Current Students

You Are Invited To Attend The Following Doctoral Dissertation Defenses


  • Jessica Schuyler "Unraveling Antibiotic Resistance in Last Resort Therapies for Treatment of Multidrug Resistant Enterobacteriaceae" - Newark - 10/13/2022

  • Tao Yin "Investigate whether Bri2 loss of function in CNS is pathogenetic mechanism of familial dementia ." - Newark - 10/7/2022

  • Heta Parmar "Developing highly multiplexed molecular diagnostic tests for drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis" - Newark - 9/26/2022

  • Vaishnavi Satish Kaipilyawar "Development of biomarkers and investigation of host immune responses in Tuberculosis" - Newark - 8/23/2022

  • Calvin N. Leung "Effects of Ra-223 Therapy on Bystander Breast Cancer Cells and the Immune System within the Bone Microenvironment" - Newark - 8/17/2022

  • Katherine E. Lothstein "Helminth TGF- mimic, TGM, increases leukocyte migration and activation while also enhancing cutaneous wound healing and tissue regeneration" - Newark - 7/27/2022

  • Helen Y Fung "Division of labor between intestinal tissue-resident memory T cell subsets during infection" - Newark - 7/11/2022

  • Themistoklis Vasilopoulos "A Role for Telomerase in Normal Somatic Human Cells" - Newark - 7/6/2022

  • Darine El-Naccache "A Role for Intestinal Epithelial Cell Adenosine Signaling in Driving Type 2 Immunity and Host Protective Responses Against Helminths" - Newark - 6/21/2022

  • Saiaditya Badeti "An Exploration into Natural Killer Cells in Hepatocellular Carcinoma: L-Selectin (CD62L) and NK Function" - Newark - 6/10/2022

  • Christina M. Hernandez "Carbonic anhydrase enzymes: regulators of mast cell development and antihelminth immunity " - Newark - 6/6/2022

  • Sera T. Jacob "Molecular Analysis of Aggregatibacter Actinomycetemcomitans, ApiA and its Influence on Factor H." - Newark - 6/2/2022

  • Madhuri Bhagavathula "Study of three distinct host factors in regulating susceptibility to Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection: TLR2, Sex bias and Autophagy" - Newark - 5/31/2022

  • Stephanie Iring-Sanchez "SIDELINE ASSESSMENT OF SYMPTOMS AND CEREBRAL BLOOD FLOW ALTERATIONS IN MEN AND WOMEN RUGBY PLAYERS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING A HEAD INJURY" - Newark - 5/25/2022

  • Lucas Corrubia "Traumatic Brain Injury induces aberrations in dentate gyrus adult-born granule cell maturation and circuit integration" - Newark - 5/24/2022

  • Helena Flores Mello "A Cytoplasmic Histone Deacetylase Positively and Negatively Regulates Reactivation of a Nuclear Herpesvirus" - Newark - 4/8/2022

  • Azadeh Nasuhidehnavi "A Role for Basigin in Toxoplasma gondii Invasion" - Newark - 4/1/2022

  • Miloni S. Dalal "Deletion of Myeloid Pannexin-1 Channels decrease Chemokine’s expression and improves Cognitive function after Brain trauma" - Newark - 3/25/2022

  • Eliezer Rovira-Diaz "The impact of helminth-coinfection on the innate and adaptive immune response to Toxoplasma gondii" - Newark - 3/24/2022

  • Olivia Q. Antao "The Tetraspanin CD9 regulates CD4+ T follicular helper cell function during acute viral infection" - Newark - 3/17/2022

  • Nicola de Souza "Identifying the Contribution of Individual Factors to Chronic and Long-Term Outcomes in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury" - Newark - 3/15/2022

  • Aysenur Yazici "DIFFERENTIAL ROLES OF PHOSPHOINOSITIDES IN TRANSIENT RECEPTOR POTENTIAL CHANNEL REGULATION" - Newark - 3/10/2022

  • Marc Brillantes "The Life and Death of Natural Killers: The Inhibitor of Apoptosis Protein, Birc5, critically regulates the NK cell niche." - Newark - 2/18/2022

  • Yu Zhang "The role of Fat4 in pressure overload-induced cardiac dysfunction" - Newark - 1/27/2022

  • Tara Porfido "Identifying and mitigating the risk of negative outcomes in athletes with exposure to repetitive head impacts " - Newark - 12/15/2021

