Dissertations: January 13, 2017


Gross, Victoria. The fights of the forsaken kings: Caste identity politics and masculinity in contemporary Tamil Nadu. Advisor: E. Valentine Daniel.

Biological Sciences
Choi, Philip. Structural studies of cyclic-di-AMP and its regulation of pyruvate carboxylase. Advisors: Lars Dietrich and Liang Tong.

Feng, Qiao. Study of short forms of P/Q-type voltage-gated calcium channels. Advisor: Jian Yang.

Jobe, Amy. Cryo-electron microscopy studies of ribosome complexes in disease. Advisor: Joachim Frank.

Lee, Andreia. Proviral silencing in embryonic cells. Advisor: Stephen P. Goff.

Biological Sciences
Weinberg, Peter. Sexual dimorphism in the nervous system. Advisor: Oliver Hobert.

Biomedical Engineering
Nims, Robert. Computational models for optimizing cartilage tissue engineering. Advisor: Gerard Ateshian.

Roach, Brendan. Modulation of the in vitro mechanical and chemical environment for the optimization of tissue-engineered articular cartilage. Advisor: Clark T. Hung.

Chen, Yakuan. Methods for functional regression and nonlinear mixed effects models with applications to PET data. Advisor: R. Todd Ogden.

Cellular Physiology and Biophysics
Kernan, Timothy. Tools and methods to engineer the industrial microorganisms Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans. Advisor: Scott A. Banta.

Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies
Hornstein, Nicholas. Defining protein synthesis: New technologies to elucidate translational control. Advisor: Peter Sims.

Mathur, Deepti. PTEN inactivation alters cellular metabolism and creates vulnerability to DHODH inhibition. Advisor: Ramon E. Parsons.

Chemical Engineering
Bulutoglu, Beyza. Engineering biomolecular interfaces for applications in biotechnology. Advisor: Scott A. Banta.

Luo, Yu. Multi-agent control in sociotechnical systems. Advisor: Venkat Venkatasubramanian.

Nwadibia, Ekeoma. Chemical targeting of specific cell types in the brain. Advisor: Dalibor Sames.

Yang, Zheren. Ionic hydrogenation of pyridimium and azetidinium cations. Advisor: Jack R. Norton.

Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Arriaga e Cunha, Miguel. Stability analysis of metals capturing brittle and ductile fracture through a phase field method and shear band localization. Advisor: Haim Waisman.

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Farmer, Jesse. Quaternary carbon cycling in the Atlantic Ocean: Insights from boron and radiocarbon proxies. Advisor: Bärbel Hönisch.

West, Abagael. Multidisciplinary approaches to understanding the origins and evolution of Notoungulata (Mammalia: Placentalia). Advisor: John J. Flynn.

East Asian Languages and Cultures
Lin, Hsin Yi. Relieving the suffering of birth: Reproductive discourses and practices of Buddhism in medieval China. Advisors: Bernard Faure and Zhaohua Yang.

Electrical Engineering
Ashraphijuo, Mehdi. Capacity region and degrees of freedom of bidirectional networks. Advisor: Xiaodong Wang.

Chen, Christine. Ultra-high capacity silicon photonics through spatial multiplexing. Advisor: Keren Bergman.

Guo, Ning. Investigation of energy-efficient hybrid analog/digital approximate computation in continuous time. Advisor: Yannis P. Tsividis.

Masurkar, Amrita. Charge injection and transport in pentacene field-effect transistors. Advisor: Ioannis Kymissis.

Wen, Ke. Photonic interconnection network for supercomputers. Advisor: Keren Bergman.

Kahn, Linda. A life course approach to potentially modifiable risk factors for poor semen quality. Advisor: Pam R. Factor-Litvak.

French and Romance Philology
Marcus, Elizabeth. Difference and dissidence: French, Arabic and ​cultural ​c​onflict in Lebanon, 1943-1975. Advisor: Emmanuelle Saada.

Mechanical Engineering
Jones, Brian. Articular cartilage contact mechanics and development of a bendable osteochondral allograft. Advisor: Gerard Ateshian.

Kielman, Adam. Zou Qilai!: Musical subjectivity, mobility, and sonic infrastructures in postsocialist China. Advisor: Ana María Ochoa.

Neurobiology and Behavior
Bolkan, Scott. Thalamo-prefrontal substrates regulating cognitive behaviors in mice. Advisor: Christoph Kellendonk.

Clark, Abigail. The role of dopaminergic modulation of the midline thalamus. Advisor: Christoph Kellendonk.

Doobin, David. Genetic and infectious causes of microcephaly: NDE1 mutations and the Zika virus. Advisor: Richard Vallee.

Hoang, Phuong. Subtype specification and synaptic connectivity of stem cell-derived spinal inhibitory interneurons. Advisor: Hynek Wichterle.

Sitko, Austen. Organization of retinal ganglion cell axons in the developing mouse retinogeniculate pathway. Advisor: Carol A. Mason.

Williamson, Rebecca. Ubiquitin-dependent trafficking of amyloid precursor protein and implications for Alzheimer’s disease. Advisor: Gilbert Di Paolo.

