Commencement 2012: Doctor of Philosophy

This list is drawn from the Commencement 2012 program. For more detailed information, please refer to the Electronic Theses + Dissertations Database.

* Graduated August 2011
** Graduated December 2011

Ahmed El-Sayed Abdel Meguid**
Philosophy
David Carr, Adviser
Dissertation: The Hermeneutics of Religious Imagination and Human Nature in Kant and Ibn al-'Arabi

Thomas Upton Ahearn
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Roberd Bostick, Adviser
Dissertation: The Investigation and Development of Dietary and Lifestyle Modifiable, Pre-Neoplastic Biomarkers of Risk for Colorectal Neoplasms

Joshua Adam Albrecht
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Kenneth Newell and Aron Lukacher, Advisers
Dissertation: The Pathogenesis of Polymavirus-Associated Allograft Nephropathy in Mice

Kathryn Brooke Anderson
Epidemiology
Ruther Berkelman, Adviser
Dissertation: Sero-Epidemiology of Dengue Viruses: The Influence of Preexisting Immunity on Disease Severity and Implications for Vaccine Development

Connie Maridith Arthur
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Richard Cummings, Adviser
Dissertation: Evolving Concepts in the Roles of Galectins in Innate Immunity

Rajindra Prasad Aryal**
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Richard Cummings, Adviser
Dissertation: Elucidating the Role of Cosmc in the Regulation of T-synthase Biosynthesis

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Karoun Heidi Bagamian
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
James Mills, Adviser
Dissertation: Transmission Ecology of Sin Nombre Hantavirus in Deer Mouse Populations in Outdoor Enclosures

Mark Baillie**
Chemistry
Dennis Liotta, Adviser
Dissertation: Towards the Development of Non-Toxic Therapeutics in the Fight against Cancer

Wesley Nan Barker
Religion
Wendy Farley, Adviser
Dissertation: Sexual Ethics beyond Sexual Difference: Luce Irigaray and the Ethics of "Women's" Writing

John Peder Berg**
Psychology
Jack McDowell, Adviser
Dissertation: Implementation of Stimulus Control in a Computational Model

Matthew Todd Bersagel Braley
Religion
Elizabeth Bounds, Adviser
Dissertation: More Than Just Health: Theo-ethical Reflection as a Religious Health Asset

Shantanu Bhatt**
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Daniel Kalman, Adviser
Dissertation: Investigation of the Role of the RNA Binding Protein CsrA in the Virulence of Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli

Claire Elise Bischoff**
Religion
Thomas Long and Joy McDougall, Advisers
Dissertation: Toward Tensegrity: Young Women, Narrative Agency, and Religious Education

Anna Jolly Blackstock*
Biostatistics
Amita Manatunga and Tianwei Yu, Advisers
Dissertation: Techniques for Pattern Recognition in High-Throughput Metabolomic Data

Alex Fernando Borucki*
History
Davis Eltis, Adviser
Dissertation: From Shipmates to Soldiers: Emerging Black Identities in Montevideo, 1770–1850

Elizabeth Jane Bouldin
History
James Van Horn Melton and Jonathan Strom, Advisers
Dissertation: "Chosen Vessels:" Protestant Women Prophets and the Language of Election in the Early Modern British Atlantic

Laura Elizabeth Braden**
Sociology
Timothy Dowd, Adviser
Dissertation: The Persistence of Memory: The Consecration of Artists in the US Field of Modern Art

Konrad Christian Bradley**
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
David Steinhauer, Adviser
Dissertation: Natural Influenza Isolates and Pseudorevertant Mutants Have Species-Specific Receptor Binding Profiles and Recognize a Subset of Sialic Acid Derivatives

Sarah Rosen Brand*
Psychology
Patricia Brennan, Adviser
Dissertation: Maternal Psychosocial Distress during Pregnancy and Child Behavior Outcomes

Scott Justin Branson*
Comparative Literature
Jill Robbins, Adviser
Dissertation: Fictions of Life and Death in Wilde, Gide, Strachey, and Woolf

Andres Miguel Bratt-Leal**
Biomedical Engineering
Todd McDevitt, Adviser
Dissertation: Biomaterial Integration within 3D Stem Cell Aggregates for Directed Differentiation

Brennan William Breed
Religion
Carol Newsom, Adviser
Dissertation: A Theory of Biblical Reception History

David Vincent Brewington*
Sociology
Frank Lechner, Adviser
Dissertation: International Associations at the Nexus of Globalization, Religion, and Human Rights

Janetta A. Bryksin*
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Keith Wilkinson, Adviser
Dissertation: The Etp1 Ubiquitin Ligase Regulates Ubiquitin Homeostasis in Yeast

Vinh Quang Bui*
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Frank Lechner, Adviser
Dissertation: International Associations at the Nexus of Globalization, Religion, and Human Rights

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Jade A. Caines**
Educational Studies
Yuk Fai Cheong, Adviser
Dissertation: Using Rasch Measurement Theory to Validate the Student Performance Character and Student Moral Character Scales

Larry Daniel Cantey Jr.
Religion
Timothy Jackson, Adviser
Dissertation: The Freedom of Formlessness: Justification by Faith Alone and the Protestant Experience of Grace

Bryce Andrew Carlson*
Anthropology
John Kingston, Adviser
Dissertation: Reconstructing Diet from the Ground Up: Isotopic Dietary Ecology of Chimpanzees at Ngogo, Kibale National Park, Uganda

