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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 14, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 30
Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards


Summer 2007 Recipients

Shahed Alam, Houston, Texas
junior, biomolecular engineering
"3-D Visualization of Murine Vascular Architecture"
Sponsor: Arvind Pathak, assistant professor, Radiology MR Research, SoM

John Bagert, New Orleans
senior, chemical and biomolecular engineering
"The Design of a Low-Density ssDNA
Surface with Switchable Conformation" Sponsor: Joelle Frechette, assistant professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, WSE

Bryan Benson, Toms River, N.J.
sophomore, chemical and biomolecular engineering
"Fabrication of New Types of Nanocubes, Research of Innovative Techniques for This Fabrication"
Sponsor: David Gracias, assistant professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, WSE

Ryan Bloom, Shavertown, Pa.
junior, chemical and biomolecular engineering
"Mapping the Mechanical Forces Generated by Tumor Cells During Proteolytic and Non-Proteolytic Migration in a 3-D Matrix"
Sponsor: Denis Wirtz, professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, WSE

Steffi Cerato, Charleston, S.C.
senior, Writing Seminars
"A Look at Slavery Freedom Suits in the United States South; the Similarities and Departures in the Battle for Freedom Across the Southeastern Courts"
Sponsor: Michael Johnson, professor, History, KSAS

Iris Chan, Bethesda, Md.
senior, public health studies and Writing Seminars
"The Urban Geography of Poverty: Resource Allocation and Libraries in Baltimore"
Sponsor: Erica Schoenberger, professor, Geography and Environmental Engineering, WSE

Daniel Colacurcio, West Caldwell, N.J.
junior, neuroscience
"The Mechanisms by Which Sialidase Inhibits Ganglioside Binding of Myelin-Associated Glycoprotein"
Sponsor: Ronald Schnaar, professor, Pharmacology, SoM

Gillian Condell, Kingston, Jamaica
senior, nursing
"Surgery and Sleep in Rats"
Sponsor: Gayle Page, professor, Acute and Chronic Care, SoN

Sarah Elashvili, Baltimore
senior, psychology
"Distinct Functional Mechanisms of NDE1 and NDEL1 Through Interaction With DISC1"
Sponsor: Akira Sawa, associate professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, SoM

Shiv Gandhi, Mableton, Ga.
senior, molecular/cell biology
"APOBEC3G Mediated Control of Viral Replication in Elite Suppressors Objective"
Sponsor: Robert Siliciano, professor, Medicine, SoM

Anne Gatchell, Denver
senior, chemical and biomolecular engineering
"Modeling Switching Behaviors of Monolayer-Modified Surfaces in the Presence of Salts"
Sponsor: Joelle Frechette, assistant professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, WSE

Yasmin Husain, North Brunswick, N.J.
junior, neuroscience
"Biotinylation of Acute Hippocampal Slices"
Sponsor: Stewart Hendry, professor, Neuroscience, SoM

Karin Hwang, Ontario, Calif.
junior, biomolecular engineering
"Identification of Specific Protein Involvement in Bacterial Contractility"
Sponsor: Denis Wirtz, professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, WSE

Jordan Ireton, Westborough, Mass.
junior, neuroscience
"Uncovering Mechanism of Light Detection by Melanopsin Through Mutational Analysis"
Sponsor: Samer Hattar, assistant professor, Biology, KSAS

Eric Kim, Ellicott City, Md.
junior, biomolecular engineering
"Designing Face-Specific Inorganic Surface Binding Peptides"
Sponsor: Jeffrey Gray, assistant professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, WSE

Darya Kizub, New Albany, Ohio
senior, public health studies
"Assessment of Barriers to Successful Implementation of Anti-Retroviral Therapy in Russia"
Sponsor: Chris Beyrer, professor, Epidemiology, SPH

Gregory Koenig, Walton, N.Y.
senior, guitar performance
"A Pedagogical Study of the Chinese Classical Guitar School with Professor Chen Zhi"
Sponsor: Julian Gray, guitar faculty, Peabody

Yuen-Ting "Diana" Kwong, Timonium, Md.
junior, public health studies
"Developing Methods to Optimally Estimate Glomerular Filtration Rate From Serum Creatinine and Cystatin C"
Sponsor: Josef Coresh, professor, Epidemiology, SPH

Se Ryeon Lee, Lake Hiawatha, N.J.
junior, chemistry
"Oxidation Reaction of Alkenes Catalyzed by Metallocorrolazine Nanoparticles"
Sponsor: David Goldberg, associate professor, Chemistry, KSAS

Worawan Limpitikul, Washington, D.C.
junior, biomedical engineering
"Differentiation of Mouse Embryonic Stem Cell–Derived Cardiomyocytes Using Electrical Stimulation"
Sponsor: Leslie Tung, professor, Biomedical Engineering, SoM

Cindy Liu, Walnut, Calif.
senior, neuroscience
"Activity-Dependent Integration of Newborn Neurons Into the Adult Hippocampus"
Sponsor: Hongjun Song, associate professor, Neurology, SoM

Kristin Lucas, Westport, Conn.
senior, physics
"Creating Single Nanowires Through Nanopores"
Sponsor: Nina Markovic, assistant professor, Physics and Astronomy, KSAS

James Medford, Tequesta, Fla.
senior, physics
"The Controlled in situ Deformation of Carbon Nanotubes to Create Room-Temperature Quantum Dots"
Sponsor: Nina Markovic, assistant professor, Physics and Astronomy, KSAS

