Department of Pediatrics - Strong Children's Research Center

Past Student Research Topics

2012 Student Research Topics and Mentors

2011 Student Research Topics and Mentors

  • 2011 Summer StudentsSravya Brahmandam, NEOUCOM. "Role of ER Chaperone and Signaling Regulator GRP78/BiP in Endothelial Cell Inflammation."
    Mentor: Fabeha Fazal, PhD.
  • Usa Cain, Boston University Medical School. "Mealtime Behavior and Nutrition in Children with Autism: How Does Behavior Affect Nutrient Intake and Body Mass Index?"
    Mentor: Susan Hyman, MD Haggerty-Friedman Summer Scholar
  • Margaret Connolly, Boston College. "TM for TMs: Reliability of Telemedicine Images for Middle-Ear Problem Diagnosis."
    Mentor: Kenneth McConnochie, MD, PhD.
  • Ysabella Esteban, Seton Hall University. "Neonatal Hyperoxia Has Long Term Disruptive Effects in Mouse Neurodevelopment."
    Mentor: Michael O'Reilly, PhD.
  • Leah Gacioch, University of Michigan. "Follow-Up Chart Review from Obesity Learning Collaborative."
    Mentor: Stephen Cook, MD.
  • Meredith Goodloe, University of Maryland School of Medicine. "The Role of Kupffer Cells in Acute Liver Injury Induced by Exogenous Airway TNF-a."
    Mentor: Gloria Pryhuber, MD.
  • Cara Hall, Pomona College. "Basal Ganglia Role in the Preparation or Execution of Cue-Dependent Movement Strategies."
    Mentor: Jonathan Mink, MD, PhD.
  • Bryce Kanter, Gonzaga University. "Regulation of Endothelial Cell Inflammation by Transglutaminase 2."
    Mentor: Arshad Rahman, PhD.
  • Viki Katsetos, St. John Fisher College. "Adolescent and Parent Media Preferences for Immunization Reminders."
    Mentor: Cynthia Rand, MD, MPH.
  • Benjamin Mazer, University of Rochester. "Breath of Hope: A Community Wide Care Coordination Program for Asthma."
    Mentors: Christine Burns, EdM, MBA and Janice Schriefer, MBA, PhD.
  • Aditi Mulgund, NEOUCOM. "The Master Regulator HIF-1a Undergoes Physiologically-Regulated Cleavage."
    Mentor: Marc Halterman, MD, PhD.
  • Abimbola Olutimehin, University of Pittsburgh. " A Descriptive Analysis of Access to Dental Care and Dental Health of Non-Diabetic Children." Mentor: Leesha Hoilette, MD, MS.
  • Veronica Petrash, Grand Valley State University. "PLUNC Expresssion in Bronchiopulmonary Dysplasia and in Lung Epithelial Cells."
    Mentor: Thomas Mariani, PhD.
  • Jennifer PIer, SUNY Buffalo Meidcal School. "Secondhand Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Serum Cytokine Levels in Healthy Children."
    Mentor: Karen Wilson, MD, MPH.
  • Courtney Soley, Indiana University Medical School. "Changes in Mitochondrial Structure and Function During Embryonic Cardiac Development."
    Mentor: George Porter, Jr., MD, PhD.
  • Kelcie Sprentall, SUNY Upstate Medical University. "Scoring Respiratory Events During Sleep-What To Do When Nasal Airflow Data is Absent?"
    Mentor: Heidi Connolly, MD.
  • Shufan Sun, University of Rochester. "Candida Albicans Evade Host Immune Response by Degrading Superoxide but not Nitric Oxide."
    Mentor: Melanie Wellington, MD, PhD.
  • Toby Terwilliger, SUNY Geneseo. "Expression of an Optimized Corss-Species Antigen of Pneumocystis for Evaluation as a Potential Vaccine."
    Mentors: Francis Gigliotti, Md, and Terry Wright, PhD.

