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2018

Erika Dahl

Erika Dahl

Dissertation Title: 
Compartmentalization of Proximal G-alpha-q Receptor Signaling in Adult Cardiac Myocytes

Advisor: Dr. Tim O'Connel

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: February 21, 2018 


 Patricia Dauer

Patricia Dauer

Dissertation Title: 
The role of SP1-mediated ER stress and oncogenic signaling in PDAC

Advisor: Dr. Ashok Saluja

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: April 20, 2018


Zahra Masoud

Zahra Masoud

Dissertation Title: 
Mechanistic insight into the clonal expansion advantage of quiescent pre-neoplastic breast cells

Advisor: Dr. Cheuk Leung

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: May 4, 2018


Shawna Persaud

Shawna Persaud

Dissertation Title: 
The Functional Role of Retinoic Acid and the Cellular Retinoic Acid Binding Protein (Crabp1) in Tumor Suppression

Advisor: Dr. Li-Na Wei

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: January 4, 2018


dr. christopher richards

Christopher Richards

Dissertation Title: 
HIV-1 Counteraction Mechanisms Versus APOBEC3-mediated Restriction

Advisor: Dr. Reuben Harris

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: June 8, 2018


 Amanda Oliveira

Amanda Salzwedel

Dissertation Title: 
Use of Oncolytic Adenovirus expressing IFN Alpha as a tool to improve IFN-based chemoradiation regiment to treat pancreatic cancer

Advisor: Dr. Masato Yamamoto

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: February 26, 2018


2017

Jie Ying Chan

Jie Ying Chan

Dissertation Title: 
Targeting insulin receptor in human breast cancer using engineered protein scaffolds

Advisor: Dr. Douglas Yee

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: April 6, 2017

 


Jessica Martin

Jessica Martin

Dissertation Title: 
Comparative Studies of HTLV-1 Particle Assembly and Morphology

Advisor: Dr. Louis Mansky

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: November 16, 2017


Bryant Moeller

Bryant Moeller

Dissertation Title: 
Characterization of the Preclinical Cyanide Antidote Sulfanegen

Advisor: Dr. Steven Patterson

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: July 31, 2017


Erica SchnettlerErica Schnettler

Dissertation Title: 
The Functional Role of miR-210 in Hypoxia-Induced Angiogenesis

Advisor: Dr. Sundaram Ramakrishnan

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: February 14, 2017


Yan Yan

Yan Yan

Dissertation Title: 
Regulation and Function of the Phosphatase PHLPP2 in Leukemia

Advisor: Dr. Ameeta Kelekar

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: July 18, 2017


Abdulaziz Almotlak

Abdulaziz Almotlak

Advisor: Dr. Jill Siegfried

Degree: M.S.

Date of Final Defense: May 31, 2017




Aditi Bapat

Aditi Bapat

Advisor: Dr. Ameeta Kelekar

Degree: M.S.

Date of Final Defense: July 31, 2017

 

 


Yijian Cai

Yijian Cai

Advisor: Dr. Fang Li

Degree: M.S.

Date Conferred: July 31, 2017

 

 


Shilvi Joshi

Shilvi Joshi

Advisor: Dr. Aaron LeBeau

Degree: M.S.

Date Conferred: August 31, 2017

 

 


Jennifer Nhieu

Jennifer Nhieu

Advisor: Dr. Li-Na Wei

Degree: M.S.

Date Conferred: August 31, 2017

 

 


Zaid Temrikar

Zaid Temrikar

Advisor: Dr. Marco Pravetoni

Degree: M.S.

Date Conferred: April, 28 2017




Dake Wang

Dake Wang

Advisor: Dr. Lou Mansky

Degree: M.S.

Date Conferred: August, 31 2017




2016

Bomi LeeBomi Lee

Dissertation Title: 
The Functional Impact of Retinoic Acid and RIP140 in Macrophages: from chromatin to physiology

Advisor: Dr. Li-Na Wei

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: August 30, 2016


 Chang LiuChang Liu

Dissertation Title: 
Structural and Molecular Basis for Multifunctional Roles of Aminopeptidase N

Advisor: Dr. Fang Li

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: May 23, 2016


Yi-Wei (Vincent) LinYi-Wei Lin

Dissertation Title: 
The Functional Role of Receptor Interacting Protein 140 (RIP140) in Innate Immunity and Metabolic Syndrome

Advisor: Dr. Li-Na Wei

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: December 16, 2016


Yue ZhangYue Zhang

Dissertation Title:
Modulation of Adult Neurogenesis in Opioid Addiction

Advisor: Dr. Ping-Yee Law

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: May 3, 2016


Stanislas OgokehStanislas Ogokeh

Advisor: Dr. Li-Na Wei

Degree: M.S.

