Alumni

Marco Agostoni, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2015; faculty advisor: Beronda Montgomery, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: The role of cyclic di-GMP signaling in light-dependent responses in cyanobacteria.

Daniel Appledorn, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2006; faculty advisor: J. Justin McCormick, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Rac 1 and Cdc42 are Required in HRasV12-Transformation of Human Fibroblasts and in VEGF and UPA Expression.

Mark Aupperlee, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2008; faculty advisor: Sandy Haslam, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Regulation of Progesterone Receptor Isoforms in Normal Mammary Gland.

Emily Avila-Teeguarden, Ph.D. graduated Summer 2004; faculty advisor: Natasha Raikhel, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Characterization of a Family of Vacuolar Sorting Receptors in Arabidopsis Thaliana

Sruti Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2003; faculty advisor: Sheng Yang He, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Type III Viurulence Effectors of Pseudomonas Syringae PV. Tomato DC3000

Michelle Battle, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2002; faculty advisor: Veronica Maher, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Characterization of the Punative Tumor Suppressor Gene ST7, A Novel Member of the Low-Density Lipoprotein Receptor Superfamily

Justin Beauchamp, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2015; faculty advisor: Claire Vieille, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Thermotoga Maritima Glycerol Dehydrogenase as a Catalyst for Dihydroxyacetone Production: Enzyme Characterization, Engineering and Cofactor Immobilization

Juliana Bordowitz, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2009; faculty advisor: Dr. Beronda Montgomery-Kaguri, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Characterization of the Fremyella Diplosiphon Photoreceptor RcaE, and its role in complementary chromatic adaptation

Leann Buhrow, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2012; faculty advisor: Shelagh Ferguson-Miller, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Computational prediction and experimental validation of Cytochrome c Oxidase main-chain flexibility and allosteric regulation of the K-pathway

Oscar Cabellaro, M.S. graduated Fall 2002; faculty advisor: Jonathan Walton, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Characterization of HDC1 and HDC2, Two Histone Deacetylases from Cochliobolus Carbonum, A Fungal Pathogen of Maize

Donatella Canella, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2007; faculty advisor: Michael Thomashow, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Characterization of the Arabidopsis thaliana CBF1 transcription factor; functional role of two evolutionary conserved signature sequences

Ertugrul Dalkic, Ph.D. graduated Summer 2012; faculty advisor: Christina Chan, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Molecular and Clinical Network Analysis of Colorectal Cancer.

Peter Davidson, Ph.D. graduated Summer 2004; faculty advisor: John Wang, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Shuttling of Galectin-3 Between the Nucleus and Cytoplasm.

Aaron Deward, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2009; faculty advisor: Dr. Art Alberts, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Molecular Control of Formins in Intracellular Trafficking.

Han Do, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2014; faculty advisor: Dr. Richard Schwartz, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: The Roles of C/EBPβ and C-JUN in Transcription of the Gene Encoding the Murine Progesterone Receptor.

Alexis Drolet, M.S. graduated Spring 2005; faculty advisor: Sandra Haslam, Ph.D.

Christine Dugan, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2010; faculty advisor: Dr. Patricia Ganey, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: A Mouse Model of Halothane Hepatitis Based on Human Risk Factors: a Sexually Dimorphic Mechanism.

Adam Edmunds , M.S. graduate Summer 2011; faculty advisor: George Sundin, M.S. Thesis Dissertation: Cyclic Di-GMP Regulates EPS Secretion, Biofilm Formation, and Motility in then Plant Pathogen Erwinia Amylovora

Mary Fantacone , M.S. graduate Summer 2008; faculty advisor: Cindy Arvidson, M.S. Thesis Dissertation: Characterization of Three Putative Phage Clusters in Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Ian Gray, Ph.D. graduate Summer 2002; faculty advisor: Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation:

Laura Harris, M.S. graduated Fall 2008; faculty advisor: Laura McCabe, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Effects of Inflammatory Bowel Disease on Skeletal Formation.

