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COMPLETED DISSERTATION DEFENSE 2018

Tanaporn Wangsanut on October 10th, 2018 
Title: Grf10 transcription factor coordinates nutrient assimilation, metabolism, and morphogenesis in Candida albicans
Advisor: Dr. Ronda Rolfes
Committee members: Dr. Anne Rosenwald, Dr. William Fonzi, and Dr. Aaron Mitchell

Madison Miketa on August 10th, 2018 
Title: Social and behavioral responses to environmental stressors in bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Australia
Advisor: Dr. Janet Man
Committee members: Dr. Gina Wimp, Dr. Shweta Bansal, and Dr. Lisa Singh

COMPLETED DISSERTATION DEFENSE 2017

Ricardo Gutierrez Ozuna on December 19th, 2017 
Title: Population genetic differentiation, mating system, and effective population size of the tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera L.) in the Mid-Atlantic United States.
Advisor: Dr. Matthew Hamilton
Committee members: Dr. Martha Weiss, Dr. Gina Wimp, and Dr. John Braverman SJ from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.

Elizabeth Lee on December 8th, 2017 
Title: Epidemiological inference and surveillance with high-resolution medical claims data: the case of influenza
Advisor: Dr. Shweta Bansal
Committee members: Dr. Ali Arab, Dr. John Kraemer, and Dr. Cecile Viboud

Pratha Sah on Monday, October 16, 2017 
Title: Interactions Between Social Structure, Contact Networks, and Infectious Disease Spread in Wildlife Populations
Advisor: Dr. Shweta Bansal
Committee members: Dr. Janet Mann, Dr. Sivan Leviyang, and Dr. Ken Nussear

Theodore Julius Picou on Monday, April 24, 2017 
Title: The Hydrodynamic Model of Giardia lamblia Attachment
Advisor: Dr. Heidi Elmendorf
Committee members: Dr. Heidi Elmendorf, Dr. Jeff Urbach, Dr. Anne Rosenwald, and Dr. Peter Olmstead

COMPLETED DISSERTATION DEFENSE 2016

Megan Wallen on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 
Title: Social Factors Affecting Femail Behaviour, Ecology, and Fitness in Wild Bottlenose Dolphins 
Advisor: Dr. Janet Mann
Committee members: Dr. Peter Armbruster, Dr. Shweta Bansal, and Dr. Carson Murray (GWU)

Shu Yang on Monday, October 17, 2016
Title:  The roles of two small GTP-binding proteins Arl1 and Ypt6 in autophagy
Advisor: Dr. Anne Rosenwald
Committee members: Dr. Ronda Rolfes, Dr. Peter Williamson (NIH), and Dr. Julie Donaldson (NIH)

Xin Huang on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 
Title: The Molecular Basis of Photoperiodic Diapause in Aedes albopictus
Advisor: Dr. Peter Armbruster
Committee members: Dr. Martha Weiss (Committee Chair, Dr. Shaun Brinsmade, and Dr. Nathan Edwards 

Sweta Batni on Monday, April 4th, 2016 
Title: Integrating Epidemiological and Molecular Approaches to Study the Transmission and Treatment of Giardia lamblia
Advisor: Dr. Heidi Elmendorf
Committee members: Dr. Ronda Rolfes, Dr. Christopher Loffredo, Dr. Shweta Bansal

Elizabeth Steidle on Tuesday, February 26, 2016, 
Title: Siw14 Is A Novel 5-Diphosphoinositol Pentakisphosphate (5pp-Ip5) Phosphatase That Negatively Regulates The Stress Response.
Advisor: Dr. Ronda Rolfes
Committee members: Dr. Anne Rosenwald, Dr. Elliott Crooke, Dr. Adam Resnick

Jin Jing on Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Title: Characterization of Sox11 in Neurogenesis.
Advisor: Dr. Elena Silva
Committee members: Dr. Sally Moody, Dr. Thomas Sargent, and Dr. Thomas Coate

