Current DEB Students


Agrawal, KaranMajor Professor: John NewmanEmail
Graduate Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Interests / Thesis Title: Sweat Lipid Mediator Profiling: a non-invasive approach for cutaneous research

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: Interested in microbial communitites on wild and domesticated chickpea: the impact of host genotype, domestication and geography

Allen, RileyMajor Professor: Jamal LewisEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Intersted in engineering and synthesizing drug delivery agents that are able to safely deliver drugs to the target site with limited systemic effects in the periphery

Anderson, BrittanyMajor Professor: Sheila DavidEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in the edited and unedited forms of hNEIL1, a human glycosylase involved in the base excision repair.

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: Genetics
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in the field of human genomics, and in using computational methods to study the genetic basis of human disease with the intention of discvoering new methods to prevent and treat

Banda, DouglasMajor Professor: Sheila DavidEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and most recently, nucleic acid chemistry

Bassein, JedMajor Professor: Lisa MillerEmail
Graduate Program: Immunology
Interests / Thesis Title: Epigenetic changes in R. Macaque Monocytes due to environmental wildfire exposure

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

Belliveau, AllisonMajor Professor: Marjorie LongoEmail
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in the biological applications of materials science. My research will be on a new strategy for encapsulating integral membrane proteins.

Bendiks, ZacharyMajor Professor: Maria MarcoEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Elucidating Health Protective Effects of WG-Mediated Lactobacillus Enrichment in the Gut

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: Identifying small molecule inhibitoers of amoebic trogocytosis using a high-content screen

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

Blankenship, BrittanyMajor Professor: Su-ju LinEmail
Graduate Program: Micribiology
Interests / Thesis Title: TBD

Bolandparvaz, AmirhossainMajor Professor: Scott SimonEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in cell and biology track, focusing on cardiovascular diseses and immunomodulatory biomaterials

Bolus, StephenMajor Professor: Jorge Dubcovsky/Gitta CoakerEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Pathology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in understanding, at the atomic level, the protein interactions between fungal effectors and cognate plant resistance proteins

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

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: Genetic and Metabolic Determinants of Pellicide Color in Juglans regia

Caddell, DanielMajor Professor: Pamela RonaldEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: A Multifaceted Approach to the Study of XA21- Mediated Immunity

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

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

Chapman, ChristopherMajor Professor: Erkin SekerEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Engineering the neural tissue-electrode interface using nanoporous-gold coatings

Choudhary, KrishnaMajor Professor: Sharon AviranEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Development of methods and software tools for analysis of high-throughput RNA structure profiling data.

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: Email
Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in comparative genomics and bioinformatics, focusing on how diverse organisms use their unique genomic codes to respond to changes in their environments

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

Corbin, JasmineMajor Professor: Karen McDonaldEmail
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Process Development for the Production of a Heterologous Glycoprotein in Transgenic Rice Cell Culture

Dalgliesh, AilsaMajor Professor: Leigh GriffithsEmail
Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Can the principles of protein chemistry be used to reduce residual antigenicity of bovine pericardium, while maintaining extracellular matrix properties and recellularization capacity?

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

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

Dunaway, KeithMajor Professor: Janine LaSalle / Ian KorfEmail
Graduate Program: Genetics
Interests / Thesis Title: Epigenomic Effects of POPs and Genomic Rearrangements

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: Environmental 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: Cartilage Oligomeric Matrix Protein and Metal Ion Cofactors 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.

Gallegos, JennaMajor Professor: Alan RoseEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Intron-mediated enhancement of gene expression in Arabidopsis thaliana

Garcia, JavierMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Characterizing the Phosphate Starvation Response in Tomato

Gibson, DonaldMajor Professor: Siobhan BradyEmail
Graduate Program: Genetics
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in plant breeding and plant-microbe interactions.

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

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

Gulevich, AlexMajor Professor: J. Clark LagariasEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in plant biology, biofuels, and optogenetics

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: Interested in gut microbiology, host diet-microbe interactions

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 landrace maize interactions with bacterial endophytes for innovation in sustainable agriculture

Ho, Pui YanMajor Professor: Aiming YuEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title:

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

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

Horton, KaylaMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in neurology and pulmonary medicine with a specific interest in the development of treatments for life threatenining conditions. Also interested in regenerative medicine and cell therapies.

Hsia, AllisonMajor Professor: Blaine ChristiansenEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Role of Osteophytes in Progression of Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis

Huang, JessicaMajor Professor: Mark HuisingEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in RNA, Gene expression and regulation

Huang, Kuei-PinMajor Professor: Helen RaybouldEmail
Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in Neurosciences, endocrinology

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

Hwang, Hyun TaeMajor Professor: Anne KnowltonEmail
Graduate Program: Pharmacology & Toxicology
Interests / Thesis Title: Mechanisms of senescence and aging, and approaches to control them. Impeding the propagation of senescent cell population in vivo to delay the aging process.

Igwe, AlexandriaMajor Professor: Rachel VannetteEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in Plant-microbe associations, bioremediation, plan adaptation to stressful environments

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

Jasoliya, MittalMajor Professor: Gino CortopassiEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Drug Development and Mechanism of their action in a neurodegenerative disorder Fredreich's Ataxia

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: Email
Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
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: Interested in Biotechnology/Microencapsulation of bacteria and living cells

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: Email
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: Using biotechnologies and genomic selection to improve the sustainability, efficiency, and welfare of livestock production.