Emily Herwaldt, Ph.D. graduate Summer 2014; faculty advisor: Eric Hegg, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Understanding the Protein-Protein Interactions of Heme a Synthase and their Implications for Cytochrome c Oxidase Assembly.

Heather Hirsch, Ph.D. graduate Summer 2003; faculty advisor: William Henry, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Regulation of U6 Small Nuclear RNA Transcription by the Retinoblastoma Tumor Suppressor Protein

Daniel Hollern, Ph.D. graduate Spring 2015; faculty advisor: Eran Andrechek, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: A Study of Breast Cancer Heterogeneity and Molecular Mechanisms of Metastasis.

Lori Imboden, Ph.D. graduate Spring 2011; faculty advisor: Shang Yang He, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Characterization of the ARF Guanine Nucleotide Exchange Factor MIN7 and the RabE1 GTPases of Arabidopsis

Mark Johnson, Ph.D. graduated Fall 1999; faculty advisor: Pamela Green, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Genetic Determinants of mRNA Stability in Plants

Fadhiru Pakoyo Kamba, Ph.D. graduate Summer 2013; faculty advisor: Charles Hoogstraten, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Functional and biophysical characterization of Trypanosoma brucei pentatricopeptide repeat proteins.

Yeon-Joo Kang, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2006; faculty advisor: William L. Smith, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Transcriptional Regulation of Prostaglandin H Synthase (PGHS)-2 Gene in a Macrophage Model of Inflammation

Peer Karmaus, Ph.D. graduated Summer 2011; Faculty advisor: Norbert Kaminski, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Modulation of the Immune Response to Influenza Virus by the Cannabinoid Receptors 1 and 2.

Navneet Kaur, Ph.D. graduated Summer 2012; Faculty advisor: Jianping Hu, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Peroxisome associated proteolytic processes in Arabidopsis.

James Kastenmayer, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2001; faculty advisor: Dr. Green. Thesis Dissertation: The XRN-Family of 5'-3' Exoribonucleases in Arabidopsis Thaliana

Jong Kyong Kim, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2006; faculty advisor: Robert Hausinger, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Characterization of Bacilius subtilis urease and the Klebsiella aerogenes UreEF protein

Harini Krishnamurthy, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2006; faculty advisor: J. Gregory Zeikus, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Analysis of rigidity, stability, and activity in Thermotoga neapolitana adenylate kinase

Sebla Kutluay, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2009; faculty advisor: Steve Triezenberg, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Chromatin and coactivators in Herpes Simplex Virus Type-I gene regulation

Laura Lamb, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2010; faculty advisor: Cindy Miranti, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Androgen receptor and integrin regulation of prostate epithelial differentiation and tumor cell survival

KangAe Lee, Ph.D. graduated Summer 2007; faculty advisor: John LaPres, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: The role of the HIF1 signaling pathway in tumorigenesis

Kyoung-Mun Lee, M.S. graduated Summer 2003; faculty advisor: Walter Esselman, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Investigation of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) as the Signaling Mediators of Immunostimulation

Preetmoninder Lidder, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2004; faculty advisor: Pamela Green, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Genetics and Genomics of the DST-Mediated Decay Pathway in Arabidopsis Thaliana

Philip Ludwig, M.S. graduated Fall 2007; faculty advisor: Steve van Nocker, Ph.D.

Hiroshi Maeda, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2006; faculty advisor: Dean Della Penna, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Vitamin E functions in photosynthetic organisms

Priya Mani, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2006; faculty advisor: David Arnosti, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Functional Characterization of Drosophila C-terminal Binding Protein

James Mann, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2005; faculty advisor: Pamela Fraker, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Signaling Pathways involved in Zinc-Induced Apoptosis

Yaopan Mao, Ph.D. graduated Summer 2003; faculty advisor: Steven Triezenberg, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: The Characterization of Transcriptional Coactivator Proteins ADA2 and GCN5 in Arabidopsis

Eric Marrotte, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2009; faculty advisor: Alex Chen, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Endothelial Progenitor Cell Dysfunction in Diabetic Wound Healing.