COMPLETED DISSERTATION DEFENSE 2015

Jenny Maloney (2015)
Title: Giardia lamblia, The Intestinal Microbiome, and Innate Immunity: A Study of the Host-Parasite Relationship during G. lamblia Infection.
Advisor: Dr. Steven Singer
Committee members: Dr. Heidi Elmendorf, Dr. Tom Wynn, and Dr. Scott Dawson

Chen, Chao (2015)
The role of Sox4 and Sox11 in cortical development
Advisor: Dr. Maria J. Donoghue
Committee Members: Dr. Elena Silva, Dr. Kathleen Maguire-Zeiss, and Dr. Baoji Xu

Maloney, Jenny G. (2015)
Giardia lamblia, the Intestinal Microbiome, and Innate Immunity: A Study of the Host-Parasite Relationship during G. lamblia Infection.
Advisor: Dr. Steven M. Singer
Committee Members: Dr. Heidi Elmendorf, Dr. Tom Wynn, Dr. Scott Dawson

COMPLETED DISSERTATION DEFENSE 2014

Tsai, Yi-Jiun Jean (2014)
Male Contest Competition and Mating Success in the Parasitoid Wasp Nasonia vitripennis (Pteromalidae)
Advisors: Dr. Martha R. Weiss, Ph.D. and Dr. Edward M. Barrows, Ph.D. 

Tao, Shu (2014)
Identification of A-to-I RNA Editing Sites in the Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Brain Using RNAseq Data
Advisor: Dr. Steven M. Singer
Committee Members: Dr. Jay Evans, Dr. Maria Donoghue, Dr. Matthew Hamilton

Keselman, Aleksander (2014)
Host and parasite factors contributing to variation in immunity and pathology in giardiasis.
Advisor: Dr. Steven M. Singer

Whittington, Niteace Chivon (2014)
Characterization of the Function of Sox21 During Neurogenesis
Advisor: Dr. Elena Casey Silva
Committee members: 

COMPLETED DISSERTATION DEFENSE 2013

Saritas-Yildirim, Banu (2013)
Computational and Functional Analysis of F-box Dependent Ubiquitin Ligases in Xenopus Nervous System Development
Advisor: Dr. Elena Casey Silva
Committee Members: Dr. Eric Glasgow, Dr. Mervyn Monteiro, Dr. Anne Rosenwald

Bennett, Anna Kathleen (2013)
Computational Analysis of Difficult-to-predict Genes and Detection of Lineage-specific Genes in Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
Advisor: Dr. Christine G. Elsik
Committee Members: Dr. Christine Elsik, Dr. Matthew Hamilton, Dr. Anne Rosenwald

Krzyszczyk, Ewa Beata (2013)
Age Determination, Life History and Juvenile Behavior in Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops sp.) in Shark Bay, Australia
Advisor: Dr. Janet Mann
Committee members: 

Verardo, Andrew (2013)
Conserved Genetic Mechanisms for Deuterostome Gut Regionalization
Advisor: Dr. Elena Casey Silva
Committee Members: Dr. Christopher Lowe, Dr. Michael Parsons, Dr. Anne Rossenwald

Power, Lillian (2013)
Exploring Variation in Learning Ability in Pieris rapae, the Cabbage White Butterfly
Advisor: Dr. Martha R. Weiss
Committee Members: Dr. Peter Armbruster, Dr. John Lill, Dr. Gina Wimp

COMPLETED DISSERTATION DEFENSE 2012

Patterson, Eric Michael (2012)
Ecological and Life History Factors Influence Habitat and Tool Use in Wild Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops sp.)
Advisor: Dr. Janet Mann
Committee Members: Dr. Shweta Bansal, Dr. Lisa Singh, Dr. Gina Wimp

Keselman, Alex (2012)
The role of Fas in pathological giardiasis
Advisor: Dr. Steven M. Singer
Committee Members: Dr. Anne Rosenwald, Dr. Alexander Theos

Williams, Christopher Woten (2012)
Less Is More: The Implications Of Genomic Minimalism On The Regulation Of Gene Expression In The Parasite Giardia Lamblia
Advisor: Dr. Heidi G. Elmendorf
Committee Members: Dr. Ronda Rolfes, Dr. Steven Singer, Dr. Michael Grigg

