Dissertations

Dissertations: August 9, 2021

DISSERTATIONS DEFENDED

Art History and Archaeology
Gillman, Matthew. Medieval glass and the aesthetics of simulation. Sponsor: Avinoam Shalem.

Astronomy
DeFelippis, Daniel. The angular momentum of the circumgalactic medium and its connection to galaxies in the illustris and TNG simulations. Sponsor: Greg Bryan.

Kulkarni, Mihir. Modeling the formation, evolution, and observation of first stars. Sponsor: Greg Bryan.

Biological Sciences
Feng, Yi. Using comparative genomics to understand genome rearrangement from an evolutionary perspective. Sponsor: Laura Landweber.

Manuel de Jesus Flores Quijano, Juan. Genetically intact engineered spores of B. subtilis. Sponsor: Ozgur Sahin.

Reilly, Molly. Nervous system specification by homeodomain TFs in C. elegans. Sponsor: Oliver Hobert.

Biomedical Engineering
Mojahed, Diana. Rapid breast cancer pathology tissue evaluation using optical coherence tomography (OCT). Sponsor: Christine Hendon.

Biomedical Informatics
Cho, Sylvia. Data quality assessment for the secondary use of person-generated wearable device data: Assessing self-tracking data for research purposes. Sponsor: Karthik Natarajan.

Biostatistics
Liao, Ziwei. Bayesian modeling in personalized medicine with applications to N-of-1 trials. Sponsor: Ying-Kuen Cheung.

McDonnell, Erin. Dynamic graphical models and curve registration for high-dimensional time course data. Sponsor: Yuanjia Wang.

Business
Yeaton, Matthew. Cultural diffusion through language: How communication networks influence culture in the age of digitization. Sponsor: Bruce Kogut.

Cellular Physiology and Biophysics
Zuccaro, Michael. Ploidy-dependent genome stability. Sponsor: Dietrich Egli.

Chemical Engineering
Gusley, Ryan. Interconnects beyond Cu. Sponsor: Katayun Barmak Vaziri.

Chemical Physics
Fetherolf, Jonathan. Dynamics and spectroscopy of strongly coupled electrons and nuclei. Sponsor: Timothy Berkelbach.

Gunasekaran, Suman. Investigating electron transfer across single-molecule junctions. Sponsor: Latha Venkataraman.

Spencer, Michael. Structure + condensation of exciton-polaritons in birefringent optical cavities. Sponsor: Xiaoyang Zhu.

Chemistry
Cho, Yeongsu. Semiempirical methods for excited states of nanomaterials. Sponsor: Timothy Berkelbach.

Hammond, Matthew. Synthetic and structural investigations of main group and transition metal compounds supported by a multidentate [N3C] donor ligand. Sponsor: Gerard Parkin.

McMurtry, Brandon. Syntheiss of monodisperse metal phosphide and chalcogenide nanocrystals. Sponsor: Jonathan Owen.

Starr, Rachel. Reactivity in the single molecule junction. Sponsors: Xavier Roy and Latha Venkataraman.

Stone, Ilana. Azobenzenes: Make, measure and roll. Sponsor: Xavier Roy.

Classics
Conser, Anna. The musical design of Greek tragedy. Sponsor: Helene Foley.

Computer Science
Tian, Yuchi. Detect and repair errors for DNN-based software. Sponsor: Baishakhi Ray.

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Abell, Jordan. ÒEarth, wind, and water: Plio-Pleistocene climate evolution in East Asia and the North Pacific. Sponsor: Gisela Winckler.

Martinez, Carlos. Seasonal climatology, variability, characteristics, and prediction of the Caribbean rainfall cycle. Sponsor: Lisa Goddard.

East Asian Languages and Cultures
Shen, Yiwen. Female body, motherhood, and old age: Women in hell in 16-17th Japan. Sponsor: Haruo Shirane.

