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Johnson Cancer Research Center

Student Awardees

Fall 2017

UNDERGRADUATE CANCER RESEARCH AWARDS

(Awarded $66,000 for students and research expenses)

College of Veterinary Medicine

Anatomy & Physiology 

Riley Burghart – Mentor: Masaaki Tamura
Study of the effect of Euglena gracilis water extract on the proliferation of murine bone marrow cells

Jayden McCall – Mentor: Robert DeLong
Effect of nanoparticles on mRNA translation and delivery

Arashi Nakashima – Mentor: Masaaki Tamura
The effect of Euglena Gracilis Water Extract (EWE) on TLR expressions and cell growth of lung cancer cells

College of Arts & Sciences

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Alexandria Bontrager – Mentor: Erika Geisbrecht
Towards understanding how NUAK influences the balance between insulin signaling and cancer

Jennifer Coats – Mentor: John Tomich
Altering the assembly protocol of peptide nano-capsules to facilitate the intra-cellular release of encapsulated cargo

Emily Roggenkamp – Mentor: Greg Finnigan
Development of CRISPR/Cas gene editing tools to study the cell cycle in a yeast system

Marta Stetsiv – Mentor: Erika Geisbrecht
Identifying targets of conserved microRNAs that are misregulated in cancer 

Emily Wessel – Mentor: John Tomich
Selective delivery of fungicides using branched amphipathic peptide capsules 

Biology 

Eric Aube – Mentor: Katsura Asano
Translational control of mRNA bearing AAACA motifs by translation factor eIF3, an essential multi-subunit protein involved in tumorigenesis

Alexia Bieker – Mentor: Lorena Passarelli
Virus fractionation to enhance the identification of oxidized proteins as cancer targets

Yusuf Ciftci – Mentor: Revathi Govind
Deciphering SinR-SinR' interactions in Clostridium difficile 

Marlene Compos-Guerrero – Mentor: Zhilong Yang
Construct anti-tumor recombinant VACV expressing dnPARP 

Sarah Gillespie – Mentor: Katsura Asano
Translational control of repeat-associated non-AUG translation by 5MP, an emerging oncogenic protein 

Kathlyn Gomendoza – Mentor: Lorena Passarelli
Identifying peptides that form a complex with a viral sulfhydryl oxidase that oxidases SfP53, an insect oncogene suppressor homolog 

Connor Horn – Mentor: Govind Vediyappan
Antifungal development for Candida yeast infections in cancer patients 

Faith Kim – Mentor: Jeroen Roelofs
Studies into the assembly mechanism of proteasome Core Particle, a target for the cancer drug Bortezomib 

Marissa Komp – Mentor: Jocelyn McDonald
Genetic modifier screen to identify conserved cancer metastasis and invasion genes 

Yibo Liu – Mentor: Ruth Welti
Characterization of two serine hydrolases 

Elizabeth Martino – Mentor: Lorena Passerelli
Utilizing bioinformatics to identify substrates of a sulfhydyl oxidase and assessing their function

Micah Meyer – Mentor: Chingakham Singh
Adeno-associated virus control of host translation through eIF5-mimic protein

Jared Newell – Mentor: Thomas Mueller
An MRI approach to imaging brain physiology in zebrafish tumor models 

Seth Peery – Mentor: Kathrin Schrick
Origin of flavonoid anticancer compounds in charophycean green algae

Charles Shaeffer – Mentor: Rollie Clem
Using a replicon system to assess in vivo viral tropism 

Jazmine Snow – Mentor: Nick Wallace
HPV cancers and translesion synthesis protein abundance in proliferating cells 

Mackenzie Thornton – Mentor: Katsura Asano
The role of translational regulation in nutritional stress response, which is important for cancer cell malignancy and metastasis 

Vaithish Velazhahan – Mentor: Kathrin Schrick
Role of flavonoids in modulating transcription factor activity involved in cancer progression 

Spencer Ward – Mentor: Michael Veeman
Par/aPKC dependent and independent mechanisms of asymmetric cell division 

Kyler Weingartner – Mentor: Kathrin Schrick
Rhamnose synthase and its role in glycosylating flavonoids that are anticancer compounds 

Alexa Wilden – Mentor: Stella Lee
Glutamine effects on lysosome morphology changes induced by autophagy 

Chemistry

Johnathon Dallman – Mentor: Ryan Rafferty
Targeting cervical cancer – Exploiting the potent Polyketide unit of Lagunamide C with the targeting properties of Reniochalistatin E 

Kelsey Ferguson – Mentor: Ryan Rafferty
Unlocking blood-brain barrier transport –Treatment of brain cancers

Olivia Haney – Mentor: Ryan Rafferty
Targeting multiple myeloma – Divergent total synthesis and targeted design

College of Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering 

Jordan Disberger – Mentor: Punit Prakash
Techniques for automatic MRI-based control of microwave hyperthermia for thermal therapy of pancreatic cancer 

GRADUATE TRAVEL AWARDS

(Awarded: $880 – Requested: $880)

Statistics

Guotao Chu, Yinhao Du – Mentor: Cen Wu
Eastern North American Region of International Biometric Society 2018 Spring Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia 

HEART RESEARCH AWARD

(Awarded: $5,000 – Requested: $7,200)

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Simranjot Bawa – Mentor: Erika Geisbrecht
Defining the role of Drosophila dTRIM32 in cardiac muscle development


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