COMPLETED DISSERTATION DEFENSE 2011

Howard, Aaron Frederick (2011)
Fitness, Pollen Dispersal, And Floral-Display Size Evolution In Animal-Pollinated Plants
Advisor: Dr. Edward M. Barrows
Committee Members: Dr. Matthew Hamilton, Dr. Christopher Ivey, Dr. Martha Weiss, Dr. Gina Wimp

Mallroy, Heather (2011)
Learning, brain plasticity, and foraging behavior in hemimetabolous insects
Advisor: Dr. Martha R. Weiss
Committee Members: Dr. Maria Donoghue, Dr. John Lill, Dr. Eileen Hebets

Stanton, Margaret Anne (2011)
Social Networks and Fitness Consequences of Early Sociality in Wild Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops sp.)
Advisor: Dr. Janet Mann
Committee Members: Dr. Peter Armbruster, Dr. Kay Holekamp, Dr. Lisa Singh

Solaymani-Mohammadi, Shahram (2011)
STRAIN VARIATION IN PATHOGENESIS AND IMMUNITY IN GIARDIA INFECTION
Advisor: Dr. Steve M. Singer
Committee Members: Dr. Alessio Fasano, Dr. William Petri, Dr. Rosenwald

Urbanski, Jennifer M. (2011)
Molecular, physiological and life-history mechanisms of adaptation during range expansion of the mosquito Aedes albopictus
Advisor: Dr. Peter Armbruster
Committee Members: Dr. Matthew Hamilton, Dr. Christine Elsik, Dr. David Berrigan

COMPLETED DISSERTATION DEFENSE 2010

Uma, Divya Bellur (2010)
Behavioral ecology of wasp-spider interactions: the role of webs, chemicals, and deception
Advisor: Dr. Martha R. Weiss

Beauchamp, Elspeth Morrison (2010)
The GLI transcription factors as a therapeutic target in childhood cancers
Advisor: Aykut Üren, M

Luo, Haibei (2010)
Investigation of the molecular and mechanistic basis for attachment by Giardia lamblia
Advisor: Dr. Heidi G. Elmendorf

COMPLETED DISSERTATION DEFENSE 2009

O'Donnell, Deborah Ladner (2009)
Ecology and population differentiation of the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus
Advisor: Dr. Peter Armbruster

Archer, Tenley C. (2009)
Function of Oct91 and SoxB1 proteins during neural development in Xenopus laevis
Advisor: Dr. Elena Silva Casey

Thévenon, Audrey Davidson (2009)
Inflammatory markers and genetic predispositions to Plasmodium falciparum-associated poor pregnancy outcomes
Advisor: Dr. Diane Wallace Taylor

Nehra, Ruchi (2009)
The nuclear factor kappa b (NFkb) plays a critical role in the development of antiestrogen resistance
Advisor: Robert Clarke, Ph.D., D.Sc

Johnson, Kevin (2009)
PTP1B regulation of the transcription factor Stat5 in breast cancer
Advisor: Hallgeir Rui, M.D., Ph.D. 

Rogers, Crystal D. (2009)
The regulation and function of SoxB1 genes and proteins during neural induction and development in Xenopus laevis
Advisor: Dr. Elena Casey Silva

Beildeck, Marcy Ellen (2009)
The role of vitamin D and the vitamin D receptor in TCF-4 regulation and silencing of CYP24A1
Advisor: Dr. Stephen W. Byers

Wang, Youhong (2009)
Roles of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase regulatory subunit p55gamma on regulating survival signaling in breast cancer cells
Advisor: Dr. Michael D. Johnson

COMPLETED DISSERTATION DEFENSE 2008

Markowski, Mark Christopher (2008)
Inflammatory cytokines induce ubiquitination and loss of the prostate suppressor protein NKX3.1
Advisor: Edward P. Gelmann, M.D. 

Anderson, Matthew J. (2008)
Investigation of the role of Unc45a in aortic arch development
Advisor: Dr. Beth L. Roman

Lekostaj, Jacqueline K. (2008)
Molecular analysis of membrane transporters implicated in drug resistance
Advisor: Dr. Paul D. Roepe