2010 Student Research Topics and Mentors

Students in the 2010 Summer Training Program

  • William Alexander, "Essential Role of Phospholipase C Epsilon in Regulating Thrombin-Induced NF-kB Activation and Vascular Cell Adhesion Molecule-1 Expression in Endothelial Cells." Maryville College.
    Mentor: Arshad Rahman, PhD.
  • Geetha Bhagavatula, "The Effect of Age, Gender and Ferritin Levels on Restless Leg Syndrome Symptoms in Children." St. Bonaventure University.
    Mentor: Heidi Connolly, MD.
  • Ryan Busha, "Evaluation of a Childhood Obesity Prevention Program: Greater Rochester Healthy Child Care 2010, 12 Month Follow-up." Duquesne University.
    Mentors: Stephen Cook, MD, MPH and Marjorie Allan
  • Allison Canfield, "Communication Emotion: The Impact of Gesture and Facial Expressions." University of Rochester.
    Mentor: Laura Silverman, PhD.
  • Peiwen Chen, "Role of Traf1 in Silica-Induced Apoptosis in Mouse Lung." SUNY Buffalo.
    Mentor: Gloria S. Pryhuber, MD.
  • Si Xiao Chen, "PROPHENO Pilot Seizure Cession, Compliance Assessment." Clarkson University.
    Mentors: Ronnie Guillet, MD, PhD, and Jennifer Kwon, MD.
  • Jennifer Cirino, "Prevelance of Psychotropic Medication for Hypertension." SUNY Buffalo Medical School.
    Mentor: Marc Lande, MD. Haggerty-Freidman Summer Scholar.
  • Robert Cooper, "Activation of mTOR During Host Cell Infection with Spotted Fever and Typhus Rickettsia." SUNY Geneseo.
    Mentor: Sanjeev Sahni, PhD.
  • Thomas Dieringer, "Investigation of Folding and Trafficking of Hensin in an Intercalated Epithelial Cell Line." University of Rochester.
    Mentor: George Schwartz, M.D. and Soundarapandian Vijayakumar, PhD.
  • Harsh Desai, "Clinical Outcomes in Infants with Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator Related Metabolic Syndrome." Salisbury University.
    Mentor: Clement Ren, M.D.
  • Jason Fishel, "Engaging Community-Based Research and Advocacy." Carnegie Mellon University.
    Mentors: Stephen Cook, MD, MPH and Kathy Lewis.
  • Jacquelyn Gonka, "Quality of Care in Two Medical Homes for Foster Care." SUNY Buffalo.
    Mentor: Sandra Jee, MD, MPH. Haggerty-Friedman Summer Scholar.
  • Charles Hannum, "Food Dyes, Behavior and Autism: Does What Children Eat Color Behavior?" SUNY Upstate Medical School, Syracuse.
    Mentor: Susan Hyman, MD.
  • Nicole Hook, "Characterization of the Expression of Acid-Base Transporters in an Immortalized Intercalated Cell Line." Rochester Institute of Technology.
    Mentor: Soundarapandian Vijaykumar,PhD.
  • Michael Maher, "Development of an Acid Secreting Phenotype in an Intercalated Cell Line." Carthage College.
    Mentors: Jeffrey Purkerson, PhD and George Schwartz, MD
  • Aditi Mulgund, "Developmental Abnormalities in the Rat Model of Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease." NEOUCOM.
    Mentor: Soundarapandian Vijaykumar, PhD.
  • Jennifer Pier, "The Effect of Environmental Tabacco Smoke Exposure on Severity of Influenza in Pediatric Inpatient Population." Nazareth College.
    Mentor: Karen Wilson, MD, MPH.
  • Lisa Ratanaprasatporn, "The Role of PKC in Strain Induced Signaling in Pulmonary Epithelial Cells." Alpert Medical School Brown University.
    Mentor: Patricia Chess, MD.
  • Courtney Soley, "Mitochondiral Structure and Function During Cardiac Myocyte Differentiation'." Valparaiso University.
    Mentor: George Porter, Jr., MD, PhD.
  • Melanie Wooten, "The Effects of Famly Structure on an Adolescents's Perception of Food and Physical Activity." Georgia College and State University.
    Mentor: Leesha Hoilette, MD.