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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Analysis of transcription factor FOXO in the regulation of stress, aging, and neuromuscular tissue homeostasis in Drosophila melanogaster, Allison Birnbaum

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Decoding the translation initiation mechanism of maize chlorotic mottle virus, Elizabeth Jacqueline Carino

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Analysis of MTORC2 in regulating aging, metabolism and cardiac disease in Drosophila melanogaster, Kai Chang

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Genetics and genomics of vulva traits and their relationship with first-parity performance in pigs, Flor-Anita Corredor

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Metabolomic characterization and quantitative genetic dissection of cuticular surface lipid accumulation on the stigmatic surfaces of maize, Tesia Dennison

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Hepatic peroxisome and its implications on cardiac function, inflammation and aging, Kerui Huang

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Genetic indicators for disease resilience in pigs, Ryan Lee Jeon

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Cytogenetics studies on the evolution of sex chromosomes and genome organization in turtles, Ling Sze Lee

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Effects of incubation temperature on genome-wide DNA methylation and expression of sexual development genes in the painted turtle, Chrysemys picta, Beatriz Akemi Mizoguchi

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Beyond knockouts: Applying precision genome editing for conditional mutagenesis innovation in zebrafish, Maira Pedroso de Almeida

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Re-examining the relationships among families of Pectinoidea and molecular machinery of the visual cycle in molluscs, Garrett Dalton Smedley

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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An analysis of the ramosa1 pathway in Zea mays utilizing CRISPR/Cas9 knockouts, Ryan James Arndorfer

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The molecular interactions of soybean circadian clock with abiotic stresses and soybean cyst nematode (Heterodera glycines), Lijun Cao

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Development and utilization of genome editing tools in maize, sorghum and rice, Si Nian Char

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Development of an aptamer-based nanosensor for SA detection and exploration of the role of SA in stress granules formation, Changtian Chen

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Deciphering the ovarian proteomic impacts of obesity, Kendra Leah Clark

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Genetics and transcriptomics of host response to PRRS in nursery pigs, Qian Dong

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Epigenetic variation in a reptile with temperature-dependent sex determination and inspiring a diverse future for STEM, Daniela Victoria Flores

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Deciphering the receptor kinase FERONIA: Functions and underlying mechanisms, Hongqing Guo

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Local adaptation of maize landraces, Garrett Mitchell Janzen

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Contribution of a low-CO2-inducible plasma membrane protein, LCI1, to the CO2 concentrating mechanism in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Alfredo Kono

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Phenotypic, additive genetic and non-additive genetic analysis of health and nutrient composition data in beef cattle, Luke Kramer

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Quantifying resilience in sows and wean-to-finish pigs, Austin Michael Putz

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Investigating automated sensor measures as possible indicator traits of feed intake and health traits in dairy cattle., Cori Jeanne Siberski

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Characterization of genes and genotypes which contribute to lipid accumulation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and on Zea mays silks, Bri Vidrine

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Application of precise genome editing tools in the zebrafish model to elucidate protein function with regards to developmental phenotypes, Jordan Michael Welker

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Multi-omics reveal nuanced pathways in placental development, Majd Abdulghani

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Identification and functional analysis of LCI15, a suppressor of the air dier phenotype of LCIB mutants in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Soujanya Akella

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Molecular mechanisms governing plant parasitic nematode signaling and host parasitism, Stacey Nicola Barnes

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Functional characterization of a fungal polyamine oxidase FvPO1, Jordan Lillian Baumbach

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Gene editing of rice miRNA and argonaute genes, Honghao Bi

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Haplotype sharing analysis in maize ex-PVP germplasm and relationships with key founders, Stephanie Coffman

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Host transcriptomic response to Newcastle disease virus in relatively resistant and susceptible inbred chicken lines, Melissa Deist

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The use of bioinformatics and current genome editing tools in investigating zebrafish RB1-deficient brain tumors, Jeffrey Allen Haltom

