Previous Thesis Defenses

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  • Chris Mount 
    "CAR-T Cell Therapy for Pediatric Gliomas”
    May 29, 2018
  • Laura Bloomfield 
    "At the Edge of Zoonotic Spillover: Land use, Human-Primate Contact and Social Networks in Western Uganda”
    May 18, 2018
  • Grant Lin 
    "Developing rational combination therapeutic approaches for the treatment of DIPG”
    May 16, 2018
  • Ben Dulken  
    "Characterization of the aging neural stem cell niche at single cell resolution”
    May 15, 2018
  • Amrapali Maitra 
    "The work of Love: Domestic Violence and Bodily Experience in Kolkata, India”
    May 9, 2018
  • Megan Garland 
    "Chemical tools to interrogate and inhibit bacterial exotoxins”
    April 27, 2018
  • Lance Middleton
    "Genomic Analysis of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia”
    April 25, 2018
  • Jamie Brett   
    "Skeletal Muscle Stem Cell Activation: Aging and Rejuvenation”
    April 19, 2018
  • Chris Dove 
    "CBPa and Acute Leukemia: A Reprogramming Love Story”
    February 14, 2018
  • Nathan Lo
    "Modeling global strategies for control and elimination of helminth infections”
    June 12, 2017
  • Felicia Reinitz
    "Investigating neural stem cell function in an Alzheimer's disease model”
    June 12, 2017
  • Dani Zhao
    "Wnt Signaling in Liver Homeostasis and Injury Repair" 
    May 1, 2017
  • Elizabeth Qin
    "Mechanisms of glioma invasion of the subventricular zone" 
    May 9, 2017
  • Kyle Eagen
    "Architecture of Interphase Chromosomes"
    October 31, 2016
  • Steven Sloan
    "A Cellular Dissection and Reconstruction of the Human Cortex"
    May 27, 2016
  • Ed Pham
    “Membrane-associated RNA-dependent RNA replication of viruses”
    May 25, 2016
  • Christin Lepus
    "Innate Immune Mechanisms of Osteoarthritis"
    May 9, 2016
  • Jonathan Tsai
    "Functional and Dysfunctional Tissue Regeneration"
    May 4, 2016
  • Ryo Kita
    "Evolution of Gene Expression in Humans and Yeast”
    April 19, 2016
  • Ben Seligman
    "Demography and Population Health: Views from Above and Below"
    April 18, 2016 
  • Graham Walmsley 
    "Characterization and Therapeutic Modulation of an Embryonic Fibroblast Lineage"
     April 12, 2016
  • Mariko Bennett
    “What do microglia do? New tools for studying microglia in the mouse and human”
    March 24, 2016 
  • Kevin Yackle
    "Cellular and molecular dissection of the breathing pacemaker"
    March 15, 2016
  • James Chen
    "Hoxb5 marks long-term hematopoietic stem cells and reveals a homogenous perivascular niche”
    February 18, 2016
  • Jacob Rosenberg
    "Anti-Cytokine Autoantibodies in Landscapes of Immunodeficiency"
    February 5, 2016

  • David Purger

    "Adaptive Myelination in the Mammalian Brain" 
    October 13, 2015
  • Ryan Flynn
    "Dissecting Non-coding And Pathogen RNA-protein Interactomes"
    August 5, 2015
  • Amanda Brosius Lutz
    "Understanding mechanisms of Schwann cell-medicated myelin debris clearance"
    June 24, 2015
  • Philip Pauerstein
    "Dissecting genes and signals controlling pancreatic islet morphogenesis and differentiation."
    June 23, 2015
  • Christine Lee
    "Endogenous anti-epileptic synaptic mechanisms in the corticothalamic circuit”
    May 27, 2015
  • Sunny Lou
    "Molecular and mechanical exploration of large scale cell motility coordination in zebrafish embryonic keratocytes”
    May 22, 2015
  • Jessica Tsai
    "Transcriptional feedback links lipid synthesis to synaptic vesicle pools in Drosophila photoreceptors"
    May 19, 2015
  • James Torchia
    "Targeting lymphoma with precision using semi-synthetic anti-idiotype peptibodies"
    May 15, 2015
  • Greg Charville
    "Studies of skeletal muscle satellite cell death and renewal"
    May 6, 2015
  • Lorenzo Deveza
    “Non-viral Engineered Stem Cells for Therapeutic Angiogenesis”
    July 30, 2014
  • Gloria Yiu
    “Interferon Signaling in Lupus-Prone Mice and Systemic Lupus Erythematous”
    June 30, 2014
  • Roxana Daneshjou
    “Towards Personalized Medicine in Understudied Populations: Coagulation and Anti-Coagulation in African Americans”
    July 1, 2014
  • Michelle Rengarajan
    "The influence of host cell biology on bacterial infection: Listeria monocytogenes and the vascular endothelium."
    June 6, 2014
  • Jack Wang
    "What is the Molecular Mechanism of Axon Degeneration?"
    May 23, 2014
  • Ron Alfa
    "Suppression of insulin production and secretion by a decretin hormone" 
    May, 23, 2014
  • Sergio Arroyo
    "Mechanisms underlying state-dependent modulation of cortical activity" 
    May 19, 2014
  • Ryan Jackson
    "Rotational Axes and Lever Arms for the Middle-ear Ossicles of Several Land Mammals"
    April 18, 2014
  • Alisa Mueller
    "Molecular regulation of muscle-resident mesenchymal stem cells"
    April 18, 2014
  • Kipp Weiskopf
    "Making Macrophanges “Eat” Cancer"
    Wednesday, March 12, 2014
  • Aashish Manglik 
    "Structural dynamics of G protein-coupled receptor activation"
    Friday, February 14, 2014
  • Aaron Ring
    "Structure-based engineering of immunomodulatory agents for the treatment of cancer"
    October 29, 2013
  • Andrew Lee
    "Uses of Adult and Pluripotent Stem Cells for Treatment of Heart Disease" 
    September 20, 2013
  • Lief Fenno
    "Development of novel optogenetic and molecular tools and their appication to understanding the neurological basis of behavior"
    August 16, 2013
  • Joanna Mattis
    "Optogenetic tool development and interrogation of frequency-dependent signaling in the hippocamposeptal pathway"
    July 29, 2013
  • Shoa Clarke
    "Developmental enhancers: ancient origins, neofunctionalization, and pleiotropy"
    May 17, 2013
  • Daniel Kimmel 
    "Neural basis of value-based decision making"
    May 17, 2013
  • Diane Tseng
    "Anti-CD47 antibody-mediated phagocytosis of cancer by macrophages primes an effective anti-tumor T cell response." 
    April 30, 2013

Soros Recipients

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Ronald Alfa (Completed MSTP in 2016)


Student Awards


May 2018
Binbin Chen (entered '14)
Receives a Bio-X Bowes Graduate Student Fellowship

April 2016
Binbin Chen (entered '14)
Receives a Soros Award

January 2016
Aaron Ring (entered '08)
One of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Healthcare
for co-founding Ab Initio Biotherapeutics

August 2015
Daniel Kim (entered '11)
Receives a Bio-X Fellowship

June 2015
Steven Sloan (entered '10)
Receives Teaching Assistant Award

May 2015
Brian Hsueh (entered '12)
Receives a Bio-X Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF)

April 2015
Gerald Tiu (entered '11) is awarded The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

May 2014
Roxana Daneshjou (entered '09) and Jonathan Tsai (entered '11) are awarded The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans


November 2013

Aaron Ring (entering '08) and Kipp Weiskopf (entering '08) are named first place winners in the Collegiate Inventors Competition.