Date Degree Conferred: June 30, 2016

 


Adit Alreja

Adit Alreja

Mentor: Dr. George Wilcox

Degree: M.S.

Date Degree Conferred: September 30, 2016

 


Percy Griffin

Percy Griffin

Mentor: Dr. Michael Lee

Degree: M.S.

Date Degree Conferred: Auguest 31, 2016

 


Anuya PotnisAnuya Potnis

Advisor: Dr. Jill Siegfried

Degree: M.S.

Date Degree Conferred: July 29, 2016

 


Ruodi RenRuodi Ren

Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Marchant

Degree: M.S.

Date Degree Conferred: January 29, 2016

 


Dhwani RupaniDhwani Rupani

Advisor: Dr. Gregory Connell

Degree: M.S.

Date Degree Conferred: May 31, 2016

 


Leisheng SunLeisheng Sun

Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Marchant

Degree: M.S.

Date Degree Conferred: August 30, 2016

 


Annapoorna VenkatachalamAnnapoorna Venkatachalam

Advisor: Dr. Sundaram Ramakrishnan

Degree: M.S.

Date Degree Conferred: May 31, 2016

 

2015

Scott Baker

Scott BakerDissertation Title:
The C. elegans PHR protein RPM-1: Deciphering the molecular mechanisms of neuronal development by examining a central regulatory molecule

Advisor: Dr. Brock Grill

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: December 18, 2015


John ChanJohn Chan

Dissertation Title:
Identification of novel anti-schistosomal therapies through studies of orthologous pathways during planarian regeneration

Advisor: Dr. Johnathan Marchant

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: February 16, 2015


Lydia KoteckiLydia Kotecki

Dissertation Title:
Inhibitory signaling and reward: the role of GIRK channels in the mesocorticolimbic dopamine system

Advisor: Dr. Kevin Wickman

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: December 15, 2015


Yang YangYang Yang

Dissertation Title:
Structural and Molecular Basis for Multifunctional Roles of Cellular Proteases

Advisor: Dr. Fang Li

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: September 1, 2015


Yuhze YangYuzhe Yang

Dissertation Title:
Targeting Downstream Effectors of IGF/Insulin Signaling System in Human Breast Cancer

Advisor: Dr. Douglas Yee

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: August 3, 2015


Lisa KimLisa Kim

Advisor: Dr. Cheuk Leung

Degree: M.S.

Date Degree Conferred: September 30, 2015

 


Joe PattonJoseph Patton

Advisor: Dr. Colin Campbell

Degree: M.S.

Date Degree Conferred: November 30, 2015

 

2014

Nicole WydevenNicole Wydeven

Dissertation Title: 
Molecular mechanisms of inhibitory signaling in the heart and brain

Advisor: Dr. Kevin Wickman

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: June 4, 2014


Jingjing (Linda) MengJingjing (Linda) Meng

Dissertation Title:
Mechanisms Underlying Opioid Modulation of Gut Immunity

Advisor: Dr. Sabita Roy

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: July 25, 2014


Kelly KroghKelly Krogh

Dissertation Title:
The mechanism of HIV-1 Tat-induced changes in NMDA receptor function

Advisor: Dr. Stan Thayer

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: August 8, 2014


Lisa ChesnerLisa Chesner

Advisor: Dr. Colin Campbell

Degree: M.S.

Date Degree Conferred: September 30, 2014


Avani GosaliaAvani Gosalia

Advisor: Dr. Tim Walseth

Degree: M.S.

Date Degree Conferred: October 31, 2014


Mustafa MithaiwalaMustafa Mithaiwala

Advisor: Dr. Tim Walseth

Degree: M.S.

Date Degree Conferred: October, 31, 2014


Nikita SharmaNikita Sharma

Advisor: Dr. Greg Connell

Degree: M.S.

