This community contains the theses and dissertations of the Department of Biology and Microbiology. raduate degrees available through the Department of Biology and Microbiology are the MS and the PhD in Biological Sciences. Students may choose specializations in Biology or Microbiology.
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ETDS from 2018

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Identification of QTL Modifying the Activity of the Tcb1-s Locus and Characterization and Sequencing of Two Plutonium-Beryllium Induced Reduced Gametophyte Transmission Mutants in Maize, Merritt Bryer Burch

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Transcriptome Analysis of Root Development in Wheat Triticum Aestivum Using High Throughtput Sequencing Technologies, Ghana Challa

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Mechanisms by which Mechanotransduction Promotes Proliferation in Keratinocytes, Chhavi Chaudhary

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Expression Analyses and Identification of Key Molecular Participants in Plant Responses to Environmental Cues, Praveena Kanchupati

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A PCR/Sequencing Technique to Identify Species and Genotypes of Haemonchus from Mixed Trichostrongyle Egg DNA Recovered from Livestock Fecal Samples, Pratiksha Khanal

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Synthetic Biology for Heterotrophic Production of High-Value Chemicals, Matthew McKillop

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Dissecting RNA Silencing Pathways in Sclerotinia Sclerotiorum, Pauline Mochama

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Microbial Communities and Their Impact on Bioenergy Crops in Dynamic Environments, Brandon Monier

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The Role of Genomic Versatility in Multi-Niche Preferences of Escherichia Coli, Gitanjali NandaKafle

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Proteogenomic Study of Nitrogen-Fixing Cyanobacterium Anabaena Cylindrica, Yeyan Qiu

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Replication, Virulence, and Pathogenesis of Influenza Viruses, Chithra Chembil Sreenivasan

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Surveillance of South Dakota Mosquito Abundance, Infection Rate, and Insecticide Susceptibility, Geoffrey P. Vincent

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Universal Swine Influenza Antigen and Vaccine, Zhao Wang

ETDS from 2017

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Phylogenetic and Associated Phenotypic Analysis of Salmonella Enterica Serovar Mbandaka, Linto Antony

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Enhancing Cellulase Production of Aureobasidium Pullulans for Use in Converting Dried Distillers’ Grains with Solubles into a Higher Protein Feed, Emily L. Baldwin

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Identification of Physiological and Morphological Traits Governing High Water Use Efficiency in Alfalfa, Krishna Ghimire

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Relationship of the Fractal and Chemical Characteristics of Self-Assembled Natural Organic Matter, Dennis K. Gibson

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The Synthetic Biology of N2-Fixing Cyanobacteria for Photosynthetic Terpenoid Production, Charles T. Halfmann

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Genetic Interference and Receptor Biology of Neglected Influenza Viruses, Runxia Liu

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Investigation of Candidate Loci Associated with Maize Perennialism, Anjun Ma

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The Effect of Sport Participation on Bone, Maggie M. Minett

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Macropinosome Maturation is a Clathrin Dependent Process in Bone Marrow Macrophages, Susmita Poudel

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Lipid-Laden Macrophages Downregulate AKT Phosphorylation and Metabolize Lipid Droplets via Autophagy, Rifat Sultana

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Intranasal Immunization of Pigs with Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus like Particles Plus 2’, 3’ –cGamp Vaccigrade™ Adjuvant Exacerbates Viremia After Virus Challenge, Alexandria Marie Van Noort

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Effects of Root Isoflavonoids and Hairy Root Transformation on the Soybean Rhizosphere Bacterial Community Structure, Laura White

ETDS from 2016

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Synthetic Biology for Autotrophic and Heterotrophic Production of Ethanol, Nathanael Braselton

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Diversity of Free-living Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria in the Badlands of South Dakota, Bibha Dahal

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Role of Silencing RNA fgsiR34 in Fusarium Graminearum's Pathogenicity to Wheat, Subha Dahal

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The Endophytes of Pediomelum Esculentum: A Unique Case in Legume Evolution, Tyrel Ryan Deutscher

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Analysis of Starch Branching Enzyme 1 (SBE1) Gene in Maize, Abiskar Gyawali

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Enhancing the Industrial Potential of Filamentous Cyanobacteria, Tylor J. Johnson

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Proteomics Study of Pre-Harvest Sprouting in Wheat, Pramod Khadka

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Cooperation and Punishment in the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis: Implications for Resource Exchange & Biological Market Dynamics, Jerry A. Mensah

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The Search for Modifiers of the Maze Gametophyte Factor Ga1-s and Quantitative Trait Polymorphisms Emerging from Doubled-Haploid Maize Lines, Vivek Shrestha

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Colony Stimulating Factor-1 Receptor (CSF-1R) Expression, Degradation, and Signaling in Lipid-Laden Macrophages, Gregory Thompson

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Senescence of Native Perennial Warm Season Grasses Senescence Associated Switchgrass Transcriptome, Michaellong Tran

ETDS from 2015

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Abiotic Stress in Alfalfa: Insight into Physiological and Molecular Responses to Salinity, Drought, and Freezing, Md Rokebul Anower

