STAR Program
Past STARs

The 2016 STAR program had 21 participants, each adding to the wonderful experience of the summer session.

The participation of outstanding, enthusiastic and talented students in this group combined with the dedication of the STAR mentors, STAR committee members, workshop leaders, and participants, made this summer's program another outstanding success!

Hands-on biomedical research is the foundation of the program and the STAR mentors worked hard to immerse their STAR student in the "real world" of biomedical research and at the same time make it understandable to undergraduates in nine short weeks! It is amazing, the work that all of the STARs accomplished, the techniques they mastered and the science they learned. We were all very proud of these STARs as they presented their work during the STAR Poster Session.

In addition to working in the laboratory, the STARs attended workshops where they were exposed to the broad spectrum of research at Augusta University. These STARs routinely commented on how the workshops have opened their eyes to possibilities in biomedical research that they were previously unaware of... and now are excited about! The STAR experience has given them new insights into Augusta University, biomedical research and future educational and career options available to them.

STARs 2016



2016 STARs


Hannah

Hannah Brinkman

Central Michigan University

STAR Mentor:
Dr. Larry Layman
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation: Molecular Medicine & Neuroscience
 
STAR Research Project:
Role of microRNAs in Nelf Regulation of Migratory GnRH Neurons
 
 
 
 
Egil

egil brudvik

Union College
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Lin Mei
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Molecular Medicine & Neuroscience
 
STAR Research Project:
Postnatal Termination of GABA Transmission Increases the Formation of Perineuronal Nets on Parvalbumin Interneurons
Allison

Allison burrell

University of South Carolina - Columbia
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. David Fulton
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Biochemistry and Cancer Biology
 
STAR Research Project:
Implementing CRISPR/Cas9 to Generate Knockout Cell Lines to Analyze Target Genes Upregulated in Pulmonary Hypertension
Karina

Karina chan

Oxford College of Emory University
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Ali Arbab
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Biochemistry & Cancer Biology
 
STAR Research Project:
Effects of Melaton on Vascular Mimicry in Human Breast Cancer Cells
 
 
 
Kwang Jin

Kwang Jin Chung

University at Buffalo
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Anatolij Horuzsko
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Biochemistry & Cancer Biology
 
STAR Research Project:
Functions of TREM-1 in Tumor Cells
Rahim

Rahim Hirani

Hampshire College
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Bal Lokeshwar
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Biochemistry & Cancer Biology
 
STAR Research Project:
The Regulatory role of β-Arrestin-1 in Prostate Cancer Cell Proliferation
 
 
Justin

Justin hutchinson

Winthrop University
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Jennifer Sullivan
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Physiology
 
STAR Research Project:
The Temporal Effect of DOCA-salt Hypertension on Renal Tregs in Males and Females
 
 
 
 
Charlotte

Charlotte kaestner

East Tennessee State University
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Akilkumar Pillai
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Neuroscience
 
STAR Research Project:
The Role of IL-23 in the Development of ASD-like Phenotype in Mice
Molly

Molly Lawson

Georgia College & State University
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Vinata Lokeshwar
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Biochemistry & Cancer Biology
 
STAR Research Project:
Bladder Cancer Hyaluronidase Expression and Sensitivity to Chemotherapeutics
Atul

Atul Lodh

University of Georgia
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Jan Van Riggelen
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Biochemistry & Cancer Biology
 
STAR Research Project:
The MYC Oncogene Controls DNMT3B Overexpression, which may be important for Turmor Porliferations in MYC-Driven T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (T-ALL)
 
 
 
Peyton

Peyton Marshall

Rhodes College
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Meghan McGee-Lawrence
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Cellular Biology
 
STAR Research Project:
Pharmacological Modulation of Osteocyte Plasma Membrane Disruption (PMD) Repair Affects Cell Survival
Jane

Melody morwitzer

University of Nebraska - Kearny
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Eric Belin de Chantemele
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Physiology
 
STAR Research Project:
Hypertension and Sex Specificity: Leptin Increases Salt Sensitivity in Female Mice
 
 
 
Rohit

Rohit munagala

University of Georgia
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Patricia Schoenlein
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Cellular Biology
 
STAR Research Project:
Apparent Prosurvival Role For pJNK in Eralpha+ Breast Cancer Cells
Harry

Harry Owen

University of Georgia
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Esteban Celis
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Biochemistry & Cancer Biology
 
STAR Research Project:
Investigating Mechanisms Behing Vaccine Adjuvants for Anti-Tumor Treatments
Tiffany

Tiffany robinson

Western New England College
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Hasan Korkaya
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Biochemistry & Cancer Biology
 
STAR Research Project:
Effects of Trsquinimod on S100A9 in Breast Cancer Metastasis
 
 
 
 
Denerick

Denerick simpson

Savannah State University
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Chris Cutler
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Oral Biology
 
STAR Research Project:
Oral Microbiome Analysis: Murine Model of Periodontal Disease
Maggie

Magaret Steward

Regis University
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Almria Vazdarjanova
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Pharmacology
 
STAR Research Project:
Experience-Driven Modification of Ongoing Immediate-Early Gene Transcription
Yuxiao

Yuxiao Tan

Ohio Wesleyan University
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Jin-Xiong She
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Genomic Medicine
 
STAR Research Project:
Knockdown of Gene SLC7A11 in OVCAR8 Cells Increases Susceptibility of Cells to Anti-Cancer Drugs
 
 
 
 
Liz

Elizabeth Urbanski

Ohio Wesleyan University
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Graydon Gonsalvez
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Cellular Biology
 
STAR Research Project:
Examining the Role of FAM109 in an Undiagnosed Disease
Jencie

Jencie watson

Freed-Hardeman University
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Betty Pace
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Biochemistry & Cancer Biology
 
STAR Research Project:
The Effect of Salubrinal on eIL2α-ATF4 Phosphorylation Rates Correlating with Fetal Hemoglobin Induction
Nick

Nicholas Weinand

University of Georgia
 
STAR Mentor:
Dr. Zsolt Bagi
 
Augusta University Program Affiliation:
Vascular Biology
 
STAR Research Project:
Does Adenosine Kinase Link Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction to HFpEF?