Student Presentations

On the final day of the program each year, students participate in a graduation presentation attended by faculty, lab associates, private donors, family, and friends. Students not only have the experience of delivering their scientific presentation in front of a live audience but are also celebrated for their accomplishments in a graduation reception attended by all invitees.

Presentations consist of ten PowerPoint slides that introduce the student’s project, a description of their laboratory activities, methodology, results and their significance. Students are advised to include: hypothesis, experimental design/methodology, results, and a discussion of how these results support their hypothesis. Students practice presentation skills early on during lab meetings to develop their confidence.

Cienna Slattery, Class of 2019
Presenting “Identifying the Function of VSIG4 as Seen in the Tumor”

Daphne Toglia, Class of 2019
Presenting “Somatic PDGFRB Mutation in a Mosaic Aneurysm Patient”

The Saigal lab (Rajiv Saigal, MD, PhD far right) with summer student Christine Hau (center, bottom row)
The Kalume lab (Franck Kalume, PhD, back row, right) celebrating with summer student Muna Yase (holding certificate)

In 2019, the program began recording presentations, which can be viewed HERE.


Alumni Presentations

Class of 2018:

Mariam Benazouz and Ai Vy Nguyen (Kalume Lab)
“The Effects of Melatonin and DSIP in Sleep and Epilepsy of SCN1A Mouse Model”

Brandon Carlson-Clarke (Ellenbogen/Zhang Lab)
“Glioblastoma Treatment via Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Therapy”

Emele Chaddock (Coppel Research)
“Measuring athletes' psychological readiness when returning to sport”

Rachel Chernoff (Garden Lab)
“Characterizing the source of microglia proliferation after ischemic preconditioning”

Layla Jamil (Crane Lab)
“Metabolism Gene Expression by Macrophages within the DIPG Tumor Microenvironment" 

Chuc Le (Hofstetter Lab)
“Imaging and modifying blood flow in the rodent spinal cord after traumatic injury”

Marjan Moghaddam (Ramirez Lab)
“Intermittent Hypoxia Disrupts Adult Neurogenesis in the Dentate Gyrus”

Nelly Nouboussi (Hofstetter Lab)
“Is extracellular matrix necessary and sufficient to induce inflammatory response in the CNS?”

Irem Onalan (Saigal Lab)
“Applications of Polypyrrole Electrodes and Electrical Stimulation in Optimizing Bone Fusion”

Quynh Pham (Lein Lab)
“Epigenetically Profiling Neuronal Cell Type Populations Utilizing ATAC-Seq”

Michael Sikora II (Crane Lab)
“Effects of Metabolic Conditions on Gene Expression of Macrophages”

Nathan Toenjes (Ramirez Lab)
“Understanding the Cellular Mechanisms of Opioid-Mediated Respiratory Suppression”

Valeria Vazquez-Trejo (Aliseda/Kim/Levitt Lab)
“Effects of coil deployment for treatment of intercranial aneurysms on hemodynamics”

Chloe Winston (Garden Lab)
“A Fate Mapping Study to Detect the Existence of Microglia Progenitors in the Healthy Mouse Brain”

Class of 2011:

Sophia Hannaford (Shain Lab)
“Confocal Microscopy”

Alena Kantor (Ramirez Lab)
“Integrative Brain Research”

Maggie Khu (Ramirez Lab)
“The Singer and the PreBotzinger Complex”

Rajiv Iyengar (Horner Lab)
“Glaucoma Research”

Sanja Ramirez (Morrison Lab)
“Abnormalities in mitochondrial proteins of AD patients”

Christopher Welsh (Morrison Lab)
“Controlling Mitochondrial Fission”

Anthony Wohns and Dennis Wang (Ojemann Lab)
“Different types of Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI)”

Suk-Lin Zhou (Ramirez Lab)
“Effects of Acute Intermittent Hypoxia (AIH) in Swiss CD-1 Wild Mice”