  • Angelina Evangelou "A novel mouse model revealing the multifaceted spectrum of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex; from compromised myelin acquisition, to seizures and autistic-like behaviors" - Newark - 12/14/2021

  • Aurora James-Palmer "Tele-yoga for individuals with movement disorders" - Newark - 12/1/2021

  • Tamara L. Kreiss "Drug discovery in Brugia malayi – Identification of an adult selective filaricidal target" - Newark - 10/8/2021

  • Carly Levine "Combating tuberculosis through an in-depth understanding of a Mycobacterium tuberculosis tolerance mechanism and the development of novel pyrazinoic acid prodrugs" - Newark - 8/4/2021

  • Hannah Dewald "Uncovering Mechanisms of Dysfunction in Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells and T cells: Part 1: Transcriptional Regulation of Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells Part 2: Immunosenescent CD8+ T cells in Healthy Aging and COVID-19 " - Newark - 7/28/2021

  • Courtney Grady "Prescient Drug Resistance: Characterization and functional significance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistance to modern TB drugs in the absence of prior drug exposure " - Newark - 7/27/2021

  • Yixiao Mei "The roles of sensory STIM1 in pain" - Newark - 7/8/2021

  • Luo (Jack) Jia "Microbiota regulates γδ intraepithelial lymphocyte homeostasis and enhances activity against microbial invasion " - Newark - 5/5/2021

  • Deboleena Kanjilal "ZINC ENHANCES THE OSTEOGENIC CAPACITY OF BONE ALLOGRAFTS " - Newark - 4/30/2021

  • Marina Gergues "Temozolomide exposed: glioblastoma-derived exosomes on hematopoiesis" - Newark - 4/28/2021

  • Mingming Tong "The Role of Mitophagy in Diabetic Cardiomyopathy" - Newark - 4/21/2021

  • Corey L. Goyeneche "Novel RBP-Jk splice variant inhibits canonical Notch signaling and reduces proliferation of Non-small cell lung cancer cells" - Newark - 1/25/2021

  • Brian S. Canter "SYSTEMIC RADIOTHERAPY FOR METASTATIC BREAST CANCER TO BONE WITH Ra-223" - Newark - 12/30/2020

  • Michelle Frondelli "Pediatric Murine Neural Progenitor Cell Proliferation Following a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury" - Newark - 11/18/2020

  • Shanshan Li "Nutrigenomics of vitamin D action in the proximal and distal intestine " - Newark - 8/28/2020

  • John S. Del Rosario "REGULATION OF PIEZO2 CHANNELS BY Gi-PROTEIN COUPLED RECEPTORS AND IDENTIFICATION OF NOVEL INHIBITORS OF TRPV5 CHANNELS" - Newark - 8/31/2020

  • Juan M. Inclan Rico "Basophils and neuromedin B: unexpected regulators of helminth-induced inflammation" - Newark - 8/14/2020

  • David Calianese "Targeting Phosphatidylserine (PS) and PS Receptors in Oncology: Therapeutic mAbs and Mechanistic Implications" - Newark - 7/31/2020

  • Luipa Khandker "A TALE OF TWO REGIONS: mTOR REGULATION OF OLIGODENDROCYTE FUNCTION IN THE BRAIN AND SPINAL CORD" - Newark - 7/28/2020

  • Nicholas J. Monteleone "Identification of the multifaceted tumor suppressive functions of miR-708-5p in lung cancer cells" - Newark - 6/15/2020

  • Mark Simpson "Telomere Dysfunction-Induced Senescence in Placentas and Amniochorionic Membranes" - Newark - 5/26/2020

  • Eric Himelman "Connexin-43 remodeling: A mechanistic insight into its role in Duchenne muscular dystrophy cardiomyopathy" - Newark - 5/20/2020

  • Hoa Pham "RevealingNewPerspectivesonDementiaPathogenesiswithContemporaryMethods: Single-CellRNA SequencingAnalysisandtheIntelliCage" - Newark - 4/17/2020

  • Aysegul Guvenek "Bioinformatic Studies of Mechanisms and Consequences of Alternative Cleavage and Polyadenylation" - Newark - 4/16/2020

  • Harry J. Hurley "The mechanism of metabolic reprogramming in activated plasmacytoid dendritic cells" - Newark - 4/10/2020

