Anatomy and Cell Biology

Jesse Riordan Defends Thesis

Jesse Riordan Defends Thesis

Jesse Riordan successfully passed his Ph.D. examination on Friday, July 19, 2013, in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. His thesis title was "A Forward Genetics Approach to Identify Molecular Drivers of Liver Cancer Using Sleeping Beauty Mouse Models". Members of his thesis committee were chair, Adam Dupuy from the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology; Michael Henry from Physiology, Paul McCray from Pediatrics and John Engelhardt and Thomas Rutkowski from the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Dr. Riordan's research focused on gaining insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying liver cancer development.  Dr. Riordan received his B.S. from Iowa State University with a major in Zoology. He began the Biosciences Program at the University of Iowa in 2007. During research in Dr. Dupuy's laboratory, Dr. Riordan received funding from the University of Iowa Presidential Graduate Fellowship from 2007-2001.

At the end of the year, Dr. Riordan will be joining the laboratory of Dr. Joe Nadeau at the Pacific Northwest Research Institute in Seattle, Washington, where he will continue utilizing mouse models to study the genetics of liver cancer, with a focus on obesity-associated tumors

Congratulations Dr. Riordan!