Current DEB Students


Aizad Ledford, HannahMajor Professor: Nipavan ChiamvimonvatEmail
Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Potassium Channels in Cardiac Arrhythmia

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

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, BrittanyMajor Professor: Sheila DavidEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Investigation into the broad substrate specificity of the DNA glycosylase hNEIL1

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.

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: Interested in studying the transcriptional control involved in gene regulation/ development and relating problems with this process to disease

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

Banda, DouglasMajor Professor: Sheila DavidEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Investigation into the Novel Cellular Roles for DNA Glycosylases

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

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: Epitope-functionalized Nanoparticles for Entrapment of Autism Auto-antibodies

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

Bradley, KevinMajor Professor: Gang SunEmail
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in development of portable, simple and inexpensive sensor for quantitative detection of antibiotic residues in food products

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

Burnside, MichaelMajor Professor: Sheila DavidEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in researching the mechanism of the DNA repair Glycosylase MutY which is involved in the repair of mispaired oxidized guanines across from adenine

Butterfield, TimothyMajor Professor: Abhaya DandekarEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Identifying Genetic Determinants of Pellicle Pigmentation in Juglans regia

Calsbeek, JonasMajor Professor: Pamela LeinEmail
Graduate Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Interests / Thesis Title: Neuropharmacology, Neurotoxicology, Drugs of Abuse, Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD

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

Cevallos, StephanieMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in the dis-regulation of transcription factors and gene expression that controls cellular proliferation specifically in cancer

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, JoshuaMajor Professor: Daniela BarileEmail
Graduate Program: Food Science and Technology
Interests / Thesis Title: Isolation of bioactive glycans from dairy industry co-products

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: Interested in metabolic engineering, sustainability, bioenergy/bioproducts, and agriculture

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

Corbin, JasmineMajor Professor: Karen McDonaldEmail
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Process development for the production of recombinant butyrylcholinesterase in transgenic rice cell suspension cultures

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 Disturbance impacts microbially-mediated N cycling

Davis, DestinyMajor Professor: Georgia DrakakakiEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Dissecting Plant Cell Cytokinesis with Chemical Genomics

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: Interested in incorporating synthetic aggrecan peptide mimics into nanoparticles for cartilage penetration to be used for osteoarthritis treatment.

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: Interested in predictive computational multi-scale modeling of disease and treatment.

Dowdy, RyanMajor Professor: Christopher SimmonsEmail
Graduate Program: Food Science and Technology
Interests / Thesis Title: Spatial and Phylogenetic Assessment of Biofilms in Microbial Fuel Cells

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

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

Fan, Qingwen (Daisy)Major Professor: Linda F. BissonEmail
Graduate Program: Food Science
Interests / Thesis Title: Yeast genetics, especially on yeast prion study. I'm mainly focusing on a [GAR+] yest prion.

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

Fogassy, ZacharyMajor Professor: Stephen McSorleyEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Inhibition of Memory T-cell Development During Salmonella Infection

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: Engineering and Mechanical Science
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
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

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

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

Greenwood, BrittanyMajor Professor: Su-ju LinEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: TBD

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

Gulevich, AlexMajor Professor: J. Clark LagariasEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Engineering Cyanobacteriochromes into Optogenetic Tools

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

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 Sciences
Interests / Thesis Title: Characterization of plant growth promoting functions from the maize aerial root microbiota

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

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

Jimenez Espinoza, RogelioMajor Professor: David E. BlockEmail
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Synthesis of Human Milk Oligosaccharide analogs using Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis enzymes and whole cells

Jin, HyunsooMajor 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)

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: Ian KorfEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics & Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in nutritional genomics

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

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: Paul HendersonEmail
Graduate Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Interests / Thesis Title: Ellucidating the function of B4LHE40~ prostate cancer

Kowalchuck, AngelicaMajor Professor: Nadein BrownEmail
Graduate Program: Genetics
Interests / Thesis Title: Requirements of Neurogenin2 on the developing mammalian retina

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

Leon, FrankMajor Professor: Carlito LebrilaEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Tools to identify biomarkers of diseases and cancer

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: Crosstalk in synthetic biological systems reveals mechanisms behind emergent phenomena in genetic networks

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

Li, YingMajor Professor: Joanna ChiuEmail
Graduate Program: Entomology
Interests / Thesis Title: The role of O-GlcNAcylation in regulating PERIOD function in the Drosophila clock

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

Liro, MalgorzataMajor Professor: Lesilee RoseEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Elucidating the roles of Wnt and/or SRC-1 in EMS spindle positioning in C. elegans

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

Lomas, JohnathanMajor Professor: Ruihong ZhangEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Metatranscriptomic mining of rumen anaerobic fungal CAZymes

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

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

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

Mancuso, JordanMajor Professor: William RistenpartEmail
Graduate Program: Materials Science
Interests / Thesis Title: Working with red blood cells looking at ATP release in constricting flows

Martinic, AliceMajor Professor: Carolyn SlupskyEmail
Graduate Program: Nutritional Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Effect of Lactobacillus plantarum supplementation on mTOR signaling in the context of a high fat diet

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

Meltzer, AmoryMajor Professor: James HildrethEmail
Graduate Program: Genetics
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in viruses and cancer genetics, but would like to use genetics as a tool to advance the biomedical field

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

Miltner, AdamMajor Professor: Anna La TorreEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Generation and characterization of stem cell-derived retinal ganglion cells

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

Moenga, SusanMajor Professor: Douglas CookEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Prospecting wild chickpea relatives for drought tolerance traits

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

Moore, JessicaMajor Professor: Donald LandEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Characterization of Nanlipoprotein Particles Secondary Structure Using Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infared Spectroscopy

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

Moreno, MarcusMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in using cyanobacteriochrome photosensors to manipulate metabolic pathways based on light input

Mudinoor, AkshataMajor Professor: Tina JeohEmail
Graduate Program: Biological Systems Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Surface interactions of Trichoderma reesei Cel7A on cellulose

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: TBAEmail
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.

