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Master of Science Program Theses Projects 2010

Basic Science Theses
  • The effect of fatty acids on osteoclastogenesis by Saleem Azad; Mentor: Ulrike Schulze-Spate, DMD, PhD.
  • Characterization of a genetic interaction and its relationship to the proteasome and the ESCRT function in Niemann Pick type C by Giselle Dominguez; Mentors: Andrew B. Munkacsi, PhD, Stephen L. Sturley, PhD.
  • Caspase-2 activation and associated death protein pathways by Virginia Falvello; Mentor: Carol Troy, MD, PhD.
  • Macrophages-specific expressed matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP9) is a major contributor to lung cancer metastasis by Chien-Hung Gow, MD; Mentor: Jeanine D’Armiento, MD, PhD.
  • Mechanism by which circulating serotonin regulates osteoblast function: The role of different classes of transcription factors by Antoinette Jones; Mentor: Stavroula Kousteni, PhD.
  • The short-term effects of snacking on food intake in rodents by NaNa Keum; Mentor: Joseph R. Vasselli, PhD.
  • A study of the effects of two forms of berberine on body weight gain in rats by Kha Lai; Mentor: Joseph R. Vasselli, PhD.
  • The role of Jagged1 in cancer by Jinzhou Li; Mentor: Darrell Yamashiro, MD, PhD.
  • The role of cellular retinol-binding protein, type III (CRBP-III) in adipogenesis by Grace Luk; Mentor: Silke Vogel, PhD.
  • Tubulobulbar complex alteration during spermiogenesis in RARα knockout and RARα antagonist treated testes by Arya Payan; Mentor: Sanny Chung, PhD and Debra Wolgemuth, PhD.
  • Characterization of a novel alpha/beta hydrolase: ABHD type 1 by Adrianne Pike; Mentor: Silke Vogel, PhD.
  • Molecular characterization on human umbilical cord blood (HUCB) derived stem cells by Albert Yang; Mentor: Mitchell Cairo, MD.
Clinical Theses
  • Proportion of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in HIV patients in Nairobi, Kenya on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) by James Agapoff; Mentor: Richard Deckelbaum, MD.
  • Muscular Dystrophy cohort receiving Prednisone: A timeline comparison of nutritional status by Oluwatosin Akintola; Mentor: Douglas M. Sproule, MD.
  • Relationship of MRI-measured bone marrow adipose tissue and dual energy absorptiometry measured bone mineral density by Peter Alarcon Manchego; Mentor: Wei Shen, MS., MD.
  • fMRI brain activation responses to food stimuli in obese individuals with binge eating disorder (BED), obese individuals without BED, and lean individuals without BED following a stressor by Leora Benson; Mentors: Susan Carnell, PhD and Allan Geliebter, PhD.
  • Differences in food preferences and body mass index in children classified by their neighborhood food environment and sensitivity to 6-N-propylthiouracil by Carlye Burd; Mentor: Kathleen Keller, PhD.
  • Anabolic growth factor signaling in advanced heart failure: Impact of LVAD placement by Michael Chew; Mentor: Christian Schulze, MD, PhD.
  • Can vitamin D supplementation decrease the mortality rate of people with schizophrenia? by Althea Crichlow; Mentor: Daniel Javitt, MD, PhD.
  • Pinpointing the sites of reactive oxygen species damage in renal mitochondria by Shaun Darrah; Mentor: Hazel Szeto, MD, PhD.
  • Using standard anthropometric measures to determine the physical and nutritional status of individuals with type I and type II Spinal Muscular Atrophy by Steven Davis; Mentor: Douglas M. Sproule, MD.
  • Assessing children’s responsivity to food brands through the use of a picture-brand Stroop test and a laboratory meal by Bryan Deutsch; Mentor: Kathleen Keller, PhD.
  • The effect of maternal HIV Status on neonatal birth weight by Elissa Finkler; Mentor: Ellen Engelson, EdD.
