06. 14. 2023


The Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 DDF Fellowship Recipients


Congratulations to the recipients of the 2023-2024 DDF Fellowship! The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) gives the University's most accomplished Ph.D. candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize and write a dissertation during the fellowship year.

Lauren Agnew

Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
Advisor(s): Emilie Snell-Rood
“Using Trait-Based Ecological Risk Assesment to Assess Bee Species' Vulnerability to Heavy Metal Pollutants”

Emily Althoff

Advisor(s): Brian Aukema
“Chemical ecology of the eastern larch beetle and natural enemies"

Katherine Ashby

Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology
Advisor(s): Kristin Hogquist
“Investigating Immune Tolerance to Inflammation-Associated Self-Antigens"

shelby auger

Advisor(s): Mark Distefano
“Tracking dysregulation of prenylation in disease models using proteomic analysis elucidates mechanisms of disease development"

charul avachat

Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology
Advisor(s): Angela Birnbaum
“Pharmacokinetic characterization of antiseizure medications at different stages of life in patients with epilepsy"

Kyle baasch

Comparative Studies In Discourse and Society
Advisor(s): Keya Ganguly
“The Revolution of Scholarship in the Shadow of Fascism (1918-1945)"

aleisha barton

Art History
Advisor(s): Jennifer Marshall
"Your Eyes Are Limited": Psychedelic Aesthetics in the Post-War Age, 1966-1970"

adrianna bell

Advisor(s): Melissa Horning
"The Impact of Social Media on Adolescents' Diets and The Moderating Role of Family Functioning and Eating Behaviors"

akash bhat

Civil Engineering
Advisor(s): Bill Arnold
"Photolysis of fluorinated compounds: tracking fluorine and degradation, use of novel UV-light emitting diodes (LEDs), and computational evaluations"

Emily briggs

Advisor(s): Katherine Hayes
"Advancing repatriation under NAGPRA using isotope methods - A case study of Minnesota"

liz calhoun

Advisor(s): Bruce Braun
"Mapping the Future: Inequitable Environments and the Algorithmic Forecasting of Crime"

romulus castelo

Child Psychology
Advisor(s): Stephanie Carlson, Kathleen Thomas
"Parent Autonomy Support: The Role of Choice in Children's Executive Function Skills"

Atharva Chikhalikar

Chemical Engineering
Advisor(s): David Poerschke
"Understanding modes of deposit-induced degradation in advanced alloys and metallic coatings utilized in high-temperature applications"

rashmi Choudhary

Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor(s): Bharat Jalan
"Novel molecular beam epitaxy method for atomically-precise synthesis of superconducting metal oxide films"

ryan Collanton

Chemical Engineering
Advisor(s): Kevin Dorfman
"Advancing polymer science through computational physics: From mimicking metallic alloys to useful recycled plastics"

tara conway

Applied Plant Sciences
Advisor(s): Nicholas Jordan
"Understanding agricultural change-making through intermediaries"

Angelique dahlberg

Conservation Sciences
Advisor(s): Nicholas Phelps
"Balancing control of zebra mussels against non-target impacts to native species using low-dose copper sulfate"

leslie day

Plant and Microbial Biology
Advisor(s): Kyle Costa
"Global Responses to Environmental Change in Methanogenic Archaea"

gunnar drossel

Advisor(s): Anna Zilverstand
"Translational Research on Substance Use Disorders"

hina durrani

Integrated Biosciences
Advisor(s): Sara Zimmer
"Insight On the Evolutionary Impetus for Subcellular Compartmentalization"

mary jane espina

Applied Plant Sciences
Advisor(s): Aaron Lorenz, Robert Stupar
"Dissecting the molecular and physiological mechanism of the candidate gene underlying iron deficiency chlorosis resistance in soybean"

zi gao

Advisor(s): Andrew Oxenham
"Adaptation effects along a voice/non-voice continuum: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence"

Katerina gribbin

Advisor(s): Jeremy Lise
"It’s Always Sunny in Ontario: The Effects of Wage Disclosure on Wages"

