Upcoming Doctoral Dissertation Defense Announcements

The Graduate College Announces the Final Examination For the Defense of the Doctor of Philosophy Degree

 

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Casey Cooper | Occupational and Environmental Health | Development, Evaluation, and Demonstration of Air Sampling Methods to Assess Airborne Transport of Clostridium difficile Spores in the Healthcare Environment

Defense Date:  Friday, June,  28, 2019 | 12:00 Noon | Hudson College of Public Health, Room 420

Committee in Charge:  David L. Johnson, PhD, Chair; Margaret L. Phillips, PhD; Aaron M. Wendelboe, PhD; Bradley S. Stevenson, PhD; Jun Wang, PhD  





Hannah Berrett | Cell Biology | The role of E protein activity in effector program differentiation of invariant Natural Killer T cells and Innate Lymphoid Cells

Defense Date:  Monday, June, 17, 2019 | 10:00 am | Biomedical Research Center, Room 109

Committee in Charge:  Jose Alberola-Ila, MD, PhD; Xiao-Hong Sun, PhD; Eric Howard, PhD; Kimble Frazer, PhD; Mark Lang, PhD 






Joshua Moses Corbin | Department of Pathology | Functional Analyses of TMEFF2 in Prostate Regeneration and Cancer Lead to the Identification of a Prognostic Gene Signature and Potential Therapeutic Strategy for Prostate Cancer

Defense Date:  Friday, May 3, 2019 | 8:30 am |  Biomedical Science Building | Hensley Library, Room 433

Committee in Charge   Maria Ruiz-Echevarria, PhD, Doris Benbrook, PhD, Wei-Qun Ding, PhD, Yuechueng Liu, PhD, Joe Zhao, PhD 






Alexandra Crowe | Graduate Pharmaceutical Sciences | Regulation of Organic Anion Transporting Polypeptide (OATP) 1B1 Transport Function and Phosphorylation by a Single Nucleotide Polymorphism c. 521 TC and Protein Kinase/Phosphatase Modulators

Defense Date:  Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | 2:00 pm |  College of Pharmacy  | Room 101

Committee in Charge   Wei Yue, PhD, Jessie L.S- Au, PharmD, PhD, Lucila Garcia-Contreras, PhD, Sukyung Woo, PhD, Doris Benbrook, PhD, and Jie Wu, PhD





Kaitlin McGrew | Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology | Estimation of and Correction for Misclassification of Injection Drug Use Status among Infective Endocarditis Hospitalizations

Defense Date:  Monday, April 29, 2019 | 9:00 am |  Hudson College of Public Health | Room 320

Committee in Charge  Tabitha Garwe, PhD, Co-Chair; Hélène Carabin, DVM, PhD, Co-Chair; Mary B. Williams, PhD; Yan Daniel Zhao, PhD; Douglas A. Drevets, MD; S. Reza Jafarzadeh, DVM, PhD





Valerie Lewis | Department of Pathology | Molecular characterization of CXorf21 provides further insight into sex disparities in both innate immunity and SLE pathogenesis

Defense Date:  Monday, April 29, 2019 | 1:30 pm |  Biomedical Science Building Room 433

Committee in Charge  Robert Hal Scofield, MD, Chair; Robert C. Axtell, PhD; Kristi Koelsch, PhD; Christopher J. Lessard, PhD; Yuechueng Liu, PhD; Zhizhuang Joe Zhao, PhD





Juell Homco | Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology | Impact of Misclassification Error on Estimated Cardiovascular Care Performance

Defense Date:  Monday, April 29, 2019 | 1:00 pm | Hudson College of Public Health, Room 144

Committee in Charge  Hélène Carabin, DVM, PhD; Tabitha Garwe, PhD; Zsolt J. Nagykaldi, PhD Sydney A. Martinez, PhD; Yan Daniel Zhao, PhD






Benjamin Frempah | Graduate Pharmaceutical Sciences | THE ROLE OF IL-6Rα IN IRRITANT CONTACT DERMATITIS

Defense Date:  Monday, April 29, 2019 | 9:00 am | College of Pharmacy, Room 339

Committee in Charge  Randle M. Gallucci, PhD, Chair; Michael A. Ihnat, PhD, William Michael McShan, PhD; Robert D. Foreman, PhD; T. Kent Teague, PhD; David M. Sherry; PhD





Rabab (Ruby) Sharif | Department of Cell Biology | Potential Role of Prolactin-Induced Protein as a Disease Biomarker and the Effect of Corneal Cross-Linking on Keratoconus Microenvironment