Katie Martin, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2011; faculty advisor: Jeff MacKeigan, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: An integrative approach to understanding PI(3)P signaling and autophagy utilizing RNA interference, in silico virtual library screening, and mathematical modeling.

Aaron McBride, M.S. graduated Summer 2009; faculty advisor: Andrea Amalfitano, M.S. Thesis Dissertation: The Role of Complement in Adenovirus induced immunity.

Kristin McNally, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2005; faculty advisor: Veronica Maher, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: hRev7 is involved in mutagenic translesion synthesis past UV-induced DNA damage

Charles Miller, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2010; faculty advisor: Michael Weinreich, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Cdc7-Dbf4 regulates mitotic exit by inhibition of the budding yeast polo kinase Cdc5

Rachel Miller, Ph.D. graduated Summer 2013; faculty advisor: Christoph Benning, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Triacylglycerol biosynthesis in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.

Sheenu Mittal, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2008; faculty advisor: Lee Kroos, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Transcriptional regulation of the C-signal dependent promoters, 4400 and 4499, during development in Myxococcus xanthus.

Danielle Nevarez, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2011; faculty advisor: Kevin Walker, Ph. D. Thesis Dissertation:

Travis Orth, M.S. graduated Fall 2005; faculty advisor: Jianping Hu, Ph.D.
Thesis Dissertation: The Role of PEX11 and PEX12 Proteins in Peroxisome Biogenesis in Arabidopsis thaliana

Elaine Palucki, Ph.D. graduated Summer 2003; faculty advisor: Barbara Sears, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Homologous Recombination in Plant Mitochondri

Lalita Patel, M.S. graduated Fall 2011; faculty advisor: Gregg Howe, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: The Role of Alternative Splicing in the Regulation of Jasmonate Signaling.

Sonika Patial, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2010; faculty advisor: Narayanan Parameswaran, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Inflammatory signaling in macrophages: regulation by G-protein coupled receptor kinase 2 and 5

Maria Pino, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2002; faculty advisor: Karl Olson, Ph.D.
Thesis Dissertation: Mechanisms Involved in the Repression ot Human Insulin Gene Promoter Activity by Chronic Hyperglycemia

Katie Porter, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2014; faculty advisor: Brad Day, Ph.D.
Thesis Dissertation: The Role of Arabidopsis Actin Depolymerizing Factor 4 in Immune Signaling and Gene Expression.

Dionisia Quiroga, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2014; faculty advisor: Andy Amalfitano, Ph.D.
Thesis Dissertation: Enhancement of Recombinant Adenovirus Vector Vaccine Efficacy By Innate Immune Modulation.

Mukta Rohankhedkar, M.S. graduated Fall 2005; faculty advisor: Robert Hausinger, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Characterization of E. coli Aid B: A Component of the Adaptive Response to Alkylating Age

Douglas Roossien, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2014; faculty advisor: Kyle Miller, Ph.D.
Thesis Dissertation: Non-muscle Myosin II and Cytoplasmic Dynein Regulate Cytoskeleton Translocation During Axonal Elongation.

Sunetra Roy, Ph.D. graduated Summer 2015; faculty advisor: Kathy Meek, Ph.D.
Thesis Dissertation: XRCC4-XLF Complexes Facilitate DNA Double-Strand Break Repair in Cells by Bridging Broken DNA Ends.

Sarah Santos, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2007; faculty advisor: Susan Conrad, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: The Regulation of Stat5A Expression and its Function in the Developing Mouse Mammary Gland

Aaron Schmitz, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2011; faculty advisor: Kathy Osteryoung, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: In Vivo Analysis of Arabidopsis FtsZ isoforms

Tharakeswari Selvakumar, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2008; faculty advisor: William Henry, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Regulation of the Human U6 Small Nuclear RNA Transcription by the Retinoblastoma Tumor Suppressor Protein.

Ritu Sharma , Ph.D. graduated Fall 2008; faculty advisor: Michael Thomashow, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Identification of eQTLs Regulating Expression of Early Low Temperature Responsive Genes in Arabidopsis.

