Hall of Honor

SRIP & SMRI attendees, their schools, and project titles.
1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997
1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003
2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009
2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016

Class of 2016


 

Jomar Aryee – The College of William and Mary (SMRI)
Identification of a major facility superfamily protein that affects zinc homeostasis of Francisella tularensis
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Franck Azobou – University of Virginia (SMRI)
The effects of selective vs. non-selective mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists in mouse models of non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure
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Lanazha Belfield – Winston-Salem State University
ID3 Regulation of Hyaluronic Acid in Adipose Tissue
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Ellis Bloom – Gettysburg College
Real time degradation of 3′ UTRs and full length mRNAs
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Marc Breidenbaugh – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Modulation of SMC and Macrophage Phenotype by Interleukin-1b
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Kiana Dash – Hampton University
Do Non-C1 Cells in the Rostral Ventrolateral Medulla Increase Blood Pressure?
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Paula Dorcenat – Bethune Cookman University
The Genetics of Binge Feeding in Mice
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Janelle Doyle – California State University San Bernardino
Incorporation of oxygen-sensing boron nanoparticles into a 3D printed muscle scaffoldown of multi-drug resistance gene in ovarian cancer by siRNA delivery via nanoliposomes
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Sydney Drury – York College of Pennsylvania
Knockdown of multi-drug resistance gene in ovarian cancer by siRNA delivery via nanoliposomes
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Cody Elkhechen – University at Buffalo (SUNY)
A Computational Model of Cannabinoid-1 Receptor Signaling in Cardiomyocytes
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Sebastian Estrada – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: An Argument for Serial Imaging
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Elaine Gersz – Muhlenberg College
Expression and Localization of Renalase in Immune Cells: Implications for its Role in Type 1 Diabetes
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James Gesualdi – Rowan University
A Yeast-Based Assay for Sphingosine Kinase Activity
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Kimberly Ghorm – Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Role of RUNX1 in P-TEFb-Dependent MKL1 Regulation of Megakaryocyte Differentiation
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Ahmed Hamed – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Local IgE Production in Non-Allergic Rhinitis
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Shekinah Hernandez – Hampton University
Macrophage Metabolic Adaptation to Heme Clearance
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Xavier Horton – North Carolina A&T State University
Examining the genetic architecture of wing development during regeneration
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Moya Johnson – University of Rhode Island
MER-TK and ELMO interaction in phagocytes
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Chih-Huan Lu – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Attenuating chemotherapy-induced gastrointestinal toxicity through enhanced cell clearance
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Patton McClelland – Carleton College
Regulation of Pannexin1 channel by salt-inducible kinase 1
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Stephen McHugh – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Advanced Techniques and Applications of CMR Perfusion Imaging in Ischemic Heart Disease
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Bijan Morshedi – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Morphometric analysis demonstrates a gain of function of mutant p53 in squamous epithelial differentiation
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Negota Nkhumeleni – University of Venda
CRISPR Cas9 mediated editing of a functional RNA element
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Herman Pfaeffle – United States Naval Academy (SMRI)
Determining biologically active medications in HIV-TB co-infected patients
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Francina Phalane – University of Venda
SNP specific primer design for cowpea biotic constrains
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Katy Reines – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Fecal Microbiota Transplant and Quality of Life in Patients with Recurrent C. diff Infection
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Alexys Riddick – North Carolina A&T State University
Discovering the chromatin-modifying complexes that regulate Kruppel-like factor 6 (KLF6) transcriptional activity
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Troy Rivera – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Measuring and managing stress: use of a mobile app to assess stress in PLWH
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Christina Rodriguez – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Inhibitors for both Ebola and Lassa
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Blake Rosenbaum – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Brain and Aortic Aneurysm Study (BAAS)
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Onyx Santiago-Heredia – University of Puerto Rico, Ponce
Quantitative measurement of calcification in human aortic smooth muscle cells
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Moira Smith – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Endogenous retroviruses and their possible role in the interferon response
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Mackenzie Snyder – University of Maryland, College Park
Development of an In Vivo Reporter for Use in Pharmacological and Genetic Screens for Sensitizers of Insulin Signaling
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Katya Sracic – Kent State University
The Role of the Oncogenic Phosphatase PTP4A3 in Ovarian Cancer
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Mohammed Suraju – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Liposome Adjuvants to Enhance the Immunogenicity of an Amebiasis Vaccine
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Anna Tappel – University of Virginia (SMRI)
What’s the story? An analysis of children’s books about atopic dermatitis
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Devrick Thomas – Georgia State University
Collagen alignment following myocardial infarction in sheep
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Christine Tran – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Predictive Monitoring of Severe Asthma
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Cassie Turnage – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Early Language Interventions in Childhood Growth and Development in Tanzania
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Nicole Williams – Medgar Evers College
Interrogate the Efficacy of Inhibiting the CHK2-CDC25C-CDK1-AR Signaling Pathway in Combination with Androgen Ablation and Radiation for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer
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Elangeni Yabba – University of the Virgin Islands
Androgen Dependent Transfer RNA Fragments (tRFs) 


Class of 2015


 

Denise Aquino – Pacific University
Targeting the Cancer Stem Cell Population in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDA) with BET and MEK Inhibitors 
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Russell Arellanes – Rogers State University
The Role of MIF in the Development of the Metastatic Niche 
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Jessica Asiedu – Medgar Evers College
Targeting Hyperactive Neurons with an Activity Dependent Promoter
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Alyssa Brunal – Virginia Tech
The Medial Prefrontal Cortex as a Modulator in Food Reward Motivation
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Lawrence Chen – University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
In Vitro Methods Aid Characterization of In Vivo Kinetics of Gal4-UASG Binding in S. cerevisae
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Nemamilwe Dakalo – University of Venda
Screening for Cowpea F2 Population Segregating for Alectra Resistance
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John Davy – Liberty University (SMRI)
Chemokines Involved in B-cell Trafficking to the Aorta in Atherosclerosis: Role of Transcription Factor Id3
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Tayyeb Din – Kingsborough Community College
Differential Effects of C6-Ceramide and Sphingosine-1-Phosphate on Cancer Cells
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Steven Doyle – University of Alabama in Huntsville
Regulation of Cyclin D Stability by the Skp1-Cul1-F-box (SCF) E3 Ubiquitin Ligase
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Colon Figueroa – University of Puerto Rico Cayey
Identifying the MicroRNA-93 Targets that Regulate Macrophage Polarization in Experimental Peripheral Artery Disease
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Malavet Flores – University of Puerto Rico, Ponce
Development of an Anti-oxidized Phospholipid Neutralizing Antibody as an Atheroprotective Therapeutic Agent
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Brielle Gerry – University of Delaware (SMRI)
Neutrophil Apoptosis in Clostridium difficile Infection
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Myron Gilbert – Hampton University
Examining the Effects of FAK and Pyk2 on Monocyte Differentiation
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Reesheda Gilbert – Kennesaw State University
Developing an Assay for Intercellular Barrier Function Using Drosophila Salivary Glands
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Nita Gombakomba – Lynchburg College
Regulation of Fimbriae by a Novel Transcriptional Factor in Enteroaggregative E. coli
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Ceshae Harding – University of Miami (SMRI)
Does the Liver X Receptor Play a Role in how Hepatitis C Infection Affects ABCA1 Expression?
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Alan Hauser – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Characterization of Patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy using Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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Christopher Helm – Kenyon College
Gene Duplication in the Attenuated ΔaroD Francisella tularensis
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Logan Herbert – College of Charleston (SMRI)
Cardiac Metabolic Remodeling Precedes Structural Remodeling in the Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat Model
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Nona Jiang – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Environmental Enteropathy, Inflammation, and Neurodevelopment in Bangladeshi Children
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Eric Johnson – Tuskegee University
CMR Imaging Demonstrates Reduced Perfusion Reserve in Patients with Microvascular Disease
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Joseph Johnson – Brown University
The Role of Atg8 Homologs and HOPS Vps39CHCR Domain in Autophagic Membrane Tethering
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Sophie Lewandowski – Oberlin College
Profiling Potent PTP4A3 Phosphatase Perturbagens
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Dawanna Lewis – Talladega College
Using Forward Genetics in Drosophila to Search for Genes Employed by the Immune System to Destroy Pdk1 and Block Insulin Signaling
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Korey Marshall – Carnegie Mellon University (SMRI)
3D Printing in Tissue Engineering
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Lane McCandless – Michigan State University
Assessing the Role of Autophagy in Collectrin Deficient Mice
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Kravetz Monga – George Washington University
Enabling Tissue Specific Gene Knockdown in a C. elegans Model of Diabesity
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Yvetane Moreau – University of Massachusetts, Boston
Exploring Id3 Regulation of Chemokine Expression in Atherosclerosis
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Takahiro Nakamura – Bowdoin College (SMRI)
Cryptosporidiosis in the Humanized Gut Murine Model
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Nebil Nuradin – Virginia Tech (SMRI)
Involvement of TRIM5a Proteins in Host Defense
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William Petri – Pine Crest School
Testing the Role of Possible Human Susceptibility Genes CREM and CUL2 in Amebiasis
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Christina Rodriguez – University of Miami (SMRI)
TPC2 and Ebola Entry and Infection
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Krystal Roggerson – Hampton University
Exosomes Secreted from Hepatitis C Virus Infected Hepatocytes Decrease Fun of CD4 T Cells
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Madison Rose – Rochester Institute of Technology
Optimization of Proteomic Pulldown Technique
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Monyai Smakaleng – University of Venda
Regulation of ToxT in Vibrio cholera by a Novel Transcriptional Factor AnrVibrio
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Ian Snyder – Vassar College
Degradation of Carboxy Terminus of TIP60 is Mediated by Human Papillomavirus (HPV) E6 Protein
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Richard Trieu – University of Alabama at Birmingham
Fiber-Photometry and CLARITY in The Thalamus
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Erin Weddle – Shenandoah University
Carbapenem Resistance: Investigating Promoter Sequences of the blaKPC Gene
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Stephen Williams – Norfolk State University
Identification of a Novel TLR2/4-dependent Phosphorylation Site on Disabled Homolog 2
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Diborah Yimer – Denison University
Caloric Restriction: Regulation of GCR1 in Yeast
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Jacob Zaemes – Loyola University Chicago (SMRI)
Glucose-fructose-6-phosphate Aminotranferase 2 (GFAT2) Overexpression is Associated with Increased O-GlcNAcylation in Non-small-cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)