Defense Date:  Friday, April 26, 2019 | 10:00 am | Biomedical Research Center (BRC), Room 109

Committee in Charge  Dimitrios Karamichos, PhD; H. Anne Pereira, PhD; Randle M. Gallucci, PhD; Jody A. Summers, PhD; and Michelle C. Callegan, PhD





Kimberly McCullor | Graduate Pharmaceutical Sciences | Bacteriophage and Phage-Like Elements of Clinically Important Streptococci: Role in Horizontal Gene Transfer and Enhanced Virulence

Defense Date:  Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 9:00 am | College of Pharmacy Building | Room 230

Committee in Charge  William M. McShan, PhD; Allison F. Gillaspy, PhD Nathan Shankar, PhD; Michael A. Ihnat, PhD; H. Anne Pereira, PhD





Emily Clowdus | Cell Biology | Separable Roles for Rif1 in Replication Timing and Transcription Control During Early Embryonic Development

Defense Date:  Thursday, April 18, 2019 | 10:00 am | Biomedical Research Center, Room 109

Committee in Charge Christopher L. Sansam, PhD, Chair; Gary J. Gorbsky, PhD; Linda F. Thompson, PhD Scott M. Plafker, PhD; Courtney T.   Griffin, PhD; David A. Jones, PhD



Shayna Medley | Cell Biology | The roleof STAT1 in the myofibroblast transition:

Defense Date:  Monday, February 25, 2019 | 10:00 am | Biomedical Research Center, Room 109

Committee in Charge:   Lorin E. Olson, PhD; James J. Tomasek, PhD; Eric W. Howard, PhD; Courtney T. Griffin, PhD; Florea Lupu, PhD; Jonathan D. Wren, PhD




Niran Hadad | Neuroscience | Neuroepigenetics of Aging 

Defense Date:  Friday, February 22, 2019 | 11:00 am | Robert M. Bird Library Building, Room 299

Committee in Charge:  Willard Freeman, PhD, (Chair); Arlan Richardson, PhD; Jonathan Wren, PhD; David Sherry, PhD; Cecil Lewis, PhD





Taleah Farasyn | Department of Graduate Pharmaceutical Sciences | ASSESSING IMPAIRED OATP1B1- AND OATP1B3-MEDIATED TRANSPORT BY MTOR INHIBITORS, MULTI-KINASE INHIBITOR VEMURAFENIB AND BY PROTEIN KINASE C ACTIVATION

 Defense Date:  Friday, December 7, 2018 | 10:00 am | College of Pharmacy Building, Room 339

 Committee in Charge:   Wei Yue, PhD Chair;  Nathan Shankar, PhD; Doris M. Benbrook, PhD, Lucila Garcia-Contreras, PhD, Guangpu Li, PhD

 



Jennifer Leigh Heck | Graduate Nursing | “It was a Season…” Postpartum Depression in American/Alaska Native Women

 

Defense Date:  Friday, December 7, 2018 | 1:00 pm | College of Nursing Building, Room 473

 Committee in Charge:  Janet Sullivan Wilson, PhD, RN, Chair; Valerie Eschiti, PhD, RN; Barbara J. Holtzclawz, PhD, RN, FAAN; Stephanie Marfurt, PhD, RN and Judy Goforth Parker, PhD, APRN, FACHE

 


 

Maulin M. Patel | Department of Cell Biology | Role of ADTRP (Androgen-Dependent Tissue Factor Pathway Inhibitor Regulating Protein) in Vascular Development and Function

 

Defense Date:  Friday, November 30, 2018 | 2 - 3 pm | Biomedical Research Center, Room 109

Committee in Charge:  Florea Lupu, PhD, Chair; Lorin  E. Olson, PhD; Sathish R. Srinivasan, PhD; Eric W. Howard, PhD; Lijun Xia, MD, PhD

   


Hem Sapkota | Department of Cell Biology | Determinants and Consequences of Cohesion Fatigue in Mammalian Cells

 

Defense Date:  Friday, October 8, 2018 | 12 Noon | Biomedical Research Center, Room 109

Committee in Charge: Gary J. Gorbsky, PhD, Chair; Susannah Rankin, PhD; Scott M. Plafker, PhD; Leonidas Tsiokas, PhD; Karla K. Rodgers, PhD

 


 

