Thesis Defenses

Congratulations to our wonderful students who have successfully defended their thesis projects!

Congratulations to Jillian Rosenberg who successfully defended her thesis entitled “Revealing T Cell Signaling States by 4-Dimensional Lattice Light-Sheet Microscopy of Receptor Dynamics” on April 30, 2021!

Congratulations to Robert Gruener who successfully defended his thesis entitled “Computational Drug Repositioning for Triple-Negative Breast Cancers” on April 27, 2021!

Congratulations to Chang Cui who successfully defended her thesis entitled “Leveraging Macrophages to Develop Cancer Therapeutics” on February 17, 2021!

Congrats to John Cao who successfully defended his thesis entitled “Erythropoiesis is Controlled by External Stimuli through Covalent Epigenetic Modifications and Chromatin Looping” on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021!

Congratulations Jessica Fessler who successfully defended her thesis entitled “The gut microbiome shapes the tumor microenvironment by tuning innate immunity” on January 25, 2021!

Molly successfully defended her thesis entitled "The Role of CUX1 In Therapy-Related Myeloid Neoplasms" on September 4th, 2020.  

Matthew successfully defended his thesis entitled “Identification of Risk Factors and Comorbidities Associated with Treatment-Related Hearing Loss and Tinnitus and Comparison of their Genetic Architecture with De Novo Etiologies” on June 16, 2020.  

Kyle successfully defended his thesis entitled "Discovery and Validation of Methacryllysine Modification on Histone Proteins" on April 9, 2020.  

Alexander successfully defended his thesis entitled "Predicting clinical drug combination efficacy using in vitro monotherapy data" on November 7, 2019.  

Calvin successfully defended his thesis entitled "Revealing Mechanisms of Tumor Suppression Driven by MEIS and HOX Transcription Factors in Prostate Cancer" on July 25, 2019.  

Lindsey successfully defended her thesis entitled "Distinct cell death sensitivity and adaptivity in T cell subsets following manipulation of the BCL-2 family of proteins" on July 22, 2019.  

Sriram successfully defended his thesis entitled "Mechanism of Action of a Signaling Protein DOCK4 in Myelodysplastic Syndromes" on July 12, 2019.  

Yanran successfully defended her thesis entitled "A chimeric antigen receptor recognizes multiple different antigens on a single cancer cell" on July 9, 2019.  

Anna successfully defended his thesis entitled "Preventing estrogen receptor alpha-positive breast cancer outgrowth with the use of hormone replacement therapy" on April 8, 2019.  

Cynthia successfully defended his thesis entitled "The essential molecular mechanisms underlying keratinocyte differentiation and epidermal homeostasis" on March 15, 2019.  

Ali successfully defended his thesis entitled "Discovery of anti-metastatic therapies guided by the physiological suppressor Raf Kinase Inhibitory Protein" on January 7, 2019.  

Payal successfully defended her thesis entitled "Metabolically activated macrophages in mammary adipose tissue link obesity to triple negative breast cancer" on September 4, 2018.

Jillian, a second year student, is one of the recipients of the 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Jillian has published a first-author review paper in Current Opinion this year. Her research is characterizing T cell and NK cell interactions with tumor cells using Lattice Light Sheet Microscopy and single cell omics technologies.  Well done Jillian!