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Dissertations from 2022

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Understanding Community Assembly Processes of Foundation Species Within Hyper-diverse Ecosystems, Carrie Barker

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Inhibition of Biotin Carboxylase by Three Antibacterial Compounds, Matt Craft

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Insights into the Speciation Process from Genomic and Phenotypic Analysis of an Avian Hybrid Zone in Amazonia, Glaucia Christina Del-Rio

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Evolution of Freshwater Fishes in the Northern Neotropics, Diego Elias

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ANALYSIS OF GEOGRAPHIC VARIABILITY OF FECAL MICROBIOMES OF FRATERCULA ARCTICA AND CROSS-COMPARISON OF FECAL MICROBIOMES OF DIFFERENT AVIAN FEEDING TYPES, Eric Jose Ramon Martinez

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Consequences of Gulf of Mexico Estuarine Tropical Cyclone Disturbance Regimes for Fish Assemblage Dynamics Conditionally Depend on Life-History Traits and Niche Characteristics, Stephen Edward Potts

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Drug Resistance in the Canine Filarial Parasite, Dirofilaria immitis: Emergence and Clinical Epidemiology in the Lower Mississippi River Alluvial Valley, Cassan Nicole Pulaski

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The Importance of CO2 Recapture in the CO2 Concentrating Mechanism of Chlamydomonas Reinhardtii, Ashwani Rai

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Chloride Channels that Mediate a Transient Nitric Oxide-dependent Synaptic Polarity Switch in Retinal Amacrine Cells., Tyler Christopher Rodriguez

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Sodium Mediates Developmentally Plastic Responses in Plants and Herbivores, Luis Santiago-Rosario

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Graph-Based Computational Approach to The Study Of Cancer Pharmacotherapy, Manali Singha

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Plastic and Evolved Responses in the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica, to Environmental Variation in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Kyle Sirovy

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Comparative Genomics and Virulence Studies of Streptomyces Soil Rot and Scab Pathogen Species, Natasha Soares

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REDOX TRANSITION OF IRON-SULFUR CLUSTERS IN MITONEET, Homyra Tasnim

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The Herpes Simplex Virus Type-1 (HSV-1), VC2 Live-Attenuated Vaccine Strain Induces Robust Antitumor Immune Responses and Ameliorates Intra-Tumor Immunosuppression in an Immunocompetent B16f10-Derived Murine Melanoma Model, Ifeanyi Kingsley Uche

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Novel Roles for Viral GPCRs in CMV Latency and Immunity, Timothy White

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The Association of CUZD1 and STAT5 in Adipocytes, Zachary Wigger

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The Link Between Intracellular Calcium Signaling and the Nitric Oxide-Dependent Release of Chloride in Retinal Amacrine Cells, Li Zhong

Dissertations from 2021

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Late Embryogenesis Abundant Proteins and Mitochondrial Membranes from An Animal Extremophile: Insights into Severe Water Stress, John Marcus Anderson

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Functional and Phenotypic Evaluation of Murine Cytomegalovirus Infection of the Heart, Cassandra Marie Bonavita

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Coilin Expression During Nucleolar Stress in the Drosophila Brain, Kathryn Rose DeLeo

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Distribution, Diversity, and Biogeography of Anaerobic Carbon Monoxide Uptake by Microbial Communities in Soils and Sediments, Amber N. DePoy

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Role of AIM2 Inflammasome in Pulmonary Host Defense Against Staphylococcus aureus-induced Pneumonia, Bibek Dhakal

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Genome-Wide Analysis Of Peg3 Downstream Genes, Subash Ghimire

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Evolution of Extreme Habitat Specialists in the Dark: Cavefishes and Anglerfishes, Pamela Hart

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Transgenerational Effects of Parental Crude Oil Exposure on Gulf Killifish Morphology and Fitness, Chelsea Dakota Hess

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Genetic Structuring and Community Assembly in Neotropical Birds, Oscar Johnson

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Phragmites australis Dieback in the Mississippi River Delta: Chemical Profiles of Soil Types and Restoration Potential, Herie Lee

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Micro- and Macroevolution of Drab Plumage Color in Birds, Rafael Marcondes

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Determinants of Fine-Scale Heterogeneity in Mosquito-Borne Virus Systems, Elizabeth Handly Mayton

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Genomic Studies of BEAF-32 in Drosophila, John Keller McKowen III

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Evidence for Perchlorate-Coupled Molybdenum and Nickel Carbon Monoxide Dehydrogenase CO Oxidation and Characterization of Novel Perchlorate-Reducing Haloarchaea, Marisa Russell Myers

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Insights into Abscisic Acid and Phosphatidic Acid Signal Transduction Dynamics in Arabidopsis thaliana, Ruth Wanjiru Ndathe

