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Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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The Effects of Caffeine on Activity Levels and Motor Behaviors in the Honeybee, Apis mellifera, Johana Castro

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Understanding the Distribution and Abundance of Asclepias prostrata in South Texas, Elizabeth Ann Gonzalez

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Investigating the Localization of FOXO4 Transcription Factor in U87MG Glioblastoma Cell Line, Millat Jahan

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Effect of pre-growth conditions on foodborne pathogen survival kinetics in fresh produce, Avninder Kaur

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Fungal Plant Pathogens Affecting Crops in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Isabel Martinez

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Vertical Transmission of Zika Virus in Monodelphis domestica, Mohini Moulick

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The role of TC-PTP-mediated suppression of autophagy during skin carcinogenesis, Obed Asare

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Soil Moisture Dynamics in Cover Cropping Systems: From Local to Global Scales, Manish Gautam

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Biochar Reduces the Pupation and Eclosion of a Specialist (Manduca sexta) and a Generalist Pest (Spodoptera frugiperda), Nischal Wagle

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Comparative Analysis of Soil Properties, Microbial Community Composition, and Yield Responses to Cover Crops in Different Ecoregions of South Texas, Daphne Zapsas

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Shortening of Telomeres Caused by Bacterial Lipopolysaccharides in HIV-1 Exposed Human Oral Keratinocytes, Daphne Alcala Zúñiga

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Dopamine Dysregulation in Antiretroviral Drugs Treated Neuronal Cells, Andrea S. Bustos

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Activation of OPA1 Processing in Differentiated Myoblast Cells, Omar Agustin Carrillo

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Population Genetics Among Rhipicephalus sanguineus Ticks in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Bianca Liana Guerra

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Understanding the Developmental Regulation of OPA1 Processing in C2C12 Myoblasts, Harpreet Kaur

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Estimating the Functional Consequences of Intra-Specific Trichome Variation of Tomato, Solanum lycopersicum on the Specialist Herbivore, Manduca sexta, Satinderpal Kaur

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Study of Population Dynamics of Sugarcane Aphid (Melanaphis sacchari) in Rio Grande Valley, Texas, Neetu Khanal

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Identifying Direct FOXO Targets Through Chromatin Immunoprecipitation Assays with Sequencing, Alma Lopez

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Biological Optimization of Polymer-Based Antiretroviral Drug Towards the Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT), Arkajyoti Paul

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Road Mitigation Structure and Road Effect Zone Impacts on Rodent Community Composition, Activity, and Predator-Prey Dynamics in South Texas, Adam F. Sanjar

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Structural and Functional Insight of Helicobacter pylori Translation Initiation Factor IF1 (HpIF1) in Protein Biosynthesis and Rational Design of New Antimicrobial Candidates, Asif Shahriar

Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Wildlife Road Mortality Patterns in South Texas and Survey Methodology Improvement, Bradley E. Beer

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The Molecular Evolution of Insect Opsin Genes, Maria Jose Cardenas Muedano

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Bobcat Identification, Abundance, and Behavior at Road Mitigation Structures in South Texas, Victoria Hanley

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The Role of lncRNA UCA1 in Colorectal Cancer Progression and Metastasis, Sophia M. Leslie

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Influence of Pretreatments on Physiological Status and Post-Planting Survival of Thornforest Seedlings in a Restoration Context, Douglas E. Mainhart

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Effects of Roundup Exposure on Redox Status, Cellular Apoptosis, and Antioxidant and Osmoregulatory Enzyme Expressions in Goldfish (Carassius auratus), Md Imran Noor

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Foxo Factors Regulate the Expression of Canonical WNT Target Genes in a Set of Basal-Like Breast and Glioblastoma Multiforme Cancer Cell Lines, Shania Pintor

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Influence of Glucose and Lactic Acid on Macrophage Transition in Pancreatic Tumors, Anyssa A. Rodriguez

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Weather Parameters Influencing the Incidence of Citrus Canker Caused by AW Strain in the Rio Grande Valley, Amit Sharma

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Effects of Disturbance (Mowing) on Florivory and Floral Defenses in Solanum elaeagnifolium, a Noxious and Worldwide Invasive Weed, Alejandro Rafael Vasquez Marcano

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De Novo Transcriptome Analysis of Orange Jasmine (Murraya paniculata) Infected with Citrus Greening Disease, Jeffrey Aquino Gomez

