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2020 PhD Thesis Defenses

 

Slough-Megan-Defense

MEGAN SLOUGH

Thesis Title: Alohomora! Unlocking Hantavirus-Receptor Interactions Using Viral Surrogates

Date: Monday, December, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratory of Dr. Kartik Chandran
PhD Student, Department of Microbiology & Immunology



 

Lowe-Albert-Defense

ALBERT LOWE

Thesis Title: Retinal Differentiation of Pluriotent Stem Cells for Studying the Mechanisms of Human Retinal Development and Inherited Degenerations

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratory of Dr. Wei Liu
PhD Student, Department of Genetics



 

Monday-Hannah-Defense

HANNAH MONDAY

Thesis Title: Protein Synthesis in Structural and Functional Plasticity of the Mature Mammalian Presynaptic Terminal

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratory of Dr. Pablo Castillo
PhD Student, Department of Neuroscience



 

Brace-Kelin-Defense

KELIN BRACE

Thesis Title: Human Auditory System Maintains Neural Representations of Sound Regardless of Explicit Knowledge or Task Demands

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratory of Dr. Elyse Sussman
MD/PhD Student, Department of Neuroscience



 

Abigail-Carbonell-Defense

ABIGAIL CARBONELL

Thesis Title: Novel Roles for ANKS1B in the Pathogenesis of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratory of Dr. Bryen Jordan
MD/PhD Student, Department of Neuroscience



 

John-Peter-Defense

PETER JOHN

Thesis Title: The Immune Checkpoint B7x Promotes the Induction of Regulatory T Cells in the Tumor Microenvironment and Mediates Resistance to Immunotherapy

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratory of Dr. XingXing Zang
MD/PhD Student, Department of Microbiology & Immunology



 

Khor-Sinar-Defense

SINAR KHOR

Thesis Title: Deciphering the Role of Neural Innate Immune Signaling in Aging and Neurodegenerative Disease in Drosophila

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratory of Dr. Dongsheng Cai
MD/PhD Student, Department of Molecular Pharmacology



 

Eisenberg-Samuel-Defense

SAMUEL EISENBERG

Thesis Title: Regulation of Cell Adhesion and Invasion by the Microtubule-Modifying Kinesin KIF19

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratory of Dr. David Sharp
MD/PhD Student, Department of Physiology and Biophysics



 

Leon-Rivera_Rosiris-Defense

ROSIRIS LEON-RIVERA

Thesis Title: Mechanisms of CNS Viral Reservoir Formation and Reseeding by HIV+ Mature Monocytes: Potential Therapies for NeuroAIDS in the ART-era

Date: Thursday, September 3, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratory of Dr. Joan Berman
MD/PhD Student, Department of Pathology



 

Ben-Dayan_Miriam-Defense

MIRIAM BEN-DAYAN

Thesis Title: HPV-mediated Regulation of the CDKN2A Locus in HPV Positive Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Date: Monday, August 10, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratory of Dr. Michael Prystowsky
PhD Student, Department of Pathology



 

Moore-Jamie-Defense

JAMIE MOORE

Thesis Title: Dissecting the Mechanisms Governing Functional Dynamics of Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Activation in Malaria Infected Mice Using Intravital Microscopy

Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratory of Dr. Gregoire Lauvau
MD/PhD Student, Department of Pathology



 

Wouter-Hoogenboom-Defense

WOUTER HOOGENBOOM

Thesis Title: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Sports-related Head Impacts Induce Structural, Functional and Histopathological Changes - Evidence from Experimental Models Guided by a Reverse Translational Approach

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratories of Dr. Micheal Lipton & Dr. Craig Branch
PhD Student, Department of Clinical Investigation



 

Joshua-Mayoral-Defense

JOSHUA MAYORAL

Thesis Title: A Diverse Toolkit: Studies on Secreted Proteins from the Parasite Toxoplasma gondii

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratory of Dr. Louis Weiss
MD/PhD Student, Department of Pathology



 

Andrea-Lopez-Arroyo-Defense

ANDREA LOPEZ-ARROYO

Thesis Title: Rational Targeting of BAX and BCL-XL Broadly Overcomes Tumor Apoptotic Resistance

Date: Monday, June 1, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratory of Dr. Evripidis Gavathiotis
PhD Student, Department of Biochemistry



 

Joshua-Weinreb-Defense

JOSHUA WEINREB

Thesis Title: Uncovering the Roles of DDX41 in Hematopoiesis

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratory of Dr. Teresa Bowman
MD/PhD Student, Department of Developmental and Molecular Biology



 

Lisa-Baker-Defense

LISA BAKER

Thesis Title: Fidgetin-Like 2: A Novel Negative Regulator of Axonal Growth and a Promising Therapeutic Target for Promoting Nerve Regeneration After Injury

Date: Friday, May 22, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratory of Dr. David Sharp
PhD Student, Department of Cell Biology



 

Justin-Wheat-Defense

JUSTIN WHEAT

Thesis Title: Single Molecule Studied of the PU.1-Gata1/2 Network in Hematopoiesis

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratories of Dr. Ulrich Steidl & Dr. Robert H. Singer
MD/PhD Student, Department of Cell Biology



 

Yvett-Sosa-Defense

YVETT SOSA

Thesis Title: Antimalarial Drug Development: Characterization and Targeting of the Malaria Parasite Purine Uptake Pathway to Develop Novel Antimalarial Drugs

Date: Monday, May 4, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratory of Dr. Myles Akabas
PhD Student, Department of Physiology and Biophysics



 

Adam-Spitz-Defense

ADAM SPITZ

Thesis Title: Identification and Characterization of an FDA-Approved Small Molecule Single Molecule Inhibitor of Pro-Apoptoic BAX

Date: Friday, May 01, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratory of Dr. Evripidis Gavathiotis
MD/PhD Student, Department of Biochemistry



 

Richard-Piszczatowski-Defense

RICHARD PISZCZATOWSKI

Thesis Title: An Orthogonal Approach to Cell Indentification and Isolation

Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratory of Dr. Ulrich Steidl
MD/PhD Student, Department of Cell Biology



 

Alyssa-Casill-Defense

ALYSSA CASILL

Thesis Title: Spatial Organization of Transcription and Splicing Kinectics Revealed by a Novel Genome-wide Array

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Online Via Zoom 
Laboratories of Dr. Matthew Gamble & Dr. Charles Query
PhD Student, Department of Molecular Pharmacology


 

Clare-Burn-Defense

CLARE BURN

Thesis Title: Effector Functions and Evasive Tactics: Mechanisms of Protection Induced by a Single Cycle HSV-2 Candidate Vaccine Deleted in Glycoprotein D

Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Time: 9:00 am
Location: 3rd Floor Lecture Hall, Forchheimer 
Laboratories of Dr. Betsy Herold & Dr. William Jacobs, Jr.
PhD Student, Department of Microbiology and Immunology


 

Marta-Gronska-Peski-Defense

MARTA GRONSKA-PESKI

Thesis Title: FGFRs Play Multiple Roles in Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Kennedy Center Auditorium 
Laboratory of Dr. Jean Hebert
PhD Student, Department of Neuroscience


 

Ameya-Kulkarni-Defense

AMEYA KULKARNI

Thesis Title: Gerotherapeutic Interventions in Targeting Aging- A Multiomic and Translational Approach

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Time: 10:00 am
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center 
Laboratory of Dr. Nir Barzilai & Jessica Mar
PhD Student, Department of Clinical Investigation


 

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