 Date Degree Conferred: October 31, 2014


Shira YomtoubianShira Yomtoubian

Advisor: Dr. Colin Campbell

Degree: M.S.

Date Degree Conferred: September 30, 2014

2013

Jeff BraziunasJeff Braziunas

Dissertation Title: 
Genome-wide pharmacological modulation of cap-dependent translational control

Advisor: Dr. Peter Bitterman

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: December 16, 2013


Angela BrunnerAngela Brunner

Dissertation Title:
Mechanisms of HIV-associated Neurotoxicity: Tat-induced Synapse Loss and Recovery

Advisor: Dr. Stanley Thayer

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: May 17, 2013


Katherine CornishKatherine Cornish

Dissertation Title:
Enhancing the Efficacy of a Nicotine Vaccine

Advisor: Dr. Paul Pentel

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: March 7, 2013


Tiffany MacKenzieTiffany MacKenzie

Dissertation Title:
Role of MicroRNAs in Mediating Pancreatic Cancer Response to Triptolide

Advisor: Dr. Ashok Saluja

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: April 25, 2013


Omeed RahimiOmeed Rahimi

Advisor: Dr. Daniel Romero

Degree: M.S.

Degree Conferred: May 30, 2013


Michael RaleighMichael Raleigh

Dissertation Title:
A Heroin/Morphine Vaccine: Mechanism of Action and Extending Its Use to Other Abused Opioids

Advisor: Dr. Paul Pentel

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: July 11, 2013


Jerid RobinsonJerid Robinson

Dissertation Title:
Activation and Inhibition Mechanisms of Membrane Guanylyl Cyclases

Advisor: Dr. Lincoln Potter

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: April 3, 2013


Erik TulgrenErik Tulgren

Dissertation Title:
Investigation of PHR Signaling in C. elegans

Advisor: Dr. Brock Grill

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: December 20, 2013


Dusty Van HeldenDusty Van Helden

Advisor: Dr. Lincoln Potter

Degree: M.S.

Degree Conferred: September 30, 2013

 


Nathaniel WaldronNathaniel Waldron

Dissertation Title:
Development and Characterization of CD133 Positive Cancer Stem Cell Targeted Toxins for Use in Carcinoma Therapy

Advisor: Dr. Daniel Vallera

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: April 2, 2013


Fuyuan WangFuyuan Wang

Advisor: Dr. Sabita Roy

Degree: M.S.

Degree Conferred: August 30, 2013

2012

Ekaterina PosokhovaEkaterina Posokhova

Dissertation Title:
Molecular mechanisms regulating G protein signaling in brain and heart: Role of R7 RGS proteins and their binding partners

Advisor: Dr. Kirill Martemyanov

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Sept. 21, 2012


Kelsey MirkovicKelsey Mirkovic

Dissertation Title:
Molecular Diversity and Physiological Contributions of Neuronal Trek Channels

Advisor: Dr. Kevin Wickman

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Sept. 7, 2012


Michael DappMichael Dapp

Dissertation Title:
Studies on the Basis of HIV-1 Variation and Its Purposeful Increase

Advisor: Dr. Louis Mansky

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: August 28, 2012


Dedra FaganDedra Fagan

Dissertation Title:
The role of the estrogen receptor in acquired hormone resistance: implications for anti-IGF1R therapy

Advisor: Dr. Douglas Yee

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: June 7, 2012


Yao-Chen (Carrie) TsuiYao-Chen (Carrie) Tsui

Advisor: Dr. Li-Na Wei

Degree: M.S.

Date of Final Defense: May 4, 2012

 


Ping-Chih (Daniel) HoPing-Chih (Daniel) Ho

Dissertation Title:
Functional Role of Receptor-Interacting Protein 140 (RIP140) in Adipocyte Dysfunctions and Inflammatory Response in Macrophages

Advisor: Dr. Li-Na Wei

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: March 5, 2012


Hong-Yiou (David) LinHong-Yiou (David) Lin

Dissertation Title:
The role of PKC in differential morphine tolerance

Advisor: Dr. Horace H. Loh

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Feb. 17, 2012


Yaping Lin MoshierYaping Lin Moshier

Dissertation Title:
Investigation of proteins that associate with NAADP-gated two-pore channels

Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Marchant

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Feb. 15, 2012

2011

Andrea SandAndrea Sand

Advisor: Dr. Paulo Kofuji

Degree: M.S.

