Graduate Research

Explore students Graduate Capstones and Doctoral Dissertations.

Graduate CapstonesGraduate Capstones

November/December 2020

  • Fay S., Compressive strength evaluation of Tetranite impregnated poly (L-lactide-co-glycolic acid), Dec. 2020.
  • He J., Development of protein-based hydrogels with high oxygen content for wound healing, Dec. 2020.
  • Hughes C., Enhancing load-bearing capacity of Tetranite via altering product composition with citrate additives, Dec. 2020.
  • Kastrinakis D., Integrated computational materials engineering for advanced structure optimization of future aerospace designs, Nov. 2020.
  • McKinney A., Bone adhesive alternatives study using polymers impregnated with unreacted Tetranite, Dec. 2020.

April/May 2020

  • Abu Aqil A., Keeping pace with cardiac care: weighing hybrid cardiac catheterization lab value, April 2020.
  • Alafer F., Radiological analysis of a proposed nuclear reprocessing facility in Saudi Arabia based on atmospheric releases, April 2020.
  • Alenazi K., Assessment of plastic membrane barriers for radon diffusion, April 2020.
  • Alshihri A., The protective effects of vitamin C and thymoquinone on x-ray radiation-induced adverse effects in human intestinal epithelial cells, April 2020.
  • Catanzaro N., Brain computer interfaces and electroencephalograms, May 2020.
  • Cruz M.G., Snap-fit molding & assembly process improvement, April 2020.
  • Flores W., Reduction of total IgG by creating an antibody against FcRn, April 2020.
  • Fu Q., Challenges and advances in adeno-associated virus (AAV) – mediated transfection-based gene therapy biomanufacturing, April 2020.
  • Hayden T., Manipulation of RhD blood type through CRISPR-Cas9 gene suppression in pre-differentiated induced pluripotent stem cells, April 2020.
  • Johnson M., Development of dynamic light scattering assay to determine aggregation and fragmentation of viruses and viral therapeutics, April 2020.
  • LaRose S., POC analyzer automated pre-analytical checks, April 2020.
  • Phuyal S., Effects of DNA repair compounds in regulating chromosomal translocation of CRISPR edited t-cells, April 2020.
  • Ramaswamy S., Differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells into cardiomyocytes, April 2020.
  • Venkataraman D., Smart textiles for biomedical applications, April 2020.

December 2019

  • Chockalingam V., Wireless and economical electrochemical detection, Dec. 2019.
  • McDonough B., Handling and elution properties of drug-loaded tetranite, Dec. 2019.
  • Meesrisom A., Prevention of biofilm and surface-mediated cross-contamination for food contact substances, Dec. 2019.
  • Morocho C., Assessing the usability of exoskeletons for dynamic lifting tasks among material handlers, Dec. 2019.
  • Murphy H., Cost-benefit analysis of single-use membrane chromatography versus traditional re-useable chromatography at Lonza Biologics in Portsmouth, NH, USA, Dec. 2019.
  • Talaat M., Ventilation modulation and nanoparticle deposition in respiratory and olfactory regions of rabbit nose, Dec. 2019.

May/June 2019

  • Almeshari M., Assessment of potential radiological impacts of a proposed nuclear power plant in Saudi Arabia based on atmospheric releases, May 2019.
  • Chavan G., Significance and measurement of dissolved oxygen in a biological system, May 2019.
  • Espinoza V., Comparison of testing methods for pharmaceutical production, May 2019.
  • Gidwani S., Detection of egg white avidin-biotin binding using a novel circular surface acoustic wave sensor, May 2019.
  • Kelley M., Evaluation of mucus-polymer interactions, May 2019.
  • Lakshman A., Biomechanical analysis of self-retracting lanyards for fall protection, June 2019.
  • Le T., Analytical paper-based sensor for detection of barium in drinking water, May 2019.
  • Shah R., Development of all optical transducers for biomedical imaging applications, May 2019.
  • Sundaramurthy A., Optimization of the material used in prosthetic liners for better thermal conductance and moisture management, May 2019.

