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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 7, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 25
 
PURA Undergraduate Research Awards

 

SUMMER 2004 PROJECTS

Alistair Aaronson, Charleston, S.C.
Senior, molecular/cell biology

Sponsor: Yegappan Lakshmanan, assistant professor, Urology, School of Medicine
"Genetically Engineered Smooth Muscle Differentiation of Human Stem Cells"

Irun Bhan, West Newton, Mass.
Senior, biophysics

Sponsor: Trina Schroer, professor, Biology, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
"Cell Cycle Regulation of Dynactin-Nuclear Binding"

Justin Caplan, Cumming, Ga.
Senior, neuroscience

Sponsor: Henry Brem, director, Neurosurgery, School of Medicine
"Novel Approaches to Inhibiting the DNA Repair Enzyme 06-Alkylguanine-DNA-Alkyltransferease for the Treatment of Malignant Brain Tumors"

Chen "Mary" Chen, Tampa, Fla.
Senior, molecular/cell biology

Sponsor: Curt Civin, professor, Oncology, School of Medicine
"The Role of Zyxin in Hematopoietic Stem Cells"

Nelson Chuang, Tenafly, N.J.
Senior, biomedical engineering

Sponsor: Susumu Mori, associate professor, Radiology, School of Medicine
"Analysis of Structure-Function Correlation of the Brain of Cerebral Palsy Patients"

Chris Gregg, South Orleans, Mass.
Senior, biomedical engineering

Sponsor: Dan Berkowitz, associate professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine
"B3 Adrenergic Receptor: Crystallizing Function and Fundamental Second Messenger Pathways"

Gaurav Gupta, McLean, Va.
Junior, biomedical engineering

Sponsor: Dan Berkowitz, associate professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine
"The Role of Klotho in the Cardiovascular Biology of Aging"

Kristin Jeung, Brookfield, Wis.
Senior, biomedical engineering

Sponsor: Allison Okamura, assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering
"Robotic Scissors for Measurement of Haptic Signals During Surgical Cutting"

Kenneth Kay, Martinez, Ga.
Senior, neuroscience

Sponsor: King-Wai Yau, professor, Neuroscience, School of Medicine
"Biochemical Characterization of Melanopsin: Implications in Non-Image-Forming Vision"

Satoko J. Kuramoto, Torrance, Calif.
Junior, public health studies

Sponsor: Carl Latkin, associate professor, Health Policy and Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health
"The Association Between Stress Level and Risky Injection Drug Use Behavior Among Adults Living in an Urban Disadvantaged Area"

Marcos T. Kuroki, Piratininga, Brazil
Senior, biomedical engineering

Sponsor: Tza-Huei "Jeff" Wang, assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering
"Fluorescent Resonance Energy Transfer-Based Nano Biosensors Utilizing Colloidal Semiconductor Quantum Dots and Molecular Beacons"

Won Lee, Ellicott City, Md.
Sophomore, public health studies

Sponsor: Sonia Ryang, associate professor, Anthropology, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
"The Impact of Famine on the North Korean Refugee Children in Northeast China With the Focus on Their Family Relations"

Peter Lillehoj, West Friendship, Md.
Junior, mechanical engineering

Sponsor: Kevin Hemker, professor, Mechanical Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering
"Development of Strain Measurement Techniques in Microsample Testing"

Mark W. Lin, Yorba Linda, Calif.
Junior, international studies

Sponsor: Russell L. Margolis, associate professor, Psychiatry, School of Medicine
"The Protein Content of Intranuclear Inclusions in Frontal Cortex of HDL-2 Patients"

Andrew Liu, Highland Village, Texas
Sophomore, electrical engineering

Sponsor: Jerry Prince, W.B. Kouwenhoven Professor of Electrical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering
"Feature Detection, Registration and Parcellation of the Human Cerebellum"

Owen Loh, Okemos, Mich.
Senior, mechanical engineering

Sponsor: Noah Cowan, assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering
"A Biologically Inspired Artificial Antenna for Robot Locomotion"

Yu Miyagawa, Beaverton, Ore.
Junior, Writing Seminars

Sponsor: Stephen Dixon, professor, Writing Seminars, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
"Lost Writers and Their Lost Works"

Marco Morelli, Colchester, Conn.
Senior, biology

Sponsor: Clara Kielkopf, assistant professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bloomberg School of Public Health
"Investigating Protein Interactions by the HIV-1 Cofactor Tat-SF1"

Haley Morrisson, Princeton, Mass.
Senior, philosophy

Sponsor: Ruth Leys, professor, Humanities Center, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
"Contemporary Responses to the Holocaust: Problems of Memory and Understanding"

Chinyere Ogbonna, Pennington, N.J.
Senior, natural sciences, behavioral biology

Sponsor: Barbara Landau, professor, Cognitive Science, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
"The Perception of Visual Illusions in Williams Syndrome"

Daniel Ong, Dallas, Texas
Senior, biology
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Sponsor: Mark Van Doren, assistant professor, Biology, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
"Gonad Formation in Drosophila Melanogaster"

Matthew Pagano, Columbia, Md.
Senior, physics

Sponsor: Peter Maksimovic, assistant professor, Physics and Astronomy, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
"Reconstruction of Decay Mode (b ( (( in pp Collisions at s = 2 TeV"

Hari Prabhakar, Dallas, Texas
Sophomore, undeclared

Sponsor: Veena Das, professor, Anthropology, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
"A Cross-Sectional Evaluation of the Tribal Health Initiative: A Clinical Model for India's Future"

