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  • 2023 SIBS Students

    Arbelaez, Juan Esteban
    Oakwood University
    Major: Biology
    Project: Preservation of tissue samples in RNAlater for genomic and histological studies following experiments in Space
    Mentor: Dr. Palniapan Sethu

    Cooper, Aaron
    Rhodes College
    Major: Biology
    Project: Impact of Breast Milk Exosomes on TREM-2 Expression in Mouse Microglial Cells: Implications for Inflammatory Processes
    Mentor: Dr. Brian Sims

    Davidson, Amelia
    Southern Adventist University
    Major: Psychobiology
    Project: Progranulin (PGRN) is widely believed to be linked to many important functions in the body. Namely: lysosomal function & the development of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) when not functioning properly or lost entirely (Kao et al., 2017).
    Mentor: Dr. Andrew Arrant

    Dice, Ella
    University of Alabama
    Major: Biomedical Sciences
    Project: Investigating the Effects of Cardiometabolic Syndrome on the Liver Circadian Clock
    Mentor: Dr. Martin Young

    Kim, Haley
    Auburn University
    Major: Biomedical Sciences
    Project: Periodontitis is an inflammatory condition that damages the supporting structures of the teeth, which can lead to tooth loss and worsen diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, and cancer.
    Mentor: Dr. Ping Zhang

    McDaniel, Kylie
    Texas A&M University
    Major: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
    Project: Sleep, Smoking, and Race: Not As Black and White As Expected
    Mentor: Dr. Karen Gamble & Dr. Karen Cropsey

    Neidigk, Jason
    University of West Florida
    Major: Biomedical Science and Biochemistry
    Project: Generation and characterization of senataxin N-terminal domain mutations in the context of NHEJ
    Mentor: Dr. Barry Sleckman

    Neidigk, Daniel
    University of West Florida
    Major: Biomedical Science & Chemistry
    Project: Dopaminergic Neuron Loss in a Rat Model of Parkinson’s Disease
    Mentor: Dr. Matt Goldberg

    Pridemore, Aubrey
    Major: Biology
    Project: Insulin secretion from β-cells of pancreatic islets is essential for regulating whole blood glucose homeostasis
    Mentor: Dr. Sushant Bhatnagar

    Watkins, Riley
    University of Montevallo
    Major: Biology and Chemistry
    Project: iPLA2β Expression in Female and Male NOD mice Differ in TLymphocyte Cytokine Secretion
    Mentor: Dr. Sasanka Ramanadham

    Watson, TiYanna
    Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University
    Major: Biology
    Project: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves abnormal immune responses to the commensal organisms (the microbiota) that reside in the gastrointestinal tract.
    Mentor: Dr. Craig Maynard

  • 2022 SIBS Students

    Ahn, Jennifer
    Nova Southeastern University; Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Major: Biology
    Project: TGF-B Mediated Regulation of Papss2 mRNA in ATDC5 cells
    Mentor: Dr. Rosa Serra

    Gracian, Kevino
    University of West Florida; Pensacola, FL
    Project: Intraocular pressure (Topic)
    Mentor: Brian Samuel

    Kim, Haley
    Auburn University
    Major: Biomedical Sciences
    Project: Role of lipid droplets in the macrophage response to Porphyromonas gingivalis
    Mentor: Dr. Ping Zhang

    Neidigk, Jason
    University of West Florida; Pensacola, FL
    Major: Biomedical Science and Biochemistry
    Project: Generation ofMcm3and SetxDouble Knockout Cells UsingCRISPR/Cas9
    Mentor: Dr. Berry Sleckman

    Powers, John
    University of Oklahoma
    Major: Microbiology
    Project: Streptococcus pneumoniae (Topic)
    Mentor: Dr. Carlos Orihuela

  • 2021 SIBS Students

    Anderson, Kristian
    Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
    Major: Neuroscience
    Project: Investigating the Association of TDP-43 and Lysosomal Dysfunction
    Mentor: Dr. Andrew Arrant

    Chike, Ogenna
    Xavier University of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA
    Major: Biology
    Project: Sialylation of EGFR by ST6Gal-I impacts downstream signaling pathways
    Mentor: Dr. Susan Bellis

    Harnew-Spradley, Sohpia "Sophie"
    The Univeristy of the South, Sherwood, OR
    Major: Neuroscience
    Project: How is GLUT4 impacted in Dock3 KO Mice
    Mentor: Dr. Matthew Alexander

    Kelly, Olivia
    Gannon University, Erie, PA
    Major: Physchology and Biology
    Project: Suppressor of cytokine signaling 3 as a key regulator in Alzheimer’s disease-relatedpathology
    Mentor: Dr. Qin Wang

    Moye, Jonathan
    Lee University, Grayson, GA
    Major: Biological Sciences
    Project: Characterizing phenotypic effects of mitotic protein Bub1deficiency in a zebrafish model
    Mentor: Dr. John Parrant