December 2018

  • Akerstrom M., Characterization and comparison of polymer material for medical device application, Dec. 2018.
  • Brandariz D., Novel technology for treatment of post-concussion syndrome through blood-flow restriction interval training, Dec. 2018.
  • Karpurapu A., Detection of pathogens via PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction), Dec. 2018.
  • Laleau R., Krogh model to study drug penetration in solid tumors, Dec. 2018.
  • Lantigua D., Synthesis and characterization of gelatin-based hydrogels for tissue engineering applications, Dec. 2018.
  • Patel D., 3-D printed face mask for radiation therapy treatment using MRI volume data, Dec. 2018.
  • Pierro M., Motor Adaptation to cognitive challenges and walking perturbations, Dec. 2018.
  • Yang M., Pathogen detection via nanopore sequencing, Dec. 2018.

May 2018

  • Abdirizak J., Evaluation of antibiotic activity of asafoetida plant against staphylococcus aureus and E. coli, May 2018.
  • Cavaleri C. and Mukherjee S., The fatigue characteristics of TetraniteTM bone adhesive, May 2018.
  • Chauhan N., Validation of DNA extraction from whole blood on QIASymphony, May 2018.
  • Chiu L., Electrochemical analysis of biochemical Markers, May 2018.
  • Christensen M., Automated ACR MRI quality assurance, May 2018.
  • Dinjian E., Electromyographic analysis of three techniques for lifting and stacking boxes, May 2018.
  • Dobromyslin V., Analysis of factors and their interactions contributing to the onset of diabetes type II, May 2018.
  • Falco K., A Quantitative thermodynamic analysis of a noninvasive muscle oxygenation and pHm sensor, May 2018.
  • Kajang D., Reducing and exploring green alternatives of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) used in industrial cleaning-in-place (CIP) practices, May 2018.
  • Krushinskie D., Enzyme production and immobilization for use in a biosensor, May 2018.
  • Nolan K., Purifying cancer biomarkers for early detection, May 2018.
  • Pandher M., Paper based ELISA for detection of IgG, May 2018.
  • Shanmukha L., Vital sign measurement using TI mmWave EVM, May 2018.
  • Sheikh A., Effect of oxygen on seed germination, May 2018.
  • Yassini B., Design, synthesis and characterization of gold nanoparticles, liposomes and their hybrids for cancer applications, May 2018.
  • Zhou J., Fiber optic sensors for biomedical applications, May 2018.

December 2017

  • Alghamdi N., Ca2+ influx in B cells signaling, Dec. 2017.
  • Chaudhari S., MATLAB application for breast cancer image processing, Dec. 2017.
  • Deshmukh S., Phantom development to mimic optical properties of tissue, Dec. 2017.
  • Huoth P., Insulin monitoring kit prototype, Dec. 2017.
  • Mora A., Sustaining an efficient and effective CHO cell line development platform by incorporation of 24-deep well plate screening and multivariate analysis, Dec. 2017.
  • Qin J., Analysis of yarrowia lipolytica morphology under fermentation conditions, Dec. 2017.
  • Roa K., Graphene clot: lethal injuries controlled using traceable hemostatic nanoparticles, Dec. 2017.
  • Shea R., Rheological properties of tetranite by particle size, Dec. 2017.
  • Sundar S., In-vitro motility for study of cardiac tropomyosin as a target for a novel drug, Dec. 2017.
  • Te L., Personal humalog monitoring device, Dec. 2017.
  • Tonshal P., Smartphone-based retinal imaging for early screening of diabetic retinopathy using different techniques and MATLAB, Dec. 2017.
  • Tsiros C., Binding of the N2A region of titin to actin filaments, Dec. 2017.
  • Yadavalli S., Real time detection of myocardial infarction, Dec. 2017.

May 2017

  • Dada I., Effects of lipid rafts disruption on vascular endothelial cells signaling, May 2017.
  • Sarpong V., Synthesis of gold nanowire array as electrochemical biosensor for penicillin detection, May 2017.
  • Senthikkumar A., Data mining PubMed for diabetes mellitus, May 2017.
  • Yang H., The potential of scanning electron microscope energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) for examining invertebrate secretions: rotifers as microscopic models, May 2017.

