SRIP Alumni Research

SRIP attendees, their schools, and project titles.

Class of 2023

Sheher-Bano Ahmed – Smith College
Investigating the link between mast cell activation in infants and response to visual social and non-social stimuli

 Zoe Allen – Radford University
The Impact of Toxoplasma gondii Infection on Gut Structure and Immune Cell Function

Fady Attia – University of Virginia
Optimizing Cardiac Tissue Clarity using Developed Cardiac tissue Specific Advanced CUBIC (CSAC) and Scheme Update of Tissue Clarity (SUT)

Patricia Avila Cardet – Florida International University
Preterm birth-associated Changes of Neuronal and Myelination Markers in the Prefrontal Cortex (PFC)

Ramsey Beladia – University of Virginia
Optically monitoring retrotrapeziod nucleus (RTN) neuronal ensembles in the en bloc brainstem

 Sophia Bizink –  Kean University
Investigating the Role of TRPS1 in Lipid Biosynthesis Cardiovascular

Mikayla Borrowdale– Iowa State University
CRISPR/Cas9 Knockout of UNC5B in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells

Enrique Del Leon-Raya – West Chester University PA
Detailed analysis of muscle function and structure following a profound rat sciatic nerve injury treated with Integra nerve repair technologies

Aida Doucoure – University of Virginia
An Investigation of Glucose as a Metabolic Biomarker To Prolong In Vitro Malaria Culture

Esohe Edomwandagbon – Prairie View A M University
RBFOX2 Regulates Alternative Splicing of TEAD1 Transcription Factor in Endothelial Cells

Gimarie Fernandez Batista – Universidad Del Este
Tet2-/- macrophages increase a proinflammatory and profibrotic phenotype after chemotherapy administration

Brianna Graham – Fayetteville University
Role of Differentially Expressed Transcribed Ultra Conserved Regions in Glioblastoma

Angelimar Hernandez– Universidad Del Este
Tumor-associated macrophage sialylation in antibody interference

Auriana Hogg – Kennesaw State University
Role of Mpeg-1 in Toxoplasma gondii parasite levels in mice during acute infection

Foday Keita – Howard University
Characterizing the sex-biased effects of KLF14 overexpression in adipose tissue on

Alisha Khadka – University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
Characterizing secondary interaction of human papilloma viral E6 oncoprotein with E6AP

Abigail Lamison – Messiah University
Elucidating the impact of Semaphorin3a on the intermediate filament distribution in the neurites of developing neurons

Leanne Maharaj – University of Virginia
The Metabolic Effects of KRAS Mutation

Rhealyn Manning – Virginia State University
Capturing cytoskeletal roles in epithelial functions, in vivo

Cecille Montes James – University of Puerto Rico
Role of Olfaction in the Behavioral and Ventilatory Response to Carbon Dioxide in Mice

Joel Moses – Drew University
Testing concatenated peptide production for quantitative mass spectrometry

Jesus Neyra – University of Virginia
The Role of GATA3 in Renin Cell Identity

Tom No – Vanderbilt University
Abzyme Activity of Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Spike Receptor Binding Domain Human Monoclonal Antibodies

Ellison Ober – University of Baltimore County
Investigating the Role of Noncoding RNAs in Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treated with Daunorubicin

Chelsea Park – University of Virginia
Pharmacological Modulation of Primary Cilia to Enhance Drug Effects in Type-1 Medulloblastoma Cells

Harsh Patel – Dartmouth College
Identification of Genetic Links Between Type II Diabetes and Atherosclerosis

Alena Pedroza – University of Chicago
Study of c-MYC Condensates in Cancer Growth

Rafael Pluguez – University of Puerto Rico
Characterization of the Mammalian Microtubule Associated Serine/Threonine Kinase 2

Aida Price – New Jersey City University
Effect of Glycopolymers on Membrane Bending

Aliyyah Roberson – University of Maryland Baltimore County
The Effects of a POLQ Deletion in MCM10-Deficient HCT116 Cells

Amanda Roberts – University of Virginia
Analysis of Pediatric Tissue Through 3D Metabolic Models to Identify Severity of Crohn’s Disease Subtypes

Paola Ruiz -Ana G Mendez University System
Immune Cell Signatures Predict Outcomes in a Phase II Clinical Trial of Anakinra for Recently Decompensated Heart Failure (REDHART2)

Mariano Seiglie –  Florida International University
Electrospun Fiber Cues Influence Neural Stem Cell Morphology, Proliferation, and Protein Deposition in 3D Hydrogels Models

Dionne Torres – Hollins University
Analyzing Hyaluronan Synthase Utilizing Camelid-Derived Nanobodies

Gloria Uduehi – Tennessee Tech University
Investigation of Genes Upregulated during Regeneration in Drosophila

Carissa Vergeres – James Madison University
The role of stromal interaction molecules Stim 1-2 in stroke

Kristina Wilson – Saint John Fisher College
The role of cls-2 during chromosome segregation in C. elegans

Sarah Zipkowitz – SUNY-Binghamton
The Intratumoral Effects of Gemcitabine on Immune Cell Populations and Their Function in Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Class of 2022

Mohammad Aga – University of Texas Austin
Investigating IRF3 Cleavage with Coxsackievirus B3

Ayaad Akand – University of Virginia
Developing Workflow to Properly Analyze EMT Using Morphology and Motility

Fatema Allaham – Long Island University Brooklyn Campus
The Validation of Chimeric RNAs in LNCaP Human Prostate cell Line

Joshua Alvarez – California State San Marcos
Inflammatory cytokines related to Interleukin PBMC stimulation Mapped Via Zurich CytOF Workflow

Lakesia Baker – Virginia Commonwealth University
Role of miRNA-3174 and miRNA-3187 as master regulators and tumor suppressors in Glioblastoma

Ashley Ban – University of Virginia
Therapeutic Effects of K9 on Multiple Sclerosis

Melanie Benitez – University of Notre Dame
Intermediate filaments: deeper dive into their presence and role in axon growth and in guidance toward synaptic targets in early maturation of the nervous system

Nyla Blagrove – Spelman College
eNOS Expression in Cdh5 Elnfl/fl/Cre+ & Elnfl/fl/Cre- Mice

Ariana C. Caraballo Soler – University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras
Understanding Heterogeneity and Plasticity in Melanoma Cell Lines Using MAPK Inhibitors

Dana Carreno – Johns Hopkins University
NF-κB signaling mediates postprandial induction of A2BR in adipose tissue

Madison Chandler – North Carolina State University
The Effect of TGIF1 and TFIF2 on the Proliferation of Colon Cancer Cells

Sinead Claffey – University of Maryland
Determining Identity of Reactive Astrocytes Following Seizures

Rachel DeLancey – Depauw University
Mutant LKB1 Effect on Alternative RNA splicing in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Lara Demir – University of Virginia
Rescuing cognitive impairments in preterm birth: comparison of a behavioral and a chemogenic approach

Diego DeMmon – University of New Mexico
Development of novel cyst-deficient strains of Toxoplasma gondii

Mohamed Diagne – University of Virginia
The Effect of Osmolarity on Aldosterone Secretion in the Zona Glomerulosa

Wakako Endo – University of Virginia
The role of α5β1 integrin activation and mitochondrial activity localization in Xenopus mesendoderm undergoing collective cell migration

Susan Gembic – Juniata College
Mast-Cell Tryptase: investigating a possible connection between oligosaccharide galactosealpha 1,3-galactose (alpha-gal) sensitization and atherosclerosis

Jubin George – University of Arizona
Synthesis and Characterization of PLGA Microparticles for N-Acetyl Cysteine Release

David Gragirenes – University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
Investigating the effects of sex hormones, chromosomes, and gonads on the regulation of the Krüppel Like Factor 14 (KLF14) trans-eQTL network

Shraddha Iyer – Smith College
Characterizing the functional impact of alternative splicing in cancer using long-read RNA sequencing