    Pan, Iris
    Carnegie Mellon Unviersity, Pittsburgh, PA
    Major: Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
    Project: Adaptation of hiPSC Culture and Cardiomyocyte Differentiation in a PBS Bioreactor System
    Mentor: Dr. Jianyi "Jay" Zhang

    Peterson, Holly
    St. Olaf College, Holland, MI
    Major: Chemistry and Music
    Project: The Role of TAp73 Expression on Intrinsic Apoptosis in Triple Negative Breast Cancer
    Mentor: Dr. William J. Placzek

    Robinson, Allison
    Campbell University, Newport, NC
    Major: Biology
    Project: TGF-β mediated phosphorylation of Sox9 by PKA in an ATDC5 Model
    Mentor: Dr. Rosa Serra

    Smeltz, Ourania "Rania"
    Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
    Major: Biological Sciences and Microbiology
    Project: Colonization dynamics of Lachnospiraceae bacteria in the mouse intestine
    Mentor: Dr. Craig Maynard

    Taglinao, Hanna
    University of California, Merced, Merced, CA
    Major: Biology, emphasis on Microbiology and Immunology
    Project: Impairment of B cell development in ZTTK syndrome caused by SONloss-of function (LoF) mutations
    Mentor: Dr. Erin Ahn

    Vo, Leon
    Colby College, Memphis, TN
    Major: Chemistry
    Project: A Comparative Study of Radiation Therapy on Glioblastoma Patient-Derived Xenografts
    Mentor: Dr. Christopher Willey

    Weber, Allison
    University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
    Major: Biology
    Project: The Role ofERRy in the Development of Dopaminergic Neurons and Pathogenesis of Parkinson’s Disease
    Mentor: Dr. Rita Cowell

    Williams, Jayla
    Alabama A&M University, Selma, AL
    Major: Biology
    Project: Pharmacological inhibition of EMT to suppress Metastatic Breast Cancer
    Mentor: Dr. Rajeev Samant

    SIBS-UPS Participants
    Cagle, Loren "Alyssa" University of Georgia, Athens, GA
    Major: Biology with emphasis in Neuroscience and AB in Music
    Project: Mitochondrial Metabolism ModulatesBreast Cancer Metastasis
    Mentor: Dr. Douglas Hurst

    Gallion, Claire
    Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL
    Major: Biology
    Project: The impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection on neutrophil fungal clearance
    Mentor: Dr. Sixto Leal

  • 2019 SIBS Students

    Douglas, Hannah
    Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
    Major: Biomedical Engineering
    Project: The Deficiency of ALOX5 Leads to Amplified Cardiorenal Inflammation In Acute Heart Failure Post-Myocardial Infarction
    Mentor: Ganesh Halade (ganeshhalade@uabmc.edu)

    Goodall, Grace
    Williams College, Williams, MA
    Major: Biology and Anthropology
    Project: Biology & Anthropology
    Mentor: Ceren Yara (cyarar@uab.edu)

    Harpine, Courtnee
    University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
    Major: Exercise Science
    Project: A Retrospective Data Collection of the Internal Fracture Fixation of Long Bones with the Stryker Plating System
    Mentor: Sara J. Gould (sgould@uabmc.edu)

    Jeon, Minhee
    Emory University, Atlanta, GA
    Major: Biology
    Project: Exploring the Autophagy Lysosome Pathway fo Potential Biomarkers of Neurocognitive
    Mentor: John J. Shaka (johnshacka@uabmc.edu)

    Kittrell, Carolyn
    Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
    Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Project: The Influence of CD4+ T Cell Depletion on the Development of HIV-1 Envelope Specific Antibodies
    Mentor: James J Kobie (jjkobie@uabmc.edu)

    Lindon, Scotti
    Xavier University, New Orleans, LA
    Major: Biology
    Project: Mapping of Spactial Pattern of TBX1 and TBX5 to Determine the Cause of Congenital Heart Defects in Mice
    Mentor: Jianbo Wang (j18wang@uab.edu)

    Lipari, Natalie
    SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY
    Major: Psychology
    Project: TRelationnships between White Matter Microstructure, Neurochemistry, And Conditioned Fear Responses in Posttraumatic Stress
    Mentor: David Knight (knightdc@uab.edu)

    McCardell, Ronisha
    Dillard University, New Orleans, LA
    Major: Biology
    Mentor: Serra A. Rosa (rserra@uab.edu)

    McCloy, Meredith
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, MA
    Major: Psychology - Neuroschience
    Project: Targeting Skeletal Muscle with Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) to Improve Fiber Type Distribution and Size in Patients with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
    Mentor: Yacoubian, Talene (tyacoubian@uabmc.edu)

