My name is Celine-Lea Halioua-Haubold, and I am a rising junior at the University of Texas at Austin where I am double majoring in Chemistry and Neuroscience. This summer, I am working in Evan Snyder's lab at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. Under the mentorship of Anthony Orona, I will study the viability of using engineered neural stem cell exosomes to treat glioblastoma.
My name is Neal Nathan, and I am a rising junior at the University of California, Berkeley planning on double-majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology (with an emphasis in Neurobiology) and Public Health and minoring in Public Policy. At Evan Snyder's lab of the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute and the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, I am working on a project that is evaluating the interplay between two proteins implicated in the pathology of Parkinson's Disease (PD).
Question of the Month #11: Are Mitochondrial Mutations Really All That Important? Part of Michael Rae's regular column from the Foundation's newsletter.
My name is Brian Shing, and I am an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley. I am a rising junior and intend to major in Molecular and Cell Biology. This summer, under the mentorship of Drs. In Kap Ko, James Yoo, and Anthony Atala, I will be working on a kidney regeneration project. I will explore a novel delivery system that allows for efficient delivery of the secretome secreted from human placental stem cells (hPSCs) and evaluate the secretome’s effect on renal regeneration. This project could lead to novel therapies that could improve the lives of patients suffering from kidney disease throughout the world.
My name is Amanda Paraluppi Bueno and I am pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science at the Centro Universitario Heminio Ometto, Araras-SP (Brazil). I came as an exchange student to study at University of Idaho, Moscow-ID, for one year through the Science Without Borders Program. This summer, under the guidance of Dr. Graça Almeida-Porada, Saloomeh Mokhtari, and Steven Greenberg, I will try to develop novel cell-based therapies that could provide a curative treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
My name is Blake Johnson, and I am a rising senior studying Human Physiology at the University of Iowa. This summer, I am working under the direction of Dr. John Jackson to generate thymus organoids capable of producing functional T-cells. The ability to generate a functional thymus outside the body would have a number of clinical applications, including rejuvenation of an aging thymus to boost the immune response in older individuals and development of tolerance in organ transplantation.
My name is Le Zhang. I just completed my Bachelor of Science in biochemistry & biotechnology from Michigan State University. This summer, I will be working in Dr. Jeanne Loring’s laboratory at the Center for Regenerative Medicine in the Scripps Research Institute. I will be analyzing the genomic stability of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and neuronal progenitor cells (NPCs), which are intended for cell replacement therapies for patients with Parkinson’s disease.
My name is Zeeshaan Arshad, and I am currently a first year undergraduate student studying medicine at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, UK. Under the mentorship of Professor Chas Bountra and Dr. David Brindley, my project will propose a model of open innovation in the translation process to address the problem of developing Alzheimer’s disease drugs.
My name is Ryan Louer. During my time at Purdue University, I earned a B.S. in biochemistry and minors in both French and entrepreneurship. This summer, I will be working in Dr. Anthony Atala and Dr. James Yoo’s lab under Drs. Myung Jae Jeon and Young Sik Choi studying ovarian cell therapies that will be able to produce natural levels of sex steroids that can be controlled by feedback mechanisms and, hopefully, produce viable oocytes.
My name is Jonah Simon, and I am a rising junior studying neuroscience at Brown University. This summer at the SRF Research Center Foundation, I am working on the Oncology team with Dr. Haroldo Silva. My project is to develop new high-throughput assays for quantifying activity of the Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres (ALT) pathway in human cells.