Doctoral-DissertationsDoctoral Dissertations


  • Abanomy A., Radiological assessment for the hypothetical detonation of a radiological dispersal device in an urban population center within Saudi Arabia, 2020.
  • Alafer F., Radiological assessment for a proposed nuclear processing facility in Saudi Arabia based on atmospheric releases, 2020.
  • Alenazi K., An assessment of various membrane barriers for radon diffusion, 2020.
  • Alshihri A., The protective effects of natural antioxidants on ionizing radiation-induced apoptosis and cell cycle arrest in small intestinal human epithelial cells, 2020.
  • Beato-Melendez C., Detection and prevention of Clostridioides difficile at the community level, 2020. 
  • Du C., Study of a fiber optic photoacoustic sensing system, 2020. 
  • Martin J., Development of a terahertz frequency-domain spectrometer and its optimization toward biomedical applications, 2020.
  • McCarthy E., Injection molding behavior of novel biocompatible materials for hard tissue engineering and pharmaceutical applications, 2020.
  • Mohamed H., Safer alternatives for disinfection: Improving safety and optimizing disinfection methods for non-critical surfaces, 2020.
  • Patuto B., Tau N-ternminal splicing reflects progession of Alzheimer's disease in human hippocampal lesions, 2020.
  • Szymczak K., Neutrophils: From nuclear structure to role in human health and disease, 2020.
  • Tsiros D., Co-receptors facilitate drug binding to vascular endothelial growth factor, 2020.
  • Wu T., Effect of excessive zinc on Pseudomonas aeruginosa and susceptibility to gastrointestinal inflammation, 2020. 
  • Wu Z., Functional materials for encapsulation and controllable release, 2020.
  • Zabroski I., Lipid rafts colocalize with and influence the expression of VEGFR2 in endothelial cells, 2020.


  • Abanomy A., Radiological assessment for the hypothetical detonation of a radiological dispersal device in an urban population center within Saudi Arabia, 2019.
  • Abdellatief S., Radiological dose assessment for a power uprate for the University of Massachusetts Lowell research reactor, 2019.
  • Almeshari M., Assessment of the potential radiological impacts of a proposed nuclear power plant in Saudi Arabia based on atmospheric releases, 2019.
  • Alshahrani A., The use of irradiation facilities at the University of Massachusetts Lowell for the production of stable and radioactive gold nanoparticles, 2019.
  • Bi Y., Design and development of a bioresorbable drug-eluting scaffold, 2019.
  • Cotter C., Proton-activated radionuclides adjuvant to external beam proton therapy: A feasibility study, 2019.
  • Kydd J., Drug delivery systems and combination therapy for oncomedicine, 2019.
  • Perkins M., Visualizing topological spaces of gene expression dynamics, 2019.
  • Smith C., Novel CT system bowtie filtration and detector array scatter analysis, 2019.
  • Velpurisiva P., Engineering nanomedicines for combination treatment of glioblastoma multiforme, 2019.
  • Yang H., Characterization of extracorporeal tubes in Rotifera (Gnesiotrocha) origins, ultrastructure, and chemistry, 2019.
  • Zhou J., All-optical fiber diagnostics system using optically generated ultrasonic waves, 2019.


  • Alashban Y., Analysis of the radioactive waste stream for a proposed nuclear power plant in Saudi Arabia, 2018.
  • Bhatia H., Understanding the impact of zinc on CHO cell transcriptone, 2018.
  • Clark L., Influence of dietary cholesterol and eggs on endogenous steroid synthesis following chronic bouts of exercise, 2018.
  • Dellogono M., Effects of l-isoleucine and branched-chain amino acids on glucose metabolism, 2018.
  • Deschamp B., Analysis of mammalian cell culture data, 2018.
  • Dunaj S., Spider-microbe relationships and phylosymbiosis: an evolutionary perspective of widow spider species through their microbiomes, 2018.
  • Halaby B., Nanotechnology: the application of lipid and polymer-based nanoparticles in the delivery of cefazolin, 2018.
  • Jadia R., Engineering targeted drug delivery systems for the treatment of triple negative breast cancer, 2018.
  • Khan N., Regulation of toll-like receptor 9 trafficking and signaling in host-fungal interactions, 2018.
  • Knutson N., A cost effective and efficient methodology for collecting radiation therapy beam data, 2018.
  • Kuo I., Dosimetry and risk assessment for low peripheral dose from volumetric modulated arc radiation therapy, 2018.
  • MacDougall R., Pediatric computed tomography imaging at low-dose: techniques from acquisition to reconstruction, 2018.
  • Nicoloro J., Fabric in infection and infection control in healthcare, 2018.
  • Ochin C., The effect of dietary oxidized linoleic acid on lipid metabolism, 2018.
  • Sha S., N-linked glycosylation design and control of therapeutic monoclonal antibody, 2018.
  • Snay S., Characterization of a reconfigured external beam facility at the University of Massachusetts Lowell research reactor, 2018.
  • Sohal I., Engineered nanomaterials in food: assessing their behavior and impact in the gastrointestinal tract, 2018.
  • Walsh D., The isolation of ocean microbes that produce antibiotics against Pseudomonas Aeruginosa strains from Cystic Fibrosis patients, 2018.


