STAR Program Alumni of 2018

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

2018 STAR AlumniThe 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.

 

 

STAR 2018 Participants


Divya Agarwal

Divya Agarwal

Wake Forest University

STAR Mentor:  Ryan Harris, MD

Program Affiliation:  Vascular Biology

STAR Research Project:
Endothelin-B Receptor Dysfunction in Human Obesity


Al-Odaini Asma

Al-Odaini Asma 

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


Rebecca Anderson

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


James Bauer

James Bauer

Emory University

STAR Mentor: Alvin Terry, MD

Program Affiliation:  Pharmacology,Neuroscience

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


Justin Dang

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


Orneika Flandrin

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


Allison Grodnick

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


Bernadette Hartney

Bernadette Hartney

Ave Maria University

STAR Mentor: Wendy Bollag, PhD

Program Affiliation: Physiology

STAR Research Project:
Regulation of ABCA Proteins in Keratinocytes


Stella Ikuzwe

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


Mariah Lee

Mariah Lee

Newberry College

STAR Mentor: Raju Ragahavan, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Pharmacology 

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


Zaniya Mark

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


Samiel Melnyk

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


Hafsa Memon

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


Karah Moulton

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


Jessica Perry

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


Shubhra Rajpurohit

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


Hunter Sellers

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


Lenee Shrestha

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  


Jiali Zhu

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

 


Guest of STAR 2018


Zuleika Rodriguez Santos

Zuleika Rodriguez Santos

Universidad Central del Caribe

Mentor: Meghan McGee Lawrence, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Cellular Biology & Anatomy

 


Janice Garcia Guzman

Janice Garcia Guzman

Universidad Central del Caribe

Mentor: Carlos Isales, PhD

Program Affiliation:  Cellular Biology & Anatomy

 


Sarah Rivera De Pena

Sarah Rivera De Pena

Universidad Central del Caribe

Mentor: Mark Hamrick PhD

Program Affiliation:  Cellular Biology & Anatomy