Hailey Houson | Department of Graduate Pharmaceutical Sciences | Glucaric Acid As A Positron  Emission Tomography Agent to Detect Necrosis

 

Defense Date:  Friday, October 12, 2018 | 1:00 pm | College of Pharmacy Building, Room 339

Committee in Charge: Vibhudutta Awasthi, PhD, Chair; Kelly M. Standifer, PhD; Alexander L. Mdzinarishvili PhD; Michael A. Ihnat, PhD; Garo P. Basmadjian, PhD; Rheal A. Towner, PhD

 


Chelsea L. Smith | Department of Allied Health Sciences |  Sibling’s Influence on Subsiding Behaviors Related to Obesity (SIS-BRO) 
 

Defense Date:  Wednesday, June 27 , 2018 | 10:00 am | College of Allied Health Building, Room 1117

Committee in Charge:   

Susan B. Sisson, PhD; Sandra H. Arnold, PhD; Jennifer L. Graef PhD; Laura Hubbs-Tait, PhD; Allen W. Knehans PhD

 


 

 

 Jordan Hearod | Department of Health Promotion Sciences |  Lessons Learned from Three Qualitative Inquiries 

 

Defense Date:  Monday, June 4 , 2018 | 1:30 pm | Tulsa Schusterman Center, Room 1G12

Committee in Charge:   

Thomas Teasdale, DrPH, Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, DrPH, MPH, Alicia L. Salvatore, DrPH, MPH, Marianna S. Wetherill, PhD, MPH, RDN-AP/LD, Lisa Byers, MSW, PhD

 

 


 

 

 

Elizabeth Koldoff | Graduate Nursing |  Transition to Early Intervention for Infants with Very Low Birth Weight 
 

Defense Date:  Monday, May 7, 2018 | 10 am | Fran and Earl Zeigler College of Nursing Building,  Room 222

Committee in Charge:   Barbara Holtzclaw, PhD, RN, FAAN;  Thubi Kolobe, PhD, FAPTA;    Kathleen Knafl, PhD, FAAN;  Mark Fisher, PhD, RN;  Janet Sullivan-Wilson, PhD, APRN

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Defense Date:  Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 1:00 pm | Biomedical Research Center, Room 109

Committee in Charge:  Mark Coggeshall, PhD; Jimmy D. Ballard, PhD; Madeleine Cunningham, PhD, Eric Howard, PhD; Mark Lang, PhD  

 


 

  JADITH ZIEGLER | Pathology | Novel Therapies Against Gliomas    

 Defense Date:  Wednesday, May 2, 2018 | 2:30 pm | Hensley Library, Biomedical Science Bldg, Room 433  

Committee in Charge:  Rheal Towner, PhD, Courtney Griffin, PhD, Wei-Qun Ding, PhD, Priyabrata, Mukherjee, PhD, James Battiste, MD, PhD

 


 

Michael T. Prusator | Radiological Sciences | Monte Carlo Simulation for the Mevion S250 Proton Therapy System: A TOPAS Study  

 

Defense Date:  Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | 2:00 pm | Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center, Room 6039 

Committee in Charge:   Yong Chen, PhD; Salahuddin Ahmad, PhD; Hosang Jin, PhD;  Daniel Johnson, PhD; Hong Liu, PhD; Jagadeesh Sonnad, PhD

 

 


 

 Alaina Reagan | Neuroscience | CAVEOLIN-1 REGULATES SMOOTH MUSCLE CONTRACTILITY IN AGING AND RETINAL INJURY

Defense Date:  Monday, March 5, 2018 | 1pm | Biomedical Research Center, Room 109

Committee in Charge:   Michael H. Elliott, PhD; Michelle Callegan, PhD; David Sherry, PhD; Scott Plafker, PhD; Ferenc Deak, PhD; Mark Lang, PhD

   

 

 

 Committee in Charge:   Lucila Garcia-Contreras, PhD, Chair; Doris M. Benbrook, PhD; Nathan Shankar, PhD; Michael Ihnat, PhD; Stanley D. Kosanke, PhD

 

 

 
 

 Megan L. Brophy | Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Myeloid-specific deletion of epsins 1 and 2 ameliorates atherosclerosis by preventing LRP-1 downregulation and inflammatory macrophage phenotype 

 Defense Date:  Thursday, February 8, 2018 | 11 am  | Basic Sciences Education Building ,  Room 276 