Class of 2014


Dawit Ayalew – University of Virginia
Diabetes Impairs Expression of Genes Vital to Favorable Outcomes in Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
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Monique Bailey – Johns Hopkins University
Computational Model of G alpha q-Induced Heart Failure
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Sara Balch – Tufts University
Understanding Intron Retention: CRISPRs/Cas9 Systems Targeting NXF1 CTE
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Gabriela Balicas – Rice University
MicroRNAs: A New Therapeutic Target for Arteriogenesis, Angiogenesis and Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease
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Alexis Barfield – Elizabeth City State University
Molecular Cloning of Entamoeba histolytica JAB1 for Recombinant Protein Expression
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Samantha Batista – Vassar College
Mutation and Structural Analysis of RRV ORF 52
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Emanuel Rivera – University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
Chromatin Regulation of the Nuclear GTPase Ran: Implications for the Premature Aging
Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome

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Jordan Brown – Morehouse College
Leishmaniasis and the Pursuit of Advanced Therapeutics
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Alyssa Brunal – Virginia Tech
Exploring the Effect of Increased Urocortin 3 in the Paraventricular Hypothalamus on Feeding Behavior
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Brandy Burgos – The Ohio State University
Preferential Interactions Between Id3 and E-proteins Possibly Due to a Structural Modification
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Nijah Burris – Spelman College
Novel Therapeutic Approaches to Enteric Infections
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Carlos Carrion Ortiz – University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
Microfluidic Cell Culture of Human Nephron Segment for the Analysis of Natriuresis as Regulated
by Dopamine: a Pilot Study for the Treatment of Hypertension

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Kamyra Edokpolor – Bryn Mawr College
Exploring the Role of Ibuprofen as a Remyelinating Agent in Multiple Sclerosis
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Richard Flores – University of California, Los Angeles
Vape and Feed: A Novel Protocol for Studying Nicotine in Mice
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Damaris Gachungi – Lawson State Community College
Association of Calcium and Insulin Secretion in Hyperglycemia
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Nita Gombakomba – Montgomery College
Regulation of AggR in Enteroaggregative E. coli – Implications for Pathogenicity
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Marshall Goodwin – Florida Gulf Coast University
The Role of Klf4 in Cells Expressing LysM Marker Gene During Atherogenesis
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Kevin Lopez – University of Virginia
Gene Fusions, a Cancer Causing Genetic Event, Also Occurs in Normal Human Tissue
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Swami McNeil – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Potential Link Between Metabolism and Estrogen on Uterine Cancer Proliferation
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Michaela Mertz – University of Arkansas
Designing Reagents to Understand the Role of Growth Differentiation Factor 11 (GDF11) in Breast Cancer
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Rafael Perez – University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
NK1.1+ Cells Aggravate the Initial Damage Induced by Folic Acid in the Mice Kidney
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Elisa Camacho – University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
Anthrax Lethal Toxin Sets Up a Lethal Hypertoxicity Triggered by Innate TNF Alpha
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Krystal Roggerson – Hampton University
Arginine Deficiency Decreases IFN-γ Production through the mTOR Pathway
in NK Cells in Hepatitis C Virus Infection

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Adam Rosenzweig – Wake Forest University
Selective Activation of LXR Target Genes by Non-steroidal LXR Agonists
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Christopher Santos – SUNY Geneseo
Exploring the Phosphorylation of Lipin via Mast-2
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Stefanie Sippl – University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Analysis of SMC Specific Col15a1 KO Mice on 13 Week Western Diet
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Erika Strickler – Saint Mary’s College of California
Caloric Restriction in Yeast: How Does it Affect Aging?
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Cheregn Tegegn – University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Persistence in the Bacterium Francisella tularensis
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Shantell Townsend – Bethune-Cookman University
The Importance of Pannexin 1 Signaling Pathway in the Regulation of Vascular Tone

Class of 2013


Zulai Amadu – Hunter College
Human B-Lymphocyte ChIP
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Valeria De La Rosa-Reyes – University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
The Role of ZFP148 in Aneurysm Formation
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Emily Diaz – University of Maryland, Baltimore County
An in vitro Model to Understand the Effect of Vascular Delay on Sprouting Angiogenesis
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Alyssa Dixon – Chaminade University of Honolulu
Resistance to an EGFR Antagonist is Mediated by Trk in Head and Neck Cancer
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Godfrey Dzhivhuho – University of Cape Town
Regulatory Mechanisms of ALDH1L1 & GNMT Promoters in Ischemic Stroke Patients
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Norma Elizaga – University of Guam
Screening for Small Molecule Inhibitors of the Dengue Virus Protease and Testing
for Dis3L2 Exoribonuclease Activity in S. cerevisiae

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Karla Elliott – University of Texas at El Paso
Identification of a Novel Entamoeba Species
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Marleny Escano – College of Saint Elizabeth
SphK1 L271M Mutation for Enhancement of a hSphK1 Inhibitor Activity in mSphK1
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Danyelle Johnson – University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Identifying C-Kit+ Cardiac Stem Cells in Post-Myocardial Infarcted Heart
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Welay Megos – University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Effect of Zinc on EAEC Virulence In Vivo
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Luis Millan-Barea – University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Francisella Infectivity Potentiator Protein B FipB is an Important Protector Against
Incorrect Disulfide Bond Formation Caused by Copper Stress in Francisella novicida