    Norwood, Chelsey
    Spelman College, Atlanta, GA
    Major: Biology and Anthropology
    Project: Investigation of amyloid beta plaque accumulation in the hippocampi of transgenic miceeting Skeletal Muscle with Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) to Improve Fiber Type Distribution and Size in Patients with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
    Mentor: Karen Gamble (klgamble@uab.edu)

    Primeaux, Austin
    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: Fox01-Activated CD36 Transcription Swittches Arteriolar Differentiation of Endothelial Cells
    Mentor: Bin Ren (bren@uabmc.edu)

    Ransom, Alleyah
    Claflin College, Orangeburg, SC
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: Examining the Use of Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches among African American and White Adults with Heart Failure in the Deep South
    Mentor: Kristen Allen-Watts (krallen@uab.edu)

    Scheinost, Ashlyn
    McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA
    Major: Biology
    Project: The Relationship Between Adolescent Obesity and Depression
    Mentor: Li Y Li (liyli@uabmc.edu)

    Suppa, Evan
    Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
    Major: Biology
    Project: Targeting Skeletal Muscle with Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) to Improve Fiber Type Distribution and Size in Patients with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
    Mentor: Kirk Habegger (kirkhabegger@uabmc.edu)

    Terry, Dana (Mackensie)
    Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: The Role of beta-Hydroxybutyrate in Gucagon Receptor Stimulated Food Intake Suppression in Dio mice
    Mentor: Jane Allendorfer (allendjb@uab.edu)

    SIBS-UPS (Undergraduate Pathology Scholars)

    Garrison, Braden
    Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
    Major: Biomedical Engineering
    Project: Lipid Peroxidation Signaling is Critical for C2C12 Myoblast Differentiation
    Mentor: Namakkal Soorappan Rajasekaran (rajnsr@uab.edu)

    Deshazor-Burnett, Lexis
    North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro, North Carolina
    Major: Biomedical Engineering
    Project: The Role of ATG7 in Vascular Smoth Muscle Cell Calcification
    Mentor: Yabing Chen (ybchen@uab.edu)

    (Mcnair Scholar)

    Gann, Alex
    Lee University, Cleveland, TN
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: Relationship Between Vestibular Dysfunction and Fatigue in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis
    Mentor: Jennifer Braswell Christy (jbraswell@uab.edu)

  • 2018 SIBS Students

    Dobrozsi, Rachel
    East Tennessee State University, Johnson City TN
    Major: Health Science
    Project:The Effects of Different Resuscitation Fluids Used in Trauma on the Release of Heparanase
    Mentor: Jillian Richter (jillianrichter@uabmc.edu)

    Fokakis, Zoe
    Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
    Major: Chemistry and Psychology
    Project: Classical Conditioning of Electroconvulsive Seizures as a Model of Psychogenic Seizures
    Mentor: Farah Lubin (flubin@uab.edu)

    Hanan, Jonathan
    Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
    Major: Chemistry
    Project: Construction of Pol1 Active Center Mutant
    Mentor: David Schneider (dschneid@uab.edu); Catie Scull (cescull@uab.edu)

    Harris, Shelby
    Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL
    Major: Biology
    Project: Rac1-induced mitochondrial ROS mediates mitochondrial biogenesis and profibrotic of macrophages in pulmonary fibrosis
    Mentor: A Brent Carter (acarter@uabmc.edu)

    Krishan, Veena
    Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL
    Major: Biology, Chemistry
    Project: Pretreatment of Carprofen Impairs Inflammatiry Resolution Response and Promotes Cardiorenal Syndrome
    Mentor: Ganesh Halade (ganeshhalade@uab.edu)

    Lightfoot, Christopher
    University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Major: Biology
    Mentor: Alexander Szalai (aszalai@uabmc.edu)

    Lincoln, Beverly
    Sonoma State University - Ronert Park, CA
    Major: Biology
    Project: Effects of Auxotrophy and Media Composition on Yeast Lifespan and Production of Aging Factors
    Mentor: John Hartman (jhartman@uab.edu)

    Nelson, Benjamin
    Auburn University, Auburn, AL
    Major: Biomedical Sciences
    Project: Functional Characterization of Redox Responsive Genes in Lactobacillus reuteri
    Mentor: Michael Gray (mjgray@uab.edu)

    Pohl, Keely
    Capital University, Columbus Ohio
    Major: Chemistry/Pre-Medicine
    Project: GCell Number Decreases with Suppressors of Site Iq Electron Leak and Suppressors of Site IIIo Electron Leak in Hyperoxia Exposure of Murine Epithelial Cells
    Mentor: Trent Tipple (ttipple@peds.uab.edu)

    Raymundo, Allison
    Crafton Hills College, Yucaipa, CA
    Major: Chemistry
    Project: Autophagy in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease
    Mentor: Jianhu Zhang (jianhuazhang@uabmc.edu)

