August of 2017
Novel Cell Surface Anchoring Mechanism of Prokaryotic Secreted Protein - Mohd Farid Abdul Halim, Ph.D.
The Genetic Architecture Underlying Rapid Seasonal Evolution in Natural Populations of Drosophila melanogaster - Emily Behrman, Ph.D.
Developmental Functions of MIR156 and MIR157 in Arabidopsis- Jia He, Ph.D.
Dedifferentiation of Cytotoxic Lympthocyte into Central Memory CD8+T Cells: Lessons from Antiviral T-Stem Cells on the Architecture of Aging and Immunotherapy - Jonathan Johnnidis, Ph.D.
Class of 2017
Proteolytic Activation by ADAMTS3 Defines Distinct Mechanisms of Lymphangiogenesis Mediated by VEGFC and VEGFD - Hung Bui, Ph.D.
Transcript Diversity in the Protozoan Parasite Toxoplasma Gondii - Maria Diaz, Ph.D.
Plant-soil Feedback and Succession in Heavy Metal Soils - Lee Dietterich, Ph.D.
Genome Editing Approach to Uncover Microtubule-Actin Crosslinking Factor (MACF1) Essential Domains in Establishing Oocyte Polarity and Nuclear Positioning - Matias Escobar, Ph.D.
Investigation of the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of cAMP and PKA Signaling and the Role of HCN4 Subunits in Anxiety-Related Behavior and Memory - Vincent Luczak, Ph.D.
The C-REL Transcription Factor Controls Metabolism and Proliferation of Human T Cells - George Luo, Ph.D.
Space, Time and Change: Investigations in Soil Bacterial Diversity in the Montane Steppe of Mongalia - Aurora MacRae-Crerar, Ph.D.
Population Genetics of Borrelia Burgdorferi in the Eastern and Midwestern United States - Stephanie Seifert, Ph.D.
Hypermutability in Asexuals: Investigating the Effects of Deleterious Mutations - Tanya Singh, Ph.D.
Class of 2016
Molecular and Cellular Approaches Toward Understanding Dynein-Driven Motility - Swathi Ayloo, Ph.D.
Cell Biology of Cheating - Mechanisms of Chromosomes Segregation during Female Meiosis - Lukas Chmatal, Ph.D.
Detecting Selection on Noncoding Nucleotide Variations: Methods and Applications - Yang Ding, Ph.D.
Short Term Adult Plasticity in Drosophila melanogaster and its Role in Climatic Adaptation - Vinayak Mathur. Ph.D.
A Study of the Role of Gata6 in Definitive Endoderm Specification and β Cell Functionality by Genome Engineering of the Pluripotent Stem Cells - Amita Tiyaboonchai, Ph.D.
Phenotypic Variation in the Dogwhelk, Nucella lapillus: an Integration of Ecology, Karyotype and Phenotypic Plasticity - Katie Vazquez, Ph.D.
Genomic, Evolutionary and Functional Analyses of Diapause in Drosophila melanogster - Xiaqing Zhao, Ph.D.
Selective Forces that Shape the VLS Antigenic Variation System in Borrelia Burgdorferi - Wei Zhou, Ph.D.
Class of 2015
A Role of SWI/SNF Complex in ABA-dependent Drought Responsive Gene Expression in Arabidopsis thaliana - Soon Ki Han, Ph.D.
Mechanisms Underlying the Role of Drosophila TIMELESS in the Molecular Clock and in the Circadian Response to Light - A Reum Jang, Ph.D.
The Genetic Basis of Phenotypic Plasticity in Natural Populations of Drosophila - Katherine O'Brien, Ph.D.
Spatial and Temporal Variation in Wild Pollination Services in the Mongolian Steppe - Dan Song, Ph.D.
Promoting T-snare Binary Complex Assembly and Membrane Fusion by the Exocyst Protein Sec3 - Peng Yue, Ph.D.
Novel Regulators in the Germline Stem Cell Niche of Drosophila Testis - Qi Zheng, Ph.D.
Class of 2014
Change and Impact of microRNA Modification with Age in Drosophila melanogaster - Masashi Abe, Ph.D.
Mitotic Kinases in Meiosis - Olga Davydenko, Ph.D.
Higher-Order Chromatin Organization in Hematopoietic Transcription - Wulan Deng, Ph.D.
Effects of Temperature on Global Gene Expression in Natural Strains of Budding Yeast - Hoa Giang, Ph.D.
Regulators of Mouse and Human Beta Cell Proliferation - Yang Jiao, Ph.D.
Trial-by-Trial Coding of Instructive Signals in the Cerebellum: Insights from Eyeblink Conditioning in Mice - Farzaneh Najafi, Ph.D.
The Molecular Mechanism of Synaptic Tagging and Capture - Jung Whan Park, Ph.D.