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Karinnet Montero Díaz – University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
The Biological Role of Dispersin and the Aat System in Pathogenic E. coli
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Thomas Moutinho – Worcester Polytechnic Institute
A Miniature High-throughput Plate Reader
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Marianna Ortiz – University of Texas at El Paso
NKp46 Mean Fluorescence Intensity before Infection in Congenic Mice
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Edie Pettiford – Winston-Salem State
Exercise-induced S-nitrosylation in Protection of Mitochondria
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Yesenia Reyes – The University of Texas at Dallas
Iron Deficiency Affects Biofilm Development in Bordetella bronchiseptica
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Joe Rowles – University of Missouri Columbia
Regulatory Mechanisms of ALDH1L1 & GNMT Promoters in Ischemic Stroke Patients
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Wilmary Salas-Cruz – University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla
Sir2: A Protein that Promotes Longevity
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Christopher Santos – SUNY Geneseo
Expression and Isolation of the mTORc Substrate Mast-2
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Carlos Santos Perez – University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
DAX1 as a Co-activator of the LHBeta transcription
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Stefanie Sippl – University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Role of Col15a1 in Atherosclerosis and Study of Col15a1 Knock out Mouse Model
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Natasha Soares – University of Hawaii at Manoa
Detection of the Vesicular Nucleotide Transporter (VNUT) mRNA in the Mouse Brain
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Daniel Taitano – University of Guam
Targeting HIV-1 gp120 Glycosylation for Evaluation of VRC01 Antibody Neutralization
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Happy Tshivhula – University of Venda
Optimizing a Phenotypic Assay for Future HIV Drug Resistance Testing in South Africa
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Meaghan Valliere – University of Massachusetts Amherst
Purification of the Native Orphan Response Regulator HP1043 from Helicobacter pylori

Class of 2012


Joycelyn Akamune – University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Localization of TAR-DNA Binding Protein (TDP-43) in Mouse Testis
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Alya Elsayed-Ali – University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Analysis of Phosphospecific Antibodies Targeting Lipin 1
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Zulai Amadu – Hunter College
Effects of Id3 Common and Variant Alleles on E2A Protein Binding to DNA
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Daniel Amor – Villanova University
Identifying Francisella Mutants Defective in Uptake & Creating a Bioluminescent Francisella Strain
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Laura Battisti – Rochester Institute of Technology
TSHZ3: A Candidate Gene Influencing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
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Tyler Beckler – Gardner-Webb University
Analysis of a Genetic Locus to Identify Markers of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
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Katie Bitting – Sweet Briar College
The Synthesis of Thiadiazoles as a Potential Leukemia Treatment
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Josh Burkholder – Howard University
Continuing Research Suggests that the Disruption of Secondary Messenger cGMP Synthesis within the Kidney Effectively Inhibits Natiuresis
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Emily Kelly Castro – University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez Campus
IL-4 Induces Expression of Dab2 by PKC and PI3K Dependant Pathway
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Stephanie Davis – Oakwood University
BPA Alterations on Aggression and Anxiety
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Shaneise Ellis – Norfolk State Universisty
Determining the Sensitivity of Human Ovarian Cancer Cells to the Sphingolipid Biosynthesis Inhibitor Myriocin
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Antonio Esparza – University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Nitazoxanide and Analogues Inhibit Biofilm Production in E. coli and S. epidermidis
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Linwood Joyner, II – North Carolina State University
Exploring Roles of Intestinal Cell Kinase (ICK) in Malnutrition & Cryptosporidium Infection
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Yohannes Ghenbot – University of Maryland College Park
trans-Sodium Crocetinate, a Novel Neuroprotectant for Ischemic Injury
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Angelica Gonzalez Sanchez – University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
The Effect of the Aurora Kinases on the Transcriptional Activity of the Androgen Receptor
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Tamara Haque – Virginia Commonwealth University
Cryptosporidium Speciation
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Omi Idassi – North Carolina A&T State University
Orf61 & the Regulation of Virulence Factors in Bacterial Strains
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Ivonne Lollett – Florida International University
Tracking Stability of LPS Synthesis Proteins in the Pseudomonas aeruginosa Clinical Isolate 2192
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Alex Ayon Loza – University of California Santa Cruz
Expression of Francisella tularensis Siderophore Biosynthetic Genes Using the pBAD Expression System in E. coli
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Agape Lucas – North Carolina Agric & Tech State University
Tick Screening Project: Rickettsia and Ehrlichia
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Nelitza Martinez Vega – Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
Transcriptional Regulatory Network Pseudomonas aeruginosa UCB-PP PA14
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Alexandra Navarro – University of Texas at El Paso
Identifying a CXCL10 Chemokine Target in Bacillus anthracis Spores
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Tshifhiwa Nefefe – University of Venda
Anti-cancer Activities of Broccoli-derived Chemopreventive Compounds: Role of Fatty Acid Synthase
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Erica Pursell – University of Arizona
Measuring Flexibility of the Inner Ear Sensory Epithelium: Is Stiffness Associated With Regeneration?
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Yesenia Reyes – The University of Texas at Dallas
Amyloid Detection in Bordetella bronchiseptica
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Carlos Santos Perez – University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
Dax 1 and WT 1: Novel Regulators of LHß Transcription
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Tshifhiwa Tambani – University of Venda
Screening of Molecules that can Inhibit the Activity of HIV-1-C Proteins
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Benny Walker – Purdue University
Silencing Hyperactive Neurons: Genetic Engineering a Treatment for Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and Neuropathic Pain
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John Wiggins – Old Dominion University
SNP Prompts Insulin Transport by Increasing Txnip-mediated S-nitrosylation

Class of 2011


Fayeza Aliou – CUNY Herbert H. Lehman College
Identification of Proteins that Control LXR (liver x-receptor) Anti-atherogenic Activity
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Priscilla Amara – Benedict College
NF-kB (p65) Transcription – Independent Regulation of Bim: Preventing Anoikis through Novel Mechanisms
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Uriah Aurora Astorga – University of Texas at El Paso
Biphasic Effects of Androgen on LH beta Transcription
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Carlos Barbery – University of Mary Washington
Evaluation of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor in Mice
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Rhonde’e Riana Caldwell – Norfolk State University
Seeking Novel Therapeutic Approaches for Glioblastoma Multiforme
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Jeremy Dwayne Courtney – Alcorn State University
Regulation of Human Monocytes by HCV
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Ashley Michelle Davis – Baylor University
Prevalence of Class-2 SPATEs in Septicemic Escherichia coli
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Shaneise Lynn Ellis – Norfolk State University
Localization of the RNA Binding Protein Musashi-2 During Mouse Spermatogenesis
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Alya Hani Elsayed-Ali – University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Mapping Cardiac Hypertrophy
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Jasmine Gray – Hampton University
Infection of a Novel Retrovirus in a Human Prostate Tumor Cell Line Induces Phenotypic Abnormalities in the Tumor Vasculature
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Luiza Miyanda Hatyoka – University of Venda
Methods to Analyze Drug Resistance in HIV-1 Patients
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Thanh Hoang – University of Rochester
You Are What You Eat: Exploring Healthy Eating Behaviors in Asian-Americans and Adolescents
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Lauren Elise Johnson – Hampton University
Screening Nitazoxanide Analogues against Legionella pneumophila and Putative Target KorAB
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Brittany Tiera Jones – Clark Atlanta University
Detection of Modified MIF as a Potential Biomarker for Cancer Prevention
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Emily Cristine Kelly Castro – University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez Campus
Regulation of LDL-receptor and LDL Cholesterol Levels by Dab2
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Jacqueline Denise Lamar – Claflin University
Development of Lux Reporter Assays for Burkholderia cepacia Complex Bacteria and Regulation of an Extracytoplasmic Sigma Factor
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Segni Benti Ligaba – University of Virginia
Characterization of Signaling Activity by a Surface Transmembrane Protein of Entamoeba histolytica
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Kaitlyn Teresa Marks – The University of Notre Dame
microRNA-363 Regulates Glioma and Stem Cell Growth and Survival by Targeting Apoptosis Factor Bim
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Matthew Duvalier McCauley – Johns Hopkins University
MicroRNA-675 in Cardiac Hypertrophy
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Alan Fernando Molina – University of Virginia
Generation of KSHV Infected Cell Lines Stably Expressing Chimeric MHC Class I Receptors for the In-vivo Study of KSHV Immune Activation
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Kimberley Nicole Monks – University of Southern California
Influenza and the Olfactory Bulb
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Rashida Mustafa – Spelman College
Morbid Obesity-induced Diabetic Neuropathy
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Peter James Nash – University of Massachusetts Amherst
Characterizing Nibrin-Treacle Interactions
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Laura Powell – University of Delaware
Characterization of Disulfide Bond Formation Pathways in Francisella novicida
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Kendra Sha’von Robinson-Taylor – Alcorn State University
Identification of ABC Transporters Required for the Utilization of Siderophore in F. tularensis novicida
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Natasha Santos-Piñero – University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez
c-Myb/NFIB Fusion Proteins in Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma
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Roxanne Joy Smoker – Concord University
RSK, A Novel Target for Breast Cancer
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Jessica Domingo Takai – Chaminade University
Type 2 Corticotropin Releasing Factor Receptor (CRFR2) Regulates Glucose Homeostasis in Skeletal Muscle Cells
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Lionel David Vazquez Figueroa – University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Campus
Hippocampal NMDA Receptor Surface Expression in Status Epilepticus and Epilepsy
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John Coles Wiggins – Old Dominion University
Method For Reversing Insulin Resistance