  • The effect of capsinoids on weight loss and metabolic risk factors in calorie-restricted, overweight men and women by Ronald Fong; Mentor: Marie-Pierre St. Onge, PhD.
  • Pediatric dentists’ nutritional counseling practices: A national survey by Louis Formica; Mentor: Carol Kunzel, PhD.
  • 25(OH)D deficiency in patients presenting for bariatric surgery by Nicole Green; Mentor: Blandine LaFerrere, MD.
  • Epicardial fat and its clinical relevance by Christine Greer; Mentor: Christian Schulze, MD, PhD.
  • Surgical versus intense medical management as treatment for type 2 diabetes mellitus: comparative changes in medication as an indication of effective glycemic control by Genevieve Hayek; Mentor: Judith Korner, MD, PhD.
  • Effects of aggressive nutrition on parenteral nutrition-associated cholestasis in very low birth weight (BW 500 – 1250 g) neonates by Angela Holuba; Mentor: Sudha Kashyap, MBBS, DCH.
  • Reduction in brain activation in response to high calorie food cues predicts decrease in eating related outcomes following RYGB surgery by Elizabeth Hutchins; Mentor: Christopher Ochner, PhD.
  • Constriction rate of the hyperautofluorescent ring in the Retinitis Pigmentosa patients by Kevin Kim; Mentor: Stephen Tsang, MD, PhD.
  • Surgery versus intensive life-style and medical management: Effects on glucose control and GLP-1 by Kyla Lara; Mentor: Judith Korner, MD, PhD.
  • Sleep apnea in adolescent bariatric patients by Xiaoyu Liang; Mentor: Carin Lamm, MD.
  • Prevalence of vitamin D assessments in fragility fracture patients at the New York Presbyterian Hospital before and after the “Own the Bone” intervention by Arfeen Malick; Mentor: Herbert Chase, MD.
  • Ginger consumption enhances the thermic effect of food and promotes satiety in overweight men by Muhammad Mansour; Mentor: Marie-Pierre St. Onge, PhD.
  • Comparing Laparoscopic Gastric Banding in adults versus adolescents by Joshua Marr; Mentors: Mary DiGiorgi, MS, MPH and Marc Bessler, MD.
  • The effects of preoperative supplement use on postoperative atrial fibrillation and postoperative outcomes in cardiac surgery patients by Renata Mazurek; Mentor: Michael Argenziano, MD.
  • Effect of partial sleep restriction on neuronal activity in response to visual food stimuli in men and women: An fMRI study by Andrew McReynolds; Mentor: Marie-Pierre St. Onge, PhD.
  • Children’s perceptions of their mothers’ body weight by Favia Merritt; Mentor: Elsa-Grace V. Giardina, MD.
  • The impact of children’s dietary variety on obesity risk and eating behavior in a laboratory setting by Karol Meyermann; Mentor: Kathleen Keller, PhD.
  • CD36 plays a minor role in osteoclast differentiation by Collin Samji; Mentor: Ulrike Schulze-Spate, DDS.
  • The impact of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) placement on cardiac extracellular matrix remodeling in patients with advanced heart failure by Parvati Singh; Mentor: Christian Schulze, MD, PhD.
  • Vitamin D recommendations for gastric bypass and laparoscopic adjustable banded patients following surgical intervention by Jordan St. John; Mentors: Mary DiGiorgi, MS, MPH and Marc Bessler, MD.
  • Sleep deprivation increases energy and fat intakes and alters hormones related to appetite in normal weight men and women by Sari Tepper; Mentor: Marie-Pierre St. Onge, PhD.
  • The impact of medium and long chain triglycerides on food intake and appetite-related hormone concentrations in overweight men by Xinyue Tong; Mentor: Marie-Pierre St. Onge, PhD.
  • CD36 polymorphisms are associated with adiposity and fat preference in children by Christopher van Belle; Mentor: Kathleen Keller, PhD.