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: Interested in DNA repair mechanism pathways

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

Lemos, MarkMajor Professor: Katayoon Dehesh/Karen McDonaldEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Cellular signaling & stress responses in plants

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

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: Interested in proteomics, comparative biology, mass spectrometry, cell culture, fish biology and environmental toxicology

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: Interested in microbiology, ecology, bioinformatics science communication

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: Interested in regenerative medicine, stem cell biology

Lomas, JohnathanMajor Professor: Julia FanEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in sustainable applications of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology

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

Lu, ShanMajor Professor: Donald M BersEmail
Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in cardiovascular translational research

Ma, LindaMajor Professor: Dan StarrEmail
Graduate Program: Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in nuclear migration, cytoskeleton

Macharoen, KantharakornMajor Professor: Karen McDonaldEmail
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in using bioreactor to grown plant cell cultures to produce recombinant proteins

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 Differentiation and Connectivity in Human Neural Crest Stem Cell-Derived Sympathetic Neurons and LUHMES Cell-Derived Dopaminergic Neurons

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

McInally, ShaneMajor Professor: Scott DawsonEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Investigating the role of novel flagellar length regulators in the intestinal parasite Giardia lamblia.

McKinnon, LucasMajor Professor: Kentaro InoueEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Mechanisms and Significance of redox regulation in removal of signal sequences during development of thylakoid membranes

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

Middleton, TawniMajor Professor: Richard MichelmoreEmail
Graduate Program: Horticulture & Agronomy
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in biotech for crop improvement

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

Mitra, DebikaMajor Professor: Kent LeachEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Developing and Characterizing a Novel Biomimetic Extracellular Matrix for Probing the Role of Pentosidine Crosslinks in Impaired Bone Formation

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 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: DNA methylation landscape in regulatory T cells and autism spectrum disorder

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: Understanding the Role of Surface Chemical Properties of Cellulose Fibrils in Productive Cellulase Binding During Hydrolysis

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

Nakajima, KimikoMajor Professor: Email
Graduate Program: Materials Science and Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in biomimetic materials

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: Role of adrenengic signaling in modulating immune responses during burn would healing

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: Email
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: Interested in the mechanisms of cellulases and the effect of biomass shape on their effectiveness

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

Nozzi, NicoleMajor Professor: Shota AtsumiEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Developing Production of a Plant Alkaloid in a Microbial Host

Nuñez (Chaffee), NicoleMajor Professor: Shiela DavidEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Functional Characterization of Metal Sites Found within the DNA Glycosylase MutY

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.

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

Parks, MarioMajor Professor: McAllisterEmail
Graduate Program: Immunology
Interests / Thesis Title: Host microbe interactions, neuroimmunology/autoimmunity

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: Comparative Pathology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in immune system, micro-fluidic systems, Stem Cell, microRNA, cell-cell communication.

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

Randol, JamieMajor Professor: Paul HagermanEmail
Graduate Program: Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in elucidating the genetic mechanisms behind fragile X-associated tremor and ataxia syndrome.

Reveco, SoniaMajor Professor: Gino CoropassiEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in human genetics, specifically cancer genetics and how it differs in latino populations

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

Sayre, JordanMajor Professor: Jorge RodriguesEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Manure fertilizer modulates greenhouse gas emissions by microbes in dairy-forage cropping systems

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: Interested in Genomic instability in tumors, DNA recombination and repair

Shani, GuyMajor Professor: David MillsEmail
Graduate Program: Microbiology
Interests / Thesis Title: Variation in Consumption in Milk Sugars by Bifidobacterial Isolates

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: HDAC9 Variant is Specific to Stroke Subtypes and Influences the Transcriptome and Proteome of Stroke Patients

Silberstein, DavidMajor Professor: Karen McDonaldEmail
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Optimization of Transient Protein Expression in Nicotiana benthamiana by Plant Handling Methods

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: Interested in parasitic plants. I aim to better understand their developmental and molecular biology while developing solutions against their agricultural devastation.

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

Stolz, RobertMajor Professor: Marielle VazquezEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics & Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in relationship between geometry, topology and genome function in living organisms. R-Loop energetics. Machine learning.

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: Interested in the production of therapeutic proteins using plant cell suspension culture

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: Maury HullEmail
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: ~ Force Field Development for Protein Structure Prediction

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: Email
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in Chemical Biology and the study of specific systems in biology using techniques from Chemistry and Structural Biology

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: Do astrocytes mitigate or promote tetramethylenedisulfotetramine-triggered excitotoxicity and neuropathology?

Van Ostrand, RobertMajor Professor: Sheila DavidEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in exploring the repair mechanism of DNA performed by enzyme MutYH

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 malaria-induced susceptibility to Non-typhoidal Salmonella

Walters, EricMajor Professor: Julia FanEmail
Graduate Program: Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Interests / Thesis Title: Developing a mutualistic fungal-bacterial coculture for isobutanol production from cellulosic biomass

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, YaxinMajor Professor: John YoderEmail
Graduate Program: Plant Biology
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in plant development/characterizing nitrogen transporters between parasitic plants and their host

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: Biochemical pathways and mitochondrion

Westreich, SamuelMajor Professor: Ian KorfEmail
Graduate Program: Integrative Genetics and Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Novel Methods in Metatranscriptomics: Examining the Gut Microbiome of Idiopathic Chronic Diarrhea

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.

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: Transient expression of anthrax decoy protein (CMG2-Fc) in Nicotina benthamiana and effects of glycan structure on CMG2-Fc binding capacity with anthrax protective antigen

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

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: Interested in using microorganisms to fix our environmental problems

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

Zheng, Yuxuan (Eric)Major Professor: Peter A. BealEmail
Graduate Program: Chemistry
Interests / Thesis Title: Structure and substrate recognition of Adenosine Deaminase Acting on double strand RNA (ADAR)

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 nd Genomics
Interests / Thesis Title: Interested in placental DNA Methylation in Relation to Maternal Periconceptional Prenatal Vitamin Use and Child Outcomes in the MARBLES Prospective Autism Study

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