Class of 2010


Melissa Alvarado – UPR, Mayaguez
Characterization of microRNA-10b in Human Glioblastoma
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Priscilla Amara – Benedict College
Characterization of Small Molecule Inhibitors of NF-kB that Sensitize Cells to Apoptosis
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Rose Bamfo – Harvard University
Production of Biologically Active, Recombinant hTSSK1, the Candidate Target for Male Contraceptive Drug Development
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Carlos Barbery – University of Mary Washington
Adenosine 2A Receptor Represses MCP-1 Induced CD4+ T cell Migration
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Keaira Berry – Claflin University
Expression of Corticotropin-Releasing Factor Receptor 2 (CRFR2) in Mouse Pancreas
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Jeremy Brooks – East Tennessee State University
T1 Mapping of Diffuse Myocardial Fibrosis
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Abraham Butler – Tuskegee University
The Expression and Purification of Entamoeba histolytica GPI-1a Protein: A Potential Biomarker of Amebiasis
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James Chavre – Columbia University
Quantification of Differential Urinary Proteins as Potential Biomarkers of Renal Development in Healthy Infants at Birth and at Seven Months
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Jeremy Courtney – Alcorn State University
Regulation of Human Monocytes by HCV Core Protein
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Stephanie Crespo – Rochester Institute of Technology
The Initial Cloning and Expression of the K14 protein of KSHV
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Linda De La Paz – Florida International University
Protein Purification of the TAF domain in AML1-ETO
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Rebecca Duffy – Virginia Commonwealth University
Oxidation of TAK1 by Sulforaphane in NF-kB Pathway
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Sean Freeman – University of Mary Washington
Effect of Oxygen Preconditioning and Glucose on the Vulnerability of Hypoxic Tumor Cells to Radiation Therapy
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Awndre Gamache – Washington State University
Characterization of Putative Capsule Biosynthetic Genes of Francisella novicida
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Oneil Gardner – University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
The Role of INP52 and RRT16 Genes in rDNA Transcription in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
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Jasmine Gray – Hampton University
Intrarenal Ghrelin Receptor Antagonism Induces Distal Nephron-Dependant Natriuresis
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Michelle Jackson – Johnson C. Smith University
Investigating Factor Deficiency and Platelet Function Using Sonorheometry; Study of Patients With Coagulation Disorders
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Danitra Keith – Grambling State University
MCMV Immunoevasins: Cloning gp34 & gp48
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Ruth Kiros – Smith College
Polarization and Trafficking of CD4 + T Cells
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Krystal Lewis – Morgan State University
Screening of Novel Pilicide Therapeutics
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Lara Linden – Grove City College
The Role of Menin in Chromatin Modification and Transcription
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Rosa Munoz – Belmont Abbey College
Platelet-Rich Plasma for Bone Regeneration
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Lindsey Myers – University of Florida
Mitochondrial Permeability Transition in Skeletal Muscles Mitochondrial Dysfunctioning in Diet-Induced Insulin Resistance
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Basant Nassar – Penn State, Hazelton
Role of Thrombospondin (TSP) on Blood-Derived Macrophages in a CNS Injury
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Thang Nguyen – Hampton University
The Effect of Medium-sized Peptides for In-vitro Inhibition of HIV-1 Tat/TAR Interaction Using a Firefly Luciferase Expression Assay
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Nahal Nikroo – University of California, Irvine
The Role of Cell Cycle Control in Limiting Mammalian Inner Ear Regeneration
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Reisha Parham – Virginia Tech
Small Compound Drug Discovery for the Reversal of Diabetes
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Anne-France Pierre – Amherst College
Molecular Diagnosis of Clostridium difficile Infection(CDI) in Fecal Specimens Using Multiplex Real Time PCR
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Jessica Quinn – Alcorn State University
GnRH and Insulin Signaling Converge to AMPK
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ReAnna Roby – Alcorn State University
Stroke Epigenomics: Examining the Epigenomics of Candidate Stroke Genes
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Katherine Schiermeyer – East Tennessee State University
Genetic Effects on Tamoxifen Response in Contralateral Breast Cancer
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Chika Ugwoaba – University of Washington
Efficacy of VPC16a1001 Against Entamoeba histolytica In vitro
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Yorleny Vicioso – Nassau Community College
Pulmonary Repair Following Severe Influenza Infection
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Tyler Wilson – University of the Ozarks
Cholesterol Loading Can Cause Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells to Take on Macrophage-like State
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Syed Zaidi – George Mason University
Expression and Purification of Proteins for Crystallization

