Current DEB Students


Alford, BetsyMajor Professor: Doug CookEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Pathology
Interests / Thesis Title: Impacts of Domestication on Chickpea Microbiome Assortment

Alim, ChideraMajor Professor: Julie BossuytEmail
Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Interests / Thesis Title:

Allen, RileyMajor Professor: Jamal LewisEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: A dual sized microparticle system for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Allen (Reveco), SoniaMajor Professor: Gino CortopassiEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Identifying Novel Compounds that Modulate AMPK and mTOR Activity as Potential Therapeutics by Repurposing Small Molecules

Anderson, LeifMajor Professor: Scott SimonEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Neutrtophil trafficking and function in staphylococcus aureus infection

Arenas, RigobertoMajor Professor: Dave WilsonEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in investigating protein structure and dynamics/folding, to understand how protein folding affects substrates and inhibitors binding.

Arreola, EricMajor Professor: Joanne EngebrechtEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Cellular signaling and regulatory pathways associated with disease. Another interest is ion channels and their cellular mechanisms

Asadi, SimaMajor Professor: William RistenpartEmail
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Airborne disease transmission via expiratory aerosols

Azimi, MinaMajor Professor: Nadean BrownEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Investigating the Role of Presenilins in the Mammalian Lens

Baehr, ChristopherMajor Professor: Kit LamEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in development of targeting nanoparticles and novel targeting & therapeutic peptides

Bala, KrithiMajor Professor: Janine LaSalle, Simeon BoydEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Understanding the genetic etiology of non-syndromic craniosynostosis through the discovery and analysis of candidate genes and loci

Bandoy , DJ DarwinMajor Professor: Bart C. WeimerEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Pathobiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Ex Vivo Modeling of Salmonella Antibiotic Resistance using Intestinal Organoids

Bassein, JedMajor Professor: Lisa MillerEmail
Graduate Program: Immunology
Interests / Thesis Title: Mechanisms of Persistent Immune Dysregulation Following Early Life Air Pollutant Exposures

Beesabathuni, Nitin SaiMajor Professor: Priya ShahEmail
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Dynamics of flavivirus- autophagy network interactions

Beglinger, KatherineMajor Professor: Chris FraserEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Analysis of translation initiation factor phosphorylation by mass spectrometry

Bendiks, ZacharyMajor Professor: Maria MarcoEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: The ecological role of gut Lactobacillus during consumption of WG maize

Berg, AnastasiaMajor Professor: Kermit CarawayEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Harnessing the lysosome to target apoptosis - and therapy-resistant breast cancer cells with hexamethylene amiloride (HMA)

Bettadapur, AkhilaMajor Professor: Katherine RalstonEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Understanding the mechanism of trogocytosis in Entamoeba histolytica

Blain-Hartung, MatthewMajor Professor: J. Clark LagariasEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Utilization of seconed messenger signaling via light responsive CBCRs

Bolandparvaz, AmirhossainMajor Professor: Jamal LewisEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Towards a Nanoparticle-based Prophylactic for Maternal Autoantibody-related Autism

Bolus, StephenMajor Professor: Jorge DubcovskyEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Pathology
Interests / Thesis Title: Subcellular localization and functional characterization of Sr35, a wheat CC-NBS-LRR protein that confers resistance to race TTKSK (Ug99) of Puccinia graminis f. sp. Tritici

Bradshaw, KatieMajor Professor: Sheila DavidEmail
Graduate Program: Pharmacology & Toxicology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in understanding the mechanism of action of DNA repair enzymes (ex. NEIL1, MutY) and their effects on behavior/disease

Bui, GloryMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Host-microbe interactions

Bull (Middleton), TawniMajor Professor: Richard MichelmoreEmail
Graduate Program: Horticulture & Agronomy
Interests / Thesis Title: Host-Induced Gene Silencing (HIGS) for Reduction of Aflatoxin Contamination in Peanut

Burch, AndrewMajor Professor: Annaliese FranzEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Investigating the role oxidative stress plays in enhancing neutral lipid production in microalgae

Calsbeek, JonasMajor Professor: Pamela LeinEmail
Graduate Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Interests / Thesis Title: Investigating the role of alpha4 and alpha7 nicotinic receptor subunits in organophosphate-induced status epilepticus

Campbell, TakeyahMajor Professor: Eduardo SilvaEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, Drug Delivery

Carroll, AustinMajor Professor: Shota AtsumiEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in the application of chemistry and genetic engineering to renewable energy.