Ada Otter, Seattle
senior, nursing
"Trajectory of Abuse During Pregnancy: Impact on Breastfeeding and Pregnancy Outcomes Among High-Risk Women in Portland, Ore."
Sponsor: Jacquelyn Campbell, professor, Community Public Health Nursing, SoN

Diana Pak, Bogota, Columbia
senior, psychology
"Spatial Learning, Sensory Modality and Autistic Traits"
Sponsor: Amy Shelton, assistant professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, KSAS

Laxmi Pellakuru, Ellington, Conn.
senior, biomedical engineering
"Detection of S-Nitrosylation in Prostate Cancer in situ"
Sponsor: Srinivasan Yegnasubramanian, instructor, Oncology, SoM

Jason Shaev, Merrick, N.Y.
junior, physics
"A Study of the Effectiveness and Possible Improvement of Each B-Jet Tagging in the CMS Pixel Tracker"
Sponsor: Petar Maksimovic, associate professor, Physics and Astronomy, KSAS

Arin Tuerk, East Brunswick, N.J.
senior, psychology
"Updating Working Memory Representations in Human Adults and Infants"
Sponsor: Lisa Feigenson, assistant professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, KSAS


Fall 2007 Recipients

Anthony Au, Fort Washington, Pa.
senior, biomedical engineering
"Multicompartment Microfluidic Chamber for Study of Axon Guidance and Target Innervation by Electrochemically Controlled Release of Guidance Molecules"
Sponsor: Nitish Thakor, professor, Biomedical Engineering, SoM

Patrick Connell, Sommers, Conn.
senior, biomedical engineering
"Characterization of Cardiac Cells Cultured on PEGylated-Fibrinogen Scaffolds"
Sponsor: Leslie Tung, professor, Biomedical Engineering, SoM

Mikhail Gorbounov, South Windsor, Conn.
senior, biology
"Identification of Hypoxia-Responsive Gene Promoters in Human Cervical Carcinoma Cells"
Sponsor: Ru Chih Huang, professor, Biology, KSAS

Ying Guan, Parkville, Md.
senior, civil engineering
"Finite Element Modeling of Subflooring Connection Rotational Stiffness for Cold-Formed Steel Low Rise Construction"
Sponsor: Ben Schafer, associate professor, Civil Engineering, WSE

Ravi Gupta, Boothwyn, Pa.
junior, public health studies
"The Role of Hippocampal CaM Kinase-II in the SIV/Macaque Model of HIV-Induced Neurodegeneration"
Sponsor: Joseph Mankowski, associate professor, Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, SoM

Rwo-Wen Huang, Midlothian, Va.
senior, neuroscience
"The Function of Phosphodiesterase 4A in Axonal Targeting of Olfactory Sensory Neurons"
Sponsor: Haiqing Zhao, assistant professor, Biology, KSAS

Terrence Jao, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
senior, biomedical engineering
"Emergent Locomotor Oscillations in Gymnotiform Fishes"
Sponsor: Eric Fortune, associate professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences, KSAS

Jin Lee, Manhattan, Kan.
senior, cognitive science
"Haptic Robotics as an Aid to Copying in People With Williams Syndrome"
Sponsor: Barbara Landau, professor, Cognitive Science, KSAS

Adam Lovett, Livingston, N.J.
senior, history
"Diversity at Johns Hopkins 2007: The Hopkins Experience From the Voices of Students"
Sponsor: Melanie Shell-Weiss, visiting assistant professor, History, KSAS

Chih-Ping Mao, Austin, Texas
junior, biomedical engineering
"Polymeric Nanoparticle-Mediated Delivery of Stat-3b DNA Selectively to Tumor Tissue for the Treatment of Ovarian Carcinoma"
Sponsor: T.-C. Wu, professor, Pathology, SoM

David Marcus, Paramus, N.J.
sophomore, anthropology and history
"Lost and Found Memories: Transition and Transformation Among the Meskhetian Turk Refugees of Maryland"
Sponsor: Veena Das, professor, Anthropology, KSAS

Ashwini Niranjan, Englewood, Colo.
junior, molecular/cell biology
"Ascertaining the Migratory Ability of Human-Derived Neural and Brain Tumor Stem Cells Under Mitogenic Stimulation"
Sponsor: Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, assistant professor, Neurosurgery, SoM

Chanont Vasoontara, Bangkok, Thailand
senior, chemistry
"Proteomics Study of Recurrence Ovarian Cancer"
Sponsor: Ie-Ming Shih, associate professor, Pathology, SoM

Joseph Wood, Davie, Fla. senior, biomedical engineering
"Antibody-Conjugated Polymeric Nano-particles for Targeted Treatment of Ovarian Cancer"
Sponsor: Justin Hanes, assistant professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, WSE

Heather Woodworth, Geneva, N.Y.
senior, clarinet performance
"Mood Disorders: Depression and Manic-Depressive Illness in Musically Creative Individuals"
Sponsor: Geoffrey Wright, Computer Music faculty, Peabody

Linmiao Xu, Ballston Lake, N.Y.
senior, electrical engineering
"Investigating Failed Defibrillation in a 2-D Experimental Model of Calcium Overload"
Sponsor: M. Roselle Abraham, assistant professor, Cardiology, SoM

Gigi Yam, Rego Park, N.Y.
junior, chemical and biomolecular engineering
"Mechanisms of Shiga Toxin Uptake by Human Intestinal Epithelial Cells"
Sponsor: Olga Kovbasnjuk, assistant professor, Gastroenterology, SoM


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