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TGFB-Induced Degradation of TNF Receptor-Associated Factor 3 (TRAF3) in Mesenchymal Progenitor Cells Causes Age-Related Osteoporosis

Jinbo Li - Pathology PhD Candidate

 Dec 19, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | 3-6408 K307

Host: Dr. Brendan Boyce

The Effects of Macrophages on the Synovial Lymphatic System in Mice with Post-traumatic Osteoarthritis

Xi Lin - Pathology PhD Candidate

 Dec 10, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | 3-6408 K307

Host: Dr. Lianping Xing

Human herpesvirus 6A latency gene U94A impairs motility and maturation in glial cells and neurons: Implications for neurodegenerative disease

Jessie Hogestyn
Advisor: Dr. Margot Mayer-Pröschel
- Ph.D. Thesis Defense

 Dec 09, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | G-9425 Class of '62 Auditorium

Thesis title: Human herpesvirus 6A latency gene U94A impairs motility and maturation in glial cells and neurons: Implications for neurodegenerative disease

Jessica Hogestyn - Neuroscience PhD Candidate

 Dec 09, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | • Class of ’62 auditorium

Host: Dr. Margot Mayer-Proschel

Time is Vision: Properties of Vision Early after Occipital Stroke and Capacity for Recovery

Elizabeth Leah Gerber Saionz - Translational Biomedical Science PhD Candidate

 Dec 09, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | Adolph (Lower) Auditorium 1-7619

Host: Dr. Krystel Huxlin

Dissecting the Genetic Influences on Osteoporosis Reveals Zbtb40 as a Novel Regulator of Osteoblast Function

Madison Lee Doolittle - Pathology PhD Candidate

 Dec 06, 2019 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 2-6408 K207

Host: Dr. Cheryl Ackert-Bicknell

Nursing Home Primary Care and Resident Outcomes: An Application of Social Network Analysis

Wei Song - Health Services Research & Policy PhD Candidate

 Dec 05, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | HWH 1W-509

Host: Dr. Orna Intrator

The Role of Mitochondria in Bone Marrow Stromal Cells Osteogenic Function

Brianna H. Shares - Pathology PhD Candidate

 Dec 05, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | 2-6424 Whipple

Host: Dr. Roman Eliseev

The Influence of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators on Cardiac and Mental Health in Patients with Long QT Syndrome

Meng Wang - Epidemiology PhD Candidate

 Dec 03, 2019 @ 9:30 a.m.

 Medical Center | SRB 1416

The Mechanism and Function of RNA-Guided RNA Pseudouridylation

Meemanage Dudarshika H. De Zoysa - Biochemistry PhD Candidate

 Nov 25, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Neuman Room (1-6823)

Host: Dr. Yi-Tao Yu

Use of Yeast Surface Display to Identify Variants of HIV Envelope Glycoprotein with Enhanced Affinity for Precursors to Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies

Hong Zhu - Biochemistry PhD Candidate

 Nov 21, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | Neuman Room (1-6823)

Host: Dr. Mark Dumont

A Novel Variable Selection Procedure in Biomedical Research

Bokai Wang - Statistics PhD Candidate

 Nov 12, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.

 Saunders Research Bulding | Room 1.412

Host: Changyong Feng

An insight into Human Cytomegalovirus Mediated Metabolic Reprogramming

Irene Rodríguez Sánchez - Microbiology & Immunology PhD Candidate

 Nov 07, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Ryan Case Method Room 1-9576

Host: Dr. Joshua Munger

Study of rhodopsin's conformational equilibrium and activation dynamics using multi-scale molecular dynamics simulations

Letty Leslie Ann Salas Estrada - Biophysics PhD Candidate

 Nov 07, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Neuman Room (1-6823)

Host: Dr. Alan Grossfield

Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells and Neutrophil Elastase Promote TSC2-null Tumor Growth

Manisha Taya - Pharmacology PhD Candidate

 Nov 05, 2019 @ 11:30 a.m.

 Medical Center | Ryan Case Method Room 1-9576

Host: Dr. Stephen Hammes

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and the Generation of Collective Action in Health: A Mixed Methods mHealth Intervention in the Latin American and Caribbean Ecological Context

José G. Pérez Ramos - Translational Biomedical Science PhD Candidate

 Nov 01, 2019 @ 3:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Ryan Case Method Room 1-9576

Host: Dr. Tim Dye

Investigating the Function of Hyperacetylated Domain-Forming Enhancers

Sierra Fox - Biochemistry PhD Candidate

 Oct 31, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | Neuman Room (1-6823)

Host: Dr. Michael Bulger

Model Selection and Variable Selection for Mixtures of Factor Analyzers

Xiang Lu - Statistics PhD Candidate

 Oct 18, 2019 @ 3:00 p.m.

