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2012 Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowships

In 1982, the board of directors of Alpha Omega Alpha established five student research fellowship awards to encourage and support student research. Since then, the awards have grown in number and dollar amount. As many as fifty $5000 awards are made, and $1000 is available for travel to a national meeting to present the research results. In 2004, the name of the fellowship program was changed to the Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship awards in honor of Carolyn L. Kuckein, AΩA’s longtime administrator, who died in January 2004. Evaluations of the fellowship proposals were made by reviewers: Thomas T. Andersen, PhD; Syamal K. Bhattacharya, PhD, CLD; Sylvia Brice, MD; John C. M. Brust, MD; Paul A. Bunn, MD; Tim Byers, MD, MPH; Richard Byyny, MD; Y. Monique Davis-Smith, MD; Gerald V. Denis, PhD; N. Joseph Espat, MD; Ruth-Marie Fincher, MD; Daniel Foster, MD; Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD; Joseph A. Hill, MD, PhD; Marc G. Jeschke, MD, PhD, FACS; James Gamble, MD, PhD; Mary L. Gerend, PhD; Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD; Mary McAsey, PhD, HCLD; Mirjana Maletic-Savatic, MD, PhD; Gokhan M. Mutlu, MD; Thoru Pederson, PhD; Suzann Pershing, MD; Sheryl Pfeil, MD; Don W. Powell, MD; Steven P. Ringel, MD; William A. Robinson, MD, PhD; Sarah M. Roddy, MD; Shashikumar K. Salgar, PhD; Alan G. Wasserman, MD; Gerald Weissmann, MD.

The recipients of the 2012 fellowships are:

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Tamara Aghamolla
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Use of High Affinity FcR-expressing T Cells in Recognition and Destruction of Cancer Tumors in vivo
Eduardo Davila, PhD, mentor
Donna Parker, MD, Gary D. Plotnick, MD, and Yvette Rooks, MD, councilors

Dianne Bach
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Tear-based Diagnostics for Sjögren’s Syndrome
Sarah Hamm-Alvarez, PhD, and John Irvine, MD, mentors
Paul Holtom, MD, councilor

Travis Boyd
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Development of anatomical landmarks to avoid injury and postoperative development of painful neuromas to critical superficial nerves as well as facilitate anesthetic blocks during abdominal and pelvic operations: An anatomical study of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, ilioninguinal and genitofemoral nerves
Bradon V. Wilhelmi, MD, mentor
Daniel Danzl, MD, councilor

Satara Brown
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
The Effect of Aging in the Heterozygous Connexin 40 Murine Model
Terrance X. O’Brien, MD, mentor
Christopher G. Pelic, MD, councilor

Puja Chebrolu
Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University
Risk factors for Bacteremia in Hepatitis C Virus Infected Hemodialysis Patients
N. Stanley Nahman, Jr., MD, mentor
Clarence Joe, DMD, MD, FACR, councilor

Mohsin Chowdhury
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Utilizing Thromboelastograph with Platelet Mapping (TEG-PM) to Predict Postoperative Chest Tube Drainage (CTD)
Galina Leyvi, MD, mentor
Charles Nordin, MD, councilor

Alex Cruz
University of South Florida College of Medicine
AUA, RAS, and SHIM-Assessed Quality of Life Changes due to Definitive EBRT to 75.6-81.0 Gy/42-45 Fx vs. EBRT+HDR in Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer Patients who did not receive ADT
Matthew C. Biagioli, MD, and Sarah Hoffe, MD, mentors
Patricia Emmanuel, MD, councilor

Emilie Doré
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Evaluating Protein Interactions with PRICKLE2 in Mouse Models
Alexander G Bassuk, MD, PhD, mentor
Christopher Cooper, MD, councilor

Gregory Ebersole
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Responsiveness of Patients’ DASH Scores following Ulnar Nerve Transposition for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Susan MacKinnon, MD, mentor
Morton E. Smith, MD, councilor

Jacob Eitel
Indiana University School of Medicine
O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) as a Regulator of Angioenesis in Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM): Potential Implications for Emerging Therapies
Karen E Pollok, PhD, mentor
Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD, councilor

Megan Fracol
Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Determining whether Her-2 Pulsed DCI Vaccines in DCIS Patients Induce humoral or Cellular Immune Responses that Prevent Breast Cancer Invasion
Brian J Czerniecki, MD, PhD, mentor
Jon B. Morris, MD, councilor

