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NEI Summer Intern Program Participants in the 2012 NIH Poster Day

The NIH Summer Poster Day provides an opportunity for summer interns to share their accomplishments with the NIH community as well as family and friends. The following thirty five students from the NEI presented their research at the event:

Rebecca Abay

Rebecca Abay
DIVRO
Identification of Potent Inhibitors of Visual Cycle Isomerohydrolase RPE65
University of Maryland, College Park (Maryland)
Dr. Eugenia Poliakov, Dr. T. Michael Redmond, Preceptors
Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology

Carlos Aponte Vasquez
DIVRO
Expression and Purification of Human Tyrosinase in E. coli
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez (Puerto Rico)
Dr. Yuri Sergeev, Dr. Monika Dolinska, Preceptors
Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch

Michael Ayele
The Effects of Retinoids and its Derivatives on the Expression and Activity on Stearoyl-CoA Desaturase in Human Retinal Pigment Epithelial cells
Brown University (Rhode Island)
Dr. T. Michael Redmond, Preceptor
Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology

Julia Cao
Mutation Screening in Patients with Occult Macular Dystrophy in the RP1L1 Gene
Cornell University (New York)
Dr. Xinjing Wang, Preceptor
Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch

Eli Cornblath

Eli Cornblath
Optimizing the Generation of RNA Sequencing Libraries from Flow Sorted Rod Photoreceptors
University of Michigan (Michigan)
Dr. Hyunjin Yang, Mr. Matthew Brooks, Dr. Anand Swaroop, Preceptors
Neurobiology Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory

Candice Craig
Verification of Mutations Found by High-Throughput Screening in Patients with Inherited Retinal Dystrophies
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Maryland)
Dr. Xinjing Wang, Preceptor
Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch

Jennifer Du
3D Reconstructions of Photoreceptor Mitochondria in a Mammalian Retina
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Virginia)
Dr. Wei Li, Preceptor
Unit on Retinal Neurophysiology

Cierra Dunmire
Community College Summer Enrichment Program
Translational Regulation of RPE65 Expression by microRNA
Community College of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania)
Dr. T. Michael Redmond, Preceptor
Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology

Samuel Dresner
Evaluation of Subconjunctival Sirolimus in the Treatment of Bilateral Geographic Atrophy Associated with Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Princeton University (New Jersey)
Dr. Wai Wong, Preceptor
Unit on Neuron-Glia Interactions in Retinal Disease

Shelly Durazo

Shelley Durazo
DIVRO
Streamlining the Process of Technology Transfer Agreements for High Demand Materials
University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus (Colorado)
Dr. Alan Hubbs, Mr. David Whitmer, Preceptors
NCI Technology Transfer Center

Nicky Gazy
Photopic Cone Response of Mouse Electroretinogram
University of Maryland, College Park (Maryland)
Dr. Haohua Qian, Preceptor
Visual Function Core

Erelda Gene
DIVRO
P25L Knock-in Mouse Models Aspects of Mild Forms of Human Congential Blindness Due to Mutations in RPE65
Northern Arizona University (Arizona)
Dr. T. Michael Redmond, Preceptor
Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology

Blen Girmay
DIVRO
HLA-A*29:02 Transgenic Mice as a Model for Birdshot Chorioretinopathy Disease
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Maryland)
Dr. Mary Mattapallil, Dr. Rachel Caspi, Preceptors
Laboratory of Immunology

Anurag Goel
3D Reconstructions of Photoreceptor Mitochondria in a Mammalian Retina
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Virginia)
Dr. Wei Li , Preceptor
Unit on Retinal Neurophysiology

Pallabi Guha

Pallabi Guha
Generation of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells from Dermal Fibroblasts of Patients with Late-Onset Retinal Degeneration
University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Kapil Bharti, Dr. Sheldon Miller, Preceptors
Section on Epithelial and Retinal Physiology and Disease

Juliet Hartford
DIVRO
Identification of Ocular Stem Cells Using Flow Cytometry Population Analysis
University of California, Davis (California)
Mr. Rafael Villasmil, Dr. Rachel Caspi, Preceptors
Laboratory of Immunology

Priyanka Hiriyanna
Adenovirus E2a Regulates AAV-2 Capsid Protein Expression
Northwest High school (Maryland)
Dr. Peter Colosi, Preceptor
Neurobiology Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory

David Jiang
Retinal Muller Glia Inhibition of T Cell Proliferation
University of Maryland (Maryland)
Dr. Carlos Zarate Blades, Dr. Rachel Caspi, Preceptors
Laboratory of Immunology

Teresa Longo
The Protein Cc2d2a is Required for Ciliogenesis and Eye Development
University of Maryland, College Park (Maryland)
Dr. Shobi Veleri, Dr. Anand Swaroop, Preceptors
Neurobiology Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory

Handong “David” Lu
3D Reconstructions of Photoreceptor Mitochondria in a Mammalian Retina
The Heights School (Maryland)
Dr. Wei Li, Preceptor
Unit on Retinal Neurophysiology

Zachery Mendel

Zachary Mendel
DIVRO
Assessing Known Retinal Degeneration Mutations in Commercially Available Mice
American University (District of Columbia)
Dr. Eric Wawrousek, Preceptor
Genetic Engineering Facility

Cydney Nguyen
Effect of Amla Extract on 7-ketocholesterol-induced Cytotoxicity
Richard Montgomery High School (Maryland)
Dr. Jung Wha Lee, Dr. Ignacio Rodriguez, Preceptors
Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology

Christine Park
Synaptic Development between Photoreceptors and Bipolar Neurons in Nrl Mutants
Smith College (Massachusetts)
Dr. Soo-Young Kim, Dr. Anand Swaroop, Preceptors
Neurobiology Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory

Nadia Parmhans
Quantitative Analysis of Dendritic Arbor Parameters in Normal Mouse Starburst Amacrine Cells
John F. Kennedy High School (Maryland)
Dr. Tudor Badea, Preceptor
Neurobiology Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory

Kathy Perez
DIVRO
Sterculic Acid Antagonizes 7-ketocholesterol-mediated Corneal Neovascularization
Nova Southeastern University (Florida)
Dr. Ignacio Rodriguez, Dr. Juan Amaral, Preceptors
Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology

Samuel Perez
DIVRO
mRNA Alternative Splice and Promoter Analysis of the Developing Mouse Retina
Dallas Baptist University (Texas)
Mr. Matthew Brooks, Dr. Anand Swaroop, Preceptors
Neurobiology Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory

Katherine Pogrebniak
Computational Analysis of the Severity of Missense Mutations Causing Stargardt Disease
Princeton University (New Jersey)
Dr. Yuri Sergeev, Preceptor
Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch

Katherine Pohida

Katherine Pohida
Partial Rescue of Cep290 Mutation-induced Kidney Defects by Removal of Mkks
University of Maryland, College Park (Maryland)
Dr. Rivka Rachel, Dr. Anand Swaroop, Preceptors
Neurobiology Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory

Nathan Qian
Optical Coherence Topography on Autopsy Eyes
James Madison High School (Virginia)
Dr. Wai Wong, Preceptor
Unit on Neuron-Glia Interactions in Retinal Disease

Mariana Rius
DIVRO
The Effects of Population Density and Environmental Complexity on Aggressive Behavior of Zebrafish (Danio rerio)
College of Charleston (South Carolina)
Dr. James Raber, Dr. Robert Weichbrod, Preceptors
Veterinary Research and Resources Section

Mahdi Rostamizadeh
DIVRO
Masquerade Syndrome in Patients with Uveitis
Commonwealth Medical College (Pennsylvania)
Dr. Nida Sen, Preceptor
Laboratory of Immunology

Ragha Suresh
Optical Coherence Tomography findings in Usher’s Syndrome versus Nonsyndromic Retinitis Pigmentosa
College of New Jersey (New Jersey)
Dr. Wadih Zein, Preceptor
Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch

Umegbewe Tochi Ukwu
DIVRO
The Role of Constitutively Expressed STAT3 in Intraocular Inflammation and Visual Regulation
University of Maryland, College Park (Maryland)
Dr. Charles Egwuagu, Dr. Cheng-Rong Yu, Preceptors
Laboratory of Immunology

Eve Waters
Effects of Housing Density, Environmental Parameters, and Cross Fostering on the Growth and Well-Being of Mouse Pups
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Virginia)
Dr. James Raber, Dr. Robert Weichbrod, Preceptors
Veterinary Research and Resources Section

George Zang

George Zhang
Screening Known Autosomal Recessive Retinal Pigmentosa Loci in a Pakistani Family
Magruder High School (Maryland)
Dr. Lin Li, Dr. J. Fielding Hejtmancik, Preceptors
Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch

Last Updated: November 2012



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