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The Role of a DedA Family Membrane Protein in Maintaining Extreme Polymyxin Resistance of Burkholderia thailandensis, Pradip Raj Panta

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Understanding Potassium Toxicity Stress Responses of the Extremophyte Schrenkiella Parvula Using Systems Biology Approaches, Pramod Pantha

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Investigation of Bovine Herpesvirus-1 Determinants of Neuronal Infectivity in Novel Bovine Neuronal Cell Systems for Development of a Safer Viral Vaccine Vector, Jared Rudd

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Historical DNA Solves an Evolutionary Mystery and Explains the Origin of a Novel Phenotype in the New World Quails, Jessie Frances Salter

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The Evolution of Dietary Adaptations in Small Mammals: From Muscles to Microbes, Mark Thomas Swanson

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Investigation of Arabidopsis Extremophyte Relatives, Schrenkiella parvula and Eutrema salsugineum Reveals Different Roads Leading to Salt Stress Tolerance, Kieu-Nga Thi Tran

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Informing Viral Surveillance of Oropouche Virus: an emerging arbovirus, Christine E. Walsh

Theses from 2020

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Do Ground Layer Microhabitats in Old-Growth Pine Savanna Influence Recruitment of Longleaf Pine?, Matthew Blanchard

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Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Reproduction and Ontogeny of Gulf Killifish (Fundulus grandis), Charles Alexander Brown

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Regulation of MPCs and KAT8 During Adipogenesis and Nutritional Regulation, Jasmine Burrell

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The Evolution of Bivalve Shell Matrix Proteins, Mark Ira Duhon II

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Natural Variation and Evolutionary Responses to Climate Change Stressors in Marine Invertebrates, Joanna Sarah Griffiths

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Edwardsiella Ictaluri Is Capable of Persisting in Channel Catfish by Evading Host T Cell and Cell Death Responses, Elizabeth Watts Griggs

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The Effects of Radical Containing Combustion Derived Particulate Matter in Adult Mouse Respiratory System, Jeffrey Harding

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Habitat Fragmentation and Range Margin Effects on Dispersal and Interactions between Competitors, Rachel Roxann Harman

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Biogeography of Biological Control: Spatial Variation in Agent-Host Interactions, Nathan Harms

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Insights into Desiccation Tolerance: Properties of Late Embryogenesis Abundant Proteins from Embryos of Artemia franciscana, Blase Matthew LeBlanc

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Function, History, and Ecology in the Exceptional Radiation of Murine Rodents, Jonathan Allen Nations

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The Roles of Host Species, Geographic Scale and Environmental Stressors in Shaping the Composition of Coral Microbiomes, Alicia Marie Riegel Parker

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Evolution of Green Blood in New Guinea Lizards: Phylogenomics, Biogeography, and Comparative Genomics, Zachary Rodriguez

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Genomics and Population History of Black-headed Bulbul (Brachypodius atriceps) Color Morphs, Subir B. Shakya

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Sexually Dimorphic Oxytocin Receptor-Expressing Neurons In The Anteroventral Periventricular Nucleus Regulates Maternal Behavior, Kaustubh Sharma

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Investigating the Role of TORC1 and the Transcription Factor Sfp1p in the Regulation of HMO1 Gene in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Mathew Damien Smith

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From Regulation of Secondary Metabolites to Increased Virulence under Sublethal Dosage of Antibiotics: An Unprecedented Role of Global Regulator, MftR, in Burkholderia thailandensis, Sudarshan Singh Thapa

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Molecular Mechanisms of Boron Toxicity Tolerance in Plants, Guannan Wang

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Functions of CDK/cyclin Complexes in Endoreplication Regulation by the CDK Inhibitor SIAMESE, Kai Wang

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Identification of bldA as a Major Regulator of Virulence in the Sweetpotato Soil Rot Pathogen Streptomyces ipomoeae and Characterization of Distinct Clostridium Sweetpotato Soft Rot Isolates, Kuei-Ting Yang

Dissertations from 2019

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Characterizing the Roles of Nuclear Proteins DBC1, G9A, and GLP in Adipocyte Function and Metabolic Health, Ashley Ann Able

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The Use of Geospatial Modeling and Novel Diagnostics to Detect and Map Risk Factors of Soil-Transmitted Helminths in Feira de Santana, Brazil, Ryan Harry Avery

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The Drosophila Neuroblasts: A Model System For Human Ribosomopathies, Sonu Shrestha Baral

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Insights into the Role of Vibrio PecS - a MarR Bacterial Transcriptional Regulator., Nabanita Bhattacharyya

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Phylogeny and Evolution of Swallows (Hirundinidae) With a Transcriptomic Perspective on Seasonal Migration, Clare Elisabeth Brown

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Composition and Ecology of Avian Communities Along Elevational Gradients in Borneo, Ryan Christian Burner

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The Impact of Anthropogenic Noise on Fish Behavior, Communication, and Development, Julie Butler