    Sidebottom, Christian
    Union University Jackson, TN
    Major: Cell and Molecular Biology
    Project: Myofiber Type Proportion Disparity Between Races in Patients with Spinal Cord Injury
    Mentor: Mark Bevensee (bevensee@uab.edu)

    Smith, Ashley
    Alcorn State University, Alcorn, MS
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: REV-ERBa Influences on Autophagy in WT and CBK Hearts
    Mentor: Martin Young (martinyoung@uabmc.edu)

    Tobin, Brielle
    Duke University, Durham, NC
    Major: Neuroscience
    Project: FRZB is a novel ;potential biomarker for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
    Mentor: Peter King (phking@uabmc.edu)

    Zoretich, Kaeli The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH
    Major: Biochemistry and Moloecular Biology
    Project: Preliminary Phenotypic Characterization of Human Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stromal Cells from Normal and Leukemic Samples
    Mentor: Ravia Bhatia (rbhatia@uabmc.edu)

    SIBS-UPS (Undergraduate Pathology Scholars)

    Stumpf, Hannah
    Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI
    Major: Biochemistry/Mathematics
    Project: SPAG5 Expression in Breast Cancer
    Mentor: Sooryanarayana Varambally (soorya@uab.edu)
  • 2017 SIBS Students

    Abdo, Yasmeen
    University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: Oncogenic Potential of Somatic Mutations in Splicing Factor ZC3H11A
    Mentor: Akinyemi Ojesina (ojesina@uab.edu)

    Branscomb, Rachael
    Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
    Major: Biology
    Project: Prolactin receptor signaling in the pancreatic β-cell: The role of STAT5
    Mentor: Ronadip Banerjee (ronadip@uab.edu)

    Dyer, Elizabeth
    St. Francis University, Loretto, PA
    Major: Chemistry
    Project: Understanding the Role and Relationship of IL10 and ICOSL in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
    Mentor: Craig Maynard (clmaynard@uab.edu)

    Eastep, Gunnar
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
    Major: Chemistry
    Project: Elucidating the Specificity of ASV Matrix Binding to Plasma Membrane Constituent
    Mentor: Jamil Saad (saad@uab.edu)

    Hale, Kaelee
    Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT
    Major: Biology, Chemistry
    Project: Rac1 Regulates Apoptosis Resistance in Pro-Fibrotic Alveolar Macrophages Via Mediation of Mitochondrial Dynamics and Metabolic Reprogramming
    Mentor: A. Brent Carter (brarter1@uab.edu)

    Hartheimer, Joline
    University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Major: Chemical Engineering
    Project: Cellular Mechanisms Underlying Gene-Nutrient Interactions Affecting Longevity
    Mentor: John Hartman (jhartman@uab.edu)

    Kem, Danielle
    University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Major: Biology
    Project: 23nm Diameter Pre-formed a-synuclein Fibrils are More Effective at Inducing Parkinson’s Disease Pathology in Spraque Dawley Rats
    Mentor: Andrew West (abwest@uab.edu)

    Mallenahalli, Sheila
    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
    Major: Biological Engineering
    Project: Effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines on galactose deficient IgA1 production in IgA Nephropathy B cells
    Mentor: Colin Reily (creily@uab.edu)

    Manu, Nidhi
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
    Major: Chemistry with Biochemistry Specialization
    Project: Session-to-session performance measures of stroke survivors performing two body-weight-support treadmill training protocols
    Mentor: David A. Brown (dbrownpt@uab.edu)

    Joshua Nougaisse
    Georgia Gwinnett College. Lawrenceville, GA
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: Growing Crystals of the High Affinity Copper Uptake Protein (hCTR1) for Structural Determination Using X-ray Crystallography
    Mentor: Stephen Aller (sgaller@uab.edu)

    Nutter, Christopher
    Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: Investigating the maturation and cell-cycle of hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes after electrical stimulation
    Mentor: Jianyi Jay Zhang.(jayzhang@uab.edu)

    Patel, Kush
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
    Major: Mathematics
    Project: Assessing the Role of TMD12 in Ion Translocation of the Na/Bicarbonate Cotransporter, NBCe1
    Mentor: Mark Bevensee (bevensee@uab.edu)

    Scott, Johnathan
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
    Major: Biology, emphasis on Biotechnology
    Project: The Relationship Between Alpha-Synuclein, Alpha-Galactosidase A, and Ischemic Stroke
    Mentor: John Shacka (shacka@uab.edu)

    Sutton, Rachel
    Martin Methodist College, Pulaski, TN
    Major: Biology
    Project: Do Lactic Acid Bacteria Convert Glucosinolates to AHR Agonists during Food Fermentation?
    Mentor: Michael Gray (mjgray@uab.edu)

    Samantha Yates
    Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: The G protein-coupled Estrogen Receptor is Required for Normal Swimming Performance in Zebrafish
    Mentor: Daniel Gorelick (danielg@uab.edu)

