2015 Neuroscience Thesis Defenders

Congratulations and best wishes to the following 2015 Neuroscience graduate students who have recently completed and received their Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience:


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Richard Lieberman, Ph.D.

Defended: December 7, 2015

Title: “Utilizing Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells in the Study of Alcohol Use Disorder”

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Covault

Current Location: Postdoctoral, UConn Health, Farmington, CT





Rodney Ritzel

Rodney Ritzel, Ph.D.

Defended: December 4, 2015

Title: “Immune Regulation of the Aging and Ischemic Brain”

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Louise McCullough






Kasey Johnson

Kasey Johnson, Ph.D.

Defended: November 23, 2015

Title: “Extracellular Regulation of Glial Cells”

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Stephen Crocker

Current Location: Postdoctoral, University of Massachusetts Medical School






Xi Bie, Ph.D.

Defended: May 12, 2015

Title: “Binaural Spectral Processing In Mouse Inferior Colliculus”

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Douglas Oliver

Current Location: Investment Analyst Intern at Spencer Trask Ventures





Kyle Denton

Kyle Denton, Ph.D.

Defended: April 30, 2015

Title: “Modelling Hereditary Spastic Paraplegias using Human Pluripotent Stem Cells”

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Xue-Jun Li

Current Location: Postdoctoral, National Institutes of Health, MD





Megan Miller

Megan Miller, Ph.D.

Defended: March 27, 2015

Title: “Functional consequences of Kalrn promoter usage suggest a novel role in postsynaptic membrane trafficking

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Betty Eipper

Current Location: Postdoctoral, Yale University, New Haven, CT