Winter 2021

Winter Quarter Dissertations (March 2021)

Division of the Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine

Zhongyang Cao
Cancer Biology
Erythropoiesis Is Controlled by External Stimuli through Covalent Epigenetic Modifications and Chromatin Looping
10.6082/uchicago.2843

Kate Elizabeth Cavanaugh
Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology
RhoA Mediates Adaptive Junction Mechanics and Contractile Asymmetry
10.6082/uchicago.2815

Chang Cui
Cancer Biology
Leveraging Macrophages to Develop Cancer Therapeutics
10.6082/uchicago.2817

Julian Day-Cooney
Neurobiology
Perceptual Weighting of Mouse V1 Spikes Revealed by Optogenetic White Noise Stimulation
10.6082/uchicago.2805

Jessica Lynn Fessler
Cancer Biology
The Gut Microbiome Shapes the Tumor Microenvironment by Tuning Innate Immunity
10.6082/uchicago.2823

Nicholas Wilson Knoblauch
Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology
On Estimating the Genetic Basis of Complex Traits and Their Molecular Intermediates
10.6082/uchicago.2802

Younan Li
Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology
Existing Actin Filaments Orient New Filament Growth to Provide Structural Memory of Filament Alignment during Cytokinesis 10.6082/uchicago.2834

Tiffany Marie Marchell
Immunology
Engineering Antibody Glyco-adjuvant Conjugates to Treat Established Cold Tumors
10.6082/uchicago.2809

Daniel Clark Moline
Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology
Single Cell RNA Sequencing of Prostate Samples Yields Candidate Factors Necessary for Prostate Regeneration
10.6082/uchicago.2807

Arvind Sreekumar Pillai
Ecology and Evolution
Evolutionary Origins of Molecular Complexity in Hemoglobin
10.6082/uchicago.2842

Katherine Louise Rhodes
Human Genetics
Investigating the Dynamic Regulation of Gene Expression during Cellular Differentiation
10.6082/uchicago.2839

William Frank Richter Jr.
Cell and Molecular Biology
The Role of H3K79me2 in Leukemia and Alternative Splicing
10.6082/uchicago.2831

Marcus Makina Soliai
Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology
Regulatory and Functional Genomics
Studies of Complex Respiratory Diseases
10.6082/uchicago.2806

Gabrielle Watkins
Neurobiology
SK2 Channel and Metabotropic Receptor Mediated Regulation of Intrinsic Excitability in Purkinje Cells and Implications for Cerebellar Learning
10.6082/uchicago.2828

Chudong Wu
Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology
The ETS Factors Pnt and Yan Regulate Distinct Cell Fates in Drosophila
10.6082/uchicago.2810

Division of the Humanities

Anatole Upart
Art History
Ruthenians in Early Modern Rome: Art and Architecture of a Uniate Community, 1596 – 1750
10.6082/uchicago.2803

Division of the Physical Sciences

Mohammad Ahmad Awais
Chemistry
Developing Semi-Ladder Polymer Systems for Light-Emitting Transistor Applications
10.6082/uchicago.2837

Xiaodong Chen
Mathematics
Applications of Continuous-Time Stochastic Control in Portfolio Optimization
10.6082/uchicago.2827

Aleksander Evren Paetzold Durumeric
Chemistry
Adversarial Analysis and Molecular Coarse-Graining
10.6082/uchicago.2818

Chi-Jui Feng
Chemistry
Protein Conformational Variation Studied by Amide I Infrared Spectroscopy and Computational Spectroscopy
10.6082/uchicago.2830

Timothy Paul Grabnic
Chemistry
Visualizing Reactions at Surfaces: Exploring Reactive Surface Dynamics Utilizing a Novel Combination of Supersonic Molecular Beams and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy
10.6082/uchicago.2804

Wenbo Han
Chemistry
Self-Assembled Hybrid Nanomaterials for Synergistic Chemotherapy, Chemoimmunotherapy, and Photodynamic Therapy of Cancers
10.6082/uchicago.2841

Samuel Holo
Geophysical Sciences
Impact Crater Statistics and the History of Rivers on Mars
10.6082/uchicago.2814

Anthony LaTorre
Physics
Searching for Dark Matter with the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory
10.6082/uchicago.2820

Vladislav G. Lisnyak
Chemistry
The Development of Strategies, Reactions, and Tactics for the Total Syntheses of Chilocorine C and Dankasterone B
10.6082/uchicago.2829

Nidhi Pashine
Physics
Mechanical Metamaterials from Disorder
10.6082/uchicago.2835

Anand Saminathan
Chemistry
Development of DNA Based Voltage Sensors for Intracelullar Organelles
10.6082/uchicago.2819

Sean Shangguan
Chemistry
A Synthetic Miniprotein Platform Targeting Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Transcription Factors
10.6082/uchicago.2825

Jiangbo Wei
Chemistry
Context-Dependent RNA Demethylation by Fat Mass and Obesity-Associated (FTO) Protein
10.6082/uchicago.2821

Xin-Chuan Wu
Computer Science
Design, Optimization, and Simulation of Scalable Quantum Computing Systems
10.6082/uchicago.2840

Division of the Physical Sciences and the Division of the Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine

Christopher Thomas Boughter
Biophysical Sciences
A Dynamical and Quantitative Approach to Characterize Non-canonical Immune Recognition Events
10.6082/uchicago.2833

Division of the Social Sciences

Megan Edwards Alvarez
Anthropology
Transforming the Irish Spirit: Colonialism through the Commodification of ‘Drinkways’ in Early Modern Ireland, c.1540-1660
10.6082/uchicago.2824

Elyzabeth Leigh Gaumer
Sociology
Residential Context and Well-Being: An Experimental Study of Affordable Housing in New York City
10.6082/uchicago.2836

Devin Susanne Yagel Gouvêa
Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science
Essentially Dynamic Concepts and the Case of "Homology"
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Sonia Alexandrine Porelle Grant
Anthropology
Patchwork: Land, Law, and Extraction in the Greater Chaco
10.6082/uchicago.2832

Jalisha Braxton Jenifer
Psychology
Calculated Avoidance: The Role of Effort-Based Valuations in the Relation between Math Anxiety and Math Avoidance
10.6082/uchicago.2812

Hongcen Wei
Economics
The Effects of Financial Deregulation on Wage Inequality
10.6082/uchicago.2801

William Peter Wood
Social Thought
Nietzsche's Argument for the Philosophical Life: An Interpretation of Beyond Good and Evil
10.6082/uchicago.2822

The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

Elizabeth Michiko Ashley
The Use of Block-Copolymer Nanolithography to Fabricate Ultrafine Phononic Crystals and Phononic Crystal-Enhanced Devices
10.6082/uchicago.2838

Alexandre Bourassa
Control of Spin Qubits in a Classical Electronics Material
10.6082/uchicago.2813

Hung-Shen Chang
Remote Entanglement via Adiabatic Passage Using a Tunably Dissipative Quantum Communication System 10.6082/uchicago.2816

Lea Maillat
Lymphatic Transport of Extracellular Vesicles in Cancer Metastasis
10.6082/uchicago.2811

Siqi Meng
Solid-Liquid Transition in Polyelectrolyte Complexes
10.6082/uchicago.2826

Elyse Andrea Watkins
Antibody Targeting of Antigen to Endogenous Immune Surveillance Pathways for the Induction of Tolerance
10.6082/uchicago.2808