lab Alumni

Graduate students:


Colleen M. Niswender (Burns), Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Director of Molecular Pharma­col­o­gy

Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery

Molecular studies of RNA editing in the mammalian central nervous system


Jonathan T. Lu, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical Director, Sarepta Therapeutics

Physiological studies of mice lacking α-calcitonin gene-related peptide



Susan M. Uebele (Rueter), Ph.D.

Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceuticals

Biochemical and molecular characterization of double-stranded RNA-spe­cif­ic adenosine deaminases involved in RNA editing



Jongho Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Pharmacology

Hallym University

Reduced neurogenic inflammation and normal nociceptive responses in αCGRP null mice



T. Renee Dawson, Ph.D.

Senior Research Specialist

Department of Cell & Developmental Biology

Vanderbilt University

Structure and sequence determinants of adenosine-to-inosine editing in ADAR2 pre-messenger RNA


Christopher Sansam, Ph.D.

Assistant Member

Cell Cycle & Cancer Biology Research Program

Oklahoma Research Foundation

Regulation of ADAR2 function



Brent Thompson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

The physiological roles of α- and β-CGRP in the mouse colon


Yi Feng, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Regulation of ADAR2 function by autoediting



Ming Xu, Ph.D.


University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Molecular mechanisms of ADAR2 localization and substrate specificity



Michael Morabito, Ph.D.

Scientific Administrator

Weill Cornell School of Medicine

Mice with altered 5HT2C receptor RNA editing exhibit characteristics of Prader-Willi Syndrome


Elizabeth Rula, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Principal Investigator at Tivity Health

Identification and characterization of novel RNA editing substrates


Michelle Jacobs, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Altered isoform expression of the serotonin 2C receptor disrupts normal maternal care



Jennifer Hood, Ph.D.

Mother of two

Under Attack: Nervous System Patterns of RNA Editing in Response to Reovirus Infection



Richard T. O’Neil, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Division of Nephrology

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dynamic regulation of A-to-I RNA editing in the brain



Elizabeth A. Ferrick-Kiddie

Kv1.1 RNA Editing: Physiological Roles and its Implications for Episodic Ataxia Type-1

Post-doctoral fellows:


R. Blair McNeill, III, Ph.D.

Principal Process Development Scientist

Alkermes Pharmaceutical



Minati Singh, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist

Department of Pediatrics

University of Iowa



Xu-Ping Wang, Ph.D. (deceased)



Randi Ulbricht, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Missouri State University