Program Participants and Projects

2016

Student name Mentor name Project title Location of lab Publications
Anand, Ananya Coulombe, Kareen Effect of Insulin-like growth factor-1 and Neuregulin-1 on the Regenerative Potential of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes in a Contractility Assay Brown  
Brigham, Mackenzie Padbury, James “Blebs of Hope”: Identifying a link between Pre- Eclampsia and the RNA profiles of placental exosomes WIH  
Kleiner, Justin
Born, Christopher
What is the optimal timing for cessation of smoking
to reduce the impact on bone healing?
RIH  
Kuczmarski, Alexander
Feng, Jun
Effects of Diabetes on Neurocognitive Decline after Cardiac Surgery RIH  
Lauro, Peter
Asaad, Wael
Creating a Deep BraWhatin Stimulation Targeting Atlas through Integrated MRI Tractography and Intra-Operative Neurophysiology RIH  
Russell, Brian
Levy, Mitchell
Discharge Location and its Role in 30-Day Readmissions
after Treatment of Sepsis in the Elderly
RIH  
Sellke, Nicholas
Feng, Jun
The effects of glucose control on vasopressininduced
microvascular signaling during cardiac surgery
RIH  
Tarantino, Mary
Salomon, Arthur
Vav1 dependent phosphoregulation in T lymphocytes Brown  

 

2015

Student name Mentor name Project title Location of lab Publications
Ahmed, Shaan Asaad, Wael Assessment of visual search patterns using eye-tracking and a computerized Trail Making test pre and post-operatively in Parkinson’s disease patients undergoing Deep Brain Stimulation RIH  
Chen, Jefferson Wu, Wen-Chih Insulin Resistance and Weight Gain in Veterans Treated with Antipsychotic Medication PVAMC  
Fofana, Cheikna DeLaMonte, Suzanne Potential Roles of Obesity and Fatty Liver Disease as Mediators of Poor School Performance and Deficits in Executive Function in Children RIH  
Glidden, David Fairbrother, William An RNA Splicing Library for Reverse Drug Screening Brown  
Johnston, Ben Liu, Paul Gene Expression Profiles of Responders vs. Non-responders to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy RIH  
Rodriguez-Russo, Carlos Wilson, Ira Enrollment in Targeted Home and Community-Based Waiver Services is Associated with Less Institutional Care and Hospital Utilization among Aging Medicaid HIV Patients Brown  
Sarte, Jason Sharkey, Katherine Sleep, mood and neurobehavioral performance in the perinatal period Sleep Medicine Clinic  
Senthoor, Dewahar Saidi, Reza  Proteomic Analysis of Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury in a Rat Liver Ischemia-Reperfusion Model RIH  

 

2014

Student name Mentor name Project title Location of lab Publications
Chen, Allison Greenberg, Paul Sudden Visual Loss ad Mortality in African Americans:  The Jackson Heart Study PVAMC Greenberg, P.B., Chen, A.J. & Wu, W.C. Sudden Vision Loss and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in African Americans: The Jackson Heart Study. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 22, 116-122 (2015).
Cohen, Zachary Sharkey, Katherine Sleep, Neurobehavioral Performance and Affect Regulation in Perinatal Women Sleep Medicine Clinic  
Lee, Jennifer Bourjeily, Ghada The Role of Progesterone in the Pathogenesis of Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Pregnancy RIH Bourjeily, G. et al. in Journal of Womens Health, Vol. 24 8-9 (2015). 
Liu, Dorothy Kim, Michael Uncovering the Mechanisms of Diastolic Heart Failure:  The Function of Cysteine Residues in the S-Glutathionylation of cMyBP-C RIH  
Patel, Lakir Dudley, Samuel Measuring Circulating Levels of SCNSA Splice Variants to Assess Risk of Cardiac Arrhythmia in Heart Failure RIH  
Zhu, Tian Ran Gruppuso, Philip Efficacy of Rapamycin as a Chemopreventative Agent for Progenitor Marker-Positive Hepatocellular Carcinoma RIH  

 

2013

Student name Mentor name Project title Location of lab Publications
Chen, Alicia Wu, Wen-Chih Hospital Blood Transfusion Patterns during Major Non-Cardiac Surgery in the Elderly and Surgical Mortality Rates PVAMC  
Driesman, Adam Abbott, Dawn Incidence and Predictors of Left Ventricular Thrombus in high risk STEMI Patients Treated in the Contemporary Era RIH  
Levin, Scott Sellke, Frank Effect of Altered Lipid Content on Autophagic Vesicular Fusion in Bovine Pulmonary Artery Endothelial Cells RIH  
Mangham, William Koren, Gideon Upregulating Expression of SERCA2a During Heart Failure RIH  
Shen, Burton Padbury, James Epigenetic Causes of DNA Methylation in Preterm Birth WIH Triche, E.W. et al. Bioinformatic Approach to the Genetics of Preeclampsia. Obstet. Gynecol. 123, 1155-1161 (2014).

