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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Circadian Modulation of Astrocyte Morphology and Synaptic Transmission, Saad Ahmad

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Optophysiology of D. Melanogaster Neuromuscular Synapses Using GCaMP, Kavindra Dasrat

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Potentially Cis-Acting Super-enhancer long noncoding RNAs as Biomarkers in Triple Negative Breast Cancer Progression, Kavipriya Kovai Palanivel

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Toward long non-coding RNA detection using DNA nanoswitches, Ché-Doni Platt

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Emerging Roles of Intragenic Enhancers in Gene Expression of GADD45A, Ekaterina Sazon

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Using the Centrifuge Force Microscope as a Single-Molecule Technique for Studying Base-Stacking Interactions, Kevin Thomas

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Investigating the Roles of RNA Modification and Associated Enzymes on Stress Response and Connections to Human Diseases, Carrson Widen

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The Role of Angiocrine Factors in the Progression of Salivary Disease, Owen Zon

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Sex Differences in the Co-expression of Estrogen Receptor Alpha with Corticotropin Releasing Factor, Deborah Ariyibi

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Analysis of Bacterial and Human Epitranscriptomic Writers and RNA Modifications, Kamana Devkota

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Linking RNA Methyltransferases and Epitranscriptomic Marks to Diseases of the Brain and Pharmaceutical Responses, Nicole Gaglia

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How Salivary Glands Recover from Fibrotic Injury, Gabriella Majka

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Determining Regulatory Sequences of the ATF3 Promoter within the Integrated Stress Response Pathway, Lauren Merchant

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Finding Alternatives to Conventional Antibiotics in Face of Multidrug Resistance (MDR) Bacteria Crisis, Benitha Muyizere

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Proteins Enhancing IRES-Mediated Translation, Emmanuella Owusu Ampaw

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Genetic Approaches for the Cell-Specific Deletion of the Neuronal Glutamate Transporter EAAC1, Danielle Saint Hilaire

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The Role of Androgens on Sexually Dimorphic Distributions of Key Corticotropin- Releasing Factor Receptor 1 Populations and Stress Responses within the Brain, Kassandra Sturm

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Light Level Intensity Alters Anxiety, But Not Memory, during Open-field And Novel Object Location Tasks in Male Rats, Angelina Tassone

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Loss of EAAC1 Decreases IPSC Amplitude at D1-D1 Medium Spiny Neuron Synapses, Ian Tschang

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Optical Activation of GABA Release from D2-Medium Spiny Neurons, Nurat Affinnih

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Body Composition of Female Collegiate Track and Field Athletes, Adelaide Cooke

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Direct Evidence of Missing mEPSPs Using Ca2-Sensor Imaging, Petar Gajic

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Glutamine Antagonist 6-diazo-5-oxo-L-norleucine, a Hyaluronan Synthesis Inhibitor, Slows Triple Negative Breast Cancer Growth, Le Gia Cat Pham

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Sensing Ribonuclease H Activity with DNA Nanoswitches, Ruju Trivedi

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Investigating the Effects of Intrahippocampal Glucose Administration on Spatial Working Memory in Rats, Jeremy Carter

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The Efficacy of Ventral Pallidum- Deep Brain Stimulation in Rat models of Epilepsy, Fu Yee Chua

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RNA Secondary Structure of 3’UTR Regulates Translation Control, M. Grace Hren

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Exploration of Nucleic Acid Hydrogran Bonding Using Molecular Mechanics and DFT Calculations, Simi Kaur

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An Assessment of Combinatorial Transcription Factor Activity at p53 Enhancer Elements, Sylvia Kuang

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Pre-Administration of Medium Chain Triglycerides In Vivo Can Attenuate or Block the Effects of Recurrent Hypoglycemia, Dhanisha Nandigama

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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The Role of RCK/p54 Enzymatic Activity during Hepatitis C Infection, Rachel E. Eager

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Development of a Rapid Small-Scale Purification Method for the Quantitation of Heparin-Like Glycosaminoglycans from Cell Culture Media, Marina Danielle Infantado

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One-Step Cellular Micro-RNA Detection with Programmable DNA Nanoswitches, Molly F. MacIsaac

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The Effects of Intrahippocampal Estradiol Administration on Spatial Memory and Protein Expression in Rats Fed a High Fat Diet, Lauren M. Maitner

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Effects of Zinc on Cognition, Anthony Piche

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Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase is a Potential Therapeutic Target in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Cells, Abdul Manan Sanni-Adam

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The Effect of the Zika Virus on RNA Stress Granule Components, Nina Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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BHLHE40-AS1 a Long-Noncoding RNA Regulates DEC1 on Breast Cancer Progression, Denisse Duran-Reyes

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Exploration of the Interactions between amyloid-Beta Protein and Insulin in Various Ionic Conditions, Quade Goldenberg

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Transcriptional Regulation of dksA P3 Promoter in Escherichia Coli, Chibuokem Ikwuazom

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Controllable and Sequential Activation of Cancer Nanotherapy for Enhanced Synergistic Effec, Vincent E. LaMantia

