Pathology Graduate Training Program
Cellular and Molecular Pathology (CMP) -
Current Graduate Students

Name: Beth Oczypok
Lab Phone: 412-624-8888
Mentor Name: Tim Oury, MD, PhD

Undergraduate Education:
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Molecular Biology
Undergraduate Institution: University of Pittsburgh

Research Project Information

Receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) as an upstream activator of the Th2 inflammatory immune response in asthma

Publications / Achievements


Oczypok EA, Etheridge T, Freeman J, Stodieck L, Johnsen R, Baillie D, Szewczyk NJ. (2012). Remote automated multi-generational growth and observation of an animal in low Earth orbit. J R Soc Interface. 9(68):596-9. [PMID: 22130552]

Etheridge T*, Oczypok EA*, Lehmann S, Fields BD, Shephard F, Jacobson LA, Szewczyk NJ. (2012). Calpains mediate integrin attachment complex maintenance of adult muscle in Caenorhabditis elegans. PLoS Genet. 8(1):e1002471. [PMID: 22253611] *shared first author

Oczypok, EA, Oury, TD, and Chu, CT. It's a cell-eat-cell world: autophagy and phagocytosis. Review. Am J Pathol. March 2013;182: 612-622. PMID: 23369575


Orions Quest Schools, Oczypok, E., Szewczyk, N., Drummond, T., Lawrie, P., Freeman, J., Stodieck, L., Johnsen, R., Baillie, D., and Othman, M. (2007). "Normal growth, development and behavior of Caenorhabditis elegans through ten generations of autonomous culturing onboard the International Space Station (ISS)." Mountain and Wilderness Medicine World Congress, Aviemore, Scotland

Oczypok, E. and Szewczyk, N. (2007). "An integrin-containing muscle adhesion complex opposes muscle protein degradation in C. elegans." The Biochemical Society Annual Symposium, Manchester, UK.

Oczypok, E., Jacobson, L., and Szewczyk, N. (2008). "Disruption of an integrin-containing muscle adhesion complex causes muscle protein degradation in C. elegans." European Space Agency "Life in Space for Life on Earth" International Conference, Angers, France.

Oczypok, E.A., Jacobson, L.A., and Szewczyk, N.J. (2008). "Disruption of an integrin-containing muscle adhesion complex causes muscle protein degradation in Caenorhabditis elegans." Proc. Physiol. Soc. 11, PC139. Physiology Society Meeting, Cambridge, UK

Oczypok E, Manni M, Crum L, Schmid R, Oury T. (2012). "Extracellular Superoxide Dismutase Promotes Phagocytosis During Acute Pulmonary Infection." Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine 19th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Milutinovic PS, Alcorn JF, Crum LT, Manni, ML, Oczypok, EA, Schmid, RJ, Oury TD. (2013). "Pulmonary Receptor For Advanced Glycation End Products Promotes Asthma Pathogenesis Via An Il-33-Dependent Pathway." American Thoracic Society International Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 187;2013:A2640.



  • Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Research Award, 2007, 2008
  • Alison Bentley Kephart Award, for outstanding work as a first-year undergraduate in the biological sciences, 2007
  • European Space Agency Young Researcher Award, 2008
  • University Scholar, University of Pittsburgh, 2009
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, 2009
  • Summa Cum Laude, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
  • Third place, Annual CMP Retreat Poster Presentation Contest, 2013