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2018 Graduates

Graduate Name and Program Dissertation
Heather Acuff, PhD
Neurobiology
Brain Structure and Function in Emotion Processing, Emotion Regulation, and Reward Processing Neural Circuitries in Offspring at Risk for Bipolar Disorder
Nilesh Amatya, PhD
Immunology

Post-Transcriptional Control of IL-17 Receptor-Mediated Inflammation

Shireen Attaran, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology

Investigating the Influence of Oxidative Stress and the Role of PRDX1 in the Regulation of LYSL Oxidase Mediated ECM and Collagen Remodeling in Breast Cancer Metastasis

Colin Beckwitt, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Breast Cancer Metastatic Dormancy and Emergence, a Role for Adjuvant Statin Therapy
Jennifer Boatz, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology

Aggregate Polymorphism in Protein Deposition Diseases: Investigations by Magic Angle Spinning Solid State NMR and Transmission Electron Microscopy

Emily Bossart, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Investigation of EMT-Like Phenotypes in Established and Novel Model Systems of Invasive Lobular Breast Carcinoma
Juan Agustin Cruz Vasquez, PhD
Immunology
Functional Regulation of Interleukin-17 Receptor Signaling
Joyeeta Dutta-Moscato, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
A Bayesian Approach to Learning Decision Trees for Patient-Specific Models
Cemal Erdem, PhD
Computational Biology
Employing Quantitative Systems Pharmacology to Characterize Differences in IGF1 and Insulin Signaling Pathways in Breast Cancer
Adetunji Fayomi, PhD
Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
Stem Cells and Spermatogenic Lineage Development in the Primate Testis
Rochelle Fletcher, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
The Role of NSAID-Induced ER Stress and Immunomodulation in the Suppression of Colorectal Tumorigenesis
Hannah Fox, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology

The Role of HSV-1 Protein ICP22 in Transcription

Tianyu He, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Coagulation Abnormalities Play a Central Role in HIV Comorbidities and Should Be Therapeutically Targeted
Benjamin Himes, PhD
Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology

Structure Determination of Heterogeneous Biological Specimens in Crowded Environments

Soma Jobbagy, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Impact of Nrf2 Signaling on Thiol Homeostasis and Renal Physiology
Cihan Kaya, PhD
Computational Biology
Multiscale Modeling of Neurobiological Systems
Andrew King, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
The Development and Evaluation of a Learning Electronic Medical Record System
Long Kwan Metthew Lam, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Gamma-Interferon Attenuates Yellow Fever Virus Vaccine Strain 17D
Whitney Lane, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Temperature-Dependent Efficacy of the IFN-alpha/beta Response Against Chikungunya and Other Arboviruses
Kevin Levine, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology

FGFR4 Overexpression and Hotspot Mutations are Druggable Targets for Endocrine-Resistant Lobular Breast Cancer

Yuzhe Liu, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
Precision Critical Care Management of Blood Pressure in Stroke Patients Using Dynamic Linear Models
Alison Nagle, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
Credentialing IGF1R Pathway Activation as a Novel Therapeutic Target in E-cadherin Deficient Breast Cancer
Nyla Naim, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology

Luminescence-Activated Cyclase Allows Localized Photo and Chemical Stimulation of cAMP Synthesis

Joel Njah, PhD
Clinical and Translational Science
Harnessing Mesenchymal Stem Cell Exosomes as Therapy for Fibrotic Lung Disease-Induced Right Ventricular Dysfunction
Abigail Overacre, PhD
Microbiology and Immunology
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Drivers of Treg Fragility in the Tumor Microenvironment
Nicolas Pabon, PhD
Computational Biology
Modeling and Disrupting Protein Interactions
Prashanti Patil, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology

Role Of Cellular Senescence in Age-Related Intervertebral Disc Degeneration

Jose David Posada Aguilar, PhD
Biomedical Informatics
Semantics Enhanced Deep Learning Medical Text Classifier
Morgan Preziosi, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Elucidating the Roles of WNT/Beta-Catenin Signaling in Liver disease, Cancer, and Regeneration
Vera Procaccia, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
The Scaffolding Protein EBP50 Regulates Mitochondrial Dynamics and Redox Balance in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells
Matthew Rich, PhD
Neurobiology
Investigating a Novel Thalamo-Amygdala Circuit for the Regulation of a Drug-Cue-Specific Memory
Gregory Rompala, PhD
Neurobiology
Role of Paternal Preconception Environment in Ethanol- and Stress-Related Phenotypes
Daniel Spagnolo, PhD
Computational Biology
Spatial Statistics from Hyperplexed Immunofluorescence Images: To Elucidate Tumor Microenvironment, To Characterize Intratumor Heterogeneity, and To Predict Metastatic Potential
Meghan Sullivan, PhD
Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology

Functional Insights into RAD51 Regulatory Proteins in Homologous Recombination

Benjamin Treat, PhD
Microbiology and Immunology
Factors Influencing HSV-1 CD8+ T Cell Populations and Their Function During Ganglionic Latency
Uzodinma Uche, PhD
Immunology

PIK3IP1/TrIP Restricts Activation of T cells Through Inhibition of the PI3K/Akt Pathway

Alicia Watson, PhD
Cellular and Molecular Pathology

mTORC2 in Dendritic Cells Restrains mTORC1-Regulated Metabolic Activity and Their T Cell Stimulatory Function in Transplantation

Aliyah Weinstein, PhD
Immunology
IL-36 Gamma Promotes Anti-Tumor Immunity Through Therapeutic Induction of Tumor-Associated Tertiary Lymphoid Structures
Marta Wells, PhD
Computational Biology
Drug Discovery on Pentameric Ligand-Gated Ion Channels
Eileen Wong, PhD
Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Modulation of T cell Response in Tuberculosis Granulomas
Zachary Yochum, PhD
Molecular Pharmacology
TWIST1 Suppresses Apoptosis and Mediates Therapeutic Resistance in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Jingyu Zhang, PhD
Computational Biology
Quantitative Study on Regulatory Mechanisms of Cell Phenotype Transition
Qianxia Zhang, PhD
Microbiology and Immunology
Intrinsic Mechanisms Regulating T Cell Rolerance in Autoimmune Diabetes