Recent Dissertation Titles

Dissertation thesis titles authored by doctoral degree conferees in the past two academic years. Titles are listed with student’s name and mentor.

“Novel Astrocyte-Specific Transgenic Mice Identify Distinct Populations of Transient Amplifying Progenitor Cells and Long-Lived Neural Stem Cells in the Subgranular Zone of the Adult Mouse Brain"
Lori Nicole Loomis Boies
Mentor: Robert W. Bachoo, M.D., Ph.D.
"Telomere Length Studies in Human Cancer Cells"
Christen Marie Buseman
Mentor: Jerry W. Shay, Ph.D.
"Ku 70 Binding Protein 5 (KUB5), a Novel Factor in DNA Double Strand Break Repair and Radio-Resistance in Human Breast Cancer"
Amy Ann Rommel
Mentor: David A. Boothman, Ph.D.
"Identification and Characterization of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Stem Cells"
James Patrick Sullivan
Mentor: John D. Minna, M.D.
"Human Short Hairpin RNA Library Screening to Dissect Pathways Involved in Telomerase Actions"
Hirotoshi Hoshiyama
Mentor: Jerry W. Shay, Ph.D.
"Anti-VEGF Therapy Modulates Immune Cell Infiltration and Function in Multiple Breast Cancer Models"
Kristi Dawn Lynn
Mentor: Rolf Brekken, Ph.D.
"The Use of C. elegans to Identify Mutations that Confer Drug Resistance, Using Hemiasterlin as an Example"
Eduardo Cardenas
Mentor: Michael G. Roth, Ph.D.
"Colon Cancer Initiation and Progress"
Ugur Eskiocak
Mentor: Jerry W. Shay, Ph.D.
"Mechanism of Ubiquitin Induced Activation of Rig-I Like Receptors in Antiviral Innate Immunity"
Xiaomo Jiang
Mentor: Zhijian "James" Chen, Ph.D.
"Calpain 9 Functions in TNF Receptor Mediated Apoptosis"
Gregory T. Kunkel
Mentor: Xiaodong Wang, Ph.D.
"Anti-Angiogenic Therapy in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Characterizing a New Therapy and Investigating Potential Mechanisms of Resistance"
Laura Anne Sullivan
Mentor: Rolf A. Brekken, Ph.D.
"Radiation Events Underlying Radiation-Induced Gliomagenesis"
Cristel Camacho
Mentor: Sandeep Burma, Ph.D.
"Defining Multiple Steps in Human Telomere End Processing"
Tan Hoi "Tracy" Chow
Mentor: Jerry W. Shay, Ph.D.
"Dissecting Molecular Mechanisms of Radioresistance using in vitro and in vivo Brain Tumor Model Systems"
Brian McEllin
Mentors: Sandeep Burma, Ph.D. and Robert Bachoo, M.D., Ph.D.
"High-Resolution Array Comparative Genomic Hybridization Identifies Common Targets in Rhabdomyosarcoma"
Vera Ashley Paulson
Mentor: John Scott Cameron, M.D., Ph.D.
"The RASSF1A Tumor Suppressor Regulates a Cascade of Oncogenic Signals that are Restrained by G1 Checkpoint Mechanisms"
Rosalyn Ram
Mentor: Michael A. White, Ph.D.