Marcia Lynn Caron-Besch
Psychology
Marshall Duke, Adviser
Dissertation: Emotional Displays by Mental Health Professionals: A Survey Study of Therapists' and Clients' Opinions and Experiences

Elizabeth Anne Chase
English
Geraldine Higgins, Adviser
Dissertation: Counting the Dead "As One" and "One Again" in the Fiction of Twentieth-Century Irish Women Novelists

Spandan Chennamadhavuni
Chemistry
Huw M. L. Davies, Adviser
Dissertation: Synthesis of Small Molecule Therapeutics Utilizing Rhodium Carbenoid Chemistry

Yu-Wen Chien*
Epidemiology
W. Dana Flanders and Keith Klugman, Advisers
Dissertation: The Interaction between Streptococcus pneumoniae and Other Respiratory Pathogens, Including Viruses and Bacteria Commonly Colonizing the Nasopharynx

Nicola Joan Christofides
Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Claire Sterk, Adviser
Dissertation: Adolescent Pregnancy: Risk Factors and Consequences -- A Longitudinal Study in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

Jason Thomas Ciejka*
Art History
Sarah McPhee, Adviser
Dissertation: The Cavaliere Carlo Rainaldi (1611–1691): Architecture and Identity in Seventeenth-Century Rome

Kristen Sager Cincotta
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
James Lah, Adviser
Dissertation: Characterization of LR11/SorLA in Mild Cognitive Impairment

Julie Ellen Coats
Physics
Ivan Rasnik, Adviser
Dissertation: Single-Molecule Studies of DNA Mismatch Recognition

Remalian Cocar**
History
Joseph Crespino, Adviser
Dissertation: Between a Righteous Citizenship and the Unfaith of the Family: The History of Released Time Religious Education in the United States

Sarah M. Cork*
Biological and Biomedical Sciences,
Erwin Van Meir, Adviser
Dissertation: A Furin/MMP-14 Proteolytic Cascade Generates Vasculostatin-40 from Extracellular BaI1: Implications for Angiogenesis and Tumorigenesis

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Marta D'Elia**
Mathematics and Computer Science
Alessandro Veneziani, Adviser
Dissertation: Assimilation of Velocity Data into Fluid Dynamic Simulations, an Application to Computational Hemodynamics

Sheri Davis-Faulkner
Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts
Kimberly Wallace-Sanders, Adviser
Dissertation: Precious Opportunities: Black Girl Stories and Resistance Pedagogies as Critical Race Feminist Responses to the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Amy Michelle DeBaets
Religion
Elizabeth Bounds and Pamela Hall, Adviser
Dissertation: The Robot as Person: Robotic Futurism and a Theology of Human Ethical Responsibility among Humanoid Machines

Erika Danielle Dean*
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Gary Miller, Adviser
Dissertation: Disruption of Monoamine Homeostasis in Models of Neurological and Neuroendocrine Diseases

Domingos Dellamonica Jr.
Mathematics, Vojtech Rodl, Adviser
Dissertation: Topics in Ramsey Theory

Kenneth Wayne Desmond
Physics
Eric Weeks, Adviser
Dissertation: Structure, Dynamics, and Forces of Jammed Systems

Daniel Barros Domingues da Silva*
History
David Eltis, Adviser
Dissertation: Crossroads: Slave Frontiers of Angola, c. 1780–1867

Teresa Dawn Douglas
Biological and Biomedical Studies
Rani Singh, Adviser
Dissertation: Impact of Sapropterin (Tetrahydrobiopterin, BH) Treatment, with and without Diet Liberalization, on Monoamine Status and Quality of Life in a Phenylketonuria (PKU) Cohort

Jessie LaFrance Dunbar
English
Frances Smith Foster and Mark Sanders, Advisers
Dissertation: Democracy, Diaspora, and Disillusionment: Black Itinerancy and the Propaganda Wars

Colleen Catherine Dunne*
Comparative Literature
Dalia Judovitz, Adviser
Dissertation: Poetic Visions: Figures of Sight and Feminine Subjectivity in the Works of Sylvia Plath, Anne Carson, and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge

Stacey Beanna Dutton
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Andrew Escayg, Adviser
Dissertation: The Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel SCN1A and Epilepsy

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Kazem Vafai Edmond*
Physics
Eric Richard Weeks, Adviser
Dissertation: The Colloidal Glass
Transition: Rotational and Translational Decoupling and the Confinement Effect

Griffin Sims Edwards*
Economics
Paul Rubin, Adviser
Dissertation: Adverse Consequences of Tort and Statutory Law

Lindsay Jennie Edwards**
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Brian Evavold, Adviser
Dissertation: T-Cell Recognition of Weak Ligands Activates Negative Regulatory Pathways

Gabriel Andrés Eljaiek Rodríguez
Spanish
Jose Quiroga, Adviser
Dissertation: Selva de Fantasmas. Tropicalizacion de lo Gotico en la Literatura y el Cine Latinoamericana

Amin Erfani*
French Literature
Geoffrey Bennington and Claire Nouvet, Advisers
Dissertation: Breath and Whispers: The "Theatrical" Writings of Beckett, Koltes, Novarina, and Derrida

Michelle Lee Esterberg**
Psychology
Elaine Walker, Adviser
Dissertation: The Relationship between Prodromal Symptoms and Autistic Features: A Comparison of Schizotypal Personality Disorder and 22ql 1.2 Deletion Syndrome

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Praphat Xavier Fernandes
Mathematics
Aaron Abrams, Adviser
Dissertation: Quasi-Isometric Properties of Graph Braid Groups

