Haydar Aljaafari

Haydar Aljaafari

Biofilms colonize more than thousands of medical devices each year in the U.S. causing patients to undergo multiple surgeries to remove and replace the infected implant and costing the states $5 billion problem. We found that be applying a localized thermal shock combined with antibiotics, that have...

Melinda Brastrom

Melinda Brastrom

The process of development relies on proper expression of genes at the correct time and place. One way a cell can regulate gene expression is through RNA binding proteins. These proteins bind to and regulate RNA expression. Recently, the RNA binding protein rbm24a has been identified as a crucial...

Alexandra Curtis

Alexandra Curtis

Our proposed statistical model for dose-finding clinical trials allows researchers to recruit patients from 2-5 subgroups who might benefit from the same treatment, but not necessarily the same dose. For example, cancer patients whose tumors started in different organs but grow using the same...

Jessica Ewald

Jessica Ewald

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are man-made chemicals that persist in the environment and threaten human health. My research aims to identify bacteria that can degrade PCBs at contaminated sites. Additionally, I aim to identify unique gene sequences and microbe-microbe interactions that these...

Adam Hefel

Adam Hefel

In most organisms, production of viable sperm and eggs requires the formation and repair of DNA damage in meiosis. My research uses Caenorhabditis elegans to investigate the roles of the Replication Protein A (RPA) complex in replication, repair of DNA damage, and development of normal ovaries...

Danielle Hoskins

Danielle Hoskins

In the two decades following World War II, dozens of Midwestern women were elected to state legislatures as homemakers, understanding public office as an extension of their civic duty and homemaking. I argue that although women were largely excluded from electoral politics, as social, economic, and...

Sunny Huang

Sunny Huang

Diabetes is a worldwide epidemic. Managing blood glucose remains extremely difficult and cumbersome. As a result, most patients with diabetes will not reach their glycemic targets, putting them at an extraordinarily high risk for stroke, heart disease, and kidney failure. To help address this...

Eric Kontowicz

Eric Kontowicz

The aim of my research is to apply the One Health approach to the complex nature of Zoonotic infectious diseases. My research focuses on the identification of novel environmental risk factors for influenza infection. Further, through the implementation of statistical learning methods, I will develop...

Hansol Lee

Hansol Lee

My work focuses on tiny aerosols, invisible to the eye, that affect the climate by forming clouds. Some of these aerosols come from the ocean, which is an important source of climate-cooling. I study these aerosols using a specialized microscope, in order to directly probe for the important...

Kye Gon Lee

Kye Gon Lee

My study will examine how Korean immigrant parents in the U.S make their language choices (English and Korean), and how these decisions impact their language customs in the home. My research goal is to recognize language choices and maintenance processes and to determine how systematically the...

Liping Liu

Liping Liu

Break-induced replication (BIR) is an important DNA repair pathway proposed to recover collapsed replication forks at DNA fragile sites. My research revealed that BIR has trouble traversing DNA fragile sites, and often results in chromosomal rearrangement and exacerbated mutagenesis, which can...

Javier Luna

Javier Luna

Efficient and practical conversion of CO2 into useful chemicals and hydrocarbon fuels remains a challenge due to the linear O=C=O structure and strong double bonds. Efficiently removing the oxygen atoms and replacing them with hydrogen requires bending CO2 into a more activated form for subsequent...

James Mrkvicka

James Mrkvicka

Voltage-gated sodium (NaV) channels are key mediators of brain activity. Mutations within these genes can cause neurological disorders, including epilepsy and chronic pain. However, studies show that damaging mutations within NaV channel genes confer uncertain risk, meaning that the severity of...

Joseph O'Brien

Joseph O'Brien

My research focuses on the discovery and development of small molecule interventions, which have the potential to become drugs. Using a high throughput screening paradigm, I hope to identify small molecules that inhibit the adenylyl cyclase and calmodulin protein interaction, thus leading to the...

Diann Rozsa

Diann Rozsa

My dissertation examines the reuse and repurposing of industrial-era mental hospitals, asylums, and prisons in a post-industrial context. These imposing structures often sit abandoned for years before they are repurposed or razed, and the violence associated with them raises the specter of ghostly...

Rachel Schroeder

Rachel Schroeder

I study how chronic stress during pregnancy affects the brain development of the offspring. Research in humans shows that maternal stress during pregnancy can increase risk for neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and schizophrenia...

Jun Tang

Jun Tang

Space-time data on a network are typically dependent in such a way that observations that are closer in space and/or in time tend to behave more similarly. The covariance function of such a stochastic process captures the small-scale variation over space-time in a parsimonious way and plays a...

Tien Tong

Tien Tong

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a brain disease that takes a significant toll on the individual suffering from the disease as well as close family members. AUD runs in families: A child with a parent with AUD is 2-5 times more likely to develop AUD themselves. As familial AUD is one of the most...

Rachel Torres

Rachel Torres

My dissertation examines how immigration policy impacts Latinos, directly or indirectly. Recently, the U.S. has expanded immigration enforcement operations within their borders. As a result, there's been an increased level of attention on this expansion's impact. While this increased risk of...

Mahboubeh Varmazyad

Mahboubeh Varmazyad

Repurposing FDA-approved drugs for other diseases such as cancer is an interesting utilized strategy to reduce time and cost in drug development. Artemisinin, the most effective FDA-approved antimalaria drug, has been recently repurposed for cancer therapy. My research focuses on synthesizing...

Danielle Webb

Danielle Webb

Neonicotinoid insecticides are the most widely used insecticides in the world. In the environment, they can be transformed into metabolites that are more mammalian toxic than the parent compounds. My research models the extent these insecticides can be removed from drinking water by granular...

Qi Zhang

Qi Zhang

This dissertation uses a longitudinal research design and a statistical modeling method to track patterns of work relationships that employees build and develop with their teammates and other coworkers. This information will then be used to explain and predict who fit in with their teams and who...

Hui Zhi

Hui Zhi

My dissertation aims to determine the occurrence, fate and implications of pharmaceutical mixtures in a temperate-region wastewater effluent-dominated stream. This research demonstrates variable inputs over multiple years and differential in-stream attenuation mechanisms generate evolving complex...