Kevin Kuang – University of Virginia
Regulation of a Human Ciliopathy-Associated Protein Kinase

Anna Lewis – Radford University Carilion
Deposition of histone H3K27 methylation on the HSV-1 genome during lytic infection

Kandace Moore – University of Virginia
Mapping Afferents to PVH-Brs3 Neurons

Bryce Murillo – University of Florida
Comparison of Functional Recovery between Tibialis Anterior and Gastrocnemius Muscles

Hiba Naseer – Virginia Commonwealth University
Epilepsy and Neural Activity

Ashlynn Paige – North Carolina A&T State University
Lack of Mpdz shown to cause osteoblast differentiation defects and mineralization impairments

Sunjal Patel – University of Virginia
Mcu Regulation of Toll-Like Receptor Inflammatory Signaling

Chris Provido – Bowie State University
Generation and analysis of triple negative breast cancer cell line expressing a traceable T-cell antigen

Jon Marco Rivera De Jesus – University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Targeting sphingolipid dysregulation and altered DNA methylation in large granular lymphocyte leukemia (LGLL)

Gianna Rodriguez – Bennington College
Early Biomarkers and Tempero dynamic Variability in Infants: a study of multiscale entropy, EEG and eye tracking

Fabiola Rodriguez Armstrong – University of Puerto Rico in Ponce
Is adh-1 required for lifespan extension?

Jacob Schlamowitz – CUNY Brooklyn College
Expressional changes of tumors and tumor associated mast cells in dysbiotic mice with HR+ breast cancer

Shireen Shah – Howard University
TAL1 as an oncogene in relapsed Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Samantha Thomas – Purdue University
A Role of Cardiomyocyte Pannexin 1 in Neutrophil Recruitment During Non-Ischemic Heart Failure

Jeffrey Walters – Virginia State University
Development of Nano formulation of RBN 2397

Sara Woods – Muskingum College
The role of PARP7 on cytoskeletal and chromatin structure

Eric Wynn – North Carolina A&T State University
Prevalence of inflammatory and oxidative stress markers in deficient TP53 bone marrow derived macrophages

Class of 2019

Amanda Acosta-Mirabal – University of Puerto Rico at Ponce
The Role of Gender in Smooth Muscle Cells (SMCs) Phenotypic Switching in Late Stage Atherosclerosis

Nickolas Almodovar – CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Automated nuclear detection based on a generalized Laplacian of Gaussian model in cardiac tissue

Armando Arroyo-Mejias – University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo
 Ly49G2 bearing NK cell response against H2-Dk deficient Lewis Lung Carcinoma (LLC)

Carlos Ayala Santos – University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Transcriptional profiling of an acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cell line by precision nuclear run-on sequencing (PRO-seq)

Mayrobis Ballester Rosado – University of Puerto Rico at Ponce
The Role of the Matricellular Protein Periostin in Cancer Associated

Joanna Benjamin – Queens University of Charlotte
Effect of CX5461 on Cellular Metabolism when Serially Diluted within Etoposide and Applied to COV362 Ovarian Cancer Cells

Karen Carter – University of Alabama at Birmingham
Cardiac Growth within a Dyssynchronous Canine Left Ventricle

Toria Chukwuemeka – Xavier University of Louisiana
Modulating STAT3 in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Penelope-Marie Clanor – James Madison University
Investigation of Novel Genetics Variants Associated with Hereditary Angioedema

Briana Cooper – Roger Williams University
PTP4A3 phosphatase regulation in Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia (AML) cell cycle progression

Biobele Davies – University of Maryland at College Park
A Comparison For Quantifying Muscle Fiber Cross Sectional Area

Gabriela Diaz Rivera – University of Puerto Rico
Identifying the Kinase Responsible for Histone Modification H3pS28 on the Lytic Herpes Simplex Virus 1 Genome

Mariángeles Falcón – University of Puerto Rico
Aurora B’s Roles in DNA Damage Repair

Genesis Ferrer Imbert – University of Puerto Rico
Poly (propylene sulfide) Microparticles Fabricated for Stroke Therapy

Ariana Frey – North Carolina State University at Raleigh
RNA Interference to Probe the Role of PCSK5 in Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Lana Gore – Clemson University
Somatic Mosaicism of Neurons

Mahlia Huba – Mary Baldwin University
Role of Cysteine Residue on Functional Phenotype of VEGF165a and VEGF165b Isoforms

Érika LaTorre Castillo – Ponce Health Sciences University
Understanding Cachexia and Fibrosis in Different Cachexia Models

Alfredo Lebron – University of Puerto Rico at Aquadilla
Allele Specific Expression and GWAS identify risk-associated regulatory elements
in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells

Nathan Leigh – The Master’s University
Large Granular Lymphocyte leukemia and Human Endogenous Retroviruses

Lilia Masterson – McKendree University
Acetyl CoA Carboxylase’s Effect on Macrophage Polarization

Dylan Millson – Williams College
RIP1 Regulation by DR5 activating antibodies in TNBCs

Nicholas Natale – University of Richmond
How meningeal lymphatic dysfunction can modulate neuroinflammation and behavior in a murine model of traumatic brain injury

Brenda Quinones – University of Puerto Rico at Aquadilla
Developing an Assay to Measure Microglial Phagocytosis

Rossymar Rivera-Colón – University of Puerto Rico at Ponce
The Role of MicroRNAs in Glioblastoma Cells

Carlos Rodriguez-Prado – University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras
AAV Syn1Cre infection efficiency in the Brain of Il17rafl/fl mice

Jonathan Rodriguez-Vega – University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Novel SNP as a possible enhancer for the IL12B p40 gene

Emili Rosado-Rodriguez – University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras
The role of Id3 in clonal hematopoiesis and its effects on atherosclerosis

Joshua Rosario – University of Rochester
Small Compound Screening for Selectivity Amongst Nucleophilic Amino Acids

Emily Shockley – Xavier University
The Slack Sodium-Activated Potassium Channel Contributes to Neuronal pH-Sensitivity of the Retrotrapezoid Nucleus

Erica Slogar – University of Notre Dame
OPC Heterogeneity in the Adult Brain

Jan Urbán-Arroyo – Inter-American University of Puerto Rico at San Germán campus
DYRK1a: a potential regulator of cardiomyocyte cell cycling

Gabriel Vazquez – University of Dallas
 The Role of BCAR3 in the Proliferation and Survival of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Cells

Thomas Vazquez Suarez – Ponce Health Sciences University
The effects of CDT toxin on the body and the body’s anti-inflammatory response after Clostridium difficile infection

Natalia Vega Perez – University of Puerto Rico
 Identification of post transitional modification sites in histone H4 responsible for resistance to chemotherapeutic agents

Samuel Wachamo – University of Virginia
The Role p75NTR Palmitoylation in Apoptotic Signaling

Abigail Whitford – Centre College
A novel domain in the E6AP ubiquitin ligase is required for HPV E6 to induce p53 degradation

Adeya Wyatt – Howard University
TRIM37 as a genetic determinant of racial disparity in TNBC patients

Class of 2018

Alexandra Amador Maldonado – University of Puerto Rico
Testing extracellular matrix substrate effect on endothelial cell sprouting angiogenesis

Natalie Anderson – Spring Arbor University
Does HPV 16E6 modulate CADM1 function in epithelial cells

Joseph Artemiou – Gettysburg College
The Role of TRPM7 in Regulating Lysosomal Activity

Peter Bailer – UMBC
Toxicity and Structure of Antimicrobial Peptides Derived from the Chemokine, CXCL10

Paige Bonner – St. Norbert College
Focused Ultrasound treatment and myeloid polarization to treat triple negative breast cancer

Delia Calderon – CSU Channel Islands
Mechanistic Evaluation of the Impact and Interaction of NRF2 and P53 Loss in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Cells

