SENS Research Foundation is proud to announce a new partnership with the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) to provide undergraduate students in the Winston-Salem area the opportunity to join physicians and scientists at WFIRM in translating scientific discovery into clinical therapies. Wake Forest University undergraduates Julie Marco and Connor Crowley, who were selected by Dr. John Jackson and Dr. Graca Almeida-Porada respectively, are the first students to join the SRF Undergraduate Research Program. In the coming undergraduate research profiles, you will learn more about each new research scholar as well as Julie’s new thymus tissue regeneration project in the Jackson lab and Connor’s project evaluating cell therapies for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the Almeida-Porada lab.
The SENS6 conference was an amazing opportunity to engage in ongoing research in the field of biogerontology and regenerative medicine. I was really excited to attend a conference on such a scale and share the results of my 2013 summer research with Dr. Graca Almeida-Porada at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine with scientists from all over the world at the venerable University of Cambridge.
John is currently a senior at Vassar College majoring in Biology. Since 2011, he has been studying the neuroprotective effects of hormones released following traumatic brain injury in the laboratory of Dr. Kelli A. Duncan. During his 2013 SENS Research Foundation (SRF) Summer Internship Program, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Graca Almeida-Porada at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and helped develop a stem-cell based therapy for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in mouse models.
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. ..