2017 Summer Research Program Symposia Recap

August 11, 2017

On July 27 and 28, students from the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program presented their research projects and culminating symposia.

Each student presented the results of their eight-week research project to their peers, mentors, and Institute staff. The program had students from 13 universities from within the continental US and Ireland. The students represented a variety of ethnicities, and are at different stages of their careers ranging from undergraduate, to masters and medical students.

On July 28, Heidi Miller, MD, Family Care Health Centers gave the keynote address titled, “Healing and Studying our Communities: Calls to Action for Academic-Community Research Partnerships.” At the close of the event, the students were presented completion certificates.

2017 Participants and Projects

  • Bailey Aaron from Green Mountain College worked with James Fleckenstein from Washington University on “A Secreted Serine Protease of Enterotoxigenic E. Coli Provides Information for Target Vaccine Development”
  • Lauren Aycock from Georgia Institute of Technology worked with Jacco Boon from Washington University on “The Role of Novel Low-Nucleoprotein Binding Regions in Influenza A Virus Replication”
  • Jihyun Byun from University of Texas at Austin worked with Mark Manary from Washington University on “Evaluation of Symptoms of Infectious Insults on Growth”
  • Cormac Everard from University College Dublin worked with Rupa Patel from Washington University on “The Acceptability of Pharmacy Based PrEP Delivery in Preventing HIV Transmission”
  • Savannah Jordan from Saint Louis University worked with Shanti Parikh from Washington University on “Sex Work and Financial Independence in Uganda”
  • Amber Lee from Purdue University worked with Kathleen Bucholz from Washington University on “Race and Sex Differences in Binge Eating and Alcohol Use: A Community Study of At-Risk Youth”
  • Carmen Lyon from Washington University worked with Gautam Dantas from Washington University on “Co-Association Between Acinetobacter Baumannii and Enterococcus Faecium Increases Biofilm Formation”
  • Narayani Mukerji from University College Dublin worked with Christina Stallings from Washington University on “Mycobacterial Response to Stress via Transcription”
  • Courtnie Phillip from Tufts University worked with Adetunji Toriola from Washington University on “Medication Use and Mammographic Density in Premenopausal Women”
  • Vineet Raman from University of Georgia worked with Amy McQueen  from Washington University on “Pilot Study of the Unmet Basic Needs of Medicaid Beneficiaries with Type II Diabetes”
  • Rajadhar Reddy from University of Texas at Dallas worked with Laura Bierut from Washington University on “Use of Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer Risk Among Black Women with Breast Cancer”
  • Evelyn Shen from Washington University worked with Allison King from Washington University on “Validity of the Infant and Toddler Activity Card Sort”
  • Alayna Sibert from Saint Louis University worked with Eric Mumford from Washington University on “Food Provision in the Ville: A Historical Perspective­­­­”
  • Kyle Smith from University of Rochester worked with Mary Politi from Washington University on “Access is Necessary but Not Sufficient: Health Insurance Knowledge and Seeking Tendencies, and Financial Toxicity May Impact Healthcare Utilization”
  • Delphine Zhu from Smith College worked with Shanti Parikh from Washington University on “Informal-Marriage and Gendered HIV Risk and Care in Uganda’s HIV Hotspots”
  • Alison Zuercher from Eastern Mennonite University worked with Haina Shin from Washington University on “Characterization of the Immune Response in the Female Reproductive Tract Against Bacteria Associated with Bacterial Vaginosis”

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