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Dissertation Defense Announcements

Jacob Lynn, Pathology

Genotype-Phenotype Correlations in Inherited Retinal Diseases

Date and Time: July 15, 2024, 10:00 AM, Location: BRC 109

Committee in Charge: Lea Bennett, PhD; Maria Ruiz-Echevarria, PhD; Randle Gallucci, PhD; Michael Ihnat, PhD; Joe Zhao, PhD


Jessica Beetch, Epidemiology

Understanding the Indirect Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Childhood Vaccination and Well-Child Visits in Populations with Lower Incomes

Date and Time: July 17, 2024, 9:00 AM, Location: Hudson College of Public Health Room 144 or Zoom

Committee in Charge: Katrin Kuhn, PhD; Amanda Janitz, PhD; Laura Beebe, PhD; Chao Xu, PhD; Mary Gowin, PhD




Chase Alan Brown, Neuroscience

The Shape of Knowledge: Algebraic Topology in Distributional Semantic Spaces - Applications in Bioinformatics & Scientific Discovery

Date and Time: July 1, 2024, 1:00 PM, Location: BRC 109 and Team Meeting

Committee in Charge: Jonathan D. Wren, PhD; Blaine H. M. Mooers, PhD; Willard M. Freeman, PhD; James D. Battiste, MD, PhD; David M. Sherry, PhD


Ramasamy Selvarani (Selva), Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Using Novel Ripk3 And Mlkl Knock-In Mouse Models To Study The Role Of Chronic Liver Disease (CLD) And Liver Cancer

Date and Time: June 20th, 2024, 1:30pm, Location: BRC Room 109 and Zoom 

COMMITTEE IN CHARGE: Dr. Arlan Richardson, PhD (Chair),  Dr. CV Rao, PhD, Dr. Deepa S. Sathyseelan, PhD, Dr. Karen Jonscher, PhD, Dr. Tiangang Li, PhD



Collyn Kellogg, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Major Histocompatibility Complex I and its role in microglial reactivity 

Date and Time: June 20th, 2024, 9:00 AM, Location: BRC 109 and Zoom

Committee in Charge: Dr. Willard Freeman; Dr. Sarah Ocanas; Dr. Ann Olson; Dr. Archana Unnikrishnan; Dr. Heather Rice; Dr. Arlan Richardson




Amanda Jane Llaneza, Epidemiology

Addressing Epidemiologic Gaps in Primary Immune Thrombocytopenia: Pregnant and Minority Patients

Date and Time: June 18, 2024, 1:30 PM, Location: Hudson College of Public Health Room 144 or Zoom

Committee in Charge: Deirdra R. Terrell, PhD; Laura A. Beebe, PhD; Ying Zhang, PhD; Janis E. Campbell, PhD; Marshall K. Cheney, PhD


Kari Hall, Microbiology & Immunology

Characterization of the Translocation and Assembly Module Protein B

Date and Time: June 13, 2024, 2:00 PM, Location: BRC 109 & Zoom

Committee in Charge: Darrin Akins, PhD; Zachary Dalebroux, PhD; David Dyer, PhD; Kevin Fuller, PhD; Eric Howard, PhD


Jonthomas Box, Radiological Sciences

Defective Detector Element Dection in Flat Panel Radiography Using Machine Learning Techniques

Date and Time: June 7, 2024, 2:00 PM, Location: Garrison Tower, Suite 3G3210, Room 3211

Committee in Charge: Isaac B. Rutel, PhD; Salahuddin Ahmad, PhD; Dee Wu, PhD; Raman Rana, PhD; Dan Johnson, PhD


Rafal Gulej, Neuroscience

The Role of Systemic Milieu and Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 Signaling in the Mediation of Cerebrovascular Aging

Date and Time: Friday, June 7, 2024, 10:00 AM, Location: BRC 109 & Zoom

Committee in Charge: Anna Csiszar, MD, PhD; Heather Rice, PhD; Kelly Standifer, PhD; Shannon Conley, PhD; Rheal Towner, PhD



John Paul Woods, Cell Biology

The Effects of PDGFRα on Joint Development and Skeletal Regeneration

Date and Time: June 5, 2024, 3:00 PM, Location: BRC 109 or Zoom

Committee in Charge: Lorin E. Olson, PhD; Timothy Griffin, PhD; Mary Beth Humphrey, MD, PhD; Ralf Janknecht, PhD; Sathish Srinvasan, PhD




Gilberto Gonzalez Arellano, Radiological Sciences

Exploring Radiation-Induced Acoustics for Real-time Dose Monitoring

Date and Time: June 3rd, 2-4 PM, Location: Cancer Center Conference Room 6041 (HSC)

COMMITTEE IN CHARGE: Yong Chen, PhD, DABR, Salahuddin Ahmad, PhD, DABR, FACMP, FAAPM, Jagadeesh R. Sonnad, PhD, DABR, Mark Newpower, PhD, DABR, Liangzhong Xiang, PhD


Divya Patel, Allied Health Sciences - Nutritional Sciences

Comprehensive caregiver influences on preschool children’s energy balance-related behaviors

Date and Time: May 17, 2024, 12-2pm, Location: College of Allied Health, Room 1046

COMMITTEE IN CHARGE: Susan B. Sisson, PhD, Norman G. Hord, PhD, Katie Eliot, PhD, Sara K. Vesely, PhD, Dipti A. Dev, PhD



Cameron D. Owens, Biochemistry

Neurovascular Mechanisms and Biomarkers of Cognitive Impairment in Aging and Age-Related Disease

Date and Time: May 10, 2024, 12:00 PM, Location: Robert M. Bird Library Auditorium (299) and Zoom

Committee in Charge: Andriy Yabluchanskiy, MD, PhD; Ann L. Olson, PhD; Stefano Tarantini, PhD; Anna Csiszar, MD, PhD; Veronica Galvan, PhD; Guangpu Li, PhD


Toluwanimi Oni, Occupational & Environmental Health

Assessment and Mitigation of Occupational Exposures to Electronic Cigarette Emissions in Vape Shops

Date and Time: May 15, 2024, 4:30 PM Location: Hudson College of Public Health, Room 420

Committee in Charge: Evan Floyd, PhD; Changjie Cai, PhD; Janis Campbell, PhD; Balaji Sadhasivam, PhD; Sanjeewa Gamagedara, PhD





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