Undergraduate Research Profile: Evaluation of Cell Therapies for Intestinal Bowel Disease by Connor Crowley (WFIRM)

Posted by Iain Inkster on March 10, 2014 | SRF Education

Hello, my name is Connor Crowley, and I am a junior studying biochemistry at Wake Forest University. I have always been extremely interested in the incredible possibilities of regenerative medicine and was thrilled to hear that I was selected as a SRF-WFIRM research scholar. While I don’t believe that I have a specific moment in time that definitively pushed me towards regenerative medicine, I do believe that we have all seen the devastating effects that aging can have on our loved-ones, friends, and family members. Throughout my short 20-year life I have watched my grandfather’s life transform, all due to the effects of aging. When I was younger, he always played golf and baseball beside me.

Undergraduate Researcher Profile: New Thymus Tissue Regeneration Project by Julie Marco (WFIRM)

Posted by Iain Inkster on March 03, 2014 | SRF Education

My name is Julie Marco, and I am a junior at Wake Forest University. I am working toward a Bachelor of Science in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry and a biology minor. I initially became involved with research while in high school under the dual-mentorship of Dr. Michael Tsang (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics) and Dr. Beth Roman, (Department of Biology) at the University of Pittsburgh. My high school research project utilized zebrafish as a model for determining if age played a role in how they regenerated fin and cardiac tissues. The results demonstrated a positive correlation between age and regeneration and also identified genes that are needed at different stages of cardiac tissue regeneration. My early research experience investigating how age affects regeneration is what sparked my interest in the SENS Research Foundation (SRF). I wanted to be able to learn and see new techniques that are being used to try to help slow down or reverse the process of aging.

New SRF Undergraduate Research Program at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Posted by Iain Inkster on February 27, 2014 | SRF Education

SENS Research Foundation is proud to announce a new partnership with the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) to provide undergraduate students in the Winston-Salem area the opportunity to join physicians and scientists at WFIRM in translating scientific discovery into clinical therapies. Wake Forest University undergraduates Julie Marco and Connor Crowley, who were selected by Dr. John Jackson and Dr. Graca Almeida-Porada respectively, are the first students to join the SRF Undergraduate Research Program. In the coming undergraduate research profiles, you will learn more about each new research scholar as well as Julie’s new thymus tissue regeneration project in the Jackson lab and Connor’s project evaluating cell therapies for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the Almeida-Porada lab.

Stem cell-based therapy for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – SRF intern John Moon

Posted by Iain Inkster on February 13, 2014 | SRF Education

John is currently a senior at Vassar College majoring in Biology. Since 2011, he has been studying the neuroprotective effects of hormones released following traumatic brain injury in the laboratory of Dr. Kelli A. Duncan. During his 2013 SENS Research Foundation (SRF) Summer Internship Program, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Graca Almeida-Porada at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and helped develop a stem-cell based therapy for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in mouse models.

Generation of thymus ex vivo – SRF and WFIRM intern Daniel Bullock

Posted by Iain Inkster on February 04, 2014 | SRF Education

Daniel is currently pursuing a degree in biology with a focus on neurobiology at North Carolina State University (NCSU). However, Daniel’s journey to the 2013 SRF Summer Internship Program is quite unique. He began his research career in 2004 exploring the genomic basis of fungal resistance in melons with Dr. Tarek Joober at NCSU. While pursuing a degree in psychology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC), Daniel used EEG, fMRI and eye-tracking paradigms to study the effects of memory on attentional control under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Hopfinger. After studying cognitive science for two years at the University of Cincinnati, Daniel decided a “bottom-up” approach was more amenable to his research interests and enrolled at NCSU where he is currently attempting to develop a zebrafish model of trait-level anxiety under the mentorship of Dr. John Godwin. ..

Search begins for non-toxic enzymatic solution to macular degeneration: 2013 intern Anuj Kudva

Posted by Iain Inkster on January 24, 2014 | SRF Education

Anuj is pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin, where he has been involved with numerous student organizations and undergraduate research projects, including a study of early T-cell differentiation from blood-forming cells as well as a project studying the differentiation of fat-derived stem cells into different layers of cartilage...

Evidence that Cell Senescence is a Factor in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease -- SRF intern Shahar Bracha

Posted by Iain Inkster on January 14, 2014 | SRF Education

Shahar began taking classes at Tel Aviv University when she was only 15 years old. At age 16, she independently completed her matriculation exams to become a full-time student at Tel Aviv University, and, in the process, became youngest student ever to enroll at the faculty. In 2013, she was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.

A Study of the Effect of Histone Acetylation on ATM Activation and the SASP by SRF Intern Meredith Giblin

Posted by Iain Inkster on December 04, 2013 | SRF Education

Meredith Giblin is a senior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY, where she is majoring in Biochemistry and Biophysics. During her first three years at RPI, Meredith worked in the laboratories of Dr. Robert Linhardt and Dr. Patrick Maxwell.....

Investigating the Mechanism of Lithium Treatment of a Parkinson’s Disease Model with SRF Intern Sean Batir

Posted by Iain Inkster on November 22, 2013 | SRF Education

Sean is a senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is studying computer science and biology. His long-standing interest in neurology led him to MIT’s Synthetic Neurobiology Group, led by Dr. Edward Boyden...

Inhibition of Breast Cancer Cell Metastasis by SRF Intern Eric Zluhan

Posted by Iain Inkster on November 05, 2013 | SRF Education

Eric received his B.S. in Biology from Maryville University in St. Louis in May 2013. There, under the tutelage of Dr. Gabriel Colbeck, Eric studied Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees. He tried to determine the ratio between black-capped, Carolina, and back-capped/Carolina hybrids, assess the impact of bird song on reproductive success amongst these groups...

SENS6 Intern Research Award Winner Ethan Sarnoski Establishes a Link Between Senescence and Mitochondrial Dysfunction.

Posted by Iain Inkster on October 30, 2013 | SRF Education

Ethan graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in pathobiology in May, 2013. While at UConn, he researched improvements to a system for generating recombinant vaccinia viruses in the laboratory of Dr. Paulo Verardi. In the summer of 2013, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Judith Campisi at the Buck institute for Research on Aging as part of the 2013 SENS Research Foundation Summer Internship. There, he studied cellular senescence, the process by which damaged cells enter irreversible growth arrest.

SRF Intern Brandon Frenz Models the Effect of Systemic Aging Factors

Posted by Iain Inkster on October 22, 2013 | SRF Education

Brandon received his B.S. in biochemistry from Portland State University in June 2013. Under the mentorship of Dr. Keith Garlid, Brandon studied the role of the PI3K pathway in promoting the protective effects of cardiac glycosides. During his SRF-sponsored internship in the laboratory of Dr. Henrich Jasper at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Brandon worked with postdoctoral fellow Dr. Jason Karpac to develop a model for studying the coordination of tissue aging across an organism.

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