Douglas Siegel, M.S. graduated Spring 2005; faculty advisor: Steven Triezenberg, Ph.D.

Kyle Smith, M.S. graduated Fall 2005; faculty advisor: Sandra Haslam, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Analysis of Progestin Effects on Hepatocyte Growth Factor Signaling Pathways in Relation to Proliferation and Alveolar Morphogenesis of Normal Mammary Epithelial Cell in Vitro

Xianzhou Song, M.S. graduated Summer 2005; faculty advisor: R. William Henry, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Regulation of Human RNA Polymerase III Transcription by RB Family Members

Susan Sullivan, Ph.D. graduated Summer 1998; faculty advisor: Steven Triezenberg, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Mutational and Fluorescence Analysis of a Transcriptional Activation Domain of the VP16 Protein of Herpes Simplex Virus

Caitlin Thireault, M.S. graduated Summer 2014; faculty advisor: Gregg Howe, M.S. Thesis Dissertation: A gene of unknown function expands the collection of JASMONATE ZIM DOMAIN (JAZ) transcriptional repressors in Arabidopsis thaliana

Jonathan Vogel, Ph.D. graduated Summer 2005; faculty advisor: Michael Thomashow, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Transcription factors that configure the low temperature transcriptome of Arabidopsis thaliana

Tyler Voss, M.S. graduated Spring 2011; faculty advisor: Andy Amalfitano M.S. Thesis Dissertation: Augmenting the Stimulation and Sensitivity of the Adaptive Immune Response Using a Modified Adenovirus Vaccine Vector.

Wanessa Wight l, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2011; faculty advisor: Jonathan Walton, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Molecular Genetics of Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors from Filamentous Fungi.

Heather Wood, M.S. graduated Summer 2006; faculty advisor: Vincent Young, M.S. Thesis Dissertation: Microbial Ecology of the Mammalian Gastrointestinal Tract: The Effects of Pathogen Colonization, Genotype, and Antibiotics on the Mucosa-associated Microbitoa of Mice

Guangxi Wu , Ph.D. graduated Fall 2006; faculty advisor: Shin Han Shiu, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Characterizing Gene Expression Changes and Gene Family Evolution in the Context of Stress Response in Micro-Algal Species.

Xiaoting Wu, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2006; faculty advisor: Kathy Gallo, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: The Roles of Translocator Protein (TSPO) in Breast Cancer Development and Progression.

Ying Yan, M.S. graduated Summer 2004; faculty advisor: Steve van Nocker, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Identification and Characterization of Plant Homolog of Yeast Elongator Complex in Arabidopsis

Laura Elizabeth Yu, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2006; faculty advisor: Donna Koslowsky, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Elucidating the Structure and Kinetics of the Apocytochrome B mRNA/gRNA Complex in Trypanosoma Brucei Mitochondria

Tingting Yue, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2011; faculty advisor: Brian Haab, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Glycan Variation on Serum Mucins and Their Potential as Pancreatic Cancer Biomarkers.

Jelani Zarif, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2014; faculty advisor: Cindy Miranti, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Androgen Receptor and Integrin Regulation of Prostate Tumor Survival and Invasion.

Weiqing Zeng, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2004; faculty advisor: Kenneth Keegstra, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Xyloglucan Biosynthesis: Identificaiton and Characterization of Fucosyltransferase and Cellulose Synthase-like Genes

Hua Zhang, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2003; faculty advisor, Kathleen Gallo, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Regulation of Mixed Lineage Kinase 3 by Autoinhibition, Proteolysis and Binding Partners

Liang Zhang, Ph.D. graduated Spring 2013; faculty advisor, David Arnosti, Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation: Connections between activity and stability: the Drosophila Retinoblastoma protein Rbf1.

Shengfan Zhou, M.S. graduated Fall 2006; faculty advisor: Jianping Hu, Ph.D

Mei Zhu, Ph.D. graduated Fall 2007; faculty advisor: Karen Friderici, Ph.D.
Thesis Dissertation: Examining the folding and stability of gamma-actin variants in vitro and in cultured cells