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Generation of thymus ex vivo – SRF and WFIRM intern Daniel Bullock

Posted by Iain Inkster on February 04, 2014 | SRF Education

Daniel is currently pursuing a degree in biology with a focus on neurobiology at North Carolina State University (NCSU). However, Daniel’s journey to the 2013 SRF Summer Internship Program is quite unique. He began his research career in 2004 exploring the genomic basis of fungal resistance in melons with Dr. Tarek Joober at NCSU. While pursuing a degree in psychology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC), Daniel used EEG, fMRI and eye-tracking paradigms to study the effects of memory on attentional control under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Hopfinger. After studying cognitive science for two years at the University of Cincinnati, Daniel decided a “bottom-up” approach was more amenable to his research interests and enrolled at NCSU where he is currently attempting to develop a zebrafish model of trait-level anxiety under the mentorship of Dr. John Godwin. ..

Search begins for non-toxic enzymatic solution to macular degeneration: 2013 intern Anuj Kudva

Posted by Iain Inkster on January 24, 2014 | SRF Education

Anuj is pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin, where he has been involved with numerous student organizations and undergraduate research projects, including a study of early T-cell differentiation from blood-forming cells as well as a project studying the differentiation of fat-derived stem cells into different layers of cartilage...

Evidence that Cell Senescence is a Factor in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease -- SRF intern Shahar Bracha

Posted by Iain Inkster on January 14, 2014 | SRF Education

Shahar began taking classes at Tel Aviv University when she was only 15 years old. At age 16, she independently completed her matriculation exams to become a full-time student at Tel Aviv University, and, in the process, became youngest student ever to enroll at the faculty. In 2013, she was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.

A Study of the Effect of Histone Acetylation on ATM Activation and the SASP by SRF Intern Meredith Giblin

Posted by Iain Inkster on December 04, 2013 | SRF Education

Meredith Giblin is a senior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY, where she is majoring in Biochemistry and Biophysics. During her first three years at RPI, Meredith worked in the laboratories of Dr. Robert Linhardt and Dr. Patrick Maxwell.....

Investigating the Mechanism of Lithium Treatment of a Parkinson’s Disease Model with SRF Intern Sean Batir

Posted by Iain Inkster on November 22, 2013 | SRF Education

Sean is a senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is studying computer science and biology. His long-standing interest in neurology led him to MIT’s Synthetic Neurobiology Group, led by Dr. Edward Boyden...

Inhibition of Breast Cancer Cell Metastasis by SRF Intern Eric Zluhan

Posted by Iain Inkster on November 05, 2013 | SRF Education

Eric received his B.S. in Biology from Maryville University in St. Louis in May 2013. There, under the tutelage of Dr. Gabriel Colbeck, Eric studied Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees. He tried to determine the ratio between black-capped, Carolina, and back-capped/Carolina hybrids, assess the impact of bird song on reproductive success amongst these groups...

SENS6 Intern Research Award Winner Ethan Sarnoski Establishes a Link Between Senescence and Mitochondrial Dysfunction.

Posted by Iain Inkster on October 30, 2013 | SRF Education

Ethan graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in pathobiology in May, 2013. While at UConn, he researched improvements to a system for generating recombinant vaccinia viruses in the laboratory of Dr. Paulo Verardi. In the summer of 2013, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Judith Campisi at the Buck institute for Research on Aging as part of the 2013 SENS Research Foundation Summer Internship. There, he studied cellular senescence, the process by which damaged cells enter irreversible growth arrest.

SRF Intern Brandon Frenz Models the Effect of Systemic Aging Factors

Posted by Iain Inkster on October 22, 2013 | SRF Education

Brandon received his B.S. in biochemistry from Portland State University in June 2013. Under the mentorship of Dr. Keith Garlid, Brandon studied the role of the PI3K pathway in promoting the protective effects of cardiac glycosides. During his SRF-sponsored internship in the laboratory of Dr. Henrich Jasper at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Brandon worked with postdoctoral fellow Dr. Jason Karpac to develop a model for studying the coordination of tissue aging across an organism.

SRF Intern Navneet Ramesh Attempts to Inhibit a Key Pathway in Tumor Cell Maintenance of Telomere Length

Posted by Iain Inkster on October 15, 2013 | SRF Education

In our latest 2013 intern spotlight Navneet Ramesh explains the challenges presented by the elusive ALT mechanism and opens up a promising avenue toward a solution.

SRF Intern Ariana Mirzarafie-Ahi Improves a Protocol to Study Age-Related Cross-Linking Molecules Threefold

Posted by iain.inkster on October 08, 2013 | SRF Education

SRF Intern Ariana Mirzarafie-Ahi Improves a Protocol to Study Age-Related Cross-Linking Molecules Threefold

The Youngest Thiel Finalist: SRF's Thomas Hunt

Posted by Iain Inkster on July 19, 2013 | SRF Education

At just 15, Thomas Hunt became the youngest 20Under20 Finalist selected by Peter Thiel's Foundation to compete for a $100,000 Fellowship and the chance at two years of freedom to pursue his dreams. But Thomas’s entire story is even more amazing. He's been conducting research here at SENS Research Foundation in Mountain View since the age of 13.

SRF Intern Jennie Sims & The Genetics of Telomere Lengthening: Understanding How Cancer Cells Evade Cellular Senescence

Posted by Iain Inkster on July 09, 2013 | SRF Education

Jennie explains her internship with SENS Research Foundation (SRF) in Mountain View, CA, attempting to identify genes involved in the Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres (ALT) Mechanism.