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Role of POTE Ankyrin Domain Family Member 2 (POTE-2) in Liver Cancer, Samantha Lopez

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Cytochrome C: A Potential Early Biomarker of Diabetic Retinopathy, Ileana G. Villarreal

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Cucurbitacin B: A Potential Natural Agent for Targeting Tumor Immune Cell Population, Emmanuel Anning

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Screening for Potential Therapeutic Targets of Yb-1 Protein Using a Bioinformatics Approach, Omar Muneer Karkoutly

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The APOE ε4 Allele Association with Cholesterol Related Phenotypes in the Mexican American Population, Stephanie Lozano

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Targeting Mutated KRAS and Galectin-1 in Pancreatic Cancer, Ana Izavelle Martinez Bulnes

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Influence of Paclitaxel Nanomedicine on the Pancreatic Tumor Immune Components, Godwin Peasah-Darkwah

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Targeting Ribosome Biogenesis for Pancreatic Cancer Treatment, Carlos Perez III

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Zinc-Mediated Regulatory Function of PSD-95 on NMDAR at Post-Synapses, Luis F. Acosta

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Targeting Protein Synthesis in Clostridioides difficile to Develop Antimicrobial Candidate, Elvira L. Alanis

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The Potential Impact of Climate Change on the Distributions of Eleutherodactylus cystignathoides and E. planirostris (Anura: Eleutherodactylidae), Rebecca T. Chastain

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Assessing the Effects of Levonorgestrel (LNG) on Neural Differentiation in the Developing Hypothalamus Using the Zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a Model, Gabriella Hinojosa

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Nanostructured Materials for Biomedical Applications, Silverio Lopez

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Exploring DNA Compaction Via Bacillus Subtilis ParB Protein by Single Molecule Investigation, Miranda L. Molina

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Structures and Regulations of Translation Initiation Factors in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Protein Biosynthesis to Develop New Potential Antimicrobial Agents, Nicolette Valdez

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Removal of Arsenic (III) and Arsenic (V) from Aqueous Solution via Common Sunflower Helianthus annuus by Phytoremediation, Irving A. Vazquez Hurtado

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Evolutionary Development Study of Firebrat (Thermobia domestica), Luis Cantu Jr.

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Characterization of Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s Disease and HIV-1 Associated Neurocognitive Disorders, Armando Garces III

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Characterization of Soil Nematode Community as Influenced by Weedy Plants and Edaphic Properties, Orlando Garcia

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Early Embryology in Collembola with an Emphasis on Wing Development, Samantha A. Gonzalez

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Prospecting for and Isolation of Microalgae in South Texas, Mauricio Alejandro Peña

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Duet Phonology and Syntax of the Red-Crowned Parrots in South Texas, Abigail Pozulp

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Deciphering the Role of Intracellular Acidic Organelles in the Gastrointestinal System, Tripti Saini

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Development of a Novel Strategy to Improve Checkpoint Immune Response in Pancreatic Cancer, Poornima Devi Shaji

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Home Range Dynamics and Juvenile Dispersal of Gray Hawks in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Michael Stewart

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Exploring the Role of Stigmatic Exudate in the Water Lily (Nymphaceae) Pollination Mechanism Using N. ampla (Salisb. Dc.), Luis Uribe

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Morphological Characterization and Functional Assessment of Trichomes in Solanaceae, Sakshi Watts

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Role of Caspase-8 on Human Retinal Microvasculature Endothelial Cells (HRMEC) Migration in Hyperglycemia, Paola A. Campano

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Investigation of Techniques and Their Application for the Cryopreservation of Algal Species, Jazmine Leija

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Effects of Early Corticosterone Treatment on Vocal Babbling in Wild Green-Rumped Parrotlets (Forpus passerinus), Celia Rose McLean

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Soil Chemistry Modification by Guinea Grass in Semi-Arid Soils: A Litter Mediated Positive Feedback, Vanessa Elizabeth Thomas

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Survival Kinetics and Antimicrobial Interventions to Mitigate Foodborne Pathogen Contamination of Low-Moisture Foods, Rajat Sharma

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Assessing the Level of Perception of Knowledge about Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases among the Residents of Several Cities in the Transboundary Region of U.S.-Mexico, Consuelo Aguilar

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Winners and Losers in Reforestation Efforts in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, and the Predictive Power of Xylem Anatomy on Long-Term Growth and Survival, Clifton F. Albrecht

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OPA1 Modulation of Mitochondrial Dynamics in AC16 Cardiomyocytes, Patrick De La Torre Schutz

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System for HIV-1 Treatment to the Brain, Caroline Rose Garcia

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Inoculation of Juvenile Monodelphis domestica with Zika Virus Using Various Routes of Infection, Juan Garcia Jr.