  • Aakil A., Whole-brain quantitative MRI T2 relaxometry of extremely low gestational age newborns (ELGANs) at ten years of age, 2017.
  • Alshamrani K., Whole-brain and segmental volumetry of extremely low gestational age newborns (ELGAN) children at ten years of age, 2017.
  • Baniasadi N., Glaucoma imaging and image processing, 2017.
  • Boateng F., In silico study of smart radiotherapy biomaterials for radiotherapy applications, 2017.
  • Boumil E., How axons maintain life-long connections: The role of the neurofilament cytoskeleton, 2017.
  • Gueorguiev G., Clinical implementation of a pre-treatment, structure specific, 3D quality assurance protocol for genitourinary and thoracic intensity modulated radiation therapy, 2017.
  • Liu Y., Investigations of clinical levels, stability and measurement of vitamin C and vitamin D, 2017.
  • Nahhas A., Synthesis and characterization of biologically relevant polymers (polymer quantum dots and tripeptide supramolecular hydrogelators), 2017.
  • Pelletier M., Aberrant a-type lamin expression disrupts nuclear lobulation and functional responses in murine neutrophils, 2017.
  • Perez De Alderete J., Digital and physical modeling techniques for streamlining amputee fit, 2017.
  • Perrone P., Bioprocess equipment & methods for efficient processes: cell culture, single-use technology, and costing methods for optimized bioprocessing operations, 2017.
  • Shubayr N., Planning guidance for emergency response to a hypothetical nuclear attack on Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2017.
  • Sui L., Structural studies of aminopeptidases involved in antigen processing, 2017.
  • Toomeh D., Enhancing the effectiveness of current conventional cancer therapies by the use of graphene oxide nano flakes, 2017.
  • Vohnoutka R., Influence of a novel GSK3B phosphorylation site on axonal neurofilament dynamics: Insights into the formation of axonal connections, 2017.


  • Al-Ebbini L., An advanced decision analytic methodology for improving organ allocation policies in the U.S.: Lung transplant case, 2016.
  • Malu K., Critical roles of nuclear envelope-associated proteins and mechanisms of their transcriptional regulation during maturation of neutrophils, 2016.
  • Zhang Y., Standoff chemical sensing using plasmonic enhanced midwave and longwave infrared photodetectors, 2016.


  • Albattah R., Proteomic analysis of vesicular components from AD brain and cellular AD models: Where do CSF exosomal markers of AD come from?, 2015.
  • Alkaraki A., Bioinformatic analysis of exosomal cerebrospinal fluid proteins in late stages of Alzheimer’s disease, 2015.
  • Bayala I., Extraction of tocopherolquinone from commercially produced vegetable oil waste and Its regeneration back to vitamin E, 2015.
  • Galkina E., Discovery of complex geomedical patterns using visual analytics, 2015.
  • Goldberg M., Chitosan sponge embedded with nanoparticles for topical mucosal delivery, 2015.
  • Hiatt J., Dosimetry for the model S700 electronic brachtherapy source and an independent evaluation of the nist air-kerma rate standard, 2015.
  • Kalkan-Savoy A., Strain measurement in an ultrasound simulation framework, 2015.
  • Mahini H., The effect of quercetin and exercise on atherosclerosis and lipid modulation, 2015.
  • Purushe S., Tight integration of web based analysis and visualization for large datasets, 2015.
  • Smith-Rohrberg J., Characterization of temperature-zone microalgae for a source of high-lipid biofuel, 2015.
  • Tao X., Improved dialytic removal of protein-bound uremic toxins in hemodialysis with binding competitors, 2015.


