Dissertations: November 1, 2021

November 01, 2021


Biomedical Engineering

  • Arumugam, Siddarth. Design and development of tools and technologies for point of care and decentralized diagnostic testing. Sponsor: Samuel Sia.
  • Narasimhan, Shreya. Behavioral state dependent perceptual decision making. Sponsor: Qi Wang.

Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Studies

  • Giangreco, Nicholas. Mind the developmental gap: Identifying adverse drug effects across childhood to evaluate biological mechanisms from growth and development. Sponsor: Nicholas Tatonetti.
  • Obradovic, Aleksandar. Discovering master regulators of single-cell transcriptional states in the tumor immune microenvironment to reveal immuno-therapeutic targets and synergistic treatments. Sponsor: Andrea Califano.
  • Cohen, Adrienne. Carabin is a negative regulator of CD8 T-cell-mediated anti-tumor immunity. Sponsor: David Owens.
  • Tamargo, Manuel. Electromechanically and metabolically matured engineered human cardiac tissues to study autoimmune myocarditis. Sponsor: Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic.

Classical Studies

  • Sharpless, Alice. The value of luxury: Precious metal tableware in the Roman world. Sponsor: Francesco de Angelis.


  • Saia, Joseph. Three essays on modeling information sets around monetary announcements. Sponsor: Matthieu Gomez.

English and Comparative Literature

  • Fernandez, Matthew. Rum, Rome, and rebellion: The reform of reform in the political fiction of the Gilded Age. Sponsors: Andrew Delbanco and Austin Graham.


  • Katz, Paul. Information in counterrevolution: State torture and the armed left in southern South America in the 1970s. Sponsor: Pablo Piccato.

Latin American and Iberian Cultures

  • Cadena Botero, Juan. Mestizo visionary art of the Americas in the late twentieth century: Hallucinogens, politics, aesthetics and mass consumer culture in the United States, Mexico, and Colombia. Sponsor: Graciela Montaldo.

Mechanical Engineering

  • Xia, Boxi. Soft actuation and agile soft robot. Sponsor: Hod Lipson.

Neurobiology and Behavior

  • Benoit, Laura. A sensitive period in the adolescent development of thalamo-prefrontal cortex circuit function and behavior. Sponsor: Christoph Kellendonk.

Pharmacology and Molecular Signaling

  • Vo, Phuc. Bacterial genome engineering with CRISPR-associated transposons. Sponsor: Samuel Sternberg.

Social Work

  • Han, Sam. Pro-work reforms and the economic adjustment: A case of the North Korean defector settlement support system. Sponsor: Qin Gao.

TC / Comparative and International Education

  • Cardoso, Manuel. Policy evidence by design: How ILSAs influence repetition in Latin America. Sponsor: Oren Pizmony-Levy.


Biomedical Engineering

  • Ettehadi, Nabil. Artificial intelligence for detection, characterization, and classification of complex visual patterns in medical imaging; applications in pulmonary and neuro-imaging.
  • Lee, Stephen. Focused ultrasound neuromodulation of the peripheral nervous system: Towards applications in non-invasive pain management.

Biomedical Informatics

  • Moy, Amanda. Leveraging electronic health record log files to measure documentation burden among clinicians in the emergency department.

Computer Science

  • Vodrahalli, Kiran. Sparse, low-rank, and memory-bounded: Resource-efficient methods in machine learning.

English and Comparative Literature

  • Anson, Patrick. Literary solutions: The applications of narrative in contemporary America.
  • Hulett, Benjamin. Ecological temporality: Metamoprhosis and eclosion in 18th and 19th century American literature.
  • Kim, Shanelle. The family that eats together: Consumption and the (Re) production of race in early modern English theater.
  • Todd, Lilith. Tending, keeping, fomenting another: The labor and rhetoric of eighteenth-century nursing.

Mechanical Engineering

  • Lee, Nicole. Identification of the mechanical role of non-structural ECM components in hormone-medicated cervical remodeling.


  • Nicholas, Jonathan. Competition between and within memory systems in support of adaptive decisions.
  • Thieu, Monica. Exploring perception and categorization of social and affective stimuli.


  • Hermanson, Katrina. Intentional difference: Gender, race, and religion in 19th century separatist communities.


  • Guo-Silver, Adrian. Anonymous performing subjects.