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Spring 2023 SGSHS Student Dissertation/Thesis Defenses


Kathryn Veazey

Thursday, February 23, 2023 | 9:00 a.m.

North Wing - Classroom 4A

Clinical Anatomy - Ph.D. Student

“Clinical Communication Skills in Medical Students: Influences, Attitudes, and Evolution”



Owen Herrock

Friday, March 3, 2023 | 1:00 p.m.

Research Wing - Lower Amphitheatre R153

Pharmacology and Toxicology - Ph.D. Student

“The Role of B Lymphocytes in the Pathophysiology of Hypertension in Response to Placental Ischemia.”



Casey Boothe

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 | 10:00 a.m.

Research Wing - Room 4A

Clinical Anatomy - Ph.D. Student

 "Study Strategies and Time Management: the Broccoli of Academics"



Alexandra Huffman

Thursday, March 9, 2023 | 1:30 p.m.

Research Wing - Lower Amphitheatre R153

Cell & Molecular Biology - Ph.D Student

"Androgen-Induced Metabolic Dysfunction in a Hyperandrogenemic Mouse Model of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)"



John Aaron Howell

Friday, March 10, 2023 | 9:00 a.m.

BankPlus Conference Center (Methodist Rehabilitation Center)

Neuroscience - Ph.D. Student 

"Development of Biologics to Inhibit Nuclear Factor Kappa B as Treatments for Ischemic Stroke"



Ahmed Zaki Moustafa, MD

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | 3:00 p.m.

Wiser - Room W020

 Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program - Graduate Fellow

"Implementing the Systemic Treatment and Management of Postpartum Hypertension Bundle in a High-risk Mississippi Population"



Dylan Solise, MD

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | 3:00 p.m.

Wiser - Room W020

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program - Graduate Fellow

“Specific Inhibitors of TNF-α and AT1-AA Do Not Worsen Offspring Growth, Survival, Cardiovascular Function, or Immunologic Function”



Charles Barnes

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 | 1:00 p.m.

BankPlus Conference Room (Methodist location)

Neuroscience - Ph.D. Student 

"The role of glucocorticoid-related signaling for protection against noise-induced hearing loss"



Maria Jones-Muhammad

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 | 1:00 p.m.

Research Wing - N318 (3A)

Neuroscience - Ph.D. Student

“Investigating potential mechanisms for increased seizure sensitivity in RUPP mice.”



Elliot Varney

Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 12:00 p.m.

School of Medicine - Lecture Room 122

Biomedical Sciences - Ph.D. Student

"Modifiable Imaging Biomarkers for Cardiometabolic Disease”



Courtney Thompson

Monday, April 3, 2023 | 3:00 p.m.

Research Wing - Lower Amphitheatre R153

Microbiology & Immunology - Ph.D. Student

"Nonencapsulated Streptococcus pneumoniae Oligopeptide Transporters Regulate Transcriptional Pathways and Alter Pneumococcal Virulence."



Jonathan Crider

Thursday, April 6, 2023 | 3:00 p.m.

Classroom Wing -  Room CW106

Microbiology & Immunology - Ph.D. Student

"Insights into Leukocyte Immune-Type Receptor (LITR)-mediated phagocytosis in channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus"