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PhD Graduates

Below is a listing of our recent PhD recipients. Congratulations to our newest PhD alumni!

Aijaz, Iqbal

Iqbal Aijaz

Defense: August 25, 2016

Thesis: “Bacterial Responses to Protist Predation: Cheating, facilitation, cooperation and phage transfer in mixed microbial communities”

Advisor: Koudelka

Chang, Tien-Hao

Tien-Hao Chang

Defense: May 11, 2016

Thesis: “Genome Evolution in the Carnivorous Plant Utricularia gibba”

Advisor: Albert

Colon, Michael

Michael Colon

Defense: August 8, 2016

Thesis: “GStx(+) and Stx(-) Phage: The Story of Two Types of Lambdoid Phages”

Advisor: Koudelka

Current position: Medical Student. Dartmouth University


Neah Likhite

Defense: June 20, 2016

Thesis: “New Roles for Arginine Methylation in Cellular Processes”

Advisors: Yu & Ferkey


Dan Samorodnitsky

Defense: 2016

Thesis: “Autoinhibition and DNA-Binding Cooperativity in the Transcription Factor ETS1”

Advisor: Koudelka

Current position: Postdoc, National Animal Disease Center


Yang Yang

Defense: February 4, 2016

Thesis: “Modulation and Intrinsic Factors Influencing Spike Reliability and Precision in the Auditory System”

Advisor: Xu-Friedman

Current position: MS program in Computer Science and Engineering, UB

Zielinski thesis

Amy Zielinski

Defense: August 8, 2016

Thesis: “RLSB, a novel photosynthesis regulatory protein, interacts with chloroplast ribosomal protein PSRP3 to regulate rbcL gene expression”

Advisor: Berry