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Identification and Screening of Putative Endophytic Bacteria for Plant Growth-Promoting Activity, Mada Ashkan

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The Arthropods of Cultivated Sunflowers in Eastern South Dakota, and How a Neonicotinoid Seed Treatment Affects their Community, Michael Bredeson

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Increasing the Nutritional Value of Canola Meal via Fungal Bioprocessing, Jason R. Croat

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Isolation and Characterization of Cellulase-Producing Microorganisms from the Homestake Mine and Hot Springs, South Dakota, Kathleen A. Gibson

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Development and Characterization of a Stable Bovine Intestinal Epithelial Cell Line From the Ileum of a Young Calf, Pratik Katwal

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The Impact of Imported Cabbageworm (Pieris Rapae) and Interactions with Ants (Formica Montana), Aphids (Myzus Persicae), and Pink Spotted Lady Beetles (Coleomegilla Maculata) on the Oilseed Crop: Canola (Brassica Napus), Marissa Lynn Layman

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Virus-Like Particles Generaged by Expressing Proteins of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) Using the Recombinant Baculovirus Expression System, April Anne Nelson

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The Effect of Bovine Herpesvirus Type 1 on Bovine Monocyte Derived Dendritic Cells, Kaci J. Park

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Senescence Proteomics and Tissue Culture Studies in Prairie Cordgrass and Switchgrass, Bimal Paudel

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Breeding Perennial Crop for South Dakota, Yinjie Qiu

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Serological Evidence for the Presence of Influenza D Virus in Goats and Sheep, Megan Quast

ETDS from 2014

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Disease Resistance Genes and Their Evolutionary History in Six Plant Species, Benjamin V. Benson

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Regulated Intramembrance Proteolysis in Anabaena Variabilis, Kangming Chen

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Safety of Slow Release Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) Pellet in a Swine Model and Development of an Exogenous Reference Control for Real Time PCR, Joan Clapper

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Studies on Wheat Molecular Responses Under Abiotic and Biotic Stresses, Moustafa Eldakak

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Cooperation and Punishment in the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis: Insight into Nutrient Exchange Mutualistic Evolutionary Stability, Carl R. Fellbaum

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Role of Fusarium Graminearum sRNAs in Fusarium Head Blight Pathogenesis on Wheat, Aravind Galla

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Metabolic Engineering of a Cyanobacterium to Convert CO2, Water, and Light into a Cyclic Hydrocarbon, Charles Halfmann

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Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Interactions in Prairie Cordgrass, Elliot Liepold

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Relationships Among Insects, Symbionts, and Biodiversity, Ryan Schmid

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Whole Wheat Bread and Pizza Crust Baking with Enzymatic Modification, Brenda Bauer Stemwedel

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Host-Virus Interaction During Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) Infection, Hanmo Zhang

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Genetic Dissection of Fusarium Head Blight in Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), Yongbin Zhang

ETDS from 2013

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Anthelmintic Screening, Phytochemical Analysis and Cytotoxicity Determination of the Indigenous Plants of the U.S.A. Northern Great Plains, Jyotsna Acharya

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Effects of AFEX Pretreatment, Denisifcation and Storage on Ethanol Yields of Corn Stover, Switchgrass and Prairie Cordgrass, Gwen Biersbach

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Molecular Diagnosis and Anthelmintic Control of Trichostrongyle and Toxicara nematodes in Bison bison Herds from the U.S.A. Central Great Plains, Abdelhakim A. Elsadek Eljaki

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Assessing the Impact of Metacognition and Reading Lessons on Metacognitive Awareness, Reading Comprehension, and Attitude in Introductory College Biology, Kendra Hill

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Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Genes Their Evolutionary History in Legumes, Achal Neupane

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Introduction History and Population Genetics of Falcaria vulgaris (apiaceae) in the United States, Sarbottam Piya

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Systems Biology Approach to Identify WRKY Transcription Factors Involved in the Response of Tobacco (Nicotiana Tabacum l.) to Water Conditions, Roel C. Rabara

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Land Use and Topography Impacts on Rangeland Soil Seed Bank Composition on Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Linda Sherman Hugelen

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Studies on Wheat Tissue Culture and Genetic Engineering via Agrobacterium Tunefaciens, Manali Shirke

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Systems-wide Identifications of WRKY Transcription Factors Regulating Water Stress Responses in Soybean (Glycine max.), Prateek Tripathi

ETDS from 2012

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Role of dsRNA-dependent protein kinase R (PKR) and eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2-alpha (eIF2a) in Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) Replication, Alex Michael Abel

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Antimicrobial Activity, Cytotoxicity and Phytochemical Analyses of Rhus aromatica, Rhus glabra and Sanguinaria canadensis Native to South Dakota, Gitanjali Nandakafle

ETDS from 2007

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Status, Distribution, and Density of White-tailed Jackrabbits and Black-tailed Jackrabbits in South Dakota, Dustin J. Schaible

ETDS from 1996

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Mammals Inhabiting the Land-water Interface of Oak Lake as Indicators of Disturbance, Christine K. Kraft

ETDS from 1934

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Dissociation and Life Cycle of Bacillus Subtilis, Herbert C. Batson