Current CTS Students

Current CTS Students

 Doctoral Students, 2018-19

Ayisha Bashir

Ayisha Zaka Bashir obtained her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore, Pakistan in 1997. After graduation, she worked in the Department of Medicine and OBGYN as an intern and served as a Research Assistant in the Department of Gastroenterology and Pathology, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Jinnah Teaching Hospital. After moving to Omaha, Nebraska in 2005, she joined the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) where she completed her MS in Biomedical Informatics in 2016 with a concentration in Clinical Informatics. Her Master's Thesis, published by Proquest and UNO in 2016, was titled Perspectives of nurses towards telehealth efficacy and health care quality. In addition, she worked at the UNO Public Health Informatics Laboratory on the application for an eHealth Emergency Response System (a collaboration between UNO and University of Nebraska Medical Center). She joined the Department of Clinical & Translational Science at Creighton University in the Spring of 2018 to pursue her Ph.D. Her dissertation project is related to instability of carotid plaques.

John Fleegel

John Fleegel graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Biology from Creighton University in 2018. He joined the CTS department as an undergraduate and during his time he investigated the role of macrophage polarization and epicardial adipose tissue signaling in occlusive vascular diseases, Vit-D in DNA damage repair pathway in skin cancer, also novel proteomic marker identification in Barret's espohagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma. He was named a Goldwater scholar in 2017 for his undergraduate research efforts. The Summer of 2018 he continued as a MD/Ph.D. candidate with CTS and Creighton's School of Medicine and is currently investigating the healing dynamics in rotator cuff tendinopathies.


Tata Kouassi

Kouassi Tata Kouassi is a MS/Ph.D. candidate in the CTS department at Creighton University. He previously earned a medical degree from the University of Lome Togo in 2002, specializing in general surgery. He has served as a physician in his native country of Africa, and joined CTS in 2014 to pursue his MS/Ph.D. degree. He is studying under the mentorship of Dr. Devendra K. Agrawal to explore the pathogenesis of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease/ nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in relation to novel protein kinase C. He has also worked as a laboratory assistant in the CTS department under the direction of Dr. Chandra Boosani and Dr. Gopal Jadhav to explore the modulation of triggering receptors expressed in myeloid cell type 1 (TREM-1) in cardiovascular diseases. His focus for his Ph.D. is to explore the role played by protein convertase subtilisin/kexin type (PCSK9) in the atherosclerosis plaque destabilization and the protective role of its inhibitors, determining the interplay of PCSK9 in the inflammatory mechanistic reactions that lead to plaque rupture in carotid arteries.

Wanlin Jiang

Wanlin Jiang has earned her Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery from Capital Medical University in Beijing, China in 2015. She completed her clinical rotations in Chao-yang Hospital and joined the laboratory of Dr. Xiaomin Wang at Capital Medical University where she worked on discovering the mechanism of Triptolide, a traditional Chinese medicine used in mitigating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. She completed her Master's of Science in Biotechnology at Georgetown University in May 2016. In the Fall of 2016 she joined Creighton Universities CTS department to study under Dr. Devendra K. Agrawal and Dr. Chandra Boosani as a Ph.D. candidate studying the DNA methylation and histone modification and DNA repair mechanism in cardiovascular disease.