Case, AnnaMajor Professor: Shota AtsumiEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in biofuels and biosynthetic pathways

Casella, AlenaMajor Professor: TBAEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Bone, cartilage, tissue engineering, translational medicine

Castro Esparza, Bardo Major Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Host-microbe interactions, microbial genetics, gene regulation and gene editing tools

Chidi-Ogbolu, NkechinyereMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Regenerative Medicine, Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery

Choudhary, KrishnaMajor Professor: Sharon AviranEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Methods for analysis of RNA structurome profiling data

Cobos, AngelMajor Professor: Annaliese FranzEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: My interests include drug discovery and development, pharmaceutical chemistry and process chemistry. My current research project entails synthesizing small molecule HDAC inhibitors with spirooxindole cores. We hope to identify selective and potent inhibitors for specific HDAC isoforms

Coggins, NicoleMajor Professor: David Segal & Luis Carvajal-CarmonaEmail
Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Identification and Characterization of Causative Variants of Colorectal Cancer

Cohen, LisaMajor Professor: C. Titus BrownEmail
Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Comparative genomics and gene expression profiling associated with phenotypic plasticity in gill epithelium from 17 species of killifish in response to salinity change

Connolly, MorganMajor Professor: Justin SiegelEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Enzyme Engineering and Genome Mining for Improved Degradation of Triazine Herbicides

Contreras, AdamMajor Professor: Joanna ChiuEmail
Graduate Program: Entomology
Interests / Thesis Title: Post-Translational Regulation of the Circadian Clock and its Disruption by Metabolic Disorder

Contreras Llano, Luis EduardoMajor Professor: Cheemeng TanEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Synthetic biology, protein engineering, artificial cells, high-throughput screening of biomolecules, cell free transciption-translation systems

Czarnecki, KarolinaMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Developmental biology and plant physiology

Dang, AmandaMajor Professor: Tonya KuhlEmail
Graduate Program: Materials Science and Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Applications of Supported Lipid Bilayers: Towards Crystallization of Integral Membrane Proteins and New Fundamental Insights

Danielson, RachelMajor Professor: Jorge RodriguesEmail
Graduate Program: Soils & Biogeochemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Land Use conversion and N fixation in the Amazon Rainforest

Davis, DestinyMajor Professor: Georgia DrakakakiEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Dissecting plant cell division with Endosidin 7

de Mello e Pinho, RaquelMajor Professor: Elizabeth MagaEmail
Graduate Program: Animal Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: DNA Methylation Pattern and gene expression of gastrointestinal tract of pigs fed with lysozyme-rich milk from transgenic goats

Deloney, MarcusMajor Professor: Alyssa PanitchEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Development and efficiency of dual-peptide therapeutic for treatment of post traumatic osteoarthritis

Denish, PamelaMajor Professor: Justin SiegelEmail
Graduate Program: Biophysics
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in metabolic engineering, synthetic biology for manufacturing of colors, flavors and Bioactives

Depew, ClaireMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Immunology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in immunotherapies as a treatment for human diseases

Dhananjayan, NithinMajor Professor: Alexei StuchebrukhovEmail
Graduate Program: Biophysics
Interests / Thesis Title: Computational investigations of the role of ubiquinone binding in the mechanism of NADH dehydrogenase

Doherty, ErinMajor Professor: Peter BealEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: RNA Chemical biology: including RNAi and ADAR enzymes

Duarte Sagawa, Cintia HelenaMajor Professor: Abhaya DandekarEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Defining the role of LesA, a secreted virulence factor, in the development of Pierce’s disease in grapevines

Eetemadi, AmeenMajor Professor: Ilias TagkopoulosEmail
Graduate Program: Computer Science
Interests / Thesis Title: Genome scale predictive modeling for the bacterium Escherichia coli

Egana Labrin, SofiaMajor Professor: Rodrigo GallardoEmail
Graduate Program: Animal Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: I want to specialize in avian diseases, particularly in avian viruses, since one of my main objectives is to contribute to the control and prevention of infectious diseases that affect poultry and wild birds. My current research is related to the molecular epidemiology of pathogenic variant strains of Avian Reovirus. The poultry industry has been facing the consequences of new ARV variant strains. The impact of ARV infections is represented by economic losses and lack of animal welfare in meat-type poultry.The commercial vaccines do not seem to work against variant strains and therefore we are working on improving the molecular diagnosis and understanding the evolution of the virus through molecular tools and bioinformatics.

