Harvard University - Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology

UNDERGRADUATE THESES
Concentration: Molecular and Cellular Biology

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74 theses listed.

Class Year Concentration Title Student Faculty Member
2014 Molecular and Cellular Biology Adenovirus Serotype 5 (Ad5) Versus Alternative Serotype Adenovirus Vaccine Vectors: Comparative Analysis of CD8 T Cell Responses Ra, Joshua Dr. Dan Barouch
2014 Molecular and Cellular Biology Core cellular surveillance in C. elegans is coupled to systemic xenobiotic detoxification response via bZIP transcription factor ZIP-2 and p38 MAP-kinase signaling Zhang, Xinrui Dr. Gary Ruvkun
2014 Molecular and Cellular Biology Engineering a Light-Sensitive Circadian Clock Yeong, Vivian Dr. Pamela Silver
2014 Molecular and Cellular Biology Exploring pathogenicity in the clinical isolate U2504 of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Gorbachuk, Nataliya Dr. Deborah Hung
2014 Molecular and Cellular Biology High-throughput analysis of protein-DNA binding using next-generation sequencing Genuth, Naomi Dr. George Church
2014 Molecular and Cellular Biology Identifying Mutations That Modulate Drug Sensitivity Using Systematic Single Codon Substitution Moore, Nicholas Dr. Roy Kishony
2014 Molecular and Cellular Biology Impact of Irregular Slee-Wake Patterns and Associated Light Exposure on Entrainment of Circadian Neuroendocrine Rhythms and Physiology in College Undergraduate Students Clerx, William Dr. Charles
2014 Molecular and Cellular Biology Investigating the Coordination of Septation and Elongation in Mycobacteria through Characterization of MSMEG_4234, a Potential Cell Division Player Leung, Vivian Dr. Eric Rubin
2014 Molecular and Cellular Biology MEF2D is required for retinal photoreceptor development and regulates genes critical for proper rod architecture Lee, Charlotte Dr. Michael Greenberg
2014 Molecular and Cellular Biology Screening and Characterization of Novel Regulators of Hepcidin Expression Volovetz, Josephine Dr. Paula Fraenkel
2014 Molecular and Cellular Biology Slowing Aging and Infertility with the CD38 Inhibitors Apigenin and Luteolin Simmons, Kristen Dr. David Sincalir
2014 Molecular and Cellular Biology Structural Characterization of the SARS Translational Recoding Mechanism D'Gama, Jonathan Dr. Victoria D'Souza
2014 Molecular and Cellular Biology Structural Patterns of Synaptic Competition in the Motor Neuron Circuit Boothby, Ian Dr. Jeff Lichtman
2014 Molecular and Cellular Biology Tumor collagen and cancer-associated fibroblasts hinder cancer immunosurveillance by controlling the localization of tumor-infiltrating T cells Wu, Michael Dr. Shannon Turley
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology BACE, the β-secretase of Amyloid Precursor Protein-Like, is Required for Long-Term Memory in Drosophila melanogaster Liu, Carol Dr. Samuel Kunes
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology Effects of Translation on Mitotic Spindles Lutfeali, Reshma Dr. Michael Blower
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology Evaluation of small-molecules for abilities to reverse the effects of leflunomide on neural crest progenitors Xia, Fan Dr. Leonard Zon
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology Examining the mechanism by which liver-specific microRNA-122 modulates apolipoprotein B-100 Lin, Carol Dr. Raymond Chung
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology Identification of CEP-701 as a Small Molecule Regulator of Satellite Cell Proliferation through High-Content Screening Smart, Alicia Dr. Lee Rubin
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology Identification, sequencing and characterization of four putative systemic RNAi proteins Yao, Lisa Dr. Craig Hunter
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology Improving the efficiency and fidelity of RNA-catalyzed polymerization: Implications for 2-thio-uracil in the RNA world Michaels, Yale Dr. Jack Szostak
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology Induction of Autoinflammatory Signaling in Genomically Unstably Cells by Perturbations in the Endogenous Nuclease DNase2 Dockterman, Jacob Dr. Nir Hacohen
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology Interactions Between Host Genetics, Host Diet, and the Gut Microbiota in Response to Diet Shifts Luevano, Jesus Dr. Peter Turnbaugh
