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CLASS OF 2014

Yazeed Alhiyari, PhD
Thesis: "The Combinational Effects of Gamma Secretase Inhibition and Radiation on the Cancer Stem Cell Population in Glioblastoma"
Committee chair: Frank Pajonk, PhD

Alex Dooraghi, PhD
Thesis: "Applications of Beta Particle Detection for Synthesis and Usage of Radiotracers Developed for Positron Emission Tomography"
Committee chair: Arion Hadjioannou, PhD

Robin Saxon Elgart, MS, PhD
Thesis: "Characterization of Biological Effects of Computed Tomography by Assessing the DNA Damage Response"
Committee chair: Keisuke Iwamoto, PhD

Zhang Gu, PhD
Thesis: "Optimization, Characterization and Commissioning of a Novel Uniform Scanning Proton Beam Delivery System"
Committee chair: Arion Hadjioannou, PhD

Sisi Jiang, PhD
Thesis: "The role of SOCS3 and CXCL1 in metastasis and radiation response of solid tumors"
Committee chair: Nicholas Cacalano, PhD

Nathan Martin, PhD
Thesis: "Modulation of DNA repair and radiosensitivity by microRNA-335 and mtPAP"
Committee chair: Richard Gatti, MD

CLASS OF 2013

Maryam Khatonabadi, PhD
Thesis: "The Relationship between Organ Dose and Patients Size in Multi-detector Computed Tomography (MDCT) Scans Utilizing Tube Current Modulation (TCM)"
Committee chair: Michael McNitt-Gray, PhD

Anthony Mascia, PhD
Thesis: "Optimization, Characterization and Commissioning of a Novel Uniform Scanning Proton Beam Delivery System"
Committee chair: Daniel Low, PhD

Matthew Middione, PhD
Thesis: "Towards Absolutely Quantitative Phase Contrast Magnetic Resonance Imaging"
Committee chair: Daniel Ennis, PhD

Gilmer Valdes, PhD
Thesis: "Re-evaluation of 5-fluorouracil Bolus injection as a radiosensitizer for chemoradiotherapy using glioblastoma multiforme cells"
Committee chair: Keisuke Iwamoto, PhD

Mirwais Wardak, PhD
Thesis: "Brain Imaging with Positron Emission Tomography: Quantification and Biomedical Applications in Alzheimer’s disease and Brain Tumors"
Committee chair: Henry Huang, PhD

Ben White, MS, PhD
Thesis: "Prediction and Characterization of Lung Tissue Motion during Quiet Respiration"
Committee chair: Daniel Low, PhD

Michele Zhang, MS, PhD
Thesis: "Human Brain Glutamate, Glutamine, γ-Aminobutyric Acid Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectral Quantification with the Fast Padé Transform"
Committee chair: Jeffrey Alger, PhD

CLASS OF 2012

Brittany Berry-Pusey, PhD
Thesis: "A Vascular Access System (VAS) for Preclinical Models"
Committee chair: Arion Hadjioannou, PhD

Freddie Daver, PhD
Thesis: "Performance Characterization, Image Processing, and Multimodality Co-registration of Small Animal Positron Emission Tomography Systems"
Committee chair: Magnus Dahlbom, PhD

Jing Huo, PhD
Thesis: "Computer Aided Segmentation and Early Therapeutic Response Classification (CADrx) for Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) Brain Tumors with Magnetic Resonance Imaging"
Committee chair: Matthew Brown, PhD

Meral Reyhan, PhD
Thesis: "Quantification of Systolic and Diastolic Left Ventricular Twist Using Fourier Analysis of Stimulated Echoes (FAST) Magnetic Resonance Imaging"
Committee chair: Daniel Ennis, PhD

Wei Sha, PhD
Thesis: "Quantitative Analysis of Biological Effects on 18F-FDG Uptake in Tumors: from In-vitro to In-vivo Studies"
Committee chair: Henry Huang, PhD

Di Zhang, PhD
Thesis: "Reduction of radiation dose to radiosensitive organs and its tradeoff with image quality in Computed Tomography"
Committee chair: McNitt-Gray, PhD

Class of 2011

Graham Cole, M.S., Ph. D.
Thesis: "In Vivo Molecular Imaging Probes for Estrogen Sulfotransferase Enzyme (SULT1E1)"
Committee chair: Jorge Barrio, Ph. D.

Adam Turner, Ph. D.
Thesis: "The Development of Methods to Assess Radiation Dose to Organs from Multidetector Computed Tomography Exams Based on Detailed Monte Carlo Dosimetry Simulations"
Committee chair: Michael McNitt-Gray, Ph. D.

Amy Yu, Ph. D.
Thesis: "Functional Cerebral Sodium Dependent Glucose Transporters In vivo"
Committee chair: Jorge Barrio, Ph. D.


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