Date of Degree: Dec. 30, 2011

 


Dan ZhangDan Zhang

Dissertation Title:
The Role of Cellular Calcium Channels in Planarian Biology

Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Marchant

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Nov. 28, 2011


Yan ZhongYan Zhong

Dissertation Title:
Phenanthrene Tetraols as Probes for the Metabolic Activation of Carcinogenic Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Humans

Advisor: Dr. Stephen Hecht

Degree: Ph.D.


Ajay YekkiralaAjay Yekkirala

Dissertation Title:
Elucidating the Role of Opioid Receptor Heteromers as Targets for Analgesic Drug Design

Advisor: Dr. Philip Portoghese

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Sept. 19, 2011


Alice ChanakiraAlice Chanakira

Dissertation Title:
Differential Modulation of Arterial vs. Venous Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation and Migration by Hypoxia and Hypoxia Inducible Endothelial Cell Growth Factors

Advisor: Dr. Sabita Roy

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: August 31, 2011


Amy LindbergAmy Lindberg

Dissertation Title:
Changes in Endocannabinoid Signaling Contribute to the Anti-Hyperalgesic Effect of URB597 in a Murine Model of Persistent Inflammation

Advisor: Dr. Virginia Seybold

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: August 27, 2011


Stephen KalscheuerStephen Kalscheuer

Advisor: Dr. Yan Zeng

Degree: M.S.

Date of Degree: July 29, 2011

 


Pooja ParmeswaranPooja Parmeswaran

Advisor: Dr. Kirill Martemyanov

Degree: M.S.

Date of Final Defense: June 30, 2011

 


Laramie RappLaramie Rapp

Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Marchant

Degree: M.S.

Date of Final Defense: June 30, 2011

 


Jana NinkovicJana Ninkovic

Dissertation title: 
Morphine Inhibition of Macrophage Phagocytosis and Bactericidal Functions

Advisor: Dr. Sabita Roy

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Degree: January 7, 2011

2010

Jamie KurtzJamie Kurtz

Advisor: Dr. Colin Campbell

Degree: M.S./J.D.

Date of Degree: December 31, 2010 

 


Marc BeckerMarc Becker

Dissertation title:
Profiling the Roles of Insulin Receptor Substrate Isoforms 1 and 2 in Breast cancer

Advisor: Dr. Douglas Yee

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: September 29, 2010


Andrea YoderAndrea Yoder

Dissertation title: 
Identification of Novel Natriuretic Peptide Receptor Phosphorylation Sites and New Insights on the Role of Phosphorylation in Receptor Regulation

Advisor: Dr. Lincoln Potter

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: September 8, 2010


Matthew BessMatthew Bess

Advisor: Dr. Louis Mansky

Degree: M.S.

Date of Final Defense: August 31, 2010

 


Nancy CastroNancy Castro

Dissertation title: 
Breast Tumor Kinase (Brk/PTK6) and ERK5 Mediate Met Receptor Signaling to Cell Migration in Breast Cancer Cells

Advisor: Dr. Carol Lange

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: August 26, 2010


Carrie WadeCarrie Wade

Dissertation title:
Endogenous Modulation of Addiction: Chronic Pain and the NMDA/NOS Cascade

Advisor: Dr. George Wilcox

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: June 17, 2010


Shuang LiangShuang Liang

Dissertation title: 
Identification of Compounds Inhibiting a Leishmania RNA Editing Reaction

Advisor: Dr. Greg Connell

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: April 16, 2010


Renee Marie HirteRenee Marie Hirte

Dissertation title:
Identification and Characterization of Novel ADP-Ribosyl Cyclases

Advisor: Dr. Tim Walseth

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: March 26, 2010


Arpita DeArpita De

Dissertation title: 
The role of cap-dependent translation in malignant pleural mesothelioma and non-small cell lung cancer

Advisor: Dr. Peter Bitterman and Dr. Robert Kratzke

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: March 24, 2010


Kevin AllenKevin Allen

Advisor: Dr. Kevin Wickman

Degree: M.S.