Nyrobi Celestine – Milwaukee School of Engineering
Optimization of blood flow analysis in photoacoustic microscopy

Ryan Chipman – Bard College
Exploring the Mechanistic Functions of the Adaptor Molecule BCAR3 in Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Katelyn Clark – Greensboro College
G4R1 Protein Level and Stability in Western Blot Assays in Studying Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Daniel Colombani-Garay – George Mason University
Targeting ERG during gene expression to inhibit prostate cancer

Alyssa Corpus – Michigan State
The Effect of Chronic Antibiotic Use on T Cell Proliferation Could Explain its Role as a Breast Cancer Risk Factor

Maeve Coughlan – Mount Holyoke College
Combinatorial Therapy in Glioblastoma: Affected Pathways in MET and Cav3.2 Inhibition

Rachisan Djiake Tihagam – Niagara University
Oncogenic TRIM37 Induced DNA Damage Response in Breast Cancer

Maya Dorn – Wesleyan University
Regulation of Mitochondria Quality Control in Skeletal Muscle through Ampk

Torrye Evans – Mississippi State University
Absence Epilepsy and it’s Cause and Effect on Young Children

Sharon Garrott – University of Virginia
Investigating the inhibitory mechanism of a potent PTP4A3 inhibitor: JMS-053

Robert Gresham – Hampton University
Investigating the role of MYBL2 and NF-κB in Lung Adenocarcinoma (LUAD)

Melissa Hamrick – Washington University in St. Louis
Role of Lewis Antigen in Adenovirus Infection

Erin Harten – Gettysburg College
Neural Regulation of Blood Pressure in the Rostral Ventrolateral Medulla

Mahalia Huba – Mary Baldwin University
Effects of the Angiopoietin-Tie pathway on Vascular Endothelial Cell Integrity

Jacob Jakielaszek – Temple University
Pseudomonas aeruginosa Model Curation and Expansion

Vernerdean Johnson – Xavier University of Louisiana
The Role of Id3 in Bleomycin-Induced Lung Injury

Alfredo  Lebron – University of Puerto Rico- Aguadilla
Gene Regulation and Inflammation in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells

Awais Paracha – Saint Louis University
Is the inhibitory mechanism of JMS-053 and analogues on PTP4A3 regulated by reactive oxygen species?

Shirin Parsa – UMBC
Effect of Sleep Hormones on Cancer Cell Growth and Response to Chemotherapeutics

Jareb Perez-Caraballo – University of Puerto Rico- Arecibo
Intron Retention in the NXF1 mRNA

Jeremy Perna – Columbia University
Preliminary Mapping of Cortical Seizures originating in the Motor Cortex

Nicholas Roig – Stony Brook University
The Role of Autophagy in Resistant Head and Neck Cancer

Yadeliz Serrano Matos – University of Puerto Rico
Cell signaling in T-LGL leukemia cells treated with cytokines IL-2, IL-15, IL-6, IL-7 and IL-9

Fabiola  Sotomayor – University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras
Characterizing a Cutting-Edge Cancer Model

Ricardo Torres – University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras Campus
Increased Cardiovascular Disease After Radiotherapy May Be a Function of Smooth Muscle Cell Metabolic Changes

Class of 2017

Emmanuel Amu – North Carolina State University
Crafting a novel tool to help understand the immunological effects of focused ultrasound in the treatment of triple negative breast cancer

Sahery Arain – St. John’s University
Generate a stable cell line with the AGO2 Knockout using the Crispr/Cas9 system

Peter Barkey-Bircann – Colby College
Sphingosine Kinase as a Trypanosomatid Drug Target

John Bennett – Colgate University
Visualizing the Herpes Simplex Virus 1 Genome

Alexis Betsock – Elon University
Improving Protein Proximity Labeling

Amy Boles – Lafayette College
PRO-seq reveals unique RNA polymerase signatures at Transcription Factor binding sites

Elena Cappello – Villanova
Differential Interactions of Id3 with E-Proteins

Ryan Chipman – Susquehanna University
The Potential Use of Dasatinib, a Src Kinase Inhibitor, for the Treatment of Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Yun Hwan Choi – MiraCosta College
Investigating Enterotoxigenic Bacteroides fragilis modulation of intestinal sphingolipids in colorectal cancer

Kaitlin Crews – James Madison University
Monoclonal antibody optimization for melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer treatment

Bernieve Dabady – Fairleigh Dickinson University
Effects of Doxorubicin and Caffeic Acid on Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Kartik Devgan – Temple University
MicroRNAs in Glioblastoma Development

Aastha Dhakal – Ohio State University
Activation by Carbon Dioxide of the RTN and Pre-Bötzinger Complex

Caroline Erickson – Skidmore College
Investigating Cortical Thickness and Synapse Morphology in NEEP21 Knockout Mice

Anna Gonye – University of Richmond
Identification of mutant human papillomavirus 16 E6 proteins incapable of NHERF-1 degradation

Madison Harris – Abilene Christian University
The Role of Transcription in Toll-Induced Insulin

Erin Evonne Jean – Hampton University
Distinct endothelial junctions determine meningeal lymphatics architecture and function in the spinal cord meninges during injury and recovery

Amber Jones – Hampton University
Characterization of BMH-21 for Potential Use as Chemotherapy Treatment for Ovarian Cancer

Marcus Jordan – UMBC
Simulation of Nanoparticle Surface Functionalization via Free Radical Polymerization

Shantae Lewis – University of the Virgin Islands
Mutagenesis of alpha 2 and 3 helix for RRV ORF52

Julianna Marotta – Cedar Crest College
Identifying Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Chromosome Fusion CBFB-MYHII via Droplet Digital PCR

Madison McDole – Dickinson College
Examining the role of RUNX3 in lineage determined erythrocyte

Hillary Mendieta – Middlebury College
Immunosuppressive release of T-cells via targeted Arginase Inhibition in Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells (MDSCs)

Chiemela Ohanele – University of Pennsylvania
Tumor-derived exosomes negatively impact the pro-inflammatory function of mucosal dendritic cells

Ifeanyi Okereke – Howard University
Novel Anti-oxPL Neutralizing Antibody Attenuates Atherosclerosis in Apoe Knockout mice

Geoffrey Parriott – Longwood University
Spontaneous Development of Peripheral Node Address in Tumor Associated Endothelial Cells

Cameron Raglin – Amherst College
Effects of overexpression of KLF14 on blood lipid levels

Eric Rodríguez-López – University of Puerto Rico in Ponce
Characterization of s1289 in biofilm formation and infection in S. flexneri

Margo Ruby – The University of Tampa
T-Cell Anergy Reversal via DGKα-inhibitor Ritanserin

Taylor Smail – Chatham University
Creation of Fluorescent Mitochondrial Calcium Sensors

Tamara Springer – Tuskegee
Mouse Proximal Tubule Cell Isolation and Immortalization

Heather Struckman – University of South Carolina
Inhibition of colon cancer cell adhesion by a novel small molecule inhibitor of PTP4A3 phosphatase

Rachel Taitano – Virginia Tech
Development of a Microscope Incubation Chamber

Brandi Taylor – Claflin University
ELMO 1 in differentiation in HL60 neutrophils

Jasmine Thomas – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Salt sensitivity on blood pressure

Jehnae Thomas – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Genotyping Transgenic mice to detect Cell Proliferation Using the Polymerase Chain Reaction

JoElle Thompson – Hampton University
Chromosome Instability (CIN) in Breast Tumors

Raissa-Audrey Tseumie – Trinity Washington University
Human Endogenous Retrovirus Long Terminal Repeats are Activated by Retroviral Proteins

Cesar Velarde – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A 3-D model system to study melanoma/fibroblast interactions during tumor invasion

Ciarah Williams – Washington College
Epigenetic Regulation of Binge Feeding, Novelty Seeking and Impulsive Behavior in the PFC

