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Recent Master's Topics

Mon 8/7/2017
Mariah Cole - MS Defense IDM Master's Defense
Mariah Cole - MS Defense
Mon 8/7/2017 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Mariah's thesis, Pre- and Post Seroconversion Gut Microbiome Analysis in HIV-infected individuals, investigates the gut microbiome of 16 untreated HIV-infected men who have sex with men (MSM) at time-points that are ~6 months pre-seroconversion and ~6 months post-seroconversion to assess bacterial changes that may make individuals more susceptible to the development of AIDS, using Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) fecal samples from 1984-1985.

Fri 6/23/2017
Tiffany Thompson - MPH PEL Essay IDM Master's Defense
Tiffany Thompson - MPH PEL Essay
Fri 6/23/2017 8:30AM - 9:30AM
Biomedical Sciences Tower 3 (BST3)

Tiffany Thompson will be presenting her essay on the 9th floor of the Center for Vaccine Research during one of her collaborative lab meetings. Her essay, A Literature Review of the Histology of Rift Valley Fever Virus Neurological Disease Comparing Rodent and NHP Models to Human Disease, will focus on the neurological disease seen in the developed animal models and the histology being used in the research of the Rift Valley Fever Virus.
Mon 6/19/2017
Marilee Clunk - MS Defense IDM Master's Defense
Marilee Clunk - MS Defense
Mon 6/19/2017 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Public Health A425

Marilee's defense, Siglec-10, CD1b, and Palladin are differentially expressed between HIV+ Progressors and Nonprogressors, aims to identify the underlying genetic factors that drive HIV-1 disease progression that could reveal potential therapeutic targets with the long term aim of improving HIV health outcomes. 
Thu 6/15/2017
Chris Healy - MS Defense IDM Master's Defense
Chris Healy - MS Defense
Thu 6/15/2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Chris Healy's Thesis, Evaluation of a Novel Computationally Designed Prophylactic against Pandemic Influenza Virus in the Ferret Model, provides compelling data for further evaluation of broadly protective novel therapeutics against influenza viruses.

Tue 4/25/2017
Sarah Sandrian - PCMI Essay IDM Master's Defense
Sarah Sandrian - PCMI Essay
Tue 4/25/2017 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Public Health 2140

Sarah Sandrian's Essay, Program Evaluation of a Structural Intervention Aimed at Improving Maternal Health Outcomes in Rural Zambia, aims to address the needs of pregnant women in resource poor settings as well as countries with similar health systems and challenges to improve maternal health and to engage communities in solving local problems through partnerships and collaboration. 
Fri 4/21/2017
Phil Han "Chemical-Biology Approach to Delineate the Mechanism on Action of HIV-1 Latency ..." IDM Master's Defense
Phil Han "Chemical-Biology Approach to Delineate the Mechanism on Action of HIV-1 Latency ..."
Fri 4/21/2017 9:30AM - 10:30AM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Phil Han's thesis defense, "Chemical-Biology Approach to Delineate the Mechanism on Action of HIV-1 Latency Reversing Agents"  will show you how he identified several kinase inhibitors that activated HIV-1 latent genes in a significant level individually, including CUDC-101, XMD8-92, PD173074, Quizartinib, and CUDC-907.

Thu 4/20/2017
Gregory Shedlock - MIC Essay IDM Master's Defense
Gregory Shedlock - MIC Essay
Thu 4/20/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health A425

Gregory Shedlock's essay "A Literature Review and Analysis of Organizational Frameworks and Systems-Level Outcomes of HIV Primary Care Integration" aims to review the current evidence-base for 1) frameworks and models of integration and how these may best be applied and 2) systems-level outcomes as a direct result of HPCI.

Thu 4/20/2017
Hong Liu - MS Defense IDM Master's Defense
Hong Liu - MS Defense
Thu 4/20/2017 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Hong Liu MS thesis "Glucose Transporter Expression in Lung Granulomas from Mycobacterium Tuberculosis-Infected Monkeys"  focuses on expression of glucose transporters (Gluts), a diverse set of proteins involved in glucose metabolism, in granulomas from Mycobacterium tuberculosis-infected monkeys.
Thu 4/20/2017
Julie Laux - MPH-PEL Defense IDM Master's Defense
Julie Laux - MPH-PEL Defense
Thu 4/20/2017 8:30AM - 9:30AM


Julie Laux's thesis "CCR5 Antagonists Used as Topical Microbicides Modulate CCF5 Expression and May Compound HIV Infection"  reports that the public health impact of improving topical HIV drugs would reduce global HIV prevalence and shift toward an HIV-free world.
Wed 4/19/2017
Noah Salama "Analysis of Peripheral Immune Responses for the Development of an NHP Animal Model..." IDM Master's Defense
Noah Salama "Analysis of Peripheral Immune Responses for the Development of an NHP Animal Model..."
Wed 4/19/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Noah Salama's thesis "Analysis of Peripheral Immune Responses for the Development of an NHP Animal Model for Encephalitic Alphaviruses EEEV, VEEV, and WEEV"  reports that the New World Alphaviruses Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEEV), Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis virus (VEEV), and Western Equine Encephalitis virus (WEEV) are all mosquito-borne pathogens originating in North and South America.
Tue 4/18/2017
Dana Woell "Impact of H5N1 Influenza Virus Infection of Macaques on Natural Killer Cells ..." IDM Master's Defense
Dana Woell "Impact of H5N1 Influenza Virus Infection of Macaques on Natural Killer Cells ..."
Tue 4/18/2017 2:30PM - 3:30PM


Dana Woell's thesis, "Impact of H5N1 Influenza Virus Infection of Macaques on Natural Killer Cells and Innate Lymphoid Cell Populations" has demonstrated in a nonhuman primate model that aerosolized infection with H5N1 influenza virus leads to disease progression similar to that seen in human cases.  This study aims to characterize some of the innate immune cells that contribute to the response to severe H5N1 infection in this macaque model. 

 

 

Tue 4/18/2017
Pranali Ravikumar "Programming Dendritic Cells for Intercellular Delivery of T-bet ..." IDM Master's Defense
Pranali Ravikumar "Programming Dendritic Cells for Intercellular Delivery of T-bet ..."
Tue 4/18/2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Pranali Ravikumar's thesis, "Programming Dendritic cells for Intercellular Delivery of T-bet to Enhance Function of Cytotoxic T Cells" will show that the immune mechanism of DC1 to CTL intercellular transfer can be exploited to enhance anti-HIV T cell response, or to correct their dysfunction of T cell exhaustion as supported by evidence in DC1-based cancer immunotherapy studies.
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