Student Research Topics 2015 Student Research Topics and Mentors Houda Abdelrahman, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences; "An assay for inducing APRIL production by intestinal epithelial cells to probe breastmilk’s immuno-modulatory effects." Mentor: Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo, M.D., Ph.D. Mackenzie Cronin, University of Rochester, "Neonatal Oxygen Exposure leads to Altered Alveolar Epithelial Type-II cell pools, affecting the Response to Influenza A Virus at 2 week and 4 weeks of Age." Mentor: Michael O’Reilly, Ph.D.; William Domm, Ph.D. Lauren Edwards, University of Arizona; "Routine Assessment of Linear Growth in Preterm Infants." Mentors: Jeffrey Meyers, M.D.; Ronnie Guillet, M.D., Ph.D. Emily Fitzgerald, University of Rochester; "The Effect of Childhood Socioeconomic Stress on the Developing Innate Immune System." Mentor: Mary Caserta, M.D. Mahjub Hammond, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry; "Childhood Obesity Rates in Monroe County in 2012." Mentor: Stephen Cook, M.D., M.P.H. Danielle Hodges, Xavier University of Louisiana; "Improving the management of pediatric community-acquired pneumonia." Mentor: Eric Biondi, M.D., M.S.B.A. Samah Hoque, Cornell University; "Genetics of Congenital Heart Disease: Are Genes Deleted or Duplicated in Patients with Clinically Interpreted “Findings of Unknown Significance” Associated with Cardiac Development and Disease?" Mentor: Kate Ackerman, M.D. Francis James, Loyola Marymount University; "SOLVE-Brain: Identification of variations in novel genes for developmental brain disorders." Mentor: Alex Paciorkowski, M.D. Anya Joynt, University of Rochester; "Gene transfer of the Na+, K+-ATPase β1 subunit rescues mice with LPS-induced lung injury and upregulates adherens junction proteins." Mentor: David Dean, Ph.D. Benjamin Kasper, SUNY Buffalo Medical School; "Mesenchymal stromal cells isolated from pediatric lungs: analysis of viability, differentiation potential, and protein expression." Mentors: Gloria Pryhuber, M.D.; Ravi Misra, Ph.D. Faraz Khan, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, "Maturation of innate immune defense mRNA in the collecting duct." Mentors: George Schwartz, M.D.; Jeffrey Purkerson, Ph.D. Chinyere Okunji, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry; "The Financial Burden of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Healthcare Expenditure and Utilization in Pediatric Patients." Mentor: Lawrence Saubermann, M.D. Ashley Riley, Indiana University School of Medicine; "Maternal acidosis down-regulates beta-intercalated cell differentiation in progeny." Mentors: George Schwartz, M.D.; Jeffrey Purkerson, Ph.D. Korinne Thorne, Niagara University; "Primary Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patients are Marked by the Overexpression of FOXC1." Mentor: Jason Mendler, M.D., Ph.D. Rebecca Whitman, Cornell University; "Analysis of FOXF1 Gene Expression in an Alveolar Capillary Dysplasia Patient." Mentor: Laurie Steiner, M.D. View a list of past student research topics and mentors.