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Shannon Curry (right)) laboratory of Sophia Ran, Ph.D.
Matthew Rutz (right) in laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth Peralta
Jessica Sampias (left) in the laboratory of Mary McAsey, Ph.D.

 

October 5, 2009

SIU Med Students Complete Mentored Research Experiences

Twelve sophomore medical students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine completed their Mentored Professional Enrichment Experiences (MPEE) with formal presentations to the medical school community this fall.

The summer program is an SIU elective between the first and second years of medical school, designed as an opportunity for students to work with physicians or researchers at SIU or other medical campuses.

“The program provides opportunities for students to explore clinical and basic science research or investigations in health-related areas with SIU, national and international investigators, and helps them learn how to design and conduct effective research projects,” explains Eric C. Niederhoffer, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in Carbondale and program coordinator of the MPEE program.  “We have noted a significant increase in the number of students who have chosen to continue thieir research beyond the eight-week summer experience and who have reported publications resulting from their activities.”

The students, their project titles and their mentors are –

Alexander Claussen, D-Methionine as a Rescue Agent from Noise-Induced Hearing Loss; Observations of Efficacy at Different Adminstration Time Intervals Post-Noise Exposure, Kathleen Campbell Ph.D., professor of surgery at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield; Claussen if the son of Dale and Becky Claussen of Edwardsville.

Shannon Curry, The Role of Angiopoietin-2 in the Remodeling of Tumor Vessels, Tumor Growth and Metastasis, Sophia Ran, Ph.D., associate professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield; Curry is the daughter of Kevin and Shari Curry of Springfield.

Eliza Davis, Familial and Temperamental Predictors of Child Peer Victimization, Lisabeth DiLalla, Ph.D., professor of family and community medicine at SIU School of Medicine in Carbondale; Davis is the daughter of Drew and Katie Davis of Springfield.

Luke Freiburg, IL2ra, TNFr1, IL-8, and HGF: A Role in aGVDH Diagnosis, Marna Ericson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota Academic Health Center in Minneapolis; Freiburg is the son of David and Barb Freiburg of Quincy.

David Houser, The Role of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor in the Proliferation and Migration of Human Bone Marrow Stem Cells Towards Ovarian Cancer, Craig Cady, Ph.D., Bradley University in Peoria; Houser is the son of Dr. John and Joan Houser of Dunlap.

Kristina Lynch, The Reciprocal Relationship Between Peer Victimization and Somatic Health Problems, Lisabeth DiLalla, Ph.D., professor of family and community medicine at SIU School of Medicine in Carbondale; Lynch is the daughter of Daniel and Linda Flynn of Chatham.

Reem Nubani, Multicenter Review of Outcomes and Risk for Infants Requiring Mechanical Circulatory Support Following Heart Transplantation, Dr. Elfriede Pahl, Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago; Nubani is the daughter of Yaser and Nuha Nubani of Chicago.

Matthew Rutz, GRP30 Mediation of Estrogen Stimulated Triple Negative Breast Cancer Tumors, Dr. Elizabeth Peralta, associate professor of surgery at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield; Rutz is the son of Dwight and Vicky Rutz of Highland.

Jessica Sampias, Characterization of the Cytotoxic Effect of 5-Fluorouracil and
5-Fluorocytosine on Ovarian Cancer Cells in Vitro, Mary McAsey, Ph.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield; Sampias is the daughter of Bill and Sandy Sampias of Chatham.

Stephanie Shinn, Weight-Based Peer Victimization:  Coping Behaviors That Contribute to Obesity, Lisabeth DiLalla, Ph.D., professor of family and community medicine at SIU School of Medicine in Carbondale; Shinn is the daughter of John Shinn and Nancy Shinn, both of Danville.

Chris Stephenson, MobilEnzyme: An Online Enzyme Database for the Mobile Platform, Eric Niederhoffer, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at SIU School of Medicine in Carbondale; Stephenson is the son of Ric and Vonda Stephenson of Edwardsville and Pat and Karen Gauen of Highland.

Nate Wetter Taylor, Convergent Signaling In Neuronal Networks, Gregory Brewer, Ph.D., Stark endowed professor of Alzheimer disease at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield; Wetter Taylor is the son of Craig and Jennifer Wetter Taylor of Mendota.

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