Recent Dissertation Titles

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

Recent Dissertation Titles

From 2013-2014:

“Liver Receptor Homolog-1 Regulates Kisspeptin Expression in the Arcuate Nucleus to Promote Reproductive Axis Function.”

Stan Atkin
Mentors: David Mangelsdorf, Ph.D./Steven Kliewer, Ph.D.

“Trimming Fat upon Infection: Proteolytic Demyristoylation as a Novel Bacterial Pathogenic Strategy.”

Nikolay Burnaevskiy
Mentor: Neal Alto, Ph.D.

“Utilizing Drosophila S2 Cells as a Model System to Determine Underlying Mechanisms of ER-Associated Degradation.”

Rebecca Faulkner
Mentor: Russell Debose-Boyd, Ph.D.

“Spindle Checkpoint at Kinetochores.”

Soonjoung Kim
Mentor: Hongtao Yu, Ph.D.

“Identification and Characterization of the Multifunctional Epigenetic Regulator CFP1 as an ERK1/2 Substrate.”

Aileen Klein
Mentor: Melanie H. Cobb, Ph.D.

“Sequential Actions of VCP/p97 and the Proteasome 19S Regulatory Particle in Sterol-Accelerated, ER-Associated Degradation of HMG CoA Reductase.”

Lindsey Morris
Mentor: Russell Debose-Boyd, Ph.D.

“Investigating Roles for Cellular Heterogeneity in Cancer.”

Robert Steininger
Mentor: Steven Altschuler, Ph.D.

“Using Chemically Modified Oligonucleotides to Modulate Gene Expression, Treat Genetic Diseases, and Probe Novel Mechanisms of RNA Interference.”

Dong Bo Yu
Mentor: David R. Corey, Ph.D.

“The Mechanism of Small Interfering RNA Biogenesis in Neurospora Crassa.”

Zhenyu Zhang
Mentor: Yi Liu, Ph.D.

“Mechanisms of Regulation of RhoA by Hormones.”

Angela Carter
Mentor: Paul Sternweis, Ph.D.

“Exploration of Chemical and Biochemical Mechanisms of Catalysis.”

Kevin Cormier
Mentor: Melanie H. Cobb, Ph.D.

“Role for NIP45 in Telomere Recruitment to PML Bodies in ALT Cancer Cells.”

Demetra Farley
Mentor: Hongtao Yu, Ph.D.

“Activated RhoA Positively Regulates Exchange Activity of PDZ RhoGEF.”

Frank Medina
Mentor: Paul Sternweis, Ph.D.

“The Developmental Transcription Factor Neurogenic Differentiation 1 in Migration and Survival of Neuroendocrine Carcinomas.”

Jihan Osborne
Mentor: Melanie H. Cobb, Ph.D.

“Evaluating the Mechanisms of 2-Hydroxypropyl-ß-Cyclodextrin and Liver X Receptor Agonists as Potential Therapies for Niemann-Pick Type C Disease.”

Anna Taylor
Mentor: Joyce Repa, Ph.D.

“Investigating the Biological Functions of the Protein Kinase WNK1 in the Regulation of Cytoskeletal Structures and Membrane Trafficking.”

Szu-Wei Tu
Mentor: Melanie H. Cobb, Ph.D.

“Regulation of ERK1/2 of Novel Substrates, Kinesins KIF2A and KIF2C.”

Elma Zaganjor
Mentor: Melanie H. Cobb, Ph.D.