My name is Guanlan Dong and I’m double majoring in math and computer science at Washington University in St. Louis. At WashU, I work in a cancer biology lab where we develop computational tools and use sequencing technology to analyze tumor data. This summer, I have been working in Dr. Michael Snyder’s lab at Stanford University. Under the guidance of my mentor Dr. Lihua Jiang, I’m trying to correlate SNPs in the genome and isoform expression in the transcriptome to our proteome data.
I’m Joshua Sampson. I’m studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This summer, I’m performing research under the mentorship of Cameron Pernia in the lab of Dr. Evan Snyder, MD, PhD, at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine in La Jolla, CA. I am studying Alzheimer’s disease using induced pluripotent stem cell technology to create neurons from skin cells harmlessly donated by patients.
My name is Grace Porter, and I am a recent graduate of the University of Georgia with Bachelor of Science degrees in both Biology and Genetics. As an undergraduate, I participated in research under Dr. Shiyou Chen of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology to examine the effects of a gene known as DOCK2 on development of atherosclerosis and hypertension in mice. During my tenure as a SENS Research Foundation Summer Scholar, I examined a specific Parkinson’s disease mouse model that readily displays the aggregations (clumping) of mis-folded alpha-synuclein protein commonly found in PD patients in formations known as Lewy Bodies.