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Master of Science ProgramTheses Projects 2008 - 2009 PDF logo

Basic Science Theses
  • Study of the effects on energy expenditure, metabolism, and body weight in humans supplemented with leucine by Brett Barrett; Mentor: Wahida Karmally, Dr. PH, R.D.
  • Aldose reductase and vascular inflammation in diabetic mice by Raju Chelluri; Mentor: Ravichandran Ramasamy, Ph.D.
  • Parent-reported earache quantity as a possible covariate in the discordance between PTC genotype-PROP phenotype by John Chen; Mentor: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.
  • Characterization of transforming growth factor-β type II receptor expression in the neonatal mouse brain by Tyler Green; Mentor: Jim Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Sphingolipids in cystic fibrosis plasma samples by Martin Guerrero; Mentor: Tilla Worgall, M.D.
  • Examining differences in PROP mother-child taster pairs with regards to child BMI and caloric intake by Sehera Himami; Mentor: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.
  • Turmeric and curcumin enhance an antiproliferative activity of 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 human breast cancer cells by Byungchul Jun; Mentor: Linda Einbond, M.D.
  • Vitamin A is directly needed in the Wolffian duct to activate Ret expression for proper development of functional ureter-bladder connections by Catherine Kerns; Mentor: Cathy Mendelsohn, Ph.D.
  • Overexpression of Notch3 intracellular domain induces SY5Y neuroblastoma proliferation by Sae Kim; Mentor: Darrell Yamashiro, M.D., Ph.D.
  • The role of FoxO1 in bone by Ernestine Mitchell; Mentor: Stavroula Kousteni, M.D.
  • The role of aldose reductase flux on oxidant stress in diabetic cardiovascular tissue by Mertalaine Mulatre; Mentor: Ravichandran Ramasamy, Ph.D.
  • Effect of substituting truvada for combivir vs. continuing combivir on blood lactate levels in HIV+ subjects by Usker Naqvi; Mentor: Ellen Engelson, Ed.D.
  • Evaluation of vitamin D storage in adipose tissue by Komal Parikh; Mentors: Emily Stein, M.D. and Mary DiGiorgi, M.S., M.P.H.
  • A potential link between the polyol pathway, the glyoxalase system and apoptosis in diabetic rat hearts by Madhav Vissa; Mentor: Ravichandran Ramasamy, Ph.D.
  • Optimal protocol for the differentiation of retinal pigment epithelial cells from mouse embryonic stem cells by Katherine Wert; Mentor: Stephen Tsang, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Cellular Retinol Binding Protein (CRBP)-I and –III and their effects on adiposity and metabolism in different mouse models by Nancy Yan; Mentor: Silke Vogel, Ph.D.
Clinical Theses
  • Sleep duration and energy balance by Jennifer Ahn; Mentor: Marie-Pierre St. Onge, Ph.D.
  • Characteristics and outcomes of patients who are lost to follow up after bariatric surgery by Raymond Baxter; Mentors: Marc Bessler, M.D. and Mary DiGiorgi, M.S., M.P.H.
  • Changing the BMI criteria: Outcomes of laparoscopic gastric banding in low BMI patients by Samantha Brodkin; Mentors: Marc Bessler, M.D. and Mary DiGiorgi, M.S., M.P.H.
  • Effect of a culturally-modified behavioral intervention for people with severe and persistent mental illness in a predominantly Latino community mental health clinic by Simriti Chaudhry; Mentor: Christina Mangurian, M.D.
  • The role of body composition in the competitive relationship between bone marrow adipose tissue and bone mineral density in normal and osteoporotic subjects by Lauren Cook; Mentor: Wei Shen, M.D.
  • Patient loss to follow-up after laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and gastric bypass by Camille Dunkley; Mentors: Marc Bessler, M.D. and Mary DiGiorgi, M.S., M.P.H.
  • Brain activation in individuals prior to and following bariatric surgery in response to liquid meal and differing appetitive stimuli by Keely Elgethun; Mentor: Christopher N. Ochner, Ph.D.
  • Long-term follow-up of obese patients with type II diabetes mellitus undergoing roux-en-Y gastric bypass; the role of weight-loss maintenance after RYGBP in characterizing T2DM reemergence and the implications of RYGBP extension to T2DM therapy for non-obese individuals by McKenzie Fisk; Mentors: Marc Bessler, M.D. and Mary DiGiorgi, M.S., M.P.H.
  • Carbohydrate malabsorption and accelerated intestinal transit time after gastric bypass surgery by Yaniv Harel; Mentor: Blandine Laferrère, M.D.
  • Diet, nutrition and growth parameters among children with SMA Type 1 & 2 by Syed Hasnain; Mentors: Wahida Karmally, Dr. PH, R.D. and Douglas Sproule, M.D.
  • Comparison of the effectiveness of the transoral gastroplasty with currently available bariatric procedures by Spoorthi Jinna; Mentors: Marc Bessler, M.D. and Mary DiGiorgi, M.S., M.P.H.
  • Effect of small bowel resection with and without sleeve gastrectomy on diabetes in the Zucker diabetic fatty rat model by Usa Kopsombut; Mentor: William Inabnet, M.D.
  • Improving the predictive value of the EuroSCORE pre-operative risk assessment for cardiac surgery through odds ratio review and the addition of nutritional factors by Nadia Krasner; Mentor: David Seres, M.D.
