Recent Dissertation Titles

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.

"Preparation of Substituted Enol Derivatives From Terminal Alkynes and Progress Toward the Total Synthesis of Nigricanoside A"
John Robbins DeBergh
Mentor: Joseph M. Ready, Ph.D.
"Regulatory RNAs at the Heart of Sugar Metabolism: New Mechanisms and Novel Discoveries"
Irnov Irnov
Mentor: Wade C. Winkler, Ph.D.
"Biochemical and Cellular Characterization of Nicotinamide Mononucleotide Adenylyltransferase 2 (Nmnat2): A Brain Specific Isoform of an Essential NAD Synthesizing Enzyme"
Paul Robards Mayer
Mentor: Gang Yu, Ph.D.
"FBXL5: Sensor and Regulator of Mammalian Iron Homeostasis"
Ameen Salahudeen
Mentor: Richard Bruick, Ph.D.
"Mechanistic Studies of Autophagy Initiation in Mammalian Cells"
Libin Shang
Mentor: Xiaodong Wang, Ph.D.
"An Iron-Sensing E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Regulates Iron Homeostasis"
Joel Thompson
Mentor: Richard Bruick, Ph.D.
"Nuclear Receptor Controls Nematode Metabolism and Development: Insight into Man’s Nemesis, The Conqueror Worm" 
Zhu Wang
Mentor: David J.  Mangelsdorf, Ph.D.
"Regulatory Mechanism of the RNAi Pathway"
Ying Liu
Mentor: Qinghua Liu, Ph.D.
"Modalities of Cholesterol Binding and Modulation of the NPC Proteins and SCAP"
Massoud Motamed
Mentors: Joseph Goldstein, M.D. and Michael Brown, M.D.
"Influence of Cellular Localization on Activity of Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenases"
Kerry Michael Wooding
Mentor: Richard J. Auchus, M.D., Ph.D.
"Enantioselective Total Synthesis of the Kibdelones"
John Butler
Mentor: Joseph M. Ready, Ph.D.
"The Synthetic Utility of Enol Benzoates and the Directed Aryltitanation of Homoallylic and Allylic Alcohols"
Kathleen Marie Spivey Lee
Mentor: Joseph M. Ready, Ph.D.
"Structural and Kinetic Characterization of Protein AMPylation by VopS Fic Domain"
Phi Luong
Mentor: Kimberly A. Orth, Ph.D.
"Use C.elegans as Model Organism to Study the Mode of Action of a Natural Toxin, Psymberin"
Cheng-Yang Wu
Mentor: Michael G. Roth, Ph.D.
"Cell-Free Formation of RNA Granules"
Tina Wei Han
Mentor: Steven L. McKnight, Ph.D.
"Heme-Based Oxygen Sensors of Commensal, Symbiotic, and Pathogenic Bacteria"
Jason Hugh Tuckerman
Mentor: Marie-Alda Gilles-Gonzalez, Ph.D.
"Mechanistic Studies of Two Steroidogenic Cytochromes P450, CYP17A1 and CYP21A2"
Francis Kiichi Yoshimoto
Mentor: Richard J. Auchus, M.D., Ph.D.