  • Al-Quran H., 3D modeling and classification of microcalcification patterns in breast computed tomography, 2014.
  • Daga R., Synthesis of poly (3-hydroxybutyrate) based crosslinker for flexible polyurethane foams and its applications, 2014.
  • Dewilde A., Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) measurements for rapidly predicting toxin induced cell death, 2014.
  • Doulames V., Efficacy of dietary, environmental and social enrichment in a murine model of traumatic brain injury, 2014.
  • Fylaktou E., Pharmaceutical implants: Drug incorporated antimicrobial sutures for medical applications, 2014.
  • Hasan S., Amyloid beta (AB) nanoparticles employed to study intracellular tau protein interaction, 2014.
  • Patil S., Adaptive hydrogels for cell culture applications, 2014.
  • Rozati M., Cardiometabolic and immunological impacts of extra virgin olive oil consumption in overweight and obese older adults: A randomized controlled trial, 2014.
  • Saman S., Exosomal proteins: A fingerprint diagnostic for Alzheimer’s disease?, 2014.
  • Stella A., Biological consequences from interaction of nanosized titanium (IV) oxides with defined human blood components, 2014.
  • Wu T., Biodegradable drug-eluting stent (Powerstent Absorb) for coronary arterial disease – development and commercialization, 2014.
  • Zhmurov A., Modeling protein-protein interactions using biomolecular simulations on graphics processing units, 2014.


  • Aljohi H., Simultaneous measurement of carotenoids and vitamins A and E in human serum by high performance liquid chromatography (HLPC) and the effect of consuming eggs on serum carotenoid and lipid concentrations and macular degeneration, 2013.
  • Brunelle J., Biologically enhanced arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, 2013.
  • Egan M., A conventional and ultra-high speed compounding study for poly l-lactide and calcium sulphate composites, 2013.
  • Kalluri K., Investigating improvements in breast CT using photon counting detectors, 2013.
  • Korir G., Quality assurance and radiation protection for medical x-ray procedures in Kenya, 2013.
  • Liu Z., Monte Carlo scatter correction for spect, 2013.
  • Pal A., Multi-tiered toxicity assessment of engineering nanomaterials: exploring the utility of oxidative stress, 2013.
  • Patel R., Multimodal imaging for cancer margin delineation, 2013.
  • Patel S., Conversion of waste cardboard to polyhydroxybutanoate, 2013.
  • Zemianek J., Development, maturation, and perturbation of neuronal networks and applications of a synaptic signal on neuronal and neuromuscular development, 2013.
  • Zou X., Novel diagnostics technology with photoacoustic fiber optic transducers, 2013.


  • Ammu S., Detection of toxic industrial chemicals and bacterial endotoxins via electrical and optical techniques, 2012.
  • Garhwal R., ets factors-mediated transcriptional regulation of nuclear envelope lamin B receptor: Insight into aberrant differentiation of innate immune cells, 2012.
  • Khatri M., Toxicological effects of nanoparticles from photocopies, 2012.
  • Pang J., A comparative biomechanical analysis of independent finger movement – between skilled and unskilled chopsticks users, 2012.
  • Penmetsa B., Role of NF-KB in changing the expression of cox-2, P53 and caspaase-3 in PC-3 cells treated with curcumin, 2012.
  • Smrtic M., Providing a path to understanding complex data and visualizations, 2012.