Ellinwood, NicholasMajor Professor: Eleonora GrandiEmail
Graduate Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in the fields of pharmacology, toxicology, bioinformatics, computational biology, neuroscience, epidemiology and statistics

Elsheikh, MaherMajor Professor: Satya DandekarEmail
Graduate Program: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Interests / Thesis Title: Novel Approaches to Eradicate Latent HIV In Memory CD4+ T cells

Emami, ShivaMajor Professor: Ameer TahaEmail
Graduate Program: Food Science
Interests / Thesis Title: Lipid oxidation, Antibiotic resistance, Drug delivery

Feeney, SheaMajor Professor: Katherine RalstonEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Characterizing the mechanism for trogocytosis in Entamoeba histolytica

Feng, Samantha (Chun)Major Professor: Kit LamEmail
Graduate Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Interests / Thesis Title: Site Specific Ligation to Immunoglobulin through Nucleotides Binding Pocket

Fong, MichaelMajor Professor: Dominik HaudenschildEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Presentation of Growth Factors by Cartilage Oligomeric Matrix Protein in Osteochondral Tissue Engineering

Gakhar, SukritiMajor Professor: Marjorie LongoEmail
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Encapsulation of Integral Membrane Proteins in sol-gel derived materials.

Garcia, JavierMajor Professor: Angie GelliEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Investigating the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis in fungal pathogens, Cryptococcus neoformans and Coccidioides spp.

Gaur, AnirudhMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Stem cells and cancer therapeutics

Gibson, DonaldMajor Professor: Siobhan BradyEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Characterizing the Phosphate Starvation Response in Tomato

Gilbile, DeepshikaMajor Professor: Tonya KuhlEmail
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in biological interactions with Graphene : From lipid membranes to 2-D protein crystals

Gonzales, JakeMajor Professor: Shota AtsumiEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Synthetic biology, carbon fixation, secondary metabolism, pathway engineering

Gonzalez, EduardoMajor Professor: Pamela LeinEmail
Graduate Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Interests / Thesis Title: Developmental neurotoxicology, integration of science and law/government, science communication

Goshi, NoahMajor Professor: Erkin SekerEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in neural Interfaces for Brain Machine Interfaces and Neuralplasticity

Gouran, MonaMajor Professor: Siobhan BradyEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Xylem Cell and secondary cell wall development in Roots

Graddy, CharlesMajor Professor: Douglas NelsonEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Microbial Ecology of Stimulated Ureolytic Biocementation for Geotechnical Ground Improvement

Greenwood (Blankenship), BrittanyMajor Professor: Chris SimmonsEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Elucidation of microbially-derived bioactive compounds for control of Fusarium oxysporum

Groth, BenjaminMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Synthetic biology, study of enzyme function and pathways

Gutierrez, Orangel Major Professor: Cheemang TanEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Novel High Throughput system to detect CRISPR off target effect

Harriman, RianMajor Professor: Jamal LewisEmail
Graduate Program: Immunology
Interests / Thesis Title: Antibody Discovery for therapeutics. I will be starting research with Dr. Jamal Lewis in which we will formulate tolerance-inducing microparticles directed towards treating autoimmunity or allergies

Harvestine, JennaMajor Professor: Kent LeachEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Cell-secreted extracellular matrix to enhance osteogenic differentiation of the stromal vascular fraction

Heeney, DustinMajor Professor: Maria MarcoEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Contributions of the class IIb bacteriocin, Plantaricin EF, to metabolic health

Heiss, BrittaMajor Professor: David. A. MillsEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: TBD

