• 2019 PARAdiGM Students

    Baker, Ariana
    Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem University, NC
    Major: Biology
    Project: Glutahione Peroxidase 2 is overexpressed in lung adenocarcinoma and predicts poor patient survival
    Mentor: Varambally, Sooryanarayana

    *Bibb, Jada
    Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL
    Major: Biology
    Project: Vimentin intermediate filaments increase invasiveness of IPF fibroblasts
    Mentor: Surolia, Ranu

    *Elam, Madisyn
    Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia
    Major: Biology
    Project:Characterization of Cardiac Function and Histology in MiR-486 Knockout and DMD Mouse Models
    Mentor: Alexander, Matthew

    Holliday, Alexis
    Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
    Major: Biology
    Project: Collecting duct NOS1 is critical for high salt-induced changes in glomerular filtration rate
    Mentor: Pollock, Jennifer

    Hsiao-Sanchez, Nicole
    University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Major: Biology
    Project: Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Skeletal Muscle Associated with Sarcopenia among Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients
    Mentor: McDonald, Merry-Lynn

    Lewis, April
    Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
    Major: Biology
    Project: Impact of Altering the Redox Chemistry and Environment of the Cell Cycle Regulator Cyclin E on its Localization and Abundance in Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Cells
    Mentor: Mitra, Kasturi

    *May, Micah
    Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Major: Biology
    Project: Immunofluorescence Analysis of PINK1 Knock Rats
    Mentor: Goldberg, Matthew

    *Medina, Anaissa
    California State University - Stanislaus, Turlock, CA
    Major: Biology
    Project: Glucose Mediated EZH2 in Heart Failure
    Mentor: Wende, Adam

    Vann, Carlee
    Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee
    Major: Biology
    Project: BRD2 is a reprogramming barrier for cellular reprogramming
    Mentor: Hu, Kejin

    Westbrook, Ericka
    Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
    Major: Biology
    Project: Characterization of Tomosyn-1 Knockout Mice
    Mentor: Bhatnagar, Sushant

    *Returning PARAdiGM Students
  • 2018 PARAdiGM Students

    Bibb, Jada
    Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL
    Major: Biology
    Project: Age Dependent Variability of Invasiveness of Lung Fibroblast Spheroids
    Mentor: Surolia,Ranu

    *Garcia, Jacob Alexander (Alex)
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
    Major: Biomedical Engineering
    Project: Enhancement of pancreatic islet transplantation via islet encapsulation with a peptide amphiphile nanomatrix gel
    Mentor: Ho-Week Jun

    Elam, Madisyn
    Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia
    Major: Biology
    Project: Characterization of Cardiac Function and Histology in MiR-486 Knockout and DMD Mouse Models
    Mentor: Alexander,Matthew

    *Hunter, Melodie
    Howard University, Washington, DC
    Major: Biology
    Project: SIN3A is a key regulator of breast cancer metastasis
    Mentor: Hurst, Douglas

    May, Micah
    Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Major: Biology
    Project: What Causes Familial Parkinson's Disease? An Immunohistochemical and Immunofluorescence Analysis of PINK1 Knockout Rats
    Mentor: Goldberg, Matthew

    Medina, Anaissa
    California State University - Stanislaus, Turlock, CA
    Major: Biology
    Project: Contribution of epigenetics and gene expression to diabetic heart failure
    Mentor: Wende, Adam

    *Rivero, Marco
    University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
    Major: Molecular and Cell Biology
    Project: Transfusion of Red Blood Cells Enhances Platelet Adhesion and Aggregation on a Collagen Surface Under Arterial Flow
    Mentor: CHen, Herbert

    Shavers, Alexis
    Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
    Major: Biology
    Project: Increasing oxidative stress with menadione can enhance T Cell responses in Type One Diabetes
    Mentor: Tse, Herbert

    Williams, Donald
    Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
    Major: Biology
    Project: Elucidating the role of MALATI and mascRNA in Breast Cancer
    Mentor: Edmunds, Mick

    *Weupe, Mason
    Butte College, Oroville, CA
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: u-Optical Coherence Tomography to Characterize Parmacologic Induction of Muc5B in WT and Muc5b KO Primary Ferret Bronchial Epithelial Air-Liquid-Interface Cultures
    Mentor: Aller, Steven

    *Returning PARAdiGM Students
  • 2017 PARAdiGM Students

    *Ayokanmbi, Adetokunbo (Ayo)
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham,Al
    Major: Biomedical Sciences
    Project: Effect of tumor microenvironments on glioblastoma growth; Role of MiRNA-145 on pathophysiology of cystic fibrosis
    Mentor: Anita Hjelmeland

