My name is Guanlan Dong and I’m double majoring in math and computer science at Washington University in St. Louis. At WashU, I work in a cancer biology lab where we develop computational tools and use sequencing technology to analyze tumor data. This summer, I have been working in Dr. Michael Snyder’s lab at Stanford University. Under the guidance of my mentor Dr. Lihua Jiang, I’m trying to correlate SNPs in the genome and isoform expression in the transcriptome to our proteome data.
I’m Joshua Sampson. I’m studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This summer, I’m performing research under the mentorship of Cameron Pernia in the lab of Dr. Evan Snyder, MD, PhD, at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine in La Jolla, CA. I am studying Alzheimer’s disease using induced pluripotent stem cell technology to create neurons from skin cells harmlessly donated by patients.
My name is Grace Porter, and I am a recent graduate of the University of Georgia with Bachelor of Science degrees in both Biology and Genetics. As an undergraduate, I participated in research under Dr. Shiyou Chen of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology to examine the effects of a gene known as DOCK2 on development of atherosclerosis and hypertension in mice. During my tenure as a SENS Research Foundation Summer Scholar, I examined a specific Parkinson’s disease mouse model that readily displays the aggregations (clumping) of mis-folded alpha-synuclein protein commonly found in PD patients in formations known as Lewy Bodies.
Sanam is a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Environmental Health Sciences in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. As a research fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in the Epigenetics and Stem Cell Biology Laboratory, she studies regulators of stem cell homeostasis. As a SRF Summer Scholar, she worked to develop novel stem cell based therapies for cancer under the direction of Dr. Khalid Shah in the Center for Stem Cell Therapeutics and Imaging at Harvard Medical School.
Martina Velichkovska is a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major at the University of Miami, where she has worked in Dr. Michal Toborek's lab since her freshman year. For her independent project, she is studying the molecular pathways of HIV-dependent aging of NPCs with a focus on mitochondrial dysfunction. Here at the SRF Research Center, she worked with the MitoSENS team.
My name is Jeffrey Gu, and I am a neuroscience major and computer science minor at Duke University. This summer, I worked with the Ellerby lab at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging on a project regarding a potentially therapeutic pathway related to Huntington’s disease
I have worked as an undergraduate researcher for two years in the lab of Dr. Alison Butler in the chemistry department at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), studying mechanistic bioinorganic chemistry, metallobiochemistry, and chemical biology. Here at the SENS Research Foundation, I have been working with derivatives of drugs which have been shown to solubilize cholesterol and/or harmful derivatives of cholesterol such as oxysterols.
Namaste! My name is Sumedh Anand Sontakke, and I am a junior majoring in electrical engineering at the College of Engineering, Pune, India. This summer, I will be working at the University of Oxford as a SRF Summer Scholar under the supervision of Professor Chas Bountra and Dr. David Brindley. My research project in the Brindley Lab will attempt to use machine learning methods to improve the pharmaceutical industry’s drug attrition rate.
My name is Alefia Kothambawala, and I am a rising junior at the University of California, Davis, studying Biomedical Engineering. When I came across the SENS Research Foundation, I was immediately drawn to the projects being researched. I noticed the unique way SENS scientists think about problems – preventing disease before they manifest – and wanted to contribute to this mentality. As a SRF Summer Scholar, I will be working in Dr. Evan Snyder’s lab to explore the relationship between Alzheimer's Disease, clozapine, and CRMP2.
My name is Tianhan Deng, and I am a rising junior at the University of California, Berkeley. I am pursuing a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with an emphasis on developmental genetics and a degree in clinical psychology. I have been particularly interested in the field of neuro-oncology and how genetic profiles of each patient can be used to develop personalized treatments. My summer project in the lab of Dr. Kahlid Shah aims to create the best model for lung-to-brain metastasis.
Hi, my name is Shil Patel, and I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in December 2016 with a BS in neuroscience and minors in chemistry and economics. Under the mentorship of Dr. Sharyl Fyffe-Maricich, my honor’s thesis examined the potential role of aberrant oligodendrocyte development as a leading cause of the symptoms in a neurodegenerative disorder called Rett Syndrome. This summer, I have joined Jeanne Loring’s laboratory at The Scripps Research Institute to explore stem cell treatment for Parkinson’s disease (PD).
My name is Jasmine Zhao, and I am a rising senior at the University of California, Los Angeles majoring in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) and minoring in biomedical research. Having the opportunity to work in different labs these past three years has not only increased my fascination with the applications of research in the treatment of diseases but also helped me develop as a young scientist. Currently, I am especially interested in fields such as regenerative medicine and developmental biology.