Date of Degree: February 28, 2010

 


Garret AndersonGarret Anderson

Dissertation title: 
Dyanamic regulation of R7BP containing R7 RGS protein complexes: Role in controlling neuronal dopamine and opioid signaling in the striatum

Advisor: Dr. Kirill Martemyanov

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: January 21, 2010

2009

Darcy FloraDarcy Flora

Dissertation title:
Downregulation of Natriuretic Peptide Receptor-A: Evidence for Clathrin- and Dynamin-Independent Internalization

Advisor: Dr. Lincoln Potter

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: December 21, 2009


Nien-Pei TsaiNien-Pei Tsai

Dissertation title:
Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation by Growth Factor Receptor-bound Protein 7

Advisor: Dr. Li-Na Wei

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: December 15, 2009


Hui ZhengHui Zheng

Dissertation title:
Agonist-selective Signaling and Mu-opioid Receptor: From ERK to NeuroD and Then to Tolerance

Advisor: Dr. Ping-Yee Law

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: November 17, 2009


Ji ChuJi Chu

Dissertation title:
Agonist-dependent Mechanism of Mu-opioid Receptor Desensitization

Advisor: Dr. Ping-Yee Law

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: November 13, 2009 


Alan RoloffAlan Roloff

Dissertation title:
Modulation of Hippocampal Endocannabinoid Plasticity by Homer Proteins and Delta(9)-Tetrahydrocannabinol

Advisor: Dr. Stan Thayer

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: October 8, 2009


Jonathan HareidJonathan Hareid

Dissertation title:
Quantification of Cell Surface Mu and Delta Opioid Receptor and Elucidation of Factors Governing Surface Receptor Pool

Advisor: Dr. Robert Elde

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: October 1, 2009


Xin GeXin Ge

Dissertation title:
Novel Binding Partners of Mu-opioid Receptor and Their Regulatory Roles

Advisor: Dr. Ping-Yee Law

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: September 30, 2009


Ximena RosselloXimena Rossello

Dissertation title:
Aβ Affects apoE Transcriptionally Through the Activation of β-AR, cAMP and AP-2

Dr. Gibson Wood

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: September 10, 2009


Yuhan ZhangYuhan Zhang

Advisor: Dr. Ping-Yee Law

Degree: M.S.

Date of Final Defense: July 31, 2009

 


Tammy ButterickTammy Butterick

Dissertation title:
Simvastatin Induced Endothelin-1 (ET-1) Upregulates Bcl-2 Protein Levels in Cerebral Cortical Neurons

Advisor: Dr. Gibson Wood

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Degree: May 22, 2009


Lisa KoodieLisa Koodie

Dissertation title:
Effects of Morphine on Tumor Angiogenesis and Growth

Advisor: Dr. Sabita Roy

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: April 8, 2009


Jon Michael Underwood IIJon Michael Underwood II

Dissertation title:
The Cell Division Bypass – Deregulated eIF4E Substitutes for Growth Factors in the Canonical Proliferative Pathway

Advisor: Dr. Peter Bitterman

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Degree: April 3, 2009


Qifang WuQifang Wu

Dissertation title:
Post-transcriptional Regulation of Mouse Mu-opioid Receptor (MOR1) through its 3'-UTR"

Advisor: Dr. Horace Loh

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Degree: February 24, 2009


Sam RoikoSam Roiko

Dissertation title:
Passive Immunization to Treat Nicotine Dependence in Rats

Advisor: Dr. Paul Pentel

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Degree: January 9, 2009


Xianke ZengXianke Zeng

Dissertation title:
Combining anti-Type I Insulin Like Growth Factor Receptor (IGF1R) Therapy with Chemotherapy in Vitro and in Vivo

Advisor: Dr. Douglas Yee

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Degree: December 2, 2008

2008

José ColónJosé Colón

Dissertation title:
Neuronal GIRK channels: subunit composition and receptor coupling

Advisor: Dr. Kevin Wickman

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: November 14, 2008


Cydne PerryCydne Perry

Dissertation title:
Regulation of energy homeostasis through G protein gated inwardly rectifying K+ channel subunit 4

Advisor: Dr. Kevin Wickman

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: October 30, 2008


Daniel LundbergDaniel Lundberg

Dissertation title:
Cannabinoid Modulation of Synaptic Transmission

Advisor: Stanley Thayer

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: July 30, 2008


Andrea DanielAndrea Daniel

Dissertation title:
Regulation of Progesterone Receptor Action by Sumoylation in Breast Cancer Cells