  • A shift in food preferences: Changes in neural activation following gastric bypass surgery  predict changes in desire to eat, liking, and restrained eating of food by Amy Yazdian; Mentor: Chris Ochner, PhD.
  • High prevalence of CVD risk factors in HIV patients in Nairobi by Sam Zenhari; Mentor: Richard Deckelbaum, MD.
Public Health Theses
  • Integration of nutrition and medicine: Enhancing medical nutrition education in the first year curriculum of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons by Donald Apakama; Mentor: David Seres, MD.
  • Earth Friends and Food Fitness: From the design and development of an interactive educational experience to the evaluation of healthful food accessibility in central Brooklyn by Debra Berry; Mentor: Pamela Koch, EdD, RD.
  • Study on immigration, assimilation and nutrition in West African immigrants to New York City by Nicole Cevette; Mentor: Anne Paxton, PhD.
  • CHALK community survey: Informing the development of the “Vive tu Vida/Live your Life” campaign by Sigrid Collier; Mentors: Stephanie Pitsirilos-Boquín, MPH and Patricia Hametz, MD.
  • Education in medical school: Implementation of a nutrition curriculum into Columbia University Medical School by Whitney Fisk; Mentor: David Seres, MD.
  • New York State Department of Health Center for Best Practices, Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids (CHALK) community healthy lifestyles education by Andrea Ho; Mentors: Stephanie Pitsirilos-Boquín, MPH and Patricia Hametz, MD.
  • New York City’s unique urban homeless populations by Lee Isaacsohn; Mentor:  Brenda Merritt, MD.
  • Building a systems approach to empower healthful food choices among urban high school students by Alison Maringo; Mentor: Lynn Fredericks.
  • Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV: Translation of HIV and infant feeding guidelines in resource poor settings by Kathryn Mosso; Mentor: Fatima Tsiouris, MS, CNS.
  • Curriculum Initiative: Enhancing the first year medical school curriculum through the utilization of the Nutritional Academic Award (NAA) Curriculum Guide for training physicians by Jordan Sill; Mentor: David Seres, PhD.
  • Pilot study of a church-based intervention program designed to reduce risk factors of cardiovascular disease by Nigist Tadesse; Mentor: Elsa-Grace Giardina, MD.
  • Complementary foods and RUTF-like products for the treatment or prevention of moderate malnutrition by Jan-Willem van Klinken; Mentor: Sally A. Lederman, PhD.
  • Bed Stuy’s health: Using maps to address risk factors for poor health by Lam Vo; Mentor: Rosanna Campitiello.
  • Breastfeeding background and determinants of infant feeding practices of mothers at the NYPH newborn clinic by Emily Vroegindewey; Mentor: Melissa Glassman, MD.
  • Influence of demographic and socio-cultural factors on diet patterns of South Asian families after migration to America by Abanti Zakaria; Mentor: Anne Paxton, PhD.

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Master of Science Program Theses Projects 2009

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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Master of Science Program Theses Projects 2008

Basic Science Theses
  • A novel protein, GDF-10, and kidney development by Gregory Mak; Mentor: Jon Barasch, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (Ngal)-mediated prevention of apoptosis by Christine Viner; Mentor: Jon Barasch, M.D., Ph.D.
  • The significance of retinoids in different disease states by Jian Ahang Yang; Mentor: William Blaner, Ph.D.
  • Growth inhibitory effects of Digitoxin in combination with Pravastatin or Simvastatin on human breast cancer cells by Margaret Ford; Mentor: Linda Einbond, M.D.
  • Chemopreventive Effects of Actein, Simvastatin, and Pravastatin on Human Breast Carcinoma by Sarah Goldsberry; Mentor: Linda Einbond, M.D.
  • Genetic variation in human orosensory detection of fat: influence of genetic variation at CD36 locus and sensitivity to 6-n-propylthiouracil (PROP) on fat sensitivity in African Americans by Johannah McLean; Mentor: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.
