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2014 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 to more than fifty each year.

The fellowship emphasizes a student-designed and -intiated project with an academic mentor. Recipients of the fellowship tell us that the awards have helped them to learn about the joys of scientific and scholarly discovery, and increase their critical understanding of scholarship and research in health care and science. Many recipients of the fellowship have followed up their work as student-researchers to become physician-scientists.

The student receives a $5000 award, with $1000 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 the following reviewers: C. Bruce Alexander, MD; Thomas T. Andersen, PhD; Carol A. Aschenbrener, MD; Robert G. Atnip, MD; Jeremiah Barondess, MD; Syamal K. Bhattacharya, PhD, CLD; Paul A. Bunn, MD; Tim Byers, MD, MPH; Ken Byrd, MD; Julio A. Chalela, MD; Stephen Y. Chan, MD; Lynn M. Cleary, MD; Benjamin Clyburn, MD; Graciela De Jesus, MD; Daniel Foster, MD; Bruce M. Frankel, MD; Doug Fredrick, MD; Gillian Galbraith, MD; Boyd Gillespie, MD; Richard F. Gillum, MD, MS; Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD; Diane Harper, MD, MPH, MS; Joseph A. Hill, MD, PhD; Pascal Imperato, MD, MPH&TM; Marc G. Jeschke, MD, PhD, FACS; J. Michael Kilby, MD; Paul R. Lambert, MD; Patricia G. McBurney, MD, MSCR; Mark J. Mendelsohn, MD; Lesley Motheral, MD; Gokhan M. Mutlu, MD ; Douglas S. Paauw, MD; Ronald G. Pearl, MD, PhD; Thoru Pederson, PhD; Suzann Pershing, MD; Sheryl Pfeil, MD; Noah S. Philip, MD; Paul B. Pritchard, MD; Steven P. Ringel, MD; Alan G. Robinson, MD; William M. Rogoway, MD; Shashikumar Salgar, PhD; Wiley Souba, MD, DSc, MBA; Joseph W. Stubbs, MD, FACP; Bruce H. Thiers, MD; John Tooker, MD, MBA, MACP; Kenneth L. Tyler, MD; Gabriel T. Virella, MD, PhD; Alan G. Wasserman, MD; Gerald Weissmann, MD; John A. Zic, MD.

The recipients of the 2014 fellowships are:

Mizanur Ahmed
Class of 2017, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
VpreB Expression in Mature B Cells Alters B Cell Development Leading to Autoantibody Production
Mentor Christopher Roman, PhD
Councilor Douglas R. Lazzaro, MD

Eric Anderson
Class of 2016, Stanford University School of Medicine
Pilot trial to evaluate the effect of vitamin D on melanocyte biomarkers
Mentor Jean Tang, MD, PhD
Association Chair Charles G. Prober, MD

Joshua Bakhsheshian
Class of 2015, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
Using wireless technology to assess objective measures of functional recovery in patients undergoing major elective spine surgery
Mentor Zachary A. Smith, MD
Councilor Michael J. Zdon, MD

Devang Bhoiwala
Class of 2016, Albany Medical College
The influence of systemic iron overload on retinal iron overload and retinal degeneration
Mentor Joshua Dunaief, MD, PhD
Councilor Neil Lempert, MD

Phillip Bonney
Class of 2016, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
The roles of EMR2 and EMR3 in invasiveness in glioblastoma: evaluation of cellular migration and investigation of downstream pathways
Mentor Michael Sughrue, MD
Councilor William F. Kern, MD

Trent Bowen
Class of 2016, University of Arizona College of Medicine
The Role of Myocilin in Receptor Endocytosis and Pathogenesis of Glaucoma
Mentor Brian McKay, PhD
Councilor Joseph S. Alpert, MD

Karen Bowers
Class of 2015, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Ketamine as an adjunct to opiates for acute pain in the emergency department
Mentor Corey Heitz, MD
Association Chair Apostolos P. Dallas, MD, FACP

Bristol Brandt
Class of 2017, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Antibiotic Administration and Progression of Sepsis
Mentors Guoqing Chen, MD, PhD, MPH; Steven Q. Simpson, MD; Russ Waitman, PhD
Councilor Steven Simpson, MD

Bianca Bromberger
Class of 2015, Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Living Donor Utilization Among Kidney Transplant Recipients Sensitized by Pregnancy
Mentor Paige M. Porrett, MD, PhD
Councilor Jon B. Morris, MD

Patricia Carr Reese
Class of 2017, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Schistosoma haematobium and urinary tract infections among women in rural Malawi
Mentor Abigail Norris Turner, PhD
Councilor Alan G. Wasserman, MD

Gaurav Chattree
Class of 2017, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School
Dissecting synaptic changes that underlie the temporal control of vocal behavior
Mentor Todd Roberts, PhD
Councilor Kevin Klein, MD

Megan Chock
Class of 2015, Mayo Medical School
Healthcare use by suicide decedents compared with members of the general population
Mentor J. Michael Bostwick, MD
Association Chair Carola Arndt, MD

Abigail Cline
Class of 2017, Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University
DNA Damage and Apoptosis in Epidermal-Specific Protein Kinase D1 Knockout Mouse Skin upon Ultraviolet B Irradiation
Mentor Wendy Bollag, PhD
Councilor Clarence Joe, DMD, MD, FACR

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Sahitya Denduluri
Class of 2016, University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
Modulating insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R) signaling as a potential treatment for osteosarcoma
Mentor Hue Luu, MD
Councilor Adam Cifu, MD