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology Investigating the Mechanism of SpoIIIE Mediated End-loop Resolution in Sporulating Bacillus subtilis. Barnes, Leandra Dr. Briana Burton
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology Knockdown of Maternal Embryonic Leucine Zipper Kinase and the Effects on Ovarian Cancer Cells in vitro: Assessing the Potential of MELK as a Therapeutic Target in Ovarian Cancer Choi, Christine Dr. Jean Zhao
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology Primordazine Induces Translational Repression via a 120 Nucleotide Response Element in the Zebrafish Nanos1-3’UTR Gonzales, Andrew Dr. Randell Peterson
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology Shigella effector OspC3 enhances intracellular replication in minimally type 3 secretion competent bacteria Polachek, William Dr. Cammie Lesser
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology The critical role of host lipid metabolism in determining the infectivity of Hepatitis C virus Meixiong, James Dr. Raymond Chung
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology The Effect of Neostriatal Dendritic and Synaptic Alternations on Glutamate Toxicity in a Huntington’s Disease Knock-in Mouse Model Lin, Amy Dr. Marian Difiglia
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology The Role of Sonic Hedgehog in the Development and Maintenance of the Mammalian Olfactory System Persson, Laura Dr. Rosalind Segal
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology The transcription factor BATF3 may be a novel regulator of angiogenesis and breast cancer progression: An in vitro and in vivo study Stein, Elliot Dr. Marsha Moses
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology Transcriptional control of hair follicle regeneration by p63 Yarabe, Paul Dr. Leif Ellison
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology Translation without a poly(A) tail Hadar, Peter Dr. Lee Gehrke
2013 Molecular and Cellular Biology α-secretase and γ-secretase associate together during regulated intramembrane proteolysis of APP Patel, Sarvagna Dr. Dennis Selkoe
2012 Molecular and Cellular Biology CD1 Modulation of Decidual Immune Cell Activity Wu, Vernon Dr. Jack L. Strominger
2012 Molecular and Cellular Biology Disease modeling of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS): Morphometric analysis of motor neurons derived from induced pluripotent stem cells and functional characterization of astroglia derived from human embryonic stem cells Mikkilineni, Shravani Dr. Kevin Eggan
2012 Molecular and Cellular Biology Effects of the Loss of Red-­‐Cone Photoreceptors on Cone Mosaic Formation and Horizontal Cell Morphology in Zebrafish (Danio rerio). Qi, Robert Dr. John E. Dowling
2012 Molecular and Cellular Biology Expression and Function of the Mammalian SID-­‐1 Orthologs, SidT1 and SidT2 Song, Fei Dr. Craig P. Hunter
2012 Molecular and Cellular Biology The Development of a Novel Inducible Foxn1 Reporter: Generation, Characterization, and Applications Feng, Jeremy Dr. Doug Melton
2012 Molecular and Cellular Biology The Search for Novel Sporulation Genes in Bacillus subtilis Pugliese, Antonia Dr. John E. Dowling
2012 Molecular and Cellular Biology Translational genetic recoding by viral mRNA pseudoknots Nagle, Julia Dr. Victoria D'Souza
2011 Molecular and Cellular Biology A conserved cytoplasmic tyrosine kinase functions in the transport of silencing RNA between C. elegans cells Kim, Yunsoo Dr. Craig P. Hunter
2011 Molecular and Cellular Biology A Potential Role for Lipid Droplets and the Transport Protein Klarsicht in Hedgehog Processing and Axon Transport Boardman, Alexander Dr. Sam Kunes
2011 Molecular and Cellular Biology Characterizing Prmd8 expression and function in Sonic hedgehog-­‐directed neural patterning Li, Dayan Jack Dr. Andrew (Andy) P. McMahon
2011 Molecular and Cellular Biology Creating Reporters in Human Cell Lines Using Zinc Finger Targeting of Safe Harbor Loci Liu, Victoria Dr. Kevin Eggan
2011 Molecular and Cellular Biology Defining Subpopulations of the Pancreatic Mesenchyme and The Effects on Progenitor Cells Differentiating Along the β Cell Lineage Kusma, Jennifer Dr. Doug Melton
2011 Molecular and Cellular Biology Investigating the Oligomeric State of ComEC, a Putative Membrane Channel Essential to Natural Transformation in Bacillus subtilis Wang, Hanjay Dr. Briana Burton