Pharmacology and Molecular Signaling
Pappas, Kyrie. Transcriptional control of tumor suppressor genes in cancer. Advisor: Ramon E. Parsons.

Klein, Matthew. Search for R-parity violating supersymmetry in multilepton final states using the ATLAS detector. Advisor: Emlyn Hughes.

Smith, Matthew. A search for supersymmetric phenomena in final states with high jet multiplicity at the ATLAS detector. Advisor: Emlyn Hughes.

Political Science
Buckley, Noah. Calculating corruption: Political competition and bribery under authoritarianism. Advisor: Jeffrey R. Lax.

Snyder, Kenzie. The preference of self-reliance. Beyond the typical conceptualization of social support in close relationships: Can less be more? Advisor: Niall Bolger.

Slavic Languages
Ossorgin, Michael. Visual polyphony: The role of vision and the mechanics of compassion in Dostoevsky’s poetics. Advisor: Liza Knapp.

Social Work
Hunt, Timothy. Mediation analysis of the efficacy of a training and technical assistance implementation strategy on intention to implement a couple-based HIV/STI prevention intervention. Advisor: Leopoldo Cabassa.

TC / Anthropology and Education
Scroggins, Michael. Stupid is OK: The natural history of the “Garage lab”. Advisor: Hervé H. Varenne.

TC / Clinical Psychology
Baily, Charles. Investigating the mental health needs of unaccompanied immigrant children in removal proceedings: A mixed-methods study. Advisor: Helen Verdeli.

Lenchner, Erez. Using educational data mining (EDM) to predict community college student outcomes. Advisor: Thomas R. Bailey.

TC / Cognitive Studies in Education
Crow, William. The domain-specificity of epistemological understanding in making aesthetic judgments. Advisor: Deanna Kuhn.

TC / Counseling Psychology
Reed, Rebecca. The poor/working-class college students’ challenges and resiliency factors scale: Developing the P/W-CRF. Advisor: Laura Smith.

TC / Educational Leadership
Pratt-Williams, Jaunelle. Student support service policy decisions in large districts and their impact on schools. Advisor: Luis A. Huerta.

TC / Measurement and Evaluation
Fellers, Lauren. Generalizability of institute of education sciences funded studies: A review of efficacy and effectiveness trials from 2004-2014. Advisor: Laura Elizabeth Tipton.

TC / Science Education
Adornato, Philip. Uncovering the lived experiences of junior and senior undergraduate female science majors. Advisor: Felicia Moore Mensah.

TC / Speech and Language Pathology
Mishra, Avinash. Airway protective behaviors and mealtime performance in children. Advisor: Michelle Troche.



APAM: Applied Mathematics
Lipat, Bernard. Does dynamics play a role in the mid-latitude cloud radiative feedback?

APAM: Applied Physics
Cheng, Zhengqian. Single-particle plus local reduced density matrix functional theory for Fermionic lattice.

Art History and Archaeology
Ercan, Ayse. The Mangana quarter in Constantinople: The history and monuments of a Byzantine neighborhood.

Biomedical Informatics
Ogallo, William. An informatics approach to improve the monitoring of antiretroviral drug toxicity in underserved settings.

Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Ma, Siwei. Characterization of chemical phase evolution, rheological properties and hardened properties of oil well cements modified with nanoadditives.

Mobasher, Mostafa. Enhanced continuum damage modeling of mechanical failure in ice rocks.

Torres, Maura. Reduction of uncertainty in post-event seismic lose estimates through observation data.

Computer Science
Huang, Yi-Peng. Hybrid analog-digital co-processing for scientific computation.

Jermyn, Jill. Discovering network control vulnerabilities and policies in evolving networks.

Kang, Yuan. Helping intrusion detection help itself.

Su, Fang-Hsiang. Uncovering features in behaviorally similar programs.

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Clifton, Olivia. Advancing the process-level understanding of ozone removal by vegetation through constraints on variability in time and space, and implications for ozone pollution.
Frischkorn, Kyle. Physiological ecology of Trichodesmium and its microbiome in the oligotrophic ocean.

Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Lais, Coelho. The effects of pleistocene climatic cycles on aviain history demography across Amazonia.

English and Comparative Literature
McIntyre, Katherine. Fugitive form: Poetry, race, and ecology in the Americas.

Igra, Alma. The substance of human life: The emergence of human nutrition in Britain 1918-1941.

Katz, Jordan. Wise women: Religion, medicine and the boundaries of knowledge in early modern Europe.

Lebovich, Andrew. The search for the straight path: Islamic reform and regional change in Algeria, Senegal, and Mali in the twentieth century.

Provenzano, Luca. Countering contestation: Democratic security forces and the challenge of collective revolt, 1960-1980.

McNulty, Jacob. Hegel’s dialectic and its justification.

Political Science
de la Paz, Alexander. Human shields: Coercian, casualty aversion, and blame in insurgent conflict.

Mangonnet, Jorge. When the rich soak the poor: Subverting land property rights in Nascent democracies.

Balmforth, Mark. Garlanding the raj: Devotion, education, and power in British colonial Jaffna, 1795-1855.

Fisher, Joseph. All too human: A historical and philosophical anaylsis of the posthuman.