2015 Summer Scholar Profile: Sumner Kilmarx

Posted by Greg Chin on July 17, 2015 | SRF Education

My name is Sumner Kilmarx; I am a rising junior at Dartmouth College where I am majoring in molecular biology. My current work at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging is based in the laboratory of Dr. Judith Campisi under the guidance of Dr. Marco Demaria. The goal of my project is to characterize the cellular response to chemotherapy, so we can better understand the senescent phenotype, including which factors the chemotherapy-induced senescent cells can secrete. We hope to discern chemotherapy drugs that do not promote recurrence of cancer.

2015 Summer Scholar Profile: Rajan Choudhary

Posted by Greg Chin on July 14, 2015 | SRF Education

My name is Rajan Choudhary, and I am an undergraduate at the University of Oxford. Currently, I am halfway through my medical degree. This summer, I will be working under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Carr, Dr. Marc Feldman, and Mr. James Smith to produce a systematic review on T-cell-based immunotherapy as a treatment option for cancer.

2015 Summer Scholar Profile: Federica Sartori

Posted by Greg Chin on July 13, 2015 | SRF Education

My name is Federica Sartori, and I am a third year cellular biology major at University of California, Davis (UCD), planning to become a research scientist in cellular or computational biology. I am excited to be working in the Brem lab at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging this summer. While interning in the Brem lab, I will use a combination of bioinformatic and experimental biology techniques to identify 3’ UTR length changes in cancer and understanding their mechanism and impact

2015 Summer Scholar Profile: June Hope

Posted by Greg Chin on July 02, 2015 | SRF Education

My name is June Hope. I am a recent graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, or as we like to call it, Cal Poly SLO. I graduated with a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology and a minor in Microbiology. While at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, I am working in the lab of Dr. Gordon Lithgow under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Edgar. During my time here at the Buck I will be working to determine if there is a causal relationship between alterations in metals and increased protein insolubility as well as investigating if specific changes in metals can increase longevity in C. elegans.

2015 Summer Scholar Profile: Natalie Friedricks

Posted by Greg Chin on July 02, 2015 | SRF Education

My name is Natalie Friedricks, and this last year I graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences and a Masters of Science in Global Medicine. This summer, under the guidance of Dr. Matthew O'Connor and Dr. Amutha Boominathan, I will attempt to use gene therapy to rescue a protein complex involved in many mitochondrial diseases.

2015 Summer Scholar Profile: Dee Luo

Posted by Greg Chin on July 01, 2015 | SRF Education

My name is Dee Luo, and I am a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania working towards a degree in the Biological Basis of Behavior from the College of Arts and Sciences and a minor in Healthcare Management from the Wharton School of Business. This summer, I am working with Dr. David Brindley, Dr. David DiGiusto, Anthony Davies, and Kirk Trisler to investigate regulation strategies in regenerative medicine.

2015 Summer Scholar Profile: Katie Manescu

Posted by Greg Chin on July 01, 2015 | SRF Education

My name is Katie Manescu. I have completed a Bachelors of Engineering in Biochemical Engineering at University College London (UCL) where I will be returning to complete the final year of my Masters of Engineering in Bioprocess Management later this year. Under the guidance of Dr. Jeff Karp and Executive Director Brock Reeve at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, I will evaluate the therapeutic potential of extracellular vesicles against established and developing therapies, in particular cell therapy, in order to yield a comparable and informative appraisal to guide research and clinical endeavors.

2015 Summer Scholar Profile: Celine-Lea Halioua-Haubold

Posted by Greg Chin on June 29, 2015 | SRF Education

My name is Celine-Lea Halioua-Haubold, and I am a rising junior at the University of Texas at Austin where I am double majoring in Chemistry and Neuroscience. This summer, I am working in Evan Snyder's lab at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. Under the mentorship of Anthony Orona, I will study the viability of using engineered neural stem cell exosomes to treat glioblastoma.

2015 Summer Scholar Profile: Neal Nathan

Posted by Greg Chin on June 29, 2015 | SRF Education

My name is Neal Nathan, and I am a rising junior at the University of California, Berkeley planning on double-majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology (with an emphasis in Neurobiology) and Public Health and minoring in Public Policy. At Evan Snyder's lab of the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute and the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, I am working on a project that is evaluating the interplay between two proteins implicated in the pathology of Parkinson's Disease (PD).

2015 Summer Scholar Profile: Brian Shing

Posted by Greg Chin on June 24, 2015 | SRF Education

My name is Brian Shing, and I am an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley. I am a rising junior and intend to major in Molecular and Cell Biology. This summer, under the mentorship of Drs. In Kap Ko, James Yoo, and Anthony Atala, I will be working on a kidney regeneration project. I will explore a novel delivery system that allows for efficient delivery of the secretome secreted from human placental stem cells (hPSCs) and evaluate the secretome’s effect on renal regeneration. This project could lead to novel therapies that could improve the lives of patients suffering from kidney disease throughout the world.

2015 Summer Scholar Profile: Amanda Paraluppi Bueno

Posted by Greg Chin on June 24, 2015 | SRF Education

My name is Amanda Paraluppi Bueno and I am pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science at the Centro Universitario Heminio Ometto, Araras-SP (Brazil). I came as an exchange student to study at University of Idaho, Moscow-ID, for one year through the Science Without Borders Program. This summer, under the guidance of Dr. Graça Almeida-Porada, Saloomeh Mokhtari, and Steven Greenberg, I will try to develop novel cell-based therapies that could provide a curative treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

2015 Summer Scholar Profile: Blake Johnson

Posted by Greg Chin on June 24, 2015 | SRF Education

My name is Blake Johnson, and I am a rising senior studying Human Physiology at the University of Iowa. This summer, I am working under the direction of Dr. John Jackson to generate thymus organoids capable of producing functional T-cells. The ability to generate a functional thymus outside the body would have a number of clinical applications, including rejuvenation of an aging thymus to boost the immune response in older individuals and development of tolerance in organ transplantation.

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