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2019 Graduates

Graduate Name and Program Dissertation
Stephanie Ander, PhD
Microbiology and Immunology
Defining the Placental Barrier during Toxoplasma gondii Infection.
Alparslan Asan, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Nitroalkene Repression of Homologous Recombination as a Treatment for Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
Amie Barda, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
Design and Evaluation of User-Centered Explanations for Machine Learning Model Predictions in Healthcare
Emily Beckwitt, PhD
Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology
Single Molecule Studies of DNA Damage Recognition by XPA
Greg Buchan, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Formation and signaling of electrophilic lipids in immunity
Kristina Buschur, PhD
Computational Biology
Unsupervised methods for pattern discovery in high-throughput genomic data.
Patricia Campbell, PhD
Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology
Assembly and Structure of Bacteriophage Capsids and Tails
Kasey Cargill, PhD
Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
The Role of Hypoxia in Metabolism and Nephron Development
Patricia Castillo, PhD
Microbiology and Immunology
Disruption of Intestinal Th17 Signaling & the Microbiome Exacerbates Extra-Intestinal Pathologies
Michael Chiang, PhD
Neurobiology
Divergent Neural Pathways Emanating from the Lateral Parabrachial Nucleus Mediate Distinct Components of the Pain Response
Victoria Corbit, PhD
Neurobiology
The Effects of Cortical and Pallidal Inputs on Striatal Microcircuit Activity and Behavioral Output
Amity Eaton, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Effects of Stretch on the Bladder Umbrella Cell Apical Junctional Ring
Douglas Fischer, PhD
Microbiology and Immunology
Examination of the Role of HIV-1 Capsid Sequence on Virus Infectivity, Host Protein Interactions, and Capsid Uncoating.
My Song Hoang, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Control of telomeric homology-directed repair by poly(ADP-ribose) metabolism
Mondraya Howard, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
ToxR Regulation of Adaptive Responses in Vibrio cholerae
Colleen Judge-Golden, PhD
Clinical and Translational Science
Patient-, Provider- and System-Level Factors Impacting Contraceptive Access and Use
Jia-Ying Lee, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
The Pathogenesis of GPCR-positive Breast Cancer.
La Li, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Mechnism of Blast Trauma-Induced Heterotopic Ossification: Role of Muscle Trauma
Joshua Lorenz-Guertin, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Regulation of GABAAR Signaling and Neuroadaptations in Response to Diazepam
Chelsea Merkel, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
The Adherens Junction Interactome and the Role of Vinculin in Cytoskeletal Integration at the Cardiomyocyte ICD
Stephanie Mutchler, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
The Effects of Salt and Aldosterone on Vascular and Renal Function
Raghavendran Partha, PhD
Computational Biology
Evolutionary-based methods for predicting genotype-phenotype associations in the mammalian genome
Ravi Patel, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
SRC-Family Kinases Impact Prognosis and Targeted Therapy in FLT3-ITD+ Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Sean Piantadosi, PhD
Neurobiology
Translational examination of the orbitofrontal cortex and striatum in obsessive compulsive disorder
Kevin Raehtz, PhD
Microbiology and Immunology
Early Events of SIVsab Mucosal Transmission in African Green Monkeys
Helen Rich, PhD
Microbiology and Immunology
Controlling Bacterial Super-infection During Influenza
Paige Rudich, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Defining the Properties and Toxicity Mechanisms of Non-Canonical Translation Products Associated with ALS and Huntington’s Disease Using C. elegans
Victor Ruiz Herrera, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
Early prediction of critical events in infants with single ventricle physiology in critical care using routinely collected data.
Jacquelyn Russell, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Investigating the Mechanisms of Hepatocyte or Biliary Epithelial Cell-Mediated Liver Regeneration
Nicole Scharping, PhD
Microbiology and Immunology
Immunometabolic requirements of T cell activation and exhaustion.
Ryan Slack, PhD
Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology
Structural Basis for HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase Maturation
Elizabeth Stahl, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
A Study of Macrophages in the Aging Liver and in the Host Response to Engineered Lung Scaffolds.
Steven Suway, PhD
Neurobiology
Neural State Changes in Primate Motor Cortex During Arm Movements with Distinct Control Requirements.
Nikita Trivedi, PhD
Microbiology and Immunology
Mechanisms of Germinal Center and Non-canonical B cell Responses
Nathan Vogler, PhD
Neurobiology
Mechanisms of Synaptic Zinc Plasticity in Mouse Dorsal Cochlear Nucleus
Jacqueline Starr Welty
Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
Oxidative Damage and Selective Neuronal Vulnerability in Alzheimer's Disease.
Justin Wendzicki
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Comparative analyses of tumorigenic mechanisms of Merkel cell polyomavirus T antigens
Patrick Wilkinson
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Polyploidy in Liver Regeneration and Adaptation to Chronic Liver Injury
Chung-Yang Yeh
Neurobiology
Targetting Kv2.1/Syntaxin Interaction for Neuroprotection
Hiroshi Yano
Microbiology and Immunology
Regulatory T cell-derived inhibitory cytokines and regulation of anti-tumor immunity