Abby Hawkins is a rising junior at the Indiana University of Pennsylvannia, where she is currently pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology. Her Summer Scholar project is focused on the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) through regenerative cell therapy using mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs).
My name is Rebecca Jones, and I’m about to begin the final year of an undergraduate Biochemical Engineering, M.Eng. degree at University College London. My summer project involves a systematic review of the key translational challenges faced by tissue-engineered hollow organs with a particular emphasis on the current bioprocessing bottlenecks that need to be addressed in order to gain widespread clinical adoption.
My name is James Smith, and I have recently completed a degree in Biological Sciences from Oxford University, graduating with First Class Honours. My research at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute will focus on the manufacture and GMP-grade extracellular vesicles.
My name is Sebastian Aguiar, and I graduated in May 2014 from Pitzer College, Claremont where I majored in Human Biology and minored in History. This summer, I am studying the role of neuropeptides in C. elegans longevity under the mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Garrison at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.
My name is Karina Liker, and I am a rising senior at Stanford University majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Genetic Counseling and Diseases. My research project will explore the biological basis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) with the hope of eventually creating a treatment for the disease.
My name is Summer Wang, and I am a rising senior at the University of Washington, where I am majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and minoring in Chemistry. This summer, I will be working in the mitochondria group at the SRF Research Center trying to engineer mitochondrial genes to rescue cells with compromised mitochondrial function.
My name is Shruti Singh, and I am a rising senior at the University of Texas at Austin. I am majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in immunity and pathogenesis.This summer, I am working on a thymus regeneration project in Dr. John Jackson’s lab at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
My name is Ethan Bassin, and I am a rising senior majoring in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. This summer, as a SENS Research Foundation (SRF) Summer Scholar at WFIRM, I am working on a whole kidney engineering project under the mentorship of Dr. James Yoo and Dr. Anthony Atala.
My name is Haben Tesfamariam, and I recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology. This summer I will be working with Dr. Mark McCormick in the laboratory of Dr. Brian Kennedy at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. I will be testing the role of recently uncovered translation-related genes in lifespan extension and determining whether any lifespan increase is dependent upon the nutrient responsive transcription factor Gcn4.
My name is Megan Harper. I am a junior double majoring in neuroscience and computer science at the University of Virginia. My project with the Campisi lab at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging will address the following questions: 1) Which chemotherapy drug or irradiation dose currently used for treatment of cancer patients induces senescence in the tissue microenvironment? 2) How does the phenotype of senescent cells respond to HIF-1a regulation and to different oxygen concentrations?
My name is Joi McLaughlin. I am a recent graduate of Duke University where I received a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Visual Arts with a Minor in Chemistry while pursuing a Pre-Medical School Curriculum. This summer, at the Buck Institute For Research on Aging, I will be working on a project in the laboratory of Dr. Heinrich Jasper examining the effect of unfolded proteins in fruit fly mitochondria on stem cell maintenance.
SENS Research Foundation is pleased to announce the start of the 2014 SRF Summer Scholars Program. This year, fifteen SRF summer scholars will be hosted by the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute / Harvard Medical School, University College London, the University of Oxford, the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and our very own SRF Research Center.