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2017 Graduates

Graduate Name and Program Dissertation
Alyce Anderson, PhD
Clinical and Translational Science
Using real-world healthcare data to define and prevent complications in inflammatory bowel disease
Rafael Ceschin, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
A computational framework for neonatal brain MRI structure segmentation and classification
Rachel Brick, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Induced pluripotent stem cell-derived mesenchymal progenitor cells: promotion of neuritogenesis and axon elongation through neurotrophin and cytokine production
Anthony Cadena, PhD
Decoding early immune events in non-human primates infected with mycobacterium tuberculosis
Coyne Drummond, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
The development of physiologically relevant cell culture models for intenstinal enterovirus infection
Kellsye Fabian, PhD
Tumor blood vessel-associated antigens as targets for cancer immunotherapy
Arielle Fisher, PhD
User-centered design and evaluation of RxMAGIC: A Prescription Management And General Inventory Control system for free clinic dispensaries
Rachel Gordon, PhD
Microbiology and Immunology
The Role of NADPH Oxidase and Neutrophil Extracellular Traps in the Pathogenesis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Matthew Hendricks, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Viral-Bacterial Interactions in Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease
Gerard Hernandez Mir, PhD
BACE1 is a novel regulator of Th17 function in EAE
Mehwish Khaliq, PhD
Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology  
Elucidating mechanisms of liver development and liver progenitor cell-driven regeneration in zebrafish
Ahmad Suhail Khazali, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
The roles of chemokines and chemokine receptors in tumor metastasis
Alexander Kikuchi, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Emerging roles of platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha in chronic liver injury: potential therapeutic target in hepatic fibrosis
Lauren Kinner, PhD
Heat shock protein GP96 drives dichotomous lymphocyte responses via DNA methylome remodeling and STAT1 signaling in antigen presenting cells
Christine Klemens, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
ENaC regulation in the kidney: the role of ankyrin G
Muwen Kong, PhD
Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology
Single-molecule studies of RAD4-RAD23 reveal a dynamic DNA damage recognition process
Annie Liu, PhD
Effect of early odorant exposure on the structure and output of the glomerular module
Shuchang Liu, PhD
Computational Biology 
Genomic integrative analysis to improve fusion transcript detection, liquid association and biclustering
Gregory Logan, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Genetic and Environmental Factors that Control Merkel Cell Development and Survival
Shiqi Ma, PhD
Regulation of Dopamine Transporter Subcellular Localization and Trafficking
Scott Marek, PhD
The contribution of functional brain networks and oscillations to the development of cognitive control
Kevin Mastro, PhD
Harnessing pallidal cell-type diversity to treat neurological disorders
James McAuley, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
The paracaspace MALT1 is a critcal mediator of PAR1-driven NF-kB activation and tumor metastasis
Kevin McDade, PhD
Enabling data-guided evaluation of bioinformatics workflow quality
Luong Thi Hong Nguyen, PhD
Computational Biology
Computational pathology for quantifying spatial heterogeneity in digital images of tissue sections from solid tumors
Puja Parekh, PhD
Differential regulation of synaptic plasticity, mood and reward behavior by circadian genes
Jenna Parrish, PhD
Estradiol modulation of renin angiotensin system and the regulation of fear exinction
George Preston, PhD
Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology
Substrate insolubility dictates HSP104-dependent endoplasmic reticulum associated degradation
Dana Previte, PhD
Mechanisms governing the bioenergetics of native and effector CD4+ T cells as a means of controlling autoimmunity
Nolan Priedigkeit, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Identification of acquired molecular dependencies in advanced breast and ovarian cancers
Lucas Santana Dos Santos, PhD
Computational methods for the functional analysis of DNA sequence variants
Lindsey Snyder, PhD
Modulation of multiple modalities of somatosensory information by peripheral kappa opioid receptors
Eric Strobl, PhD
Causal discovery under non-stationary feedback
Celestino Velásquez, PhD
Integrative Molecular Biology
Viral regulation of Cap-dependent messenger RNA translation inhibitor 4E-BP1 during mitosis
Christopher Weiss, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Mechanism of alphavirus restriction by the interferon-induced exonuclease, ISG20
Chen-Shan Woodcock, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Therapeutic potential of electrophilic nitro-oleic acid for the treatment of triple-negative breast cancer