SPUR-LABS Alumni

2017

SPUR-LABS Students, 2017 from left to right, Top Row: Mirelle Rojano, Gina Williams, Bailey Holt-Gosselin, Grace Prator, Matthew Maxwell, Francisco Bautista, Pranav Kannan, Bottom Row: Kyle Gibson, Chantel Wilson

Francisco Bautista
Undergraduate Institution: California State University, Dominguez Hills
Major: Microbiology
Mentor: Jonathan Braun, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Project: EMP2 alters MHC I expression in breast cancer

Kyle Gibson
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Major: Public Health
Mentor: Peter Bradley, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
Project: Identification and Functional Analysis of IMC Candidate Proteins inToxoplasma gondii

Bailey Holt-Gosselin
Undergraduate Institution: University of Vermont
Major: Neuroscience
Mentor: Adriana Galvan, Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology
Project: Effort-Based Decision Making, Eye Blink Rate, and Anhedonia in Adolescents and Adults

Pranav Kannan
Undergraduate Institution: Michigan State University
Major: Biological Chemistry
Mentor: Joe Loo, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Project: Characterization of chemically acylated proteins using mass spectrometry

Matthew Maxwell
Undergraduate Institution: Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Major: Biochemical Techonology
Mentor: Heather Christofk, Biological Chemistry,  Molecular & Medical Pharmacology
Project: Growth Factor Signaling Following Extracellular Matrix Remodeling with Hyaluronidase promotes Aerobic Glycolysis

Grace Prator
Undergraduate Institution: California State University, Chico
Major: Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology
Mentor: Don Kohn, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology
Project: Investigating the Effects of Phosphomimic CtIP Expression on CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated Homology Directed Repair

Mirelle Rojano
Undergraduate Institution: University of Texas at San Antonio
Major: Biology
Mentor: Steve BensingerMicrobiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology
Project: Investigating Lipid-Metabolic Requirement During CD8+ T Cell Activation

Gina Williams
Undergraduate Institution: University of Arizona
Major: Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
Mentor: Alvaro Sagasti, Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology
Project: Dual leucine zipper kinase mutations decrease sensory neuron growth cone dynamics and cell survival during development

Chantel Wilson
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Major: Biochemistry
Mentor: Elaine Hsiao, Integrative Biology and Physiology
Project: Effects of the Maternal Microbiome on Embryonic Thalamocortical Axon Growth

 

2016

SPUR-LABS Students, 2016 from left to right, Top Row: Cristian Ovies, Garrett Ott, Mansour Dughbaj, Middle Row: Justine Ramos, Daniela Jimenez, Ashley Opalka, Chari Noddings, Bottom Row: Andrea Salinas, Rosabril Acuna, Rachel Hodge

Rosabril Acuna
Undergraduate Institution: University of Texas at El Paso
Major: Cell and Molecular Biochemistry
Mentor: James Wohlschlegel, Biological Chemistry
Project: Elucidating the Subunit Architecture of the FBXL5-NCOA4-HERC2 Degradation Complex

Garrett Arosemena Ott
Undergraduate Institution: Washington University
Major: Physics, Biology/Neuroscience
Mentor: Ben Ellingson, Department of Radiological Sciences
Project:

Mansour Dughbaj
Undergraduate Institution: California State University, Fullerton
Major: Biological Sciences
Mentor: Ren Sun, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology and Ting-Ting Wu, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology
Project: Gamma-Herpesvirus ORF54 role in the degradation of Type I Interferon receptor subunit-1

Rachel Hodge
Undergraduate Institution: Rice University
Major: Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Mentor: Uptal Banerjee, Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology
Project: The Role of JNK Signaling in Inducing Non-Autonomous Hematopoietic Changes Downstream of Epithelial Oncogene Expression

Daniela Jimenez
Undergraduate Institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Major: Biology
Mentor: Stephanie White, Integrative Biology and Physiology
Project: Overexpression of FoxP2 Alters Song Correction in Adult Zebra Finches

Chari Noddings
Undergraduate Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Major: Molecular & Cell Biology
Mentor: Sri Kosuri, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Project:

Ashley Opalka
Undergraduate Institution: The University of Scranton
Major: Neuroscience & Biology
Mentor: Tom Carmichael, Neuroscience
Project: Tool Development to Assess Astrocytic Contribution towards Functional Recovery after Stroke

Cristian Ovies
Undergraduate Institution: DePaul University
Major: Biological Sciences
Mentor: Sam Chow, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology
Project: Efficient Screening of HIV-1 Mutants Resistant to Integrase Inhibitors in a Random Mutant Library

Justine Jenny Ramos
Last Institution: San Francisco State University
Major: Microbiology
Mentor: Don Kohn, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
Project: Increasing Homology Directed Repair Levels in K562 Cell Line

Andrea Salinas
Undergraduate Institution: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Major: Biological Sciences
Mentor: John Adams, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, Orthopaedic Surgery
Project: Testing the novel hypothesis that vitamin D is absorbed by cells through Exosomes

 

SPUR-LABS, Posse Scholars, and BRI-Sure participants from left to right, Top Row: Chari Noddings, Cristian Ovies, Brandon Desousa, Mansour Dughbaj, Garrett Ott, Middle Row: Katherine Andersh, Omar Hodge, Bottom Row: Rebekah White, Daniela Jimenez, Justine Ramos, Rachel Hodge, Andrea Salinas, Rosabil Acuna, Ashley Opalka, Justine Ramos
 

2015

Pictured from left to right: Jason Alipio, Robert Vasquez, William Grant, Ashley Tarchione, Cynthia Ouandji, Bruin Bear, Mirae Dong, Jasmine Zarb, Joan Reger, Shana Gregory, and Ramiro Patino. 

