Dissertations

Dissertations: December 21, 2020

DISSERTATIONS DEFENDED

Biological Sciences
Hamilton, Keith. Structural studies of the human 3'-end RNA processing complex. Sponsor: Liang Tong.

Muller, Salomon. Learning in multi-layer networks of the brain. Sponsor: Laurence Abbott.

Business
Even, Yaarit. Essays on market microstructure. Sponsor: Alireza Tahbaz-Salehi.

Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies
Bashkirova, Elizaveta. Spatially determined olfactory receptor choice is regulated by NFI-dependent heterochromatin silencing and genomic compartmentalization. Sponsor: Stavros Lomvardas.

Klein, Alyssa. A p53-independent role for MDM2/MDMX in cell cycle progression. Sponsor: Carol Prives.

Liu, Bohao. Cardiac recovery through therapeutic delivery of iPSC derived cardiomyocyte. Sponsor: Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic.

Chemical Engineering
Inaba, Yuta. Engineering acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans for metal corrosion and recovery. Sponsor: Scott Banta.

Chemical Physics
Foegen, Neil. Optoelectronic properties of Perylene diimide-based graphene nanoribbons. Sponsor: Colin Nuckolls.

Chemistry
Bannier, Sean. Directed evolution of protein receptor binding for small molecule therapeutics using fluorescence polarization. Sponsor: Virginia Cornish.

Liu, Hengrui. Probing diseases using small molecules. Sponsor: Brent Stockwell.

Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Russ, Jonathan. Computational design of structures for enhanced failure resistance. Sponsor: Haim Waisman.

Shou, Zhenyu. Harnessing big data for the sharing economy in smart cities. Sponsor: Xuan Di.

Computer Science
Kedzie, Christopher. Salience estimation and faithful generation: Modeling methods for text summarization and generation. Sponsor: Kathleen McKeown.

Moretti, Antonio. Variational Bayesian methods for spatial statistics and nonlinear dynamics. Sponsor: Itshack Pe'er.

Electrical Engineering
Elloian, Jeffrey. Design of a flexible 2D ultrasound phased array with adaptive phasing for sensing applications. Sponsor: Kenneth Shepard.

English and Comparative Literature
Gordon, Walter. "Oh awful power": Energy and modernity in African American literature. Sponsors: Austin Graham and Jennifer Wenzel.

Materials Science and Engineering
Hu, Jiayang. Two-dimensional self-assembly of nanoparticles at liquid interfaces. Sponsor: Irving Herman.

Mechanical Engineering
Finney, Nathan. Symmetry engineering via angular control of layered van der Waals heterostructures. Sponsor: James Hone.

Music (DMA)
Lo, Shih-Wei. Partial displacement: En/decoding spectral thinking in Tristan Murail’s Mémoire/Érosion, and Two Compositions for String Quartet. Sponsor: George Lewis.

Neurobiology and Behavior
Kanner, Scott. Developing a ‘ubiquitous’ nanobody-based toolkit for modulating ion channel expression in health and disease. Sponsor: Henry Colecraft.

Nursing
Breder, Kelseanne. Social support and wellbeing of LGBT adults: An application of the Convoy Model of social relations. Sponsor: Walter Bockting.

Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine
Gallerani, Nicholas. The spatial distribution of cortical interneurons and how clustered protocadherins affect it. Sponsor: Edmund Au.

Physics
Hu, Rui. Pic, pigeon and pulsar. Sponsor: Andrei Beloborodov.

McNally, Rees. Laser cooling of BaH molecules, and low energy tests of fundamental physics. Sponsor: Tanya Zelevinsky.

Wenz, Konrad. Nuclear Schiff moment search in Thallium Fluoride molecular beam: Rotational cooling. Sponsor: Tanya Zelevinsky.

TC / Clinical Psychology
Jean-Pierre, Arielle. Differences in maternal behaviors affecting child health status among probably depressed and non-depressed mothers in rural Uganda. Sponsor: Helen Verdeli.

TC / Economics and Education
Rodriguez Andrade, Viviana. Essays on economics and education. Sponsor: Alexander Eble.

TC / History and Education
Park, Jean. Exiled envoys: Korean students in the Atlantic northeast, 1910-1939. Sponsor: Cally Waite.

TC / Measurement and Evaluation
Bezirhan, Ummugul. Modelling conditional dependence between response time and accuracy in cognitive diagnostic models. Sponsor: Young-Sun Lee.

Elbulok, Musa. A cognitively diagnostic modeling approach to diagnosing misconceptions and subskills. Sponsor: James Corter.

TC / Politics and Education
Camp, Matthew. No longer exempt: Higher education's entrée into lobbying. Sponsor: Jeffrey Henig.

Park, Elizabeth. Diversity in gifted-and-talented programs: The role of family engagement and bureaucratic rules. Sponsor: Jeffrey Henig.

TC / School Psychology
Im, Jennifer. The relationship between distress tolerance, parenting, and substance use among adolescent workers. Sponsor: Stephen Peverly.

TC / Social-Organizational Psychology
Li, Aitong. Inclusive leadership questionnaire: The design and validation of a theory-based instrument. Sponsor: Elissa Perry.

DISSERTATION PROPOSALS FILED

Applied Physics
Kim, Bok Young. Kerr frequency combs in normal group-velocity dispersion.

Ungar, Yocheved. Bacterial spore-based humidity responsive materials for energy conversion, actuation and smart textiles.

Biomedical Engineering
Doshi, Anjali. Engineering bacterial swarm patterns for spatial information encoding.

Computer Science
Chen, Yichen. Multiscaling and machine learning approaches to elastoplastic simulation.

Narin, Anthony. Verified patching through binary rewriting.

East Asian Languages and Cultures
Dongchung, Tenzin. Books beyond the library: The spread of woodblock printing technology on Sino-Tibetan borderlands (1644-1911).

Lee, Meng Heng. Koreanizing Chinese laws: Illegal border-crossing and persecuting Catholicism in late Chosŏn Korea and east Asian world order (1791-1904).

Wang, Siwei. Toward third worldism: The Sino-Latin American literary revolution in the Cold War.

Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Shenoy, Niyati. Rape and retributive justice in colonial North India.

Political Science
Heidemanns, Merlin. Three papers on estimating public opinion.

Kim, Ki Young. Re-asserting freedom as the ideal of the workplace.

Peteris, Urte. Strategic logics of foreign propaganda.

Theatre
Gilovich, Ilana. Bodysnatching in performance.