MSTP | Recent PhD Theses

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

MSTP Trainee Faculty Advisor(s) Thesis Title
Kathryn Scherpelz Stephen Meredith Alzheimer's Brain and Meninges-Seeded Amyloid Fibrils
Jeremy Treger Francisco Bezanilla Novel Techniques in Optical Electrophysiology Lead to New Biophysical Insights

Biophysics

MSTP Trainee Faculty Advisor(s) Thesis Title
Alan Hutchison Aaron Dinner Improved statistical methods for analyzing circadian rhythms in high-throughput data

Cancer Biology

MSTP Trainee Faculty Advisor(s) Thesis Title
Adam Gasser Stephen Meredith Synthesis and Assembly of Functionalized Peptide Nanoplatforms for the Targeted Delivery of Molecules to Tumors
Marina Sharifi Kay Macleod Autophagy is Required for Focal Adhesion Dissassembly, Tumor Cell Motility, and Metastasis

Computational Neuroscience

MSTP Trainee Faculty Advisor(s) Thesis Title
Arup Sarma David Freedman Learning-Dependent Plasticity of Visual and Cognitive Encoding in Parieto-Frontal Networks

Genetics

MSTP Trainee Faculty Advisor(s) Thesis Title
David Blair Andrey Rzhetsky Investigating Complex and Mendelian Disease Genetics Through Massive Digital Phenotyping
Samantha Thomas Yoav Gilad Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells as a Model to Study Individual Variation and Comparative Genomics

Immunology

MSTP Trainee Faculty Advisor(s) Thesis Title
Melissa Tjota Anne Sperling Activation of Antigen Presenting Cells through FCRGamma Drives IL-33 Dependent TH2-Type Responses in the Lungs
Tony Tu Yang-Xin Fu CD160, An Essential Regulator of the Cytokine Response by Natural Killer Cells

Microbiology

MSTP Trainee Faculty Advisor(s) Thesis Title
Russell Becker Julie Bubeck-Wardenburg Tissue-Specific Modulation of Innate Immunity by Staphylococcus aureus Alpha-Toxin
Vivian Choi Julie-Bubeck-Wardenburg Characterization of Virulence-Associated Protein Processing Genes in Bacteroides fragilis
Mark Lunderberg Olaf Schneewind Assembly of the Bacillus anthracis vegetative cell envelope
Megan Zilla Dominique Missiakas The Role of LytR-CpsA-Psr Enzymes in the Lifecycle of Bacillus anthracis

Neurobiology

MSTP Trainee Faculty Advisor(s) Thesis Title
Iboro Umana Dan McGehee Nicotinic Modulation of Descending Pain Control Circuitry