Brian Freniere
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Cutaneous Perfusion Response to Varying Doses of Ionizing Radiation
Janice F. Lalikos, MD, mentor
David A. Drachman, MD, councilor

Wendy Fujioka
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Effects of p75 and TrkB Signaling on Cognitive and Motor Function Following Traumatic Brain Injury
Janet Adler, PhD, mentor
Geza Kiss, MD, and Michael E. Goldberg, MD, councilors

Tanner Fullmer
Medical College of Wisconsin
Musical Instrument Identification in Cochlear Implant Users: A Psychophysical Study of Acoustic Changes
David R. Friedland, MD, PhD, and Christina Runge, PhD, mentors
James L. Sebastian, MD, councilor

Alevtina Gall
University of Washington School of Medicine
Defining the protective role of Helicobacter pylori colonization in the development of esophageal adenocarcinoma
Nina R. Salama, PhD, mentor
Douglas S. Paauw, MD

Clare Griffis
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hábert School of Medicine
Validity of Computed Tomography in Predicting Scaphoid Screw Prominence: A Cadaveric Study
Patricia L McKay, MD, mentor
Robert E. Goldstein, MD, councilor

Parth Khade
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
High Resolution Manometry to Analyze Esophageal Motility and GERD in Bariatric Patients
Joseph Kuhn, MD, FACS, mentor
Mark L. Montgomery, MD

Sattar Khoshkhoo
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
Internal Representations Underlying How Sounds Become Speech in Human Auditory Cortex
Edward F. Chang, MD, mentor
Sue Carlisle, MD, councilor

Ahmed Toufic Kurdi
American University of Beirut School of Medicine
Exosomal microRNAs in multiple sclerosis: Reconciling expression signatures with disease relapse, remission, and response to treatment
Samia J. Khoury, MD, mentor
Ibrahim S. Salti, MD, councilor

Joseph Lamplot
University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
The Role of Recombinant Human IGFBP (rhIGFBP5) in Osteoblastic Differentiation of Osteoprogenitor Cells and Osteosarcoma
Hue H. Luu, MD, mentor
Adam Cifu, MD, councilor

David Lawrence
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Mature fetal B cell immunoglobulin gene expression profiles provide insights into the development of the fetal immune repertoire
Christopher King, MD, mentor
Jeffrey L. Ponsky, MD, councilor

Sarah Lee
Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine
Oligonucleotide-nanoparticle conjugates to accelerate diabetic wound closure through ganglioside depletion: Mechanistic analyses
Amy S. Paller, MD, mentor
John P. Flaherty, MD, councilor

Christen Lennon
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Detection of disruption in the PI3K/AKT pathway in patients with ileal carcinoids
Gloria H. Su, PhD, mentor
John C.M. Brust, MD, councilor

Ting Li
The University of Toledo College of Medicine
Validation of Methylerythritol Phosphate Cytidyltransferase (IspD) as a Novel Antimalarial Drug Target
Audrey R. Odum, MD, PhD, mentor
Donna Woodson, MD, FAAFP, councilor

James Lin
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—New Jersey Medical School
The Novel Use of Urinary Exosomes to Examine Survivin Expression in Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer
Daniel P. Petrylak, MD, and Leileata M. Russo, PhD, mentors
Robert Schwartz, MD, and Clark Lambert, MD, PhD, councilors

Ryan Lippell
New York Medical College
A novel tetanus toxin subfragment as a neurotrophic vector for GM2 gangliosidosis therapy
Kostantin Dobrenis, PhD, mentor
William H. Frishman, MD, councilor

Ian-James Malm
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
PD-1 Blockade Combined with TEGVAX (TLR Agonists-Enhanced GVAX) Can Induce Regression of Established Palpable Tumors
Young J. Kim, MD, PhD, mentor
Peter E. Dans, MD, councilor

Spyridon Mastroyannis
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Are Mutations in Succinate Dehydrogenase complex II (SDHx) involved in pituitary tumorigenesis?
Constantine Stratakis, MD, D. (med.) Sci, mentor
Alan G. Wasserman, MD, councilor

