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.
My name is Christine Wu, and I am a rising senior studying at the University of Pennsylvania who is working to achieve a Biological Basis of Behavior degree and a Creative Writing minor. At the SENS Research Foundation, I work in the OncoSENS department with Dr. Haroldo Silva. My project will study a specific pathway used by cancer cells called the Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres (ALT) pathway with the use of the ALT-associated promyelocytic leukemia (PML) nuclear bodies (APB) assay. The results generated by the APB assay will provide new data to better assess the potential of drugs for cancer therapy, particularly for tumors associated with the ALT mechanism.
Research Update by Julie Marco: Fibrin Provides Necessary Structural Integrity to Thymus Tissue Scaffolds