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Vanessa Benham, Ph.D. Vanessa Benham, Ph.D.

2020

Thesis Title: Investigating The Mechanism Of Obesity-Associated Estrogen Receptor-Negative Breast Cancer To Identify Novel Agents For Chemoprevention 

Advisor: Dr. Jamie Bernard 

 

Di Zhang, Ph.D. Di Zhang, Ph.D.

2020

Thesis Title: Applying Synthetic Chemistry And Nanoparticle Delivery To Enhance Drug Efficacy And Reduce Toxicity For Cancer Prevention And Treatment.

Advisor: Dr. Karen Liby

 

Evert Njomen, Ph.D. Evert Njomen, Ph.D.

2019

Dual Ph.D. Major (Chemistry, Pharmacology & Toxicology)

Thesis Title: The Discovery And Characterization Of Small Molecule 20S Proteasome Activators: Implications In Proteostasis Disorders

Advisor: Dr. Jetze Tepe 

 

Bridget M. Seitz, Ph.D. Bridget M. Seitz, Ph.D.

2019

Thesis Title: The Systemic And Regional Hemodynamic Changes Responsible For 5-HT7 Receptor Mediated Hypotension

Advisor: Dr. Gregory Fink

 

Janice Diaz-Otero, Ph.D. Janice Diaz-Otero, Ph.D.

2019

Thesis Title: Endothelial Mineralocorticoid Receptors In Cerebrovascular And Cognitive Function In Angiotensin Il-Hypertension

Advisor: Dr. Anne Dorrance

 

Huijie "Jade" Feng, Ph.D. Huijie "Jade" Feng, Ph.D.

2019

Thesis Title: Mechanisms Of GNAO1-Associated Neurological Disorders

Advisor: Dr. Richard Neubig

 

Kibrom Alula, Ph.D. Kibrom Alula, Ph.D.

2019

Thesis Title: Effect Of High-Fat Diet On Sympathetic Neurotransmission In Mesenteric Vasculature In Dahl Salt-Sensitive Hypertension

Advisor: Dr. James Galligan 

 

Alberto Perez-Medina, Ph.D. Alberto Perez-Medina, Ph.D.

2019

Thesis Title: Optogenetic Analysis Of Excitatory And Inhibitory Neurotransmission In The Enteric Nervous System

Advisor: Dr. James Galligan 

 

Vincent Shaw, Ph.D. Vincent Shaw, Ph.D.

2019

Thesis Title: Understanding Specificity Of Small Molecule Inhibitors Of Regulators Of G-Protein Signaling (RGS) Proteins

Advisor: Dr. Richard Neubig

 

Elizabeth Williams, Ph.D. Elizabeth Williams, Ph.D.

2019

Thesis Title: Androgen-dependent Excitability Of Mouse Ventral Hippocampal Afferents To Nucleus Accumbens Underlies Sex-Specific Susceptibility To Stress

Advisor: Dr. A.J. Robison 

 

Alexandra Turley, Ph.D. Alexandra Turley, Ph.D.

2018

Thesis Title: The Role of NRF2 In The Activation Of Primary CD4 Cells From Mice And Humans

Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Rockwell 

 

Hoa Phan, Ph.D. Hoa Phan, Ph.D.

2018

Thesis Title: Effects Of Human RGS2 Protein Mutations In Cardiovascular Disease

Advisor: Dr. Richard Neubig

 

Joseph Henriquez, Ph.D. Joseph Henriquez, Ph.D.

2018

Thesis Title: Δ9- Tetrahydrocannabinol-Mediated Suppression Of The Interferon- α (IFNα) Response By Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells And IFNα-Mediated Activation of T Cells In Healthy And Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infected Human Subjects

Advisor: Dr. Norbert Kaminski 

 

Juliette Brown, Ph.D. Juliette Brown, Ph.D.

2017

Thesis Title: The Role Of Lateral Hypothalamic Neurotensin Neurons In Adaptive Energy Balance

Advisor: Dr. Gina Leinninger 

 

Nadine El-Ayache, Ph.D. Nadine El-Ayache, Ph.D.

2017

Thesis Title: Serotonergic Signaling At 5-HT 3 Receptors In Serotonin  Transporter (SERT) Knockout (KO) Rat, A Sex Specific Animal Model Of Visceral Hypersensitivity

Advisor: Dr. James Galligan 

 

Sophia Kaska, Ph.D. Sophia Kaska, Ph.D.

2017

Thesis Title: Investigating the Role of Ventral Tegmental Area TORC2 in Stress and Stress-Induced Changes in Opiate Reward

Advisor: Dr. Michelle Mazei-Robison

 

Theresa Lansdell, Ph.D. Theresa Lansdell, Ph.D.

2017

Thesis Title: The Role of Parkin in Maintaining Proteasome Activity Following Acute Neurotoxic Insult

Advisors: Dr. John Goudreau & Dr. Keith Lookingland 

 

Brittany Winner, Ph.D. Brittany Winner, Ph.D.

2017

Thesis Title: UCH-L1 as a Susceptibility Factor for Nigrostriatal and Mesolimbic Dopamine Neurons After Neurotoxicant Exposure and Aging

Advisors: Dr. John Goudreau & Dr. Keith Lookingland 

 

Isola Brown, Ph.D. Isola Brown, Ph.D.

2017

Thesis Title: Enteric Glial Cell Regulation of Oxidative Stress and Immune Homeostasis During Gastrointestinal Inflammation

Advisor: Dr. Brian Gulbransen 

Nadia Ayala-Lopez, Ph.D. Nadia Ayala-Lopez, Ph.D.

2016

Thesis Title:  A New Role for PVAT: Regulation of Blood Vessel Function Through the Control of Norepinephrine

Advisor:  Dr. Stephanie Watts