List of Dissertation Research Topics

Class 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.

Regulators of Mouse and Human Beta Cell Proliferation - Yang Jiao, Ph.D.

Regulation of Adipose Tissue Development and Function by Nuclear Receptors PPARg and Rev-erba - Fenfen Wang, 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

 

Class of 2006
Reversible Histone Ubiquitylation in Genomic Regulation: The Role of Ubiquitin Proteases in the Budding Yeast - N.C. Emry Tolga, PhD

The Role of Serotonin Signaling in Drosophila Rest-Activity Rhythms - Yuan Quan, PhD

The Genetic Structure and Biogeography of Natural Saccharomyces Populations - Heidi Kuehne, PhD

Role of Astrocytes in the Pathogenesis of Tauopathies - Deepa Dabir, PhD

Experimental Evolution of Microsatellites in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Investigations into Natural Populations of Saccharomyces Yeasts - Helen Murphy, PhD

A Role for Post-Transcriptional Gene Silencing in Vegetative Phase Change - Angela Peragine, PhD

The Role of b-Catenin in Early Zebrafish Development - Mate Varga, PhD

 

Class of 2005
A Genetic Modifier Approach for the Functional Analysis of Pathways Critical to SCA3-Associated Neurodegeneration in Drosophila - Julide Bilen, PhD

Neanertal Origins, Middle Pleistocene Systematics, and Tests of Current Taxonomic and Phylogenetic Hypothesis - Melanie Chang, PhD

Survival of Caterpillars in the Face of Predation by Birds: Predator-free Space, Caterpillar Mimicry and Protective Coloration - Colleen Hitchcock, PhD

Ecology of Life History Variation in the Sailfin Molly (Poecilia latipinna) in Impounded Mangrove Marsh of the Indian River Lagoon, Florida - Stanley Kemp, PhD

Eukaryotic Ortholog Groups and Comparative Genomics: Applications to Apicomplexan Parasites - Li Li, PhD

Towards a Better Understanding of Alzheimer's Disease: N-Terminally Truncated Abeta Species and Alzheimer's Disease Pathogenesis - Kangning Liu, PhD

The Role of PKA Anchoring in Learning and Memory - Ting Nie, PhD

 

Class of 2004
Evolution of High Mutation Rates in Asexual Populations: Causes and Consequences - Aaron Shaver, PhD

Molecular Patterning of the Chick Diencephalon - Youngshin Lim