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Doctoral Oral Exams for August 2–6

The Graduate Dean invites all graduate faculty to attend the final oral examinations for the doctoral candidates scheduled as follows:

Jung Hwan Koh, Ph.D., Resource Economics, Monday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. Dissertation: “Essays on Franchising in the Service Industry.” Christian Rojas, chr.

Zhengze Li, Ph.D., Food Science, Monday, Aug. 2, 10:30 a.m. Dissertation: “Microbiota-Mediated Metabolism of Curcumin in the Gastrointestinal Tract and its Implications in Anti-Colitis.” Hang Xiao, chr.

Akash Jain, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Monday, Aug. 2, 11 a.m. Dissertation: “Computational Rational Design of Electrocatalysts for Electrochemical Ammonia and Hydrogen Synthesis.” Ashwin Ramasubramaniam, chr.

Nitish Panigrahy, Ph.D., College of Information and Computer Sciences, Monday, Aug. 2, 12:30 p.m. Dissertation: “Resource Allocation in Distributed Service Networks.” Donald Towsley, chr.

Jinseon Yook, Ph.D., School of Public Health and Health Sciences, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m. Dissertation: “Importance of Iron Homeostasis in Beige and Brown Adipocytes.” Soonkyu Chung, chr.

Laura J. Castellanos Garcia, Ph.D., Chemistry, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. Dissertation: “Computational Approaches for the Multimodal Imaging of Nanomaterials and their Biochemical Effects.” Richard Vachet, chr.

Shu Zhao, Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. Dissertation: “Applying Genome-Wide Association in the Fungal Pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus to identify the Genetic Contributors of Antifungal Sensitivity and Thermotolerance.” John Gibbons, chr.

Ryan Turner, Ph.D., Sociology, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 3 p.m. Dissertation: “Vegan Food for Thought: Moral Constructions of Animals.” Robert Zussman, chr.

Ana Alonso Ortiz, Ph.D., Hispanic Literature and Linguistics, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m. Dissertation: “La adquisición de los verbos posicionales en niño bilingües de zapoteco-español.” Luiz Amaral, chr.

Cecilia Vasquez, Ph.D., Anthropology, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 12:30 p.m. Dissertation: “The Boundaries of Safety: The Sanctuary Movement in the Inland Empire.” Sonya Atalay, chr.

Eirini Pitidou, Ph.D., College of Education, Thursday, Aug. 5, 9 a.m. Dissertation: “Language Ideologies and Bilingual Education Policies in a Dual Language Classroom.” Ysaaca Axelrod, chr.

Joseph Drake, Ph.D., Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Thursday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m. Dissertation: “On Spatiotemporal Connectivity Dynamics: Perspectives from a Naturally Fragmented Metapopulation.” Christopher Sutherland, chr.

Hachem Saddiki, Ph.D., School of Public Health and Health Sciences, Thursday, Aug. 5, 1 p.m. Dissertation: “High-Dimensional Feature Selection and Multi-Level Mediation with Applications to Human Aging and HIV Prevention and Treatment.” Laura Balzar, chr.

Yousef Bagheri, Ph.D., Chemistry, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2 p.m. Dissertation: “Lipid-DNA Conjugate as a Novel Tool for Cell Membrane Modification and Analysis.” Mingxu You, chr.

Khushboo Singh, Ph.D., Chemistry, Friday, Aug. 6, 9 a.m. Dissertation: “Design and Formation of Antibody-Conjugated Nanoparticles for Targeted Delivery of Drugs and Biologics.” S. Thayumanavan, chr.

Satya Shukla, Ph.D., College of Information and Computer Sciences, Friday, Aug. 6, 1 p.m. Dissertation: “Deep Learning Models for Irregularly Sampled and Incomplete Time Series Data.” Benjamin Marlin, chr.

Ayushi Patel, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Friday, Aug. 6, 2 p.m. Dissertation: “Metabolic Modeling of Biofilm Communities for Biotechnological Applications.” Michael A. Henson, chr.