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Student Profiles

Seckin Akgul
Mentor: Yuan Zhu
Determination of the role of tumor suppressor genes and oncogenes in nervous system tumors
Steve Allen
Mentor: Sofia Merajver
Interplay of macrophages and inflammation with early breast malignancy and chronic mastitis
Hilary Archbold
Mentor: Kenneth Cadigan
Wingless Response Elements: Characterising the bi-partite binding motif of the transcription factor dTCF
Katherine Baldwin
Mentor: Roman Giger
Nervous System Regeneration: Molecular Mechanisms that Limit Axonal Regeneration Following Spinal Cord Injury, Optic Nerve Injury and Multiple Sclerosis
Natacha Bohin
Mentor: Linda Samuelson
The role of Notch signaling in intestinal stem cell function & intestinal epithelial cell homeostasis
Nadejda Bozadjieva
Mentor: Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi
The role of Akt/mTORC1 signaling in pancreatic alpha cell physiology
Arthur Brannon III
Mentor: Marina Pasca di Magliano
Initiation and progression of pancreatic cancer with a focus on signaling pathways
Elaina Breznau
Mentor: Ann Miller
Investigating how the small GTPase Rho regulates cytokinesis normally and how the Rho signaling pathway may become mis-regulated in cancers
Susana Chan
Mentor: David Markovitz
The replication of human endogenous retrovirus type K (HML-2)
Jennifer Chase
Mentor: Ivan Maillard
Notch signaling, T cell differentiation and homeostasis, and hematopoietic stem cells
Albert (Tzong-Yang) Chen
Mentor: Patrick Hu
The role of DAF-16/FOXO in lifespan regulation of C. elegans
Jennifer Chik
Mentor: Uhn-Soo Cho
Structure and function of centromeric proteins
Jooho Chung
Mentor: Ivan Maillard
Transcriptional dynamics of notch signaling in peripheral T-cells
Corey Cunningham
Mentor: Billy Tsai
ER-associated degradation of mutant proinsulins
Ishita Das
Mentor: JoAnn Sekiguchi
Role of a specific DNA nuclease in resolution of replication stress and maintenance of genome stability
Brianne Docter
Mentor: James Bardwell
Discovery and characterization of molecular chaperones
Tamar Feinberg
Mentor: Stephen J. Weiss
Matrix metalloproteinase mobilization and function in branching morphogenesis
Anabel Flores
Mentor:Christin Carter-Su
Determining the function of the PH domain of SH2B1 and the impact of the mutations in the PH domain associated with human obesity and insulin sensitivity
Brittany Flores
Mentor:Sami Barmada
Understanding the overlapping mechanisms responsible for neurodegeneration in ALS and FTD due to C9ORF72 mutations and abnormal deposition of TDP-43
Nicole Gabreski
Mentor: Brian Pierchala
Functions of several splice variants of RET, a receptor tyrosine kinase, during development in the mouse
Danielle Goodman
Mentor: Kathy Spindler
Molecular pathogenesis of encephalitic virus infections
Chetna Gopinath
Mentor: Anthony Antonellis
Transcriptional regulation of genes important for nervous system development and function
Laurie Griffin
Mentor: Anthony Antonellis
Identifying genes responsible for inherited neurodegenerative diseases; and Obtaining a better understanding of peripheral nervous system development
Alexander Holtz
Mentor: Ben Allen
Cell surface regulation of Sonic Hedgehog signaling, focusing on the interaction of pathway antagonists in mouse neural tube development
Brooke Horton
Mentor: Anuj Kumar
Mechanisms underlying synapse formation and neurogenesis in the hippocampus
Zachary Huttinger
Mentor: David Ginsburg
Genetic control of virulence genes in invasive streptococci
Mangala Sidhar Iyengar
Mentor: Ronald Buckanovich
Role of immune cells in ovarian cancer angiogenesis and tumor antigen recognition
Derek Janssens
Mentor: Cheng-Yu Lee
Earmuff Regulation of Intermediate Neural Progenitors
Ray Joe
Mentor: Christin Carter-Su
Determining the cellular basis for the Phenotype observed in patients with mutation in the adapter protein SH2B1 which includes severe early onset obesity