Ivana R. Ferrer**
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Mandy Ford and Christian Larsen, Advisers
Dissertation: Immunomodulation in Transplantation: Promoting Tolerance and Protective Immunity

Nnenna Adimora Finn*
Biomedical Engineering
Melissa Kemp, Adviser
Dissertation: Role of Redox Systems in Doxorubicin Metabolism and Doxorubicin-Mediated Cell Signaling: A Computational Analysis

Danica Camille Tisdale Fisher
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Kimberly Wallace-Sanders, Adviser
Dissertation: The Pageant Politic: Race and Representation in American Beauty Contests and Culture

Astrid Angelika Fontaine
Business
Benn Konsynski, Adviser
Dissertation: Information Technology Implications in Corporate Mergers, Acquisitions, and Demergers

Rachel Michelle Foulk**
Art History
Eric Varner, Adviser
Dissertation: Politics of Place: Landscape Painting in Imperial Rome

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Jessica Dawn Gale
Educational Studies
George Engelhard Jr., Adviser
Dissertation: Comprehensive School Reform and Elementary Science Education: A Study of Science Education in the Context of Three School Reform Models

James Johnson Gardner
Computer Science and Informatics
Li Xiong, Adviser
Dissertation: Privacy Preserving Medical Data Publishing

Meriem Gaval
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
David Weinshenker, Adviser
Dissertation: Modulators of Behavioral Sensitivity to Cocaine following Dopamine b-Hydroxylase (DBH) Inhibition

Christina Gavegnano
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Raymond Schinazi, Adviser
Dissertation: Multi-Mechanism Antiretroviral Approach Targeting Macrophage Derived Viral Sanctuaries

Jessica Clare Gerschultz
Art History
Sidney Kasfir, Adviser
Dissertation: Weaving the National Identity: The Tapestries of Safia Farhat, 1967–1978

Michal Gleitman
Philosophy
Thomas Flynn, Adviser
Dissertation: The Role of Convention in Language: Donald Davidson's and Jean-Luc Nancy's Conceptions of Communication and Community

Omar Granados
Spanish
Jose Quiroga, Adviser
Dissertation: Re-escrituras: Literatura de la Revolucion Cubana

Ruth Elizabeth Grossmann
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Vin Tangpricha, Adviser
Dissertation: Bioavailability of Vitamin D and Impact of Supplementation on Clinical and Inflammatory Outcomes in Cystic Fibrosis

Matthew Lynn Gunning*
Political Science
Randall Strahan, Adviser
Dissertation: Partisan Preferences in Southern State Legislatures

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Monica Nicole Hall*
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Grace Pavlath, Adviser
Dissertation: The Role of Classical Nuclear Import Receptors during Myogenesis

Anne Hardison-Moody
Religion
Emmanuel Lartey, Adviser
Dissertation: When Religion Matters: A Practical Theological Engagement of Liberian Women's Narratives and Practices of Healing Post-Conflict

Steven Scott Harris
Biomedical Engineering
Xiaoping Hu, Adviser
Dissertation: Adiabatic Pulse Preparation for Imaging Iron Oxide Nanoparticles

Kari Rebecca Hart*
Biostatistics
John Hanfelt, Adviser
Dissertation: Robust Latent Class Analysis for Longitudinal Data

Janice M. Hassett*
Psychology
Kim Wallen, Adviser
Dissertation: Computerized Learning Tasks in a Social Group of Rhesus Monkeys: Social Demographics and Timing

Jennifer Lynn Heil
English
Benjamin Reiss, Adviser
Dissertation: The American Columbus: Geography, Chronology, and the Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Gloria Maite Hernandez*
Spanish
Maria Carrion, Adviser
Dissertation: Presence, Absence, and Divine Vision: A Comparative Study of the Cantico espiritual and Rasa Lila

Stefanie Nicole Hinkle
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Usha Ramakrishnan and Andrea Sharma, Advisers
Dissertation: Infant and Child Outcomes Associated with Maternal and Nutritional Status: Examination of Maternal Prepregnancy Body Mass Index and Gestational Weight Gain

Shannon Crunk Hipp*
English
Geraldine Higgins, Adviser
Dissertation: Eliot among the Women

Casey Jane Holliday
Biomedical Engineering
Hanjoog Jo, Adviser
Dissertation: Discovery of Shear- and Side-Dependent Micrornas and Messenger RNAs in Aortic Valvular Endothelium

Jessica Shari Holmes
Nursing
Ora Strickland, Adviser
Dissertation: Chemotherapy Adherence Decision Making in Early Stage Breast Cancer

Matthew Harvey Homan
Philosophy, Ursula Goldenbaum, Adviser
Dissertation: Spinoza's Way of Ideas

Myfanwy Heather Hopkins
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Roberd Bostick, Adviser
Dissertation: Circulating Biomarkers of Inflammation and Oxidative Stress: Associations with Risk Factors for Colorectal Neoplasms and Response to Micronutrient-Based Chemopreventive Interventions

Jacob Russell Hovind*
Comparative Literature
Jill Robbins, Adviser
Dissertation: Dead Center: The Invention of Character in the Language of Modernism

Haipeng Hu*
Chemistry
Dennis Liotta and James Snyder, Advisers
Dissertation: Validation of Receptor-Based Drug Design and Applications in the Study of IKKs, Truncated Taxane, and LRH-1

