My name is Wenyi Zhu, and I’m entering my 4th year at Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University. This summer, I will be working in Dr. Evan Snyder’s lab at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. Under the mentorship of Dr. Lina Mastrangelo, I will be investigating the effects of LRRK2 protein and PARK1 mutations on autophagy in the hopes of understanding more about the progression of Parkinson’s disease.
The 2016 SRF Summer Scholars Program has begun! Over the next few months, our Summer Scholars will tell you a little about themselves and their Summer Scholars project in their SRF Education Blog posts.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.