 Helen Wood Hall | 1W-509

Host: Dr. Tanzy Love

Model Selection and Variable Selection for Mixtures of Factor Analyzers

Xiang Lu - Statistics PhD Candidate

 Oct 18, 2019 @ 3:00 p.m.

 Helen Wood Hall | 1W-509

Host: Dr. Tanzy Love

Learning and Memory Deficits Following Ambient Ultrafine Particulate Matter Exposure in an Alzheimer’s Disease Mouse Model

Katrina Rhonda Jew - Toxicology PhD Candidate

 Oct 15, 2019 @ 9:30 a.m.

 Kornberg Medical Research Building | K307

Host: Dr. Alison Elder

Understanding Molecular Mechanisms of G-protein subunit ?? Activation of Downstream Effectors

Isaac James Fisher - Pharmacology PhD Candidate

 Oct 11, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | 3-7619 Upper Auditorium

Host: Dr. Alan Smrcka & Dr. David Yule

The Effect of Medicare Bundled Payments on Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Hospital Readmissions

Xi Cen - Health Services Research & Policy PhD Candidate

 Oct 03, 2019 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1W-509

Host: Dr. Yue Li

Signal dependent activation of CnC, the Drosophila homolog of mammalian Nrf1 and Nrf2 is repressed by age and neurodegenerative factors

Robert Hoff - Pathology PhD Candidate

 Oct 02, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-7619 Lower Adolph

Host: Dr. Dirk Bohmann

Methods for Improving Efficiency in Clinical Trials

Shiyang Ma - Statistics PhD Candidate

 Sep 25, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Saunders Research Bulding | 1.416

Host: Dr. David Oakes

Rural-Urban Disparities in Risk-adjusted Rates of Emergency Department Visits of Nursing Homes: Roles of Facility Characteristics, Market Factors, and State Policies

Huiwen Xu - Health Services Research & Policy PhD Candidate

 Sep 25, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Helen Wood Hall | HWH 1W-509

Host: Dr. Orna Intrator

Relating Riboswitch Structure to Gene Regulation in Live Cells

Debapratim Dutta - Biophysics PhD Candidate

 Sep 16, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Neuman Room (1-6823)

Host: Dr. Joseph Wedekind

The Role of the Intrinsic Closeness of mRNA Ends in Translation

Wan-Jung Christine Lai - Biochemistry PhD Candidate

 Sep 06, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Neuman Room (1-6823)

Host: Dr. Dmitri N Ermolenko

Mechanisms by which feeding state and sex are integrated to regulate chemosensory plasticity in C. elegans

Emily Wexler - Genetics PhD Candidate

 Sep 05, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | 2-6408 K-207

Host: Dr. Douglas Portman

The Roles of Innate-like T cells and macrophages during Mycobacterium marinum Infection in Xenopus laevis

Kun Hyoe Rhoo - Microbiology & Immunology PhD Candidate

 Aug 29, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | K207 (2-6408)

Host: Dr. Jacques Robert

Statistical Methods for Treatment Evaluation with Application to Longitudinal Studies

Hao Sun - Statistics PhD Candidate

 Aug 22, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Helen Wood Hall | 1W-509

Host: Dr. Brent Johnson

The Role of EVI1 in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Differentiation and Leukemia

Edward Ayoub - Pharmacology PhD Candidate

 Aug 09, 2019 @ 1:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-7619 Adolph Auditorium

Host: Dr. Archibald Perkins

Contribution of Toll-like receptor 4 signaling to the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis: Origins of fibroblast apoptosis resistance

Kelly Hanson - Toxicology PhD Candidate

 Jul 29, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Lower Aud, 1-7619

Host: Dr. Jacob Finkelstein

The intersection of Human Cytomegalovirus infection and innate immune signaling

Christopher Goodwin - Biochemistry PhD Candidate

 Jul 29, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Neuman Room (1-6823)

Host: Dr. Joshua Munger,

Biophysical and Molecular Mechanisms for QRS- and QTc-Interval Prolongation in Mice with Cardiac Expression of Expanded CUG repeat RNA

Kevin Tylock - Pharmacology and Physiology and Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology PhD candidate

 Jul 24, 2019 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Case Method Room (1-9576)

Host: Dr. Robert Dirksen

New functions for RNA elucidated by evolutionary conservation

Dalia Ghoneim - Genetics PhD Candidate

 Jul 19, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 2-6408 K-207

Host: Dr. David Mathews

Enhancing pH-Responsive Nanoparticle Drug Delivery to Inhibit Oral Biofilm Formation

Kenneth Sims, Jr - Translational Biomedical Science PhD Candidate

 Jul 12, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center Annex | Adolph (Lower) Auditorium 1-7619

Host: Dr. Danielle Benoit

Early Detection and Chronic Management of Sepsis

Alissa Trzeciak - Microbiology & Immunology PhD Candidate

 Jul 11, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | Lower Auditorium 1-7619

Host: Dr. Minsoo Kim

Arid1a, a subunit of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex, is a barrier to KrasG12D-driven tumorigenesis.

