Alumni

Nikolas McPherson

Dissertation:

Evolution and engineering of Actinobacillus succinogenes for succinate production from hemicellulose hydrolystate

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Claire Vieille

Graduated:Spring 2017

Mohita Tagore

Dissertation:

Dual Role of PU.1 in Enhancer Priming in Macrophages

Thesis Advisor:Dr. Monique Floer

Graduated: Spring 2017

Sahra Uygen

Dissertation:

Using Transcriptome and Data Science Methods to Uncover Gene Regulatory and Functional Information

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Shin-Han Shiu

Graduated: Spring 2017

Joseph Patterson

Dissertation:

A Role for ΔFOSB in the Regulation of Parkin in Brain Regions Containing Differentially Susceptible Dopaminergic Neurons

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Keith Lookingland

Graduated:Fall 2016

Nanda Sasi

Dissertation:

The Role of DBF4-Dependent Kinase (DDK) in Maintaining Genome Stability

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Michael Weinreich

Graduated: Fall 2016

Sandra Raehtz

Dissertation:

Intestinal Bamer Function Alters Bone Density

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Laura McCabe

Graduated: Summer 2016

Sander Frank

Dissertation:

Fra-1 Level in Aggressive Cacer Cell Lines under Serum Starved Condition and its Impact on an Autcrine Loop

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Cindy Miranti

Graduated: Spring 2016

Sherif Ibrahim

Dissertation:

Investigating a Mechanism for p38-MAPK Regulation of Notch in Prostate Epithelial Differentiation

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Michele Fluck

Graduated: Fall 2015

 Jiying Li

Dissertation:

Dissecting the Role of Peroxisomes in Modulating Environmental Stress Response and Photosynthesis

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Jianping Hu

Graduated: Fall 2015

Paige Winkler

Dissertation:

CNGB1 Mutation In Papillon Dogs: The Idenificaiton, Characterization, and Cure

Thesis Advisor: Simon Peterson-Jones

Graduated: Fall 2015

Kurtulus Kok

Dissertation:

Genome-wide Analysis of Trascriptional Repression Mechanisms in the Drosophila Embryo

Thesis Advisor: Dr. David Arnosti

Graduated: Summer 2015

Shahnaz Masani

Shahnaz Masani

Dissertation:
The Role of Switch Region DNA and Protein Factors in Immunoglobulin Class Switch Recombination

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Kefei Yu

Graduated: Summer 2015

Aritro Nath

Aritro Nath

Dissertation:
Investigating the Role of Elevated Free Fatty Acids in Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition of Helpatocellular Carcinoma

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Christina Chan

Graduated: Summer 2015

Marcelo Campos

Marcelo Campos

Dissertation:
The Role of Jaz Proteins in the Regulation of Plant Growth and Defense

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Gregg Howe

Graduated: Summer 2015

Arkadeep Sinha

Arkadeep Sinha

Dissertation:
Molecular Differences Between Epithelial & Mesenchymal Cells as Candidates for Theraputic Targets and Biomarkers for Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Brian Haab

Graduated: Fall 2014

Ferzin Sethna

Ferzin Sethna

Dissertation:
Investigating Novel Therapeutic Targets for the Treatment of Fragile X Syndrome

Thesis Advisor: Hongbing Wang

Graduated: Fall 2014

Tamer Mansour

Tamer Mansour

Dissertation:
Role of Irf6 in T Cell Development and Functional Commitment

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Brian Schutte

Graduated: Fall 2014

Evin Hildebrandt

Evin Hildebrandt

Dissertation:
Identifying the Genetics Basis of Attenuation in Marek's Disease Virus via Experimental Evolution

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Hans Cheng

Graduated: Fall 2014

Arianna Smith

Arianna Smith

Dissertation:
Uncovering a novel role for Interferon Regulatory factor 6 in female fertility

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Brian Schutte

Graduated: Fall 2014

Gary "Rudd" Larson

Gary "Rudd" Larson

Dissertation:
Towards Identifying Genes Involved in Photosynthetic Acclimation to Low Temperatures

Thesis Advisor: Mike Thomashow

Graduated:Summer 2014

Ashwini Phadnis

Ashwini Phadnis

Dissertation:
Mechanisms Underlying 2,3,7,8- tetrachlorodibenzo-p- dioxin-
Mediated Suppression of B Cell
Activation and Differentiation