  • Garima Sinha "Interrogating N-cadherin in Breast Cancer Dormancy: The Cancer Stem Cell Hurdle" - Newark - 4/7/2020

  • Marisa Jeffries "Oligodendrocytes Require mTOR to Maintain Myelin Integrity and Efficiently Remyelinate in the Adult Brain" - Newark - 3/26/2020

  • Madeleine Hu "γδ intraepithelial lymphocyte migratory behavior modulates intestinal barrier integrity in response to infection and inflammation" - Newark - 3/25/2020

  • Joon Ho Seo "Myeloid Pannexin-1 Mediates Acute Leukocyte Infiltration And Leads To Worse Outcomes After Brain Trauma" - Newark - 3/19/2020

  • Arianne Lovey "Uncovering mechanisms leading to differences in host response and disease outcome in epidemiologically characterized high and low transmission strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis" - Newark - 3/13/2020

  • Yee-Kuen Yam "Characterization of current and novel antibacterials against Mycobacterium abscessus persisters" - Newark - 3/10/2020

  • Raghavendra Sridhar "Compartmentalized response of type I and type III interferons" - Newark - 2/27/2020

  • Hsiang-Chi Tseng "The Role of type I and type III Interferons in Bacterial Superinfecion" - Newark - 12/18/19

  • Paridhi Sukheja "Exploiting vulnerabilities in Mycobacterium tuberculosis respiration to identify new drugs and drug targets" - Newark - 11/18/19

  • Ersilia Mirabelli "Pathological pain processing in the mouse model of multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury: contribution of Plasma Calcium ATPase 2 (PMCA2)" - Newark - 11/8/19

  • Juan M. Valdez Capuccino "Gating regulation of Connexin26 hemichannels by cytosolic interdomain interactions" - Newark - 10/31/19

  • Shruthi Satish "New insights into drug adaptation and clinical resistance in fungi" - Newark - 10/24/19

  • Yong Heui Jeon "Adiponectin via AMPK enhances aerobic respiration through activating succinate dehydrogenase in cardiac myocytes " - Newark - 10/9/19

  • Viralkumar Davra "Axl and Mertk receptors cooperate to promote breast cancer progression by combined oncogenic signaling and evasion of host anti-tumor immunity" - Newark - 10/1/19

  • Derek J. Prince "ATP and its role in the leukotoxin-mediated killing of malignant lymphocytes" - Newark - 9/13/19

  • Felix Adusei-Danso "Structure-function studies of the Bacillus subtilis Ric proteins identify the Fe-S cluster-ligating residues and confirm their roles in development and RNA processing" - Newark - 9/10/19

  • Jianya Peng "Type III Interferons Promote Rotavirus-induced Diarrhea" - Newark - 8/21/19

  • Carlos J. Garcia "The Power That Lies Within: Identification of Serratia marcescens Mechanisms that Play a Role in Predation by the Predatory Bacteria Bdellovibrio bacterivorous and Micavibrio aeruginosavorus" - Newark - 7/31/19

  • Orchi Dutta "Dectin-1 regulates type I and III interferon-dependent responses against Aspergillus fumigatus for optimal pulmonary antifungal immunity" - Newark - 7/18/19

  • Sujung Choi "Oxoglutarate dehydrogenase and acetyl-CoA acyltransferase 2 occupy H2A.Z-bound transcriptional start sites and are required for histone modifications" - Newark - 6/25/19

  • Luyu Liu "Regulation of the cold-sensing TRPM8 and the heat-sensing TRPV1 ion channels by cellular signaling pathways" - Newark - 6/19/19

  • Robert P. Brumer "HFD Dysregulates Hormone-Mediated Ca2+ Signaling in Hepatocytes" - Newark - 6/12/19

  • Pratik Deb "Interplay between two DNA-sensing pathways in plasmacytoid dendritic cells and the role of toll-like receptor 10 in pDC biology" - Newark - 5/23/19

  • Maryam Alapa "REGULATION OF THE NO-SENSOR GUANYLYL CYCLASE ACTIVITY BY THIOL/DISULFIDE SWITCH" - Newark - 5/16/19

  • Xin Wang "Insights into Antitubercular Mechanism of Action Through the Study of Small Molecule Intrabacterial Metabolism" - Newark - 4/15/19

