Summer Intern Program

NEI Poster Day Participants. Kneeling: Dr. Cesar Perez-Gonzalez. First row (left to right): Michael Ayele, Alejandro Morales Martinez, Kaifa Boyce, Michelle Yuen, Sarah Chwiki, Sushanki Chaudhary, Yizhen Zhang, Amanda Ray, Modupe Adetunji, Sonali Srivastava, Christina Stevens, Libby Fairless, Ann-Gelle Carter, Brina Olunkwa, Jordan Abram. Back row: Yash Bisen, Siqi Chen, Jerry Mi, Joseph Aderemi, Phillip Cai, David Noursi, Jose Salazar, Tim Quinn, David Fernandez-Fidalgo, Stephan Baehr, Eric Kudiwu, Anu Goel, Darnell Robin.

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 students from the NEI presented their research at the event:
 

Jordan Abram

Jordan Abram
DIVRO
Impact of Total Fluid Intake on Physiological Parameters in the Rhesus Monkey 
(Macaca mulatta)
Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine (Alabama)
Dr. James Raber, Dr. Arthur MacLarty, Mr. David Mallon, Ms. Johnetta Gray, Preceptors

Joseph Aderemi
NIH Undergraduate Scholars Program
Effect of Topical Administration of Nitisinone and Latanoprost in a Mouse Model of Oculocutaneous Albinism 
City University of New York - Lehman College (New York) 
Dr. Felix Onojafe, Dr. Brian Brooks, Preceptors

Modupe Adetunji
DIVRO
Effect of Platelet-derived Growth Factors on Retinal Ganglion Cell Survival 
Princeton University (New Jersey)
Dr. Shokichi Takahama, Dr. Stanislav Tomarev, Preceptors

Michael Ayele 
Secretome Analysis of Human Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells in Culture 
Brown University (Rhode Island)
Dr. T. Michael Redmond, Mr. Todd Duncan, Dr. William Samuel, Dr. Krishnan Kutty, Preceptors

Stephan Baehr

Stephan Baehr 
Phenotyping Transgenic Mouse Models to Study Retinal Degeneration 
University of Utah (Utah)
Mr. Keshav Kooragayala, Dr. Tiziana Cogliati, Dr. Anand Swaroop, Preceptors

Yash Bisen
The Effects of IFN-beta on CD4 T Cell Response During EAU 
Mission San Jose High School (California) 
Dr. Sophia Jeon, Dr. Yingyos Jittayasothorn, Dr. Rachel Caspi, Preceptors

Kaifa Boyce
DIVRO
Temporal Variation in Gene Expression in Cultured Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells 
University of Maryland (Maryland)
Dr. Krishnan Kutty, Dr. William Samuel, Dr. Michael Redmond, Preceptors

Phillip Cai
The Klotho Related KLPH/Lctl is Highly Expressed in Lens Epithelium and is Required for Expression of Clic5 and Normal Suture Formation 
Emory University (Georgia)
Dr. Jianguo Fan, Dr. Graeme Wistow, Preceptors

Lydia Carroll

Lydia Carroll
Control of Covert Visual Attention by the Superior Colliculus 
Johns Hopkins University (Maryland)
Dr. James Herman, Dr. Richard Krauzlis, Preceptors

Ann-Gelle Carter
DIVRO
Exploring Retinal Degeneration 
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine (Illinois)
Dr. Chongfei Jin, Dr. Fielding Hejtmancik, Preceptors

Siqi Chen
M1/M2 Macrophages, but not Retinal Pigment Epithelium Cells, Constitutively Release IL-18 Binding Protein 
Johns Hopkins University (Maryland)
Dr. Igal Gery, Dr. Guangpu Shi, Preceptors

Sarah Chwiki
Relocalization of PGP after Treatment with Doxorubicin in Breast Carcinoma Cell Lines 
University of Virginia (Virginia)
Dr. Mones Abu-Asab, Preceptor

Elizabeth Fairless

Elizabeth Fairless
DIVRO
Study of Myocyte Enhancer Factor 2C (Mef2c) in Photoreceptor Development through Conditional Knockout 
Dartmouth College (New Hampshire)
Dr. Tiziana Cogliati, Dr. Anand Swaroop, Ms. Kristen Mollura, Preceptors

