Upcoming Dissertation Defense:

Ricardo Gutierrez Ozuna on December 19th, 2017 at 10:00 - 11:00 AM in Regents hall, room 239
Title: Population genetic differentiation, mating system, and effective population size of the tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera L.) in the Mid-Atlantic United States.

Committee members:
Dr. Matthew Hamilton, advisor
Dr. Martha Weiss
Dr. Gina Wimp
Dr. John Braverman SJ from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.

COMPLETED DISSERTATION DEFENSE 2017

Elizabeth Lee on December 8th, 2017 at 1pm-2pm in Reiss bulding, room 112
Title: Epidemiological inference and surveillance with high-resolution medical claims data: the case of influenza

Committee members:
Dr. Shweta Bansal, advisor
Dr. Ali Arab
Dr. John Kraemer
Dr. Cecile Viboud

Pratha Sah on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 2pm-3pm in Healy Hall, Room 106
Title: Interactions Between Social Structure, Contact Networks, and Infectious Disease Spread in Wildlife Populations

Committee members:
Dr. Shweta Bansal, advisor
Dr. Janet Mann
Dr. Sivan Leviyang
Dr. Ken Nussear

Theodore Julius Picou on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11am-12pm in Regents, Room 239 
Title: The Hydrodynamic Model of Giardia lamblia Attachment

Committee members:
Dr. Heidi Elmendorf
Dr. Jeff Urbach
Dr. Anne Rosenwald
Dr. Peter Olmstead

COMPLETED DISSERTATION DEFENSE 2016

Megan Wallen on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at 11:15 am-12:45 pm in Reiss, Room 112.
Title: Social Factors Affecting Femail Behaviour, Ecology, and Fitness in Wild Bottlenose Dolphins 

Committee members:
Dr. Janet Mann, advisor
Dr. Peter Armbruster
Dr. Shweta Bansal 
Dr. Carson Murray (GWU)

Shu Yang on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm in Regents Hall, Room 239.  
Title:  The roles of two small GTP-binding proteins Arl1 and Ypt6 in autophagy

Committee members:
Dr. Anne Rosenwald, advisor
Dr. Ronda Rolfes
Dr. Peter Williamson (NIH)
Dr. Julie Donaldson (NIH)

Xin Huang on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm in Regents Hall, Room 239.  
Title: The Molecular Basis of Photoperiodic Diapause in Aedes albopictus

Committee members:
Dr. Peter Armbruster, advisor
Dr. Martha Weiss (Committee Chair)
Dr. Shaun Brinsmade
Dr. Nathan Edwards 

Sweta Batni on Monday, April 4th, 2016 at 1:00 pm in Healy Hall, Room 106
Title:Integrating Epidemiological and Molecular Approaches to Study the Transmission and Treatment of Giardia lamblia

Committee members:
Dr. Heidi Elmendorf, advisor
Dr. Ronda Rolfes
Dr. Christopher Loffredo
Dr. Shweta Bansal

Elizabeth Steidle on Tuesday, February 26, 2016, at 12:00 pm in ICC, Room 107
Title: Siw14 Is A Novel 5-Diphosphoinositol Pentakisphosphate (5pp-Ip5) Phosphatase That Negatively Regulates The Stress Response.

Committee members:
Dr. Ronda Rolfes, advisor
Dr. Anne Rosenwald
Dr. Elliott Crooke
Dr. Adam Resnick

Jin Jing on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at 1:00 pm in Regents Hall, Room 239
Title: Characterization of Sox11 in Neurogenesis.

Committee members:
Dr. Elena Silva, advisor
Dr. Sally Moody
Dr. Thomas Sargent
Dr. Thomas Coate

COMPLETED DISSERTATION DEFENSE 2015

Jenny Maloney on Friday, April 10, 2015, at 9:00 am in Reiss building, Room 284
Title: Giardia lamblia, The Intestinal Microbiome, and Innate Immunity: A Study of the Host-Parasite Relationship during G. lamblia Infection.

Committee members:
Dr. Steven Singer, advisor
Dr. Heidi Elmendorf
Dr. Tom Wynn
Dr. Scott Dawson

Chao Chen  on Friday, May 8, 2015, at 2:00 pm in Regents Hall, Room 239
Title: The Role of SOX4 and SOX11 in Cortical Development

Committee members:
Dr. Maria J. Donoghue, advisor
Dr. Elena Silva
Dr. Kathy Maguire Zeiss
Dr. Baoji Xu