Kheng Newick, CMB PhD Candidate in Dr. Nick Heintz‘s lab, successfully defended her dissertation, “COMBINATORIAL APPROACHES IN TARGETING MITOCHONDRIAL REDOX SIGNALING AND FOXM1 EXPRESSION IN MALIGNANT MESOTHELIOMA” on Monday, March 18, 2013.

Originally from Malasia, Ms. Newick received her BS and MS in Microbiology from the University of Arizona before attending UVM for her PhD in 2009. She hopes “to be able to discover novel therapy targets for the treatment of [mesothelioma].”

Congratulations to Ms. Newick on a successful defense!

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March and April are great months to support your fellow students while they defend their dissertations! All defenses are open to the entire UVM community.

Upcoming Defenses:

GRADUATE COLLEGE DEFENSE NOTICE: Emily R Larson
Doctor of Philosophy, Cellular and Molecular Biology Program, Advisor: Mary L Tierney, PhD
“New insights for the role of cell wall structure in regulating root hair cell shape and growth”
Friday, March 22, 2013, 11:00am, Jeffords Hall 326

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING M.S. THESIS DEFENSE: Jaime Jiménez-Díaz
Master of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Advisor: Jane E. Hill, Ph.D.
“Correlation between Innate Immunity and SESI-MS Breathprints of Acute Lung Infections. Discovery of Host Derived Biomarkers.”
Friday, March 22, 2013, 12:50 pm, Votey Hall 207

GRADUATE COLLEGE DEFENSE NOTICE: Matthew R. Manney
Master of Science, Department of Chemistry, Advisor: Willem R. Leenstra, Ph.D.
Synthesis, Characterization, and Structural and Photophysical Study of a Series of Arene-Derivatized Zirconium Phosphonates
March 25, 2013, 3:00pm, Frank Livak Room, Davis Center 417

GRADUATE COLLEGE DEFENSE NOTICE: Michael B. Ghebreab
Doctor of Philosophy, Chemistry, Advisor: Rory Waterman, Ph.D.
Zirconium catalyzed dehydrocoupling of phosphines towards formation of n-conjugated organophosphorus polymers, oligomers and catalytic hydrophosphination
March 26, 2013, 10:00am, Torrey Hall Room# 203

GRADUATE COLLEGE DEFENSE NOTICE: Karl E. Zahn
Doctor of Philosophy, Cell and Molecular Biology, Advisor: Sylvie Doublié, PhD
Structural Studies of DNA Polymerases
9:30am, March 28, 2013, Stafford 410

GRADUATE COLLEGE DEFENSE NOTICE: Samya Chakravorty
Doctor of Philosophy, Biology, Advisor: Jim 0. Vigoreaux, PhD
ROLE OF THE DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER INDIRECT FLIGHT MUSCLES IN FLIGHT AND MALE COURTSHIP SONG: STUDIES ON FLIGHTIN AND MYOSIN LIGHT CHAIN-2
March 28, 2013, 11:00am, Room 234, James M. Jeffords Hall

GRADUATE COLLEGE DEFENSE NOTICE: Edward A. Gakpe
Master of Science, Chemistry, Advisor: Dwight E. Matthews, Ph.D.
Quantification of Methanol and Ethanol in Alcoholic Beverages by Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry
March 29, 2013, 10:00am, Kalkin 001

GRADUATE COLLEGE DEFENSE NOTICE: Kristi Herzer
Master of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Advisor: Jane E. Hill, Ph.D.
Use of the HARV (High Aspect Ratio Vessel) to Assess Bacterial Pathogen Response to Stressors.
March 29, 2013, 11:45am, Fleming Museum 101

GRADUATE COLLEGE DEFENSE NOTICE: Michael Patrick McCormack
Doctor of Philosophy, Chemistry, Advisor: Stephen P. Waters, Ph.D.
DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATIONS OF A 2-AZA-COPE-[3 + 2] DIPOLAR CYCLOADDITION PROTOCOL IN HETEROCYCLIC SYNTHESIS
March 29, 2013, 1:00pm, 427 Waterman Building

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