Hennessey, CarlyMajor Professor: Melanie GareauEmail
Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in understanding the microbiota-gut-brain axis

Higdon, ShawnMajor Professor: Alan BennettEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Characterization of plant growth promoting functions from the maize aerial root microbiota

Ho, JamieMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Epigenetics in stem cells

Hoffman (Lurvey), GenaMajor Professor: Pamela RonaldEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Towards elucidating the XA21 network

Hong, TiffanyMajor Professor: Verónica Martínez-CerdeñoEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in Neuroscience & neuropathology, biomedical science

Horton (Sparks), KaylaMajor Professor: Veronica Martinez CerdenoEmail
Graduate Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Interests / Thesis Title: Chandelier progenitor cell therapy for autism spectrum disorder

Hsia, AllisonMajor Professor: Blaine ChristiansenEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Factors Contributing to Osteophyte Formation During Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis

Hu, MichelleMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Interests / Thesis Title: Cancer research, drug development and discovery

Huang, JessicaMajor Professor: Mark HuisingEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Role of somatostatin in pancreatic beta cell function and identity

Huang, Kuei-PinMajor Professor: Helen RaybouldEmail
Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Interests / Thesis Title: The effect of vagal leptin resistance on female energy homeostasis

Hughes, JonathanMajor Professor: Rebecca ParalesEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Chemotaxis to p-cymene in Pseudomonas putida F1

Igwe, AlexandriaMajor Professor: Rachel L. VannetteEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Microbial Community Contribution to Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance: A Case Study in Serpentine Soil Tolerance: A Case Study in Serpentine Soil

Irber Jr, Luiz CarlosMajor Professor: C. Titus BrownEmail
Graduate Program: Computer Science
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in streaming algorithms for biological data analysis

Jennings, JuliaMajor Professor: Annaliese FranzEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in the synthesis and biological testing of biologically interesting/relevant compounds

Jiang, XueerMajor Professor: Li-En JaoEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Mechanism of Centrosome maturation

Johansen, NelsonMajor Professor: Gerald QuonEmail
Graduate Program: Computer Science
Interests / Thesis Title: Interest involves machine learning applications to large cancer genomics data sets such as LINCS and Achilles

Johnson, DaisyMajor Professor: David MillsEmail
Graduate Program: Food Science and technology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in scours in dairy calves diet induced changes in calf microbiota

Joslin, ShannonMajor Professor: Andrea SchreierEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics & Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Population genetics and genome assembly of non-model organisms

Karki, AgyaMajor Professor: Peter BealEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: I currently do not have a Thesis title as a first-year student. However; I am interested in making modification in siRNA to enhance its stability during delivery to various sites in the body

Karunanithi, PremaMajor Professor: Philipp ZerbeEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Elucidating terpene biosynthesis towards therapeutics and crop improvement

Kawakita, RyanMajor Professor: Tina JeaohEmail
Graduate Program: Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: (Tentative) Investigating the role of moisture to maximize and sustain viability of plant-beneficial bacteria in spray-dried microcapsules

Khuu, CindyMajor Professor: Sheila DavidEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in MUTYH, a DNA adenine glycosylase involved in the base excision repair pathway

Kim (Jin), Hyunsoo GloriaMajor Professor: Marc FacciottiEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in Biology as it relates to sustainability (biofuels, wastewater treatment, green biology/chemistry, green products)

Kingsley, NicoleMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in molecular genetics (DNA damage repair, the genetics of disease, and epigenetics and applications of bioinformatics).

Kiss, SophieMajor Professor: Paramita M. GhoshEmail
Graduate Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Interests / Thesis Title: Ellucidating the function of B4LHE40~ prostate cancer

Kwon, Hwoi ChanMajor Professor: Dr. T.Y. Chen and Dr. R. FaircloughEmail
Graduate Program: Biophysics
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in viral research and nanotech

Lai, EllenMajor Professor: Anita OberbauerEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Identifying the genetic basis for claw lesions in Holstein cattle

Lam, VuMajor Professor: Joanna ChiuEmail
Graduate Program: Entomology
Interests / Thesis Title: Characterization of Casein Kinase 1alpha and its circadian function in the Drosophila clock

Lay, KoriMajor Professor: Sheila DavidEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: The Inhibition of Methylthioadenosyl Nucleosidase by Transition State Analog Nucleosides

Ledda, MirkoMajor Professor: Sharon AviranEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Hairpin in a haystack: structure-guided search for functional RNA elements

Lee, SharonMajor Professor: Mark HuisingEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Stem cell and regeneration. More specifically stem cell fate changes, which led me to join the Huising lab to learn more about the lineage plasticity and transdifferentiation of pancreatic islet cells

Lemos, MarkMajor Professor: Katayoon Dehesh/Karen McDonaldEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Defining metabolic adaptive stress responses

Lewald, KyleMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Genetic regulation effects of environment on genetic expression

Lewis, DanielMajor Professor: Cheemeng TanEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics & Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Feedback between genetic networks and the environment causes emergent expression dynamics

Li, JohnathonMajor Professor: Dietmar KueltzEmail
Graduate Program: Animal Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Salinity regulation of the gill proteome in three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus)

Li, RiyaoMajor Professor: Xi ChenEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Neisseria meningitides glycosyltransferase synthesizing capsular polysaccharide and enzymatic synthesis of capsular polysaccharide

Lin, JonathanMajor Professor: Jorge RodriguesEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Structure and Spatial Scaling of Microbial Communities in Soil Aggregates

Liu, FurongMajor Professor: Pamela RonaldEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Pathology
Interests / Thesis Title: Molecular characterization of rice pattern recognition receptors that confer resistance to Xanthomonas oryzae pv. Oryzae

Liu, YulongMajor Professor: Bruce DraperEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Elucidating the regulation of female germline stem cells and their niche in zebrafish

Lombardi, RachelMajor Professor: Carolyn SlupskyEmail
Graduate Program: Food Science
Interests / Thesis Title: Multiomic View of Huanglongbing Progression in Madam Vinous Sweet Orange Interests: metabolomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, cell-culture, cell-signaling, cancer, animal husbandry, citrus

Lopez, SimonMajor Professor: David Segal/Janine LaSalleEmail
Graduate Program: Genetics
Interests / Thesis Title: UBE3A-mediated epigenomic dysregulation of human neurodevelopmental disorders of the 15q11-q13 locus

Lotsof, Elizabeth Major Professor: Sheila DavidEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: DNA regulation and repair. My specific goals for research is to evaluate the role of the glycosylases NEIL1, NEIL3, NTH1, and hOGG1 with G-quadruplex structures and how the binding or repair of lesion containing G-quads impacts transcriptional control

Louie, MikaelaMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Stem Cell

Lu, ShanMajor Professor: Donald M BersEmail
Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology
Interests / Thesis Title: The Role of MCU/MCUb in Cardiac Mitochondrial Calcium Regulation

Lu, YixingMajor Professor: Nitin NitinEmail
Graduate Program: Food Science
Interests / Thesis Title: My research interest is on programmed assembly of cell-based carriers to improve the functionality of gut health related bioactives

Ma, LindaMajor Professor: Daniel StarrEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Determining the molecular mechanisms of the SUN-KASH enhancer pathway which regulate nuclear migration in Caenorhabditis elegans

Macharoen, KantharakornMajor Professor: Karen McDonaldEmail
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Bioreactor Process Improvement and Scale-up of the Recombinant Butyrylcholinesterase Production in Transgenic Rice Cell Suspension Cultures

Majumdar, ChandrimaMajor Professor: Sheila DavidEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in understanding DNA repari by Base Excision Repair enzymes

Malig, MaikaMajor Professor: Frédéric ChédinEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Developing Novel Genomic Tools to Characterize RNA:DNA Hybrid Formations on Mammalian Genomes

Matelski, LaurenMajor Professor: Judy Van de WaterEmail
Graduate Program: Immunology
Interests / Thesis Title: Examining the Effects of Autism-Relevant Environmental Exposures on Neuronal Connectivity and Peripheral Immune Responses

Matson, MorganMajor Professor: Shota AtsumEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Intereted in metabolic engineering of various bacteria in order to produce fuels and other chemicals