  • The effect of prenatal antiretroviral therapy on mitochondrial DNA content in HIV uninfected children by Elizabeth Bonagura; Mentor: Philip La Russa, M.D.
  • Aldose reductase: a key mediator of mitochondrial oxidative stress by Veronica Esmero; Mentor: Ravichandran Ramasamy, Ph.D.
  • Modulation of cell death by aldose reductase and poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) in diabetic hearts by Ahmet Timucin; Mentor: Ravichandran Ramasamy, M.D.
  • Role of growth inhibitor tuberin in photoreceptor survival in a mouse model of retinitis pigmentosa by Diane Fiander; Mentor: Stephen Tsang, M.D., Ph.D.
  • The characterization of monoacylglycerol acetyltransferase 3 by Alexander Tran; Mentor: Aaron Turkish. M.D.
  • Sweet taste preference in dietary obese leptin resistant rats by Maureen Dempsey; Mentor: Joseph Vasselli, Ph.D.
  • Weight-gain sparing effect on insulin detemir in STZ-induced diabetic rats by Michael Kellemen; Mentor: Joseph Vasselli, Ph.D.
  • Elucidation of the mechanism by which Hint1 functions as a tumor suppressor gene in human breast cancer cell lines by Tara Berman; Mentor: Bernard Weinstein, M.D.
  • Investigation of sphingolipid and cholesterol characteristics in CFRBCs by Eronmwon Oronsaye; Mentor: Tilla Worgall, M.D.
  • Effect of CFTR expression and chloride channel functioning on cell growth: Evaluation of the relationship to sphingolipid content by Suzette Singh; Mentor: Tilla Worgall, M.D.
  • The effect of cyclooxygenase-2 shRNA knockdown on the SKNEP-1 tumor cell model in vitro by Matthew Brinkman; Mentor: Darrell Yamashiro, M.D., Ph.D.
  • The role of placental growth factor (PlGF) in a neuroblastoma xenograft model by Jenna Pisani; Mentor: Darrell Yamashiro, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Theses
  • Substrate balances as predictors of fat oxidation in African American and Caucasian women by Kevin Riutzel; Mentor: Jeanine Albu, M.D.
  • The effect of pre-operative parameters on surgical outcomes by Vivek Yedavalli; Mentor: Michael Argenziano, M.D.
  • Baseline depression and quality of life and adherence to scheduled visits on post-surgical weight loss following lap-bound surgery in adolescent patients by Loren Bach; Mentor: Ilene Fennoy, M.D., MPH
  • The effects of dietary composition on cardiovascular comorbidities in adolescent bariatric surgery patients by Eric Fok; Mentor: Ilene Fennoy, M.D., MPH
  • Psychological and eating behaviors following roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery by Meghan Crawley; Mentor: Allan Geliebter, Ph.D.
  • Periodontal disease and peripheral arterial disease: Is there a link? by Afshin Zartoshi; Mentor: Jeanine Giacovelli, M.D.
  • The Relationship between Maternal Pregravid BMI and Offspring Body Composition; Impact of Race by Marian Pak; Mentor: Holly Hull, Ph.D.
  • Does race affect the relationship between birth weight categories and body composition? by Sharalyn Steenson; Mentor: Holly Hull, Ph.D.
  • Can education level, possession of health insurance, and frequency of doctor’s visits predict cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in a CVD screening project at Columbia University Medical Center by Tabia Collins- Mitchell; Mentor: Wahida Karmally, DrPH, RD
  • Lifestyle predictors of hypertension in older women from CUMC employees and the Washington Heights Community by Hwa-te Tsai; Mentor: Wahida Karmally, DrPH, RD
  • Diabetic neuropathy and hyperglycemia induced complications by Stephanie Zimmeck; Mentor: Wahida Karmally, DrPH, RD
  • Use of food packaging and promotion to increase intake of fruits and vegetables in children at risk for overweight by Cassandra Johnson; Mentor: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.