Class of 2009


Ritesh Agnihothri
University of Rochester
SAS1R, An Oocyte Specific Egg Membrane Metalloprotease Receptor for a Sperm Acrosomal Ligand: Candidate Drug Target for a NextGen Contraceptive?
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Deseray Aguirre
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
A Comparison of Dedritic Spine Number in SCID vs. WT mice by Golgi-Cox Method
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Paiam Alavi
University of Texas Austin
Computational Analysis of Transcriptional Regulation with the Metabolic Network of Pseudomonas aeruginosa
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Atif Badawi
Virginia State University
The Role of Caveolin-1 in Ebolavirus Infection
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Melissa Bradshaw
Lock Haven University
Trans-sodium Crocetinate (TSC), a Potential Treatment for Neural Ischemia ~~~
Amy Chabitnoy
Franklin and Marshall College
Role of the Highly Metastatic Prostate Tumor Microenvironment in Smooth Muscle Cell Phenotype
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Kara Cromwell
Tuskegee University
Isolation and Transfection of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells with Cx43 Containing Ser>Ala Substitutions at Sites Associated with Atherogenesis
~~~
Xavier Davis
Lincoln University
Entamoeba histolytica
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Alexandra De Leon
Amherst College
Inhibition of Lysophosphatidic Acid Production
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Giulia Dula
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Search for CRFR2 Receptor on C2C12 Muscle Cells
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Michelle Jackson
Johnson C. Smith University
Investigating Factor Deficiency and Platelet Function Using Sonorheometry; Study of Patients With Coagulation Disorders
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Justin Krak
Washington and Jefferson College
Optimizing Growth Conditions for the Expression of the F. tularensis Iron Transporter fslE in E. Coli
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Tashima Lambert
University of Virginia
Effects of Topoisomerase II on rRNA Transcription
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Mitchell Leibowitz
University of Virginia
Validation of a Paired-end Sequencing Variant Map in Mice
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Carrie Leonard
James Madison University
Inhibition of NF-?B Pathway by Dietary Chemopreventives
~~~
Krystal Lewis
Morgan State University
Novel Drugs: The Inhibition of Biofilm By Pathogenic Bacteria
~~~
Zhen Liu
Ecole Centrale de Lille, France
Modeling and Simulation of Subcutaneous Transport in Modern Fast Acting Insulin
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Stacey McDowell
Georgia State University
Role of TDP-43 Splice Variants in Transcriptional Regulation in Testis
~~~
Marissa Minor
Chaminade University
Effect of Cortactin Expression on AR Tyrosine Phosphorylation and Transcription
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Charles Molokwu
Delaware State University
Comparison of Five Variant SF8300 CA-MRSA Strains and How They Contributed to the Virulence in Galleria mellonella
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Khristopher Nguyen
The College of William and Mary
Studies on the Role of Focal-adhesion Kinase (FAK) in Tumor-associated Macrophages
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Chinye Osia
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
The HIV-1 Envelope Glycoproteins
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Owokunile Otubusin
Xavier University of Louisiana
The Role of Dendritic Cells in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
~~~
Marie-Pierre Payen
CUNY Queens College
Regional Differences in Supporting Cells’ Apical Junction Structures in the Mouse Utricle
~~~
Jessica Quinn
Alcorn State University
Crosstalk between GnRH and Insulin Pathways in Pituitary Cells
~~~
Lisa Ratanaprasatporn
Brown University
Role of AS160 in Kidney, Pancreas & Adrenals
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Katherine Schultz
University of New Mexico
Nibrin, Cell Cycle Checkpoints, and Genomic Instability
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Deanna Smith
Norfolk State University
Quantifying Growth Hormone Pulsatility
~~~
Megha Subramanian
The University of Virginia
Gonadal Steroid-Independent Regulation of Aggressive and Cognitive Behaviors
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Kyree Thomas
SUNY Albany
Investigating the Role of Autism Susceptibility Candidate 2 (Auts2) in Osteoblasts
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Kwame Tuffuor
University of Virginia
Inhibition of Francisella tularensis by Nitaxozanide
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JaLessa Wright
Alcorn State University
The Impact of a Single Nucleotide Polymorphism of Id3 on Binding to Different Helix Loop Helix Binding Partners
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Connie Yue
Hendrix College
Hsp90-dependent Protein Kinase Regulation by FKBP51

Class of 2008



Bradley Adams

Jackson State University
Estrogen Receptor Activity with BRCA1 Knockdown In T47D Breast Cancer Cells
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Kofi Asihene
Oberlin College
Glucose Metabolism and Cancer
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Eva Boateng
Hampton University
Insulin Signaling and Regulation of IRAP (Insulin-Regulated Amino Peptidase) in the Kidney
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Monica Covio
University of Texas at Brownsville
Cell Cycle Kinetics of Neural Progenitor Cells in a Model of Cortical Malformation
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Joycelyn Cudjoe
Baylor University
Antimicrobial Activity of Chemokines on Francisella tularensis
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Patrizia Davanzo
University of Padova
Reconstruction of Plasma Insulin Concentration from Subcutaneous Insulin Injection Data
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Steven de Jesús Carrión
University of Puerto Rico Humacao
Characterization of Genes Involved in the Regulation of rDNA Transcription by RNA Polymerase I in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
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Jerryce Diggs
University of Houston
The Role of the G Protein-Coupled Receptor G2A in Macrophage Phenotype and Activation
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Josué Flores-Kim
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
The Occupancy Ratio of RNA Polymerase I to Histones on Yeast rDNA Decreases Significantly with Increasing ChIP Fixation Time
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Da’dra Forrest
Virginia Union University
Risk Factors of Type 1 Diabetes
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Folasade Gallimore
Hampton University
The Presence of CABYR in Lung Cancer Cell Line H226
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Tiffany Garrett
Hampton University
Generation of RNAi Immune TDP-43 cDNA
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Jason George
King’s College
Neurologic Effects of Conditional Rac1 Knockout, a Rho GTPase Critical for Neuritic Outgrowth and Cytoskeletal Dynamics
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Katelyn Good
University of Virginia
Knocking down URE3-BP in Entamoeba histolytica with shRNA through RNAi
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Rhecia Goodley
Savannah State University
Acyl Glycerol Kinase (AGK): Studies Using Transgenic Mice
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Elizabeth Goodman
Princeton University
Generating a Gene Targeting Vector of a Huntingtin Gene with a CAG143-?PRR Mutation
~~~
Jocelyn Guillen
Haverford College
The Molecular Basis of Hypothalamic Aging
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Yayra Hiamey
Lock Haven University
At War with Candidiasis
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Daniel Hockensmith
Virginia Tech
Protein Modeling Using IHRSR and Protein Data Bank Files
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Melanie McReynolds
Alcorn State University
Role of Rapamycin in Viral Gene Expression
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Thuan Huu Nguyen
University of Virginia
Development of a Quantitative Assay to Detect the Kinetics of KSHV Gene Expression in Infected, Primary B Cells
~~~
Macauley Nwojo
University of Houston
G2 Arrest Supporting Cells: A Possible Explanation of Phenotypic Conversion in Basilar Papilla
~~~
Mohammed Oosman
Florida International University
Entamoeba histolytica Induces Apoptosis in Epithelial Cells
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Owo Otubusin
Xavier University of Louisiana
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE): A Breakdown in Communication in the Immune System
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Bernard Parker Jr.
Salisbury University
Assays for Drug Discovery Using Protein Phosphatase 2C as Target
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Charv’la Petty
Virginia Union University
miRNA Influence on Renin Expression
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José Rodríguez
University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras
Genetic Analysis of Rad23-Proteasome Interactions
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Verónica Román
University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
Expression and Characterization of SET-Domain Containing Proteins in Entamoeba histolytica
~~~
Jennifer Ross
Princeton University
Histone-Arginine Methyltransferase in Entamoeba histolytica
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Daniel Sinden
The College of William and Mary
Mechanisms of Cyclosporin-induced KLF4 Gene Expression in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells
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Rebecca Stephens
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
The NK Cell Receptor LY49G2 in MA/My and C57L Strains
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Kenneth Sykes
University of Virginia
Analysis of G protein Subunit Expression in Neutrophils
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Daisy Torres
University of Puerto Rico
Protocadherins Mediate Regulation of Cell Sorting During Morphogenesis
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Kwame Tuffuor
University of Virginia
Bacillus anthracis
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Shana Williams
University of South Florida
Quantification of Release Kinetics of Sphingosine 1-phosphate
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Anna Jean Wirth

College of William & Mary
Exploring Inhibition of DNA-dependent ATPase A (ADAAD) in Yeast Back to Top

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Christer Akouala
Appalachian State University
Interaction of HP1 Chromodomain with Histone Tails
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Sohrab Amiri

Delaware State University
Role of Adenosine A1 Receptor in Modulation
of Ischemia-Mediated Angiogenesis
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Amanda Amoateng

Xavier University of Louisiana
Sickle Cell Anemia
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Patrick Benitez

Princeton University
Modeling the Fatigue Response to Sleep Deprivation
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Sheila Boateng

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Neointima Formation in Id3 Null Mice in Response to Vascular Injury
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William Boysen

Amherst College
The Role of Bcl-xL/p65 Interaction in the Anti-apoptotic Pathway of Tumor Cells
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Faith Brown

Howard University
GnRH2 and GnRH1: A Link in the Mammalian Brain Signaling Pathway
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Lauren Buford