Dynamics and Fate of the Inner Membrane complex in Toxoplasma gondii - Dinkorma Toure Ouologuem, Ph.D.
Regulation of Adipose Tissue Development and Function by Nuclear Receptors PPARg and Rev-erba - Fenfen Wang, Ph.D.
Towards a Better Understanding of Nonstructural Carbohydrate Storage and Carbon Limitation in Trees - Erin Wiley, Ph.D.
Exo70 Generates Membrane Curvature for Morphogenesis and Cell Migration - Yuting Zhao, Ph.D.
Class of 2013
Higher-order Chromatin Organization in Hematopoietic Transcription - Wulan Deng, Ph.D.
Multiscale Analyses of the Population Structure of Triatoma infestans in an Urban Area - Erica Foley, Ph.D.
The Impact of Terrestrial Dissolved Organic Carbon on Stream Ecosystem Function through an Investigation of Hydrologic Sources in White Clay Creek, PA - Christine McLaughlin, Ph.D.
Biology of Respiratory and Cardiac Functional Deterioration in a Translational Model for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - Andrew Mead, Ph.D.
Species-Specific Effects on the Oxygen Isotope Ratio of Tree-Ring Cellulose - Xin Song, Ph.D.
The interplay between Lewy body-like alpha-synuclein aggregates and protein degradation pathways in a cell-based model of Parkinson’s disease - Selcuk Tanik, Ph.D.
Structure and Function of H. volcanii flagella - Manuela Tripepi, Ph.D.
Class of 2012
Investigation of the Methane Cycle and Associated Microbial Community of a Pine Forest Soil- Emma Aronson, Ph.D.
A Role for Late Meristem Identity2 in the Reproductive Development of Arabidopsis - Jennifer Pastore, Ph.D.
The Molecular Mechanism of Vegetation Phase Change: Regulation of miR156 Expression and Action - Li Yang, Ph.D.
Meiotic Origins of Maternal Age-Related Aneuploidy - Teresa Chiang, Ph.D.
Decoding Cytochrome C Oxidase Biogenesis: New Insights into Copper Trafficking - Nursel Ekici, Ph.D.
Evolution of Molecular Function in Mammalian Neurons - Chantal Francis, Ph.D.
The Cytoskeletal Mechanisms of Cell-Cell Junction Formation in Endothelial Cells - Matthew Hoelzle, Ph.D.
Microrna Precursor Programmed Silencing Complex Assembly and Regulatory Pathways in Mammals - Xuhang Liu, Ph.D.
The Role of EPAC Signaling in Memory Consolidation and Sleep Deprivation - Nan Ma, Ph.D.
Behavior and Socioendocrinology of Adult and Male Rhesus Macaques of Cayo Santiago - Maria Rakhovskaya, Ph.D.
Molecular Insight into Mechanisms of CAG-Repeat RNA Toxicity in Polyglutamine Disease from Drosophila - Shin-Yi Shieh, Ph.D.
The Evolution of a High Mutation Rate and Declining Fitness in Asexual Populations - Christopher Gentile Ph.D.
Selection on Mutators in Experimental Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Populations: Recombination, Clonal Interference, and the Evolution of Mutation Rates - Yevgeniy Raynes, Ph.D.
Class of 2011
Socioecology, Acoustic Communication and Demography of Asian Elephants in Sri Lanka - Shermin deSilva, Ph.D.
The Role of Exocyst in Exocytosis and Cell Migration - Jianglan Liu, Ph.D.
YY1 Controls Immunoglobulin Class Switch Recombination and Nuclear Aid Levels - Kristina Zaprazna, Ph.D.
Mechanisms of HDAC2 Function in the Regulation of Adult Cardiac Hypertrophy and Embryonic Myocyte Proliferation - Wenting Zhu, Ph.D.
Actin-Independent Mechanisms of Targeting Formin mDIA2 to the Plasma Membrane - Roman Gorelik, Ph.D.
Roles of Protein Factors in Regulation of Imprinted Gene Expression - Shu Lin, Ph.D.
Functional Plasticity of Hippocampal Glutamatergic Synapses in Development and Disease - Xiaoyu Peng, Ph.D.
Physiological Bases of Plant Shrinkage and its Demographic Implications - Roberto Salguero-Gomez, Ph.D.
