Dissertations

Dissertations: January 8, 2018

DISSERTATIONS DEFENDED

Biomedical Engineering
Beattie, Bradley. Improvements in the robustness and accuracy of bioluminescence tomographic reconstructions of distributed sources within small animals. Sponsor: Andreas Hielscher.

Han, Yang. Development of a real-time system for harmonic motion imaging guided focused ultrasound for breast tumor characterization and treatment monitoring. Sponsor: Elisa Konofagou.

Karamolegkos, Nikolaos. Modeling and estimation of cardiorespiratory function, with application to ventilation therapy. Sponsor: Nicolas Chbat.

Cellular Physiology and Biophysics
Forrester, Frances. The role of modified UNC-68 in age-related C. elegans muscle function loss. Sponsor: Andrew Marks.

Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies
Billing, David. The role Bard1 BRCT domain in tumor suppression and genome stability. Sponsor: Richard Baer.

Martinez, José. Control of axonal mRNA localization and translation through an exclusion mechanism. Sponsor: Ulrich Hengst.

Weyn-Vanhentenryck, Sebastien. RNA- binding protein networks link alternative splicing programs to neurodevelopment. Sponsor: Chaolin Zhang.

Yen, Bonnie. Asymmetric cell division in cell fate diversification of the immune system. Sponsor: Steve Reiner.

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Mascioli, Nora. Impacts of anthropogenic aerosols on U.S. climate: Extreme events, stagnation, and the warming hole. Sponsors: Arlene Fiore and Michael Previdi.

Rabinowitz, Hannah. The seismogenic potential of subducting sediments. Sponsor: Heather Savage.

Economics
Yuan, Ding. Thesis in contracts and labor law. Sponsor: W. Bentley MacLeod.

Electrical Engineering
Choi, Christopher. Optoelectronic neural implant sensors for cerebral blood volume monitoring. Sponsor: Ioannis Kymissis.

Genetics and Development
Kaniecki, Kyle. The yeast Srs2 helicase regulates homologous recombination through the disassembly of recombination intermediates. Sponsors: Eric Greene and Lorraine Symington.

Materials Science and Engineering
Notis Berger, Amy. Temperature driven topological switch in 1T'-MoTe2 and strain induced nematicity in NaFeAs. Sponsors: Katayun Barmak and Abhay Pasupathy.

Wong, Vernon. Melting in pulsed-laser irradiated polycrystalline silicon films. Sponsor: James Im.

Neurobiology and Behavior
Clark, Samuel. Characterization striatal direct and indirect path neurons during motor learning and anxiety. Sponsor: David Sulzer.

Youssef, Mary. Timing-dependent effects of stress on hippocampal neurogenesis and function. Sponsor: Alex Dranovsky.

Neurobiology and Behavior
Youssef, Mary. Timing-dependent effects of stress on hippocampal neurogenesis and function. Sponsor: Eduardo Leonardo.

Nursing
de Jacq, Krystyna. Nurses' attitudes toward mental illness. Sponsor: Elaine Larson.

Physics
Anthony, Matthew. Understanding low-energy nuclear recoils in liquid xenon for dark matter searches and the first results of XENON1T. Sponsor: Elena Aprile.

Political Science
Ferrerosa Young, Carolina. Under the radar: Essays on lobbying, representation, and responsiveness in the U. S. Congress. Sponsor: Donald Green.

Slavic Languages
Doubrovskaia, Maria. Figures of clarity: Three poets? voyage toward an intelligible poetics. Sponsor: Boris Gasparov.

Sociology
Atria, Jose Thomas. Beyond discourse: Computational text analysis and material historical processes. Sponsor: Peter Bearman.

TC / Clinical Psychology
Mazur, Marina. Resilience and psychopathology among homeless young women. Sponsor: Lisa J. Miller.

TC / English Education
Filipiak, Danielle. Tracing agency in a middle school, youth participatory action research class. Sponsor: Ernest Morrell.

TC / Mathematics Education
Cao, Mengmeng. Students as spatial thinkers: An examination of three-dimensional geometry in high school curricula in US and China. Sponsor: Nicholas Wasserman.

TC / School Psychology
Chiel, Zoe. Parental cognitions of control and self-efficacy: Observed parenting behaviors in mothers of preschool children with autism spectrum disorder. Sponsor: Marla Brassard.

Theatre
Meyers, Sarah. The sentient stage: The theatrical uncanny in comtemporary performance. Sponsor: Arnold Aronson.

DISSERTATION PROPOSALS FILED

Biomedical Engineering
Nayak, Samiksha. Development and evaluation of point-of-care diagnostic technologies for providers and consumers.

Qu, Dovina. Tissue engineering strategies for interface fibrocartilage regeneration.

Wobma, Holly. Interferon-y/Hypoxia primed mesenchymal stem cell s for an improved immunosuppressive cell therapy.

Classical Studies
Sharpless, Alice. Quae sequens insania est: The social and economic value of Roman silver tableware from the Late Republic through the 3rd century CE.

Classics
Vinck, Barbara. A study of Herodotean literature.

Computer Science
Farra, Noura. Multilingual and low-resource sentiment analysis.

Hadfield, Stuart. Quantum algorithms for scientific computing and approximate optimization.

Ouyang, Jessica. Abstractive summarization of emotional genres using text-to-text generation.

Mechanical Engineering
Bastra, Richa. Particle robotics: Amorphous machines basedon statistical mechanics of loosely-based cells.

Jin, Xin. A novel design of a cable-driven active leg exoskeleton (C-ALEX) and gait training with human subjects.

Olsen, Timothy. Microfluidic isolation of aptamers for precision medicine applications.

Political Science
Lin-Greenberg, Erik. Games of drones: The effect of unmanned weapons on conflict initiation and escalation.

Thorley, Dane. Courts, experiments, and randomization: A three-paper dissertation proposal.