  • LaTasha Fraser "EXPLORING THE ROLE OF CHROMATIN DECONDENSATION AT A GENE LOCUS IN STOCHASTIC GENE EXPRESSION" - Newark - 4/12/19

  • Amy Pitler "B CATENIN SUPPORTS p210 BCR-ABL-MEDIATED TRANSCRIPTION, BUT NOT TRANSFORMATION AND DRUG RESISTANCE, IN MURINE MYELOBLASTOID PROGENITOR CELLS" - Newark - 4/4/19

  • Jimmy Patel "Harnessing Machine Learning for Discovery and Optimization of Novel Chemical Tools" - Newark - 4/3/19

  • Chandler Sy "Infiltrating monocytes promote host survival by preventing helminth-induced brain inflammation" - Newark - 4/3/19

  • Evan Waldron "The Molecular Basis of DSF Signaling" - Newark - 4/1/19

  • Isaac Daudelin "Impact of immune cell type on drug distribution in tuberculosis lesions" - Newark - 3/26/19

  • Everett Henry "Carbonic anhydrase 1 promotes mast cell development" - Newark - 1/29/19

  • Ekta Kumari "IL-6 enhances the production of PDGF responsive multipotential progenitors at the expense of neural stem cells - implications for neuropsychiatric disorders" - Newark - 1/14/19

  • Lun Li "Effects of a Toll-like Receptor 9 Antagonist on Spinal Cord Astrocytes and the Glial Scar Following Spinal Cord Injury" - Newark - 12/12/18

  • Sonia DaSilva-Arnold "The epithelial-mesenchymal transition in cytotrophoblast differentiation is mediated by the zinc finger E-box binding protein 2 (ZEB2)" - Newark - 11/26/18

  • Jaemin Byun "Deficiency of Yes-Associated Protein (YAP) Promotes Structural and Functional Cardiac Maladaptation in Response to Acute Pressure Overload" - Newark - 11/20/18

  • Brian H. Kim "EFFECTS OF TGFβ RECEPTOR INHIBITION TO PREVENT CELLULAR DEATH AND PROMOTE RECOVERY IN NEONATAL HYPOXIC ISCHEMIC BRAIN INJURY " - Newark - 10/10/18

  • Ke Geng "Essential role of phosphatidylserine for the activation of Tyro3, Axl and MerTK (TAM) receptors by Growth Arrest Specific-6 (Gas6)” " - Newark - 10/23/18

  • Prerna Ramesh Nepali "ENDOTHELIAL BARRIER RESTORATION AFTER INFLAMMATION-INDUCED HYPERPERMEABILITY" - Newark - 10/2/18

  • Brian Vega "Not So Fas: The Diverse Mechanisms of Leukotoxin-Mediated Cell Death" - Newark - 09/12/18

  • Fatu Badiane Markey "Identification of a novel role of NKX2.2 as a transcriptional co-regulator of EWS/FLI1 in Ewing’s sarcoma pathogenesis" - Newark - 09/6/18

  • Connie McElrath "Unexpected functions of interferons at the gastrointestinal barrier" - Newark - 09/6/18

  • Tapan A. Shah "Post-transcriptional gene regulation of Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP)-2 during embryogenesis and cardiovascular calcification" - Newark - 07/10/18

  • Ran Wei "Mechanisms involved in 1,25(OH)2D3 induction of human cathelicidin in lung epithelium and suppression of inflammatory bowel disease" - Newark - 06/29/18

  • Joseph Ryan Geissler "Altered Biomechanical and Cellular Properties of Bisphosphonate-Treated Osteonal Bone Tissue" - Newark - 06/12/18

  • Zakiya Qualls "Mapping of novel amino acids and larger determinants in the HIV-1 Env affecting conformational masking and resistance to neutralizing mAbs" - Newark - 05/31/18

  • Narayani Nagarajan "The role of Trx1 in S-nitrosylation of cardiac proteins" - Newark - 05/23/18

  • George Pellegrino: "The Role of Osteon Size and Makeup on Cortical Bone Tissue Fatigue Resistance" - Newark - 04/04/18
  • Virginia Ciliento: "Lineage-specific function of IGF-1R in Wnt1-mediated mammary tumorigenesis" - Newark - 04/04/18

  • Thushini Manuweera: "Functional and Structural Features of the Mirrored Visual Feedback Network in Chronic Stroke Patients" - Newark - 04/03/18

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