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Theses/Dissertations from 2015

Developmental and Internal Validation of a Mitochondrial DNA Direct Amplification Kit for Forensic Reference Samples, Alessandra Alicea-Centeno B.S.

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Comparison of Next Generation Sequencing Methodology on the Ion PGM™ System Performance versus that on the Sanger Sequencing Method for HV1 and HV2 Regions of mtDNA, Wendy C. Argueta B.S.

Risk of Hematopoietic Cancer Associated Mortality among Workers in the Poultry Slaughtering and Processing Industries, Saritha Bangara M.P.H

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Healthcare Provider Barriers to Family Health History Clinical Decision Support Tools, Victoria R. Baria

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Comparative study of the physical symptoms following bilateral mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction and delayed breast reconstruction, Ritika U. Bhat M.B.B.S.

Evaluation of NK Cell – Astrocyte Interactions: Potential Role in HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders and HIV- Associated Dementia, Kelly E. Bowen B.A.

Aging of the Thymic Epithelial Progenitor Pool is Determined by the p63-FoxN1 Regulatory Axis, Preston I. Burnley

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Trace amine associated receptor 1 (TAAR1), a novel astrocyte receptor for METH-mediated excitotoxicity in HIV-1-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND), Irma E. Cisneros

Discovery and Characterization of Tetranucleotide Short Tandem Repeats in North American Bears (Ursids), Michelle L. Graham B.S.

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Genetic Diversity of Easter Island (Rapanui) Population from Identifiler® Plus autosomal, Y-filer®, and Y-Plex™ 6 Y-STR Loci, Laura Guadian B.S.

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Advanced Problem Solving in the Biotherapeutics Industry: Parameters influencing the delivery of a novel cell therapy product and exploration of a new method for determining activity of Clostridium histolyticum collagenase, a wound debridement enzyme, Melanie A. Harris B.S.

The Effects of Known PCR Inhibitors on Droplet Digital PCR Performance, William Patrick Kolar

MIEN1 Drives Breast Cancer Invasion by Regulating Cytoskeletal-Focal Adhesions Dynamics, Marilyne F. Kpetemey B.S.

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Intercellular Nef transfer and HIV-1 infection of astrocytes, Xiaoyu Luo

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Cell line authentication and contamination assessment for human cell cultures, Andrea Ormos B.S.

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Population Variances in the Whole Mitochondrial Genome Impacting Capture for Human Identification, Lisa A. Skandalis B.S.

Psalmotoxin-1 and nonproton ligand interactions with acid-sensing ion channels, Rachel N. Smith B.S.

Selection of an Ancestry-Informative Marker (AIM) Panel of INDELs, Lindsey M. Thompson B.S.

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Anatomical Variation of the Inferior Mesenteric Vein’s Drainage Pattern, Mina Zilaie B.S.

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Effects of Amicon Ultra-4 Centrifugal Devices on DNA Yield From Bone Samples and Effects of Amplicon Rx Post-PCR Treatment onRelative Florescence Units Obtained During Capillary Electrophoresis, Marie B. Amiel

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Role of catecholaminergic A2 neurons of nucleus of the solitary tract(NTS) in cardiovascular and respiratory adaptations to chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH) in rats, Chandra Sekhar Bathina

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Osteopathic Management of Mild Leg Length Inequality with Heel Lift Therapy: A Pilot Study Analyzing Altered Gait Kinetics and Kinematics, Sebastiaan M. Bens

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The Role of Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3β in the Regulation of Mitochondrial Membrane Permeability, Morgan M. Brooks B.A.

Anti-Tumor Immune Responses Against MTLn3 Mammary Adenocarcinoma, KiahRae J. Carter

Antioxidants, Exercise, APOE Genotype and Brain Function, Kiran Chaudhari M.B.B.S., M.D.

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Intravenous pyruvate to protect heart and brain during closed-chest resuscitation and recovery from cardiac arrest, Brandon H. Cherry

Involvement of Caspase-7 in Photoreceptor and Retinal Ganglion Cell Death, Shreyasi Choudhury M.S.

Physical and Biochemical Factors Affecting the Recovery and Analysis of DNA from Human Skeletal Remains, Laura Gaydosh Combs B.A., M.A.

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Factors that Impact Patient Enrollment in Clinical Trials, Phong Duong B.A.

