Student Projects

In addition to the research projects that you will engage in throughout the summer, you may work on other projects during your time with the Summer Undergraduate Research Program – including a culminating session of poster presentations, in which all fellows take part.

2015 Student Poster Presentations

Presentation Topic



Mu opioid receptor (MOR) polymorphism affects heroin overdose vulnerability by altering MOR expression in the human pre-Bötzinger complex  Diana Akpoyibo  Yasmin Hurd, PhD
Developing luciferase reporter assays to study immune responses in mosquitoes  Andalus Ayaz  Ana Fernandez-Sesma, PhD
Optimizing CRISPR/Cas9 genome engineering for future HIV studies  Joel Hughes Barrett  Viviana Simon, MD, PhD
TeS/LA : a web service for Temporal Series/Longitudinal Data Analysis using Google Motion Charts  Max R Berrios Cruz  Jose C. Clemente, PhD
Molecular Determinants of Alcohol Dependence and Depression  Denise Elizabeth Croote  Ming-Hu Han, PhD
IFN-α/β-Mediated Inflammation in ISG15-Deficient Patients  Fred Heller  Dusan Bogunovic
Characterization of the BAC TH-Cre Transgenic Mouse Line  Kelcy Leigh Jackson  Ming-Hu Han, PhD
Investigating small molecules that regulate mitochondrial division and induce apoptosis in melanoma cells  Patrick Loi  Jerry E. Chipuk, PhD
Design of an HIV entry assay for high throughput screening to test neutralizing capacity of antibodies against the gp41  Kennedy Epitope in cell-free or cell-cell infection  Michael A Manoharan-  Valerio  Benjamin Chen, MD, PhD
The Effects of Shutting Down Transcriptional Activation of the Hippo Pathway in Cancer Cells  Christina M Michael  Stuart A. Aaronson, MD
Characterization of Structural Changes in Cortical GABAergic Markers in Epilepsy  Elizabeth Moore  Patrick Hof, MD
Impact of Setdb1 Knockout on Neuronal Morphology in Mice.  Ijeoma Nwabudike  Akbarian Schraram, MD, PhD
BAFF Elevation and B Cell Dysfunction in Patients with Known C VID  Emma Roellke Charlotte Cunningham Rundles, MD, PhD
Immunolabeling of Optically Cleared Striatal Dopaminergic Circuits Using iDISCO  Benjamin Schaffler Deanna Benson, PhD, and George Huntley, PhD
Role of the Influenza Virus Receptors in Activation of Human Dendritic Cells and Macrophages  Ronald Smith  Ana Fernandez-Sesma, PhD
Synthesis of PRMT Inhibitors  Brandon Speed  Jian Jin, PhD, and Jing Liu, PhD
Establishing a Stem Cell Platform for Uncovering Schizophrenia Risks  Khalifa Stafford  Kristen Brennand, PhD
Congenital Heart Defects and Epimutations: Delineating the Role of DNA Methylation in Disease Development  

 Sara Anne Stringfellow


 Andrew Sharp, PhD 
Visualization of Glutamatergic Distribution and Topology in Cortical Tissue of Patients with Epilepsy  Frazer Tessema  John Morrison, PhD
Analysis of Growth Factor Independent 1 Expression in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Cells Upon Treatment with  Doxorubicin or Nutlin  Dongbo Yang  James Manfredi, PhD
The role of autophagy in the induction of Long term potentiation (LTP).  Fred Yeboah  Zhenya Yue, PhD 


2014 Student Poster Presentations

Presentation Topic



Molecular genetic approach to link LRP receptor ubiquitination with LRP6 internalization and Wnt signaling activation

Abu, Yaa

Sapna Vijayakumar, PhD, and Stuart Aaronson, MD

Investigating the functional consequences of post translational modifications of the mitochondrial fission protein DRP1

Amin, Salma

Jerry Chipuk, PhD

Acetylation Mediates Foxo3 Activity in Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells

Arvind, Varun

Carolina L. Bigarella, PhD, and Saghi Ghaffari, PhD

Predictive accuracy in microbiome studies is biased by sequence clustering approach

Berrios, Max


Jose C. Clemente, PhD

A Comparison of Skin Immunologic Characteristics Between Asian and Caucasian Atopic Dermatitis Patients

Chan, Edwin

Emma Guttman, MD, PhD, and Shinji Noda

Ret Fusion Dependent Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma in Drosophila melanogaster

Chang, Sarah


Ross Cagan, PhD

Determination of the Effect of Methylation on Myelination through Oligodendrocyte-Specific G9a Knockout Mice

Ciraula, Stephanie


Jia Liu, PhD, and Patrizia Cassacia, MD, PhD

Characterizing the Role of SETX as a Regulator of Antiviral Response

Heller, Frederick


Zuleyma Peralta and Harm van Bakel, PhD

Prediction of Susceptibility and Resilience to Acute Social Defeat Using Classification Algorithms

Hoppe, Emma


Gaurav Pandey, PhD

Investigation of Paracrine Signaling Mechanisms Underlying Mesenchymal Stem Cell-mediated Enhancement of Cardiomyocyte Contractile Function in Human Engineered Cardiac Tissues

Jawed, Mohsin


Kevin D Costa, PhD