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Recent Thesis Topics


  • "Innate Lymphoid Cells: At the Crossroads of Tissue Homeostasis and Immune Response," Kathleen R. Bartemes, Ph.D. (Mentor: Hirohito Kita, M.D.)
  • "The Role of CAML in T Cell Biology," Siaw Li Chan, Ph.D. (Mentor: Richard J. Bram, M.D., Ph.D.)
  • "Pancreatic Inflammation is Controlled by CD8 T Cells and Induces Extrapancreatic Insulin Expression," Megan A. Girtman, Ph.D. (Mentor: Larry R. Pease, Ph.D.)
  • "Elucidating the Roles of Dedicator of Cytokinesis 8 (DOCK8) in NK Cell Cytotoxicity," Hyoung-Jun Ham, Ph.D. (Mentor: Daniel D. Billadeau, Ph.D.)
  • "Inflammatory Connections: The Role of Reactive Oxygen Species and Macrophages in Renal Artery Stenosis," Stella P. Hartono, Ph.D. (Mentor: Joseph P. Grande, M.D., Ph.D.)


  • "The Role of NKAP in T Cell Maturation," Fan-Chi Hsu, Ph.D. (Mentor: Virginia M. Shapiro, Ph.D.)
  • "Discerning the Mechanisms Through Which Cyclophosphamide Therapeutically Synergizes with Toll-like Receptor Agonist to Eradicate Advanced 4T1 Mouse Tumors," Soraya Zorro Manrique, Ph.D. (Mentor: Larry R. Pease, Ph.D.)


  • "Cyclophilin B as a Therapeutic Target for Malignant Gliomas," Jae W. Choi, Ph.D. (Mentor: Richard J. Bram, M.D., Ph.D.)
  • "Regulation of Early B Cell Development by Flt3 Signaling," Joseph J. Dolence, Ph.D. (Mentor: Kay L. Medina, Ph.D.)
  • "The Influence of the B7-H1/PD-1 Pathway on T Cell-Mediated Anti-Tumor Immune Responses," Rachel M. Gibbons, Ph.D. (Mentor: Haidong Dong, M.D., Ph.D.)
  • "Deregulation of LEF-1 and the Wnt Pathway in the Pathogenesis of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia," Albert Gutierrez Jr., M.D., Ph.D. (Mentor: Diane F. Jelinek, Ph.D.)
  • "Class I Antigen Processing and Presentation in Breast Cancer," Andrea M. Henle, Ph.D. (Mentor: Keith L. Knutson, Ph.D.)
  • "Deciphering Species-Specific 'Intrinsic' Immunity: Characterization of the Functional Domains of a Lentiviral Vif Protein," Olivia L. Sims, Ph.D. (Mentor: Eric M. Poeschla, M.D.)


  • "Identification of an IL-33 Target in the Mouse Bone Marrow: Lin-Sca1+cKit-CD25+ Cells Demystified," Adipong Brickshawana, Ph.D. (Mentor: Larry R. Pease, Ph.D.)
  • "Functional Characterization of the Scaffolding Protein IQGAP1 in T Cells," Jacquelyn Gorman, Ph.D. (Mentor: Daniel D. Billadeau, Ph.D.)
  • "Gene Loss as a Mechanism of Tumor Escape from T Cell Therapy," Karen M. Kaluza, Ph.D. (Mentor: Richard G. Vile, Ph.D.)
  • "Regulation of BAFF-R in B Cell Ontogeny and Malignancy," Stephen A. Mihalcik, M.D., Ph.D. (Mentor: Diane F. Jelinek, Ph.D.)
  • "The Regulatory Role of Dendritic Cell- and T Cell-associated B7-H1 in T Cell Mediated Protective Immunity," Vesna Pulko, Ph.D. (Mentor: Haidong Dong, M.D., Ph.D.)

Other past topics

  • "The Role of Immunoediting in Breast Cancer Immune Escape and Pathogenesis," Jennifer M. Reiman
  • "A Novel Appreciation for ITAM-Containing Adaptor Proteins in Natural Killer and T Lymphocytes", Anya T. Bida
  • July 21, 2015
  • ART109225