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Biological roles of small RNAs expressed during infection of barley by the obligate fungal biotroph, Blumeria graminis f. sp. hordei, Matthew Robert Hunt

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Genomic analysis of quantitative disease resistance during maize-hemibiotrophic leaf blight pathogen interaction, Mercy Kasuzi Kabahuma

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Dissecting complex phenotypes via multiple transcriptome-based GWAS, Hung-Ying Lin

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The genetic basis of feed efficiency in swine divergently selected for residual feed intake, Emily Mauch

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Genome size evolution and domestication in Gossypium, Emma Ruth Miller

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From the fish tank to the human gut: Characterization of the role of kita and ano1 ICC markers in regulation of intestinal motility in zebrafish, Kevin Natukunda

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To grow or survive: Plants modulate Brassinosteroid-regulated transcription factor BES1 during drought to balance growth and stress responses, Trevor Nolan

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Impact of energy restriction during late gestation on muscle and blood transcriptome of beef calves, Leticia Maria Pereira Sanglard

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Evolutionary histories of legume genomes and mechanisms of genome remodeling, Longhui Ren

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Genomic evaluation of response to environmental challenges of commercial egg-laying chickens, Kaylee Rowland

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Using zebrafish to elucidate the epigenetic mechanisms controlling neurogenesis and brain tumorigenesis, Laura Schultz

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A tale of regulation: Analysis of the role of SnRK1 and glutathione in autophagy in Arabidopsis thaliana, Junmarie Soto-Burgos

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Improvement and expansion of doubled haploid technology, Kimberly Helen Vanous

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The Power of GWAS: Leveraging Genome Wide Association Studies to identify novel regulators of autophagy in Drosophila melanogaster, Axelle Weeger

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Mapping and identification of Candidate Arabidopsis PSS5 and PSS19 genes that confer nonhost resistance against the soybean pathogens, Phytophthora sojae and Fusarium virguliforme, Yang Yang

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Contributions to improve the accuracy and computational efficiency of genomic prediction, Hao Cheng

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The role of host genetics in susceptibility to viral disease in pigs, Jenelle Renae Dunkelberger

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Evolution of duplicated pathways and networks in polyploid cotton, Joseph Patrick Gallagher

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Two components of maintaining developmental competence: microRNA-21 in the maturing oocyte and autophagy induction in the follicular stage ovary, Benjamin J. Hale

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Filarial nematode exosome-like vesicles (ELVs): Functional significance and control relevance, Hiruni Harischandra

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Investigation of soybean susceptibility to soybean aphids and how aphids affect plant-mediated pest interactions, Jessica Hohenstein

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Genetic architecture of antibiosis and antixenosis aphid resistance in soybean and elucidation of the molecular effect of pyramiding Rag1 and Rag2 resistance genes, Martha Ibore

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Assessment of genetic diversity and recombination in maize, Alina Ott

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Development of the naturally occurring Severe Combined Immunodeficient pig model of Iowa State University with an emphasis on characterization and immunological exploration of porcine Natural Killer cells, Ellis Jordan Powell

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Interaction between regulation of autophagy, stress responses and growth in Arabidopsis thaliana, Yunting Pu

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Platyhelminth drug targets: Identification, annotation, and validation, Nicolas James Wheeler

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Developing specialty corn for niche markets in the public sector: A story of tradition and innovation, Hannah Worral

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Focusing immune response on key neutralizing epitopes of HIV- 1 through immune complex vaccination, Aditi Agrawal

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Investigating impacts of altered central metabolism on ovarian function, Ahmad Abdulrahman Al-Shaibi

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Molecular Characterization of Short and Long Term Iron Stress Responses in Soybean, Leorrie Ann Atencio

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Translational drug discovery approaches targeting the PKD1 signaling in Parkinson's disease, Muhammet Ay

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The effects of heat stress on mitochondrial function and autophagy in skeletal muscle, Alexandra Jeanette Brownstein