Joseph Kruempel
Mentor: Patrick Hu
Mechanisms by which DAF-16/FOXO regulates lifespan in C. elegans
Brian Larsen
Mentor: Deneen Wellik
The role of Hox6 genes in mouse pancreas development
Alex Linsalata
Mentor: Peter Todd
Mechanism and regulation of repeat-associated, non-ATG (RAN) protein translation in neurodegenerative disease
David Lorberbaum
Mentor: Scott Barolo
Transcriptional control of gene regulation and focus on characterizing enhancer function using  Drosophila melanogaster
Kevin Lu
Mentor: Yukiko Yamashita
Asymmetric stem cell division
William Lu
Mentor: JoAnn Sekiguchi
Elucidating the mechanisms underlying regulation of the Artemis DNA repair factor
Megan Ludwig
Mentor: Chad Brenner
Identifying the resistance mechanisms to targeted monotherapy treatments in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
Matthew Marek
Mentor: Nils Walter
Single Molecule Tracking of Translating Ribosomes
Gabriel Martinez Santibanez
Mentor: Carey Lumeng
Inflammatory response during adipose tissue remodeling
Esha Mathew
Mentor: Marina Pasca di Magliano
Hedgehog signaling in pancreatic cancer
Arlee Mesler
Mentor: Sunny Wong
Examining early events in hair follicle lumen formation
Yevgeniya Mironova
Mentor: Roman Giger
Nogo receptors in the healthy central nervous system by studying synaptogenesis, synaptic plasticity, and regulation of signaling pathways such as mTOR
John Moldovan
Mentor: John Moran
Mechanism of LINE-1 Retrotransposition
Andrea Morris Spencer
Mentor: Stephen Ragsdale
Regulation of biliverdin reductase and heme degradation through protein-protein interactions
Yashar Niknafs
Mentor: Arul Chinnaiyan
Transciptome analysis of cancers
Warren Pan
Mentor: Martin Myers
Understanding the neuroendocrine regulation of leptin signaling on obesity and diabetes
Shelby Peterson
Mentor: Sunny Wong
Hedgehog driven tumor formation in the skin
Jennifer Ro
Mentor: Scott Pletcher
Role of the central nervous system in nutrient homeostasis and dietary restriction response
Carla Ramos
Mentor: David Antonetti
Investigations into the formation and loss of the blood-brain and blood-retinal barrier in normal vascular biology, diabetes and cancer
Andrea Ramos
Mentor: Scott Barolo
Mechanisms of Gene Transcription Across the Hedgehog Signaling Gradient
Ciara Reyes
Mentor: Ann Miller
Investigating how the small GTPase Rho regulates cytokinesis normally and how the Rho signaling pathway may become mis-regulated in cancers
Jose Rodriguez-Nieves
Mentor: Jill Macoska
MAPK regulation of osteoblast differentiation
Nadia Sedastian
Mentor: Kathleen Collins
Viral pathogenesis at a cellular and molecular level
Heather Schofield
Mentor: Marina Pasca di Magliano
Kras mediated pancreatic carcinogenesis
Scott Scholz
Mentor: Xiaoxia “Nina” Lin
Biological engineering for sustainable energy and industrial applications
Jen Shadrach
Mentor: Brian Pierchala
Neuronal growth factors guide the development and maintenance of the nervous system
Jordann Smak
Mentor: JoAnn Sekiguchi
Examining the role of a DNA helicase in response to replication stress and in the maintenance of genome stability
Daniel Treisman
Mentor: Yuan Zhu
The Role of p53 in medulloblastoma initiations
Hanxiao Wang
Mentor: Alnawaz Rehemtulla
Regulation of FADD (Fas-Associated protein with Death Domain) through ubiquitination
Natasha Weiser
Mentor: John Kim
microRNAs and other classes of endogenous small noncoding RNAs regulate fundamental biological processes
Corinne Weisheit
Mentor: William Dauer
Characterizing the behavioral and histochemical phenotype of novel mouse models of primary dystonia
Sara Wong
Mentor: Lois Weismanr
The regulation of myosin V attachment to cargoes
Macy (Wenqian) Zhang
Mentor: Bing Ye
Regulation of neuron morphological development: Determining the upstream signaling mechanisms of the Krüppel-like transcription factor Dar1 in Drosophila