Advisor: Dr. Carol Lange

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: July 1, 2008


Josephine MartinJosephine Martin

Dissertation title:
Chronic Morphine Suppresses Leukocyte Infiltration Into Tissues Post-Injury in Response to LPS

Advisor: Dr. Sabita Roy

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: June 25, 2008


Marco PravetoniMarco Pravetoni

Dissertation title:
Role of G Protein Gated Potassium Channels in Centrally- Mediated and Drug-Induced Behaviors

Advisor: Kevin Wickman

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: May 23, 2008


Lisbeth RobinsonLisbeth Robinson

Dissertation title:
Improved Optical Highlighters Derived From Dsred Variants and Enhanced Calcium Leak from Endoplasmic Reticulum Calcium Stores Induced by Hepatitis C Virus NS5A Protein

Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Marchant

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: May 22, 2008

2007

Tri Bui Nguyen

Dissertation title:
Effects of Kringle 5 of human plasminogen and P125A-endostatin on angiogenesis

Advisor: Dr. Sundaram Ramakrishnan

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: October 25, 2007


Yasir Ibrahim

Dissertation title:
Regulation of IGF and integrin pathway crosstalk in breast cancer cells

Advisor: Dr. Doug Yee

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: October 24, 2007


Kristen England

Dissertation title:
Differential Processing and the Functional Consequences of ADAMTS4 Actvation

Advisor: Dr. Duanqing Pei

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: October 4, 2007


Matthew Pendleton

Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Marchant

Degree: M.S.

Date of Final Defense: September 28, 2007


Michael Boulware

Dissertation title:
A Novel Role for Annulate Lamellae in Ca2+ Signaling

Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Marchant

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: September 6, 2007


Jing Bi

Dissertation title:
Axonal Transport and Translation of Kappa Opioid Receptor Messenger RNA and their Regulation in Dorsal Root Ganglia

Advisor: Dr. Li-Na Wei

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: July 30, 2007


Joshua Jackson

Dissertation title:
Regulation of Calcium Release from the Endoplasmic Reticulum in Dorsal Root Ganglion Neurons

Advisor: Dr. Stan Thayer

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: March 26, 2007


Ying He

Advisor: Dr. Li-Na Wei

Degree: M.S.

Date of Final Defense: January 31, 2007


Navneet Sharma

Advisor: Dr. Paulo Kofuji

Degree: M.S.

Date of Final Defense: January 31, 2007

2006

Leslie Johnson

Dissertation title:
Neuroprotection induced by simvastatin is due to upregulation of the anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2

Advisor: Dr. Gibson Wood

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: November 29, 2006


Azah Tabah

Dissertation title:
The Role of RAD50, MRE11 and NBS1 Complex in DNA double strand break repair

Advisor: Dr. Colin Campbel

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: September 22, 2006


Jennifer Kelschenbach

Dissertation title:
The Effects of Morphine Withdrawal on Immune Functioning

Advisor: Dr. Sabita Roy

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: September 22, 2006


Kristen Lawson

Advisor: Dr. Stan Thayer

Degree: M.S.

Date of Final Defense: July 2006


Maria Roman

Dissertation title:
The Role of IKACh and Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Signaling in the Heart

Advisor: Dr. Kevin Wickman

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: July 14, 2006


Angela Kell

Dissertation title:
Characteristics of an Unknown ADP-Ribosyl Cyclase in a CD38 Knock-Out Model

Advisor: Dr. Tim Walseth

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: July 7, 2006


Stephanie Gozum

Dissertation title:
The Effects of a Nicotine Vaccine on Nicotine Pharmacokinetics in Rats

Advisor: Dr. Dr. Paul Pentel

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: May 12, 2006


Charles Shideman

Dissertation title:
Novel Calcium Influx Pathways in Microglia and Dorsal Root Ganglion Neurons

Advisor: Dr. Li-Na Wei

Degree: M.S.

