My name is GiHun Choi. I am a rising senior at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the department of Biological Engineering. My project will be conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Wanlu Du in the lab of Dr. Khalid Shah at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital. It focuses on exploring the possible application of therapeutic mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) loaded with oncolytic herpes simplex virus (oHSV) to treat advanced melanoma.
My name is Martin Rodriguez, and I am currently pursuing a BSc degree in Biomedical Engineering through the Marquette University & Medical College of Wisconsin joint BME program. Under the mentorship of Dr. John Jackson at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), my project will entail recellularizing thymic scaffolds and developing hydrogels with enhanced murine TECs, TM, and primary HSPCs for significant T lymphopoiesis outputs. I look forward to contributing intellectually and experimentally to these studies as I see how a multitude of white blood cell disorder therapies could benefit in the future from this study’s promising design.
My name is Ryan Leung from New Bedford, MA. I am a recent graduate of Tufts University, where I received my BS in Biomedical Engineering. This summer, I am working at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine under the supervision of Dr. John Jackson and Dr. James Yoo. My project aims to develop a functional bioartificial ovary capable of serving as a cell-based therapy for women who suffer from compromised ovarian function and disease-induced infertility.
My name is Elizabeth Batiuk, and I am a rising senior studying bioengineering at Santa Clara University. This summer, I will be joining the Mitochondria Team, led by Dr. Matthew O’Connor at the SRF Research Center. My project will focus on rescuing the function of a protein in a mouse cell line with a mutation in the mitochondrial gene, ATP8, an important subunit of mitochondrial complex V, which is essential to producing the chemical energy for the body.
I recently graduated from Rutgers University, New Brunswick with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Tissue Engineering. This summer, I will be working with Dr. Anthony Atala, Dr. James Yoo, Dr. In Kap Ko, and Jennifer Huling at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine towards creating an implantable tissue construct that restores function to damaged or diseased kidney tissue.
My name is Dayne Martinez. I am a rising senior at Grand Valley State University where I am working to earn a degree in Biochemistry. This summer, I will be working in the lab of Dr. Jeanne Loring under the supervision of Dr. Andrés Bratt-Leal at The Scripps Research Institute. I will be generating dopamine neurons from patient-derived iPSC lines and analyzing them using several different methods in an effort to develop quality control assays that can be used to verify the purity of cells to be used for a cell replacement therapy graft.
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.