Jason Alipio
Undergraduate Institution: Cal State University, San Bernardino
Major: Biological Psychology
Mentor: David Glanzman, Integrative Biology and Physiology
Project: Learning and Memory in Larval Zebrafish
Currently: Graduate Student at the University of Maryland - Baltimore School of Medicine, Program in Neuroscience

Mirae Dong
Undergraduate Institution: San Diego State University
Major: Biology
Mentor: JF Miller, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
Project: Non-lytic Bacteria Egress from Host Cells by Burkholderia
Currently: Graduate Student at the Univerity of Chicago, Biomedical Sciences - Microbiology

William Grant
Undergraduate Institution: Morehouse College
Major: Biology
Mentor: Bill Lowry, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Project: Defining the Source of Tumor Heterogeneity
Currently: Medical Student at Duke University, Medical Degree Program

Shana Gregory
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland Baltimore County
Major: Biology and Environmental Science
Mentor: Alex Hoffmann, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
Project: Oscillatory Control of Interferon Regulatory Factor 3

Cynthia Ouandji
Undergraduate Institution: San Jose State University
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: James Weiss, Medicine-Cardiology
Project: Characterizing the L-type calcium channels of the UCLA Majahan et al. rabbit ventricular myocyte computational cell model
Currently: Summer internship at NASA and Undergraduate at San Jose State University

Ramiro Patino
Undergraduate Institution: The University of Texas – Pan American
Major: Biology
Mentor: Patricia Johnson, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
Project: Polymorphonuclear cells secrete a pro-inflammatory cytokine profile in response to Trichomonas vaginalis
Currently: Graduate Student at the Univeristy of California, San Francisco, Biomedical Sciences Program

Joan Reger
Undergraduate Institution: Emory University
Major: Biology
Mentor: David Eisenberg, Biological Chemistry
Project: The Formation of Cylindrin Structures by TDP-43 Segments
Currently: Undergraduate Student at Emory University

Ashley Tarchione
Undergraduate Institution: University of Nevada, Reno
Major: Neuroscience
Mentor: Rachelle Crosbie-Watson, Integrative Biology and Physiology
Project: Exploring the effect of α7β1 integrin enhancing compound-9 on extracellular matrix composition in dystrophic mice
Currently: Medical Student at the University of Nevada

Robert Vasquez
Undergraduate Institution: San Diego State University
Major: Biochemistry
Mentor: Doug Black, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
Project: Mutagenic Analysis of the Rbfox1 C-terminus to Determine its Role in Protein Complex Assembly and Splicing Regulation
Currently: Graduate Student at the University of Michigan, Chemistry

Jasmin Zarb
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Major: Biochemistry
Mentor: Rob Clubb, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Project: Understanding the Role of Inter-domain Dynamics of the Staphylococcus aureus Hemoglobin Receptor, IsdH, and its Influence on the Heme Extraction Mechanism
Currently: Undergraduate Student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

 

SPUR-LABS Class of 2015 Poster Presentation

 

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Jeff Goldman, Ashley Tarchione, Shana Gregory, Jasmine Yarb, Robert Vasquez, Mirae Dong, William Grant, Cynthia Ouandji, and Dr. Greg Payne after the 8 week poster presentation.

 

2014

SPUR-LABS Class of 2014 Getty Center

 

Pictured from left to right: David Saldana, Jacob Mack, Martin Douglass, Rebecca Welch, Emaan Madany, and Alan Santana.

Martin Douglass
Undergraduate Institution: Cal State University, Long Beach
Major: Biology
Mentor: Linda Baum, Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Project: Galectin-9 Increases T cell Surface Thiol Concentration
Currently: Graduate Student at the University of Georgia, Athens, Immunology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology Program

Jacob Mack
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Davis
Major: Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
Mentor: Christopher Colwell, Psychiatry and Biobehavior Sciences
Project: Circadian disruption of CNTNAP2 KO mice negatively affects cognitive and social skills
Currently: Undergraduate student at the University of California, Davis

Emaan Madany
Undergraduate Institution: Cal State University, Northridge
Major: Biotechnology
Mentor: Samuel French, Cellular and Molecular Pathology
Project: Role of HSP70 in recruiting Phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase alpha (PI4KA) and formation of the membranous web in Hepatitis C viral replication
Currently: Graduate Student at Cedar-Sinai, Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine

David Saldana
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Irvine
Major: Biology
Mentor: Harley Kornblum, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology
Project: Polo-like Kinase 4 Inhibitor as a Therapeutic Agent in Glioblastoma Primary Brain Tumors
Currently: Applying for Occupational Health Programs

Alan Santana
Undergraduate Institution: Cal State University, San Bernardino
Major: Biology
Mentor: Kent Hill, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
Project:
DRC7 as a Component of the NDRC in the flagella of Trypanosoma brucei

Rebecca Welch
Undergraduate Institution: Tennessee State University
Major: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Daniel Geschwind, Neurology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Project: Differentiated SY5Y cells as a model to study the role of miRNA in neuronal cell death using immunocytochemistry
Currently: Applying for Neuroscience Graduate Programs