 

2012

Student name Mentor name Project title Location of lab Publications
Anazonxu, Walter Ayala, Alfred/ Heffernan, Diathi Identifying Soluble Forms of the Co-Inhibitory Receptors, B-/T-Lymphocyte Attenuator (BTLA), and its Ligand, Hepatitis Virus Entry Protein (HVEM), in Septic Mice and Critically Ill Patients RIH  
Dalal, Rahul Sellke, Frank Blood Biomarkers for Cardiopulmonary Bypass-Induced Neurocognitive Decline RIH Sabe, A.A. et al. Investigating the Effects of Resveratrol on Chronically Ischemic Myocardium in a Swine Model of Metabolic Syndrome: A Proteomics Analysis. J. Med. Food 18, 60-66 (2015).  Sabe, A.A. et al. Atorvastatin Regulates Apoptosis in Chronically Ischemic Myocardium. J. Card. Surg. 30, 218-223 (2015).  Sabe, A.A. et al. Preoperative gene expression may be associated with neurocognitive decline after cardiopulmonary bypass. J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 149, 613-623 (2015).  Sabe, A.A., Elmadhun, N.Y., Dalal, R.S., Robich, M.P. & Sellke, F.W. Resveratrol regulates autophagy signaling in chronically ischemic myocardium. J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 147, 792-798 (2014).
Heinl, Robert Sellke, Frank Effect of mTOR Inhibitors on Cardiac Function in Swine Acute Myocardial Ischemia-Reperfusion Models RIH Chu, L.M. et al. High-fat diet alters prostanoid balance and perfusion in ischemic myocardium of naproxen-treated swine. Surgery 150, 490-496 (2011).
Liu, Joy Padbury, James Elucidating Genetics Pathways in Preeclampsia  WIH Triche, E.W. et al. Bioinformatic Approach to the Genetics of Preeclampsia. Obstet. Gynecol. 123, 1155-1161 (2014).
Min, May Stonestreet, Barbara Effects of IL-1b on tight junction proteins of the blood-brain barrier and potential attenuation by anti-IL-1b neutralizing antibodies RIH Cohen, S.S. et al. Effects of Interleukin-6 on the Expression of Tight Junction Proteins in Isolated Cerebral Microvessels from Yearling and Adult Sheep. Neuroimmunomodulation 20, 264-273 (2013).
Sangal, Rohit Ventetuolo, Corey Examining Hepatitis C as a Risk Factor for Pulmonary Hypertension: A Retrospective Analysis RIH Sangal, R.B. et al. Risk of echocardiographic pulmonary hypertension in individuals with human immunodeficiency virus-hepatitis C virus coinfection. Annals of the American Thoracic Society 11, 1553-1559 (2014).

 

2011

Student name Mentor name Project title Location of lab Publications
Dickinson, Kimberly Dizon, Don Erythropoietin Stimulating Agents and the Treatment of Anemia in Oncology Patients RIH  
Geha, Rabih Saab, Carl Hyperactive Microglia Contribute to Visceral Hypersensitivity and Neuronal Sensitization RIH  
Hernandez, Jonathan Gruppuso, Philip Molecular Mechanisms of Obesity: Metabolic Effects of the Isotopic Composition of Dietary Constitutents RIH  
Hoffman, Zach Sellke, Frank The Impact of Sirolimus (rapamycin) on Pro-angiogenic Factors in Myocardial Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury RIH Lassaletta, A.D. et al. Mechanism for reduced pericardial adhesion formation in hypercholesterolemic swine supplemented with alcohol. Eur. J. Cardio-Thorac. Surg. 43, 1058-1064 (2013).
Kim, David Sellke, Frank Exploring the Molecular Mechanisms behind Therapeutic Angiogenesis RIH Lassaletta, A.D. et al. Mechanism for reduced pericardial adhesion formation in hypercholesterolemic swine supplemented with alcohol. Eur. J. Cardio-Thorac. Surg. 43, 1058-1064 (2013).
Lester, Jenna Feit, Lloyd Adolescent Transition Planning in the Pediatric Heart Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital Hasbro  
Wiske, Clay Kane, Agnes Nancoscale Biosensors for the Improvement of Clinical Medicine Brown  

 

2010

Student name Mentor name Project title Location of lab Publications
Andrew, Caroline Padbury, James Preterm Birth:  A Novel Bioinformatics and Genomics Approach  WIH Uzun, A. et al. dbPTB: a database for preterm birth. Database, 10 (2012).
Rotenberg, Jimmy Albina, Jorge Modulation of the Immune Response by Wound Macrophages RIH Daley, J.M., Rotenberg, J.R., Brancato, S.K. & Albina, J.E. in Faseb Journal, Vol. 25 1 (2011).
Rowland, Emily Pirraglia, Paul Primary Care Delivery to Veterans with Chronic Mental Health Issues PVAMC Pirraglia, P.A. et al. Benefits of a Primary Care Clinic Co-Located and Integrated in a Mental Health Setting for Veterans With Serious Mental Illness. Prev. Chronic Dis. 9, 8 (2012).  Rowland, E.S., Pirraglia, P.A., Friedmann, P.D. & O'Toole, T.P. in Journal of General Internal Medicine, Vol. 26 S32-S32 (2011).
Shin, Tai Ho Sellke, Frank Effect of Resveratrol on AMPK Signaling Pathway in Swine Hypercholesterolemic Models RIH Shuhaiber, J.H. et al. The influence of seasons and lunar cycle on hospital outcomes following ascending aortic dissection repair. Interact Cardiovasc. Thorac. Surg. 17, 818-822 (2013).
Smith, Devin Arrighi, James Evaluation of F-18 Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) Uptake on PET as a Marker for Peripheral Artery Plaque Instability RIH
Soh, Ina Sellke, Frank Epigenetic Regulation of Vascular Gene Expression in Atherosclerotic Lesions RIH Elmadhun, N.Y., Lassaletta, A.D., Chu, L.M., Soh, I. & Sellke, F.W. in Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Vol. 215 S35-S35 (2012