Keith Winder – Hampton University
Optimized Assay to Measure Cholesterol Transport

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
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
Lanazha Belfield – Winston-Salem State University
ID3 Regulation of Hyaluronic Acid in Adipose Tissue
Ellis Bloom – Gettysburg College
Real time degradation of 3′ UTRs and full length mRNAs
Marc Breidenbaugh – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Modulation of SMC and Macrophage Phenotype by Interleukin-1b
Kiana Dash – Hampton University
Do Non-C1 Cells in the Rostral Ventrolateral Medulla Increase Blood Pressure?
Paula Dorcenat – Bethune Cookman University
The Genetics of Binge Feeding in Mice
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
Sydney Drury – York College of Pennsylvania
Knockdown of multi-drug resistance gene in ovarian cancer by siRNA delivery via nanoliposomes
Cody Elkhechen – University at Buffalo (SUNY)
A Computational Model of Cannabinoid-1 Receptor Signaling in Cardiomyocytes
Sebastian Estrada – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: An Argument for Serial Imaging
Elaine Gersz – Muhlenberg College
Expression and Localization of Renalase in Immune Cells: Implications for its Role in Type 1 Diabetes
James Gesualdi – Rowan University
A Yeast-Based Assay for Sphingosine Kinase Activity
Kimberly Ghorm – Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Role of RUNX1 in P-TEFb-Dependent MKL1 Regulation of Megakaryocyte Differentiation
Ahmed Hamed – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Local IgE Production in Non-Allergic Rhinitis

Shekinah Hernandez – Hampton University
Macrophage Metabolic Adaptation to Heme Clearance
Xavier Horton – North Carolina A&T State University
Examining the genetic architecture of wing development during regeneration
Moya Johnson – University of Rhode Island
MER-TK and ELMO interaction in phagocytes
Chih-Huan Lu – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Attenuating chemotherapy-induced gastrointestinal toxicity through enhanced cell clearance
Patton McClelland – Carleton College
Regulation of Pannexin1 channel by salt-inducible kinase 1
Stephen McHugh – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Advanced Techniques and Applications of CMR Perfusion Imaging in Ischemic Heart Disease
Bijan Morshedi – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Morphometric analysis demonstrates a gain of function of mutant p53 in squamous epithelial differentiation
Negota Nkhumeleni – University of Venda
CRISPR Cas9 mediated editing of a functional RNA element
Herman Pfaeffle – United States Naval Academy (SMRI)
Determining biologically active medications in HIV-TB co-infected patients
Francina Phalane – University of Venda
SNP specific primer design for cowpea biotic constrains
Katy Reines – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Fecal Microbiota Transplant and Quality of Life in Patients with Recurrent C. diff Infection
Alexys Riddick – North Carolina A&T State University
Discovering the chromatin-modifying complexes that regulate Kruppel-like factor 6 (KLF6) transcriptional activity
Troy Rivera – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Measuring and managing stress: use of a mobile app to assess stress in PLWH
Christina Rodriguez – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Inhibitors for both Ebola and Lassa
Blake Rosenbaum – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Brain and Aortic Aneurysm Study (BAAS)
Onyx Santiago-Heredia – University of Puerto Rico, Ponce
Quantitative measurement of calcification in human aortic smooth muscle cells
Moira Smith – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Endogenous retroviruses and their possible role in the interferon response
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
Katya Sracic – Kent State University
The Role of the Oncogenic Phosphatase PTP4A3 in Ovarian Cancer
Mohammed Suraju – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Liposome Adjuvants to Enhance the Immunogenicity of an Amebiasis Vaccine
Anna Tappel – University of Virginia (SMRI)
What’s the story? An analysis of children’s books about atopic dermatitis
Devrick Thomas – Georgia State University
Collagen alignment following myocardial infarction in sheep
Christine Tran – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Predictive Monitoring of Severe Asthma
Cassie Turnage – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Early Language Interventions in Childhood Growth and Development in Tanzania
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
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 
Russell Arellanes – Rogers State University
The Role of MIF in the Development of the Metastatic Niche 
Jessica Asiedu – Medgar Evers College
Targeting Hyperactive Neurons with an Activity Dependent Promoter
Alyssa Brunal – Virginia Tech
The Medial Prefrontal Cortex as a Modulator in Food Reward Motivation
Lawrence Chen – University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
In Vitro Methods Aid Characterization of In Vivo Kinetics of Gal4-UASG Binding in S. cerevisae
Nemamilwe Dakalo – University of Venda
Screening for Cowpea F2 Population Segregating for Alectra Resistance
John Davy – Liberty University (SMRI)
Chemokines Involved in B-cell Trafficking to the Aorta in Atherosclerosis: Role of Transcription Factor Id3
Tayyeb Din – Kingsborough Community College
Differential Effects of C6-Ceramide and Sphingosine-1-Phosphate on Cancer Cells
Steven Doyle – University of Alabama in Huntsville
Regulation of Cyclin D Stability by the Skp1-Cul1-F-box (SCF) E3 Ubiquitin Ligase
Colon Figueroa – University of Puerto Rico Cayey
Identifying the MicroRNA-93 Targets that Regulate Macrophage Polarization in Experimental Peripheral Artery Disease
Malavet Flores – University of Puerto Rico, Ponce
Development of an Anti-oxidized Phospholipid Neutralizing Antibody as an Atheroprotective Therapeutic Agent
Brielle Gerry – University of Delaware (SMRI)
Neutrophil Apoptosis in Clostridium difficile Infection
Myron Gilbert – Hampton University
Examining the Effects of FAK and Pyk2 on Monocyte Differentiation
Reesheda Gilbert – Kennesaw State University
Developing an Assay for Intercellular Barrier Function Using Drosophila Salivary Glands
Nita Gombakomba – Lynchburg College
Regulation of Fimbriae by a Novel Transcriptional Factor in Enteroaggregative E. coli
Ceshae Harding – University of Miami (SMRI)
Does the Liver X Receptor Play a Role in how Hepatitis C Infection Affects ABCA1 Expression?
Alan Hauser – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Characterization of Patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy using Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Christopher Helm – Kenyon College
Gene Duplication in the Attenuated ΔaroD Francisella tularensis
Logan Herbert – College of Charleston (SMRI)
Cardiac Metabolic Remodeling Precedes Structural Remodeling in the Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat Model
Nona Jiang – University of Virginia (SMRI)
Environmental Enteropathy, Inflammation, and Neurodevelopment in Bangladeshi Children
Eric Johnson – Tuskegee University
CMR Imaging Demonstrates Reduced Perfusion Reserve in Patients with Microvascular Disease
Joseph Johnson – Brown University
The Role of Atg8 Homologs and HOPS Vps39CHCR Domain in Autophagic Membrane Tethering
Sophie Lewandowski – Oberlin College
Profiling Potent PTP4A3 Phosphatase Perturbagens
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
Korey Marshall – Carnegie Mellon University (SMRI)
3D Printing in Tissue Engineering
Lane McCandless – Michigan State University
Assessing the Role of Autophagy in Collectrin Deficient Mice
Kravetz Monga – George Washington University
Enabling Tissue Specific Gene Knockdown in a C. elegans Model of Diabesity
Yvetane Moreau – University of Massachusetts, Boston
Exploring Id3 Regulation of Chemokine Expression in Atherosclerosis
Takahiro Nakamura – Bowdoin College (SMRI)
Cryptosporidiosis in the Humanized Gut Murine Model
Nebil Nuradin – Virginia Tech (SMRI)
Involvement of TRIM5a Proteins in Host Defense
William Petri – Pine Crest School
Testing the Role of Possible Human Susceptibility Genes CREM and CUL2 in Amebiasis
Christina Rodriguez – University of Miami (SMRI)
TPC2 and Ebola Entry and Infection
Krystal Roggerson – Hampton University
Exosomes Secreted from Hepatitis C Virus Infected Hepatocytes Decrease Fun of CD4 T Cells
Madison Rose – Rochester Institute of Technology
Optimization of Proteomic Pulldown Technique
Monyai Smakaleng – University of Venda
Regulation of ToxT in Vibrio cholera by a Novel Transcriptional Factor AnrVibrio
Ian Snyder – Vassar College
Degradation of Carboxy Terminus of TIP60 is Mediated by Human Papillomavirus (HPV) E6 Protein
Richard Trieu – University of Alabama at Birmingham
Fiber-Photometry and CLARITY in The Thalamus
Erin Weddle – Shenandoah University
Carbapenem Resistance: Investigating Promoter Sequences of the blaKPC Gene
Stephen Williams – Norfolk State University
Identification of a Novel TLR2/4-dependent Phosphorylation Site on Disabled Homolog 2
Diborah Yimer – Denison University
Caloric Restriction: Regulation of GCR1 in Yeast
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)
Monique Bailey – Johns Hopkins University
Computational Model of G alpha q-Induced Heart Failure
Sara Balch – Tufts University
Understanding Intron Retention: CRISPRs/Cas9 Systems Targeting NXF1 CTE
Gabriela Balicas – Rice University
MicroRNAs: A New Therapeutic Target for Arteriogenesis, Angiogenesis and Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease
Alexis Barfield – Elizabeth City State University
Molecular Cloning of Entamoeba histolytica JAB1 for Recombinant Protein Expression
Samantha Batista – Vassar College
Mutation and Structural Analysis of RRV ORF 52
Emanuel Rivera – University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
Chromatin Regulation of the Nuclear GTPase Ran: Implications for the Premature Aging
Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome

Jordan Brown – Morehouse College
Leishmaniasis and the Pursuit of Advanced Therapeutics
Alyssa Brunal – Virginia Tech
Exploring the Effect of Increased Urocortin 3 in the Paraventricular Hypothalamus on Feeding Behavior
Brandy Burgos – The Ohio State University
Preferential Interactions Between Id3 and E-proteins Possibly Due to a Structural Modification
Nijah Burris – Spelman College
Novel Therapeutic Approaches to Enteric Infections
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

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

Adam Rosenzweig – Wake Forest University
Selective Activation of LXR Target Genes by Non-steroidal LXR Agonists
Christopher Santos – SUNY Geneseo
Exploring the Phosphorylation of Lipin via Mast-2
Stefanie Sippl – University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Analysis of SMC Specific Col15a1 KO Mice on 13 Week Western Diet
Erika Strickler – Saint Mary’s College of California
Caloric Restriction in Yeast: How Does it Affect Aging?
Cheregn Tegegn – University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Persistence in the Bacterium Francisella tularensis
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
Valeria De La Rosa-Reyes – University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
The Role of ZFP148 in Aneurysm Formation
Emily Diaz – University of Maryland, Baltimore County
An in vitro Model to Understand the Effect of Vascular Delay on Sprouting Angiogenesis
Alyssa Dixon – Chaminade University of Honolulu
Resistance to an EGFR Antagonist is Mediated by Trk in Head and Neck Cancer
Godfrey Dzhivhuho – University of Cape Town
Regulatory Mechanisms of ALDH1L1 & GNMT Promoters in Ischemic Stroke Patients
Norma Elizaga – University of Guam
Screening for Small Molecule Inhibitors of the Dengue Virus Protease and Testing
for Dis3L2 Exoribonuclease Activity in S. cerevisiae

Karla Elliott – University of Texas at El Paso
Identification of a Novel Entamoeba Species
Marleny Escano – College of Saint Elizabeth
SphK1 L271M Mutation for Enhancement of a hSphK1 Inhibitor Activity in mSphK1
Danyelle Johnson – University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Identifying C-Kit+ Cardiac Stem Cells in Post-Myocardial Infarcted Heart
Welay Megos – University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Effect of Zinc on EAEC Virulence In Vivo
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

