Dissertations: February 22, 2021

February 22, 2021


Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies

  • Tate, Tiffany. Pparg drives luminal differentiation and luminal tumor formation in the urothelium. Sponsor: Cathy Mendelsohn.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

  • Barth, Anna. Volatiles and ascent rate of explosive basaltic eruptions. Sponsor: Terry Plank.

Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

  • Staccone, Anika. Nitrogen fixing trees: Abundance and effects on forest demography and nutrient dynamics. Sponsor: Duncan Menge.

English and Comparative Literature

  • Sack, Graham. Simulating fiction: Models of narrative & literary culture. Sponsor: Nicholas Dames.


  • Kezios, Katrina. Is the way forward to step back? A meta-research analysis of misalignment between goals, methods, and conclusions in epidemiologic studies. Sponsors: Pam Factor-Litvak and Sharon Schwartz.

Mechanical Engineering

  • Czerwin, Benjamin. Modeling and estimation for the renal system. Sponsors: Nicolas Chbat and Richard Longman.
  • Prado De La Mora, Jesus. Instrumented footwear and machine learning for gait analysis and training. Sponsor: Sunil Agrawal.

Neurobiology and Behavior

  • Berry, Jack. Distinct representations of an anxiogenic environment across ventral hippocampal subregions and cell types. Sponsor: Rene Hen.
  • Lanio, Marcos. Development of an analysis pipeline for brain-wide memory traces following fear extinction. Sponsor: Christine Denny.


  • Manaithunai Nathan, Usha. Aristotle’s Pathē: Why they matter. Sponsor: Wolfgang Mann.

TC / Counseling Psychology

  • Abdel-Salam, Laila. "What are you?" Racial ambiguity, belonging, and well-being among Arab American women. Sponsor: Laura Smith.


Art History and Archaeology

  • Sarto, Nicole. Fire burn and cauldron bubble: Bewitching women in Greek art.

Biomedical Engineering

  • Burt, Kevin. Biological & mechanical factors contributing to intervertebral disc degeneration: An investigation into HMGB1 & NF-κB pathway activation as key regulators of inflammation & the innate immune response.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

  • Case, Elizabeth. Measuring and modelling near-surface and englacial processes.
  • Herman, Rebecca. Mechanisms of Sahel rainfall variability in climate models and observations.
  • Lenssen, Nathan. Uncertainty and predictability of seasonal-to-centennial climate variability.

Mechanical Engineering

  • Lei, Lei. Understanding and representing the kinetics of gas-phase reaction systems in mixtures.
  • Li, Richard. Toward growth-accommodating polymeric heart valves with graphene-network reinforcement.
  • Rastogi, Shruti. Enhanced strength and frictional behavior of Cu-Gr-Cu nanolaminate.

Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies

  • Alsaeed, Bandar. A power to alienate: The invention and governance of migrant labor in the gulf.


  • García Orozco, Manuel. Bullerengue and Cantadoras: The voice as knowledge, memory, and affect in the Afro-Colombian Caribbean.