Recent Dissertations

The principle focus of the curriculum is the doctoral dissertations. After selection of a dissertation advisor and completion of the Preliminary Examination, a Dissertation Advisory Committee is set up to advise and support the student. This committee meets with the student every 9 months until the dissertation is written. The dissertation is then defended and submitted to the University registrar in fulfillment of the Ph.D. degree requirements. The dissertation may substantially draw on research publications, but it must conform to the guidelines in The Form of the Doctoral Dissertation. Degrees are awarded in June, November, and March.


David Stoppel

  • Social Behavior and Gene Expression Disturbances in Mouse Models of Angelman Syndrome and Idic15 Autism.

Matthew P. Anderson, advisor


Nina Vujovic

  • Hypothalamic neural circuits underlying circadian organization of behavior and physiology.

Clifford Saper, advisor


Eun Young Choi

  • The Organization of Corticostriatal Connectivity in the Human Brain.

Randy Buckner, advisor


John Salogiannis

  • Regulation of excitatory synapse development by the RhoGEF Ephexin5.

Michael E. Greenberg, advisor


Adriana Eisner

  • Phosphatome RNAi Screen Identifies Eya1 as a Postivie Regulator of Hedgehog Signal Transduction.

Rosalind Segal, advisor


Zheng Wu

  • Molecular Dissection of Neural Circuits underlying Parental Behavior in mice.

Catherine Dulac, advisor


Cameron Sadegh

  • Directed differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells into neocortical output neurons.

Jeffrey Macklis, advisor


Luis A. Mejia

  • Interaction proteomics identifies a novel Hap1-Tsc1 connection that controls neuronal mTORC1 signaling and pyramidal neuron morphogenesis.

Azad Bonni, advisor


Athar Malik

  • Genome-wide identification and characterization of stimulus-responsive enhancers in the nervous system.

Michael E. Greenberg, advisor


Heather Rice

  • Regulation of the proteolytic processing and function of Amyloid Precursor Protein by candidate ligands.

Dennis Selkoe, advisor


Allison Rosen Bialas

  • Initiating Complement-dependent Synaptic Refinement:  Mechanisms of Neuronal C1q Regulation.

Beth Stevens, advisor


Shan Lou

  • Development and Functions of C-Low-Threshold Mechanoceptors.

Qiufu Ma, advisor


Jocelyn LeBlanc

  • Critical period plasticity and sensory function in a neuroligin-3 model of autism.

Michela Fagiolini, advisor


Yessenia Ibarra

  • Characterization of human TRPA1 and TRPV1 channels in response to naturally occurring defensive compounds.

David Clapham, advisor


Ashlee Van't Veer

  • Role of Kappa-Opioid Receptors in Stress-Induced Behaviors.

William Carlezon, advisor


Alan Mardinly

  • Regulation of Synapse Development by Activity Dependent Transcription in Inhibitory Neurons.

Michael E. Greenberg, advisor


Mónica Feliú-Mójer

  • Coupling the small GTPase Rab3 to the Synaptic Vesicle Cycle.

Joshua Kaplann, advisor


David Ferrero

  • Olfactory Control of Instinctive Behavior.

Stephen Liberles, advisor


Kathleen Quast

  • Functional Development and Plasticity of Parvalbumin Cells in Visual Cortex:  Role of Talamocortical Input.

Takao Hensch, advisor


Alexandra Smolyanskaya

  • Dynamics of cortical decision circuits during changes in the fidelity of sensory representations.

Richard Born, advisor