Scott Friedland - Genetics PhD Candidate

 Jul 09, 2019 @ 9:45 a.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9576 Ryan Case Method Room

Host: Dr. Aram Hezel

Functional Brain Network Structure in Focal Embouchure Dystonia and Related Disorders

Aimee Morris - Neuroscience PhD Candidate

 Jul 01, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Lower Adolph Auditorium 1-7619

Host: Dr. Jonathan Mink

Noradrenergic modulation of microglial dynamics and synaptic plasticity

Rianne Stowell - Neuroscience PhD Candidate

 Jun 28, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Auditorium K-307

Host: Dr. Ania Majewska

Ameliorating Alzheimer’s Disease tau pathology through immunomodulation: A novel role for interleukin 4 and glatiramer acetate

Dawling Dionisio-Santos - Neurobiology and Anatomy PhD Candidate

 Jun 26, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Upper Auditorium 3-7619

Host: Dr. Kerry OBanion

Understanding the Genetic Basis for Bone-Matrix Quality

Michael-John Beltejar - Genetics PhD Candidate

 Jun 18, 2019 @ 9:10 a.m.

 Medical Center | 2-6408 K-207

Host: Dr. Cheryl Ackert-Bicknell

Cranial irradiation leads to acute and long-lasting deficits in proliferating cell populations in the adult brain

Elizabeth Belcher - Translational Biomedical Science, PhD Candidate

 Jun 17, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | K-207 Auditorium 2-6408

Host: Dr. Kerry OBanion

Degree of Bystander-Patient Relationship and Prehospital and Emergency Department Care for Opioid Overdose

Molly McCann - Epidemiology PhD Candidate

 Jun 14, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.

 Helen Wood Hall | 1W 502

Host: Dr. Todd Jusko

The nor-nos axis contributes to virulence and metabolism in Staphylococcus aureus

Lacey Jane Favazzo - Microbiology & Immunology PhD Candidate

 Jun 07, 2019 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | K307 (3-6408)

Host: Dr. Steven Gill

Developmental activation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor results in durable changes to the responsive capacity and epigenetic landscape of CD4+ T cells

Catherine G. Burke - Microbiology & Immunology PhD Candidate

 Jun 06, 2019 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Adolph Auditorium 1-7619

Host: Dr. Paige Lawrence

Assessing the Impact of Group Prenatal Care on Breastfeeding Behavior and Motivation

Hayley Martin - Epidemiology PhD Candidate

 Jun 04, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Saunders Research Bulding | 1416

Host: Dr. Edwin Van Wijngaarden

The Role of Environmental Lead Exposure on Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection in Children Three Years Old and Younger

Marina Oktapodas - Epidemiology PhD Candidate

 May 31, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Helen Wood Hall | 1W-501

Host: Dr. Todd Jusko

Establishing the Functional Role of Cped1 in the Genetic Regulation of the Osteoblast

Robert Maynard - Pathology PhD Candidate

 May 30, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-7619 Lower Adolph

Host: Dr. Cheryl Ackert-Bicknell

Reading frame maintenance at translation stalls in yeast involves eukaryotic specific mechanisms

Jiyu Wang - Biochemistry PhD Candidate

 May 29, 2019 @ 9:30 a.m.

 Medical Center | Neuman Room (1-6823)

Host: Dr. Elizabeth Grayhack

Uncovering the Role of TNF-alpha in the Genesis of Inflammatory Interstitial Lung Disease in the TNF-Transgenic Mouse Model of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Emily Wu - Microbiology & Immunology PhD Candidate

 May 17, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Ryan Case Method Room 1-9576

Host: Dr. Edward Schwarz

Statistical Methods for qPCR Data Near the Limit of Detection

Valeriia Sherina - Statistics PhD Candidate

 May 10, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Helen Wood Hall | 1W-509

Host: Dr. Matthew McCall

Elucidating the Role of the Synovial Lymphatic Systems in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Richard Bell - Pathology PhD Candidate