    SIBS-UPS (Undergraduate Pathology Scholars)

    Ankenbauer, Katherine
    Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN
    Major: molecular biology
    Project: The role of PAICS in the tumorigenesis of pancreatic adenocarcinoma
    Mentor: Sooryanarayana Varambally (sorrya@uab.edu)

    Zubov, Tanya
    Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC
    Major: Biology
    Project: Effect of time-restricted alcohol feeding on select clock and metabolic genes in the liver and hippocampus
    Mentor: Shannon Bailey (sbailey@uab.edu)
  • 2016 SIBS Students

    Ansell, James
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
    Major: Biomedical Engineering
    Mentor: Palaniappan Sethu (psethu@uab.edu)

    Bloom, Emma
    Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Major: Neuroscience
    Mentor: Rosalinda Roberts (rcusidor@uab.edu)

    Brown, Blake
    Simpson College, Indianola, IA
    Major: Neuroscience
    Mentor: Candace Floyd (clfloyd@uab.edu)

    Chavez, Jennifer
    Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
    Major: Biology
    Mentor:Michael Gray (mjgray@uab.edu)

    Fyfe, Abby
    Central College, Pella, IA
    Major: Biochemistry
    Mentor: N. Ambalanannan (ambal@uab.edu)

    Gerges, Ereny
    University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC
    Major: Chemistry and Biology
    Mentor: A. Brent Carter (bcarter1@uab.edu)

    Lee, David
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
    Major: Biomedical Engineering
    Mentor: Palaniappan Sethu (psethu@uab.edu)

    Lee, Joshua
    North Park University, Chicago, IL Major: Biology
    Mentor: Mohammad Hassan (hassank@uab.edu)

    Luikart, Shelby
    Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
    Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Mentor: Jeonga Kim (jakim@uab.edu)

    Newman, Hannah
    East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
    Major: Microbiology
    Mentor: David Schneider (dschneid@uab.edu)

    Peoples, Felicia
    Huntingdon College, Montgomery, AL
    Major: Biochemistry
    Mentor: John Shacka (shacka@uab.edu)

    Ravishankar, Pavitra
    University of California-Davis, Davis, CA
    Major: Microbiology
    Mentor: Paul Goepfert

    Swain, Courtney
    Universityof West Florida, Pensacola, FL
    Major: Biology
    Mentor: Yang, Yang (yangyang@uabmc.edu)

    Travis, Roman
    eduSamford University, Birmingham, AL
    Major: Physics and Biochemistry
    Mentor: Ganesh Halade (halade@uab.edu)

    Treffalls, John
    Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
    Major: Biology/Psychology
    Mentor: Paul Gamlin (pgamlin@uab.edu)

    Tuluca, Andrei
    Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Major: Health and Exercise Science
    Mentor:Sabine Huke (huke2@uab.edu)


    Bandyopadhyay, Ananya
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
    Major: Biomedical Engineering
    Mentor: Douglas Hurst (dhurst@uab.edu)

    Roman-Holba, Samara
    Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
    Mentor: Sooryanarayana Varambally (soorya@uab.edu)

  • 2015 SIBS Students

    Clanton, Nicholas
    Samford University
    Major: Biochemistry and Chemistry
    Project: The Role of Non-Canonical Translation in Proliferation and Survival of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
    Mentor: Sunnie Thompson (sunnie@uab.edu)

    French, Katelyn
    College of Wooster
    Major: Mathematics
    Project: Distribution of clinical features and laboratory characteristics in multiple myeloma patients with and without light chain restricted disease
    Mentor: Elizabeth E. Brown (elbrown@uab.edu)

    Hedaya, Alexander
    University of Georgia
    Major: Biology
    Project: Neuronal Activity and NBCe1 Stimulation Elicit Distinct Changes in Extracellular pH and Presynaptic pH of the Rat Hippocampus
    Mentor: Mark Bevensee (bevensee@uab.edu)

    Kulman, Dan
    Cleveland State University
    Major: Biology
    Project: The Effector Domain of Myristoylated Alanine-rich C-Kinase Substrate is Required for its Nuclear Localization in Glioblastoma Multiforme
    Mentor: Christopher Willey (cwilley@uab.edu)

    LaMagna, Sam
    CUNY Queens College
    Major: Neuroscience
    Project: Purification of ABCA4 for X-Ray Crystallographic Structural Studies
    Mentor: Alecia Gross (agross@uab.edu)

    Luft, Marissa
    Ball State University
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: Exploring the Novel Surface of GBS GAPDH: Structure-Functional Analysis of the Q306T Mutant
    Mentor: Dabasish Chattopadhyay (debasish@uab.edu)

    Moore, Megan
    University of Tennessee – Knoxville
    Major: Animal Science - Bioscience
    Project: ATG Dose Responses in Type II Murine Lung Epithelial Cells
    Mentor: Trent Tipple (ttipple@uab.edu)