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Mulitmodal Molecular Mechanisms Control Germline Stem Cell Differentiation in Drosophila, Mohamad Nasrallah

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Chronic Arsenic Exposure in Nanomolar Concentrations Accelerates Senescent Phenotypes in vitro, Heather M. Sabo

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Is the Effect of Glucose on Hippocampal Memory Insulin-Dependent?, Roi Ankawa

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Effect of Group IIC Introns on Host Gene Expression in S. cerevisiae, Daniel P. Bollen

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Phenotypic Characterization of Adipose-Specific VDR Knockout Mice, Joseph D'Angelo

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Trinucleotide Heterogeneity Expansions: In vitro Molecule Amplification & Purification, Gennaro DelliCarpini

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Neuronal Glutamate Transporter EAAC1 Regulates Motor Activity and Anxiety in Mice, Kelsey Fleming

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The Essential Oil of Lippia Alba Affects Drosophila Behavior and Physiology, Jibin Manimala

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Changes in Expression of Innervation and Accompanying Epithelium within Sjögren's Syndrome NOD/ShiLtJ Mouse Model, Nicholas Pagendarm

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Fluorescence Analysis of Expanded Trinucleotide Repeat Heterogeneity after in vitro PCR Amplification, Kidane M. Tewolde

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Developing a Novel Means of Observing the Intracellular Activities of Heterogeneous Nuclear Ribonucleoprotein K within Xenopus laevis, Janeah A. Alexis

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The Differential Splicing of the SOCS2 5’UTR, a Gene Involved in Successful Central Nervous System Axon Regeneration in Xenopus laevis, Megan Gura

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Identifying Genes that Affect Lactococcus lactis Intron Mobility, Mary Njie

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Chronic Resveratrol Treatment Ameliorates Cognitive Deficits Associated with a High Fat Diet, Kelsey E. O'Leary

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The RCK/p54 Prion-Related Domain and its Influence on the Localization and Function of RCK/p54 During HCV Infection, Lindsey Oltz

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Use of a pH-Sensitive Probe to Study the Role of PKC-epsilon in Phagocytosis of Pathogens, Rebekah Marie Pierce

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Structure-Activity Relationship Studies of Small Molecules Directed Against the T-Box Specifier Loop, Spencer Weintraub

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Parallel Adaptation of CD4 in SIV-Endemic Gorilla and Pan Lineages, Katie E. Brown

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In Vivo Analysis of Riboswitch Activity Using Luciferase Assays, Jason Kartis

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Differences in the Health of Domesticated Sheep (Ovis aries) Pastured in Wild and Agricultural Landscapes, Corine Giroux

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Molecular Modulation of Single and Multi-species Biofilm Formation by Orally-associated Bacteria, Daniel Sellers

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Identification and Phylogenetic Analysis of Pan Troglodytes Using Mitochondrial DNA Coding Region Sequences, Amanda Faris

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Probing the T-Box Riboswitch: A Novel, High-Throughput Transcription Reporter Assay Using a Fluorophore-Binding Aptamer, Nishtha Modi

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The Senescence-Associated Secretory Phenotype (SASP) and Redox-Dependent Invasion of Metastatic Cancer Cells, Brooke A. Pati

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Homocysteine: A Potential Molecular Link Between Alzheimer's Disease and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Cyndel Carreau

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The Role of Rac1 Signaling in Tissue Polarity and Branching Morphogenesis During Salivary Gland Development, Janice Jin

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Characterization of RNA Aptamers to Drosophila Splicing Protein B52”, Benjamin Stern

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Formation of Testosterone's 5alpha-Reduced, Versus Aromatized, Products Can Have Beneficial Cognitive and Anti-Anxiety Effects Without Negative Effects on Prostate or Sexual Behavior of Male Rats, Daniel daCosta

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Bioengineering Tissue Constructs Using Elastic Alginate Hydrogels, Barbana A. Graham

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The Anti-Epileptic Drugs Phenytoin and Valproate Produce Reproductive Endocrine Dysfunction among Reproductive Endocrine Dysfunction among Female Rats through its Effects on Progesterone and its 5 Alpha-Reduced Metabolites, Fareed Haddad

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In vitro Analysis of Microfluidic Neural Probes, Joshua Kessler

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Activity-Dependent Sharpening of the Retinotectal Map in Zebrafish: The Role of the Par Complex, Laura Mariconda

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1 The Mechanical Function of the Postorbital Bar in Eulemur fulvus Analyzed Using Finite Element Analysis, Danielle Parisi

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Biophysical Investigation of the Cataract Associated Mutant, E107A of Human Gamma-D Crystalline And Constructing a Fluorescent System for Manipulating PIP2 Concentration in the Plasma Membrane of Xenopus Oocytes., Julita Patrosz

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Evolutionary analysis of host proteins CD4, CXCR4 and CCR5, and HIV/SIV gp12, Lana Bunning

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The Role of tRNA Modification Systems in the Cellular Stress Response, Margaret Daly

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Effects of Carbachol and Vitamin C on Submandibular Salivary Gland Branching Morphogenesis, Nasiratu Larry