Karinnet Montero Díaz – University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
The Biological Role of Dispersin and the Aat System in Pathogenic E. coli
Thomas Moutinho – Worcester Polytechnic Institute
A Miniature High-throughput Plate Reader
Marianna Ortiz – University of Texas at El Paso
NKp46 Mean Fluorescence Intensity before Infection in Congenic Mice
Edie Pettiford – Winston-Salem State
Exercise-induced S-nitrosylation in Protection of Mitochondria
Yesenia Reyes – The University of Texas at Dallas
Iron Deficiency Affects Biofilm Development in Bordetella bronchiseptica
Joe Rowles – University of Missouri Columbia
Regulatory Mechanisms of ALDH1L1 & GNMT Promoters in Ischemic Stroke Patients
Wilmary Salas-Cruz – University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla
Sir2: A Protein that Promotes Longevity
Christopher Santos – SUNY Geneseo
Expression and Isolation of the mTORc Substrate Mast-2
Carlos Santos Perez – University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
DAX1 as a Co-activator of the LHBeta transcription
Stefanie Sippl – University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Role of Col15a1 in Atherosclerosis and Study of Col15a1 Knock out Mouse Model
Natasha Soares – University of Hawaii at Manoa
Detection of the Vesicular Nucleotide Transporter (VNUT) mRNA in the Mouse Brain
Daniel Taitano – University of Guam
Targeting HIV-1 gp120 Glycosylation for Evaluation of VRC01 Antibody Neutralization
Happy Tshivhula – University of Venda
Optimizing a Phenotypic Assay for Future HIV Drug Resistance Testing in South Africa
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
Alya Elsayed-Ali – University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Analysis of Phosphospecific Antibodies Targeting Lipin 1
Zulai Amadu – Hunter College
Effects of Id3 Common and Variant Alleles on E2A Protein Binding to DNA
Daniel Amor – Villanova University
Identifying Francisella Mutants Defective in Uptake & Creating a Bioluminescent Francisella Strain
Laura Battisti – Rochester Institute of Technology
TSHZ3: A Candidate Gene Influencing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Tyler Beckler – Gardner-Webb University
Analysis of a Genetic Locus to Identify Markers of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Katie Bitting – Sweet Briar College
The Synthesis of Thiadiazoles as a Potential Leukemia Treatment
Josh Burkholder – Howard University
Continuing Research Suggests that the Disruption of Secondary Messenger cGMP Synthesis within the Kidney Effectively Inhibits Natiuresis
Emily Kelly Castro – University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez Campus
IL-4 Induces Expression of Dab2 by PKC and PI3K Dependant Pathway
Stephanie Davis – Oakwood University
BPA Alterations on Aggression and Anxiety
Shaneise Ellis – Norfolk State Universisty
Determining the Sensitivity of Human Ovarian Cancer Cells to the Sphingolipid Biosynthesis Inhibitor Myriocin
Antonio Esparza – University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Nitazoxanide and Analogues Inhibit Biofilm Production in E. coli and S. epidermidis
Linwood Joyner, II – North Carolina State University
Exploring Roles of Intestinal Cell Kinase (ICK) in Malnutrition & Cryptosporidium Infection
Yohannes Ghenbot – University of Maryland College Park
trans-Sodium Crocetinate, a Novel Neuroprotectant for Ischemic Injury
Angelica Gonzalez Sanchez – University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
The Effect of the Aurora Kinases on the Transcriptional Activity of the Androgen Receptor
Tamara Haque – Virginia Commonwealth University
Cryptosporidium Speciation
Omi Idassi – North Carolina A&T State University
Orf61 & the Regulation of Virulence Factors in Bacterial Strains
Ivonne Lollett – Florida International University
Tracking Stability of LPS Synthesis Proteins in the Pseudomonas aeruginosa Clinical Isolate 2192
Alex Ayon Loza – University of California Santa Cruz
Expression of Francisella tularensis Siderophore Biosynthetic Genes Using the pBAD Expression System in E. coli
Agape Lucas – North Carolina Agric & Tech State University
Tick Screening Project: Rickettsia and Ehrlichia
Nelitza Martinez Vega – Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
Transcriptional Regulatory Network Pseudomonas aeruginosa UCB-PP PA14
Alexandra Navarro – University of Texas at El Paso
Identifying a CXCL10 Chemokine Target in Bacillus anthracis Spores
Tshifhiwa Nefefe – University of Venda
Anti-cancer Activities of Broccoli-derived Chemopreventive Compounds: Role of Fatty Acid Synthase
Erica Pursell – University of Arizona
Measuring Flexibility of the Inner Ear Sensory Epithelium: Is Stiffness Associated With Regeneration?
Yesenia Reyes – The University of Texas at Dallas
Amyloid Detection in Bordetella bronchiseptica
Carlos Santos Perez – University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
Dax 1 and WT 1: Novel Regulators of LHß Transcription
Tshifhiwa Tambani – University of Venda
Screening of Molecules that can Inhibit the Activity of HIV-1-C Proteins
Benny Walker – Purdue University
Silencing Hyperactive Neurons: Genetic Engineering a Treatment for Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and Neuropathic Pain
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
Priscilla Amara – Benedict College
NF-kB (p65) Transcription – Independent Regulation of Bim: Preventing Anoikis through Novel Mechanisms
Uriah Aurora Astorga – University of Texas at El Paso
Biphasic Effects of Androgen on LH beta Transcription
Carlos Barbery – University of Mary Washington
Evaluation of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor in Mice
Rhonde’e Riana Caldwell – Norfolk State University
Seeking Novel Therapeutic Approaches for Glioblastoma Multiforme
Jeremy Dwayne Courtney – Alcorn State University
Regulation of Human Monocytes by HCV
Ashley Michelle Davis – Baylor University
Prevalence of Class-2 SPATEs in Septicemic Escherichia coli
Shaneise Lynn Ellis – Norfolk State University
Localization of the RNA Binding Protein Musashi-2 During Mouse Spermatogenesis
Alya Hani Elsayed-Ali – University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Mapping Cardiac Hypertrophy
Jasmine Gray – Hampton University
Infection of a Novel Retrovirus in a Human Prostate Tumor Cell Line Induces Phenotypic Abnormalities in the Tumor Vasculature
Luiza Miyanda Hatyoka – University of Venda
Methods to Analyze Drug Resistance in HIV-1 Patients
Thanh Hoang – University of Rochester
You Are What You Eat: Exploring Healthy Eating Behaviors in Asian-Americans and Adolescents
Lauren Elise Johnson – Hampton University
Screening Nitazoxanide Analogues against Legionella pneumophila and Putative Target KorAB
Brittany Tiera Jones – Clark Atlanta University
Detection of Modified MIF as a Potential Biomarker for Cancer Prevention
Emily Cristine Kelly Castro – University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez Campus
Regulation of LDL-receptor and LDL Cholesterol Levels by Dab2
Jacqueline Denise Lamar – Claflin University
Development of Lux Reporter Assays for Burkholderia cepacia Complex Bacteria and Regulation of an Extracytoplasmic Sigma Factor
Segni Benti Ligaba – University of Virginia
Characterization of Signaling Activity by a Surface Transmembrane Protein of Entamoeba histolytica
Kaitlyn Teresa Marks – The University of Notre Dame
microRNA-363 Regulates Glioma and Stem Cell Growth and Survival by Targeting Apoptosis Factor Bim
Matthew Duvalier McCauley – Johns Hopkins University
MicroRNA-675 in Cardiac Hypertrophy
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
Kimberley Nicole Monks – University of Southern California
Influenza and the Olfactory Bulb
Rashida Mustafa – Spelman College
Morbid Obesity-induced Diabetic Neuropathy
Peter James Nash – University of Massachusetts Amherst
Characterizing Nibrin-Treacle Interactions
Laura Powell – University of Delaware
Characterization of Disulfide Bond Formation Pathways in Francisella novicida
Kendra Sha’von Robinson-Taylor – Alcorn State University
Identification of ABC Transporters Required for the Utilization of Siderophore in F. tularensis novicida
Natasha Santos-Piñero – University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez
c-Myb/NFIB Fusion Proteins in Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma
Roxanne Joy Smoker – Concord University
RSK, A Novel Target for Breast Cancer
Jessica Domingo Takai – Chaminade University
Type 2 Corticotropin Releasing Factor Receptor (CRFR2) Regulates Glucose Homeostasis in Skeletal Muscle Cells
Lionel David Vazquez Figueroa – University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Campus
Hippocampal NMDA Receptor Surface Expression in Status Epilepticus and Epilepsy
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
Priscilla Amara – Benedict College
Characterization of Small Molecule Inhibitors of NF-kB that Sensitize Cells to Apoptosis
Rose Bamfo – Harvard University
Production of Biologically Active, Recombinant hTSSK1, the Candidate Target for Male Contraceptive Drug Development
Carlos Barbery – University of Mary Washington
Adenosine 2A Receptor Represses MCP-1 Induced CD4+ T cell Migration
Keaira Berry – Claflin University
Expression of Corticotropin-Releasing Factor Receptor 2 (CRFR2) in Mouse Pancreas
Jeremy Brooks – East Tennessee State University
T1 Mapping of Diffuse Myocardial Fibrosis
Abraham Butler – Tuskegee University
The Expression and Purification of Entamoeba histolytica GPI-1a Protein: A Potential Biomarker of Amebiasis
James Chavre – Columbia University
Quantification of Differential Urinary Proteins as Potential Biomarkers of Renal Development in Healthy Infants at Birth and at Seven Months
Jeremy Courtney – Alcorn State University
Regulation of Human Monocytes by HCV Core Protein
Stephanie Crespo – Rochester Institute of Technology
The Initial Cloning and Expression of the K14 protein of KSHV
Linda De La Paz – Florida International University
Protein Purification of the TAF domain in AML1-ETO
Rebecca Duffy – Virginia Commonwealth University
Oxidation of TAK1 by Sulforaphane in NF-kB Pathway
Sean Freeman – University of Mary Washington
Effect of Oxygen Preconditioning and Glucose on the Vulnerability of Hypoxic Tumor Cells to Radiation Therapy
Awndre Gamache – Washington State University
Characterization of Putative Capsule Biosynthetic Genes of Francisella novicida
Oneil Gardner – University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
The Role of INP52 and RRT16 Genes in rDNA Transcription in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Jasmine Gray – Hampton University
Intrarenal Ghrelin Receptor Antagonism Induces Distal Nephron-Dependant Natriuresis
Michelle Jackson – Johnson C. Smith University
Investigating Factor Deficiency and Platelet Function Using Sonorheometry; Study of Patients With Coagulation Disorders
Danitra Keith – Grambling State University
MCMV Immunoevasins: Cloning gp34 & gp48
Ruth Kiros – Smith College
Polarization and Trafficking of CD4 + T Cells
Krystal Lewis – Morgan State University
Screening of Novel Pilicide Therapeutics
Lara Linden – Grove City College
The Role of Menin in Chromatin Modification and Transcription
Rosa Munoz – Belmont Abbey College
Platelet-Rich Plasma for Bone Regeneration
Lindsey Myers – University of Florida
Mitochondrial Permeability Transition in Skeletal Muscles Mitochondrial Dysfunctioning in Diet-Induced Insulin Resistance
Basant Nassar – Penn State, Hazelton
Role of Thrombospondin (TSP) on Blood-Derived Macrophages in a CNS Injury
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
Nahal Nikroo – University of California, Irvine
The Role of Cell Cycle Control in Limiting Mammalian Inner Ear Regeneration
Reisha Parham – Virginia Tech
Small Compound Drug Discovery for the Reversal of Diabetes
Anne-France Pierre – Amherst College
Molecular Diagnosis of Clostridium difficile Infection(CDI) in Fecal Specimens Using Multiplex Real Time PCR
Jessica Quinn – Alcorn State University
GnRH and Insulin Signaling Converge to AMPK
ReAnna Roby – Alcorn State University
Stroke Epigenomics: Examining the Epigenomics of Candidate Stroke Genes
Katherine Schiermeyer – East Tennessee State University
Genetic Effects on Tamoxifen Response in Contralateral Breast Cancer
Chika Ugwoaba – University of Washington
Efficacy of VPC16a1001 Against Entamoeba histolytica In vitro
Yorleny Vicioso – Nassau Community College
Pulmonary Repair Following Severe Influenza Infection
Tyler Wilson – University of the Ozarks
Cholesterol Loading Can Cause Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells to Take on Macrophage-like State
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?
Deseray Aguirre
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
A Comparison of Dedritic Spine Number in SCID vs. WT mice by Golgi-Cox Method
Paiam Alavi
University of Texas Austin
Computational Analysis of Transcriptional Regulation with the Metabolic Network of Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Atif Badawi
Virginia State University
The Role of Caveolin-1 in Ebolavirus Infection
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
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
Alexandra De Leon
Amherst College
Inhibition of Lysophosphatidic Acid Production
Giulia Dula
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Search for CRFR2 Receptor on C2C12 Muscle Cells
Michelle Jackson
Johnson C. Smith University
Investigating Factor Deficiency and Platelet Function Using Sonorheometry; Study of Patients With Coagulation Disorders
Justin Krak
Washington and Jefferson College
Optimizing Growth Conditions for the Expression of the F. tularensis Iron Transporter fslE in E. Coli
Tashima Lambert
University of Virginia
Effects of Topoisomerase II on rRNA Transcription
Mitchell Leibowitz
University of Virginia
Validation of a Paired-end Sequencing Variant Map in Mice
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
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
Charles Molokwu
Delaware State University
Comparison of Five Variant SF8300 CA-MRSA Strains and How They Contributed to the Virulence in Galleria mellonella
Khristopher Nguyen
The College of William and Mary
Studies on the Role of Focal-adhesion Kinase (FAK) in Tumor-associated Macrophages
Chinye Osia
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
The HIV-1 Envelope Glycoproteins
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
Katherine Schultz
University of New Mexico
Nibrin, Cell Cycle Checkpoints, and Genomic Instability
Deanna Smith
Norfolk State University
Quantifying Growth Hormone Pulsatility
Megha Subramanian
The University of Virginia
Gonadal Steroid-Independent Regulation of Aggressive and Cognitive Behaviors
Kyree Thomas
SUNY Albany
Investigating the Role of Autism Susceptibility Candidate 2 (Auts2) in Osteoblasts
Kwame Tuffuor
University of Virginia
Inhibition of Francisella tularensis by Nitaxozanide
JaLessa Wright
Alcorn State University
The Impact of a Single Nucleotide Polymorphism of Id3 on Binding to Different Helix Loop Helix Binding Partners
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
Kofi Asihene
Oberlin College
Glucose Metabolism and Cancer
Eva Boateng
Hampton University
Insulin Signaling and Regulation of IRAP (Insulin-Regulated Amino Peptidase) in the Kidney
Monica Covio
University of Texas at Brownsville
Cell Cycle Kinetics of Neural Progenitor Cells in a Model of Cortical Malformation
Joycelyn Cudjoe
Baylor University
Antimicrobial Activity of Chemokines on Francisella tularensis
Patrizia Davanzo
University of Padova
Reconstruction of Plasma Insulin Concentration from Subcutaneous Insulin Injection Data
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
Jerryce Diggs
University of Houston
The Role of the G Protein-Coupled Receptor G2A in Macrophage Phenotype and Activation
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
Da’dra Forrest
Virginia Union University
Risk Factors of Type 1 Diabetes
Folasade Gallimore
Hampton University
The Presence of CABYR in Lung Cancer Cell Line H226
Tiffany Garrett
Hampton University
Generation of RNAi Immune TDP-43 cDNA
Jason George
King’s College
Neurologic Effects of Conditional Rac1 Knockout, a Rho GTPase Critical for Neuritic Outgrowth and Cytoskeletal Dynamics
Katelyn Good
University of Virginia
Knocking down URE3-BP in Entamoeba histolytica with shRNA through RNAi
Rhecia Goodley
Savannah State University
Acyl Glycerol Kinase (AGK): Studies Using Transgenic Mice
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
Yayra Hiamey
Lock Haven University
At War with Candidiasis
Daniel Hockensmith
Virginia Tech
Protein Modeling Using IHRSR and Protein Data Bank Files
Melanie McReynolds
Alcorn State University
Role of Rapamycin in Viral Gene Expression
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
Owo Otubusin
Xavier University of Louisiana
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE): A Breakdown in Communication in the Immune System
Bernard Parker Jr.
Salisbury University
Assays for Drug Discovery Using Protein Phosphatase 2C as Target
Charv’la Petty
Virginia Union University
miRNA Influence on Renin Expression
José Rodríguez
University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras
Genetic Analysis of Rad23-Proteasome Interactions
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
Daniel Sinden
The College of William and Mary
Mechanisms of Cyclosporin-induced KLF4 Gene Expression in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells
Rebecca Stephens
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
The NK Cell Receptor LY49G2 in MA/My and C57L Strains
Kenneth Sykes
University of Virginia
Analysis of G protein Subunit Expression in Neutrophils
Daisy Torres
University of Puerto Rico
Protocadherins Mediate Regulation of Cell Sorting During Morphogenesis
Kwame Tuffuor
University of Virginia
Bacillus anthracis
Shana Williams
University of South Florida
Quantification of Release Kinetics of Sphingosine 1-phosphate
Anna Jean Wirth

