Recent PhD Graduates

James Balamuta

PhD: 2021
Advisor: Dr.Jeffrey Douglas, Statistics and Dr.Stephen Culpepper, Statistics
Dissertation:
Bayesian Estimation of Restricted Latent Class Models: Extending priors, link functions, and structural models

Kelechi Ikegwu

PhD: 2021
Advisor: Dr.Robert J. Brunner, Astronomy
Dissertation:
Machine Learning and Information-Theoretic Approaches for Financial Applications

Brandi Smith

PhD: 2021
Advisor: Dr.Rebecca L. Smith, Pathobiology
Dissertation:
Health Disparities, Environmental Toxicants and Midlife Women’s Health Outcomes

Pan Zhang

PhD: 2021
Advisor: Dr. Sandra Rodriguez-Zas, Animal Sciences
Dissertation:
Integration of Bioinformatics Approaches to Study Transcriptome patterns Associated with Complex Traits at the Gene and Isoform Levels

Fizza Mughal

PhD: 2020
Advisor: Dr.Gustavo Caetano-Anolles
Dissertation:
Evolution of Protein Structure, Function, and Dynamics in Biological Systems

Santiago Nuñez-Corrales

PhD: 2020
Advisor: Dr. Erik Jakobsson, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Dissertation:
Toward a Unified View of Complex Multiscale Stochastic Systems: A Generalized Theory of Interactions and Its Computational Infrastructure for Their Universal and Efficient Investigation

Justin Pence

PhD: 2020
Advisor: Dr. Zahra Mohaghegh, Nuclear Plasma and Radiological Engineering
Dissertation:
Theorizing and Quantifying Organizational and Social Factors in Probabilistic Risk Assessment of Complex Systems

Siva Ratna Kumari Narisetti

PhD: 2020
Advisor: Dr.Vivechkanand Chunoo, Agricultural Leadership Education and Dr.Michael Twidale, iSchool
Dissertation:
Utility of Agricultural Mobile Apps Among Indian Rural Farmers

Mikko Tuomela

PhD: 2020
Advisor: Dr. Michael Twidale, iSchool
Dissertation:
Individual Reading Types and the Effects of Automated Annotation

Aseel Addawood

PhD: 2019
Advisor: Dr. Umberto Ravaioli, ECE
Dissertation:
Understanding Misinformation on Twitter in the Context of Controversial Issues

Jarai Carter

PhD: 2019
Advisor: Dr. Lulu Rodriguez, Agricultural Communication
Dissertation:
Use of and Information Seeking Behaviors on Facebook Among Illinois Farmers and Farm Families

Usawadee Chaiprom

PhD: 2019
Advisor: Dr. Matt Hudson, Crop Sciences
Dissertation:
Analysis of Soybean Gene Regulation Reveals Regulatory Mechanisms of RHG1-Mediated Resistance to Soybean Cyst Nematode

Hsiao-Ying Huang

PhD: 2019
Advisor: Dr. Masooda Bashir, iSchool
Dissertation:
Examining Older Users’ Online Privacy-Enhancing Experience from a Human-Computer Interaction Perspective

Kangjae Lee

PhD: 2019
Advisor: Dr. Mei-Po Kwan, Geography
Dissertation:
Integration of GIS and Machine Learning Techniques to Investigate the Impact of Environmental Contexts on Travel Modes

Kyungho Lee

PhD: 2019
Advisor: Dr. Donna Cox, Music
Dissertation:
Understanding the role of Visual Metaphors in Emerging Media Arts Research and Practice

Halie Rando

PhD: 2019
Advisor: Dr. Anna Kukekova, Animal Sciences
Dissertation:
Genomic Response to Selection for Behavior

Daniel Wickland

PhD: 2019
Advisor: Dr. Matthew Hudson, Crop Sciences
Dissertation:
Computational Methods For Genomic Variant Calling and Analysis

Sean Wilner

PhD: 2019
Advisor: Dr. John Hummel, Psychology
Dissertation:
Narrative Comprehension Through Analogy: A Study in Cognitive Modeling and Narrative Clustering

Xuesong Yang

PhD: 2019
Advisor: Dr. Mark Hasegawa-Johnson, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dissertation:
Dealing with Linguistic Mismatches for Automatic Speech Recognition

Syed Abbas Bukhari

PhD: 2018
Advisor: Dr. Alison Bell, Animal Biology
Dissertation:
Neurogenomic Dynamics Following Social Interactions in Male Threespined Sticklebacks

Michael Junokas

PhD: 2018
Advisor: Dr. Guy Garnett, Music
Dissertation:
A Singular Synthesis: Investigating Timbral Synthesis and Control Systems Through the Integration of Music Composition and Machine Learning

Ankit Rai

PhD: 2018
Advisor: Dr. Barbara Minsker, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Dissertation:
Inferring Landscape Preferences from Social Media Using Data Science Techniques

Kiumars Soltani

PhD: 2018
Advisor: Dr. Shaowen Wang, Geography
Dissertation:
A Distributed Workload-aware Approach to Partitioning Geospatial Big Data for Cybergis Analytics

Joseph Yun

PhD: 2018
Advisor: Professor Brittany Duff, Advertising
Dissertation:
Analyzing the Boundaries of Balance Theory in Evaluating Cause-Related Marketing Compatibility

Tom Le Paine

PhD: 2017
Advisor: Dr. Thomas Huang, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dissertation:
Practical Considerations for Deep Learning

Yan Liu

PhD: 2017
Advisor: Dr. Shaowen Wang, Geography
Dissertation:
High-Performance Evolutionary Computation for Scalable Spatial Optimization

Khuram Shahzad

PhD: 2017
Advisor: Dr. Juan Loor, Animal Sciences
Dissertation:
Systems Physiology and Nutrition in Dairy Cattle: Applications of Omics and Bioinformatics to Better Understand the Hepatic Metabolomics and Transcriptomics Adaptations in Transition Dairy Cows

Brent Fegley

PhD: 2016
Advisor: Dr. Vetle Torvik, iSchool
Dissertation:
Mechanisms Driving the Formation and Success of Collaborations between Scientists in Biomedicine

Arshan Nasir

PhD: 2015
Advisor: Dr. Gustavo Caetano-Anolles, Crop Sciences
Dissertation:
Structural and Functional Advances in the Evolutionary Studies of Cells and Viruses

Scott Nixon

PhD: 2015
Advisor: Dr. Sandra Rodriguez-Zas, Animal Sciences
Dissertation:
Study of Phenotypic and Gene Expression Response to Bacterial Challenge