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PhD Thesis Defenses

 

2019

 David-Ajasin-Defense

DAVID AJASIN

Thesis Title: CCL2 Mobilizes ALIX from Actin Cytoskeleton to Enhance Gag Trafficking and HIV Virion Release - Effect of Gag Polymorphism on HIV-1 Viral

Date: Friday, June 14, 2019
Time: 10:00 am
Location: 3rd Floor Lecture Hall, Forchheimer
Laboratory of Dr. Vinayaka Prasad
PhD Student, Department of Microbiology and Immunology



 

Evan-Der-Defense

EVAN DER

Thesis Title: Insights from the Comparison of Renal and Skin Single-Cell Transcriptomes in Lupus Nephritis

Date: Sunday, June 04, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center
Laboratory of Dr. Chaim Putterman
PhD Student, Department of Microbiology and Immunology



 

Archana-Tare-Defense

ARCHANA TARE

Thesis Title: A Functional Genomics Approach to Elucidate the Role of Systemic Geronic Factors in Human Aging and Longevity

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Time: 10:00 am
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center
Laboratory of Dr. Yousin Suh
PhD Student, Department of Genetics



 

Niloy-Iqbal-Defense

NILOY IQBAL

Thesis Title: Novel Obesity Suppressor Function of the Retinoblastoma Protein Uncovers Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 4 as a Therapeutic Target for Diet-Induced Obesity

Date: Thursday, May 02, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center
Laboratory of Dr. Liang Zhu
MD-PhD Student, Department of Developmental and Molecular Biology



 

Zhu-Yizhou

YIZHOU ZHU

Thesis Title: Elucidating the Enhancer Code in 9p21 Locus Underlying Age-Related Disease Risks

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time: 11:00 am
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center
Laboratory of Dr. Yousin Suh
PhD Student, Department of Genetics



 

Farias-Quipildor-Gabriela

GABRIELA FARIAS QUIPILDOR

Thesis Title: The Role of Central and Peripheral IGF-1 in the Regulation of Metabolism and Healthspan

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center
Laboratory of Dr. Derek Huffman
PhD Student, Department of Molecular Pharmacology 



 

Hasten-Erica

ERICA HASTEN

Thesis Title: Genetic Functions of Tbx1 in Mouse Models of 22q11.2 Deletion and Duplication Syndromes

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
Time: 10:00 am
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center
Laboratory of Dr. Bernice Morrow
PhD Student, Department of Genetics



 

Nik-Sara

SARA NIK

Thesis Title: Deciphering the Role of SF3B1-Regulated R-loops in Development & Disease

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time: 11:00 am
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center
Laboratory of Dr. Teresa Bowman
PhD Student, Department of Developmental and Molecular Biology



 

Boudewyn-Lauren

LAUREN BOUDEWYN

Thesis Title: Assessment of Therapeutics and Disease Pathogenesis in Mucolipidosis Type IV

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Room 901, Kennedy Center
Laboratory of Dr. Steven Walkley
PhD Student, Department of Developmental and Molecular Biology



 

2018

Leah-Guthrie-Defense

LEAH GUTHRIE

Thesis Title:Human Microbiome Drivers of Inter-individual Variation in Drug and Food Responses

Date:Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Time: 10:00 am
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center
Laboratory of Dr. Libusha Kelly
PhD Student, Department of Systems and Computational Biology



 

Nelson-Gil-Defense

NELSON GIL

Thesis Title: The Molecular Basis for Receptor-Ligand Recognition in the Immunoglobulin Superfamily

Date: Monday, December 17, 2018
Time: 10:00 am
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center
Laboratory of Dr. Andras Fiser
MD-PhD Student, Department of Systems and Computational Biology



 

Zhejun-Ji-Defense

ZHEJUN JI

Thesis Title: Molecular Mechanism and Functional Study of RpS12 Dependent Cell Competition

Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Genetics Library, Room 723, Ullmann Building
Laboratory of Dr. Nicholas Baker
PhD Student, Department of Genetics



 

Lara-Kleinfelter-Defense

LARA KLEINFELTER

Thesis Title: Breaking and Entering: Hantavirus Interactions with Host Factors

Date: Monday, December 10, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: 3rd Fl. Lecture Hall, Forchheimer Medical Science Building
Laboratory of Dr. Kartik Chandran
PhD Student, Department of Microbiology and Immunology



 

Michael-Willcockson-Defense

MICHAEL WILCOCKSON

Thesis Title: Loss of Runx1 Triggers Inactivation of a Pu.1 Gene Enhancer and Terminal Erythroid Differentiation

Date: Friday, November 9, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: 5th Fl. Lecture Hall, Forchheimer Medical Science Building
Laboratory of Dr. Arthur Skoultchi
MD-PhD Student, Department of Cell Biology



 

Samantha-Heitz-Defense

SAMANTHA HEITZ

Thesis Title: Exploring the PI3Kb-Rab5 Interface

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center
Laboratory of Dr. Jonathan Backer and Dr. Anne Bresnick
PhD Student, Department of Molecular Pharmacology



 

Talicia-Savage-Defense

TALICIA SAVAGE

Thesis Title: Challenging Current Paradigms: Increasing the Efficacy of Radiation Therapy with Novel Radiation Schemes

