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
Armin Alaedini, PhD
• Immunologic biomarkers in psychiatric disorders by Mary Ajamian (2012).
• Baking affects gluten glycosylation and antigenicity in celiac disease by Sareh Parsi-Cavazos (2012).
• Screening for cross reactivity between anti-gliadin antibody and synapsin I and epitope mapping of antibody response of synapsin I by Chaoyang Tong (2013).
• Antibody response to non-wheat water-soluble proteins in patients with celiac disease by Leilani Beams (2014).
Zachary Freyberg, MD, PhD
• A role for dopamine D2 receptors in antipsychotic drug-mediated weight gain by Ryan Anderson (2012).
• The role of dopamine D2 receptor in antipsychotic drug-mediated metabolic effects by Travis Morgenstern (2013).
• Role of dopamine D2 receptor in the regulation of glucose-stimulated insulin secretion by Zachary Farino (2014).
• Functional implications of granule morphology on secretion from pancreatic B-cells by William Mitchell (2014).
Wahida Karmally, DrPH, RD
• Study of the effects on energy expenditure, metabolism, and body weight in humans supplemented with leucine by Brett Barrett (2009).
Debra Wolgemuth, PhD and Sanny Chung, PhD
• Tubulobulbar complex alteration during spermiogenesis in RARα knockout and RARα antagonist treated testes by Arya Payan (2010).
• Microtubule alterations during spermatogenesis of RARα knockout and pan-RAR antagonist mice by Nika Vizcarra (2012).
Paul Berk, MD
• Comparison of long chain fatty acid uptake into omental and subcutaneous adipocytes in normal, obese, super-obese, and post-surgery super-obese patients by Hans Chiang (2013).
• Comparison of serum spexin concentration in obese and non-obese patients and the association of serum spexin and long chain fatty acid uptake in omental and subcutaneous adipocytes by Guanqi Hang (2013).
Susan Carnell, PhD
• The effect of CPT-induced stress on brain activities, behavior, and food intake in obese versus lean non-binge eaters by Ruth Cheng (2011).
• Differences in eating behavior and food intake beliefs among lean and overweight adolescents with lean or obese mothers by Andrea Robbins (2011).
• Familial influences on child obesity: eating behavior, food intake, and parental feeding behaviors among lean and obese adolescents at high- versus low-risk of obesity by Yale Kim (2012).
• fMRI brain activation differences in response to food cues in lean adolescents with obese mothers vs. lean adolescents with lean mothers by Katherine Pryor (2012).
Sharon Akabas, PhD
• Process evaluation of developing an interactive web-based dietary food log through community-based participatory research by Kevin Chung (2008).
• Development of a hospital cafeteria assessment tool and its application to New York City hospital cafeterias by Jean Chung (2011).
Elsa-Grace Giardina, MD
• Patterns of body size perceptions and heart disease knowledge among female Hispanics in Northern Manhattan by Lorraine Mull (2008).
• Pilot study of a church-based intervention program designed to reduce risk factors of cardiovascular disease by Nigist Tadesse (2010).
• The intergenerational role of gender in weight perception and body image in minority women and children by Sharon Song (2011).
• Cardiometabolic risk in young Caribbean Hispanic women: relationship to body size misperception, cardiovascular disease knowledge, aerobic exercise and depression by Dena Hayes (2014).
David Seres, MD, ScM, PNS
• Enhancing the medical nutrition curriculum at Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons by Nicole Pontee (2011).
• Development of clinical nutrition curriculum for medical students at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons by Maxime Hellings (2012).
• Nutrition education in the medical curriculum at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons by Steven Peever (2012).
• Assessment and enhancements of nutrition education in the medical curriculum at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons by Kasey Faulkner (2013).
• Evaluation of nutrition education within the medical curriculum of Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons by Garret Ni (2013).
• Assessment and enhancements of a nutrition education in the medical curriculum at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons by Regan Wong (2013).