Economics
Pereira, Gustavo Antonio. Essays on informality and macroeconomics. Sponsor: Martin Uribe.

Electrical Engineering
Eull, William-Michael. Bidirectional non-isolated fast charger integrated in the electric vehicle traction drive train. Sponsor: Matthias Preindl.

Wei, Peter. Energy footprinting and human-centric building co-optimization with multi-task deep reinforcement learning. Sponsor: Xiaofan Jiang.

English and Comparative Literature
Horn, Adam. Presumption and despair: The figure of Bernard in Middle English imaginative literature. Sponsor: Eleanor Johnson.

McIntosh, Elizabeth. The pastoral field: Local ecologies in early modern literature. Sponsor: Julie Crawford.

Environmental Health Sciences
Gould, Carlos. As the smoke clears: Assessing the air pollution and health benefits of a nationwide transition to clean cooking fuels in Ecuador. Sponsor: Darby Jack.

Ukawuba, Israel. Use of climate in a simple entomological framework to improve dynamic simulation and forecast of malaria transmission. Sponsor: Jeffrey Shaman.

Epidemiology
Maldonado Martinez, Adriana. Structure and risk of internalizing symptoms of preschool boys and girls in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Sponsor: Silvia Martins.

Mechanical Engineering
Chang, Biing-Chwen. Characterizing gait and balance on a stairmill with pelvic applied forces. Sponsor: Sunil Agrawal.

Li, Baichang. Synthetic transition metal dichalcogenides and their applications. Sponsor: James Hone.

Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection
Lee, Yeojin. Extrinsic regulation of hematopoietic stem cells in the fetal liver. Sponsor: Lei Ding.

Nair, Lekha. The role of RNA base modification m6A in RNA turnover and genome dynamics in B cell programmed DNA recombination. Sponsor: Uttiya Basu.

Music
Momii, Toru. Rethinking transpacific boundaries: Analyzing interculturality in contemporary Japanese music. Sponsor: Ellie Hisama.

Neurobiology and Behavior
Belarde, James. Development of a mouse model of a novel thin lissencephaly variant. Sponsor: Carol Troy.

Braine, Catherine. Transforming growth factor beta signaling in motor neurons in a mouse model of ALS. Sponsors: Tom Maniatis and Hemali Phatnani.

Chintamen, Sana. Microglia in the Subgranular Zone: A specialized immune population in the neuroogenic niche of the hippocampus. Sponsor: Steven Kernie.

Nursing
Schwartz, Jessica. Clinician trust in predictive clinical decision support for in-hospital deterioration. Sponsor: Kenrick Cato.

Nutritional and Metabolic Biology
Aina-Badejo, Danielle. Investigating the unknown role of cyclin dependent Kinase 5 in cardiac pathophysiological conditions. Sponsor: Masayuki Yazawa.

Gallop, Molly. Diet palatability and body weight regulation. Sponsor: Anthony W. Ferrante, Jr..

Operations Research
Hernández Ramírez, Miguel Camilo. Me, Myself and I: Time-inconsistent stochastic control, contract theory and backward stochastic Volterra integral equations. Sponsor: Dylan Possamai.

Lelo de Larrea Andrade, Enrique. Topics in simulation and optimization: Graphs and emergency medical services. Sponsors: David Yao and Paul Glasserman.

Zhou, Yeqing. Supply chain and service operations with demand-side flexibility. Sponsor: Adam Elmachtoub.

Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine
Kim, Yoon. Epitranscriptomic alterations in Alzheimer's disease: The role of MicroRNA methylation in the regulation of TAU proteostasis. Sponsor: Ismael Santa-Maria Perez.

Korobeynikov, Vladislav. Therapeutic strategies targeting FUS toxicity in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: From a novel mouse model of disease to a first-in-human study. Sponsor: Neil Shneider.

Quinn, Stuart. Microproteins and epigenetic remodeling in cancer and aging. Sponsor: Adolfo Ferrando.