Matthew Gullickson

Applied Plant Sciences
Advisor(s): Mary Rogers
"Chemical ecology of spotted-wing drosophila: behavioral responses to olfactory stimuli and implications for pest management"

thomas Hasenzagl

Advisor(s): Ellen McGrattan
"Essays in Macroeconomics with a Focus on Market Power"

matthew Hausladen

Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor(s): Chris Ellison, Lorrain Francis
"Additive manufacturing of soft materials through photopolymerization: From 3D printing to growing soft robots"

anh hoang

Advisor(s): Craig Westerland
"Fox-Neuwirth cells, quantum shuffle algebras, and applications in arithmetic statistics"

Mariann howloand

Child Psychology
Advisor(s): Megan Gunnar, Bob Krueger
"A Dimensional Approach to Perinatal Mania and Psychosis"

yu-chia hsu

Social and Administrative Pharmacy
Advisor(s): Wendy St. Peter
"Target Trial Framework to Evaluate Post-surgical Discharge Opioid Dosing Strategies on Opioid Use Disorder and Changes in Kidney Function"

jacqueline James

Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication
Advisor(s): Molly Kessler
"Post-Polio Syndrome in the Shadows: Epidemic Disease and Embodied History"

qiao jin

Computer Science
Advisor(s): Lana Yorosh
"Towards an Immersive and Social Learning Experience: Building the Future of Educational AR/VR"

emily kahnert

Rehabilitation Science
Advisor(s): Paula Ludewig, Donald Nixdorf
"Telerehabilitation Effectiveness for Individuals with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD): A Non-Inferiority Study"

wen-han kao

Advisor(s): Natalia Perkins
"Disorder Effects in the Quantum Spin Liquid"

caitlyn keo

Applied Economics
Advisor(s): Elizabeth Davis, Aaron Sojourner
"Essays on the Economics of Child Welfare"

dongmin kim

Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
Advisor(s): Allison Shaw, John Fiebur
"Why move differently: the role of environments, traits, interactions, and memories in animal movement"

Yeh Jin (Jasmine) kim

Educational Psychology
Advisor(s): Panayiota Kendeou
"Towards a Systematic Program of Online Reading Comprehension Research"

mary kosuth

Environmental Health
Advisor(s): Matt Simcik
"Mighty Methods: Advancing the Quality of Microplastics Pollution Research Through Improved Methods for Quantification and Characterization"

Abhishek Kulkarni

Medicinal Chemistry
Advisor(s): Carston Wagner
"Tumor-Specific Redirection of Immune Cells Using Protease-Activatable Chemically Self-Assembled Nanorings (Pro-CSANs)"

jillian labranche

Advisor(s): Joachim Savelsberg, Alejandro Baer
"Violence in the Classroom: Negotiating National Narratives in Rwanda and Sierra Leone"

tian lan

Medicinal Chemistry
Advisor(s): Courtney Aldrich, David Ferguson
"Structural Re-engineering of Rifamycin Antibiotics against Drug-Resistant Mycobacteria"

haeree lang

Comparative and Molecular Biosciences
Advisor(s): Steven Friedenberg, Marc Jenkins
"Investigation of Canine Antigen-Specific T Cells with Novel Immunological Tools"

yoonkyu lee

Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology
Advisor(s): Zohar Sachs, Chad Myers
"Advanced gene expression analysis reveals novel biology in acute myeloid leukemia"

jiaqi li

Mechanical Engineering
Advisor(s): Jiarong Hong
"Uncovering the Physics of Snow Settling Using Novel Large-scale Field Imaging Approach"

jinghan li

Advisor(s): Raj Suryanarayanan
"Understanding the Role of Surfactants in the Stabilization of Protein Formulations"

Xinyue (Shirelle) liu

Advisor(s): Jonathan Gewirtz, Phu Tran
"Searching for novel molecular markers of vulnerability to opioid use disorder"

alexander magnolia

Advisor(s): Andrea Sterk
"Byzantium and Beyond: The Medieval Roman World through the Letters of Patriarch Nicholas I Mystikos, 901-925 CE"

andrew mann

Plant Pathology
Advisor(s): Robert Blanchette, Katherine Bushley
"The role of microbes in the invasion process of red turpentine beetle and emerald ash borer"

Konstantinos Mavromatis

Computer Science
Advisor(s): George Karypis
"AI Reasoning with Large Language Models and Knowledge Graphs"

