2015 SRF Education Summer Scholars Spotlight:
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
The SRF Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and macular degeneration under the guidance of scientific mentors at world-renowned research institutions.
This month we are pleased to introduce our four Summer Scholars stationed at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine: Amanda Paraluppi Bueno, Blake Johnson, Ryan Louer, and Brian Shing. Click each student's photo or name to view more detailed project descriptions on our website.
Amanda Paraluppi Bueno is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science at the Centro Universitario Heminio Ometto, Araras-SP (Brazil). This summer she is working in Dr. Graça Almeida-Porada's lab to help develop novel cell-based therapies that could provide a curative treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
Amanda Paraluppi Bueno
Blake Johnson is a senior studying Human Physiology at the University of Iowa. His interest in regenerative medicine was inspired by viewing Dr. Anthony Atala's TED talk on 3-D printed kidney work. This summer, he is working under the direction of Dr. John Jackson to generate thymus organoids capable of producing functional T-cells.
Ryan Louer earned his bachelor's degree in Biochemistry at Purdue University and plans to continue his higher education with the goal of an M.D./Ph.D. He will be working in Dr. Anthony Atala and Dr. James Yoo’s lab under Drs. Myung Jae Jeon and Young Sik Choi this summer studying novel regenerative medicine-based ovarian cell therapies.
Brian Shing is a junior at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology. Under the mentorship of Drs. In Kap Ko, James Yoo, and Anthony Atala, he will be working on a kidney regeneration project this summer that will explore a novel delivery system allowing for efficient delivery of the secretome secreted from human placental stem cells (hPSCs).