McKinnon, LucasMajor Professor: Steven ThegEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: New Insights into the Function of Disulfide Bonds and the Mechanism of their Formation in the Chloroplast Thylakoid Lumen

McNulty, MatthewMajor Professor: Karen McDonaldEmail
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in Recombinant Plant Technology

Meier, NathanMajor Professor: Savithramma Dinesh-KumarEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Plant Cell Biology/retrograde signalling

Merchel Piovesan Pereira, BeatrizMajor Professor: Ilias TagkopoulusEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Escherichia coli mechanisms of resistance to biocides

Merriam, DavidMajor Professor: Dennis Hartigan-O'ConnorEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Strategies for CCR5 depletion in Rhesus Macaques

Minami, ShiakiMajor Professor: Priya ShahEmail
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Energy, biochemical engineering, chemical production

Mizzi, JessicaMajor Professor: Dawn SumnerEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in studying molecular signaling using a combination of computational and wet lab techniques

Monteleone, LeannaMajor Professor: Peter BealEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Site-Directed RNA Editing with Adenosine Deaminases Acting on RNA

Mordaunt, CharlesMajor Professor: Janine LaSalleEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Epigenomic markers of autism spectrum disorder and Wilson's disease

Murphy, KatherineMajor Professor: Philipp ZerbeEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in Terpene biosynthesis in Maize

Nganga, LivingstoneMajor Professor: Luca ComaiEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in haploid induction

Nguyen, AlanMajor Professor: Athena SoulikaEmail
Graduate Program: Immunology
Interests / Thesis Title: 5-lipoxygenase exerts dual and opposing functions during the wound healing process

Nguyen, ChuongMajor Professor: Roslyn IsseroffEmail
Graduate Program: Pharmacology & Toxicology
Interests / Thesis Title: The effects of serotonin on regenerative ability of mesenchymal stem cells in wound healing

Nigg, JaredMajor Professor: Bryce FalkEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, applied microbiology and viral surveillance

Nill, JenniferMajor Professor: Tina JeohEmail
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Properties of cellulose which limit its hydrolysis by TrCel7A

Noguchi, GlynMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in Biochemistry, cell signaling/feedback

Nojoomi, SaghiMajor Professor: Daniel RuncieEmail
Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology
Interests / Thesis Title: I would like to continue my education in Biotechnology and how we can use technology or business to solve questions in STEM.

Odell, SarahMajor Professor: Jeff Ross-Ibarra; Daniel RucieEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Plant biology, genetics and genomics, bioinformatics, statistics

Pacifici, NoahMajor Professor: Jamal LewisEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in immunoengineering, drug delivery, and tissue engineering

Park, SeHeeMajor Professor: Peter BealEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in ADAR enzyme

Parry, BeauMajor Professor: Rene TsolisEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Gene therapy, host microbe interactions

Pechanec, MonicaMajor Professor: Michael MienaltowskiEmail
Graduate Program: Animal Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Adding Exogenous Biglycan Improves Tendon Formation for Equine Peritenon and Tendon Proper Cells in Three Dimensional Tissue Culture. Investigating the Association Between Transcriptome Expression and Genome Methylation in the Aging Horse Tendon

Perilla, LauraMajor Professor: Douglas CookEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Pathology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in bacterial mechanism for interaction in host plant and insects

Pham, KevinMajor Professor: Peter BealEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in Nucleic acids, protein structure and function, molecular biology, enzymology, posttranslational modifications of proteins

Pollack, MarcMajor Professor: Bryce FalkEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: In Vivo analysis of satellite RNA function in a Tobacco ringspot virus system

Rajamani, AnitaMajor Professor: Anthony PasseriniEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in cardiovascular research

Ram, AbhineetMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Cell Biology, Cancer Biology, Cell Divison

Ramachandran, MythiliMajor Professor: Yuanpei LiEmail
Graduate Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Interests / Thesis Title: immunopharmacology, oncology-related pharmacology, signal transduction, translational research in general

Ramasubramanian, LalithasriMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Tissue engineering, translational medicine

Randol, JamieMajor Professor: Paul HagermanEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Identifying the role of R-loops in fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome

Riazati, NiknazMajor Professor: Charles StephensenEmail
Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology MCIP - Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Interests / Thesis Title: TBD

Rossidivito, GabrielleMajor Professor: Maeli MelottoEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Relationships between plants and human pathogens

Sariano, PeterMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: I am interested in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine studies. My current understanding is that these fields are growing, and should continue to grow over the next several years which is why I think it will be beneficial to have biotechnology training. As of now, I do not have a Thesis title, but am currently rotating in Dr. Leach's lab.