Thesis Advisor: Norb Kaminski

Graduated: Spring 2014

Megan Goodall

Megan Goodall

Dissertation:
Reversing Resistance in Melanoma and Malaria: Targeting Autophagy with Lysosomotropic Agents

Thesis Advisor: Jeff Mackeigan

Graduated: Fall 2013

Gaurav Moghe

Gaurav Moghe

Dissertation:
Gene content evolution in plant genomes: studies of whole genome duplication, intergenic transcription and expression evolution in brassicaceae and poaceae species

Thesis Advisor: Shin-Han Shiu

Graduated: Fall 2013

Hirosha Geekiyanage

Hirosha Geekiyanage

Dissertation:

The role of mciroRNA and serine palmitoyltransferase in Alzheimer's disease

Thesis Advisor: Christina Chan

Graduated: Summer 2012

Jessica Taft

Jessica Taft

Dissertation:

The effect of Carpel and Stamen Primordia-targeted ethylene production and perception on sex expression in melon (Cucumis Melo L.)

Thesis Advisor: Rebecca Grumet

Graduated: Spring 2013

Brenda Marrero-Rosado

Brenda Marrero-Rosado

Dissertation:

Effects of Methylmercury on Cerebellar Granule Cells of the Tottering Mouse

Thesis Advisor: William Atchison

Graduated: Spring 2013

Megha Gulati

Megha Gulati

Dissertation:

Investigating the role of essential GTPase RbgA in the assembly of the large ribosomal subunit in Bacillus subtillis

Thesis Advisor: Robert Britton

Graduated: Spring 2013

Ying-Chou (Joe) Chen

Ying-Chou (Joe) Chen

Dissertation:

DBF4 coordinates DNA replication, chromosome segregation, and checkpoint signal transduction

Thesis Advisor: Michael Weinreich

Graduated: Fall 2012

Fernando Rosado-Ruiz

Fernando Rosado-Ruiz

Masters Report:

Structural Modeling and Mutagenesis to Probe the Functional Role of the N-termincal Domain of the Human Mitochondrial Replicative DNA Helicase

Report Advisor: Laurie Kaguni

Graduated: Spring 2012

Michelle Manente Angrish

Michelle Manente Angrish

Dissertation:

TCDD-Elicited Steatosis: The Role of Aryl A40193752Hydrocarbon Receptor (AhR) in Lipid Uptake, Metabolism, and Transport in Scd1+/+, Scd-/-, and C57BL/6 Mice

Thesis Advisor:Tim Zacharewski

Graduated: Spring 2012

Nathaniel Schuldt

Nathaniel Schuldt

Dissertation:

The Malaria Vaccine Dilemma: Novel Approaches to Adenoviral Vectored Malaria Vaccines

Thesis Advisor: Andy Amalfitano

Graduated: Spring 2012

Caleb Knepper

Caleb Knepper

Dissertation:

The Role of NDR1 in Pathogen Defense and Arabidopsis Physiology

Thesis Advisor: Brad Day

Graduated: Fall 2011

Joyce Liu

Joyce Liu

Masters Report:

Suppressive Role of TBK1 in Type I Interferon Production in a Murine System

Report Advisor: Andy Amalfitano

Graduated: Fall 2011

Brad Cavinder

Brad Cavinder

Dissertation:

Sexual Development and Ascospore Discharge in Fusarium Graminearum: The Role of Calcium and Myosin

Thesis Advisor: Frances Trail

Graduated: Fall 2011

Gabriele Meyer

Gabriele Meyer

Dissertation:

The Effect of Progestin on Mammary Gland Branching Morphogenesis In Vitro

Thesis Advisor: Sandra Haslam

Graduated: Spring 2011

Neli Ragina

Neli Ragina

Dissertation:

The Role of H19 on the Differentiation Potential of Parthenogenetic Embryonic Stem Cells

Thesis Advisor: Jose Cibeli

Graduated: Spring 2011

Elizabeth Molina-Campos

Elizabeth Molina-Campos

Dissertation:

Neuromuscular Transmission in a Naturally Occurring Mouse Mutant of the β Subunit of the Neuronal Calcium Channel

Thesis Advisor: Bill Atchison

Graduated: Spring 2011

Marcos Oliveira

Marcos Oliveira

Dissertation:

Roles of the Mitochondrial Single-stranded DNA-binding Protein at the Mitochondrial DNA Replication Fork