 Apr 26, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

Host: Dr. Edward Schwarz

The dermal toxicity and immunomodulatory effects of topically applied engineered nanomaterials in a model of allergic contact dermatitis

Brian C. Palmer - Toxicology

 Apr 10, 2019 @ 1:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | K-207 (2-6408)

Host: Dr. Lisa DeLouise

Rational Alterations to the Influenza A Polymerase Have Ramifications for Both Therapeutic Intervention and Pandemic Preparedness

Andrew Smith - Microbiology & Immunology PhD Candidate

 Apr 05, 2019 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | K207 (2-6408)

Host: Dr. Stephen Dewhurst

Assessing the Role of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)-Induced Bone Marrow Microenvironment Remodeling in MDS Progression

Allison Li - Pathology PhD Candidate

 Apr 03, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-7619 Lower Adolph

Host: Dr. Laura Calvi

Human Platelet Dysregulation by Antiretroviral Drugs and Cigarette Smoke In Vitro

Shannon Grace Loelius - Microbiology & Immunology PhD Candidate

 Mar 25, 2019 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | K307 (3-6408)

Host: Dr. Craig Morrell

Understanding the Role of Paternal Economic Support in Early Childhood Health and Development

Yu-Fu (Michael) Chen - Health Services Research & Policy PhD Candidate

 Mar 25, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.

 Helen Wood Hall | HWH 1W502

Host: Dr. Peter Veazie

“Regulatory Focus Theory as an Explanation for Unwarranted Clinical Practice Variation”

Mechelle Sanders - Health Services Research & Policy

 Mar 15, 2019 @ 1:30 p.m.

 Helen Wood Hall | 1W 502

Host: Dr. Peter Veazie

Regulatory Focus Theory as an Explanation for Unwarranted Clinical Practice Variation

Mechelle R. Sanders - Health Services Research & Policy

 Mar 15, 2019 @ 1:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | HWH 1W502

Host: Dr. Peter Veazie

“Patient Safety in United States Hospitals: A Culture-based Explanation of Variation in Outcomes”

Leslie Laam - Health Services Research & Policy

 Mar 15, 2019 @ 9:30 a.m.

 Helen Wood Hall | 1W 502

Host: Dr. James Dolan

Patient Safety in United States Hospitals: A Culture-based Explanation of Variation in Outcomes

Leslie Laam - Health Services Research & Policy PhD Candidate

 Mar 15, 2019 @ 9:30 a.m.

 Helen Wood Hall | 1W 502

Host: Dr. James G. Dolan

Effect of Medicare Dialysis Payment Reform on Care Practices and Health Outcomes for ESRD Patients Receiving Dialysis

Tiffany Lee - Health Services Research & Policy PhD Candidate

 Mar 11, 2019 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Helen Wood Hall | 1W 501

Host: Dr. Yue Li

Effect of Medicare Dialysis Payment Reform on Care Practices and Health Outcomes for ESRD Patients Receiving Dialysis

Tiffany Lee - Health Services Research & Policy PhD Candidate

 Mar 11, 2019 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Helen Wood Hall | 1W 501

Host: Dr. Yue Li

Collagen 6 is critical component of lung structure and pulmonary epithelial cell function

Jared Mereness - Genetics PhD Candidate -

 Mar 07, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | K-307 (3-6408)

Host: Dr. Tom Mariani

Collagen 6 is critical component of lung structure and pulmonary epithelial cell function

Jared Mereness - Genetics PhD Candidate

 Mar 07, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | 3-6408 K-307 Auditorium

Host: Dr. Tom Mariani

Neurotoxicological Consequences of Developmental Exposure to Hyperoxia and Ultrafine Ambient Particulate Matter: Concurrent Risk Factors of Premature Birth

• Keith Morris-Schaffer - Toxicology

 Feb 04, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | K-207 (2-6408)

Host: Dr. Deborah Cory-Slechta

Characterization of Staphylococccus aureus RnpA and approaches for antibacterial discovery

Jennifer Colquhoun - Microbiology & Immunology PhD Candidate

 Jan 22, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 3-6408

Host: Dr. Paul Dunman

A Personality Theory-based Explanation of Variation in Outcomes

Twylla Dillion - Health Services Research & Policy PhD Candidate

 Jan 18, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | Lower Adolph Auditorium (1-7619)

Host: Dr. Peter Veazie

Inpatient mobility to predict hospital-onset Clostridium difficile: a network approach

Kristen Bush - Translational Biomedical Science PhD Candidate

 Jan 18, 2019 @ 12:00 p.m.

 Helen Wood Hall | Auditorium 1W304

Host: Dr. Martin Zand