Joshua Rowe, Baltimore
Senior, Writing Seminars

Sponsor: Ronald Walters, professor, History, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
"William S. Burroughs' Nova Trilogy in the Historical Context of Post-Modern Media Theory"

Stephen So, Ontario, Canada
Sophomore, biomedical engineering

Sponsor: Denis Wirtz, professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering
"Functional Interactomics of Bacillus Subtilis Cytoskeleton"

Robert Whelan, Pittsburgh
Junior, history

Sponsor: Susan Weiss, Conservatory faculty, Peabody Institute
"Han' Me Doon Da Fiddle: Making Links Between the Ethnomusicology and Cultural History of the Shetland Isles"

Eric Wolkoff, Wayland, Mass.
Senior, political science

Sponsor: Joel Grossman, professor, Political Science, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
"Judicial Selection in the States: Selection Methods and Their Effects on Justice"

 

FALL 2004 PROJECTS

Ayush Batra, Troy, Mich.
Senior, biomedical engineering

Sponsor: Lawrence Schramm, professor, Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine
"Erythropoietin as a Neuroprotective Agent Against Ischemic Damage in the Spinal Cord"

Guillermo Felipe Duarte, Mexico City
Senior, biomedical engineering

Sponsor: Lili Barouch, assistant professor, Medicine, School of Medicine
"The Effect of Erythropoietin on the Release of Apoptosis-Inducing Mitochondrial Cytochrome C in Heart-Failure Pigs"

Rica Mae Enriquez, North Valley Stream, N.Y.
Senior, environmental engineering

Sponsor: Marc Parlange, professor, DOGEE, Whiting School of Engineering
"Regional Scale Land-Atmosphere Interaction Using Remote-Sensing and Large Eddy Simulation"

Samuel Hahn, Lutherville, Md.
Senior, biomedical engineering

Sponsor: Gordon Tomaselli, professor, Medicine, School of Medicine
"Time-Course of Electrophysiological Remodeling During the Progression of Left Vertricular Mechanical Dysfunction"

Sravisht Iyer, Naperville, Ill.
Sophomore, biomedical engineering

Sponsor: Kathleen Turano, associate professor, Ophthalmology, School of Medicine
"Using a Virtual Environment to Explore the Role of Contextual Cueing in Goal-Directed Walking and Cognitive Map Development"

Katarina Juhaszova, Ellicott City, Md.
Senior, international studies

Sponsor: Katalin Szlavecz, senior lecturer, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
"Invasive Isopods and Soil Nutrient Recycling"

Christopher Kovalchick, Hamilton Square, N.J.
Junior, mechanical engineering

Sponsor: William H. Sharpe Jr., professor, Mechanical Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering
"Microsample Tensile Testing of Novel Platinum Alloys"

Joe Lee, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Senior, materials science and engineering

Sponsor: Jonah Erlebacher, assistant professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering
"Continued Performance Study of Fuel Cell Membrane Electrode Assemblies with Varying Platinum Plating on Nanoporous Gold"

Athar Naveed Malik, Novi, Mich.
Senior, biomedical engineering
Sponsor: Jennifer Elisseeff, assistant professor, Biomedical Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering
"Rational Understanding and Design of Biomaterial Compatibility for Tissue Engineering: Role of DNA Damage in Cell Death Caused by Photopolymerization Reactions"

Sandya S. Nair, Lubbock, Texas
Junior, neuroscience

Sponsor: Henry Brem, director, Neurosurgery, School of Medicine
"Using Cytotoxic Agents to Treat Malignant Gliomas in the Rat Brain"

Sudhir Prabhu, Evansville, Ind.
Senior, chemical engineering

Sponsor: Justin Hanes, associate professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering
"Targeting Gene Carriers to Cancer Cell Nuclei via the Folate Receptor"

Shiroman Prakash, Forest Hill, Md.
Senior, physics

Sponsor: Mark Robbins, professor, Physics and Astronomy, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
"The Topology of Entanglements and the Mechanical Behavior of Polymers"

Supria S. Ranade, Rockville, Md.
Junior, environmental earth sciences

Sponsor: William P. Ball, professor, DOGEE, Whiting School of Engineering
"Sorption Isotherms for Phenanthrene with Soot Black Carbon"

Pamela Riva, Piscataway, N.J.
Senior, molecular/cell biology

Sponsor: Marc Ostermeier, assistant professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering
"The Creation of a Green Fluorescent Protein-Maltose Binding Protein 'Switch' Through Domain Insertion"

Aalap Shah, West Bloomfield, Mich.
Junior, neuroscience

Sponsor: Judy Huang, assistant professor, Neurosurgery, School of Medicine
"Cdk/p35 Complex Phosphorylation of Neurofilaments After Cerebral Ischemia"

Sophia F. Shakur, Salisbury, Md.
Senior, biology

Sponsor: Jehuda Sepkuty, assistant professor, Neurology, School of Medicine
"Semaphorin 3F Knockout Mouse Model: A New Model for Temporal Lobe Epilepsy"

Eric W. Tan, Fullerton, Calif.
Senior, neuroscience

Sponsor: Eric S. Fortune, assistant professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
"The Functional Role of Short-Term Synaptic Depression in the Processing of Moving Sensory Images"

Christina Terpeluk, Chestertown, Md.
Senior, civil engineering

Sponsor: Sanjay R. Arwade, assistant professor, Civil Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering
"The Qualifications of 19th-Century American Truss Bridges as Structural Art"

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