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Recent Thesis Topics

Photo of Mayo Clinic Virology and Gene Therapy student looking through microscope


  • "Genetic, Virological and Comparative Analysis of Host Factor Functions in the HIV-1 Life Cycle," Hind J. Fadel, M.D., Ph.D. (Mentor: Eric M. Poeschla, M.D.)


  • "Tupaia Paramyxovirus Replication and Vector Applications," Andrew Hudacek, Ph.D. (Mentor: Roberto Cattaneo, Ph.D.)
  • "The Role of Two Molecular Tethers, LEDGF/p75 and Tetherin, in the Lentiviral Lifecycle," James H. Morrison, Ph.D. (Mentor: Eric M. Poeschla, M.D.)
  • "Infectivity Enhancement of Conditionally-Replicating Adenovirus Vectors Expressing the Sodium Iodide Symporter for Prostate Cancer Radiovirotherapy," Michael J. Oneal, Ph.D. (Mentor: John C. Morris III, M.D.)


  • "Gene Therapy Using Adeno-Associated Viral Vectors: Enhancing Production, Pharmacologic Assessment and Transgene Delivery," Matthew L. Hillestad, Ph.D. (Mentor: Michael A. Barry, Ph.D.)
  • "Targeted Modification of Adenovirus Serotype 5 Hexon to Improve Vector Efficacy," Reeti Khare, Ph.D. (Mentor: Michael A. Barry, Ph.D.)


  • "Determinants for the TRIM5alpha-mediated Restriction of Retroviral Production," Seiga Ohmine, Ph.D.

Other past topics

  • "Development of a Prostanoid-Based Gene Therapy Platform That Reduces Intraocular Pressure," Roman Antonio Barraza, Ph.D.
  • "Understanding, and Exploiting, the Contribution of the Immune System to the Therapeutic Efficacy of Oncolytic Virotherapy with Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV)," Phonphimon Wongthida
  • "Tumor-Selective, Replicating VSV: Effects on Tumor Microenvironment and Interactions With the Host Immune System," Feorillo Herrera Galivo Jr., Ph.D.
  • "MicroRNA-Mediated Targeting for Oncolytic Virotherapy," Elizabeth J. Kelly, Ph.D.
  • "The Role of LEDGF/p75 in the Lentiviral Life Cycle," Anne Marie Meehan, M.B.B.Ch., Ph.D.
  • Oct 5, 2015
  • ART589688