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Harvard Catalyst Summer Interns present Clinical and Translational Work at Closing Ceremonies

The Harvard Catalyst Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP) and Summer Clinical and Translational Research Internship Program (SCTRP) celebrated the work of their student interns at the 2013 closing ceremonies.

The Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP) through Harvard Catalyst’s Program for Faculty Development and Diversity Inclusion is an eight-week mentored, summer research program designed to enhance the development and recruitment of a robust, diverse clinical and translational workforce pipeline by enriching medical students’ interest in research and health-related careers. Applicants were selected by a panel of judges from across the Harvard Catalyst partner institutions.

VRIP participants were placed in labs and clinics that focus particularly on careers in clinical and translational research. Mentors introduced and guided VRIP interns through research that will transform scientific discoveries arising from laboratory, clinical, or population-based applications to improve health. VRIP participants completed an abstract and written report, culminating in oral presentation of their work at the VRIP Closing Ceremony that was held on July 25th, 2013.

In addition to the VRIP summer program, Harvard Catalyst also offered the Summer Clinical and Translational Research Internship Program (SCTRP)—a ten-week mentored, summer research program designed to enhance the development and recruitment of a robust, diverse clinical and translational workforce pipeline by enriching college students’ understanding of and interest in pursuing clinical and / or translational research and health-related careers. SCTRP seeks to increase underrepresented minority and disadvantaged college student exposure to clinical and translational research. SCTRP participants were closely-mentored in parallel to the VRIP program, and completed an abstract, written report, and oral presentation of their work at the SCTRP Closing Ceremony that was held August 15th, 2013.

See full list of the presentations below.

Azza Abdalla, Medical University of South Carolina
"“The role of lin28b and N-myc in Neuroblastoma"
Mentors George Church, PhD and Yoav Mayshar, PhD;
Harvard Medical School

Gabriel Kim, Howard University College of Medicine
“Quantitative clonal analysis of early zebrafish inner ear”
Mentors: Sean Megason, PhD and Nikolaus Obholzer, PhD;
Harvard Medical School

Travis Marshall, University of Washington School of  Medicine
“AAV serotype 9 uses galactose to target cone photoreceptors in the mouse retina”
Mentor: Luk Vandenberghe, PhD;
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary & Schepens Eye Research Institute

Arwa Mohammad, University of Missouri School of Medicine
"“Enhancing Adherence to Guideline-Recommended Imaging for Pulmonary Nodule Follow-Up"
Mentor: Ronilda Lacson, MD, PhD; Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Terrance Moreau, Boston University School of Medicine
“Optimization of Breast Cancer Prediction Tools by Addition of Genetic Information”
Mentor: Peter Tonellato, PhD; Harvard Medical School

Vivian Ortiz, Meharry Medical College
“Role of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in Pathogenesis of Hyperoxia Lung Disease and Necrotizing Enterocolitis”
Mentors: Steven Freedman, MD, PhD and Camilia Martin, MD, MS;
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

2013 Summer Clinical and Translational Research Internship Program

Deanna Palenzuela, Yale University
“Neural Correlates of Imitation in Children with Autism Using NIRS: A Pilot Study of Typically Developing Children”
Mentors: Charles Nelson, PhD and Laura Edwards; Boston Children’s Hospital

Walker Keenan, College of William and Mary
“"Improving Detection of Brain Metabolites for In-Vivo Two-Dimensional  Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Applications"
Mentor: Alexander Lin, PhD; Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Ebaa Al-Obeidi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Endolymphatic duct and sac development in zebrafish"
Mentors: Sean Megason, PhD and Ian Swinburne, PhD; Harvard Medical School

Rosa Frias, Mount Holyoke College ‘13
“The Atoms of Episodic Memory”
Mentor: Gabriel Krieman, PhD; Boston Children’s Hospital

Briaira Geiger, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
"“The Role of VEGF from Medalist Fibroblasts on Endothelial Cells"
Mentors: George King, MD and Sonia Hernandez, PhD; Joslin Diabetes Center

Georges Guillaume, Winston-Salem State University
"“Regulation of dendritic cell function by AhR”
Mentors: Francisco Quintana, PhD, Ivan Mascanfroni, PhD and Maisa Takenaka;
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Sonya Inderbitzin, Delaware State University
“Novel HIV-1 encoded microRNAs:  Role in Chronic Immune Activation”
Mentors: Souvenir Tachado, MD and Mark Bernard, PhD; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Mira Patel, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Characterization of chemical genetic interactions of β-lactam potentiators in Methicillin
Resistant Staphylococcus  aureus”
Mentors: Suzanne Walker, PhD, Timothy Meredith, PhD and Marina Santiago; Harvard Medical School

Chevaz Thomas, Morehouse College
“Characterizing the role of fumarate hydratase deficiency in the development of cancer in zebrafish”
Mentors: Joanna Yeh, PhD and Taneli Helenius, PhD; Massachusetts General Hospital

Kasopefoluwa Oguntuyo, University of Alabama at Birmingham ‘13
“Magnetic Nanoparticle Mediated Removal of Cytokines from Rat Blood to Alleviate a Septic
Burden
Mentors: Michael Super, PhD and Julia Berthet; Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

The application deadline for summer of 2014 is January 24, 2014.
To receive an application, contact Rachel Milliron, Program Coordinator,
at 617.432.1892 or email pfdd_dcp@hms.harvard.edu.

Mentors, if you are interested in hosting a college or medical student in your laboratory through a Harvard Catalyst VRIP or SCTRP internship (summer 2014) please complete the Questionnaire.

 

 

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