    Moraczewki, Jason
    University of Georgia
    Major: Biology and Psychology
    Project: PDLIM3 a Regulator of Glycolytic and Oxidative Skeletal Muscle
    Mentor: Glenn Rowe (gcrowe@uab.edu)

    Pham-Hua, Duyen
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: TA/PVPON-containing nanothin coatings can suppress pro-inflammatory chemokine synthesis and potentially elicit islet transplant survival
    Mentor: Hubert Tse (htse@uab.edu)

    Pound, Ilya
    Hendrix College
    Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
    Project: Investigation of mechanistic differences between gemcitabine and cytarabine through analysis of gene-drug interactions in S. cerevisiae
    Mentor: John Hartman (jhartman@uab.edu)

    Rhynes, Summer
    Birmingham Southern College
    Major: Biology
    Project: The Developmental Expression of Protective Intestinal Antibody Localization
    Mentor: Colin Martin (Colin.Martin@childrensal.org)

    Robbins, Cason
    Mississippi College
    Major: Biology/Medical Sciences & Chemistry
    Project: Effects of PGC-1α Deletion in Pyramidal Neurons on Memory
    Mentor: Rita Cowell (rcowell@uab.edu)

    Sams, David
    Western Kentucky University
    Major: Biology
    Project: Regulation of Myocardial Fatty Acid Oxidation by the Cardiomyocyte Circadian Clock: Potential Role of Biotinylation
    Mentor: Martin Young (meyoung@uab.edu)

    Wani, Mashhood
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Project: Physiological estrogens exert opposing effects on heart rate in zebrafish embryos
    Mentor: Dan Gorelick (danielg@uab.edu)

    SIBS-UPS - Undergraduate Pathology Scholars 2015

    Bolus, Daniel
    Tulane University
    Major: Biomedical Engineering
    Project: Effect of Heat-Shock Stress on Cell Proliferation and Differentiation of Myoblasts in vitro
    Mentor: Raj Soorappan (rajnsr@uab.edu)

    Hudaib, Sami
    Georgia Gwinnett College
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: Multiple Myeloma Immune System Evasion and Bone microenvironment manipulation due to varying expressions of Runx2 in Murine Models
    Mentor: Yang Yang (yangyang@uab.edu)

    Lena, Umme
    Mount Holyoke College
    Major: Biology and English
    Project: Examination of diurnal rhythms in alcoholic metabolism enzymes of mice with altered circadian clocks
    Mentor: Shannon Bailey (sbailey@uab.edu)

    Milligan, Emily
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Major: Neuroscience
    Project: Investigating the Regulation of αsyn Clearance by αGal A in Parkinson Disease
    Mentor: John Shacka (shacka@uab.edu)

    Williams, Austin
    Birmingham Southern College
    Major: Chemistry
    Project: Investigation of Hemoglobin Degradation and Subsequent Heme Release Mechanisms by Oxidative Stress Using Spectral Deconvolution
    Mentor: Rakesh Patel (rakeshp@uab.edu)
  • 2014 SIBS Students

    Andrew Aristorenas
    Christian Brothers University
    Major: Biomedical Sciences
    Project: Diabetes attenuates circadian clock output in the mouse heart
    Mentor: Martin Young (meyoung@uab.edu)

    Patrick Blackmon
    University of Alabama
    Major: Biology
    Project: Methuosis: an intoxication cell death pathway to target deadly glioblastomas
    Mentor: Kevin A. Roth (karoth@uab.edu)

    Austin Clark
    University of West Florida
    Major: Biology/Pre-Professional
    Project: Diet, exercise or both for improving obesity measures in children: a meta-analysis
    Mentor: David Allison (dallison@uab.edu)

    Steven Cochrun
    Hendrix College
    Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Project: Adherent-invasive E. coli (AIED, LF82) potently activates inflammatory signals in blood monocytes, but not intestinal macrophages in normal subjects
    Mentors: Philip Smith (pdsmith@uab.edu) and Lesley Smythies (lesmy@uab.edu)

    Rebecca Crowther
    Rowan University
    Major: Biological Sciences
    Project: Post-transcriptional regulation of CCK2 by HuR in a mouse model of spinal cord injury
    Mentor: Peter King (pking@uab.edu)

    Charlene Farmer
    Judson College
    Major: Biology and Chemistry
    Project: Differential impact of various fluorescent protein tagging on the subcellular localization of planar cell polarity protein Vangl2
    Mentor: Jianbo Wang (j18wang@uab.edu)

    Brett Habermehl
    American University
    Major: Biology
    Project: Genetic buffering of RNR2, the catalytic protein of the small subunit of ribonucleotide reductase, in S. cerevisiae
    Mentor: John Hartman (jhartman@uab.edu)