Judith "Annie" Melton

Advisor(s): Gilbert Tostevin
"Cracking the Core: Assessing Cultural Variability Within and Among Prehistoric Populations"

Chuanhui Meng

Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media
Advisor(s): Jason McGrath
"Translating Film Genres in the Cold War: Transnational Travels of Film and a Post-Colonial Investigation of Early Socialist Chinese Cinema (1949-1966)"

dawn Michaelson

Computer Science
Advisor(s): Eric Van Wyk, Gopalan Nadathur
"Modular Metatheory for Extensible Languages"

eric mitten

Advisor(s): Kevin Wickman
"Plasticity of ventral tegmental area (VTA) gamma amino-butyric acid (GABA) neurons following chronic ethanol exposure and stress"

keeley morris

Advisor(s): Gillian Tarr, Ryan Demmer
"COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness and Impact in a Landscape of Evolving Immune Histories, Recurring Disease Surges, and Persistent Racial Inequities"

Jacob myers

Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology
Advisor(s): Jeffrey Miller, Martin Felices
"Identifying the causal mechanisms driving human natural killer cell exhaustion"

jennifer nicklay

Land and Atmospheric Science
Advisor(s): Nic Jelinski, Jessica Gutknecht
"Exploring the socio-ecological impacts of urban food cultivation in Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN through participatory science and learning"

Madeline Nyblade

Earth Sciences
Advisor(s): Crystal Ng, Mike Dockry
"Hydrologic Impacts of Climate and Land Use Change on Manoomin/Psiη (Wild Rice) Ecosystems: Outcomes from a Tribal-University Research Partnership"

scott hunter oppler

Comparative and Molecular Biosciences
Advisor(s): Melanie Graham, Mark Rutherford
"Stress dependent perturbations of the primate immune system as a marker of welfare and influence on rigor, reproducibility and clinical translation"

haiping ouyang

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics
Advisor(s): Yue Chen
"Identify novel oxygen sensing pathways and their regulatory mechanisms in DNA damage response under hypoxia"

suhyun park

Advisor(s): Connie Delaney, Jenna Marquard
"Exploring nurses' visual navigation on a simulated EHR patinet dashboard for clinical decision-making"

eduardo perez-pazos

Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
Advisor(s): Peter Kennedy
"Understanding how species interactions during microbial necromass decomposition impact carbon fluxes for better climate change predictions"

robert pettys-baker

Human Factors & Ergonomics
Advisor(s): Brad Holschuh
"Characterizing the Perception of Artificial Skin Strain in Relationship with the Body"

sara Pillatzki-Warzeha

Theatre Arts
Advisor(s): Margaret Werry
"Trauma and Possibility in Performance: Indigenizing the Practice of Intercultural Theatre Collaboration through Relationality"

erin plasek

Advisor(s): Courtney Roberts
"Transforming Pharmaceutical Synthesis Through Aryne Chemistry"

Nick Rajtar

Plant Pathology
Advisor(s): Robert Blanchette
"Biosurveillance of Invasive Forest Pathogens in Minnesota"

James ramsburg

Hispanic and Luso Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
Advisor(s): Francisco Ocampo, Carol Klee
"Negotiating language change at the periphery: Language contact and the maintenance of the Majorcan Catalan lexicon"

rachel Rapagnani

Advisor(s): Ian Tonks
"Synthesis of Recyclable and Biodegradable Polyesters from Carbon Dioxide and Butadiene"

Eran Moore rea

History of Science, Technology and Medicine
Advisor(s): Michel Janssen
"How Experiments Begin: Pivots in 20th-Century Experimental Neutrino Physics"

benjamin robertson

Chemical Engineering
Advisor(s): Michelle Calabrese
"Selective porous materials for environmental water remediation"

ryu suryeon

Advisor(s): Zan Gao
"The Effect of Health Wearables in Physical Education to Improve Physical Activity and Psychosocial Beliefs among Underserved Adolescents: A Quasi-Experimental Study"

samuel safran

Conservation Scieinces
Advisor(s): Robert Blair
"Predicting bird responses to ecosystem change in cities: using historical data to build better urban futures"