2011 Molecular and Cellular Biology Role of the SID-­‐1 dsRNA Transport Channel in Coordinating Stress Responses and Cholesterol in C. elegans Wu, Eric Dr. Craig P. Hunter
2011 Molecular and Cellular Biology SAD kinases and neuronal polarization: examination of regulatory phosphorylation sites D'Gama, Alissa Dr. Joshua R. Sanes
2011 Molecular and Cellular Biology Structure-­‐function analysis of sid-­‐1, a gene required for systemic rNA interference in C. elegans Lu, Jiajie George Dr. Craig P. Hunter
2011 Molecular and Cellular Biology Studying the ion permeation pathway of divalent metal transporter NRAMP using site-­‐directed mutagenesis McCabe, Anne Dr. Rachelle Gaudet
2011 Molecular and Cellular Biology The Hippo Pathway in Human Embryonic Stem Cells and Endodermal Progenitors Arledge, Walker Cole Dr. Doug Melton
2011 Molecular and Cellular Biology The role of self-­‐recognition in competition among Proteus mirabilis strains Wenren, Larissa Dr. Karine A. Gibbs
2010 Molecular and Cellular Biology An Examination of Histone (H3-H4)2 Tetramer Splitting during DNA Replication In Vitro Berthet, Ellora Bellows Dr. Nicole Francis
2010 Molecular and Cellular Biology Biochemical studies of primer placement in retroviruses Lo, Jennifer Alys Dr. Victoria D'Souza
2010 Molecular and Cellular Biology Expression of PAX6B, ALDH1A2, & HSP47 is Regulated by Retinoic Acid at the 2-4 Somite Stage of Zebrafish Development Booker, Sarah Elizabeth Dr. John E. Dowling
2010 Molecular and Cellular Biology GCC185 and Golgi-microtubules in NK Cell cytotoxicity Watts, James Jonathan Dr. Jack L. Strominger
2010 Molecular and Cellular Biology GCC185 and Golgi-microtubules in NK Cell cytotoxicity. Yang, Shu Dr. Jack L. Strominger
2010 Molecular and Cellular Biology Investigating the role of TopBP1-dependent polymerase α hyperloading in the activation of the ATR-dependent checkpoint in Xenopus laevis Robles, Diana Ceballos Dr. W. Matthew Michael
2010 Molecular and Cellular Biology Localization, Regulation, and Function of a First Type VII Protein Secretion System in Bacillus subtilis Huppert, Laura Dr. Briana Burton
2010 Molecular and Cellular Biology Making connections: a search for genes involved in the synaptic partner choices of AII amacrine neurons in the mouse retina Odstrcil, Iris Dr. Joshua R. Sanes
2010 Molecular and Cellular Biology The Temporal and Spatial Regulation of ClpP Proteases in Bacillus Subtilis He, Gina Dr. Richard M. Losick
2010 Molecular and Cellular Biology Toward Generating β Cells by Transcription Factor-Based Reprogramming Muhlestein, Whitney Dr. Doug Melton
2009 Molecular and Cellular Biology An Embryonic Stem Cell Based System for Rapid Analysis of Developmentally Regulated Enhancer Elements Tasanov, Kaloyan M. Dr. Andrew (Andy) P. McMahon
2009 Molecular and Cellular Biology Analysis of Olfactory Bulb Glomerular Responses to Odors in Mice of Different Behavioral States Blauvelt, David Dr. Venkatesh N. Murthy
2009 Molecular and Cellular Biology Identifying Cell Cycle Stage-Specific Polycomb Group Protein Complexes Mason, Amanda Dr. Nicole Francis
2009 Molecular and Cellular Biology In Vitro Directed Differentiation of Mouse ES Cells to Cells in Pancreatic Lineage using Small Molecules and Ectopic Expression of Key Transcription Factors Hightower, Jessica Stewart Dr. Doug Melton
2009 Molecular and Cellular Biology Insights into the Intercellular Transport of Gene Silencing in a Nematode Worm Hsu, Jenny Dr. Craig P. Hunter
2009 Molecular and Cellular Biology Memory of the mouse ES cell transcriptional program through cell division Massasa, Efi Efraim Dr. Kevin Eggan
2009 Molecular and Cellular Biology Morphology and Laminar Segregation of Single Retinal Ganglion Cell Axon Arbors in the Superior Colliculus of the Mouse Esch, Jennifer Dr. Joshua R. Sanes
2009 Molecular and Cellular Biology Site-directed Fluorescent Labeling of the Dual Transmembrane Domains of the Ecto-enzyme CD39 Morris, Benjamin Dr. Guido Guidotti
2009 Molecular and Cellular Biology Studying the extracellular function of Protocadherin-α proteins Mattos, David Dr. Tom Maniatis
2009 Molecular and Cellular Biology Suppression of a mouse model of multiple sclerosis by immunization with an aluminium aduvant and low dosages Tartaglia, Christina Eloisa Dr. Jack L. Strominger
2008 Molecular and Cellular Biology Distinct sets of mRNA targets exhibit differential miRNA dose responses Zhang, Elisa T. Dr. Tom Maniatis