Zhuangqun Huang**
Chemistry
Tianquan Lian, Adviser
Dissertation: Charge Transfer Dynamics in Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Artificial Photosynthetic Systems

Gary Lavelle Hunter
Physics
Eric Weeks, Adviser
Dissertation: Dynamics in Confined Brownian Systems

Michelle Elizabeth Hynes
Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Kathryn Yount, Adviser
Dissertation: Gender Norms, Women's Empowerment, and Intimate Partner Violence in Colombia: A Mixed Methods Approach

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Morna Aiko Ikeda
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Stephen Warren, Adviser
Dissertation: High Resolution X Chromosome Copy Number Variation in Autism

Shareen Amina Iqbal
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Leland Chung, Adviser
Dissertation: PDGF Upregulates MCL-1 through Activation of β-Catenin and HIF-1α-Dependent Signaling in Cancer

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Susan Rae Janiszewski
Mathematics
Ronald Gould, Adviser
Dissertation: 3-Connected, Claw-Free, Generalized Net-Free Graphs are Hamiltonian

Joshua Wayne Jipp
Religion
Luke Timothy Johnson, Adviser
Dissertation: Divine Visitations and Hospitality in Luke-Acts: An Interpretation of the Malta Episode in Acts 28:1–10

Candice Yang Johnson
Epidemiology
W. Dana Flanders and Godfrey Oakley Jr., Advisers
Dissertation: Exposure Misclassification and Selection Bias in a Case-Control Study of Prepregnancy Body Mass Index and Neural Tube Defects

Latrise Paulene Johnson
Educational Studies
Maisha Winn, Adviser
Dissertation: Shaping Literate Identities: African American Male Youth, Literacy, and Middle School

Crystal La' Shawn Jones
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
David Weiss, Adviser
Dissertation: A Complex Interaction: Cooperation between Multiple Macrophage Defense Pathways in Response to Francisella novicida Infection

Meredith Katherine Jones**
Psychology
Scott Lilienfeld, Adviser
Dissertation: Culture of Honor, Psychopathy, and Aggression: An Examination of How Regional Differences and Personality Traits Relate to Aggression

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Harshita Mruthinti Kamath
Religion
Joyce Flueckiger, Adviser
Dissertation: Aesthetics, Performativity, and Performative Maya: Imagining Gender in the Textual and Performance Traditions of Telugu South India

Michael Christopher Kelly**
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Ping Chen, Adviser
Dissertation: The Cellular Role of Atoh1 in Development and Regeneration in the Mammalian Cochlea

Ashley Paige Kennedy*
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Clinton Kilts, Adviser
Dissertation: A Clinical Trial and fMRI Study of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Cocaine Addiction and of the Efficacy of the Cognitive Enhancer D-Cycloserine for Its Treatment

Stephen Frank Kiebzak
Economics
Paul Rubin, Adviser
Dissertation: Three Essays in Environmental and Resource Economics

Ju-Hwan Kim*
Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts
Catherine Nickerson, Adviser
Dissertation: Relocating the Alliance: The US-South Korea Military Alliance in Cultural Representations

Mi-Sun Kim
Chemistry
Dennis Liotta and James Snyder, Advisers
Dissertation: I. Design of a Novel Class
of Reversible Non-Covalent Small Molecule Inhibitors for Human Granzyme B (hGrB); II. Curcumin and Mimics as Proteasome Inhibitors; III. Design of Novel Coactivator Binding Inhibitors (CBIs) for the Estrogen Receptor α: Break the 1μM Barrier

Amy Ransom Kincheloe*
Psychology
Stephen Nowicki, Adviser
Dissertation: A Prospective Investigation of the Impact of the Timing of Exposure to Interparental Conflict on Young Children's Emotional and Behavioral Adjustment

William Henry Kitchens Jr.
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Mandy Ford, Adviser
Dissertation: Costimulatory Blockade-Resistant Transplant Rejection: Mechanistic Characterization and Evaluation of Novel Immunomodulatory Regimens

Sarah Marie Knepper*
Computer Science and Informatics
James Nagy, Adviser
Dissertation: Large-Scale Inverse Problems in Imaging: Two Case Studies

Saule Edlmanovna Kulubekova
Psychology
Jack McDowell, Adviser
Dissertation: Computational Model of Selection by Consequences: Patterns of Preference Change on Concurrent Schedules

Heejung Kwon*
Religion
Mary Elizabeth Mullino Moore, Adviser
Dissertation: Toward a Theological Anthropology of Resistance: Korean American Women's Ambivalent Subjectivity, "Third Space," and Religious Education

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Angela Jean LaGrotteria
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Martine Brownley, Adviser
Dissertation: Engendering Regions in Contemporary Novels of Appalachia and the US Southwest

Yu-Heng Lai**
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Carlos Moreno, Adviser
Dissertation: The Role of SOX4 in Prostate Cancer

Molly Kathleen Larson*
Psychology
Elaine Walker, Adviser
Dissertation: The Relationship between Alcohol/Cannabis Use and Symptom Profile and Progression in Individuals at Risk for Psychosis

Sangjune Lee
Mathematics and Computer Science
Vojtech Rodl, Adviser
Dissertation: Results on Sidon and Bh Sequences

Sarah Emerson Lee
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
John Hepler, Adviser
Dissertation: The Role of RGS14 in Learning, Memory, and Synaptic Plasticity

Li Li*
Biostatistics
Brent Johnson, Adviser
Dissertation: Semiparametric Efficient and Robust Estimation of Treatment Effects from Observational Data