Spelman College
Does the Nervous System Play a Role in Follicle Formation?
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Darnelle Delva

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
Identification of dsbA and dsbB homologs in Francisella tularensis
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Clarissa Durand-Rougely

Houston Community College
Temperature-Dependent Ultrasound Substrate Material using Epoxy Resin Blends
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Kelly Edebiri

St. John’s University
Visualization of Chromatin and Analysis of Ribosomal RNA Gene Transcription in Entamoeba histolytica and Saccharomyces cerevisiae
~~~
Felicia Ezikpe

North Carolina Central University
Salmonella Pathogenesis: THE INVASION!!
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Natasha Ferguson

Hampton University
The Effect of Anthrax Lethal Toxin on Hepatocytes
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Michelle Gray

Lincoln University
The Effects of Denys-Drash Mutations on the Post-transcriptional Function of Wilms’ Tumor 1 (WT1) Protein
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Yekaterina Gurnevich

State University of New York at Stony Brook
The Role of SCAMPs in the Regulation of Membrane Properties in the Endocytic Pathway
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Carla Hegwood

Virginia Tech
TSC-Induced Metabolic Reflow: A Novel Therapeutic Candidate for Early Intervention in Stroke
~~~
Krystle Lambert

Delaware State University
Is the P2X7 Receptor Involved in Amoebic Induced Cell Death?
~~~
Stephanie Marshall

Delaware State University
ECT2 Expression Levels in Breast Cancer Cells
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José Raúl Mercado Matos

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
Invasin- and YadA-mediated Uptake of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis by Macrophages Through the a4ß1 Integrin Receptor
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Ricardo Molero Bravo

University of South Florida
The Effect of Oxidized Phospholipids on Macrophage Survival in Atherosclerosis
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Katie Murray

Virginia Tech
Effects of Nitric Oxide on Actin-Myosin Interaction
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Rachel Niederer

Cabrillo College
A Role for DNA Replication in the Inheritance of rDNA Silencing
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Abiola Oki
Howard University
The Effects of Macronutrient Composition and Dietary Fiber on Postprandial Triglyceridemia
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Kevin Ouma
Rust College
Transcriptional Control Of Megakaryocyte Development
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Candice Perry

Alcorn State University
Characterization of Adipose Stem Cells from eGFP Rats
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Ricquita Pollard

Tuskegee University
Role of Fibronectin in the Development of Atherosclerosis
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Jessica Posey

Spelman College
G2A Deficiency and LXR: Target Gene Expression
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Jaime Rivera Rotger

Universidad Metropolitana
Study of the Expression of Smooth Muscle Myosin Heavy Chain and Smooth Muscle Alpha Actin in Cryopreserved Transgenic Mice
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Parisa Samimi
New York University
Towards Increasing Expression of Integral Membrane Proteins: Overexpression of F1FO ATP Synthase Subunit b Counteracts the Toxic Effects of Subunit c in BL21(DE3) E. coli
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Brandon Shepherd

University of Memphis
Sonorheometry: A Novel Analysis of Clotting Behavior
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Russell Taylor Sundby

Haverford College
Lipid Mediated Regulation of ABCG1 Protein Expression
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Feven Tameire

University of Virginia
Zds2 Protein Regulates Cell Polarity and Morphology in Baker’s Yeast Cell, Saccharomyces cerevisiae
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Kerton Victory

The City University of New York Brooklyn College
Expression Analysis of Genes Encoding Three Major Outer Pembrane proteins of Legionella pneumophila
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Michael Watson

Grambling State University
Effects of TNFa and LPS on Gb3

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Class of 2006 

Krystal Dominique Allen
Howard University
New Immunohistochemical Techniques To Detect Factors
That Influence Beta Cell Formation
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Martin Vander Burks IV
University of Virginia
Thermosensitive Injectable Hydrogels
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Marangelie Criado-Marrero
University of Puerto Rico, Ponce
High Fat Diet May Advance Puberty
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Osayamen Ovbokhan Edigin
Prairie View A&M University
Heterotopic Neurogenesis in a Rat with Cortical Heterotopia
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Rosemary Ann Lopez Gonzaga
Swarthmore College
Self-Tolerance & Melanoma Therapy
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Jennifer Louise Hammel
American River College
Elusive Ebola: Creating, Testing and Characterizing Receptor
Binding Mutants of Ebola virus
~~~
Ashlyn Lorraine Hankey
Duke University
Expression of CD36 in SAMP1/YitFc Macrophages
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Charity Haynes
Delaware State University
Analysis of the Effects of Peroxynitrite on Microtubules and Kinesin-Driven Motility
~~~
Joseph Ikechukwu Ifokwe
Houston Community College System
Mechanisms of Rac Membrane-cytosol Exchange
~~~
Louis David Jamtgaard
University of Missouri
Isolating the Active Region of tau That Enables Pre-fibrillar
ß-amyloid to Hypersensitize Microtubules
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Anthony Presley Leonard
Emory and Henry College
Lysophosphatidic Acid Receptor Expression in Glioblastomas
~~~
Sabra Chrystina Lewsey
University of Virginia
The Effect of Hypoxia on Induction of CD39 and ICAM-1
in a Mouse Model of Sickle Cell Disease
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Rolinda Tera McIntosh
Medgar Evers College
Correlating Host Ion Channel Expression with Entamoeba histolytica Infectivity
~~~
Rachel Orion Niederer
Cabrillo College
Regulatory Mechanisms of RNA Polymerase I
~~~
Lenore Goto Pipes
Swarthmore College
AutoDecon: a Novel Program for Hormone Pulsatility Analysis by an
Automatic Multi-parameter Deconvolution Method
~~~
Javier Ramos Rossy
University of Puerto Rico, Ponce
Learned Helplessness as a Model for Depression
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Danielle Denea Roberson
University of Michigan
Anxiety as a Behavioral Implication of the P53 Transgene
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Amir Ali Sherkat
University of Maryland, Baltimore Co.
Ubc4 Knockdown in Mouse Pituitary Gonadotropes
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Antea Cherron Singleton
Saint Joseph’s University
Preliminary Functional Analysis of RNA Interference on the Innate
Immunity of Caenorhabditis elegans
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Alexandriana Tanisha Spivey
Shaw University
Entamoeba histolytica, Bacterial, and Cytokine Interaction in vitro
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Frances Diane Valencia
St. Mary’s University
Analysis of Francisella tularensis Mutants Defective in Intracellular Survival
~~~
Dayne Marco West
Delaware State University
Helicobacter pylori and Syndecan Shedding
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Shvian Samone Whitfield
Virginia Commonwealth University
Helicobacter pylori: Cloning, Overexpression and Purification of Flavodoxin Protein
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Shameika Raishawn Wilmington
The University of Iowa
Who Cares about CARA? Understanding the Role of RRN3 in Transcription

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Class of 2005

Oma Nnenna Agbai

Emory University
The Role of Adenosine Receptor in Dendritic Cell Maturation and Function
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Oluwadamilola Susan Akinnifesi
University of Miami
Entamoeba histolytica: Role of Neuraminidase in the Interaction with Host Cells
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Tyesha Nicole Burks
University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
Effects of Peroxynitrite on Contractile Proteins
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Melissa Marie Castaneda
University of Texas, San Antonio
Characterization of a Rhesus Monkey Rhadinovirus Protein by Knocking
Down its Expression Using Short Interfering RNAs (siRNA)
~~~
Eric Salvador Diaz
University of California, San Diego
Ligand Independent Activation of Androgen Receptor in
Endothelial Cells Mediated by Shear Stress
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LaTia Shaquan Etheredge
Virginia Union University
Mitochondria and Neurodegenerate Diseases
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Julianna Nancy Harvey
Lehigh University
Shear Stress Regulation of GRP78 in Human Endothelial Cells
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Suzanne Marie Harvey
Sweet Briar College
Analysis of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Data of a
Type 1 Diabetic Patient Pre and Post Islet Transplantation
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Aurora Nicole Hill
North Carolina State
The Influence of Hyperhydration On 1H-NMR Signals Along
With a Segmentation Quantification
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Krystal LaToya Hill
Clemson University
Preliminary Characterization of Motility, Biofilm Formation, and
Carbon Source Utilization in Epidemic Burkholderia dolosa Strains
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Adaora Ikwuagwu
Delaware State University
Mechanistic Studies to Improve the Targeting of Tubulin Binding Agents
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Emmanuel Chaettle Konde
State University of New York, College at Westbury
Effects of Adenosine A2A Agonist on Liver Injury
~~~
Tricia Monique Lemelle
Xavier University
The Role of Leptin in the Life-Span Regulation of Mammals
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Junaid Nizamuddin
University of Virginia
Phosphocholine: In Search of a Partner in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
~~~
Sharene Jennell Patterson
Voorhees College
Inflammatory Cytokines Regulate Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell
Gene Expression:Implications in Atherosclerosis
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Natalie Marie Perez
Smith College
Building a Genetic Model of Salmonella Virulence
~~~
Jasmine Pettiford
Duke University
Potential Dominant Negative Effect of Mutant Huntingtin on Wild-type Huntingtin
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Yonesha Val Phair
Fayetteville State University
Targeting the Metabolic Pathways of Entamoeba histolytica via
Investigation of Methionine ?-Lyase (MGL)
~~~
Jeanita Shauntae Pritchett
Tennessee State University
The Effect of Oxybutynin on the Deposition of ß-Amyloid
Plaques in Alzheimer’s Disease Cybrids
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Syed Amanullah Qadri
University of Virginia
Temperature dependence of cardiac function
in Homarus Americanus (American Lobster)
~~~
Yina Patricia Rodriguez-Ocasio
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
The Genetics of Amebiasis
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Audra Rochelle Siegel
George Washington University
Respiratory O2 and CO2 Sensitivity in TASK Channel Knockout Mice
~~~
Justin Ross Thaler
Yale University
Functional Comparison of HIV-I Clade B and Clade C Rev
~~~
Kristen Renee Tillerson
Spelman College
The Effect of Sam68 Expression on Gagpol CTE and
HIV Rev Mediated Export of Intron-Containing RNA
~~~
Irimar Torres-Zapata
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
Caenorhabditis elegans – A Novel Host for
Staphylococcus aureus Pathogenesis
~~~
James Edward Trower Jr.
Delaware State University
Shiga Toxin Producing Escherichia coli O157:H7
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Chenwi Kenne Zony
Delaware State University
Analysis of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Data of a
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Crystal Agi
Duke University
The Effects of Growth Factors and Phorbol Ester on PKC
and MMP Expression in Pituitary Adenoma Cells
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Francisca Amankwah
Delaware State University
Evaluating Obese Diabetic Mouse Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation
~~~
Christina Arenas
University of Virginia
Improving Physician-Patient Communication & Relationships:
A Proposal for Incorporating Patient Preferences and
Decision-Making Styles in Electronic Medical Records
~~~
Frederick Attobrah
Binghamton University
Protection from Myocardial Hypertrophy with
Adenosine A1 Receptor Activation

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Natalie Bennett
University of Notre Dame
Bacterial Genotyping in Burkholderia dolosa Outbreak
Isolates Among Cystic Fibrosis Patients

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Tiffany Bolden
Xavier University
Role of ZEB1 on GnRH and Estrogen Regulated
Transcription of the Rat
 a-Subunit Gene
~~~
Sandra Bonne-Annee
St. John’s University
Constructing a Bivalent Vaccine Against Entamoeba histolytica
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Joseph Camacho
University of Virginia
Comparing the Neurophysiology of the Common Inhibitor
And Opener Inhibitor in Homarus Americanus (lobster)

