2020 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Kaitlin Pensabene

My name is Kaitlin Pensabene, and I am a senior at Villanova University studying biochemistry. At Villanova, I work with Dr. Aimee Eggler studying the effects of small molecule antioxidants on the Nrf2/ARE pathway. Specifically, I have been studying not only how  transcriptional but also how translational processes are attenuated by oxidative stress. In doing …

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2020 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Rithika Senthilkumar

My name is Rithika Senthilkumar, and I am a rising junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I study Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and have had the pleasure of working in Dr. Heather Richardson’s Neurobiology of Stress and Addiction Lab. Dr. Richardson’s research focuses on using rodent models to study the neural, behavioral, and hormonal …

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2020 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Mikayla Stabile

Mikayla is a rising senior working towards her bachelor’s degree in molecular biology at Harvey Mudd College. She previously worked as an intern for two summers in the Blish Lab at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where she researched NK cell recognition of influenza surface proteins and conducted an HIV cloning project. As part …

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2020 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Aly Ung

I’m Aly Ung, a rising senior bioengineering major at UCLA. Prior to joining the SRF Summer Scholar Program, I worked primarily on liver-on-a-chip research, specifically the modeling of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver disease progression through an organ on a chip system and the assessment of the influence of mesenchymal stem cells on metastasis and tumor growth …

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2020 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Anson Zhou

My name is Anson Zhou and I am a rising sophomore studying biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University. At Hopkins, I work at the Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) and the Translational Tissue Engineering Center (TTEC) under the mentorship of Dr. Hai-Quan Mao. I have worked on a number of projects designing biomaterials-based medical devices for …

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2020 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Claire Cunningham

Hello! I am Claire Cunningham, a rising senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying Molecular and Cellular biology with a minor in Art & Design. My home lab in Champaign is headed by Makoto Inoue who supports a team of impressive researchers dedicated to understanding disease progression in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). My work …

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2020 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Easton Farrell

My name is Easton Farrell, and I am a senior undergraduate student at the University of Michigan studying Biomedical Engineering. At my home lab, I conduct research alongside my PI Dr. Mario Fabiilli. The lab focuses on altering mechanical characteristics of implantable cell-containing gels to promote wound healing. My current research at Dr. Evan Snyder’s …

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2020 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Dennis Gong

My name is Dennis Gong. I am a Biomedical Engineering and Applied Math & Statistics major at Johns Hopkins University. At Johns Hopkins, I work in Dr. Jordan Green’s immunoengineering and drug delivery lab, working on improving the potency of artificial antigen presenting cells (aAPCs) to improve immune stimulation with graduate student Savannah Est Witte. …

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