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Maternal Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa: Steps Towards Millennium Developmental Goals, Inanaboyai U. Eghieye

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Effects of pH on Binding of DNA Using the PrepFiler BTA Forensic DNA Extraction Kit on the AutoMate Express Forensic DNA Extraction System, Erin E. Ferguson

All-cause and CVD-specific mortality associated with allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma: a retrospective cohort study, Subi Gandhi MPH

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Typing Success of Short Tandem Repeat Loci on Skeletal Remains: Comparison of the AmpFLSTR® Identifiler® Plus and GlobalFiler™ PCR Amplification Kit., Stephanie A. Garcia

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Identifying barriers to enrollment and strategies to increase enrollment at a community-based cancer treatment center, Sheila R. Gokul

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The Three "R"s of Research, Frank P. Goodman

Intravenous Pyruvate to Prevent Renal Injury Following Cardiac Arrest and Resuscitation, Roger A. Hollrah M.S.

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Extracellular Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen as a Marker and Therapeutic Target for Cancer Stem Cells., Nathan C. Horton

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Allele Characterization of Fifteen Short Tandem Repeat Loci of North American Golden (Aquila Chysaetos) and Bald (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) Eagles using Next-Generation Sequencing, Taylor E. Howard

The Role of IL-23 in Regulating the Recruitment and Function of Phagocytic Cells during Listeria monocytogenes infection, Mohanalaxmi Indramohan M.S.

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Estimating Human DNA Concentration in the Presence of Metal Ion Inhibitors: A Comparison of the Quantifiler® Human DNA Quantification Kit and the Investigator® Quantiplex Kit., Andrea H. Jeffries

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Evaluation of Molecular Techniques Using a Synthetic Mitochondrial Genome, Jessica L. Koenig

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Allele Characterization of Ten Short Tandem Repeat Loci of North American Bears (Ursids) Using Next-Generation Sequencing, Mckensie Kreutzer

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Pharmacological Assessment of Novel Phenylacetamide as a Sigma 1 Receptor Ligand, Maninder Malik

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Shale Gas Production and Surface Water: An Exploratory Case Study On Drinking Water in the Dallas And Fort Worth Metroplex 2001 - 2012, Naomi M. Meier M.S.

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A Comparative Review of Screening, Consent, and Trial Visits and Follow-up Practices in Cardiovascular Dual Antiplatelet Therapy Drug, Device, and Registry Studies at Legacy Heart Center and The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, Ismail S. Mohiuddin B.S.

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STR Typing of Reference Samples with Rapid DNA technology, Andrea B. Moore

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NEUROPROTECTIVE PROPERTIES OF SIGMA-1 RECEPTOR IN GLAUCOMA, Brett H. Mueller III

Role of C/EBP Homologous Protein in Photoreceptor and Retinal Ganglion Cell Death, Sonali R. Nashine M.S.

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The Disadvantageous Interrelationship between Lenticular Mitoprotection and Epithelial-Mesenchymal transition via Nuclear Beta catenin, Sudha Neelam M.S.

Utilization and Access to Healthcare Services Among People Living with Spinal Cord Injuries in the Community, Shayan Noorani B.A.

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Changes in the Microbial Community as a Potential Indicator of Clandestine Drug Operations., Tanisha N. Payne

Correlation of End-Tidal Carbon Dioxide to Neurological Outcome in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest, Sabrina D. Phillips B.S.

Improvement of Data Quality through Source Data Verification in Physical Therapy Research, Kalyssa M. Pollard

A Pragmatic Work Flow for Manual Medical Chart Review: A Systematic Literature Review, Taoran Qiu B.S.

Effect of CD44 Expression on T Cell Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, Ronny R. Racine B.S.

Resilience Over Time in a Longitudinal Study Following Patients with Physical Injury, Evan E. Rainey

Post-transcriptional and Epigenetic Regulation of MIEN1 in Prostate Cancer, Smrithi Rajendiran B.S.

Changes in Health Knowledge and Lifestyles After Participating in a Research Study, Erica M. Resendes B.S.

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Use of Social Media and its Potential for Subject Recruitment in Clinical Trials., Mario C. Reyes

Determination of Genetic Factors Associated with Response to Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) in Individuals with Chronic Lower Back Pain (CLBP)., Kayla K. Richardson

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The Role of Estrogen and Estrogen Analogues in Friedreich’s Ataxia Cytoprotection, Timothy E. Richardson

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An Exploratory Investigation of Self-efficacy to Drive While Intoxicated, Matthew E. Rossheim B.A.

