2009 Research Highlights

Samuel Ares

Samuel I. Ares, a student in industrial biotechnology and chemical engineering at University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez studied the functional role of IGF2BP2 and HMGA2 in adipocyte tissue and Type 2 Diabetes.
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Christel Chehoud

Christel Chehoud, a computational biology junior at Princeton University, resolved conflicts between phylogenetic groupings and existing taxonomic nomenclature to improve classification accuracy of genetic sequences in the order of bacteria known as Clostridiales.
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Eric Delgado

Eric Delgado, an economics and biology freshman at Yale, explored the effect that ploidy – the number of sets of chromosomes in a cell -- has on the genetic analysis of yeasts.
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Kunle Demuren

Kunle Demuren, a junior majoring in molecular biology at Princeton University, worked on a method that utilizes comparative genomics to help predict functional relationships between genes in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and related organisms.
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Peter Cruz Gordillo

Peter Cruz-Gordillo, a neuroscience and biochemistry junior at Duke University, utilized HDACi to induce expression of drug metabolizing enzyme genes in liver cell lines with the goal of creating a more efficient and cost-effective human liver model for drug toxicity screening.
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Seanna Pieper Jordan

Seanna Pieper Jordan, is a sophomore at Yale University who is majoring in biology and ethnicity, race, and migration. She discovered a common scaffold that recognizes Npas4, a regulator of inhibitory synapses development.
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Michael Melgar

Michael Melgar, a senior at MIT majoring in physics, developed statistical methods to filter out false positive SNPs from calls made by high-throughput sequencers for the 1000 Genomes Project.
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Amalchi Castillo Rodriguez

Amalchi Castillo Rodriguez, a fourth-year student in chemical engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, explored the NF-kB pathway.
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Kristin Rose

Kristin Rose, a senior majoring in biology at MIT, found evidence to suggest that microtubule inhibitors have effects on cancer cells beyond simply inhibiting structural elements; in fact, these commonly used chemotherapy drugs seemed to alter aspects of energy metabolism.
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Esther Uduehi

Esther Uduehi, is a biochemistry and mathematics junior at Indiana University in Bloomington.
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