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

Class of 2007

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

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

Xavier University of Louisiana
Sickle Cell Anemia
Patrick Benitez

Princeton University
Modeling the Fatigue Response to Sleep Deprivation
Sheila Boateng

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

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

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

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

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

Houston Community College
Temperature-Dependent Ultrasound Substrate Material using Epoxy Resin Blends
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!!
Natasha Ferguson

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

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

State University of New York at Stony Brook
The Role of SCAMPs in the Regulation of Membrane Properties in the Endocytic Pathway
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
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
Ricardo Molero Bravo

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

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

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

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

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

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

Universidad Metropolitana
Study of the Expression of Smooth Muscle Myosin Heavy Chain and Smooth Muscle Alpha Actin in Cryopreserved Transgenic Mice
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
Brandon Shepherd

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

Haverford College
Lipid Mediated Regulation of ABCG1 Protein Expression
Feven Tameire

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

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

Grambling State University
Effects of TNFa and LPS on Gb3

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Krystal Dominique Allen
Howard University
New Immunohistochemical Techniques To Detect Factors
That Influence Beta Cell Formation
Martin Vander Burks IV
University of Virginia
Thermosensitive Injectable Hydrogels
Marangelie Criado-Marrero
University of Puerto Rico, Ponce
High Fat Diet May Advance Puberty
Osayamen Ovbokhan Edigin
Prairie View A&M University
Heterotopic Neurogenesis in a Rat with Cortical Heterotopia
Rosemary Ann Lopez Gonzaga
Swarthmore College
Self-Tolerance & Melanoma Therapy
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
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
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
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
Danielle Denea Roberson
University of Michigan
Anxiety as a Behavioral Implication of the P53 Transgene
Amir Ali Sherkat
University of Maryland, Baltimore Co.
Ubc4 Knockdown in Mouse Pituitary Gonadotropes
Antea Cherron Singleton
Saint Joseph’s University
Preliminary Functional Analysis of RNA Interference on the Innate
Immunity of Caenorhabditis elegans
Alexandriana Tanisha Spivey
Shaw University
Entamoeba histolytica, Bacterial, and Cytokine Interaction in vitro
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
Shvian Samone Whitfield
Virginia Commonwealth University
Helicobacter pylori: Cloning, Overexpression and Purification of Flavodoxin Protein
Shameika Raishawn Wilmington
The University of Iowa
Who Cares about CARA? Understanding the Role of RRN3 in Transcription