Anurag Goel
Multi-electrode Array Recordings of Ground Squirrel Retinal Ganglion Cells 
Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri)
Dr. Wei Li, Preceptor

Eric Kudiwu
DIVRO
Characterization of Experimental Autoimmune Uveitis (EAU) in STAT6-deficient Mice 
Georgetown Preparatory school (Maryland)
Dr. Charles Egwuagu, Mr. Rashid Mahdi, Dr. ChengRong Yu, Preceptors

Adrianna Lee
Peripheral CD14++CD16+ Monocytes are Depressed in Active Autoimmune Uveitis in Returning Patients Analyzed at Different Stages 
Rice University (Texas)
Dr. Baoying Liu, Dr. Robert Nussenblatt, Preceptors

Jerry Mi

Jerry Mi
Genomic Variant Analyses in eyeGENE Patients with Inherited Retinal Disease 
Thomas S. Wootton High School (Maryland)
Dr. Xinjing Wang, Mr. Keith Wetherby, Preceptors

Alejandro Morales Martinez
DIVRO
Identification of a Specific Set of Membrane Biomarkers for the Purification of Retinal Pigment Epithelium from Differentiated Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells 
University of Maryland College Park (Maryland)
Dr. Kapil Bharti, Preceptor

Brina Olunkwa
DIVRO
Testing FOXE3 Regulation of Crystallin Gene Expression in Human Lens Epithelial Cells 
SRiverdale Baptist School (Maryland)
Dr. Zhiwei Ma, Dr. Fielding Hejtmancik, Preceptors

Nadia Parmhans
Morphological Analysis of cRet positive Retinal Ganglion Cells and Horizontal Cells Using Sparse Recombination 
Montgomery College (Maryland)
Dr. Tudor Badea, Preceptor

Timothy Quinn
Effect of HDACi Givinostat on the Expression of Immune Markers Related to Ocular Inflammation 
Wayne State University School of Medicine (Michigan)
Dr. Baoying Liu, Dr. Robert Nussenblatt, Preceptors

Amanda Ray
NIH Community College Summer Enrichment Program
The in vivo Effect of RPE65 Mutation P25L on Visual Function in Transgenic Mice 
Hagerstown Community College (Maryland)
Dr. Yan Li, Mr. Todd Duncan, Dr. Michael Redmond, Preceptors

Darnell Robin

Darnell Robin
DIVRO
Detection of Interphotoreceptor Retinoid Binding Protein (IRBP) T Cell-specific Cells and Plasma Cells in Retina and Lymphoid Tissue of Mice with Spontaneous Uveitis 
Oakwood University (Alabama)
Dr. Jennifer Kielczewski, Mr. Rafael Villasmil, Dr. Rachel Caspi, Preceptors

Jose Salazar
DIVRO
Biomarker Extraction from Cladogram Analysis 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts)
Dr. Mones Abu-Asab, Preceptor

Hyun Jae Seo
Characterization of Experimental Autoimmune Uveitis (EAU) in Mice with Over-expression of S100B in the Retina 
Amherst College (Massachusetts) 
Mr. Rashid Mahdi, Dr. ChengRong Yu, Dr. Charles Egwuagu, Preceptors

Sonali Srivastava
Non-Redundant Roles of IL17A and IL17F in Ocular Mucosal Tissue 
Brookfield East High School (Wisconsin)
Dr. Anthony St. Leger, Dr. Rachel Caspi, Preceptors

Christina Stevens
Building Up Stem Cell Models For a Mammalian Hibernator 
Holton Arms School (Maryland)
Dr. Wei Li, Dr. Jingxing Ou, Preceptors

Kurtis Swartz
Light Evoked Responses from Ensembles of Ganglion Cells in Mouse Retina 
Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania)
Ms. Huayu Ding, Dr. Wei Li, Dr. Jeffery Diamond, Preceptors

Alexis Warren
Advances in the Treatment of Non-Infectious Uveitis, BOOTS Clinical Trial 
University of Kansas Medical School (Kansas)
Dr. William Tucker, Dr. Baoying Liu, Dr. Robert Nussenblatt, Preceptors

Yizhen Zhang

Yizhen Zhang
Using Serial Block-Face Scanning Electron Microscopy to Reconstruct the Outer Retina Circuits 
Richard Montgomery High School (Maryland)
Dr. Wei Li, Dr. John Ball, Preceptors
 

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Last updated: June 27, 2019