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2011 Graduates

Graduate Name and Program Dissertation
Rachel Brower-Sinning, PhD
Computational Biology
On the Evolution of Microbes: The Evolution of Genomes with Respect to RNA Folding
Yvonne Chao, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Mesenchymal to Epithelial Reverting Transition: A Key Role for Re-Expression of E-cadherin
Salvatore James Cherra III, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology

Understanding the Interaction Between LRRK2 and PINK1: Implications for Parkinson's Disease

Amanda Clause, PhD
Development and Potential Behavioral Significance of Precise Tonotopy in an Inhibitory Circuit of the Auditory Brainstem
Natasha Corbitt, PhD
Cellulat and Molecular Pathology
The Gut Microbiota and the Liver: Collaborators in Host Immunity and Metabolism
Matthew Fagerburg, PhD
Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology
Single-Molecule Insights into PcrA-Driven Disruption of RecA Filaments
Vanessa Franco, PhD
The Behavioral and Neurophysiologic Effects of Acute Dopamine Receptor Blockade in the Macaque Striatum
George Fraser, PhD
New Frontiers in Population Recording
Amy Furda, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
The Role of mtDNA Damage in Mitochondrial Dysfunction
Christopher Gaiteri, PhD
Finding the Pathology of Major Depression Through Effects on Gene Interation Networks
Brendan Giles, PhD
Development of a Broadly Reactive Vaccine for Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Influenza
Eva Goellner, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Demonstrating Functional Crosstalk Between DNA Base Excision Repair and Cellular Bioenergetics: A Strategy for the Treatment of Chemotherapy Resistant Glioblastoma
Siobhan Gregg, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Endogenous DNA Damage Drives Cellular Sensescence and Promotes Aging
Melanie Grubisha, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
TGFβ-Dependent ROS Regulates a Local Endocrine Communication Network Between Stromal and Epithelial Cells in the Prostate
Anupma Jha, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Clathrin-Mediated Endocytosis of Yolk Protein in the Drosophila Oocyte
Jie Jiang, PhD
A Trip Around the Transport Cycle: The Structural Basis of Glutatmate Transporter Function
Carolyn Kitchens, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Exploitation of Small Interfering RNA Methodology to Identify Novel Anticancer Treatments
Courtney LaValle, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Targeting Prptein Kinase D By Novel Small Molecule Inhibitors and RNA Interference in Prostate Cancer
Abigale Lade, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
WNT and Beta-Catenin in Hepatic Differentiation: Which Way does the WNT Blow?
Hilaire Lam, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Regulation and Function of Autophagy in Cigarette Smoke-Induced Cellular Stress: Implications for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Paulina Liang, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Modulation of Bone Marrow-Derived Endothelial Progenitor Cells by Vascular Endothelial Growth Inhibitor (VEGI)
Kaihong Liu, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
Ontology Enrichment from Free-text Clinical Documents: A Comparison of Alternative Approaches
Ying Liu, PhD
Computational Biology
Combining Sequence and Structure Information to Model Biological Systems Dynamics
Michelle Manni, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
 Leukocyte-Dervied Extracellular Superoxide Disumutase in Pulmonary Disease
Benjamin Mantell, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Immune Modulation of Metabolism: The Role of Macrophages, NKY Cells and Dendritic Cells in the Development of the Metabolic Disturbances of Obesity
Yvonne Mburu, PhD
Inflammatory Mechanisms of Chemokine Receptor 7 expression in Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck (SCCHN)
Velma Payne, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
Effect of a Metacognitive Intervention on Cognitive Heuristic Use During Diagnostic Reasoning
Brian Primack, PhD
Clinical and Translational Science
Hookah Tobacco Smoking Among U.S. College Students
Samuel Shin, PhD
The Effects of Nicotine Treatment on Striatal Dopamine Neurotransmission after Traumatic Brain Injury
Ee Su, PhD
TIM-3 and Galectin-9 Regulation of Effector T cell Function and Activation
Hussein Tawbi, PhD
Clinical and Translational Science
The Epigenetic Regulation of Chemotherapy Resistance in Melanoma
Louis Thomas, PhD
P2X7 Activation of Non-Primed Myeloid Cells Promotes the Shedding of Stimulatory Materials Within Microvesicles
Kalyan Tirupula, PhD
Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology
Structure-Function Studies of the Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor Type 6 (mGluR6) and Comparison with Rhodopsin
Meghan Wilson, PhD
Protein Biomarkers for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Characterization and Implications for Disease Pathogenesis
Yi Zhou, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Growth Rate Dependent Carbon Catabolite Repression (CCR) is Determined by Molecular Crowding (MC) in E. Coli Cells