Raab, William. CDX2 as a predictive biomarker of drug response in colon cancer. Sponsor: Piero Dalerba.

Physics
Li, Yutao. Electronic and plasmonic band structure engineering of graphene using superlattices. Sponsor: Cory Dean.

Political Science
McClellan, Oliver. Politicians or parties? Assessing the effects of intraparty conflict in the United States. Sponsor: Donald Green.

Thomas, Daniel. Conflict, shocks and social behavior: Three essays on social responses to social disruptions. Sponsor: Timothy Frye.

Social Work
Huang, Xiaoning. Three essays on international migration. Sponsor: Neeraj Kaushal.

Sociomedical Sciences
Shiu-Yee, Karen. Medical provider habitus, practice, and care of people living with HIV and substance use. Sponsor: Lisa Rosen-Metsch.

TC / Behavioral Disorders
Nealon, Kate. Reliability of differentially diagnostic characteristics in acquired apraxia of speech (AOS). Sponsor: Lisa Edmonds.

TC / Clinical Psychology
Guzman Daireaux, Eleonora. Test of an online cognitive training to improve problem solving among suicidal young adults. Sponsor: Christine Cha.

Mobbs, Meaghan. Ostracism, loneliness, and the potential psychological impact of the civilian-military divide. Sponsor: George Bonanno.

TC / Cognitive Science in Education
Simhairi, Voula. Gesturing at encoding enhances episodic memory recall for older adults. Sponsor: John Black.

TC / Comparative and International Education
Verschueren, Carine. Global and local (F)actors in environmental and sustainability education policies. Sponsor: Oren Pizmony-Levy.

TC / Educational Policy
Zosel-Harper, Therese. Teacher beliefs about evaluation. Sponsor: Douglas Ready.

TC / English Education
Odlum, Lakisha. Crafting digital narratives: Black girls' literacies, social media, and identity formation. Sponsor: Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz.

TC / Kinesiology
Desai, Radhika. Neurophysiological correlates of gait initiation in Huntington's and Parkinson's disease. Sponsor: Lori Quinn.

Lauriola, Vincenzo. Exploring the association between a novel index of volume of exercise performed and health outcomes. Sponsor: Carol Garber.

DISSERTATION PROPOSALS FILED

Biomedical Engineering
Arumugam, Siddarth. Design and development of tools and technologies for point-of-care and decentralized diagnostic testing.

Field, Rachel. Ultrasound-responsive microcapsules for localized drug delivery applications.

Marshall, Brittany. The biological role of the subacromial bursa in rotator cuff tendon injury and healing.

Pinezich, Meghan. Engineering extracellular environments to study and treat lung pathologies.

Saharkhiz, Niloufar. Clinical harmonic motion imaging system for breast tumor characterization and neoadjuvant chemotherapy response assessment.

Shang, Yun. Design and implementation of magnetic field control in magnetic resonance imaging and B0 shimming.

Shi, Lingting. The impact of mechanosensing on Treg induction and function.

Sutton, Michael. The influence of microtubules and microtubule-based structures on cell function.

Wu, Josephine. Engineering spatiotemporal cues for directed cartilage formation.

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Acosta, Kailani. Nitrogen and phosphorus transformation over time and space in the upper ocean of the Gulf of Mexico.

Balter, Alexandra. Investigating ice sheet (in)stability using novel cosmogenic-nuclide techniques.

Chang, Clara. Empirical constraints on sediment transport: Case studies from the Mesozoic to present.

History
Gorton, Alice. Household nation:  Catholicism, nationalism and the family in Britain and the empire, 1851-1936.

Katz, Mariana. The labor of the State: The politics of unfree work in nineteenth-century Paraguay.

Philosophy
Tian, Chuyu. The justificatory role of laws in Aristotle.

Religion
Shukla, Rohini. Bhakti, gender, and caste in early modern Maharashtra: A study of Mahipati Taharabadkar (1715-1790).