Date: Thusday, November 1, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center
Laboratory of Dr. Chandan Guha
MD-PhD Student, Department of Pathology



 

Saima-Limi-Defense

SAIMA LIMI

Thesis Title:Transcriptional Dynamics During Lens Fiber Cell Differentiation and Novel Insights into Their Denucleation Process

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center
Laboratory of Dr. Ales Cvekl
Ph.D. Student, Department of Genetics



 

Jiahao-Chen-Defense

JIAHAO CHEN

Thesis Title: Myelodysplastic Syndromes Progression to Acute Myeloid Leukemia at the Stem Cell Level

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: 5th Fl. Lecture Hall, Forchheimer
Laboratory of Dr. Ulrich Steidl
Ph.D. Student, Department of Cell Biology



 

Charles-Kenworthy-Defense

CHARLES KENWORTHY

Thesis Title: Single Particle Tracking of PBAF and Its Implications for Epigenetic Targeting and Cancer

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time: 11:00 am
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center
Laboratory of Dr. Robert Coleman
M.D.-Ph.D. Student, Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology



 

Samantha-Washburn-Defense

SAMANTHA WASHBURN

Thesis Title: Cerebellar Modulation of Basal Ganglia Nuclei Through a Monosynaptic Projection

Date: Friday, September 21, 2018
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: 919, Rose F Kennedy Center
Laboratory of Dr. Kamran Khodakhah
Ph.D. Student, Department of Neuroscience



 

Yun-Ruei Kao-Defense

YUN-RUEI KAO

Thesis Title: Iron Homeostasis-Regulatory Pathways Mediate HSC Fate

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: 5th Fl. Lecture Hall, Forchheimer
Laboratory of Dr. Ulrich Steidl
Ph.D. Student, Department of Cell Biology



 

Kristian-Saied-Santiago-Defense

KRISTIAN SAIED-SANTIAGO

Thesis Title: The Role of Heparan Sulfate Proteoglycans as Co-Receptors of Wnt-Signaling During Neural Development in Caenorhabditis elegans

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center
Laboratory of Dr. Hannes Buelow
Ph.D. Student, Department of Genetics



 

Elise-Mike-Defense

ELISE MIKE

Thesis Title: Neuropsychiatric Lupus: Pathogenic Determinants and Novel Therapeutic Approaches

Date: Thursday, September 06, 2018
Time: 10:00 am
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center
Laboratory of Dr. Chaim Putterman
M.D.-Ph.D. Student, Department of Microbiology and Immunology



 

Karin-Skalina-Defense

KARIN SKALINA

Thesis Title: Generation of an In situ Tumor Vaccine Using Focused Ultrasound-Induced Immune Priming

Date: Friday, August 31, 2018
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: 3rd Fl. Lecture Hall, Forchheimer Medical Science Building
Laboratory of Dr. Chandan Guha
M.D.-Ph.D. Student, Department of Pathology



 

Christopher-Johndrow-Defense

CHRISTOPHER JOHNDROW

Thesis Title: Investigating Route Specific Innate and Adaptive Immune Responses to TLR2 Ligands

Date: Friday, August 30, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: 3rd Fl. Lecture Hall, Forchheimer Medical Science Building
Laboratory of Dr. Steven Porcelli
Ph.D. Student, Department of Microbiology and Immunology



 

Kelly-Mitchell-Defense

KELLY MITCHELL

Thesis Title: The Interleukin-1 Receptor Accessory Protein in Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Oncogenic Functions and Therapeutic Targeting

Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018
Time: 10:30 am
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center/Block Pavilion
Laboratory of Dr. Ulirch Steidl
Ph.D. Student, Department of Cell Biology



 

Yu-Kong-Defense

YU KONG

Thesis Title: Understanding Mosaicism of Human Genetic Diseases

Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center/Block Pavilion
Laboratory of Dr. John Greally
Ph.D. Student, Department of Genetics



 

Liane-Hunter-Defense

LIANE HUNTER

Thesis Title: Evidence Towards a More Personalized Approach to Characterizing Structural and Functional Outcomes from Repetitive Head Impacts in Soccer

Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018
Time: 10:30 am
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center/Block Pavilion
Laboratory of Dr. Michal Lipton
M.D.-Ph.D. Student, PhD in Clinical Investigation (PCI)



 

Andrew-Johnston-Defense

ANDREW JOHNSTON

Thesis Title: How Genetic Variation Influences Molecular Genomic Phenotypes

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center/Block Pavilion
Laboratory of Dr. John Greally
M.D.-Ph.D. Student, Department of Genetics



 

Serena-Chaing Mao-Defense

SERENA CHIANG MAO

Thesis Title: The Role of Amphiregulin in Mammary Gland Development and Breast Cancer

Date: Friday, July 27, 2018
Time: 10:00 am
Location: 5th Fl. Lecture Hall, Forchheimer Medical Science Building
Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Segall
M.D.-Ph.D. Student, Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology



 

Ana-Batista-Defense

ANA BATISTA-GONZALEZ

Thesis Title: mTOR Impacts Metabolic Health by Regulating Dietary Lipid Absorption

Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018
Time: 11:00 am
Location: LeFrak Auditorium, Price Center
Laboratory of Dr. Rajat Singh
Ph.D. Student, Department of Molecular Pharmacology



 


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