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Ebony Coats
University of Miami
The Role of GITR-L in the Gastrointestinal Tract
~~~
Lindsey Denning
North Carolina A&T State University
The Use of CD4-Zeta T-Cells to Potentially Combat HIV
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Jeffrey Gagan
University of Virginia
Derivatives of the Mammalian Neural Crest
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David Mark
Oberlin College
The Effect of Nef Alleles on HIV Infectivity
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Amber McCurdy
Voorhees College
[g 35S]GTP binding Assay for the Characterization of
Orphan G-Protein Coupled Receptors

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John Mkpa
Claflin University
Do We Ever Outgrow the Need For Chaperones?:
Hsp70 in Alzheimer’s Disease
~~~
Hussein Musa
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Identification of HDAC in E. histolytica
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Chelsea Ngongang
North Carolina State University
Examination of the NELF Expression Levels in Cell Lines
~~~
Jennifer L. Novotny
Pennsylvania State University
Syndecan-IV Expression in Gastrointestinal Epithelial Cells and Macrophages
~~~
Alex Nwokeabia
Old Dominion University
Importance Of Glycolysis And the Respiratory Chain
in Human Blood Platelet Function
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Sharene Patterson
Voorhees College
The Role of Sphingosine-1-Phosphate in SMC Phenotypic Modulation
~~~
Linsey Phillips
Syracuse University
Calibration of Nitric Oxide Detection by Fluorescence Microscopy
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Dalia Potosme
University of Miami
Novel Products from Antibiotic Inactivation: Developing New
Aminoglycoside Derivatives as Chemotherapeutic Agents
to Treat Protozoan Disease and Cancer

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Samuel Quaynor
University of Virginia
Does Metformin Act Centrally to Change Firing Rate of
Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Neurons?
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Yogita Tailor
University of Maryland – Baltimore County
Structure and Function of Chromodomains
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Jason Unger
Brandeis University
Cloning of Aegerolysin-like (Hemolysin) PA 0122 Protein
in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
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Viviana Vazquez-Rivera
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
The Effect of RSV Infection on IL-12 Production in Lymph Nodes
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Kristal Wilson
North Carolina State University
Mechanics of Tether Formation via PSGL-1 from HL-60 Cells
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Adetoun Abisogun
University of Virginia
ß-regulation in Calcium Channels
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Mike Acheampong
Xavier University
Identification of Proteins Associated with the Gal/GalNAc
Lectin of Entamoeba histolytica
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Joel Adrianna Bass
Grambling State University
Developing Secure Survey Instruments to Probe Health Disparities
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Anita Carter
Claflin University
D5, a Variant of Estrogen Receptor-a(ERa), Found in Uterine Cancer
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Allison Chamberlain
University of Virginia
Stem Cells from Processed Human Adipose Tissue (PHAT)
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Sean Clarke
University of Maryland – Eastern Shore
The Role of 12/15 Lipoxygenase (12/15-LO) in
Cultured Murine Myeloid Dendritic Cells
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Noopur Gangopadhyay
University of Virginia
Investigating the Role of Schwann Cells and Multipotent
Stem Cells in Peripheral Nerve Regeneration
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Corinne Hoffman
Christopher Newport University
Do Mammalian siRNAs Preferentially Target Actively Translating RNAs?
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Brandi Jacobs
Grambling State University
Studies of Protein Binding Activities of Human Copine I
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Patience Karikari
Morgan State University
Role of the Bromo Domain of GCN5 in Nucleosome Acetylation
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Ariel Lane
Spelman College
The Differentiation of Giardia lamblia Isolates using
Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
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Milos Lazic
College of Charleston
Analyzing Interactions of FTY720-P and Other S1P Agonists
With Human S1P1 and S1P2 Receptors
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Kara Malone
University of Virginia
RNAi to Address the Role of Transcriptional Repressors
TDP-43 and Pur
 ain SP-10 Gene Expression
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Patrice Moreland
Grambling State University
Protein Expression and Purification: Expressing Beta 1-141
Proteins in Escherichia coli
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Tionanatasha Newell
Tennessee State University
Comparative Analysis of Quantitative Real-time PCR Measurement
of Infectious Murine Cytomegalovirus in Infected Tissues
Using Either SYBR green or Taqman® Probe Detection
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Jaime Rolle
Bethune-Cookman College
Analysis of SPAN-X in Cancer Cell Lines
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Melecia Simpson
Benedict College
Presence of Caveolin 1aand Caveolin 2 in Human and Mouse Spermatozoa
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Yogesh Surendranath
University of Virginia
Rational Mutagenesis for High Throughput Structural Genomics
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Ryan Susa
Rochester Institute of Technology
Comparative Analysis of Mice and Chick Utricle’s Hair Cell Proliferation
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Domenic Turco
Washington & Jefferson College
Preparation of Ligand-Binding Domains of Nuclear Receptors FXR and PPAR g
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Kimberly Wiggins
Fayetteville State University
Analysis of the Epididymal Putative Anti-microbial Protein, Beta-Defensin 28
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Anthea Anita Aikins
Delaware State University
The Effects of Over Expressed 8-Cysteine Fragments of Fibrillin in Frog Embryos and
Its Possible Relationship to Marfan Syndrome and CCA
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Christian Banchs
University of Florida
Immobilization of E. coli F1-Atpase
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Carrie Belfield
Delaware State University
Yeast Two-Hybrid Screen for mTOR and PHASI/4E-BPI Interacting Proteins
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Beth Brantley
Duke University
Investigating the Therapeutic Potential of
Processed Lipoaspirate Cells
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Christina Chen
Louisiana State University
Investigating the Mutant FANCA and
FANCG Proteins of Fanconi Anemia
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Leon Coleman, Jr.
University of Virginia
Oxidized Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL)
and Platelet Function
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Yvette Diaz
The University of Arizona
PLC-e May Be Stimulated By Ras, Gbg
and/Or Ga12/13???
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Courtney Esinhart
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
DNA Microarray Analysis of a Cellular
Model for Parkinson’s Disease
~~~
Jonathan Farrell
University of Virginia
The Study of Molecular Dynamics Using
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
~~~
Craig Foster
University of Virginia
Protein Phosphorylation During Mouse
Sperm Capacitation
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Pierre Gordon
CUNY York College
Sperm Protein-10 Gene Knockout
~~~
Sarah Hockensmith
College of William & Mary
Distinguishing (Dis)Similar Peptides By
Mass Spectral Analysis
~~~
Elorice Horam
Xavier University
PLC Inhibition and Its Effects On Rho A Activation and Ca+2 Sensitization
in Permeablized Smooth Muscle Tissue of Portal Vein
~~~
Jeniter Hughes
Delaware State University
The Apoptotic Response in HL-1 and H9c2 Cells to
Induced Oxidative Stress
~~~
Andrae Ivy
Grambling State University
Platelet Aggregation Under Low Shear (Venous) Conditions
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Jessica Kessler
University of Virginia
BMP-9 Transduced Prefabricated Muscular Flaps in the
Treatment of Critical Size Calvarial Defects
~~~
Maridelle B. Millendez
University of Virginia
Peptide Preparation Using an E. coli Expression System
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Michelle Morse
University of Virginia
Partial Cloning of Two Uncharacterized Genes Suspectedly Involved in
Fertilization and Related to Egg-Derived Tyrosine Phosphatase

