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.