Emily McIntosh
Emory University School of Medicine
Raltegravir, a Potent Inhibitor of Bone Formation
Igho Ofotokun, MD, MSc, and N. Neale Weitzmann, PhD, mentors
Thomas C. Pearson, MD, DPhil, councilor

Jennifer Ornelas
University of California, Davis, School of Medicine
Effects of Phytochemicals on Toll-like Receptor 2 Expression and Function in Sebocytes
R. Rivkah Isseroff, MD, mentor
Regina Gandour-Edwards, MD, councilor

John Pham
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Characterization of focal adhesions in myofibroblasts harboring TGFBR2 and SMAD3 mutations
Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD, mentor
Eugene Boisaubin, MD, councilor

Sujoy Phookan
Albany Medical College
Suppression of Gap Junctional Activity Attenuates Pathological Beta Oscillations in the Basal Ganglia of the Parkinsonian Rat
Damien S. Shin, MSc, PhD, mentor
Neil Lempert, MD, councilor

Ashley Pinette
Howard University College of Medicine
Trends in Hospitalization associated with Alzheimer's Disease in the United States
Richard F. Gillium, MD, MS, mentor
Edward E. Cornwell III, MD, FACS, FCCM, councilor

I. Jonathan Pomeraniec
University of Virginia School of Medicine
The framing effect and social cognition in individuals with autism spectrum disorder
Andrew James Gerber, MD, PhD, mentor
Mark J. Mendelsohn, MD, councilor

Jordan Pyda
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
Increasing Access to Health Care in the Central Plateau of Haiti: The Petite Montagne Dispensary Project
Theresa M. Waters, PhD, mentor
Owen Phillips, MD, councilor

Ma Khin Pyi Son
Mayo Medical School
Natural History of Moderate Refractive Errors in Infants
Brian G. Mohney, MD, mentor
Carola Arndt, MD, and Judith Kaur, MD, association chairs

Najibah Rehman
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Enhanced Cytotoxicity Directed at CD33-Expressing Acute Leukemia Cell Lines by Activated T Cells (ATC) Armed with Anti-CD3/Anti-CD33 Bispecific Antibodies
Abhinav Deol, MD, mentor
Michael T. White, MD, councilor

Chen Shi
New York University School of Medicine
Volumetric analysis to predict an atrophy risk for chronic subdural hematoma
Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD, and Henry Rusinek, PhD, mentors
Steven Abramson, MD, councilor

Jeremy Song
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Regeneration and experimental orthotopic transplantation of a bioengineered kidney
Harald C. Ott, MD, mentor
Michael L. Berman, MD, and Ranjan Gupta, MD, councilors

Jeff SoRelle
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School
Searching for Genes of Host Defense
Bruce Beutler, MD, mentor
Kevin Klein, MD, councilor

Marko Spasic
University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
Gp100 Vault Nanoparticles for the Treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme
Isaac Yang, MD, mentor
Neil H. Parker, MD, councilor

Prashanth Swamy
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Critical role of Type I NKT Cells in Posttransplant Alloantibody Production
Ginny L. Bumgardner, MD, PhD, mentor
Sheryl Pfeil, MD, councilor

Julian Tokarev
University of Minnesota Medical School
A novel model of focal ischemic stroke in rats using an endovascular angiographic approach to MCA occlusion
Afshin A. Divani, PhD, FAHA, mentor
Charles Billington, MD, councilor

Voranaddha Vacharathit
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Animating Interdisciplinary Concepts in Lung Function and Pathophysiology: A Novel Platform for the Integration of Core Content for Medical Students
John H. Newman, MD, and Cathleen C. Pettepher, PhD, mentors
John A. Zic, MD, councilor

Amanda Velazquez
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Effects of a mobile phone application intervention on medical student weight loss and perceived patient counseling ability
Laura Q. Rogers, MD, MPH, mentor
Andrew J. Varney, MD, councilor

Nicholas Will
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
The role for microglial Fractalkine signaling in complement-mediated vascular fragility of cerebral amyloid angiopathy
Wolf M. Kirsch, MD, FACS, mentor
Sarah M. Roddy, MD, councilor

Frank Yuk
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Synaptic Mechanisms of Age-related Cognitive Decline in Monkey Neocortex
John H. Morrison, PhD, mentor
Carrie Ernst, MD, councilor

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Updated on February 7, 2014.