Doctoral Dissertation Defense Announcements

Abstracts are available in the PDF linked to each announcement. 
Announcements from prior semesters are archived at the bottom of the page.

Harminder Dalip Singh, Physiology

Differential roles of LRP5 and LRP6 in the activation of Wnt signaling

Date and Time: May 20, 2022, 12.00 p.m., Location: BSEB 272

COMMITTEE IN CHARGE: Jian-xing Ma, M.D., Ph.D. (Chair), Michael H. Elliott, Ph.D. (Co-Chair), Lea D. Bennett, Ph.D., William E. Sonntag, Ph.D., Randle M. Gallucci, Ph.D., H. Anne Pereira, Ph.D.

 

Yong Zhou, Nutritional Sciences

EXPLORING DIET QUALITY AND DEPRESSION IN GASTROINTESTINAL CANCER SURVIVORS: NATIONAL HEALTH AND NUTRITION EXAMINATION SURVEY 2005-2018

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 10th, 2022, 10:00 am, Location: AHB3025

COMMITTEE IN CHARGE: Leah A. Hoffman, Ph.D., Chair; Susan B Sisson, Ph.D.; Allen Knehans, Ph.D.; Katie Eliot, Ph.D.; Jennifer Witherspoon

 

 

Francis Acquah, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Targeting RNA substrates in the discovery of inhibitors of Trypanosome mitochondria RNA editing

Date and Time: Friday May 6, 2022, 9:30 a.m., Location: Zoom 

COMMITTEE IN CHARGE: Blaine H.M. Mooers, PhD., Chair; Franklin Hays, PhD.; Augen Pioszak, PhD.; Timothy Mather, PhD.; Michael Ihnat, PhD.

 

 

 

Maria Fernanda Newhardt, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

THE ROLE OF PFK-2 IN CARDIAC METABOLIC FLEXIBILITY: THERAPEUTIC IMPLICATIONS FOR CARDIOMETABOLIC SYNDROME

Date and Time: April 28th, 2022, 3:00pm CT, Location: BRC 109 & Zoom

COMMITTEE IN CHARGE: Kenneth Humphries, Ph.D., Chair; Ann Louise Olson, Ph.D., Augen Pioszak, Ph.D., Holly Van Remmen, Ph.D., Paul DeAngelis, Ph.D., and Timothy Griffin, Ph.D.

 

 

 

Sarah R. Ocañas, M.S., Physiology

Epigenetic regulation of sexually divergent neuroinflammation with brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease

Date and Time: April 28, 2022 at 10:00 a.m., Location: Stanton L. Young Biomedical Research Center (BRC) 109

COMMITTEE IN CHARGE: Willard Freeman, Ph.D. (chair), Michael Elliott, Ph.D., Michael Ihnat, Ph.D., Amanda Sharpe, Ph.D., Michael Stout, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

Landon Haslem, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING P66SHC MITOCHONDRIAL FUNCTION IN CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH

Date and Time: April 26, 2022, 12:00 p.m., Location: Zoom

COMMITTEE IN CHARGE: Franklin A. Hays, Ph.D., Chair; Gillian Air, Ph.D.; Patrick Gaffney M.D.; Kenneth Humphries, Ph.D.; Guangpu Li, Ph.D.; Blaine Mooers, Ph.D.

 

 

Brennah Murphy, Pathology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

The Role of Cystathionine Beta Synthase in Ovarian Cancer Pathogenesis                                                                        

Date and Time: January 21, 2022, 12:00 PM, Location: Zoom

COMMITTEE IN CHARGE: Priyabrata Mukherjee, Ph.D, Chair; Resham Bhattacharya, Ph.D.; Wei-Qun Ding, Ph.D.; Scott Plafker, Ph.D., R.Ph.; Maria Ruiz-Echevarria, Ph.D.

 

 

 

Yajing Sun, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chemotherapy-Induced Immunogenic Cell Death

Date and Time: December 10, 2021, 3 PM, Location: Zoom

COMMITTEE IN CHARGE: Jessie L.-S. Au, PharmD, Ph.D, Chair; Michael A. Ihnat, Ph.D.; Randle Gallucci, Ph.D.; Takemi Tanaka, Ph.D.; Sukyung Woo, Ph.D.; M. Guillaume Wientjes, Ph.D.

 

 

 

Xiavan Roopnarinesingh, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Epigenome-wide meta-analysis of gene function prediction across genomic features

Date and Time: Friday December 10, 2021, 11:00 a.m., Location: Zoom

COMMITTEE IN CHARGE: Jonathan Wren, Ph.D.; Ann-Louise Olson, Ph.D.; Karla Rodgers, Ph.D.; Hiroyuki Matsumoto, Ph.D., Willard Freeman, Ph.D.

 

 

Cassandra D. Querdibitty, Health Promotion Sciences

Early Care and Education Environments in Oklahoma: Implications for Children’s Environmental Health

Date and Time: Friday, December 10, 2021, 9:30 a.m. Location: HCOPH & CHB 144

COMMITTEE IN CHARGE: Alicia L. Salvatore, DrPH, MPH; Marianna S. Wetherill, PhD, MPH, RDN/LD; Kerstin M. Reinschmidt, PhD, MPH; Lancer Stephens, PhD, MS; Janis Campbell, PhD, MSc, GISP; and Susan B. Sisson, PhD, RDN, CHES, FACSM

 

 

Kimberlie A. Wittig, Cell BiologyHeadshot of Kim smiling in a research lab

REGULATION OF DNA REPLICATION FACTOR PROTEIN EXPRESSION THROUGHOUT THE CELL CYCLE

Date and Time: December 3, 2021, 4 p.m., Location: Zoom 

COMMITTEE IN CHARGE: Christopher L. Sansam, Ph.D., Chair; Susannah Rankin, Ph.D.; J. Kimble Frazer, M.D., Ph.D.; David Forsthoefel, Ph.D.; Karla Rodgers, Ph.D.

 

 

Wenjing (Lily) Wu, PhysiologyPhoto of Wenjing Lily Wu in a research lab

VITAMIN A AND VISION: AN INVESTIGATION INTO TWO RETINOID METABOLISM ENZYMES IN THE VERTEBRATE EYE

Date and Time: November 22, 2021, 12:30 p.m., Location: Zoom 

COMMITTEE IN CHARGE: Jian-Xing Ma, MD., Ph.D., Robert Eugene Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., Michael Elliott, Ph.D., Raju Rajala, Ph.D., Willard Freeman, Ph.D., Shannon Conley, Ph.D.

 

 

 

Headshot of Lisa Bailey in front of a blue background Lisa R. Bailey, Nursing

The Experience of Chemotherapy-Related Disruptions in Information Processing and their Effect on Social Roles and Well-Being in Older Breast Cancer Survivors

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 1:00pm, Location: College of Nursing, Room 130

COMMITTEE IN CHARGE: Melissa Craft, PhD, RN, Co-Chair; Barbara W. Carlson, PhD, RN, Co-Chair; Carol Rogers, PhD, RN; Stephanie Marfurt, PhD, RN; Shannon Bert, PhD

 

Archived Doctoral Defense Announcements

Click the sections below to open the list of defenses,  then click the hyperlinks for details.

Fall 2016 Defense Announcements

Summer 2016 Defense Announcements