Astrocytes & Ischemic stroke, Gourav Roy Choudhury B.V.Sc & A.H

The role of Angiotensin II in central autonomic and endocrine regulation, Ashwini Saxena M.B.B.S., M.S.

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Lymphatic Pump Treatment Enhances the Lymphatic and Immune System and Ameliorates Disease Severity in a Rat Model of Respiratory Infection, Artur Schander

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Identifying Unique Therapeutic Targets To Rescue Retinal Ganglion Cells From Degeneration After Optic Nerve Crush, Tasneem P. Sharma

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Recruitment Strategies and Fulfilling Enrollment at a Site Management Organization, Mark S. Shell B.S.

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An Overview of Clinical Trials with the Integration and Introduction of an Electronic-Based Records System, Adam T. Stewart B.S.

Contrasting Force Reduction at the Greater Trochanter Using Different Surgical Procedures for Relief of Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome, Victor W. Taylor II

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Authentication of Human Cell Lines and Detection of Human Cell Line Contamination by Cost-Effective Direct Amplification of DNA, Vikram Reddy Vemireddy

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Autonomic nervous control of cardiovascular function during prolonged exercise in humans, Daniel W. White

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Evaluation of Health Care Cost and Utilization Project Data (HCUP) in Healthcare Research, Cristianna A. Abilez

Maintaining Balance in Conditions of Sensory Conflict., Lindsay N. Appleby

A Comparative Study of Three Methods to Enhance the Collection of DNA from Plant Material, Alea D. Ausmer

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Study of Obesity in Survivors of Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (All), Nikhil U. Bhat

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Transmission and Establishment of Helicobacter pylori Infection in Childhood, Diana Cervantes

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Characterization and Function of Follistatin in Human Trabecular Meshwork Cell and Tissues, Ashley M. Fitzgerald

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Study of 5-HTTLPR and rs25531 to Identify Allele Variants of Offenders Charged with Driving while Intoxicated and Driving under the Influence, Ravali Gudep

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The Effect of Chronic Psychological Stress on the Cutaneous Immune Response in the Development of a Contact Hypersensitivity Reaction, Jessica M.F. Hall

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Optimization of Reconstituted High Density Lipoprotein nanoparticles as a Delivery System for Neuroblastoma, Cheryl L. Hinze

Dissecting the Role of Protein Kinase C-Epsilon in Breast Cancer, Kirti Jain

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Chemokine CXCL8 Mediated Intercellular Interactions in HIV-1 associated Dementia, Manmeet Kaur

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Identification of Unknown PCR Products Generated During STR Analysis of Bone Samples, Alyssa R. Koehn

Parental Intent to Vaccinate Young Children Against the Flu, Stephani Jared Komatz

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The Role of Mineralocorticoid Receptor of the Nucleus Tractus Solitarius on Driving Salt Intake., Bhuvaneswari Koneru

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Differences in Motivational Factors that Influence Participation in Research Studies, Michelle R. Lee

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Involvement of Estrogen Receptor Beta 5 in the Progression of Glioma, Wenjun Li

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Determining the Consenting Capacity of Minors Bearing Children, Jarrad J. McAdams

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Studies in Molecular Mechanisms of Skeletal Muscle Contraction: Applications to Transgenic Mice with Inherited Cardiomyopathies, Krishna Midde

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Spatial phylogeography and correlation between genetic and geographical distance in Trypanosoma cruzi and its vectors of the genus Triatoma from Texas., Elizabeth A. Mitchell

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A Semi-Automated Methodology for Extraction of DNA from Human Skeletal Remains, Mary L. Mize

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Increasing the Efficiency of Mitochondrial DNA processing of Reference Samples, Katherine N. Morgan

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Clinical Project Management Portal Optimization Through Change Management Best Practices, Bridget C. Moty

Patient Retention in Clinical Trials, Vijay Nagalla

Expression of Procollagen C Proteinase Enhancer Proteins in Trabecular Cells and Tissues, Monal Naik

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Development of a Full Mitochondrial Genome Specific Target-enriched Library for Next Generation Sequencing, Sarah M. Oatts

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Efficacy of Alcohol-Impregnated Port Protectors on Central Line - Associated Blood Stream Infections in Intensive Care Units, Oluwatoke Omiwade

Protein Kinase C-eta Signalling in Breast Cancer, Deepanwita Pal

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Y-Chromosome Heterogeneity in Three Native North American Populations, Emily M. Ricco

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Evaluation of New Operating Procedures for Submitted Investigator-Initiated Research to Baylor's IRB, Taylor M. Rutter