Summer Scholarship Awards

The Manne Research Institute and Lurie Children’s are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Robert Louis Katz Summer Scholars Program and the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute Summer Scholarship Award.

The following students, and their faculty mentors, will participate in an 8 week program to provide students with summer experience in research related to childhood health and disease.

2017 Robert Louis Katz Summer Scholars

  • Alex Boos (Mentor: Jhumku Kohtz, PhD) Project title: Defining novel regulatory enhancers in GABAergic interneuron progenitors
  • Dina O’Connell (Mentor: Fei Chu, MD, PhD) Project title: Investigate the relationship between drug resistance and cancer invasion/metastasis in the development of drug-resistant neuroblastoma tumor cells
  • David Reed (Mentor: Debra Weese-Mayer, MD) Project title: Does the infrared (IR) imaging measurement of a patient’s skin temperature after cooling with a fan have the same precision and accuracy as with the color change powder used in the Thermoregulatory Sweat Test (TST)?​
  • Jacob Vilker (Mentors: H. William Schnaper, MD, and Tomoko Hayashida, MD, PhD) Project title: Role of PI3Kgamma in podocyte injury
David Reed, a Katz Summer Scholar in the Center for Autonomic Medicine in Pediatrics (CAMP) before a thermoregulatory sweat test (TST). The TST is used for autonomic testing, to determine if there is abnormal body temperature regulation and sweat production.​ The powder on his chest will change from yellow to purple after exposure to moisture (sweat).

2017 Manne Research Institute Summer Scholarship Awardees

  • Mudasar Basam (Mentor: Maria Dizon, MD, MSCI) Project title: Regulation of MicroRNA-21 by Hypoxia Inducible Factor 1 Alpha
  • Sophia Bidny (Mentor: Jolanta Topczewska, PhD) Project title: Analysis of a novel zebrafish mutant which displays microcephaly and bone
  • Elizabeth Chang (Mentor, Mark Wainwright, MD, PhD) Project title: Astrocyte glutamate transporter function and depression following traumatic brain injury​
  • Mia DiCara (Mentor: Isabelle De Plaen, MD) Project title: Explore mechanism by which inflammatory signals affect VEGFR2 signaling thus contributing to Necrotizing eterocolitis
  • Gabriel Sagewalker (Mentor: Jacek Topczewski, PhD) Project title: Analysis of serpinf1 reporter, first GFP reporter in zebrafish

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