  • The effects of fat taste discriminability on BMI and food preference by Daniel May; Mentor: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.
  • Parental feeding practices may be more important in determining BMI z-score, average energy intake and energy density than sensitivity to 6-n-propylthiouracil in children aged 4-6 years by Shama Sud; Mentor: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.
  • The effects of leptin administration on body weight and neuroendocrine function in weight-reduced individuals after gastric bypass surgery by Nailah Adams; Mentor: Judith Korner, M.D., Ph.D.
  • A literature review of Pediatric Dietary Assessments by Amy Roberts; Mentor: Sally Ann Lederman, Ph.D.
  • Relative hypertrophy of the teres minor muscle in patients with massive rotator cuff tears correlates with maintained forward elevation and better subjective assessment of function by Anuli Mkparu; Mentor: William Levine, M.D.
  • Reducing folate deficiency in women with epilepsy taking anti-epileptic drugs by Richa Garg; Mentor: Karen McKearney, M.S., CPNP-PC
  • An investigation of dietary patterns for children undergoing treatment for brain tumors and into survivorship by Monica Sotolongo; Mentor: Manuela Orjuela, M.D.
  • Cortical Responses to visual and tactile presentations of food items in lean women: An fMRI study by David Fischel; Mentor: Marie Pierre St.Onge, Ph.D.
  • Gender differences in the effect of coffee mannooligosaccharides on body composition in overweight humans by Taylor Salindari; Mentor: Marie Pierre St.Onge, Ph.D.
  • An analysis of the behavioral factors associated with childhood obesity in young children by Ami Vikani; Mentor: Marie Pierre St.Onge, Ph.D.
Public Health Theses
  • Process evaluation of developing an interactive web-based dietary food log through community based participatory research by Kevin Chung; Mentor: Sharon Akabas, Ph.D.
  • Assessing international pandemic preparedness: A study of avian influenza by Lauren Trakimas; Mentor: Michelle Barrett, M.D.
  • Take Care of that Body: An after school health and nutrition curriculum for adolescents and teens by Andrew Boulos; Mentor: Alwyn Cohall, M.D.
  • A qualitative perspective on developing a nutrition workshop for teens: what role does personal counseling play? by John Buza; Mentor: Alwyn Cohall, M.D.
  • Take care of that body: pilot project 8 and 4 week trials by Kyle Johnson; Mentor: Alwyn Cohall, M.D.
  • “Take Care of That Body” prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity program: Increasing physical activity-functional exercise triad by Joseph Seldin; Mentor: Alwyn Cohall, M.D.
  • International trends and prospects towards the millennium development goals on aspects of food and nutrition: role of public/private partnerships by Tim Hsia; Mentor: Ian Darton-Hill, Ph.D.
  • Preventing Malnutrition: A systematic review assessing the impact of agrodiversity interventions on nutritional status in lower income countries by Bram Wispelwey; Mentor: Richard Deckelbaum, M.D.
  • Science of Health: A food-based approach to secondary science and health education by Stacy Jankaukas; Mentor: Jay Dubner
  • Assessment of Ghana Millennium Village School meal program as an effective nutritional intervention by Olivia Reid Linthavong; Mentor: Jessica Fanzo, Ph.D.
  • Garden-to-table food education strategies to induce healthy food choices & reduce risk of obesity in NYC high school students by Ali Bukhari; Mentor: Lynn Fredericks
  • Patterns of body size perceptions and heart disease knowledge among female Hispanics in Northern Manhattan by Lorraine Mull; Mentor: Elsa-Grace Giardina, M.D.
  • Understanding adolescent food choices through personal stories by Sarah Edquist; Mentor: Pam Koch, EdD,RD
  • Proposing a youth-oriented osteoporosis prevention program by Timothy Murphy; Mentor: Jeri Nieves, Ph.D.

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