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2019 NIH Summer Poster Day Participants


Emma Attar
Genotype-Phenotype Studies of Mouse Models of Uveal Coloboma
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (Maryland)
Dr. Ramakrishna Alur, Dr. Tiziana Cogliati, Dr. Brian Brooks, Preceptors

Enat Ayele
Imaging Mass Spectrometry of Fatty acids Present in Mouse Brain and Ocular Tissue
Northwestern University (Illinois)
Mr. Todd Duncan, Dr. Jennifer Kielczewski, Dr. William Samuel, Dr. Michael Redmond, Preceptors

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Kairo Baylor 

Kairo Baylor
Modulation of the Cellular Localization of beta-carotene-9',10'-oxygenase (BCO2)
Bard College at Simon's Rock (Massachusetts)
Dr. Eugenia Poliakov, Dr. Sheetal Uppal, Dr. T. Michael Redmond, Preceptors

Katherine Byrnes
ABCA4 and Subcellular Lipid Deposits in iPSC-derived Retinal Pigment Epithelium Cells
Tulane University (Louisiana)
Ms. Devika Bose, Dr. Mitra Farnoodian-Tedrick, Dr. Kapil Bharti, Preceptors

Michelle Chen
The Rate of Photoreceptor Loss in ABCA4 Retinopathy Measured by Optical Coherence Tomography Howard University College of Medicine (District of Columbia)
Dr. Brett Jeffrey, Preceptor

Julia Chertkof, Emma Attar
Oculocutaneous Albinism and in vitro Approaches for Drug Screening
Yale University (Connecticut), Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (Maryland)
Dr. Ramakrishna Prasad Alur, Dr. Tiziana Cogliati, Dr. Brian Patrick Brooks, Preceptors


Paola Eusebio-Severino

Paola Eusebio-Severino
The Role of Gm28876 during Aging of Rod Photoreceptors.
Interamerican University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon (Puerto Rico)
Preceptors: Dr. Ximena Corso-Diaz, Dr. Anand Swaroop

Eric Feng
Variant Visualization to Assist Clinical Interpretation in Ophthalmic Genetics
University of Maryland, College Park (Maryland)
Dr. Robert Hufnagel, Dr. Bin Guan, Preceptors

Jorge Ferrari Escoto
Analysis of Cellular Phenotypes for IPSC derived RPE
Montgomery College (Maryland)
Dr. Kapil Bharti, Mr. Davide Ortolan, Preceptors


Eric Fields and Alice Zh

Eric Fields, Alice Zhu
Transmembrane Domain of P Protein: Computational Analysis of OCA2 Mutations and Protein Expression Efforts }
University of Maryland, College Park (Maryland), University of Maryland, College Park (Maryland)
Dr. Yuri Sergeev, Dr. Monika Dolinska, Preceptors

Pura Gutierrez-Mirabal
Functional Screening of Candidate Transcription Factors Regulating Retinal Pigment Epithelium Differentiation
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (Puerto Rico)
Dr. Robert Hufnagel, Dr. Temesgen Fufa, Preceptors

Yoo-Jean Han
A Deep Learning Method to Detect Heterogeneously Fluorescent Cell Patterns in the Living Human Eye
Washington and Lee University (Virginia)
Dr. Jianfei Liu, Dr. Johnny Tam, Preceptors


Akshay Krishnan

Akshay Krishnan
Spatial Relationship between Genuine S-cones and ipRGCs
Sidwell Friends School (District of Columbia)
Dr. Francisco Nadal-Nicolas, Dr. Wei Li, Preceptors

Srikar Kuppa
Zebrafish UBA2 Loss-of-function Phenocopies a Rare Human Disorder
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (Pennsylvania)
Dr. Robert Hufnagel, Dr. Sairah Yousaf, Preceptors

Trisha Lal
An Asymmetric Case of Retinitis Pigmentosa Studied on Autopsied Eyes
Howard University College of Medicine (District of Columbia)
Dr. Robert Hufnagel, Preceptor


Tyger Lin

Tyger Lin
Characterization of Brn3b Knockout Retinal Ganglion Cell Receptive Field Properties
Johns Hopkins University (Maryland)
Dr. Tudor Badea, Preceptor

Kevin Manakkunnel, Jalela Bahar, Ezekiel Olumuyide
Single-domain anti-STAT3 Antibody (VHH Nanobody): Therapeutic Use in Experimental Autoimmune Uveitis
University of Maryland, College Park (Maryland), University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (Tennessee), CUNY Lehman College (New York)
Dr. Ming Yan, Dr. Jin Kyeong Choi, Dr. Cheng-Rong Yu, Dr. Charles Egwuagu, Preceptors

Carolyn Marar
Functional Validation of Quantitative Trait Loci Associated with Age-related Macular Degeneration Susceptibility
Johns Hopkins University (Maryland)
Dr. Anand Swaroop, Dr. Nivedita Singh, Preceptors


Dominique Noriega

Dominique Noriega
Quantification of Longitudinal Changes in Late-onset Retinal Degeneration
State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine (New York)
Dr. Catherine Cukras, Dr. Tharindu De Silva, Preceptors

Alexis O'Keiffe
Quantifying the Rate of Change in Retinal Thickness/Volume and Choroidal Thickness in Patients with Advanced ABCA4 Retinopathy
Howard University (District of Columbia)
Dr. Brett Jeffrey, Preceptor

Tamir Odzorig
Optimization of Clearing and Permeabliziation of 3D Bioprinted Tissues for Imaging
University of Maryland, College Park (Maryland)
Dr. Kapil Bharti, Dr. Minjae Song, Mr. Russell Quinn, Dr. Eric Nguyen, Preceptors

Ezekiel Olumuyide, Kevin Manakkunnel
Characterization of Novel STAT3 Inhibitors as Potential Drugs for the Treatment of Uveitis
CUNY Lehman College (New York), University of Maryland, College Park (Maryland)
Dr. Cheng-Rong Yu, Dr. Charles Egwuagu, Preceptors


Laura Patak & Chris Hwang

Laura Patak
Investigating Associations between Microglia and Synapses in the Inner Plexiform Layer
Colgate University (New York)
Dr. Wei Li, Dr. Francisco Nadal-Nicolas, Dr. John Ball, Preceptors

Daniel Sanchez-Mendoza
Characterization of Znf503 Zebrafish Mutants by CRISPR Cas9 Mutagenesis
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Maryland)
Preceptors: Dr. Elangovan Boobalan, Dr. Brian Brooks

Robin Schneider
Interaction of Soluble Protein Components and Core Subunits of the AMPA Receptor Complex in Mouse Brain and Retina
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (Illinois)
Dr. Naoki Nakaya, Dr. Stanislav Tomarev, Preceptors

Shahar Silverman
Regulation of Ocular Autoimmunity by the Gut Commensal Microbiota
Hebrew University (Non-U.S.)
Dr. Reiko Yamane, Dr. Rachel Caspi, Preceptors


Anant Tewari

Anant Tewari
High Resolution Eye Tracker
University of Virginia (Virginia)
Dr. Christian Quaia, Dr. Bruce Cumming, Preceptors

Jennifer Zhu
Development of the Cone-dominated Ground Squirrel Retina
Wellesley College (Massachusetts)
Dr. Vincent Kunze, Dr. Wei Li, Preceptors

Last updated: May 15, 2020