Hailey sauer

Plant and Microbial Biology
Advisor(s): Trinity Hamilton
"Small Scale, Big Impacts: How Sediment Microbial Communities In uence the Aquatic Environment"

mahrud syrafi

Advisor(s): Christine Berkesch
"Computational measures for complexity of vector bundles on toric varieties"

nancy scott

Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology
Advisor(s): Anna Selmecki
"Novel mechanisms of antifungal drug resistance in Candida clinical isolates"

jacquelyn sertic

Advisor(s): Juergen Konczak
"The Link Between Ankle Proprioception and Muscle Rigidity and Balance in Older Adults and People with Parkinson’s Disease"

sara Seweid-DeAngelis

Feminist Studies
Advisor(s): Jigna Desai, Shaden Tageldin
"Beauty, Race, and Belonging in the Shadow of Enslavement: Visual Culture and Egyptian Nation-Building (1910-1965)"

mingfeng shang

Civil Engineering
Advisor(s): Raphael Stern
"Modeling and control mixed autonomy traffic"

somya sharma

Computer Science
Advisor(s): Vipin Kumar, Snigdhansu Chatterjee
"Towards Explainable Physics-Guided Machine Learning"

taaresh sanjeev taneja

Mechanical Engineering
Advisor(s): Suo Yang
"Computational Modeling of Non-equilibrium Plasma Assisted Turbulent Combustion for Renewable Energy and Propulsion"

mayank tanwar

Chemical Engineering
Advisor(s): Matthew Neurock
"First-Principles Investigation of Mediated Electrochemical Carbon-Halogen and Carbon-Hydrogen Activations for Accessing Pharmaceutical Intermediates"

jenny tilsen

Education, Curriculum, and Instruction
Advisor(s): Bhaskar Upadhyay, Stefanie Marshall
"STEMtelling: A pedagogical tool for storytelling in science education towards epistemic justice"

Yi ni toh

Advisor(s): Vanessa Lee
"Effects of target detection and response on temporal attention"

sultan Toprak Oker

Advisor(s): Giancarlo Casale
"The Alcohol Networks of Ottoman Istanbul in the Seventeenth Century"

beza tuga

Advisor(s): Christy Haynes
"Silica Nanoparticles for Sustainable Agriculture"

dana urbanski

Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Advisor(s): Peggy Nelson
"Examining the Usefulness of Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids for Community-Dwelling Older Adults With Cognitive Impairment"

joseph vallin

Chemical Engineering
Advisor(s): Samira Azarin
"Elucidating the Role of Dendritic Cells in a Focally Ablated Tumor Microenvironment Towards the Design of Innovative Biomaterial Cancer Vaccines"

Thong vang

Education, Curriculum, and Instruction
Advisor(s): Bic Ngo, Vichet Chhuon
"An exploratory study of HMoob teaching and learning opportunities"

daniel Vásquez Vega

Juridical Sciences SJD
Advisor(s): Carol Chomsky, Barbara Welkee
"When statutes come to life. The judicial transformation of Colombian law (1897-1948)."

Sarah volz

Advisor(s): Alex Rothman, Traci Mann
"Identification and Test of Health Behavior Change Theories' Assumptions: An Investigation of Affective Reflective Theory with Longitudinal Physical Activity Data"

zengtao wang

Advisor(s): Karunya Kandimalla
"Anomalous amyloid-beta exposure and insulin resistance induce blood-brain barrier dysfunction (BBB) in Alzheimer’s disease"

solvejg wastvedt

Advisor(s): Julian Wolfson, Jared Huling
"Fairness in clinical risk prediction: Intersectional, counterfactual metrics"

chi xu

Mechanical Engineeering
Advisor(s): Uwe Kortshagen
"Synthesis of size-tunable nanoparticles driven by low-pressure plasma-liquid interactions"

Anna Yang

Natural Resources Science and Management
Advisor(s): Rebecca Montgomery
"Management, pathogen survival, and forest gap dynamics in oak wilt infection centers"

Weijie zhang

Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology
Advisor(s): R. Stephanie Huang
"Computational Drug Discovery for Advanced Prostate Cancers"

wenjuan zhang

Advisor(s): William Elmquist
"Optimizing Drug Exposure, Potency and Efficacy for the Treatment of Brain Tumors"

wen Zhou

Electrical Engineering
Advisor(s): Yahya Tousi
"Distributed mmWave Radar System for Localization and Imaging"