Date of Final Defense: January 31, 2007

2005

Sara Byron

Dissertation title:
Differential Roles of IRS-1 and IRS-2 in Mediating IGF-IR Action in Breast Cancer Cells

Advisor: Dr. Doug Yee

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: December 14, 2005


Emily S. Pfeiffer

Dissertation title:
Identification of Differences Between DNA Gyrase and Topoisomerase IV that Affect Target Selection

Advisor: Dr. Hiroshi Hiasa

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: October 27, 2005


Wei Wang

Dissertation title:
Regulation of intracellular trafficking of opioid receptors

Advisor: Dr. Ping Law

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: October 20, 2005


Glenna Gilbert

Dissertation title:
D9-Tetrahydrocannabinol Protects Hippocampal Neurons from Excitotoxicity

Advisor: Dr. Stan Thayer

Degree: M.S.

Date of Final Defense: August 22, 2005


Cheryl Marker

Dissertation title:
Essential Role of Spinal G Protein-Gated Potassium Channels in Thermal Nociception and Opioid Analgesia

Advisor: Dr. Kevin Wickman

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: July 29, 2005


Guilin Wang

Dissertation title:
Epigenetic Regulation of Mouse Delta-opioid Receptor Gene

Advisor: Dr. Horace Loh

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: May 9, 2005


Jill-Desiree Brederson

Dissertation title:
Peripheral Opioid Receptors

Advisor: Drs. George Wilcox & Christopher Honda

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: March 3, 2005

2004

Ananya De

Dissertation title:
Essential Role of Protein Interactions of DNA Ligase III on Mitochondrial Genome Stability

Advisor: Dr. Colin Campbell

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: December 16, 2004


Jing Nie

Dissertation title:
Leukolysin/MT6-MMP/MMP25 - Substrates, Activity & Regulationn

Advisor: Dr. Duanqing Pei

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: September 1, 2004


Lisa Mullany

Dissertation title:
Regulation of Progesterone Receptor by CDK2 in Breast Cancer Cell Models

Advisor: Dr. Carol Lange

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: July 12, 2004


Jennifer Gross

Dissertation title:
The role of IGF-I in estrogen-receptor alpha positive MCF7 breast cancer cells

Advisor: Dr. Doug Yee

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: March 9, 2004

2003

Brooke Kelley

Dissertation title:
Effects of THC and endogenous cannabinoids on synaptic transmission between hippocampal neurons in primary culture

Advisor: Dr. Stanley Thayer

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: December 17, 2003


Xing Wang

Dissertation title:
Molecular Regulation of MT5-MMP

Advisor: Dr. Duanqing Pei

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: August 7, 2003


Molly Shea

Dissertation title:
Effects of Topoisomerase Poisoning on DNA Helicases

Advisor: Dr. Hiroshi Hiasa

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: June 16, 2003


Ping Sun

Dissertation title:
Transcriptional Regulation of Mouse Delta-Opioid Receptor Gene in T Cells

Advisor: Dr. Horace Loh

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: February 18, 2003


Paul Wacnik

Dissertation title:
Modeling Cancer Pain: Elucidation of Unique Mechanisms and Pharmacological Characteristics

Advisor: Dr. George Wilcox

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: February 6, 2003


Sarah Donahue

Dissertation title:
Defective Regulation of DNA Double-Strand Break Repair in Fanconi Anemia Fibroblasts

Advisor: Dr. Colin Campbell

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: January 10, 2003


Jill-Desiree Brederson

Dissertation title:
Peripheral Opioid Receptors

Advisor: Drs. George Wilcox & Christopher Honda

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: March 3, 2005

2002

Joshua Smith

Dissertation title:
The Regulation of RAD51 Expression in the Ciliate Tetrahymena Thermophila

Advisor: Dr. Daniel Romero

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: November 20, 2002


Jocelyn Clark

Dissertation title:
The Influence of Beta-Very Low Density Lipoprotein on Nitric Oxide Synthase Expression and Activity in Vivo and in Vitro

Advisor: Dr. Donald Hunninghake

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Monday, August 19, 2002


Wanling Yang

Dissertation title:
In vivo Characterization of the S196A Mutation in the mu-Opioid Receptor by a Knock-in Strategy

Advisor: Dr. Horace Loh

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Friday, May 24, 2002


Laura Bordone

Dissertation title:
DNA Ligase III Protects Cells from Apoptosis

Advisor: Dr. Colin Campbell

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Monday, May 13, 2002


Aixiang Jiang

Dissertation title:
Regulation of membrane-type matrix metalloproteinase 1 activity by dynamin-mediated endocytosis

Advisor: Dr. Duanqing Pei

Degree: M.S.