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The function and regulation of CIA5/CCM1 in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Bo Chen

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An engineered U1 snRNP redefines SMN1 exon 7 carrying a pathogenic mutation at the splice donor site, José Bruno Del Rio-Malewski

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Characterization of the molecular mechanisms underlying neutralization, immune escape, and inhibition of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, Alyssa Bennett Evans

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Examination of the genomic architecture of divergent poultry populations that underlies adaptation, tolerance, and resilience to environmental stressors, Damarius Shaperio Fleming

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Selection for prolificacy and the economic impact of sow retention in the breeding herd, Tasha R. Gruhot

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The genetic basis and improvement of feed efficiency in lactating Holstein dairy cattle, Lydia Hardie

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Genomic prediction using haplotypes in New Zealand dairy cattle, Melanie Kate Hayr

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Genetic and biological factors influencing host response to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus in growing pigs, Andrew Stephen Hess

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Characterization of a murine model of mucopolysaccharidosis type IIID: A knockout model, Maryam Jamil

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Relationships of brassinosteroid signaling with knox and wab1 genes on maize plant architecture, Andree Sunanjaya Kusnandar

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Investigation of germination, growth, sporulation, and host-induced RNA interference in Fusarium virguliforme, Jill Marshall

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The development of tools for transposon somatic mutagenesis in zebrafish, Joshua Mauldin

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Targeted mutagenesis in the tetraploid switchgrass cultivar 'Alamo' using CRISPR-Cas9, Paul Britten Merrick

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Prokineticin-2: a novel anti-apoptotic and anti-inflammatory signaling protein in Parkinson’s disease, Matthew Neal

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On the molecular biology and evolution of plant parasitism by nematodes, Jason Brett Noon

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TNO1 & VPS45: SNARE-associated proteins required for plant growth, Rahul Roy

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Development and validation of an objective swine feet and leg conformation procedure using digital imagery, Joseph Daniel Stock

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Evaluation of conditions affecting Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation of soybean (Glycine max L.) and common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.), Amber Lynn Testroet

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Effects of including crossbred relative records on estimated breeding value prediction accuracies and selection decisions in swine, Denise Lois Van De Stroet

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The genomics of heat stress and immune response in chickens, Angelica Grace Van Goor

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Early chronology of heat stress-induced alterations in skeletal muscle, Olga Volodina

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Phenotypic and genetic variation in an Apios americana breeding collection; and characterization of the HD-Zip gene family, involved in abiotic stress responses in Glycine max, Vikas Belamkar

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Enabling broad use of genome modification technologies to solve real world problems: a specific application in peanut, Vincent Antonio Brazelton Jr.

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Nucleic acid detection techniques for adventitious agent testing, Kaitlin Elizabeth Brien

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Analysis of cytokinin-induced maize leaf developmental changes and interacting genetic modifiers, James Francis Cahill

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Functional analysis of Rev binding region 2, a structural element of the EIAV Rev responsive element, Jerald Rudy Chavez

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The CO2 concentrating mechanism and nitrogen starvation effects under photoautotrophic culture conditions of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii studied by high throughput DNA sequencing technology, Wei Fang

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Regulation of shoot development in maize via brassinosteroid signaling, Gokhan Kir

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Development of gold nanoparticle-based antigen delivery platform for vaccines against HIV-1, Feng Lin

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Elucidation of a bacteriophytochrome-regulated signal transduction pathway in Pseudomonas syringae that contributes to leaf colonization, virulence, and swarming motility, Regina S. McGrane

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The use of an embedded microcomputer-based force plate system for accurate sow lameness identification, Brady Michael McNeil

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Genetic architecture and predictability of seedling root traits in maize (Zea mays L.), Jordon Michael Pace

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Characterization of splice variants of human Survival Motor Neuron genes, Joonbae Seo

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Transcriptome analysis of primary lymphoid tissues in response to avian pathogenic Escherichia coli (APEC), Hongyan Sun