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.

“Genome buffering and its effects on cancer growth"
Quinn Barrett
Mentor: Lawrence Lum, Ph.D.
"Pax7 Expression Defines Germline Stem Cells in the Adult Testis"
Gina Aloisio
Mentor: Diego Castrillon, M.D., Ph.D.
"Context-Selective Support of the AKT/mTOR Regulatory Axis by Tank-Binding Kinase 1 (TBK1)"
Jonathan Cooper
Mentor: Lu Le, M.D., Ph.D.
"Protecting Healthy Cells against the Negative Effects of Radiation Therapy in Lung Cancer"
Mariam El-Ashmawy
Mentor: Jerry Shay, Ph.D.
"Biomarker Accessible and Chemically Addressable Mechanistic Subtypes of BRAF Melanoma"
Banu Eskiocak
Mentor: Michael White, Ph.D.
"Targeting Cyclin Dependent Kinases 4/6 Activity in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma"
Jorge Franco
Mentor: Erik Knudsen, Ph.D.
"Novel Insights into DNA Double-Strand Break Repair and its Cancer Implications"
Molly Hardebeck
Mentor: Sandeep Burma, Ph.D.
"Regulation of the tumor suppressor p14ARF by TGFß in human lung cancer cells"
Jared Hooks
Mentor: Damith Udugamasooriya, Ph.D.
"Identification of Oncogenic Kras-Associated Vulnerabilities in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer"
Ji Mi Kim
Mentor: Michael White, Ph.D.
"The Functional Roles of the Lin28/let-7 Axis in Tissue Regeneration and Cancer"
Liem Nguyen
Mentor: Hao Zhu, M.D.
"Control of Oocyte Reawakening by Kit"
Hatice Duygu Saatcioglu
Mentor: Diego Castrillon, M.D., Ph.D.
"BMP Signaling Regulates Germ Cell Pluripotency, Sexual Differentiation and Cancer Susceptibility"
Angelica Sanchez
Mentor: James Amatruda, M.D., Ph.D.
"Fibulin-5 Promotes Pancreatic Tumor Growth through Inhibition of Integrin-induced ROS"
Mary Topalovski
Mentor: Rolf Brekken, Ph.D.
"Mechanisms of Genome Buffering and Cell Fate Coordination in Adult tissue Homeostasis"
Rubina Tuladhar
Mentor: Lawrence Lum, Ph.D.