The 2019 STAR program had 18 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.

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NADA AHMED SELIM

  • Mississippi College

STAR Mentor: Guangyu Wu, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Pharmacology

STAR Research Project:
Gβγ Translocation to the Golgi Mediates MAPK Activation in Prostate Cancer Cells

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ANUSH ARYAL

  • Mississippi University for Women

STAR Mentor: Yutao Liu, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Cellular Biology and Anatomy

STAR Research Project:
Functional Characterization of rs373951075 Variant using Primary Human Corneal Epithelial Cells

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MICHAEL ATWATER

  • Howard University
 STAR Mentor: Yukai He, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Biochemistry and Cancer Biology

STAR Research Project:
Comparison of 2nd Generation CAR-T Cell Effector Function on Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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CARSON BRACKETT

  • Clemson University

STAR Mentor: Gang Zhou, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Biochemistry and Cancer Biology

STAR Research Project:
Determining the Source of Immunosuppressive Prostaglandin E₂ in the Tumor Microenvironment

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AMY CHANNELL

  • LaGrange College
STAR Mentor: Zsolt Bagi, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Physiology

STAR Research Project:
Are Your Blood Vessels Aging with You? VEGF maintains Angiogenesis in Aged Mice

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Sa In "Shine" Chin

  • Macalester College

STAR Mentor: Alvin Terry, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Pharmacology, Neuroscience

STAR Research Project:
Deficits in Hippocampal-dependent Learning are related to Sarcopenia-like Effects in Aged C57 mice

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Dominique Cook

  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
STAR Mentor: Graydon Gonsalvez, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Cellular Biology and Anatomy

STAR Research Project:
Egalitarian Plays a Role in Anchoring Microtubule Minus End to the Cortex

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Rachael Cundey

  • Georgia College and State University

STAR Mentor: Xin-Yun Lu, PhD

Program Affiliation: Neuroscience

STAR Research Project:
The Muscle-Adipose-Brain Axis in the Beneficial Effects of Exercise

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Gilbert Giri

  • University of Rochester

STAR Mentor: Ashok Sharma, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Genomic Medicine

STAR Research Project:
DNA Methylation Biomarkers Correlated with Metastasis and Survival of Uveal Melanoma

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Carol Joseph

  • Augusta University

STAR Mentor: Patricia Schoenlein, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Cellular Biology and Anatomy

STAR Research Project:
Targeting JNK1/2/Jun Enhances the Efficacy of Antiestrogen Treatment of Breast Cancer

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Riley Kendall

  • Chapman University

STAR Mentor: Meghan McGee-Lawrence, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Cellular Biology and Anatomy

STAR Research Project:
The Role of the Hdac3 Co-Repressor Complex in Regulating Bone Glucocorticoid Signaling

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Shivani Kumaresan

  • Johns Hopkins University
STAR Mentor: Manuela Bartoli, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Cellular Biology and Anatomy

STAR Research Project:
The Role of microRNA-144 on the Formation of Amyloid-Beta in Human Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells

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Abigail "Abby" McNamee

  • Georgia Southern University

STAR Mentor: Darren Browning, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Biochemistry and Cancer Biology

STAR Research Project:
The Effect of Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors on cGMP-Signaling and the Proliferation of Colon Cancer Cell In Vitro

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Shraddha Neupane

  • Mississippi University for Women

STAR Mentor: Shruti Sharma, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Genomic Medicine

STAR Research Project:
Role of IL-6 Trans-signaling on Angiopoietin-Tie2 Pathway in Retinal Endothelial Cell and Pericytes

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Jessica Perciaccante

  • University of Georgia

STAR Mentor: Larry Layman, MD

Program Affiliation: Molecular Medicine

STAR Research Project:
Identifying Likely Pathogenic Variants in ESR1 and PGR by Sanger Sequencing in Patients with Unexplained Infertility

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Margaret Roach

  • Wofford College

STAR Mentor:  Almira Vazdarjanova, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Neuroscience

STAR Research Project:
Functional Sex Differences in the Rodent Hippocampus After Emotional Trauma

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Haydn Turner

  • Georgia Highlands College
STAR Mentor: Surendra Rajpurohit, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Biochemistry and Cancer Biology

STAR Research Project:
Development of a Transparent Transgenic Zebrafish Modeling System To Study Microglia Function

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Genevieve Wimsatt

  • Regis University

STAR Mentor: Greg Harshfield, PhD

Program Affiliation: Physiology , Vascular Biology

STAR Research Project:
The Effects of Cell Phone and Internet Dependence of Blood Pressure