07/25/2006

Biomedical Summer Research Program Under Way

 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Undergraduate students throughout West Virginia are spending the summer conducting research with biomedical experts at the West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center and at Marshall University.

As part of the West Virginia Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, twenty undergraduate students and one faculty member have been conducting research at the Health Sciences Center since June 5.

WVU and Marshall University are the lead institutions administering the WV-INBRE program. The program establishes a consortium among institutions of higher education in the state of West Virginia to enhance their capacity for educating and training their faculty and students in biomedical research.

The program concludes on August 3 with a research symposium at the WVU Health Sciences Center. Students will present the results of their research studies in oral and poster formats. Ted Torphy, Ph.D., WVU alum and corporate vice president for science and technology at Johnson and Johnson, will give the keynote lecture. 

For more information, contact the WV-INBRE office at (304) 293-0775 or e-mail mreasor@hsc.wvu.edu.

The participants in the program include:
Summer Interns

Kristina Bacon – Wheeling Jesuit University
Mentor: William Petros, PharmD, Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center

Stephanie Boblett – Fairmont State University
Mentor: Slawomir Lukomski, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology

Ryan Busch – West Virginia Wesleyan College
Mentor: Chris Cuff, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology

Gina Cottrill – Glenville State College
Mentor: Rosana Schafer, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology

Megan Docherty – West Virginia Wesleyan College
Mentor: Steve Always, Ph.D., Department of Exercise Physiology 

James Garland – West Liberty State College
Mentor: Kathy Brundage, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology

Chris Garton – West Virginia Wesleyan College
Mentor: Slawomir Lukomski, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology

Sunam Gurung – Davis and Elkins College
Mentor: Scott Weed, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy & The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center

Jessica Hammons – University of Charleston
Mentor: Rajesh Naz, Ph.D., Departments of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology; Physiology and Pharmacology; & Obstetrics and Gynecology

Kathleen MacGregor – Davis and Elkins College
Mentor: James O’Donnell, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Casey McCrosky  - Alderson-Broaddus College
Mentor:  Judy Delp, Ph.D., Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Joseph McLane – Bethany College
Mentor: Richard Dey, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy

Sarah Morgan – Shepherd University
Mentor:  Stan Hileman, Ph.D., Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Kendra Policz – Bethany College
Mentor: Jim Sheil, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology

Jonathan Proto - Wheeling Jesuit University
Mentor: Peter Gannett, Ph.D., Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences

James Reed – University of Charleston
Mentor: William Wonderlin, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Jill Rotruck – Shepherd University
Mentor: Yon Rojanasaskul, Ph.D., Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences

Jenny Sisler - Davis and Elkins College
Mentor: Mike Gunther, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Rajeev Tajhya – Salem International University
Mentor: Patrick Callery, Ph.D., Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dana Tiberio - West Virginia Wesleyan College
Mentor: Linda Vona-Davis, Ph.D., Department of Surgery

Summer Fellow

Luke Huggins, Ph.D. – West Virginia Wesleyan College
Mentor: Scott Weed, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy & The Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center

 

 

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bovinost@wvuh.com
ks: 07-25-06

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