Class of 2010
Unplugged/Musk Signaling Coordinates Pre- and Post-synaptic Development at the Neuromuscular Junction - Lili Jing, PhD
Spatially Varying Selection on Shell Color Phenotype in the Flat Periwinkle Littorina Obtusata - Megan Phifer-Rixey, PhD
Niche Partitioning Among Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and Consequences for Host Plant Performance - Jennifer H. Doherty, PhD
Microrna Pathways Modulate Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases - Nan Liu, PhD
The Rab3A Locus: Studies of Neuronal Expression and Effects on Behavior - Rui Liu, PhD
The Evolutionary Genetics of Life History in Drosophila Melanogaster - Annalise Bloss Paaby, PhD
Using Evolutionary Genomics to Elucidate Parasite Biology and Host-Pathogen Interactions - Lucia Peixoto, PhD
Class of 2009
Characterizing the Role of the Exocyst Component EX070 in Exocytosis and Actin Dynamics in Budding Yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae - Bing He, PhD
Slit Down-Regulates CRGAP Function to Mediate Axon Repulsion in the Embryonic Drosphila CNS - Ming Li, PhD
Molecular Basis of Chve Function in Sugar Binding and Virulence in Agrobacterium Tumefaciens - Fanglian He, PhD
Spatial and Temporal Variation in Streambed Bacterial Community Composition and Correlation with Einvironmental Variables and Disturbance - Karen Rowley Hogan, PhD
Squint, The Arabidopsis Ortholog of Cyclophilin40, Affects RNA Silencing- Michael Smith, PhD
Spatial Regulation of CDC42 by its GTPase-Activating Proteins RGA1 and BEM2 in Budding Yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae - Zongtian Tong, PhD
Class of 2008
Molecular and Cellular Mechanism of Axon Guidance During Visual System Development in Zebrafish - Michael Gyda, PhD
Phylogeny and Evolution of Prokaryotic Genomes - Fan Ge, PhD
The Role of the Exocyst Complex in Polarized Exocytosis - Puyue Wang, PhD
Evolutionary Ecology of Host Plant Use by an Insect Herbivore in a Highly Seasonal Neotropical Dry Forest - Salvatore Agosta, PhD
Variation Among Dogwhelks (Nucella lapillus) Modifies Predator-prey Interactions within Intertidal Assemblages - Jonathan Fisher, PhD
Peeking into the Black Box: The Structure and Function of Soil Microbial Communities in Response to Increasing Nitrogen Availability - Richard Lucas, PhD
Taxonomic and Functional Diversity of AM Fungi in Serpentine and Prairie Grasslands - Baoming Ji, PhD
Dissecting Different Modules of Cytochrome C Maturation in Rhodobacter Capsulatus- Serdar Turkarslan, PhD
Role of Exocytosis in Cell Polarization - Xiaoli Sun, PhD
Class of 2007
The Analysis of the PI3K/AKT Pathway in Human Ovarian Cancer with a Combination of Genomic and Genetic Appoaches - Jia Huang, PhD
Examination of the Twin-Arginine Translocation Pathway in Bacteria and Archaea - Kieran Dilks, PhD
Spatial Orientation in Columbian Ground Squirrels (Spermophilus Columbianus) - Anna Vlasak, PhD
From Protein to RNA: Study of SCA3 Polyglutamine Disease in Drosophila - Lingbo Li, PhD
Novel Insignts Into Vir Gene Regulation in Agrobacterium Tumefaciens - Gauri Nair, PhD
Spatial and Genetic Patterns of Crane Flies (Diptera: Tipuloidea) from Lake Hovsgol Region, Mongolia - Bazartseren Boldgiv, PhD
Aging in Plants at Multiple Scales - Lori Spindler, PhD
Metabolic Pool, Metabolic Rates and Diapause in Drosophila Melanogster - Christine Wills, PhD
Phylogenetics and Diversification of the Neotropical Serrasalminae (Ostariophysi: Characiformes) - Wasila Dahdal, PhD
Listed below are the dissertation thesis titles authored by doctoral degree conferees in the past two academic years. Titles are listed with the student’s name and mentor.
- "Protein Sensors for Membrane Cholesterol"
- Austin Gay
Mentor: Arun Radhakrishnan, Ph.D.
- "Roles of microRNAs in Fetal Lung Development"
- Wei Guo
Mentor: Carole Mendelson, Ph.D.
- "Identification and Characterization of Drug Targets in the Pyrimidine and Purine Pathways of Trypanosoma Brucei"
- Christopher Leija
Mentor: Margaret Phillips, Ph.D.
- "Tale of Two Hosts: Vibrio Parahaemolyticus toxicity against Human and Shrimp"
- Peng Li
Mentor: Kim Orth, Ph.D.
- "Characterization of Liver-Specific ChREBP Knockout Mice"
- Albert Lindon
Mentor: Joseph Goldstein, M.D.
- "HP1BP3, A Chromatin Retention Factor for Co-Transcriptional microRNA Processing"
- Haoming Liu
Mentor: Qinghua Liu, Ph.D.
- "Using Multiple Screening Strategies to Biologically and Chemically Characterize Natural Products"
- Nathaniel Oswald
Mentor: John MacMillan, Ph.D.
- "Chemical Footprinting of Polymeric Structure of hnRNPA2 Low Complexity Domain"
- Siheng Xiang
Mentor: Qinghua Liu, Ph.D.