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Denise O’Donnell
St. Mary’s University
Requirement of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor For Urokinase-Type Plasminogen Activator Receptor- Mediated Signaling Pathways
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Katherine Ostapoff
Emory University
RSV Detection System Development Using Mouse Monoclonal Antibodies for N Protein
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Matt Sampson
Duke University
Characterization of an Inhibitor of a DNA-Dependent ATPase
~~~
Sergio Sanchez
Brigham Young University
The Effect of the Esa-1 Gene in the Transcription of rDNA in S. cerevisiae
~~~
David Simpson
University of Virginia
Determining Expression Profiles for CXCR6 and CXCL16 in Human Blood
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Thing Rinda Soong
University of California – Berkeley
Effect of Acute and Chronic Hypoglycemia on Expression of Leukocyte
12-Lipoxygenase
 in Rodent Brain
~~~
Sanet Torres-Torres
University of Puerto Rico
Development of a Quantitative Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Assay for the SPAN-X Gene Family
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Rozie Townsend
Delaware State University
Monitoring Cell Proliferation Inhibition of E-47 Under BrdU Analysis in Vascular
Smooth Muscle Cells

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Victor Julian Valdes
National Autonomous University of Mexico
LRS4 Silencing of HMR in Yeast
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Nia Washington-Plaskett
Rutgers University
Fluorescent Lipid Analog Probes: A Tool to Study Capacitation-Associated Changes
in the Fluidity of Mouse Sperm Plasma Membranes
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Nnaemeka U. Anayadike
Virginia Commonwealth Univ.
Effect of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage on Cerebrovascular Gene Expression
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Regan Blackwood
Sweet Briar Col.
Investigating Spindle Checkpoint Genes in S. Cerevisiae
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Taniesha L. Buffin
Xavier Univ.
Separation Of Testicular Cell Types Using The STAPUT Method
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Kevin Douglas Cartwright
Virginia Wesleyan Col.
Annexins and Neurospora
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Leon Coleman
Univ. of Virginia
Oxidized Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) and Platelet Function
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Wilfredo Cosme
Univ. of Puerto Rico
Interaction of Human Alpha-2- Macroglobulin With Growth Factors
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Malarie Cummings
Hampton Univ.
Risk Analysis of Blood Glucose Data
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Zoe R. Donaldson
UCLA
Mechanisms and Genetics Underlying Lupus Pathogenesis
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Quatrisa Douglas
Alcorn State Univ.
Glycocalyx
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Ugochi C. Ekeocha
Morgan State Univ.
Investigation of Human Sperm Proteins Solubilized with TX-100 at Different Temperatures
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Quintesia L. Grant
Xavier Univ. of Louisiana
Cas and Src Association in Breast Cancer Cell Lines
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Eline E. Haenebalcke
Washington & Lee Univ.
Sperm Cell Selection System for Forensic DNA Analysis of the Male Component
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Ashleigh M. Hicks
Morgan State Univ.
Edg Receptor Signaling
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Alyssa A. Ingmundson
Univ. of Georgia
Construction and Verification of FliC Type II Mutant in
Burkholderia cepacia
~~~
Denise C. Mayo
Morgan State Univ.
Characterization of Novel Cancer-Testis Antigens
~~~
Natalie Melrose
Truman State Univ.
Cloning And Characterization Of Sodium Bicarbonate Cotransporter (NBC) Believed To Play A Role In Sperm Capacitation
~~~
Marrielle Myers
Hampton Univ.
Genotyping Essential Hypertension in Humans
~~~
Sean Nedd
Morgan State Univ.
NGF Mediated Signaling in Alzheimers Disease Cybrids
~~~
Bernadette Ramone
Univ. of New Mexico
Developing a Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction Assay for Semenogelin
Expression in Small Cell Lung Cancer
~~~
Carol Rivera-Lopez
Pontifical Catholic Univ. of Puerto Rico
Cloning and Purifying Proteins: HP1
(Heterochromatin-associated Protein 1)
~~~
Yendi Serrano-Irizarry
Pontifical Catholic Univ. of Puerto Rico
Cloning DBD of Orphan Nuclear Receptors SF-1 and ROR-alpha2
~~~
Roxana Soltero
Univ. of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez
Domains Involved In Localization Of SHP-1 To Lipid Rafts
~~~
Najl Valeyev
Kazan State Univ.
Molecular Mechanisms Of Smooth Muscle Contraction
~~~
Dennis Ding Hwa Wang
Univ. of California
Regeneration of Hair Cells
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Tomma L. Winder
Univ. of Virginia
Visualization of Yeast Ribosomal Genes Using
Light Microscopy
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Class of 2000