2014 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Sophia Szymkowiak

Posted by Greg Chin on July 23, 2014 | SRF Education

My name is Sophia Szymkowiak, and I am a rising senior at Yale University, working toward Bachelor of Science degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.My project is focused on generating in vitro ovarian tissue that can mimic the functions of the ovary to preserve or restore what might otherwise be lost due to disease or other medical treatments.

2014 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Rahul Rekhi

Posted by Greg Chin on July 22, 2014 | SRF Education

My name is Rahul Rekhi, and I am currently on a Marshall Scholarship at Oxford University, where I am pursuing an MS in Biomedical Engineering. This summer, I am working to synthesize and improve upon optimization tools to aid in the large scale production of cell therapies.

2014 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Abigail Hawkins

Posted by Greg Chin on July 21, 2014 | SRF Education

Abby Hawkins is a rising junior at the Indiana University of Pennsylvannia, where she is currently pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology. Her Summer Scholar project is focused on the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) through regenerative cell therapy using mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs).

2014 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Rebecca Jones

Posted by Greg Chin on July 15, 2014 | SRF Education

My name is Rebecca Jones, and I’m about to begin the final year of an undergraduate Biochemical Engineering, M.Eng. degree at University College London. My summer project involves a systematic review of the key translational challenges faced by tissue-engineered hollow organs with a particular emphasis on the current bioprocessing bottlenecks that need to be addressed in order to gain widespread clinical adoption.

2014 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: James Smith

Posted by Greg Chin on July 15, 2014 | SRF Education

My name is James Smith, and I have recently completed a degree in Biological Sciences from Oxford University, graduating with First Class Honours. My research at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute will focus on the manufacture and GMP-grade extracellular vesicles.

2014 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Sebastian Aguiar

Posted by Greg Chin on July 10, 2014 | SRF Education

My name is Sebastian Aguiar, and I graduated in May 2014 from Pitzer College, Claremont where I majored in Human Biology and minored in History. This summer, I am studying the role of neuropeptides in C. elegans longevity under the mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Garrison at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

2014 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Karina Liker

Posted by Greg Chin on July 09, 2014 | SRF Education

My name is Karina Liker, and I am a rising senior at Stanford University majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Genetic Counseling and Diseases. My research project will explore the biological basis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) with the hope of eventually creating a treatment for the disease.

2014 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Summer Wang

Posted by Greg Chin on July 08, 2014 | SRF Education

My name is Summer Wang, and I am a rising senior at the University of Washington, where I am majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and minoring in Chemistry. This summer, I will be working in the mitochondria group at the SRF Research Center trying to engineer mitochondrial genes to rescue cells with compromised mitochondrial function.

2014 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Shruti Singh

Posted by Greg Chin on June 23, 2014 | SRF Education

My name is Shruti Singh, and I am a rising senior at the University of Texas at Austin. I am majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in immunity and pathogenesis.This summer, I am working on a thymus regeneration project in Dr. John Jackson’s lab at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

2014 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Ethan Bassin

Posted by Greg Chin on June 23, 2014 | SRF Education

My name is Ethan Bassin, and I am a rising senior majoring in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. This summer, as a SENS Research Foundation (SRF) Summer Scholar at WFIRM, I am working on a whole kidney engineering project under the mentorship of Dr. James Yoo and Dr. Anthony Atala.

2014 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Haben Tesfamariam

Posted by Greg Chin on June 20, 2014 | SRF Education

My name is Haben Tesfamariam, and I recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology. This summer I will be working with Dr. Mark McCormick in the laboratory of Dr. Brian Kennedy at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. I will be testing the role of recently uncovered translation-related genes in lifespan extension and determining whether any lifespan increase is dependent upon the nutrient responsive transcription factor Gcn4.

2014 SRF Summer Scholar Profile: Megan Harper

Posted by Greg Chin on June 19, 2014 | SRF Education

My name is Megan Harper. I am a junior double majoring in neuroscience and computer science at the University of Virginia. My project with the Campisi lab at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging will address the following questions: 1) Which chemotherapy drug or irradiation dose currently used for treatment of cancer patients induces senescence in the tissue microenvironment? 2) How does the phenotype of senescent cells respond to HIF-1a regulation and to different oxygen concentrations?

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