    Garcia, Jacob Alexander (Alex)
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
    Major: Biomedical Engineering
    Project: Enhancement of pancreatic islet transplantation via islet encapsulation with a peptide amphiphile nanomatrix gel
    Mentor: Ho-Week Jun

    Garcia-Perez, Daniela
    Benedictine College, Atchison, KS
    Major: Biology
    Project: Understanding the phenotypic variability in zebrafish models of Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy
    Mentor: Matthew Alexander

    Hunter, Melodie
    Howard University, Washington, DC
    Major: Biology
    Project: SIN3A is a key regulator of breast cancer metastasis
    Mentor: Hurst, Douglas

    Juarez, Pablo
    University of California Merced, Merced, CA
    Major: Biological Science (Microbiology and Immunology)
    Project:
    Mentor: Sasanka Ramanadham (sramvem@uab.edu)

    Otiji, Ogechukwu (Oge)
    Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, GA
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: Role of Arachidonate 5-lipoxygenase in angiogenesis post-myocardial infarction in mice
    Mentor: Halade, Ganesh

    Rivero, Marco
    University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
    Major: Molecular and Cell Biology
    Project: Purification of von Willebrand Factor (VWF) from human plasma using DNA Aptamer ARC1172 affinity medium
    Mentor: Zheng, Long

    *Robersts, Steven
    Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL
    Major: Biology
    Project:Three dimensional cell culture model for drug efficacy testing; In vitro studies of new anticancer natural compounds in neuroendocrine tumor (NET) cell lines
    Mentor: Guimbellot, Jennifer; Chen, Herbert

    *Thomas, Shantasia
    Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS
    Major: Biology
    Project: Inhibition of HGF activation: A Novel approach to overcome resistance to MET-targeted therapy in lung cancer; The role of calreticulin on extracellular matrix production in diabetic nephropathy
    Mentor: Klampfer, Lidija; Murphy-Ulrich, Joanne

    Tirado, Brian
    Mercer University, Macon Ga,
    Major: Biology and Chemistry
    Project: Effects of fasting on cardiac glycogen levels
    Mentor: Young, Martin

    Weupe, Mason
    Butte College, Oroville, CA
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: Crystallization of yersinia substrate binding proteinYfeA
    Mentor: Aller, Steven

    *Returning PARAdiGM Students
  • 2016 PARAdiGM Students

    Ayokanmbi, Adetokunbo (Ayo)
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham,Al
    Major: Biomedical Sciences
    Project: Effect of tumor microenvironments on glioblastoma growth; Role of MiRNA-145 on pathophysiology of cystic fibrosis
    Mentor: Anita Hjelmeland

    Chavez, Jennifer
    Major:
    Project: What role does NreB play in the stress response to Hypochlorous Acid in Lactobacillus reuteri?
    Mentor: Gray, Michael

    Moronto, Shaidy
    Bloomsburg University
    Major: Biology
    Project: Enhanced gene expression of γ-globin to result in adult persistence of fetal hemoglobin using CRISPR/dCas9-Ldb1 as a therapy for Cooley’s Anemia
    Mentor: Ryan, Thomas

    Onatunde, Maria
    University of Central Florida
    Major: Biology
    Project: Ten-week targeted training program to improve balance and walking post stroke: A Case Study; Determining whether 14-3-30 inhibition plays a role in the regulation of A-SYN release and toxicity found in Parkinson’s Disease
    Mentor: Brown, David; Yacoubian, Talene

    Pulliam, Alexis
    Tuskegee University
    Major: Chemical Engineering
    Project: Targeting DNA methylation at Bdnf exon IV using a CRISPR
    Mentor: Farah Lubin

    Roberts, Steven
    Alabama A&M University
    Major: Biology
    Project: Three dimensional cell culture model for drug efficacy testing; In vitro studies of new anticancer natural compounds in neuroendocrine tumor (NET) cell lines
    Mentor: Guimbellot, Jennifer; Chen, Herbert

    Thomas, Shantasia
    Tougaloo College
    Major: Biology
    Project: Inhibition of HGF activation: A Novel approach to overcome resistance to MET-targeted therapy in lung cancer; The role of calreticulin on extracellular matrix production in diabetic nephropathy
    Mentor: Klampfer, Lidija; Murphy-Ulrich, Joanne

    Torres-Gutiérrez, César
    University of Puerto Rico in Ponce (UPRP)
    Major: Biology
    Project:
    Mentor: Ichiro Nakano

    Vega, Andres
    University of Central Arkansas
    Major: Biology
    Project: Cytomegalovirus strain diversity in infants with confirmed congenital CMV infection
    Mentor: Shannon Ross

