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.
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.
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.
Sanam is a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Environmental Health Sciences in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. As a research fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in the Epigenetics and Stem Cell Biology Laboratory, she studies regulators of stem cell homeostasis. As a SRF Summer Scholar, she worked to develop novel stem cell based therapies for cancer under the direction of Dr. Khalid Shah in the Center for Stem Cell Therapeutics and Imaging at Harvard Medical School.
Martina Velichkovska is a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major at the University of Miami, where she has worked in Dr. Michal Toborek's lab since her freshman year. For her independent project, she is studying the molecular pathways of HIV-dependent aging of NPCs with a focus on mitochondrial dysfunction. Here at the SRF Research Center, she worked with the MitoSENS team.
My name is Jeffrey Gu, and I am a neuroscience major and computer science minor at Duke University. This summer, I worked with the Ellerby lab at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging on a project regarding a potentially therapeutic pathway related to Huntington’s disease