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Dynamical Modeling in Cell Biology with Ordinary Differential Equations, Renee Marie Dale

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Iron-Sulfur Cluster Assembly; In vivo Analysis of the Methanogenic SUF System, Evan Dunkle

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Characterization of Bunyamwera, Batai, and Ngari Viruses: Unrecognized Arboviruses of One Health Importance in Rwanda, Marie Fausta Dutuze

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Quantifying Impacts of Climate Change on Species Interactions While Fostering Undergraduate Research Experiences Using the Monarch (Danaus Plexippus)- Milkweed (Asclepias Sp.) System, Matthew J. Faldyn

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The Role of Chromatin State Transitions in Modulating Early Phosphate-deficiency Response Genes in Plants, Maryam Foroozani

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NLRP6 in Gram-positive Pneumonia and Sepsis, Laxman Ghimire

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A Case-study Approach to Investigate Transmission, Co-infection, and Clinical Sequelae During Epidemics of Dengue and Ebola Virus Disease, Jennifer Elizabeth Giovanni

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High-Throughput Cultivation of Bacterioplankton from the Gulf of Mexico and Genomics of the First Cultured LD12 Representative, Michael Winslow Henson

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Examining Spatial Patterns of Dominant Bunchgrass Species in Pine Savanna Groundcover Plant Communities, Katherine Anne Hovanes

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Role of the Drosophila BEAF Protein in Chromatin Domain Insulator and Promoter Function, Mukesh Maharjan

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Divergent Transcriptional Regulation of Suppressors of Cytokine Signaling Genes in Adipocytes, Paula Mota de Sa

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Identification and Characterization of Novel Transporters Involved in the CO2 Concentrating Mechanism of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Ananya Mukherjee

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Cellular and Viral Determinants of HSV-1 Entry and Transport, Farhana Musarrat

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HSV-1 Live-Attenuated Vaccine Strain VC2 Confers Complete Protection in Mice Against Ocular Immunipathogenesis by the Human Clinical Strain HSV-1 (McKrae), Shan Krishnan Naidu

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Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica (L.) Beauv.) in Louisiana: Cause and Consequence, Lorissa A. Radunzel-Davis

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Mechanisms to Regulate Genes Encoding Clinically Relevant Multidrug Transporters at the Crossroads of Antibiotic Resistance and Oxidative Stress Detection, Afsana Sabrin

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Infection Potential of Rickettsia felis via Ingestion, Matthew M. Schexnayder

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Characterization and Amplification of Retrotransposable Elements Platy-1 and Alu in the Cebidae Lineage of Platyrrhine Primates, Jessica Storer

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Electron Transfer Activity of Mitochondria Neet-Proteins, Yiming Wang

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The Functional, Ecological, and Evolutionary Morphology of Sea Lampreys (Petromyzon marinus), Bradley Morgan Wood

Dissertations from 2018

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Evolution of Alu Elements in the Saimiri and Papio Lineages of Primates, Jasmine Nicole Brown Baker

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Cloning, Purification, and Preliminary DNA-binding and Unfolding Results for the DNA Polymerase I from the Psychrophile Psychromonas ingrahamii, John Tod Baker

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Role of Neutrophils in the Modulation of Host Responses to Human Respiratory Pneumovirus Infection, Nagarjuna Reddy Cheemarla

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Endocytosis and the Nitric Oxide-Dependent Release of Chloride, Vernon K. Dunn Jr

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The Distinctive Regulatory Mechanisms of Bacterial Acetyl-CoA Carboxylase, Alexandra Leigh Evans

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Characterization of the Interaction Between R. Conorii and Human Host Vitronectin in Rickettsial Pathogenesis, Abigail Inez Fish

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Intraguild Predation: Interactions between Predators, Pathogens, and Their Shared Resources in Crop Pest Communities, Andrew Jason Flick

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Evaluation of Oncolytic and Immunomodulatory Potential of the HSV-1 Live-Attenuated Vaccine Strain VC2 in an Immunocompetent Murine Melanoma Model, Natalie Wall Fowlkes

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Computational Analysis of Papionini Evolution Using Alu Insertions, Vallmer Edward Jordan II

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Exploring the Role of RNA Polymerase III Complex Assembly on Ribosomal DNA Silencing in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Kyle Thomas Kern

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Phenotypic and Transcriptomic Characterization of Colonial Phase Variation in the Cholera Pathogen Reveals a Novel Smooth Biofilm-Defective Form, Bliss Nicole Lambert

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Transmission Potential of Rickettsia felis through Cutaneous Inoculation of Infectious Flea Feces, Kelsey Porter Legendre

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The Effects of Tree Plantations and Land Use on Natural Regeneration of Woody Plants in the Tropics: Diversity, Species Composition, Successional Dynamics, and Functional Traits, John Benjamin Longworth