Ruosha Li*
Biostatistics
Limin Peng, Adviser
Dissertation: Varying-Coefficient Regression Analyses for Semi-Competing Risks Data

Yajing Lian**
Chemistry
Huw M. L. Davies, Adviser
Dissertation: Rhodium Catalyzed Asymmetric Transformations of Vinylcarbenoids

Andrea Ines Liatis**
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Andrew Miller, Adviser
Dissertation: Norepinephrine Regulation of Inflammatory Responses during Monocyte Activation and Differentiation and during Acute Stress in Patients with Major Depression

Justine Suzanne Liepkalns
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
James Zimring, Adviser
Dissertation: Clearance and Resistance of Red Blood Cells during Incompatible Transfusions

Chen Lin
Business
Douglas Bowman and Sandy Jap, Advisers
Dissertation: Modeling Complex Decisions under Multiple Consumption Scenarios

Eugene Lin
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Aron Lukacher, Adviser
Dissertation: Characterization of the CD4+ T-Cell Response to Mouse Polyomavirus Infection

Ji Lin
Biostatistics
Robert Lyles, Adviser
Dissertation: Likelihood Methods for Logistic Regression with Missing Data

Yi-Han Lin*
Chemistry
David Lynn, Adviser
Dissertation: The Broad-Host Range Pathogenesis of Agrobacterium tumefaciens: Successful Coupling the Motions and Domain Interactions within Vira to Integrate Signal Sensing

Yichen Liu*
Chemistry
Stefan Lutz, Adviser
Dissertation: Engineering Kinases for Dual Thymidine and Thymidylate Kinase Activity

Yue Liu
Chemistry
David Lynn, Adviser
Dissertation: Comparing and Contrasting Two Plant Pathogens Provides a Unique Window into the Differences in the Innate Immune Responses between Dicots and Monocots

Gilbert David Loria
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
John Altman, Adviser
Dissertation: Platelets, Hemostasis, Immunity, and Pathogens: A Conceptual Understanding of Their Interactions

Matthew Jeremy Lynch
Religion
David Petersen, Adviser
Dissertation: Agents of Exaltation: Monotheism, Divine Supremacy, and Focal Institutions in the Book of Chronicles

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Tanya Lynn MacGillivray
Psychology
Philippe Rochat, Adviser
Dissertation: Social Learning across Cultures: Universality and Cultural Variability

Amanda Grace Madden**
History
Sharon Strocchia, Adviser
Dissertation: Vendetta Politics and State Formation in Early Modern Modena: A Case Study of the Bellencini-Fontana Vendetta, 1547–1562

Ryan Allen Maddox
Epidemiology
John Boring III, Adviser
Dissertation: Kawasaki Syndrome: An Investigation of Recurrence, Atypical Cases, and Treatment

Cari Williams Maes**
History
Jeffrey Lesser, Adviser
Dissertation: Progeny of Progress: Child-Centered Policymaking and National Identity Construction in Brazil, 1922–1954

Amy Louise Mahan**
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Kerry Ressler, Adviser
Dissertation: Transcriptional Regulation of Homer 1a during Pavlovian Fear Conditioning

Daniel Frederick Manvich*
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Leonard Howell, Adviser
Dissertation: Serotonin 5-HT2C Receptor-Mediated Modulation of the Behavioral and Neurochemical Effects of Cocaine in the Squirrel Monkey

Terri M. Marin
Nursing
Linda McCauley, Adviser
Dissertation: Mesenteric Perfusion Pattern Changes as the Result of Packed Red Blood Cell Transfusion in Preterm Infants

Adam William Martinez**
Biomedical Engineering
Elliot Chaikof, Adviser
Dissertation: Design and Development of an Elastin Mimetic Stent with Therapeutic Delivery Potential

Jennifer Streiffer Mascaro*
Anthropology
Charles Raison and James Rilling, Advisers
Dissertation: A Longitudinal Investigation of Empathic Behavior and Neural Activity and Their Modulation by Compassion Meditation

Lisa Leilani Matragrano
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Donna Maney, Adviser
Dissertation: Hormone-Dependent Modulation of Auditory Processing and Selectivity in a Seasonally Breeding Songbird

Lauren Holt Matthews
English
Paul Kelleher, Adviser
Dissertation: Lyric Relations: Poetic Intersubjectivity in the Long Eighteenth Century

Lynn Meghan Maxwell*
English
Jonathan Goldberg, Adviser
Dissertation: Wax Figures and Forms in Early Modern Literature

Laura Ellis McClelland
Business
Robert Kazanjian, Adviser
Dissertation: From Compassion to Satisfaction: Examining the Relationship between Routines That Facilitate Compassion and Quality of Service

Shannon Katherine McClintock
Biostatistics
Lance Waller, Adviser
Dissertation: Model-Based Statistical Methods for Public Health Surveillance Subject to Imperfect Observations

Christine Marie McCulloch
English
Barbara Ladd, Adviser
Dissertation: "A Profane Miracle": Modernity and the Accident in American Literature and Film, 1925–1934

Natasha Latrice McPherson*
History
Leslie Harris, Adviser
Dissertation: "There Was a Tradition among the Women": New Orleans's Colored Creole Women and the Making of a Community in the Tremé and Seventh Ward, 1791–1930

Alexandra Maria Mercante**
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
William Shafer, Adviser
Dissertation: Characterization of MpeR and Its Role in High-Level Antimicrobial Resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Vasiliki J. Michopoulos
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Mark Wilson, Adviser
Dissertation: Pychosocial Stress Induces Distinct Physiological and Behavioral Phenotypes in Female Rhesus Monkeys

