My name is Becky Hardie and I am a rising 4th year Biomedical Engineering undergraduate at the Georgia Institute of Technology. My project this summer in Dr. Danica Chen’s lab at the University of California, Berkeley explores how a protein found in the mitochondria called SIRT3 may play a role in adult neurogenesis and aging.
My name’s Srini Cherukuri, and I’m a rising junior at Brown University studying biological physics. This summer, I spent 10 weeks at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in the lab of Dr. Pejmun Haghighi under the close mentorship of Dr. Edward Liao, studying the impact of the Parkinson’s Disease gene LRRK2 in digestive dysfunction.
My name is Viraat Goel, and I’m a Bioengineering student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This summer, I’ve had the privilege to work in Dr. Khalid Shah’s Center for Stem Cell Therapeutics and Imaging at Harvard Medical School under the mentorship of Dr. Clemens Reinshagen. My project this summer attempted to overcome the limitations of current cell-based therapies for cancer by engineering cells to secrete molecules capable of causing cancer cell death, altering the engineered tumor cells to be resistant to the secreted molecules, and implementing a kill switch into the engineered tumor cells.
Summary: A new nanotechnology enables the selective targeting of senescent cells; in mice, it dramatically improves an age-related lung disease, and makes cancer chemotherapy safer and more effective. Now the scientists behind it have a startup and are headed toward human testing.
Hello! I’m Lee Rao, a rising junior studying Computer Science and Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. This past summer, I interned with Dr. Jeanne Loring at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Under the mentorship of Dr. Roy Williams, I worked on the bioinformatic analysis of stem cell-derived neurons to assess the potential of cell replacement therapy for Parkinson’s Disease.
My name is Neha Ramchandani, and I am a rising senior at Boston University majoring in Neurobiology. This past summer, I was a SRF Summer Scholar in Dr. Gordon LIthgow's lab at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. My project examined the role two genes, sax-1 and sax-2, may play in the process of aging in the model organism C. elegans.
My name is Carolyn Barnes, and I recently graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a B.S. in chemistry. This psat summer, I worked at the SRF Research Center under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew O’Connor on a project that employed a small molecule approach to find drug candidates that can solubilize toxic molecules found in atherosclerotic plaques.