 Committee in Charge:  Hong Chen, PhD, Co-Chair, Ann Louise Olson, PhD, Co-Chair, Guangpu Li, PhD, Hiroyuki Matsumoto, PhD, Karla Rodgers, PhD, Xin Zhang, PhD

 

 


 

Defense Date:  Monday, January 29, 2018 | 2 pm  | Biomedical Research Center,  Room 109

Committee in Charge:   Ferenc Deak, MD, PhD; Beverley Greenwood - Van Meerveld, PhD; Jose Rizo-Rey, PhD; Robert E Anderson, MD, PhD; Rheal Towner, PhD; William E Sonntag, PhD 

 


  
 

Defense Date:  Monday, January 8, 2018 | 1 pm  | Biomedical Research Center,  Room 109

Committee in Charge:   Robert E. Anderson, MD, PhD, Nawajes A. Mandal, PhD, Eric W. Howard, PhD, Linda F. Thompson, PhD, James J. Tomasek, PhD, Dimitris Karamichos, PhD

 

 


 

 

Defense Date:  Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 10 am  | College of Public Health Building,  Room 144

Committee in Charge:   Thomas A. Teasdale, DrPH, Chair; Lori L. Jervis, Ph.D., Kerstin M. Reinschmidt, Ph.D.; Lancer Stephens, Ph.D.; Ying Zhang, Ph.D.

   

 


 

 

Susan Woods | Department of Allied Health Sciences | THE IMPACT OF DIET AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ON BODY COMPOSITION AND ABILITY TO WALK FOR A TIME IN ADULTS WITH PRADER-WILLI SYNDROME

Defense Date:  Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 1 pm  | College of Allied Health Building,  Room 3025 

Committee in Charge:   Allen W. Knehans, PhD, Sandra Arnold, PhD, Carol Dionne, PhD, Leah Hoffman, PhD, Peggy Turner, MS

 


 

  

Pharavee Jaiprasart | Department of Graduate Pharmaceutical Sciences | Quantitative Systems Pharmacology Approach for a Rational Development of Gene-Targeting Combination Cancer Therapy

Defense Date:  Friday, December 8, 2017 | 12 Noon  | College of Pharmacy Building,  Room 101 OUHSC

Committee in Charge:   Sukyung Woo, PhD, Chair; Jessie L.-S. Au, PharmD, PhD; Kelly Standifer, PhD; Youngjae You, PhD; Takemi Tanaka, PhD

 

 

 

 

Kaitlin Calhoun | Department of Graduate Pharmaceutical Sciences | Phenotypic and Genetic Influences Upon the Cutaneous Inflammatory Response

Defense Date:  Monday, December 4, 2017 | 9:30 am  | College of Pharmacy Building,  Room 339 OUHSC

Committee in Charge:   Randle M. Gallucci, PhD, Robert Dale Foreman, PhD, Michael  A. Ihnat, PhD, William Michael McShan, PhD, Kent Teague, PhD

 

 


 

Nyssa C. Cullin | Department of Microbiology and Immunology | CHARACTERIZATION OF THE MUREIN HYDROLASE LYTF OF STREPTOCOCCUS SANGUINIS

Defense Date:  Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | 1:30 pm  | Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library Building,   Auditorium Room 299

Committee in Charge:   Jens Kreth, PhD, Co-Chair; David Dyer, PhD, Co-Chair; Darrin Akins, PhD; Eric Howard, PhD; Rodney Tweten, PhD; Lauren Zenewicz, PhD

 

 


 

Regina Greuel Cook | Department of Health Promotion Sciences | OBESITY CONCEPTUALIZATIONS IN THE MOST AND LEAST OBESE STATES: A QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS OF STATE OBESITY LEGISLATION RELATED TO THE FOOD ENVIRONMENT

Defense Date:  Monday, October 30, 2017 | 1:00 pm  | College of Public Health Building,   Room 144

Committee in Charge:   Thomas A. Teasdale, DrPH, Chair; Janis Campbell, PhD;  Marshall Cheney, PhD; Karla Finnell, PhD, JD; Amir Khaliq, PhD; Diane Warren, PhD

 


Doctoral Defense Announcements (2017 - 2018)

Click the sections below to view list of student's.  Then click the hyperlinks to view the  dissertation abstract , mentor's research  interest and  to learn more information on  the graduate programs in which these students are seeking  doctoral degrees.

Summer 2017 Defense Announcements

Spring 2017 Defense Announcements

Previous Years Doctoral Defense Announcements

Fall 2016 Defense Announcements

Summer 2016 Defense Announcements