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Understanding the Ecological Role, Population Dynamics, and Geographic Distribution of Manihot Walkerae, Gisel Garza

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Physical and Chemical Defense Mechanisms in Aloe Barbadensis Against Insect Herbivores, Zachary Johnson

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Investigating BMP7 Expression in Glioblastoma Multiforme, Yajaira Janett Macias

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Exploration of Antimicrobial and Cell Proliferation Properties of Nanofibers Incorporating Nopal (O. cochenillifera) Extract, Cristobal Rodriguez

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Understanding an Inflammatory Pathway in Diabetic Retinopathy, Reanna Raye Rodriguez

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Determining the Effectiveness of Wildlife Exits Along a South Texas Highway, Zarina N. Sheikh

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Vertical Transmission of Zika Virus in an Opossum Model, Dionn Carlo Silva

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Effects of Plant Secondary Metabolites and Host Specificity on Growth, Development, and Oviposition of Lepidopteran Herbivores, Sukhman Singh

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Developmental Activation of Mitochodnrial OPA1 Processing Is Retinoic Acid-Independent, Shaynah St. Vallier

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Unravelling the Role of PGPR "Pseudomonas fluorescens" in Semi- Arid Soils of the Rio Grande Valley, Mandip Tamang

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Discerning Competitive Vs. Facilitative Relationships of Weeds on Forest Restoration Efforts at La Sal Del Rey, TX, Mylen A. Arias

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Disturbance, Defense and Fitness in Silverleaf Nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium) in Their Native Range in South Texas, Jesus Chavana

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Developing Methods to Survey, Collect, Process, and Screen Endemic Entomopathogenic Fungi Against the Asian Citrus Psyllid in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Jonathan Cisneros

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Role of Herbivore Associated Elicitors in Plant Defense Signaling, Akanksha Gandhi

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Association Study: APOE Alleles Association with Neurodegenerative Disorders in the Hispanic Population, Kimberly Moreno

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Infection and Persistence of Zika Virus in Female Immune-Competent Gray Short-Tailed Opossums (Monodelphis domestica), Oscar Quintanilla

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Role of Glycolytic Metabolism in Glioblastoma Multiforme, Shreya Udawant

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Stem Cell Technology for Age Related Macular Degeneration Intervention, Laura Valdez

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Detecting Snake Fungal Disease (Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola) in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Manuel Zavala

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Identifying Positive Selection in Multiple Subspecies of Xylella fastidiosa, Daniel Doroteo Flores

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Embryonic Exposure to the Synthetic-Progesterone Levonorgestrel (LNG) Results in Hyperactive Behavior in Zebrafish (Danio rerio), Austin D. Fuentes

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Genetic Analysis of PI3k and mTOR Inhibition in U87mg Glioblastoma Cell Line, Carl G. Litif

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Examining the Efficacy of Cover Crops as an Integrated Pest Management Tool in Organic Farms in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Lili M. Martinez

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Optimizing Species Selection for Forest Restoration in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Faeqa Mohsin

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The Long-Term Persistence and Tissue Tropism of Brazilian Zika Virus in Monodelphis domestica, Marisol Morales

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Exploring Plant-Plant Interactions and Nutrient Manipulation as Strategies for Thorn Scrub and Thorn Forest Restoration, Edgar D. Vasquez

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Using Genetic Diversity to Differentiate Mosquito Populations, Rachel Christine Malampy

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Vertical Transmission and Venereal Transmission of Zika Virus in a Population of South Texas Aedes Aegypti, Jeremy Marshall

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Insect Mediated Species Interactions: Examining Methods to Improve Artificial Buzz Pollination and Testing the Effects of Plant Based Bioactive Compounds on Herbivore Life-history Traits, Mandeep Tayal

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Organizational Effects of Exogenous Corticosterone on Vocal Development in a Wild Parrot, Rory Eggleston

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Lipid Analysis, Fluorescence Microscopy and Flow Cytometry as Tools to Evaluate Microalgae for Potential Biofuel Production, Giovanina Aimee Hinojosa