Neil Francis Milan
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Todd Schlenke, Adviser
Dissertation: Ecological and Evolutionary Interactions between Fruit Flies and Their Parasitic Wasps

Michelle Raelene Miles*
English
Geraldine Higgins, Adviser
Dissertation: All the Dead Voices: Communicating across the Grave in Contemporary Northern Irish Poetry

Meera Elizabeth Modi
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Larry Young, Adviser
Dissertation: Identifying Novel Therapeutic Strategies for Enhancing Social Cognition Using Functional Animal Models

Nelson B. Moseley II**
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
John Altman, Adviser
Dissertation: Characterization of Human T-Cell Responses to 2010–2011 Seasonal Influenza Vaccines

Donna Susan Mote
Religion
Gary Laderman, Adviser
Dissertation: Ancestors in the Laying-By Time: Revival of the Living and the Dead at Shingleroof Camp Meeting

Vivek Jayesh Mukhatyar**
Biomedical Engineering
Ravi Bellamkonda, Adviser
Dissertation: Understanding the Role Topographical Features Play in Stimulating the Endogenous Peripheral Nerve Regeneration across Critically Sized Nerve Gaps

Francis Musoni
History
Clifton Crais, Adviser
Dissertation: With an Apron in the Caboose: Illegal Migration across the Zimbabwe–South Africa Border

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Alyssa Vanita Ngangan*
Biomedical Engineering
Todd McDevitt, Adviser
Dissertation: Bioactive Factors Secreted by Differentiating Embryonic Stem Cells

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Kate Kristen O'Toole**
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Andrew Jenkins, Adviser
Dissertation: Functional and Structural Subdomains of the Intracellular Loop Domain of the GABAAR α1 Subunit

Molly Elizabeth Ogle
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Ling Wei, Adviser
Dissertation: Cellular Oxygen-Sensing through HIF-1α and NF-κB: A Therapeutic Target for Ischemia

Anlys Olivera*
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Andrew Miller and Thaddeus Pace, Advisers
Dissertation: Inhibition of the NF-kB Signaling Pathway by the Curcumin Analogs, 3,5-Bis(2-pyridinylmethylidene)-1-Methyl-4-Piperidone (UBS109): In-Vitro and In-Vivo Studies

Omer Cem Ozturk
Business
Sriram Venkataraman, Adviser
Dissertation: Essays on Bankruptcy-Induced Exits and Market Outcomes

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Matthew John Page
Epidemiology
Patrick Sullivan, Adviser
Dissertation: Community Level Factors and HIV among Marginalized Populations in the United States

ChangHui Pak*
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Anita Corbett and Kenneth Moberg, Advisers
Dissertation: Mutation of the Conserved Polyadenosine RNA Binding Protein, ZC3H14/dNab2, Impairs Neural Function in Drosophila and Humans

Shannan Treasure Palma
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Laurie Patton, Adviser
Dissertation: Tales as Old as Time: Myth, Gender, and the Fairy Tale in Popular Culture

Hasan Palta
Mathematics
Vladimir Oliker, Adviser
Dissertation: Some Mathematical Problems in Design of Free-Form Mirrors and Lenses

Yi Pan*
Biostatistics
Michael Haber, Adviser
Dissertation: A New Method for Assessing Observer Agreement with Replicated and Repeated Observations

Shilpa Narendra Patel
Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Gina Wingood, Adviser
Dissertation: Understanding HIV Transmission Risk in Married HIV Serodiscordant Couples in Gujarat, India: The Positive Jeevan Saathi Study

Amy Elizabeth Patterson
Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Claire Sterk, Adviser
Dissertation: Net Values: Meaning, Motivation, and Measurement in the Distribution, Use, and Monitoring of Bed Nets for Malaria Control in Segou, Mali

Melissa Ann Patterson**
Chemistry
Vincent Conticello, Adviser
Dissertation: Synthesis of Protein-Based Polymers with the Potential to Form Physically and Covalently Cross-Linked Networks

Rachel Elizabeth Patzer*
Epidemiology
William McClellan, Adviser
Dissertation: Racial Disparities and Poverty in Access to Kidney Transplantation

Regina Lynn Paxton
Psychology
Robert Hampton, Adviser
Dissertation: Evolution of Social Cognition and the Cognitive Bases of Transitive Inference in Monkeys

Christa Dawn Payne*
Psychology
Jocelyne Bachevalier, Adviser
Dissertation: The Role of the Amygdala and Orbital Frontal Cortex in Processing Socially Relevant Crossmodal Signals

Hesen Peng
Biostatistics
Tianwei Yu, Adviser
Dissertation: High-Dimensional Universal Dependence Discovery

Weilin Peng
Chemistry
Vincent Conticello, Adviser
Dissertation: I. Expanding Genetic Code in S. cevevisiae with an Orthogonal tRNA Trp/UCA/Tryptophanyl tRNA Synthetase Pair; II. Synthetic Yeast Prions Based on a Non-NQ-Rich Amyloidogenic Sequence Derived from the NAC Protein Sequence of α-Synuclein

Maurita Nicole Poole**
Anthropology
David Nugent, Adviser
Dissertation: "Brown Skin Is Half of Beauty": Representations of Beauty and the Construction of Race in Contemporary Cairo

Sarah Elizabeth Prince*
Women's Studies
Martine Brownley, Adviser
Dissertation: With "Two Throats and One Eye": Abject Female Friendships in Contemporary American Women's Novels

