MS Student Thesis Projects
A core component of the master of science program is a research project on basic science, clinical or public health topics. Below are a selection of MS thesis projects in the past few years. Click here to view the complete list
BASIC SCIENCE THESES
Combined secretin- and oxytocin-treated induced colitis: An exploration of the mechanism of action.
M. Kuhn, Mentor: M. Welch, MD, Brain-Gut Initiative, CUMC
Deep-sequencing of circulating mircoRNAs reveals distinct profiles in patients with advanced heart failure and specific dynamics following mechanical unloading.
A. Ramarathnam, Mentor: C. Schulze, MD, Center of Advanced Cardiac Care, CUMC
Identifying and stunting pathologic myopia progression.
J. Leong, Mentor: Q.V. Hoang, MD, PhD, Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute, CUMC
Immunologic biomarkers in psychiatric disorders.
M. Ajamian, Mentor: A. Alaedini, PhD, Department of Medicine, CUMC
Production of the L1-GFP SinRepIRES virus construct to monitor membrane expansion in living rodent neurons.
C. Zimmeck, Mentor: U. Hengst, PhD, Taub Institute, CUMC
Retinoids and pancreatic endocrine progenitors: Using a retinoic-acid-signaling-deficient mouse model to determine if retinoids are required for beta-cell differentiation.
S. Thai, Mentor: C. Mendelsohn, PhD, Irving Cancer Research Center, CUMC
Role of growth inhibitor tuberin in photoreceptor survival in a mouse model of retinitis pigmentosa.
D. Fiander, Mentor: S. Tsang, MD, PhD, Brown Glaucoma Laboratory at Edward S. Harkess Eye Institute, CUMC
The role of dopamine D2 receptor in antipsychotic drug-mediated metabolic effects.
T. Morgenstern, Mentor: Z. Freyberg, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, CUMC
PUBLIC HEALTH THESES
A prospective assessment of maternal recall of breastfeeding behaviors.
E. Paxson, Mentors: J. Herbstman, PhD, Mailman School of Public Health, and S.A. Lederman, PhD, CUMC Institute of Human Nutrition
Assessing barriers to healthy food items and increasing urban agriculture: A binary approach to decrease diet-related diseases.
V. Gordon, Mentor: M. Conard, RA, NCARB, Urban Design Lab at the Earth Institute
Development of a hospital cafeteria assessment tool and its application to New York City hospital cafeterias.
J. Chung, Mentor: S. Akabas, PhD, IHN, CUMC
Evaluation of a worksite wellness healthy lifestyle challenge program among university employees.
L. Vickroy, Mentor: D. Ndao, Columbia University’s Office of Work/Life
New York State Department of Health, Center for Best Practices in Childhood Obesity Prevention, Choosing Health & Active Lifestyles for Kids (CHALK) community healthy lifestyles education.
A. Ho, Mentors: P. Hametz, MD, and S. Pitsirilos-Boquin, MPH, CHALK
Predictors of early childhood caries: The role of social and behavioral determinants in pediatric oral health interventions.
M. Farnoush, Mentors: C. Chinn, DDS, MPH, and B. Edelstein, DDS, MPH, Vanderbilt Clinic
Stirring the Pot: Nutrition education, cooking skills classes and rooftop garden program for patients with congestive heart failure at an urban community hospital.
K. Celtik, Mentor: B. Merritt, MD, Harlem Hospital
Using a knowledge and skill-based intervention to improve the cooking skills and self-efficacy in adolescents, and the influence on friends and family.
N. Sliva, Mentor: L. Fredericks, FamilyCook Productions
A dietary and lifestyle intervention for the prophylactic treatment of pediatric and adolescent migraine.
B. DeSantis, Mentor: K. McKearney, NP, CUMC Department of Neurology; R.H. Fryer, MD, PhD, CUMC Department of Clinical Neurology
An investigation of dietary patterns for children undergoing treatment for brain tumors and into survivorship.
M. Sotolongo, Mentor: M. Orjuela, MD, Columbia University Early Head Start
Bone mineral density as impacted by pregnancy and lifestyle intervention.
J. Weiss, Mentor: W. Shen, MS, MD, New York Obesity Research Center
Food addiction and long term weight loss outcomes following bariatric surgery.
M. Sangal, Mentor: M. DiGiorgi, PhD, Columbia University Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery
Increased bone turnover and resorption in patients with advanced heart failure is corrected by hemodynamic improvement through ventricular assist device implantation.
C. Wu, Mentor: C. Schulze, MD, PhD, CUMC Center of Advanced Cardiac Care
Infectious diseases and health outcomes.
H. Dong, Mentor: M. Yin, MD, MS, CUMC Department of Medicine
Milk in a New York City NICU.
A. Spears, Mentor: M. Garland, MB ChB, CUMC Department of Pediatrics
Predictors of diabetes relapse after gastric bypass surgery.
A. Law, Mentor: B. Laferrere, MD, New York Obesity Research Center
Recommendations for patients undergoing lower extremity revascularization and recommendations for patients with peripheral arterial disease.
R. McKnight, Mentor: R. Nowygrod, MD, CUMC Department of Surgery
Relation of glycemic load in an elderly multiethnic cohort without diabetes with all-cause mortality.
N. Marchand, Mentor: J. Luchsinger, MD, MPH, Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital
Resistance exercise to sustain weight loss: The effect of resistance training on anthropometric characteristics, blood lipids, and c-reactive protein in overweight individuals.
W. Buniak, Mentor: L. Aronne, MD, Comprehensive Weight Control Program, Weill Cornell Medical College
Sleep deprivation increases energy and fat intakes and alters hormones related to appetite in normal weight men and women.
S. Tepper, Mentor: M-P. St. Onge, PhD, New York Obesity Research Center
The effects of leptin administration on body weight and neuro-endocrine function in weight-reduced individuals after gastric bypass surgery.
N. Adams, Mentor: J. Korner, MD, PhD, CUMC Weight Control Center
The impact of enhanced mother-infant interactions on the preterm infant gut microbiome.
Q. Karim, Mentor: M. Welch, MD, CUMC Brain-Gut Initiative
The impact of nutrition on adult brain health: Observational associations, potential mechanisms, & therapeutic value of omega-3 fatty acids, folate, & flavonoids in mood & cognitive function.
M. Nimalasuriya, Mentor: D. Ramsey, MD, CUMC Department of Psychiatry
The role of T1r3 in glucose tolerance.
E. Witmer, Mentor: J. Glendinning, PhD, Barnard College
Vitamin D supplementation for fall prevention in homebound older adults: A systematic review.
A. Yu, Mentor: T. Dam, MD, Allen Hospital