2012 NIH Poster Day Participants

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: June 27, 2019