2012 Alumni

Name Undergraduate Institution Host lab at UNC Project

Carlie Aurubin

carlie

Oakwood University
Dr. Ed Collins Usage of Antibody Fragment as an Imaging and Therapy Agent for β-Cells in Type 1 Diabetes

Daljinder Bhangoo

nicole2

North Carolina State University Dr. Bill Coleman Targeting the Methylation Machinery for Improved Basal-like Breast Cancer Treatment

Beruh Dejene

beruh

Jackson State University Dr. Terry Magnuson Increasing the Quality of embryo production by using Antioxidants

Akima George

akima

University of Virgin Islands Dr. Kirk Wilhelmsen Mutation Detection in Familial Frontotemporal Dimentia-Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis With Exome sequencing

Oneil Grant

oneil

Oakwood University Dr. Mike Jarstfer Immortalization of BJ Fibroblasts Alters Cellular Metabolism

Tina Huertas

tina

University of Puerto Rico – Cayey Dr. Jay Brennman AMPK and its possible role as a therapeutic target for the neurodegenerative disease Mucolipidosis type IV

Raechel Mckinley

raechel

North Carolina A&T Dr. Leslie Morrow Chronic Intermittent Ethanol Exposure Differentially Altered Behavioral and Physiological Response to a Stressor During Withdrawal in C57BL/6J mice

Christina Parker

christina

University of Maryland, Baltimore County Dr. Sam Lai Optimizing nanoparticle surface composition to reduce nonspecific immune uptake

Eliezer Perez

eliezer

University of Puerto Rico – Cayey Dr. Ellie Tzima Mending a Broken Heart: Compound ‘B’ Signaling in Endothelial Cells

Alexandria “Alex” Portillo

alex

Trinity University

Dr. Ken Jacobsen

Regulation of the periodic cortical protrusions in rounded cells by phosphoinositides

Lester Rosario

lester

University of Puerto Rico – Cayey

Dr. Kristina Abel

Age-Dependent Changes in Cytokine Responses of Myeloid Dendritic Cells in Response to TLR Stimulation

2011 Alumni

Name Undergraduate Institution Host lab at UNC Project Title
Blanche Letang

University of Virgin Islands
Dr. Virginia Miller Yersinia pestis may not be as successful at intracellular growth as previously thought
Nicole Fleming

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University of Virgin Islands Dr. Carol Otey Palladin contributes to MRTF localization in activated pancreatic stellate cells: possible role in pancreatic fibrosis
Marienid Flores

University of Puerto Rico at Cayey Dr. Kay Lund The Role of Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 Receptor in Obesity-Associated Colorectal Cancer
Adriana Diaz

University of Puerto Rico at Cayey Dr. Victor Garcia M172A mutation in the Nef Protein can enhance dimerization
Alina Monteagudo

University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras Dr. Al Baldwin Investigating the Role of NF-κB in Drug Resistant Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
Kasey Vernon

North Carolina A&T Dr. Karen Mohlke Transcriptional Activity of DNA Variants Associated with Total Cholesterol, HDL-C, and LDL-C Levels
Joshua Onyango

Oakwood University Dr. Ben Philpot Pre-synaptic NMDA receptors do not promote spontaneous GABA release in the CA1 region of the Hippocampus and L2/3 of the Visual Cortex
Alexis Brown

Oakwood University Dr. Kristy Richards Immunohistical Characterization of Canine BCell Lymphoma Tissue for the Expression of BCL-6, MUM1/IRF4 , and Pax5 Proteins
Danny Alston

Elizabeth City State University Dr. Matt Redinbo Improving the Crystal Quality for C-terminal Domain of Staphylococcus aureus
Arkeen Simmons

Elizabeth City State University Dr. Brian Roth Selective Modulation of Striatopallidal Gs Signaling Induces Histone H3 Phosphorylation

2010 Alumni

Name Undergraduate Institution Host lab at UNC Project Title
Mayrim Bernard-Vega

mayrim

University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
Dr. J Victor Garcia Nef Oligomerizaiton
Leonardo Del Valle Rodriguez

leonardo

University of Puerto Rico at Cayey Dr. Virginia Miller The role of the Myf fimbriae in Yersinia enterocolitica pathogenesis
Fredmarie Oyola Perez

Fredmarie

University of Puerto Rico at Cayey Dr. Fernando Pardo Manuel de Villena A recent non-synonymous change has a deleterious effect on male fertility
Carlos Pagan

carlos

University of Puerto Rico at Cayey Dr. Terry Magnuson Reactivation of the Inactive X-Chromosome occurs in the Presence of Xist Coating
Raisa Jones

raisa

Morgan State University Kristi Richards, PhD, MD Determing the Methylation Status of ASNS Gene in Human Lymphoma
Jessica Bradford

jessica

Morgan State University Dr. P. Kay Lund Imaging of Intestinal Tumor and Inflammation lesions by Activatable Molecular Probes
Clea Moore

clea

Oakwood University Dr. Eric Donaldson Characterizing Viral Genomes in Bats: The Possible Reservoir Species for Human Pathogens
Kelcie Alexander

kelcie

Oakwood University Ron Swanstrom Validation of a real-time PCR assay to determine prevalence of a new retrovirus in the human population
Greximar Mercado

grexi

Fayetteville State University Dr. Ryan Miller siRNA-mediated Inhibition of GAPDH and Cyclophilin B Protein Expression in a Genetically-engineered Mouse Cell line
Shante Hinton

shante

Elizabeth City State University Dr. Donita Robinson The Effects of Keppra (levetiracetam) on Dopamine Translents int he Nucleus Accumbens of Awake Rats
Glasher Shealey

glasher

Elizabeth City State University Bill Coleman Model for Studying Epigenetic Memory of Hypermethylator Breast Cancer Cell Lines
Sanlin Robinson

sanlin

University of Virgin Islands Matt Redinbo
Nicole Fleming

nicole2

University of Virgin Islands Jacobsen

2009 Alumni

Name Undergraduate Institution Host Lab at UNC Project Title
Maralisi Rivera Torres

maralisi

University of Puerto Rico at Cayey
Dr. Frank Church Role of MAPK Signaling Pathway on the Expression of Urokinase Plasminogen Activator and Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1
Roberta Robles

roberta

University of Puerto Rico at Cayey Dr. Fernando Pardo Marker Assisted Inbreeding in the Advanced Generations of the Collaborative Cross: Chromosomes 7, 9 and 11
Desinia Johnson

desinia

North Carolina Central University Dr. James Swenberg A Novel Method for Measuring Glycidamide from Hemoglobin Adducts
Justin Brown

justin

Winston-Salem State University Dr. Bill Coleman Development of a Practical Molecular Diagnostic Assay to Distinguish Multiple Primary Cancer from Metastatic Disease in the Respiratory Systemn and Aerodigestive Tract
Joel (Joe) Durand

joe

Grambling State University Dr. Monte Willis Construction of Recombinant Plasmids to Investigate the Interaction of MuRF1 and PPARα in Cardiac Metabolic Adaptation
Michael Gomez Melendez

michael

University of Puerto Rico at Cayey Dr. Alisa Wohlberg The Effect of Reduced Plasma Factor V on Clot Structure
Luis Lopez Gonzalez

luis

University of Puerto Rico at Cayey Dr. Marilla Cordeiro-Stone Mapping the Interacting Domain of Tipin with Timeless
Navpreet (Naps) Tung

naps

Delaware State University Dr. David Kaufman Loss of Replicative Pausing Near Early Origins may be a Common Characteristic of Cancer Cells