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.

“Towards Prediction of Phenotype from Genotype”
Qian Congi
Mentor: Nick Grishin, Ph.D.
“Compositional Control of Phase Separated Cellular Bodies”
Salman F. Banani
Mentor: Michael K. Rosen, Ph.D.
“Dual regulation of Phospholipase C-b by Gbg”
Ganesh Kadamur
Mentor: Elliott M. Ross, Ph.D.
“Characterization of the Roles of Intrinsically Disordered Regions from RNA-binding Proteins in Phase Separation”
Yuan Lin
Mentor: Michael K. Rosen, Ph.D.
“A New Approach to Optimize a Protein Energy Function on a Folding Pathway Using GŌ-Like Potential and All-Atom, Ab Initio Monte Carlo Simulations”
Aleksandra Safronova
Mentor: Nick Grishin, Ph.D.
“Structural and Biochemical Studies of Multiple Importin-Histone Interactions”
Michael Soniat
Mentor: Yuh Min Chook, Ph.D.
“Protein Mechanics through X-ray Crystallography”
Kristopher Ian White
Mentor: Rama Ranganathan, M.D., Ph.D.
“Chemical Genetic and Genomic Discovery of Mechanisms of Transcriptional Regulation by PARP-1”
Bryan Gibson
Mentor: W. Lee Kraus, Ph.D.
“Establishing a Trustworthy First Approximation for Evolutionary Distances”
Raquel Bromberg
Mentor: Zbyszek Otwinowski, Ph.D.
Mentor: Nick Grishin, Ph.D.
“Improving Profile Similarity Search and Alignment of Protein Sequences”
Jing Tong
Mentor: Nick Grishin, Ph.D
“Protein Acetylation and Regulation of CFTR Expression”
Ali Vetter
Mentor: Philip Thomas, Ph.D.
“Phase Transitions of Multivalent Adaptor Proteins”
Sudeep Banjade
Mentor: Michael K. Rosen, Ph.D.
“Structural Bases of Plexin Signal Transduction”
Heath Pascoe
Mentor: Xuewu Zhang, Ph.D.
“The Structural Properties of Adaptation and Allostery in Proteins: A Case Study in a PDZ Domain”
Arjun Raman
Mentor: Rama Ranganathan, M.D., Ph.D.
“Kinetics and Regulation of Protein Kinases”
Alexander T. Piala
Mentor: Elizabeth J. Goldsmith, Ph.D.
“Structural Basis of the Activation of RIG-I/MAVS Antiviral Immune Signaling”
Hui Xu
Mentor: Zhijian (James) Chen, Ph.D.
Qiu-Xing Jiang, Ph.D.
“Recombinant αβ-tubulin and a Simple Model Shed Light on the Molecular Mechanisms of Microtubule Dynamics”
Felipe-Andrés Piedra
Mentor: Luke M. Rice, Ph.D.