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2017 NIH Summer Poster Day Participants

NIH Summer Poster Day

NEI Poster Day Participants. First Row (left to right): Esther Kim, Bindu Srinivasa, Hima Konduru, Alejandra Maiz, June Hee Kim, Anagha Lokhande, Maria Rios, Natalia Santiago, Esika Savsani, Nikhil Etikela, Nicole Pannullo, Rohini Kallianpur, Karina Navarro, Daniel Lulli. Second Row: Devrat Shah, Brandon Kelin, Adam Lazere, Adriana Grewe, Jayram Sastry, Tony Duckworth, Kaifa Boyce, Fatima Gomez, Anne Warburton, Emile Vieta Ferrer

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 twenty-eight students from the NEI presented their research at the event:

Samuel Bennett
Stem Cell-Derived Exosomes as a Potential Glaucoma Treatment
Brown University (Rhode Island)
Dr. Ben Mead, Dr. Stanislav Tomarev, Preceptors

Kaifa Boyce

Temporal Characterization of Exosomes Isolated From Differentiated Human Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells
University of Maryland (Maryland)
Mr. Todd Duncan, Mr. William Samuel, Dr. T. Michael Redmond, Preceptors

Julia Chertkof, Anne Warburton
In Vivo Approaches to Increase Pigmentation and In Vitro Tools for Drug Screening for Albinism
Bethesda Chevy Chase High School (Maryland), Stone Ridge School (Maryland)
Dr. Ramakrishna Alur, Dr. Tiziana Cogliati, Dr. Brian Brooks, Preceptors

Tony Duckworth

Comparison of Apically or Basolaterally Secreted Exosomes Secreted by Human Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells
Mississippi College (Mississippi)
Dr. T. Michael Redmond, Dr. William Samuel, Mr. Todd, Duncan, Dr. R. K. Kutty, Preceptors

Nikhil Etikela
Enhanced Neural Network Analysis of Morphometrics in Stem Cell Derived Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells
Hopkins School (Connecticut)
Dr. Nathan Hotaling, Dr. Kapil Bharti, Preceptors

Fatima Gomez

Post-translation Modification of RPE65 by Palmitoylation: Identification of Modified Cysteines using Acyl-RAC Assay
White Swan High School (Washington)
Dr. T. Michael Redmond, Dr. Sheetal Uppal, Dr. Eugenia Poliakov, Preceptors

Rohini Kallianpur
Gene Expression in Embryonic Mouse and Zebrafish Eyes
R.L. Turner High School (Texas)
Dr. Vijay Kalaskar, Dr. Brian Brooks, Preceptors

Esther Kim
A Histology Comparison of Wild Type and Degenerative Retina Models Through Development
Johns Hopkins University (Maryland)
Mr. Thad Whitaker, Dr. Anand Swaroop, Preceptors

June Hee Kim
The Eye of the Beholder: Individual Differences in Color Preferences
Wellesley College (Massachusetts)
Dr. Bevil Conway, Preceptor

Brandon Klein
Segmentation and Quantitative Analysis of Choroidal Vasculature in Eyes with Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Loyola Marymount University (California)
Dr. Wai Wong, Dr. Catherine Cukras, Dr. Tiarnan Keenan, Preceptors

Hima Konduru
Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (AhR) Signaling Enhances Effector Function of Gamma Delta T Cells
Walter Johnson High School (Maryland)
Dr. Anthony St Leger, Dr. Rachel Caspi, Preceptors

Adam Lazere

Neuron-Microglia Interactions Underlying Microglial Homeostasis
Oberlin College (Ohio)
Dr. Yikui Zhang, Dr. Wai Wong, Preceptors

Choyhee ‘Nyusha’ Lin
Improving Training of Artificial Intelligence Based Texture and Intensity Analysis of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Derived Retinal Epithelial Cells
Sidwell Friends School (District of Columbia)
Dr. Nathan Hotaling, Dr. Kapil Bharti, Preceptors

Anagha Lokhande
Alternative splicing of USH1C in the Human Retina and its Role in Usher Syndrome
Brown University (Rhode Island)
Mr. Benjamin Fadl, Dr. Anand Swaroop, Preceptors

Daniel Lulli

Characterization of Pigment Epithelium-derived Factor Variants
Bowdoin College (Maine)
Dr. Patricia Becerra, Preceptor

Alejandra Maiz

SLCO1B1 & ABCG2 Genes, Statin Use and Age-Related Cataract
University of Illinois at Chicago (Illinois)
Dr. Emily Chew, Ms. Elvira Agron, Dr. Tiarnan Keenan, Preceptors

Karina Navarro

Bedside to Bench: Linking Novel Human Syndromes to Loss of Function Alleles with CRISPR/Cas9
Boston University (Massachusetts)
Dr. Robert Hufnagel, Preceptor

Tamir Odzorig
Visualization of Bioprinted Ocular Tissue Using Immunostaining
Walter Johnson High School (Maryland)
Dr. Minjae Song, Mr. Russell Quinn, Dr. Kapil Bharti, Preceptors

Nicole Pannullo

Protein-Protein Interactions of RPE65
Rochester Institute of Technology (New York)
Dr. Eugenia Poliakov, Dr. T. Michael Redmond, Preceptors

Maria Rios

Pathogenic Th17 Cells Generated in Presence of IL23 Shows Similar Metabolic Profile as Non-pathogenic Th17 Cells
Toppenish High School (Washington)
Dr. Kumarkrishna Raychaudhuri, Dr. Rachel Caspi, Preceptors

Natalia Santiago

Characterization of Recombinant Human and Mouse Pigment Epithelium-derived Factor Receptor generated by Different Expression Systems.
Inter American University of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)
Ms. Jeanée Bullock, Dr. Preeti Subramanian, Dr. Patricia Becerra, Preceptors

Jayram Sastry, Adriana Grewe
Vessel Pericyte Dropout: An Initial Event in the Development of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Saint Albans School (District of Columbia), Walter Johnson High School (Maryland)
Dr. Mones Abu-Asab, Ms. Heba Mohammed, Preceptors

Esika Savsani
Characterization of Ganglion Cell Markers in the Mouse Retina
Richard Montgomery High School (Maryland)
Dr. Tudor Badea, Dr. Manvi Goel, Preceptors

Devrat Shah
Flow Cytometry Analysis of Immune Cells During Treatment of Uveitis with Ustekinumab
University of California, Los Angeles (California)
Dr. Lotta Utriainen, Dr. Benjamin Chaigne-Delalande, Preceptors

Bindu Srinivasa
Modulation of Gut Microbiome by Antibiotic Treatment
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Virginia)
Dr. Yingyos Jittayasothorn, Dr. Ryan Salvador, Dr. Rachel Caspi, Preceptors

Peter Stewart

Using Machine Learning and Visomic Data Analysis to Predict and Understand Retinal Diseases
Howard University College of Medicine (District of Columbia)
Dr. Kapil Bharti, Dr. Nathan Hotaling, Preceptors

Emile Vieta Ferrer

Expression of Zinc Finger Protein 503 (Zfp503/Nlz2) in Mouse Eye
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine (Puerto Rico)
Dr. Brian Brooks, Dr. Elangovan Boobalan, Preceptors

Jennifer Zhu
Cone-Specific Gene Expression in the Mammalian Retina
Winston Churchill High School (Maryland)
Mr. Vincent Kunze, Dr. Wei Li, Preceptors

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. HHS, NIH, and NEI are Equal Opportunity Employers.


Last updated: June 26, 2019