Sayre, JordanMajor Professor: Jorge RodriguesEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Dairy manure increases field methane emissions by increasing the abundance and activity of methanogenic microbial communities

Schaffer, AlexanderMajor Professor: TBAEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Chemical Biology, Computation Protein Design, Protein and Metabolic Engineering

Sekar, AarthiMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics & Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in nucleic acid biology specifically DNA repair/recombination, transcription regulation, regulatory roles of non-coding sequences in DNA and RNA

Sepela, RebeckaMajor Professor: Jon SackEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: A strategy to measure electrophysiological changes in deep tissue

Shah, ShanayaMajor Professor: Wolf HeyerEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Mapping D-loop lengths in homologous recombination

Shams, ShahinMajor Professor: Eduardo SilvaEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: My current interests are in gene therapies and methods of localizing their delivery

Shankle, KyleMajor Professor: Venkatesan SundaresanEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Early embryo development in rice and the development of haploid induction and apomixis technology

Sharifi, MasudaMajor Professor: Sean BurgessEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Chromosome architecture during meiosis

Silberstein, DavidMajor Professor: Karen McDonaldEmail
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Bioprocess Optimization of Transient Protein Expression in Nicotiana Benthamiana

Sinclair, RosalieMajor Professor: Georgia DrakakakiEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Endomembrane trafficking in plant cells and trafficking pathways involved in polysaccharide deposition and plant stress response. I will be focusing in on using multidiscipline approaches to characterize, model, and understand further cell plate formation and depositing

Steele, DanielMajor Professor: John YoderEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Cis-element regulation of genes responsive to host root recognition in Orobanchaceae parasites

Stevens, EricMajor Professor: Maria MarcoEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Balancing reduction potential in lactic acid bacteria via a novel electron transport system

Stewart, RobertMajor Professor: Jon SackEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Ion channels and membrane physiology. Probes for measuring ion channel activity in endogenous neurons

Stolz, RobertMajor Professor: Marielle VazquezEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics & Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: R-Loop Energetics

Su, LindaMajor Professor: Alexander NordEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: In vivo screening and characterization of enhancer activity in mouse brain

Sukenik, SaraMajor Professor: Karen McDonaldEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Agrobacterium-mediated transient recombinant protein production in plant cell culture as a rapid response manufacturing method

Suleiman, ReneMajor Professor: Katherine RalstonEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in Microbial communities, mechanisms of infections, microbial physiology

Tafazzol, AlirezaMajor Professor: Yong DuanEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Molecular Insight into Toll-like Receptor 4 (TLR4) Signaling Mechanism: A Molecular Dynamics Simulation

Tan, RuensernMajor Professor: Richard McKenneyEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Molecular motors reorganize microtubule architecture to promote spindle formation in mitosis

Tapa, SrinivasMajor Professor: Crystal RipplingerEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in cardiac electrophysiology

Thuy-Boun, AlexanderMajor Professor: Peter BealEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Elucidation of the structure and substrate selectivity of human Adenosine Deaminase acting on RNA 2

Tiffany, ConnorMajor Professor: Andreas BaumlerEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Host Pathogen interactions Modeling the gut microbiome using small, defined communities in gnotobiotic mice, utilizing both omics based and reductionist based approaches to elucidate mechanisms of how the community interacts with the host and provides phenotypes like colonization resistance. Also interested in developing software tools for bioinformatics

Truong, KimMajor Professor: Isaac PessahEmail
Graduate Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Interests / Thesis Title: Elucidating the role of astrocytes during neurotoxicity

Truong, TinaMajor Professor: Bennett PennEmail
Graduate Program: Immunology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interaction between host and microbes