  • Decreased ability to discriminate differences in fat content is associated with greater reported fat preference and intake in African-American adults by Lisa Liang; Mentor: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.
  • An Investigation of dietary patterns and body mass index trends in survivors of childhood cancers by Jaclyn Limberakis; Mentor: Elena Ladas, M.S., R.D.
  • Investigating changes in blood chemistry and gastrointestinal function following maxillomandibular fixation by Stephanie Liu; Mentor: Sidney Eisig, D.D.S.
  • The Diabetes Surgery Study: A multicenter randomized control trial comparing intensive medical management to intensive medical management plus roux-en-Y gastric bypass for the treatment of type 2 diabetes by Ellen McCormick; Mentor: Judith Korner, M.D., Ph.D.
  • The creation of a predictive equation to determine which women have an increased risk for developing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) by Maria Migoya; Mentor: Lauren Golden, M.D.
  • The effect of child feeding practices on child weight status according to income group: Do certain CFPs place low income children at an increased risk for obesity? by Phedra Penn; Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.
  • Revision of failed adjustable gastric banding to gastric bypass by Monica Purohit; Mentors: Marc Bessler, M.D. and Mary DiGiorgi, M.S., M.P.H.
  • Exploring the role of gastrin in Barrett's Esophagus Neoplasia by Jarrett Schanzer; Mentor: Julian Abrams, M.D.
  • Diet during pregnancy varies with women's mental health by Angelie Singh; Mentor: Catherine Monk, Ph.D.
  • Outcomes of bariatric surgery in patients age 60 and older by Evangelyn Spencer; Mentors: Marc Bessler, M.D. and Mary DiGiorgi, M.S., M.P.H.
  • Long term results of the banded versus non-banded gastric bypass randomized trial for the super obese by Philip Taylor; Mentors: Marc Bessler, M.D. and Mary DiGiorgi, M.S., M.P.H.
  • Telephone-based lifestyle intervention to reduce blood pressure in pre-hypertensive patients: An analysis
    on BMI, physical activity, and dietary changes by Benjamin Tran; Mentor: Tanya Spruill, Ph.D.
  • Study of free living energy intake and the neuronal activation involved in feeding behavior during regular Sleep versus short sleep by Zalak Trivedi; Mentor: Marie-Pierre St. Onge, Ph.D.
  • A review of the efficacy of transoral gastroplasty compared to currently established bariatric surgeries by Whitney Brooke Veith; Mentors: Marc Bessler, M.D. and Mary DiGiorgi, M.S., M.P.H.
  • Effect of usual macronutrient intake on resting metabolic activity of healthy, sedentary African-American and Caucasian women by Mu-Hsiang Wang; Mentor: Jeanine Albu, M.D.
  • Effect of high-intensity interval training on lipid oxidation in sedentary African-American women: potential advantages of HIIT in combating metabolic inflexibility by Tamara Woleston; Mentor: Jeanine Albu, M.D.
  • Patterns of perception and weight-related knowledge and their effects on dietary behaviors by Carolyn Wu; Mentor: Elsa-Grace Giardina, M.D.
  • Recurrence of diabetes after gastric bypass in patients with mid- to long-term follow-up by Sara Yuen; Mentors: Marc Bessler, M.D. and Mary DiGiorgi, M.S., M.P.H.
Public Health Theses
  • The U.S. food safety and security system: A collaborative, piecemeal design by Jason Apfel; Mentor: Sally Ann Lederman, Ph.D.
  • Nassau County Community Health Assessment 2010-2013 by Nahyeon Baek; Mentor: Tavora Buchman, Ph.D.
  • Development and evaluation of a continuing culinary nutrition education curriculum for early elementary school children by Rebecca Chang; Mentor: Pamela Koch, Ed.D.
  • Assessment of nutrition interventions on child undernutrition in the Millennium Village of Sauri, Kenya by David Kim; Mentor: Jessica Fanzo, Ph.D.
  • Evaluating a multisectorial activity to accelerate progress toward the MDG 1 hunger and undernutrition target; a proposed methodology by Megan LaBoe; Mentor: Ian Darnton-Hill, Ph.D.
  • Healthier Hospitals, Healthier Community by Eunice Lee; Mentor: Stephanie Pitsirilos-Boquín, M.P.H.
  • From Farm to Table: A pilot test of hands-on nutrition education for early elementary students by Mary Mullaney; Mentor: Pamela Koch, Ed.D.
  • Pilot testing of FURRtHER: Families Understanding Risk Reduction through Health Education Research by Ohmar Myint; Mentor: Bernadette Boden-Albala, M.P.H., Dr.P.H.
  • A prospective assessment of maternal recall of breastfeeding behaviors by Erin Paxson; Mentors: Sally Ann Lederman, Ph.D. and Julie Herbstman, Ph.D.
  • Diabetes focused community health worker interventions in Northern Manhattan and South Bronx: Efforts of the BBKH coalition by Joshua Rae; Mentor: Lina Cherfas
  • Strategies to battle childhood obesity: Encouraging healthy food options in New York City public schools through the "Junior/Teen Iron Chef" afterschool program by Natasha Singh; Mentor: Lynn Fredericks
  • Characterization of food marketing to children in Manhattan grocery store: A descriptive pilot study by Sonia Singh; Mentor: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.
  • The School Wellness Council Project: Providing students with tools for a healthier tomorrow by Victoria Squissato; Mentor: Gabrielle Ettlinger, M.P.A.
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