Alastair Rez Pullen
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Lynne Huffer and Mark Jordan, Advisers
Dissertation: Preface to Transgender: Fractures of the Wrong Body

Andrew Scott Pyle
French
Elissa Marder, Adviser
Dissertation: Bestiality, Sexuality, Aggression: The Track of the Werewolf in French Literature

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Tielin Qin**
Biostatistics
Vicki Hertzberg, Adviser
Dissertation: Bayesian Analysis for Repeated Compositional Data and Approaches for Correcting Measurement Errors in General Multivariate Linear Model

Laura Jeanne Quaynor
Educational Studies
Carole Hahn, Adviser
Dissertation: Refugee Students in Global Schools, Constructing Citizenship: A Comparative Case Study of Sixth-Grade Classrooms in Two Public IB Schools

Meghan Elise Quirk
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Rani Singh, Adviser
Dissertation: A Biochemical, Genetic, and Nutritional Characterization of Tetrahydrobiopterin Responsiveness in Patients with Phenylketonuria

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Samantha Adkins Radford
Chemistry
P. Barry Ryan, Adviser
Dissertation: Degradation of Insecticides in Food and Beverages: Implications for Risk Assessment

Alana Leigh Reed*
Biological and Biomedical Studies
Samuel Dudley Jr. and Roy Sutliff, Advisers
Dissertation: The Senescence-Accelerated Mouse (SAM): A Murine Model of Age-Associated Diastolic Dysfunction

Ebony Renee Washington Remus
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
W. Robert Taylor, Adviser
Dissertation: Angiotensin II Regulation of Extracellular Matrix Proteins: Lysyl Oxidase and Osteopontin

Yaya Ren*
Anthropology
Michelle Lampl, Adviser
Dissertation: Vi(Abilities): Biology, Personhood, and Agency in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the US and Taiwan

Colleen Knight Reynoso
Chemistry
Justin Gallivan, Adviser
Dissertation: Development and Application of Synthetic Riboswitches as Tools to Study Bacterial Pathogenesis

Brian Scott Robinson*
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Kenneth Moberg, Adviser
Dissertation: Identification and Characterization of Novel Regulators of Salvador-Wart-Hippo Signaling in Drosophila

Joshua James Robinson
Economics
Sara Markowitz, Adviser
Dissertation: The Effects of Asymmetric and Symmetric Fetal Growth Restriction on Human Capital Development

Omar Rodriguez
Business
Sundar Bharadwaj, Adviser
Dissertation: Essays on Sustainability, Marketing Capability, and Firm Performance

Uri Rosenheck**
History
Jeffrey Lesser, Adviser
Dissertation: Fighting for Home Abroad: Remembrance and Oblivion of World War II in Brazil

Kristen McCrory Rosenthal
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Brian Evavold, Adviser
Dissertation: Understanding the Effects of Low Potency TCR Ligands

Jared K. Rothstein**
Philosophy
Robert McCauley, Adviser
Dissertation: The Affective Foundations of Moral Cognition and Justification: A Naturalistic Account

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Seyed A. Safavynia
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Lena Ting, Adviser
Dissertation: Spatiotemporal Organization of Muscle Activity throughout Human Postural Responses

Christina Elena Saikus*
Biomedical Engineering
Ajit Yoganathan, Adviser
Dissertation: Towards MRI-Guided Cardiovascular Interventions

Eileen Kessler Sawyer**
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Leonard Howell, Adviser
Dissertation: Neuroadaptive Changes in the Serotonin System Associated with Chronic SSRI Treatment in the Context of Cocaine Use

Melissa Christine Scardaville**
Sociology
Timothy Dowd, Adviser
Dissertation: A Voice in the Room: The Evolution of Economic and Aesthetic Legitimacies for Daytime Soap Operas in the United States, 1930–2009

Heather Leigh Scheuerman*
Sociology
Robert Agnew and Karen Hegtvedt, Advisers
Dissertation: Evening the Score: Factors Affecting Criminal Responses to Injustice

James William Schroeder**
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Joseph Cubells and Alicia Smith, Advisers
Dissertation: Associations between Perinatal Exposures and Neonatal DNA Methylation

Mary Chen Schroeder*
Economics
Sara Markowitz, Adviser
Dissertation: The Economics of Mandated Paid Leave

Jessica Demetra Sellountos
Comparative Literature
Deborah Elise White, Adviser
Dissertation: Revolutionary Claims: Transatlantic Agency in the Fictions of Godwin, Brown, and Irving

Qing Shao*
Physics
David Dunlap and Laura Finzi, Advisers
Dissertation: DNA Elasticity and Effects on Type II Topoisomerases

Jacob Michael Shreckengost
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Shawn Hochman, Adviser
Dissertation: On the Mechanisms of Presynaptic Inhibition of Primary Afferents

Aaron Julius Siegler
Public Health
Ralph DiClemente, Adviser
Dissertation: The Esoto Dance, Circumcision Practices, and Negative Condom Beliefs: A Survey Assessing HIV Risk among the Maasai of Tanzania

James Austin Simmons**
Chemistry
David Lynn, Adviser
Dissertation: Conformational Exchange: A Common Mechanism for Amyloid Assembly

Brandy Lin Simula
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Cathryn Johnson and Mark Jordan, Advisers
Dissertation: A Different Economy of Bodies and Pleasures?: Gender, Power, and Sexuality in BDSM Interactions

