Pictured, left to right: Pooja Patel, Briana Benton-Price, Mahika Gopalka, Cameron Herman, Ngozi Amadikwu, Maggie Li, Oluwamayomikun Abiona, and Dalya Kanani.

Mayokun Abiona
Faculty Mentor: R. Stephanie Huang, PhD
Project: “AKT2 Knockdown Increases Apoptosis in K562”

Ngozi Amadikwu
Faculty Mentor: Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD
Project: “CD8 Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes”

Briana Benton-Price
Faculty Mentor: Steven Kron, MD, PhD

Mahie Gopalka
Faculty Mentor: Seungming Hwang, PhD
Project: “Effects of Autophagy Deficiency in Tumor-Associated Macrophages”

Cameron Herman
Faculty Mentor: Bakhtiar Yamini, MD
Project: “BAT1 Modulates Glioblastoma Cell Response to Temozolomide”

Dalya Kanani
Faculty Mentor: Jun Huang, PhD
Project: “Testing T-cell Cross Reactivity with Calcium Imaging”

Maggie Li
Faculty Mentor: Manish Sharma, MD
Project: “Development of a Volumetric Disease Progression Model for Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)”

Pooja Patel
Faculty Mentor: Tao Pan, PhD
Project: “Characterizing the Role of 5-Methylcytosine (m5C) in Murine Leukemia Virus Replication”




Pictured, back row, left to right: Robert Forsyth, Jarron Roy, Joy Chen, Elizabeth Breen. Front row, left to right: Sarah Matatov, Yichen Yao, Malaak Saadah, Aditi Mehta.

Elizabeth Breen
Faculty Mentor: Rex Gaskins, PhD
Project: “GBMU87 & U87vIII CHCHD2 Localization and Redox Alterations with Live Cell Imaging”

Joy Chen
Faculty Mentor: Erik Nelson, PhD
Project: “27-Hydroxycholesterol Promotes Breast Cancer Recurrence”

Robert Forsyth
Faculty Mentor: Rohit Bhargava, PhD
Project: “Assessment of Octadecane Coating for Preparation of Aqueous Gels with Isomalt Scaffolds”

Sarah Matatov
Faculty Mentor: Wawrzyniec Dobrucki, PhD
Project: “In Vitro and In Vivo Evaluation of Doxorubicin-Based Anti-Cancer Treatment in Combination with the Herbal Medicine Black Cohosh in MCF-7”

Aditi Mehta
Faculty Mentors: Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, PhD
Project: “Molecular Mechanisms of XPO1 and ERalpha Cotargeting in Breast Cancer”

Jarron Roy
Faculty Mentor: Prasanth Kannanganattu, PhD
Project: “Establishing a dCas9 Tethering System to Recruit Splicing Factors to mRNA in Cancer Cells”

Malaak Saadah
Faculty Mentor: Roy Dar, MD, PhD
Project: “Proliferation and Viability of Cancer Cells and Bystander Cells Treated with Anticancer Drugs”

Yichen Yao
Faculty Mentor: Viktor Gruev, PhD
Project: “Mixed Reality with Gear VR for Image Guided Surgery”


Pictured, back row, left to right: Jada Jefferson, Julian Starks, Jasmine Harris, Simon Hernandez. Front row, left to right: Yesenia Diaz, Brandon Brown, Angel Hernandez. Not pictured: Kashif Javid.

Brandon Brown
Faculty Mentor: Paul Grippo, PhD
Project: “Disparities Among Pancreatic Cancer in Chicago Related to Diet”

Yesenia Diaz
Faculty Mentor: Marian Fitzgibbon, PhD
Project: “Screen Time is Associated with Dietary Intake in Latino Children”

Jasmine Harris
Faculty Mentor: Terry Moore, PhD
Project: “Proteolytic Stability of Stapled Peptides as Novel Probes for Breast Cancer Treatment”

Angel Hernandez
Faculty Mentor: Laura Hardy, PhD
Project: “Role PAX8 in High Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer”

Simon Hernandez
Faculty Mentor: Lisa Tussing-Humphreys, PhD
Project: “Markers of Systemic and Colonic Iron Metabolism and Inflammation in Obese and Non-Obese Adults with Adenoma”

Kashif Javid
Faculty Mentor: Ankit Meta, MD
Project: “Ethnic Disparities in Spinal Column Injuries and Treatments”

Jada Jefferson
Faculty Mentor: Marian Fitzgibbon, PhD
Project: “The Relationship Between Parental Pressure to Eat and Weight Status Among Black Children in the Hip Hop to Health Effectiveness Trial”

Julian Starks
Faculty Mentor: Gail Prins, PhD
Project: “The Effect of the NRF2 Pathway on Prostate Stem Progenitor Cells”