Van Ostrand, RobertMajor Professor: Sheila DavidEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Discovering the target recognition mechanism of DNA repair protein MutY/MUTYH using synthetically modified DNA

VanderVorst, KaceyMajor Professor: Kermit CarrawayEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Interests / Thesis Title: Vangl-dependent PCP Signaling Mediates EMT-induced Cell Invasiveness

Vaziri, SanaMajor Professor: Sharon AviranEmail
Graduate Program: Computer Science
Interests / Thesis Title: Algorithms for Improved RNA Structure Analysis from Sequence and Probing Data

Walker, GregoryMajor Professor: Renée TsolisEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Mechanisms of increased susceptibility to non-typhoidal Salmonella during Plasmodium co-infection

Walters, EricMajor Professor: Scott DawsonEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Building Genetic Tools for Giardia lamblia

Wang, MarilynMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Immunology
Interests / Thesis Title: Innate Immunity, Host Microbe Interaction

Wang, YaxinMajor Professor: John YoderEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Characterization of Vegetative Self-Recognition in Parasitic Plants

Watt, KayMajor Professor: Paul GeptsEmail
Graduate Program: Genetics
Interests / Thesis Title: The Genetic Basis of Terminal Drought Tolerance in Cicer arietinum

Wen, AnitaMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Pharmacology & Toxicology
Interests / Thesis Title: Not sure yet. Perhaps something in metabolomics.

Westmont, Taylor Major Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Immunology
Interests / Thesis Title: Virology, B cells and antibodies

Whitehead, JacklynMajor Professor: Kent LeachEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in tissue engineering related applications

Wolf, MarisolMajor Professor: Veronica Martinez-CerdenoEmail
Graduate Program: Neuroscience
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in the gut-brain-microbiota axis. How what we eat affects our brain, mood, health.

Wright, AlonnaMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Agricultural microbiomes

Wyatt, SydneyMajor Professor: Bruce DraperEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in genetics of stem cells and aging

Xiong, Yongao (Mary)Major Professor: Karen McDonaldEmail
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Process optimization of transient protein production in Nicotiana benthamiana plant and protein binding study

Yaghoobi, Ariga BiancaMajor Professor: Pamela J. LeinEmail
Graduate Program: Pharmacology & Toxicology
Interests / Thesis Title: Neurotoxicology, might write my proposal about subunit selectivity of chemical-threat agents on the GABAA receptor

Yam, PhoebeMajor Professor: Brian BennettEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Long noncoding RNA associated with lung cancer and its relationship with lung cancer malignancy

Yang, XiaoxiaoMajor Professor: Xi ChenEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Development of novel alpha-glucosaminidase mutants for treating Mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIC (MPS IIIC)

Yazel, BrittMajor Professor: Lee MillerEmail
Graduate Program: Neuroscience
Interests / Thesis Title: Understanding and Treating Hearing Loss: a novel neurotechnological approach

Yothers, CodyMajor Professor: Annaliese FranzEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Enhancing the production of biofuels and bioactive lipids in microalgae

Yu, AnnabelleMajor Professor: Maria MarcoEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Inter- and Intra-species diversity of plant-associated lactic acid bacteria (LAB)

Zacanti, KellyMajor Professor: Trish BergerEmail
Graduate Program: Animal Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Role of Folate Receptor 4 (FOLR4) during Fertilization in Pigs

Zafarullah, MarwaMajor Professor: Flora TassoneEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: I am interested in developing the Biomarker for the Early Diagnosis and Progression of Neurological Disorder called FXTAS (Fragile X associated Ataxia and Tremor Syndrome)

Zhang, AngelaMajor Professor: Shota AtsumiEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in microbial metabolic engineering; synthetic biology

Zhang, YueMajor Professor: Justin Siegel, Dean J. TantilloEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: High Resolution Modeling of Class I Terpene Cyclases

Zhu, JieMajor Professor: Mark KurthEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Heterocycles for ion channel modulation and reaction discovery

Zhu, YihuiMajor Professor: Janine LaSalleEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Investigating Placenta DNA Methylation in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Zumpano, DanielleMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Physiology, anatomy, microgravity effect on tissue development