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Oma Nnenna Agbai

Emory University
The Role of Adenosine Receptor in Dendritic Cell Maturation and Function
Oluwadamilola Susan Akinnifesi
University of Miami
Entamoeba histolytica: Role of Neuraminidase in the Interaction with Host Cells
Tyesha Nicole Burks
University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
Effects of Peroxynitrite on Contractile Proteins
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
LaTia Shaquan Etheredge
Virginia Union University
Mitochondria and Neurodegenerate Diseases
Julianna Nancy Harvey
Lehigh University
Shear Stress Regulation of GRP78 in Human Endothelial Cells
Suzanne Marie Harvey
Sweet Briar College
Analysis of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Data of a
Type 1 Diabetic Patient Pre and Post Islet Transplantation
Aurora Nicole Hill
North Carolina State
The Influence of Hyperhydration On 1H-NMR Signals Along
With a Segmentation Quantification
Krystal LaToya Hill
Clemson University
Preliminary Characterization of Motility, Biofilm Formation, and
Carbon Source Utilization in Epidemic Burkholderia dolosa Strains
Adaora Ikwuagwu
Delaware State University
Mechanistic Studies to Improve the Targeting of Tubulin Binding Agents
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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

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
Joseph Camacho
University of Virginia
Comparing the Neurophysiology of the Common Inhibitor
And Opener Inhibitor in Homarus Americanus (lobster)

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
Jeffrey Gagan
University of Virginia
Derivatives of the Mammalian Neural Crest
David Mark
Oberlin College
The Effect of Nef Alleles on HIV Infectivity
Amber McCurdy
Voorhees College
[g 35S]GTP binding Assay for the Characterization of
Orphan G-Protein Coupled Receptors

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
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
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
Dalia Potosme
University of Miami
Novel Products from Antibiotic Inactivation: Developing New
Aminoglycoside Derivatives as Chemotherapeutic Agents
to Treat Protozoan Disease and Cancer

Samuel Quaynor
University of Virginia
Does Metformin Act Centrally to Change Firing Rate of
Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Neurons?
Yogita Tailor
University of Maryland – Baltimore County
Structure and Function of Chromodomains
Jason Unger
Brandeis University
Cloning of Aegerolysin-like (Hemolysin) PA 0122 Protein
in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Viviana Vazquez-Rivera
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
The Effect of RSV Infection on IL-12 Production in Lymph Nodes
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
Mike Acheampong
Xavier University
Identification of Proteins Associated with the Gal/GalNAc
Lectin of Entamoeba histolytica
Joel Adrianna Bass
Grambling State University
Developing Secure Survey Instruments to Probe Health Disparities
Anita Carter
Claflin University
D5, a Variant of Estrogen Receptor-a(ERa), Found in Uterine Cancer
Allison Chamberlain
University of Virginia
Stem Cells from Processed Human Adipose Tissue (PHAT)
Sean Clarke
University of Maryland – Eastern Shore
The Role of 12/15 Lipoxygenase (12/15-LO) in
Cultured Murine Myeloid Dendritic Cells
Noopur Gangopadhyay
University of Virginia
Investigating the Role of Schwann Cells and Multipotent
Stem Cells in Peripheral Nerve Regeneration
Corinne Hoffman
Christopher Newport University
Do Mammalian siRNAs Preferentially Target Actively Translating RNAs?
Brandi Jacobs
Grambling State University
Studies of Protein Binding Activities of Human Copine I
Patience Karikari
Morgan State University
Role of the Bromo Domain of GCN5 in Nucleosome Acetylation
Ariel Lane
Spelman College
The Differentiation of Giardia lamblia Isolates using
Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
Milos Lazic
College of Charleston
Analyzing Interactions of FTY720-P and Other S1P Agonists
With Human S1P1 and S1P2 Receptors
Kara Malone
University of Virginia
RNAi to Address the Role of Transcriptional Repressors
TDP-43 and Pur
 ain SP-10 Gene Expression
Patrice Moreland
Grambling State University
Protein Expression and Purification: Expressing Beta 1-141
Proteins in Escherichia coli
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
Jaime Rolle
Bethune-Cookman College
Analysis of SPAN-X in Cancer Cell Lines
Melecia Simpson
Benedict College
Presence of Caveolin 1aand Caveolin 2 in Human and Mouse Spermatozoa
Yogesh Surendranath
University of Virginia
Rational Mutagenesis for High Throughput Structural Genomics
Ryan Susa
Rochester Institute of Technology
Comparative Analysis of Mice and Chick Utricle’s Hair Cell Proliferation
Domenic Turco
Washington & Jefferson College
Preparation of Ligand-Binding Domains of Nuclear Receptors FXR and PPAR g
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
Christian Banchs
University of Florida
Immobilization of E. coli F1-Atpase
Carrie Belfield
Delaware State University
Yeast Two-Hybrid Screen for mTOR and PHASI/4E-BPI Interacting Proteins
Beth Brantley
Duke University
Investigating the Therapeutic Potential of
Processed Lipoaspirate Cells
Christina Chen
Louisiana State University
Investigating the Mutant FANCA and
FANCG Proteins of Fanconi Anemia
Leon Coleman, Jr.
University of Virginia
Oxidized Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL)
and Platelet Function
Yvette Diaz
The University of Arizona
PLC-e May Be Stimulated By Ras, Gbg
and/Or Ga12/13???
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
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
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
Michelle Morse
University of Virginia
Partial Cloning of Two Uncharacterized Genes Suspectedly Involved in
Fertilization and Related to Egg-Derived Tyrosine Phosphatase

Denise O’Donnell
St. Mary’s University
Requirement of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor For Urokinase-Type Plasminogen Activator Receptor- Mediated Signaling Pathways
Katherine Ostapoff
Emory University
RSV Detection System Development Using Mouse Monoclonal Antibodies for N Protein
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
Thing Rinda Soong
University of California – Berkeley
Effect of Acute and Chronic Hypoglycemia on Expression of Leukocyte
 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
Rozie Townsend
Delaware State University
Monitoring Cell Proliferation Inhibition of E-47 Under BrdU Analysis in Vascular
Smooth Muscle Cells

Victor Julian Valdes
National Autonomous University of Mexico
LRS4 Silencing of HMR in Yeast
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
Regan Blackwood
Sweet Briar Col.
Investigating Spindle Checkpoint Genes in S. Cerevisiae
Taniesha L. Buffin
Xavier Univ.
Separation Of Testicular Cell Types Using The STAPUT Method
Kevin Douglas Cartwright
Virginia Wesleyan Col.
Annexins and Neurospora
Leon Coleman
Univ. of Virginia
Oxidized Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) and Platelet Function
Wilfredo Cosme
Univ. of Puerto Rico
Interaction of Human Alpha-2- Macroglobulin With Growth Factors
Malarie Cummings
Hampton Univ.
Risk Analysis of Blood Glucose Data
Zoe R. Donaldson
Mechanisms and Genetics Underlying Lupus Pathogenesis
Quatrisa Douglas
Alcorn State Univ.
Ugochi C. Ekeocha
Morgan State Univ.
Investigation of Human Sperm Proteins Solubilized with TX-100 at Different Temperatures
Quintesia L. Grant
Xavier Univ. of Louisiana
Cas and Src Association in Breast Cancer Cell Lines
Eline E. Haenebalcke
Washington & Lee Univ.
Sperm Cell Selection System for Forensic DNA Analysis of the Male Component
Ashleigh M. Hicks
Morgan State Univ.
Edg Receptor Signaling
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
Tomma L. Winder
Univ. of Virginia
Visualization of Yeast Ribosomal Genes Using
Light Microscopy
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