  • Dean, II D., Integrating formal language theory and mathematical modeling to solve problems arising in sleep and circadian rhythms applications, 2011.
  • Kambalapally S., Nanomedicine for therapeutic drug therapy: Approaches to increase the efficacy of drug therapy with nanoemulsion delivery and reduce the toxicity of quantum dots, 2011.
  • Khan N., Filter preconditioning prior to virus spiking: A complementary tool in the validation of virus filters, 2011.
  • Khatri J., The role of p38 mitogen activated protein kinase in post-transcriptional regulation of cyclooxygenase-2 in interleukin-1β and tumor necrosis factor-α stimulated prostate cancer cell lines, 2011.
  • Kim W., Secretion and transneuronal movement of human tau, 2011.
  • Konecni S., Scenario for evaluation of visual analytics tools to support biomedical research, 2011.
  • Richards C., Analysis of ancient mitochondrial (mtDNA) from African-American skeletal remains from a 17th century Portsmouth, New Hampshire slave burial ground, 2011.
  • Stadler P., Adenine as a potential signal for upregulation of stress tolerance in plants, 2011.
  • Subramanian B., Bioengineering kidney tissues for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, 2011.
  • Toubar R., Comparative computational studies of wild type and mutated human beta-defensin-1 peptides: Native and reduced species, 2011.


  • Bagul M., Nutrition and nanoemulsions: The new frontier in cancer therapeutics, 2010.
  • Barry M., Benefits and risks of gantry-mounted cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) in image guided radiotherapy, 2010.
  • Drohan B., Techniques for the large scale risk assessment of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, 2010.
  • Edmund A., Applications of self-assembling nanoemulsion (SANE) techniques in bioprocessing quantum dots (QDs), 2010.
  • Hsieh S., Developing a high throughput screen approach to predict the potential toxicity of engineered nanomaterials, 2010.
  • Kakumanu S., Investigation of the impact of nano-emulsion delivery vehicles: Applications in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, 2010.
  • Lippincott H., Development and characterization of a family of shape memory, biocompatible, degradable, porous (co)-polyurethanes via sol-gel chemistry, 2010.
  • Ma X., Research and development of a drug eluting stent – Powerstent, 2010.
  • McKenzie J., Methods for environmental endotoxin assay and respiratory biomarker measurement, 2010.
  • O’Connor J., Development of breast object phantoms for use in simulation of projection images of the breast, 2010.
  • Shady-Elghamrawi S., Pullulan-polycaprolactone (PCL) core-shell nanospheres: Encapsulated with hydrophobic ciprofloxacin and designed for ophthalmic applications, 2010.
  • Vishwanathan R., Lutein and zeaxanthin: Role as macular pigment and factors that control bioavailability from egg yolks and nanoemulsions, 2010.
  • Yang Y., Dosimetric optimization of a non-invasive breast brachytherapy applicator, 2010.


  • Ditaranto V. Jr., Design of a bioresorbable polymeric scaffold for osteoblast culture, 2009.
  • Megdal P., Molecular strategies for human nutrition: Screening for wild-caught salmon by fatty acid measurements and effects of foods on insulin levels in post-prandial fingerstick blood samples, 2009.
  • Ponduru S., Discovery and characterizations of novel proteasome inhibitors for hematologic malignancies, 2009.
  • Suchy J., Effects of nutritional supplementation on the progression of motor neuron degeneration in a murine model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, 2009.
  • Wharram S., Novel electrospun silk biomaterial systems: An alternative approach to wound dressings using resorbable biomaterials for potential delivery of antibiotics, immuno-peptides, and tissue regeneration biotherapies, 2009.


  • Kuo F., Nanoemulsions for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical delivery in cancer and inflammation, 2008.
  • Lue N., Quantitative phase microscopy and synthetic aperture tomography of live cells, 2008.
  • Vaidya N., Design, implementation and testing of a three degree of freedom adaptive grasp prosthetic hand, 2008.


  • Chan W., Cation-mediated “bridging” of phosphorylated neuofilaments promotes axonal cytoskeletal formation: A “self-assembly” mechanism that supports the nervous system, 2007.
  • DeSantis D., Radiation efficacy and biological risk from whole-breast irradiation via intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), 2007.
  • Dubey M., How propulsive, retractive, and stabilizing forces affect neurite outgrowth stability, 2007.
  • Tagne J.B., Nanoformulation of drugs and use of microarray technology in cancer studies, 2007.


  • Chan A., Can dietary supplements prevent cognitive decline observed in aging and Alzheimer’s disease?, 2006.


  • Cardarelli G., The effects of small field dosimetry on the biological models used in evaluating IMRT dose distributions, 2005.