The 2018 STAR program had 19 participants, each adding to the wonderful experience of the summer session.

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Asma Al-Odaini

  • North Central College

STAR Mentor: Nagendra Singh, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Biochemistry & Cancer Biology

STAR Research Project:
Induction of IL-10 in Bone-Marrow Derived Macrophages by Helicobacter Hepaticus Supernatant is Gpr109a-Mediated

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Rebecca Anderson

  • Oxford College of Emory University

STAR Mentor: Yutao Liu, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Cellular Biology & Anatomy

STAR Research Project:
Functional Impact of miR-182 Overexpression in Primary Human Trabecular Meshwork Cells: Validation of Primary HTM Cells

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James Bauer

  • Emory University

STAR Mentor: Alvin Terry, MD

Program Affiliation:  Pharmacology, Neuroscience

STAR Research Project:
Axonal Transport Targets for Age-related Neurodegenerative Diseases

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Hung " Justin" Dang

  • Stetson University

STAR Mentor: Jianhua Xu, MD

Program Affiliation:  Molecular Medicine 

STAR Research Project:
Dowregualtion of Endocytosis Induced by Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors in Mouse Hippocampal Neurons

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Orneika Flandrin

  • Claflin University

STAR Mentor: Folami Powell, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Biochemistry & Cancer Biology 

STAR Research Project:
Alterations of Local Insulin Production in the Retina: Implications in Diabetic Retinopathy

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Allison Grodnick

  • College of Saint Benedict and Saint John University

STAR Mentor: Hasan Korkaya, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Biochemistry & Cancer Biology

STAR Research Project:
Calprotectin Regulates Tumor Cell Plasticity and Promotes Metastatic Growth in Breast Cancer

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Bernadette Hartney

  • Ave Maria University

STAR Mentor: Wendy Bollag, PhD

Program Affiliation: Physiology

STAR Research Project:
Regulation of ABCA Proteins in Keratinocytes

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Stella Matutina Ikuzwe

  • Macalester College

STAR Mentor: Guangyu Wu, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Pharmacology

STAR Research Project:
Prostate-specific G-protein-coupled Receptors Activate Oncogenic Mitogen-activated Protein Kinases in Prostate Cancer

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Mariah Lee

  • Newberry College

STAR Mentor: Raju Ragahavan, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Pharmacology 

STAR Research Project:
The role of GPR109a in Cellular Energetics and Metabolism

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Zaniya Mark

  • Fayetteville State University

STAR Mentor: Kebin Liu, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Biochemistry & Cancer Biology

STAR Research Project:
IL-6 Promotes Colon Tumorigenesis Through DNMT-1 and DNMT3b Upregulation in a STAT3 Dependent Mechanism

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Samuel Melnyk

  • Lenoir-Rhyne University
STAR Mentor: Jan van Riggelen, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Biochemistry & Cancer Biology

STAR Research Project:
Ectopic TET2 Exoression in MYC-driven T-ALL Cell Lines Reduces Cell Proliferation and Cell Cycle Progression

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Hafsa Memon

  • University of Texas, Dallas

STAR Mentor: Nevin Lambert, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Pharmacology, Neuroscience

STAR Research Project:
Determinants of GPCR-G Protein Coupling Selectivity

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Karah Moulton

  • University of South Carolina, Aiken

STAR Mentor: Darrell Brann, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Neuroscience, Molecular Medicine

STAR Research Project:
The Role of Astocyte-Derived Estrogen in Neuroinflammation After Global Cerebral Ischemia

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Jessica Perry

  • Elon University

STAR Mentor: Lawrence Layman ,PhD

Program Affiliation:  Neuroscience, Molecular Medicine

STAR Research Project:
Finding Genes Involved in GnRH Neuron Migration Following Nelf Knockdown

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Shubhra Rajurohit

  • Augusta University

STAR Mentor:  Pamela Martin, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Biochemistry & Cancer Biology 

STAR Research Project:
MiR-mediated Retinal Neovascularization Involves Inhibition of PPARα - PEDF Axis

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Hunter Sellers

  • Winthrop University

STAR Mentor: Neal Wientraub, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Vascular Biology

STAR Research Project:
Role of Duffy Antigen for Chemokines (DARC) in Insulin Signaling

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Lenee Shrestha

  • Mississippi University for Women

STAR Mentor: Eric de Chantemele, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Vascular Biology

STAR Research Project:
Mineralocorticoid Receprot Antagonism Reduces Blood Pressure in Female Mice in High Salt Diet Independent of Sodium Excretion  

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Jiali Zhu

  • Wheaton College, Massachusetts

STAR Mentor: Meghan McGee-Lawrence, PhD 

Program Affiliation:  Cellular Biology & Anatomy

STAR Research Project:
Membrane Wounding Changes Osteocytic Expression of Bone Mechano-Responsive Targets, and Aging May Alster Processes of Repair of Osteocyte Membrane Wounds


GuestS of STAR 2018

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Zuleika Rodriguez Santos

  • Universidad Central del Caribe

Mentor: Meghan McGee Lawrence, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Cellular Biology & Anatomy

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Janice Garcia Guzman

  • Universidad Central del Caribe

Mentor: Carlos Isales, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Cellular Biology & Anatomy

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Sarah Rivera De Pena

  • Universidad Central del Caribe
Mentor: Mark Hamrick PhD

Program Affiliation:  Cellular Biology & Anatomy