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NEI Summer Intern Program

NEI Summer Intern Program 2010 Poster Day Participants

The NIH Summer Poster Day provides an opportunity for summer interns to share their accomplishments with the NIH community as well as family and friends. The following eighteen students from the NEI presented their research at the event:

Megan Casady
Fundus Autofluorescence Changes in Primary Intraocular Lymphoma
Virginia Tech
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Dr. Nida Sen,
Dr. Robert Nussenblatt, Preceptors
Laboratory of Immunology

Krysten Chapa
Community College Summer Enrichment Program
The Role of Stearoyl-CoA Desaturase in N-(4-Hydroxyphenyl)retinamide-Induced Apoptosis of Human Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells
Northwest Vista College
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Dr. T. Michael Redmond, Preceptor
Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology

Haoxing Chen, Dr, Sarah Sohraby, and Dr. Rachel Caspi

Haoxing Chen
The Role of miRNA-25 in Experimental Autoimmune Uveitis
University of Maryland, College Park
Hometown: Clarksburg, MD
Dr. Rachel Caspi,
Dr. Mary Mattapallil, Preceptors
Laboratory of Immunology

Candice Craig
Candidate Gene Analysis of a Potential Monkey Model of Vitelliform Macular Dystrophy
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Hometown: Laurel, MD
Dr. Xinjing Wang,
Dr. Christian Antolik, Preceptors
Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch

Lauren Dalvin
Molecular Modeling of Pathogenic Mutations in Nucleotide Binding Domains of ABCA4 Transporter Protein
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Hometown: Canfield, OH
Dr. Yuri Sergeev, Preceptor
Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch

Daniel Diaz

Daniel Diaz
Specific Interaction of Neuronal Protein, Olfactoredin 1, to Neurotrophic Factor Receptors
University of Miami
Hometown: Miami, FL
Dr. Stanislav Tomarev, Preceptor
Laboratory of Molecular and Developmental Biology

Alecia Gibson
Community College Summer Enrichment Program
Visualizing Interleukin (IL)-17 Producing Cells In IL-17-GFP Reporter Mice
Northern Virginia Community College
Hometown: Herndon, VA
Dr. Rachel Caspi,
Dr. Reiko Horai, Preceptors
Laboratory of Immunology

Stephane Guerrier

Stephane Guerrier
Biochemical Properties of Two Isoforms of PEDF
Cornell University
Hometown: Rockville, MD
Dr. Sofia P. Becerra, Preceptor
Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology

Gill Guo
Homozygous Deletion of Pdlim2 is Associated with Structure Abnormality of Corneal Epithelia
Montgomery Blair High School
Hometown: Rockville, MD
Dr. Peggy Zelenka,
Dr. Chun Y. Gao, Preceptor
Laboratory of Molecular and Developmental Biology

Sammy Gurman
Potential Neuroprotective and Regenerative Effects of Olfactomedin 1 on Retinal Ganglion Cells
University of Maryland, College Park
Hometown: Potomac, MD
Dr. Stanislav Tomarev,
Dr. Thomas Johnson, Preceptors
Laboratory of Molecular and Developmental Biology

Rima Kikani
Investigating Genetic Pathways Involved in Retinal Degeneration
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Hometown: Hagerstown, MD
Dr. Anand Swaroop,
Dr. Rivka Rachel, Preceptors
Neurobiology Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory

Stephanie Kuo
2-Methyl, 2-Nitroso Propane and Nitrosobenzene as Potential Inhibitors of Visual Cycle Isomerase RPE65
Johns Hopkins University
Hometown: Germantown, MD
Dr. T. Michael Redmond, Preceptor
Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology

Neena Passi

Neena Passi
Spontaneous Uveitis in the Absence of IFN-g in Transgenic Mice Expressing a Retina-specific T cell Receptor
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Hometown: Washington, DC
Dr. Rachel Caspi,
Dr. Reiko Horai, Preceptors
Laboratory of Immunology

Matthew Rapp
Retinal Cell Response to Pigment Epithelium-derived Factor Variants
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Hometown: Germantown, MD
Dr. Patricia Becerra,
Dr. Preeti Subramanian, Preceptors
Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology

Ragha Suresh
Detection of the Changes in Lysosomal pH in Human Fetal and Adult RPE Cells using Lysosensor Dyes
Freehold High School
Hometown: Freehold, NJ
Dr. Brian P. Brooks,
Dr. Nataly Strunnikova, Preceptors
Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch

Jaime Temple
Correlation of Stargardt Disease Severity to ABCA4 Mutations Using the eyeGENE® Database
Trinity Washington University
Hometown: Pasadena, MD
Dr. Santa Tumminia,
Dr. Wadih Zein, Preceptors
Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch

John Tran
Removal of Biological Noise from Physiological Signals
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Hometown: McLean, VA
Dr. Lance M. Optican,
Dr. Christian Quaia, Preceptors
Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research

Andrew Zureick discusses his poster with visitors

Andrew Zureick
Interleukin-1a enhances cytokine production by T-helper 9 (Th9) cells
Dartmouth College
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Dr. Igal B. Gery, Preceptor
Laboratory of Immunology



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