    Riley Jay
    Wake Forest University
    Major: Biology
    Project: Exploring the tole of G9a in hippocampus-dependent fear memory consolidation
    Mentor: Farah Lubin (flubin@uab.edu)

    Erin Katz
    Brown University
    Major: Biochemistry
    Proejct: Independent effects of early life stress and aggression trait on cardiovascular function
    Mentor: Ilan Kerman (kerman@uab.edu)

    Breanna Lee
    James Madison University
    Major: Biology
    Project: Regulation of neural and neural crest development by HP1-y
    Mentor: Chenbei Chang (cchang@uab.edu)

    Felicia Lombardi
    Emory University
    Major: Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology
    Project: The developing serotonin system in rats that are susceptible vs resistant to the negative effects of early-life antidepressant exposure
    Mentor: Sarah Clinton (clintons@uab.edu)
    Madeline McGrath
    Eckerd College
    Major: Biology
    Project: Vascular smooth muscle ferritin deletion as a model for metabolic syndrome
    Mentors: James George (jgeorge@uab.edu) and Anupam Agarwal (agarwal@uab.edu)

    Matthew McCay
    University of Alabama
    Major: Chemical Engineering
    Project: Effects of osteoarthritis on muscle inflammation susceptibility in total knee arthroplasty patients
    Mentor: Marcas Bamman (mbamman@uab.edu)

    Andrew Merrill
    Thomas Moore College
    Major: Biology
    Project: A structual and functional analysis of cryptosporidium parvum pyruvate kinase
    Mentor: Debasish Chattopadhyay (debasish@uab.edu)

    David Osula
    Samford University
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: Localization of cGMP-gated cation channel b subunit in mouse retina
    Mentor: Steve Pittler (pittler@uab.edu)

    Melissa Parrish
    Lipscomb University
    Major: Molecular Biology
    Project: Hearing and language outcome of cochlear implant patients with cytomegalovirus in the perilymph
    Mentor: Shannon Ross (sacton@uab.edu)

  • 2013 SIBS Students

    Meredith Barefield
    University of Southern Mississippi
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: Differential susceptibility of HPV positive and negative head and neck cancers to EGFR and PARP inhibition
    Mentor: Shih-Hsin (Eddy) Yang(eyang@uab.edu)

    Susanna Basappa
    University of San Francisco
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: The Effects of Heparin Aerosol on Chlorine Induced Lung Injury
    Mentor: Sadis Matalon (sadis@uab.edu)

    Sheila Bhavsar
    University of Georgia
    Major: Biology
    Project: LRRK2 Role in Neuroinflammation Associated with Parkinson's Disease
    Mentor: Andrew West (abwest@uab.edu)

    Yu-Rei (Raymond) Chang
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    Major: Biological Sciences
    Project: Down-regulation of TNF-related signaling is associated with greater resistance training-induced muscle regrowth among atrophied older adults
    Mentor: Marcas Bamman (mbamman@uab.edu)

    Erin Feeney
    Oakland University
    Major: Biology
    Project: MARCKS as a Promoter of Cellular Senescence in Glioblastoma
    Mentor: Chris Willey (cwilley@uab.edu)

    Stacey Harrison
    Cornell College
    Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Project: Investigating alternative mechanisms of translation initiation induced by flaviviral infection
    Mentor: Sunnie Thompson (sunnie@uab.edu)

    Valentine Nwachukwu
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Major: Biomedical Engineering
    Project: Small peptides as treatments for Alzheimer’s disease
    Mentor: Inga Kadisha (ikadisha@uab.edu)

    Louis Porreca
    University of Scranton
    Major: Neuroscience
    Project: The Combinatorial Effects of AT-101, Tamoxifen, and Temozolomide on Glioblastoma Multiforme
    Mentor: Kevin Roth (karoth@uab.edu)

    Matthew Ratti
    Rutgers University
    Major: Biology
    Project: Effects of Diprotin A and Anti-CD122 on Bone Marrow Engraftment Efficiency in Humanized Cooley’s Anemia Mice in the Absence of Cyto-Reductive Conditioning
    Mentor: Tom Ryan (trayan@uab.edu)

    Alexa Sughroue
    Beloit College
    Major: Biochemistry and Spanish
    Project: Regulation of breast cancer metastasis by SIN3A
    Mentor: Doug Hurst (dhurst@uab.edu)
  • 2012 SIBS Students

    Billy Joe (B.J.) Ammons, Jr.
    Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
    Major: Biomedical Science
    Project: The Cardiomyocyte Circadian Clock Directly Regulates β-Hydroxybutarate Dehydrogenase Activity
    Mentor: Martin Young (meyoung@uab.edu)

    Margaret Apperson
    The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa
    Major: Chemistry
    Project: The Role of Langerhans Cells in Carcinogenesis of the Skin
    Mentor: Laura Timares (timares@uab.edu)

    Rebecca Duron
    Auburn University
    Double Major: microbiology and German
    Project: Identifying the Pathway by which Glucose Induces Cardiomyocyte TXNIP Expression
    Mentor: Anath Shalev (shalev@uab.edu)

    Morgan Jackson
    Villanova University
    Major: Biology, Spanish minor
    Project: Vitamin E Supplementation as a Strategy for Preventing Nosocomial Infections
    Mentor: Karen Iles (kiles@uab.edu)

    Tanu Patel
    University of California-Berkeley
    Major: Cognitive science, Neuroscience Emphasis
    Project: GSK3β inhibition protects healthy cells by repairing irradiation-induced DNA damage
    Mentor: Shih-Hsin (Eddie) Yang (eyang@uab.edu)

    Lindy Pence
    Wofford College
    Major: Biology
    Project: Inhibition of the mTOR/PI3K Pathways to Enhance Sensitivity of Ovarian Cancer Cells to Chemotherapy Treatment
    Mentor: Charles (Chip) Landen (clanden@uab.edu)

    Rachael Sarrett
    Samford University
    Major: Premed/Psychology
    Project: Making New Photoreceptors from Retinal Pigment Epithelium
    Mentor: Timothy Kraft (twkraft@uab.edu)

    Samantha Scanlon
    Harding University
    Major: Biochemistry and Molecular biology, Minor in Spanish
    Project: Investigation of the Mechanism of Regulation of Proliferation and Radiation Sensitivity by the MARCKS protein in Glioma Cells
    Mentor: John Jarboe, MD/PhD Student Mentor (jjarbo1@uab.edu)
    Mentor: Christopher Willey, Faculty Mentor (cwilley@uab.edu)

    Paige Souder
    Samford University
    Major: Biochemistry
    Project: The Role of ERK Phosphorylation in BQCA-mediated LTD in CA1 hippocampal neurons
    Mentor: Robert Mans, Postdoc Mentor (rmans@uab.edu)
    Mentor: Lori McMahon, Faculty Mentor (mcmahon@uab.edu)

    Carly Twarog
    Pittsburg State University
    Major: Biology
    Project: Extra-ribosomal Functions of RPS25
    Mentor: Sunnie Thompson (sunnie@uab.edu)
  • 2011 SIBS Students

    Emily Courtman
    Auburn University
    Major: Pre-med/Biology
    Project: Changes in Transforming Growth Factor β Signaling and Activation with Stretching of Mouse Lung Epithelial Cells
    Mentor: Namasivayma Ambalavan (nambalavanan@peds.uab.edu)

    BreeOna Ebrecht
    Northern Michigan University
    Major: Pre-Med/Psychology
    Project: A Yeast Model for Development of CF Therapeutics
    Publication: Holly EN, Ebrecht B, Prus AJ. The neurotensin-1 receptor agonist PD149163 inhibits conditioned avoidance responding without producing catalepsy in rats. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol. 2011 Jan 27.
    Mentor: John Hartman (jhartman@uab.edu)

    Josh Freda
    Virginia Tech
    Major: Biology, Minor in Spanish & Chemistry
    Project: Analysis of Hypothalamic Feeding Circuits in Response to Induced Loss of Primary Cilium in Adult Mice: ISH Characterization of NPY, POMC, AgRP and MCH mRNA
    Mentor: Robert Kesterson (kesterso@uab.edu)

    Rebecca Garrett
    Liberty University
    Major: Molecular Biology
    Project: Novel Mechanisms for the Treatment of Breast Cancer: In Vitro and In Vivo Models
    Mentor: Boris Pasche (Boris.Pasche@ccc.uab.edu)

    Meredith Hubbard
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Major: Molecular Biology
    Project: Determining the Presence and Localization of Septin2 and Tulp1 in Rod Cells
    Mentor: Alecia Gross agross@uab.edu

    Andrea Loes
    Arizona State University
    Major: Microbiology
    Project: Characterization of the Periplasmic Ferric Binding Protein of Mycobacterium smegmatis
    Mentor: Michael Niederweis (mnieder@uab.edu)

    QueenDenise Okeke
    Columbia University
    Major: Psychology/Statistics
    Project: The Effects of Green Tea Component, EGCG, on Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cells
    Trygve Tollefsbol (trygve@uab.edu)

    Jeremy Sheppard
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Major: Biomedical Engineering
    Project: Engineered Polycaprolactone and Cellulose Substrates for MCF-7 F-108 Co-cultures
    Joel Berry (jlberry@uab.edu)

    Aneesh Tyle
    Vanderbilt University
    Major: Biomedical Science
    Project: 5-Hydroxytryptamine 1B Receptor (5-HT1B) Expression in the Human Caudal Brainstem in Major Depression
    Mentor: Ilan Kerman (kerman@uab.edu)

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