James Andrew Singleton
Epidemiology
Carolyn Drews-Botsch, Adviser
Dissertation: Evaluation of Pandemic and Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Surveys

Sebastien Siva*
Computer Science and Informatics
James Lu, Adviser
Dissertation: Enabling Relational Databases for Effective CSP Solving

Jie Song*
Chemistry
Craig Hill, Adviser
Dissertation: Exploring Catalytic Properties of Polyoxometalates in Aerobic Oxidation and Water Oxidation

Allyson Shook Ching Soon**
Biomedical Engineering
Thomas Barker, Adviser
Dissertation: Exploiting Fibrin Knob:Hole Interactions for the Control of Fibrin Polymerization

Erin Michelle Spinner**
Biomedical Engineering
Ajit Yoganathan, Adviser
Dissertation: Tricuspid Valve Mechanics: Understanding the Effect of Annular Dilatation and Papillary Muscle Displacement

Tiffany Lynn Stallings
Epidemiology
Julie Gazmararian, Adviser
Dissertation: Influential Factors in Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among Low-Income US Women

John Warren Steen IV
Comparative Literature
Walter Kalaidjian and Elissa Marder, Advisers
Dissertation: Rhymes Unbearable: Crises of Feeling in Twentieth-Century US Lyric

Adina Domonique Sterling*
Business
Peter Roberts, Adviser
Dissertation: Who You Know: Pre-Entry Contacts and Post-Entry Structure

Elizabeth Joan Stice
History
Kathryn Amdur, Adviser
Dissertation: Empire between the Lines: Constructions of Empire in British and French Trench Newspapers of the Great War

Dan Blanken Swartzlander
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Paul Doetsch, Adviser
Dissertation: Regulation of Base Excision Repair in Response to Genotoxic Stress

Jeffrey Michael Switchenko**
Biostatistics
Lance Waller, Adviser
Dissertation: Estimation of Epidemic Model Parameters: A Spatial Analysis Using Bayesian Techniques

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Sean Michael Thomas**
Mathematics
Emily Hamilton, Adviser
Dissertation: Complex Iso-Length-Spectrality in Arithmetic Hyperbolic 3-Manifolds

Matthew G. Traut
Philosophy
Mark Risjord, Adviser
Dissertation: The Foundations of Pragmatism: Reclaiming the Pragmatic A Priori

Courtney E'Clair Tucker
Educational Studies
C. Aiden Downey and Vanessa Siddle Walker, Advisers
Dissertation: Charting Pathways to Success: A Longitudinal Study into the Role of Science in the Lives of High-Achieving African American High School Seniors

Mary Julia Turner
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Lynne Huffer, Adviser
Dissertation: Mary E. Hutchinson: The Absence of an Oeuvre

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Kristin Elizabeth VanderEnde
Nursing
Lynn Sibley, Adviser
Dissertation: Community-Level Correlates of Intimate Partner Violence against Women in Bangladesh

Christopher Peter Vellano
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
John Hepler, Adviser
Dissertation: Regulator of G Protein Signaling 14 (RGS14) at the Interface of Conventional and Unconventional G Protein Signaling

Elizabeth Anne Venell
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Lynne Huffer, Adviser
Dissertation: Queer Projections: Sexuality and Visibility through the Avant-Garde Lens

Sarah Martins Vitorino
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Irene Browne, Adviser
Dissertation: Overcoming the Odds: Understanding Formerly Incarcerated Women's Desistance from Crime

Maria Ivanova Vulcheva*
Business
Grace Pownall, Adviser
Dissertation: International Accounting Standardization across Countries with Unequal Enforcement—Questionable Benefits at a High Price?

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Haowei Wang**
Physics
Laura Finzi, Adviser
Dissertation: A Single Molecule Study of Two Bacteriophage Epigenetic Switches

Zhen Wang*
Mathematics
Michele Benzi, Adviser
Dissertation: Preconditioning Techniques for the Incompressible Navier-Stokes Equations

Mary Beth Weber
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
K. M. Venkat Narayan, Adviser
Dissertation: Translating Lifestyle Programs for Diabetes Prevention in South Asian Communities

Kerry Higgins Wendt*
English
William Chace, Adviser
Dissertation: The Epigraphic Character: Fiction and Metafiction in the Twentieth-Century Novel

Erin Elizabeth West**
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Rafi Ahmed, Adviser
Dissertation: Regulation of CD8 T Cells during Chronic Viral Infection

Marina Georgia Wheeler**
Psychology
Michael Davis, Adviser
Dissertation: Acoustic Startle and Cocaine Use in Rats

Rebecca M. Wheeler
Nursing
Kenneth Hepburn, Adviser
Dissertation: Internationally Educated Nurses' Perceptions of Agency: Implications for Patient Care and Nurse Retention

Tirza Wilbon White
Educational Studies
Vanessa Siddle Walker, Adviser
Dissertation: It Takes a City: The Process and Politics of Urban School Restructuring

Jarad Joseph Wilson
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Aron Lukacher, Adviser
Dissertation: CD8 T-Cell Mediated Control of Mouse Polyomavirus and the Requirement of Naïve Recruitment

Claire Bailey Wofford
Political Science
Thomas Walker, Adviser
Dissertation: The Road (Not) Taken: Selection of Legal Rules on the US Supreme Court

Seth Richard Wood*
Comparative Literature
Elissa Marder, Adviser
Dissertation: The A.B.C. . . of Autography: Edgar Allan Poe and Archive Trouble of Antebellum American Literature

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