Date of Final Defense: Tuesday, April 30, 2002


Jennifer J. Schumacher

Dissertation title:
The Role of Angiogenesis in the Etiology of Ovarian Cancer

Advisor: Dr. Sundaram Ramakrishnan

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Wednesday, April 17, 2002

2001

Gregory P. Coffey

Dissertation title:
The Nuclear DNA Repair Protein Ku86 is Present in Mammalian Mitochondria

Advisor: Dr. Colin Campbell

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Monday, December 3, 2001


Heather Meehan

Dissertation title:
Characterization of the Iron Responsive Element

Advisor: Dr. Gregory Connell

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Tuesday, July 24, 2001


Xiuli Wu

Dissertation title:
Mouse µ Opioid Receptor Distal Promoter Transcriptional Regulation by SOX proteins

Advisor: Dr. Horace Loh

Degree: M.S.

Date of Final Defense: Thursday, June 7, 2001


Vipa Chaipatikul

Dissertation title:
Role of the third intracellular loop and carboxyl tail in the function and trafficking of the mu-opioid receptor

Advisor: Dr. Ping Law

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Friday, June 1, 2001


Smita Kshirsagar

Dissertation title:
Delta opioid receptor-mediated enhancement of basic fibroblast growth factor-induced cell proliferation

Advisor: Dr. Ping Law

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Laurie Ann Kleinbaum Fink

Dissertation title:
The Role of Ets Homologous Factor in Carcinogenesis

Advisor: Dr. Frank Burton

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Thursday, May 3, 2001

2000

Mike McGrath

Dissertation title:
Characterization of a transgenic model of compulsive behavior and tics

Advisor: Dr. Frank Burton

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Monday, July 10, 2000


Richard Lundberg

Dissertation title: 
Characterization of DNA end-joining in extracts from Fanconi anemia fibroblasts

Advisor: Dr. Colin Campbell

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Wednesday, September 27, 2000


Daniel J. Kim

Dissertation title:
Cannabinoids inhibit neurotransmitter release and prevent the induction of new synapses

Advisor: Dr. Stanley Thayer

Degree: M.S.

Date of Final Defense: Friday, June 9, 2000


Robert Wild

Dissertation title: 
Strategies in Anti-Angiogenic Cancer Therapy: Exploiting the Role of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) in Tumor Growth and Endothelial Cell Survival

Advisor: Dr. S. Ramakrishnan

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Tuesday, May 23, 2000


Amanda Ye

Dissertation title:
Characterization of telomerase activity in Paramecium tetraurelia

Advisor: Dr. Dan Romero

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Wednesday, May 30, 2001

1999

Hung-Chun Chen

Dissertation title: 
Regulation of Mu-Opioid Receptor in P19 Mouse Embryonal Carcinoma Cells

Advisor: Dr. Horace Loh

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Thursday July 22, 1999


Adolfo Ernesto Cuadra

Dissertation title:
M1 Muscarinic Receptor-Mediated Modulation of Neuronal Nitric Oxide Synthase Activity and Expression

Advisor: Dr. Esam El-Fakahany

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Monday April 12, 1999


Deborah M. Dickey

Dissertation title:
The Characterization and Purification of the Nicotinic Acid Adenine Dinucleotide Phosphate (NAADP) Binding Protein

Advisor: Dr. Timothy Walseth

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Tuesday May 4, 1999


Lee Hinman

Dissertation title:
Role of the third intracellular loop and carboxyl tail in the function and trafficking of the mu-opioid receptor

Advisor: Dr. Paul Sammak

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Monday January 11, 1999


Tinna M. (Laughlin) Ross

Dissertation title:
Dynorphin-induced Chronic Allodynia: Involvement of NMDA, NOS and Cytokines

Advisor: Dr. George L. Wilcox

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Tuesday June 2, 1999


Long Wong

Dissertation title:
Measurement of Intracellular Cyclic ADP-Ribose Levels and Characterization of cADPR Analogs

Advisor: Dr. Timothy Walseth

Degree: Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: Friday December 10, 1999