    Veizaga-Zurita, Melanie
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Major: Biology
    Project: The Role of miR-214, MiR-219 and miR876 in Bronchopulmonary Dysplasi
    Mentor: Charitharth Vivek Lal

    Washington, Joshua
    Samford University
    Major: Sports Medicine Pre-Med
    Inducing reactive gliosis using a pediatric traumatic brain injury model; Effects of ghrelin and restricted time feeding on circadian clock rhythm
    Mentor: Olsen, Michelle; Gamble, Karen

  • 2015 PARAdiGM Students

    Arguello, Alexandra
    University of Evansville
    Project: Dynamin-2 is a negative regulator of NOS1β in the collecting duct
    Major: Pre-professional Biology
    Mentor: Pollock, Jennifer

    Bailey, Thomas
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
    Major: Biomedical Engineering
    Project: Transcriptional regulation of metabolic genes in STZ-Induced diabetes; Study of cell stretch due to volume overload from mitral valve dysfunction
    Mentor: Adam Wende; Sethu, Palanaiappan

    Jones, Alana
    Howard University, Washington, DC
    Major: Classics-Latin
    Project: Platelet-activating factor (PAF) and lung inflammation: effects of hyperoxia
    Mentor: Namasivayam Ambalavanan MD

    Jones, Keri
    Mississppi State University
    Major: Kinesiology (Clinical Exercise Physiology) & Biological Sciences
    Project: Effects of a protein-blend nutritionalsupplement on resistance exercise-induced protein synthesis signaling within skeletal myofibers
    Mentor: Bamman, Marcas

    Moronto, Shaidy
    Bloomsburg University
    Major: Biology
    Project: Enhanced gene expression of γ-globin to result in adult persistence of fetal hemoglobin using CRISPR/dCas9-Ldb1 as a therapy for Cooley’s Anemia
    Mentor: Ryan, Thomas

    Onatunde, Maria
    University of Central Florida
    Major: Biology
    Project: Ten-week targeted training program to improve balance and walking post stroke: A Case Study; Determining whether 14-3-30 inhibition plays a role in the regulation of A-SYN release and toxicity found in Parkinson’s Disease
    Mentor: Brown, David; Yacoubian, Talene

    Pettway, Yasminye
    Duke University
    Major: Undeclared
    Project: Digeranyl bisphosphonate attenuates pulmonary fibrosis by the modulation of mitochondrial dynamics
    Mentor: Carter, Brent

    Tshimbombu, Tshibambe
    Dartmouth College
    Major: Chemistry & Neuroscience
    Project: Intrinsic connectivity is related to antipsychotic treatment in schizophrenia
    Mentor: Lahti, Adrienne

    Tymes-Wilbekin, Kristina
    Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
    Major: Psychology, PreMed
    Project: The effect of behavioral interventions on body weight in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis; Analysis of DehydrodolichylDiphosphate Synthase (DHDDS) Ablation in cone photoreceptors
    Mentor: Kathryn Kaiser; David Allison

    Washington, Joshua
    Samford University
    Major: Sports Medicine Pre-Med
    Project: Inducing reactive gliosis using a pediatric traumatic brain injury model; Effects of ghrelin and restricted time feeding on circadian clock rhythm
    Mentor: Olsen, Michelle; Gamble, Karen

  • 2014 PARAdiGM Students

    Bailey, Thomas
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
    Major:Biomedical Engineering
    Project: Transcriptional regulation of metabolic genes in STZ-Induced diabetes; Study of cell stretch due to volume overload from mitral valve dysfunction
    Mentor: Adam Wende; Sethu, Palanaiappan

    Jones, Alana
    Howard University, Washington, DC
    Major:Classics -Latin
    Project: Platelet-activating factor (PAF) and lung inflammation: effects of hyperoxia
    Mentor: Namasivayam Ambalavanan MD

    Kocher, Nicole
    Spring Hill College
    Major:Cell and Molecular Biology
    Project: Quantifying behavioral changes in a murine model of single and multiple mild traumatic brain injury
    Mentor: Candace Floyd

    Mason, Zavier
    University of Alabama –Tuscaloosa, AL
    Major:Biologyand Psychology in Arts and Sciences Honor College
    Project: Brugada Syndrome
    Mentors: Tim Townes

    Tymes-Wilbekin, Kristina
    Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
    Major:Psychology, PreMed
    Project: The effect of behavioral interventions on body weight in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis; Analysis of DehydrodolichylDiphosphate Synthase (DHDDS) Ablation in cone photoreceptors
    Mentor: Kathryn Kaiser; David Allison