Thesis Advisor: Laurie Kaguni

Graduated: Spring 2011

Michael Weigand

Michael Weigand

Dissertation:

The Influence of General and Inducible Hypermutation on Adapatation During Experimental Evolution

Thesis Advisor: George Sundin

Graduated: Spring 2011

Sankalpi Warnasooriya

Sankalpi Warnasooriya

Dissertation:

Tissue and Organ Specific Phytochrome-Mediated Responses in Arabidopsis Thaliana

Thesis Advisor: Beronda Montgomery

Graduated: Fall 2010

Riold Furtuna

Riold Furtuna

Masters Report:

Burkholderia cenocepacia strain AU1054: Type IV Secretion System and its role in pathogenesis and gene transfer

Thesis Advisor: George Sundin

Graduated: Fall 2010

Erin Wakeling

Erin Wakeling

Dissertation:

Investigation of LIX1 And Its Role In Feline Spinal Atrophy Pathogenesis

Thesis Advisor: John Fyfe

Graduated: Fall 2010

Emily Flynn

Emily Flynn

Dissertation:

Regulation of the Progesterone Receptor In The Mouse Mammary Gland: Characterization of the Transcription Unit, The Role of Activating Protien-1 (Ap-1), and the Influence of Ovarian Hormones

Thesis Advisor: Richard Miksicek

Graduated: Fall 2010

Chengliang Zhang

Chengliang Zhang

Dissertation:

A Novel TIP30 Complex Regulates Endocytic Trafficking of Signaling Receptors by Facilitating the Transport of Vacuolar (H+)-ATPases to Early Endosomes

Thesis Advisor: Hua Xiao

Graduated: Fall 2010

Rabeah Al-Temaimi

Rabeah Al-Temaimi

Dissertation:

Investigating the Molecular Pathogenesis of a Novel Mitofusin 2 Mutation in a Canine Neuroaxonal Dystrophy

Thesis Advisor: John Fyfe

Graduated: Summer 2010

Meghan Drummond

Meghan Drummond

Disseration:

Investigating The Pathophysiology Of Mutations In γ-Actin That Cause Non-Syndomic Hearing Loss

Thesis Advisor: Karen Friderici

Graduated: Summer 2010

Eric Schauberger

Eric Schauberger

Disseration:
The Identification of ATPAF1 as a novel asthma susceptibility gene and the characterization of functional regulatory variants

Thesis Advisor: Susan Ewart

Graduated: Summer 2010

Ellen Wilch

Ellen Wilch

Disseration:

Characterization of a DFNB1 deletion allele in a Michigan kindred of German descent

Thesis Advisor: Karen Friderici

Graduated: Summer 2010

Neil Adhikari

Neil Adhikari

Disseration:

Analysis of the Subchloroplastic Distribution of Genomes Uncoupled 4 and Magnesium Chelatase

Thesis Advisor: Robert Larken

Graduated: Summer 2010

Rachel Spurbeck

Rachel Spurbeck

Disseration:

Inhibition of Neisseria Gonorrhoeae Epithelial Cell Interactions by Vaginal Lactobacillus Species

Thesis Advisor: Cindy Arvidson

Graduated: Spring 2010

Jonathan Glynn

Jonathan Glynn

Dissertation:

Coordination of Division Complexes Across the Plastid Envelope Membrane

Thesis Advisor: Kathy Osteryoung

Graduated: Fall 2009

Nicole Milton

Nicole Milton

Masters Report:

Population Structure and Virulence Gene Diversity of Group B Streptococcus Strains Isolated From Bovines

Thesis Advisor: Thomas Whittam

Graduated: Fall 2009

Yogesh Saini

Yogesh Saini

Dissertation:

The Role of Hypoxia Inducible Factors in Lung Development and Cobalt-Induced Lung Injury

Thesis Advisor: John LaPres

Graduated: Fall 2009

Wan Song

Wan Song

Dissertation:

Tocopheral Functions in
Arabidopsis at Low Temperatures

Thesis Advisor: D. Della Penna

Graduated: Fall 2009

Weifeng Mao

Weifeng Mao

Dissertation:

Characterizing Chicken Stem Cell Antigen 2, A Putative Marek's Disease Resistant Gene

Thesis Advisor: Hans Cheng

Graduated: Fall 2009

Yangfeng Zhang

Yangfeng Zhang

Dissertation:

Structural and Functional Studies of Proteins Involved in Mitochondrial Function and Structure

Thesis Advisor: D. Della Penna

Graduated: Fall 2009

Xinchun Zhang

Xinchun Zhang

Dissertation:

Peroxisome Division In
Arabidopsis thaliana

Thesis Advisor: Jianping Hu

Graduated: Fall 2009

Soumya Korrapati

Soumya Korrapati

Dissertation:

Funcitional Analysis of Cytoplasmic γ-Actin Mutations Causing Non-Syndromic, Progressive Autosomal Dominant Hearing Loss

Thesis Advisor: Karen Friderici

Graduated: Fall 2009

Tejas Kadakia

Tejas Kadakia

Dissertation:

C/EBPÎ3 has a Stimulatory Role in the Transcription of Proinflammatory Cytokine and Chemokine Genes

Thesis Advisor: Richard Schwartz

Graduated: Fall 2009

Eliana Gonzales-Vigil

Eliana Gonzales-Vigil

Dissertation:
Identification and Characterization of Tomato (Solanum lycopersium) Proteins Involved in Resistance to Insect Herivores

Thesis Advisor: Gregg Howe

Graduated: Summer 2009

Dana Reznik Gerken

Dana Reznik Gerken

Masters Report:

The development of a system to measure ribosomal dropoff in microorganisms with various rRNA operon copies

Thesis Advisor: Tom Schmidt

Graduated: Summer 2009

Xiaoli Gao

Xiaoli Gao

Dissertation:

LC/MS Based Metabolite Profiling in Reverse Genetics Investigations of Wounding and Pathogen Stress Responses in Arabidopsis thaliana

Thesis Advisor: A. Daniel Jones

Graduated: Summer 2009

Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry

Masters Thesis :

Role of waaL and umuDC in Erwinia amylovoara Ea1189 in Oxidative and Ultraviolet Radition Stress Survival

Thesis Advisor: George Sundin

Graduated: Spring 2009

Amal Abdul-Hafez

Amal Abdul-Hafez

Dissertation:
Regulation of angiotensinogen gene expression by transforming growth factor-beta 1 in lung fibroblasts

Thesis Advisor: Bruce Uhal

Graduated: Fall 2008

Andrea Braeutigam

Andrea Braeutigam

Dissertation:

Role of the plastid envelope membrane in integrating the plastid into cellular metobolic networks

Thesis Advisor: Andreas Weber

Graduated: Fall 2008

Marc Linka

Marc Linka

Dissertation:

Understanding the origin and function of organellar metabolite transport proteins in photosynethic Eukaryotes

Thesis Advisor: Andreas Weber

Graduated: Fall 2008

Adam Nelson

Adam Nelson

Dissertation:
Genomic Analysis of Pathogen Evolution: Virulence Gene Acquisition and Genetic Erosion in Escherichia coli

Thesis Advisor: Thomas Whittam

Graduated: Summer 2008

Kanchan Pavangadkar

Kanchan Pavangadkar

Dissertation:
Role of ADa2b AND GCN5 in COR Gene Expression during Cold Acclimation in Arabidopsis

Thesis Advisor: Michael Thomashow

Graduated: Summer 2008

David Lacher

David Lacher

Dissertation:
Comparative Molecular Evolutionary Analysis of Virulence Loci in Pathogenic Escherichia coli

Thesis Advisor: T. Whittam

Graduated: Spring 2007

Martin Buckley

Martin Buckley

Dissertation:

Drosophila Retinoblastoma protein regulation by the COP9 Signalosome: A Link between proteplytic destruction and activity of a transcriptional repressor?

Thesis Advisor: D. Arnosti

Graduated: Fall 2007

Carlos Martinez

Carlos Martinez

Dissertation:

Hairy-mediated transcriptional repression in the context of a Drosophila embyro

Thesis Advisor: D. Arnosti

Graduated: Fall 2007

Harrie Van Erp

Harrie Van Erp

Dissertation:

Cell Wall Biosynthesis in
Zea mays

Thesis Advisor: J. Walton

Graduated: Fall 2007

Ajith Vengellur

Ajith Vengellur

Dissertation:

The Role of HIFIa Signaling in
Metal-Induced Toxicity

Thesis Advisor: J. LaPres

Graduated: Fall 2007