Oliver, NealMajor Professor: Shota AtsumiEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in the discovery of a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of life and the ethical application of this knowledge to the manipulation of biological organisms for the development of sustainable energy and environmental remediation.

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

Peralta, MariaMajor Professor: Krishnan NambiarEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Amyloid Fibril Engineering from Beta-Solenoid Proteins

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

Poe, AdamMajor Professor: Anne KnowltonEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Role of VCP and Autophagy in Exosome Formation

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

Rahimian, AliMajor Professor: Alexander RevzinEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Pathobiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Modeling granuloma formation and function using engineered microcapsules

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

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

Reyes, JuanMajor Professor: Pablo RossEmail
Graduate Program: Genetics
Interests / Thesis Title: Molecular Profiling of Bovine Oocyte Developmental Competence Acquisition using RNA-Seq

Riazati, NiknazMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: GMCP - Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology MCIP - Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Interests / Thesis Title:

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

Showalter, MeganMajor Professor: Oliver FiehnEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Regulation of pluripotency by 1-methylnicotinamide in human embryonic stem cells

Shroff, NatashaMajor Professor: Frank SharpEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Gene Expression and eQTL Analysis in Patients with Ischemic Stroke

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

Soderlind, JulieMajor Professor: Subhash RisbudEmail
Graduate Program: Chemical and Materials Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in bio medical materials

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, AllisonMajor Professor: Francene SteinbergEmail
Graduate Program: Nutrition
Interests / Thesis Title: Effects of dietary interventions on inflammatory gene expression profiles in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells and on high-density lipoprotein-associated microRNAs

Stevens, EricMajor Professor: Maria MarcoEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in Synthetic biology for the bio-manufacturing of value-added compounds (biofuels, bulk chemicals, pharmaceuticals) or for environmental remediation -Metagenomic discovery of novel genes / genomes capable of carrying out objectives

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

Strobel, ScottMajor Professor: Tina JeohEmail
Graduate Program: Biological Systems Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Investigating the Role of Oxygen Transport in the Degradation of Lipophilic Bioactive Compounds in Spray-Dried, Cross-Linked Alginate Microcapsules

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

Ta, JamesMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Biophysics
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in Mathematical Modeling Biophotonics Photosynthesis Quantum biology

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

Thomas, JustinMajor Professor: Peter BealEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Structural basis of RNA editing by Adenosine Deaminases acting on RNA

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

Todd, George (Kenneth)Major Professor: Isaac PessahEmail
Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Alterations in Calcium Dynamics by Organophosphates

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

Truong, TinaMajor Professor: Email
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

Vonasek, EricaMajor Professor: Nitin NitinEmail
Graduate Program: Biological Systems Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Extending bacteriophage applications to combat food pathogens in fresh produce processing

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, Kening (Connie)Major Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in drug/gene delivery and regenerative medicine using materials systems.

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

West, DonnellyMajor Professor: Neelima SinhaEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics & Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: The Evolution & Development of Leaves and their Specialized Cell Types in the Tomato

West, ToniMajor Professor: Yang (Kevin) XiangEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Adverse Remodeling of Phosphodiesterase Compartmentalization in Cardiomyocytes During Diabetes Can Be Targeted for Treating Diabetic-Associated Heart Failure

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

Westreich, SamuelMajor Professor: Ian KorfEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: A Bioinformatics Analysis Method for Metatranscriptomics and its Application for the Study of Gut Microbiomes

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

Whitfield, DamionMajor Professor: Mitch SingerEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Elucidating the Developmental Control of Replication in Myxococcus xanthus using Continuous Flow Cell Bioreactors

Wolf, MarisolMajor Professor: Melanie GareauEmail
Graduate Program: Immunology
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

Wudeck, ElyseMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in gut microbiome, diabetes, metabolic disese states, host/microbe interactions, genomics, microbiology, nutrition

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: Materials Science and 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: Protein engineering

Yazel, BrittMajor Professor: Lee MillerEmail
Graduate Program: Neurosciences
Interests / Thesis Title: Attentional tracking of speech in a conversation: the impact of hearing loss, and the benefit of a mobile, gaze-directed acoustic beamforming device

Yee, LeMajor Professor: Kyriacos AthanasiouEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Cartilage Tissue Engineering and Bioreactor

Yothers, CodyMajor Professor: Annaliese FranzEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Sustainable Bioproduction of Therapeutic Lipids from 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: My interests include mammalian fertilization and fertility, sperm-oocyte protein interactions, and using genetic modification to study these interactions. I am currently using CRISPR/Cas9 to knockout FOLR4 in pigs to study FOLR4 protein function during fertilization

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

Zhang, YueMajor Professor: Justin SiegelEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Computational chemical biology

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

Zicari, SteveMajor Professor: Ruihong ZhangEmail
Graduate Program: Biological Systems Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Enzymatic Liquefaction of sugarbeets for biofuel production systems

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