Summer Scholar Awards Announced

May 10, 2018

The recipients of the 2018 Robert Louis Katz and Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute Summer Scholars Awards are listed below. The awardees look forward to a summer of research experience on projects that are relevant to their mentors’ research interests.

2018 Robert Louis Katz Awardees

  • Juliet Torres - Neurocognition as a Metric for Evaluating Intervention and Outcome in Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS): An NIH Toolbox Study. Mentor: Debra Weese-Mayer, MD, Center for Autonomic Medicine in Pediatrics
  • Regina Fricton - Do cortical and medullary stromal cells of the bovine ovary produce different extracellular and associated proteins? Mentor: Monica Laronda, PhD, Endocrinology
  • Martin Kalski - p53 and p21 as mediators of neuromuscular degeneration in spinal muscular atrophy model mice. Mentor: Christine DiDonato, PhD, Human Molecular Genetics
  • Rebecca Rabizadeh - Utility of novel anti-inflammatory nanomolecules to decrease inflammation in an animal model of Crohn's Disease. Mentor: Arun Sharma, PhD, Urology, Developmental Biology
  • Meredith Hiller - Effects of hypoxia and mTOR signaling on microRNAs in oligodendroglia. Mentor: Maria Dizon, MD, Neonatology

About the Katz Summer Scholars Program: The program is designed to provide undergraduate summer experience in research related to childhood health and disease. Through the ongoing generosity of the Robert Louis Katz Medical Research Foundation, competitive scholarships for research experiences with Manne Research Institute investigators have been awarded to these five deserving researchers in training.

2018 Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute Summer Scholars Awardees

  • Iman Quadri - Does Klotho regulate the expression of an anti-fibrotic molecule, SARA? Mentor: Tomoko Hayashida, MD, PhD, Kidney Diseases
  • Joseph Sichel - Determine the relative propensity of various NAAT's to identify C. difficile carriage in children without diarrhea. Mentor: Larry Kociolek, MD, Infectious Diseases
  • Justin Zaslavsky - The Developing GUD Food study: The Developing a Greater Understanding of Differences in Food Allergy Management Study. Mentor: Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, Academic General Pediatrics & Primary Care and Smith Child Health
  • Timothy Hanson - Does decreasing the permeability of the epithelial barrier prevent monocyte recruitment and differentiation to protect against NEC? Mentor: Isabelle De Plaen, MD, Neonatology
  • Abigail Otwell - Relationship between hemodynamic changes and neuro-gastrointestinal symptoms in children with chronic nausea and abdominal pain. Mentors: John Fortunato, Jr., MD, Neurointestinal & Motility Program; and Sally Tarbell, PhD, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

About the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute Summer Scholars Program: The scholars will participate in an 8-week program to provide students with summer experience in research related to childhood health and disease.