Rami Diab
Class of 2015, American University of Beirut School of Medicine
Role of hsa-miR-4747-5p and hsa-miR-4313 in the regulation of CYP2B1 and CYP4F4 activity in diabetic nephropathy-induced kidney injury: An in-vivo and in-vitro model of Type I Diabetes
Mentors Assad E. Eid, PhD, and Hanna Abboud, MD
Councilor Ibrahim S. Salti, MD

Peter Dorschner
Class of 2016, Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine
A Retrospective Study of Early Post-Transplant Nosocomial Infections
Mentor Michael J. Ison, MD
Councilor John P. Flaherty, MD

Benjamin Farnia
Class of 2015, Baylor College of Medicine
Assessing predictive factors of intratumoral hemorrhage following stereotactic radiosurgery for metastatic intracerebral tumors
Mentor Paul Brown, MD
Councilor Kristin Angelie Kassaw, MD

Jesse Fitzpatrick
Class of 2015, Duke University School of Medicine
Can MRI inform return-to-play-guidelines in brain injury: An empiric study to identify predictive MRI markers in a mouse model of repeated traumatic brain injury
Mentor Christopher Lascola, MD
Councilor Edward Buckley, MD

Justin Gibson
Class of 2017, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Role of adenosine signaling in protection against secondary brain injury
Mentor Jed Hartings, PhD
Councilor Robert W. Neel, MD

Surbhi Gupta
Class of 2017 Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Hemocompatibility comparison of medical grade polymers incorporated with nitric oxide donors
Mentor Hitesh Handa, PhD
Councilor Gary Ferenchick, MD, MS

Austin Ha
Class of 2016, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Nrf2 and Other Gene Expression Profiles of Responders vs. Non-responders to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Mentor Paul Y. Liu, MD
Councilor Charlotte M. Boney, MD

ByoungJun Han
Class of 2017, New York University School of Medicine
Use of an automated eye tracking system for early detection of hydrocephalus
Mentor Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD
Councilor Linda Tewksbury, MD

Kristen Hart
Class of 2015, Boston University School of Medicine
Defining the Role of Gut Hormones in Feeding Intolerance in Premature Neonates
Mentor Camilia Martin, MD, MS
Councilor David McAneny, MD

Lydia Hartsell
Class of 2015, University of Minnesota Medical School
Pilot study assessing the prevalence of Schistosomiasis haematobium among Tanzanian obstetric fistula patients and potential impact of infection on fistula characteristics and surgical outcome
Mentor Kristin Chrouser, MD, MPH
Councilor Charles Billington, MD

Jason Huang
Class of 2017, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Regulation of PAI-1 by miRNA-17~92 and Its Role in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Mentors J. Usha Raj, MD, and Guofei Zhou, PhD
Councilor Melvin Lopata, MD, and Jessica Ryan Hanks, MD

Anna Huguenard
Class of 2016, Emory University School of Medicine
Deep brain stimulation as a novel treatment following traumatic brain injury: An immunohistochemical analysis for promotion of neurogenesis and neuroplasticity
Mentor Emad Eskandar, MD
Councilor Thomas C. Pearson, MD, DPhil

Peter Ireland
Class of 2017, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Cell-based Screening of Beta-Thujaplicinol Derivatives as Potential Therapies for Herpes simplex Viruses
Mentor Lynda Morrison, PhD
Councilor Dennis O’Connor, MD

Kathleen Jee
Class of 2015, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Examination of Angiopoietin-like 4 in Patients with Diabetic Eye Disease
Mentor Akrit Sodhi, MD, PhD
Councilor Charles W. Flexner, MD

Roger Khouri
Class of 2017, University of Michigan Medical School
Growth Hormone Therapy to Improve Recovery from Chronic Muscle Tears
Mentors Christopher Mendias, PhD, ATC, and Asheesh Bedi, MD
Councilor Cyril M. Grum, MD

Khameer Kidia
Class of 2017, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
System-Level Analysis of Mental Health Services in Zimbabwe
Mentor Craig Katz, MD
Councilor Carrie Ernst, MD

Sushma Kola
Class of 2017, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Regenerating Trabecular Meshwork by Mobilizing Adjacent Stem Cells in ex-vivo Human Eyes
Mentor Nils Loewen, MD, PhD
Councilor Carl R. Fuhrman, MD

Arooshi Kumar
Class of 2017, University of Louisville School of Medicine
Genetic Heritability Estimates of Ischemic Stroke Severity and Post-stroke Outcome
Mentor Natalia Rost, MD, MPH
Councilor Daniel Danzl, MD

Daniel Mascarenhas
Class of 2017, University of Maryland School of Medicine
“Is CT enough?” The Subaxial Cervical Spine Injury Classification (SLIC) System: Can CT alone predict the need for surgical intervention
Mentor David Dreizin, MD
Councilors Donna Parker, MD, and Yvette Rooks, MD

Ari Morgenthau
Class of 2017, New York Medical College
The role of lactoferrin binding protein B during infections with pathogenic Neisseriaceae
Mentors Anthony B. Schryvers, PhD, MD, and Scott Gray-Owen, PhD
Councilor William H. Frishman, MD

Justin Morse
Class of 2015, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Optimizing Decellularized Bone as a Scaffold for Novel Stem Cell Therapies
Mentor John A. van Aalst, MD, MA
Councilor Amelia Drake, MD

Sahar Naseer
Class of 2015, University at Buffalo State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Next-Generational Sequencing in Pemphigus Vulgaris
Mentor Animesh A. Sinha, PhD
Councilor Frank Schimpfhauser, PhD

Matthew Recker
Class of 2017, Drexel University College of Medicine
The role of mTOR in exercise dependent axon regeneration through a peripheral nerve graft following spinal cord injury
Mentor John D. Houle, PhD
Councilor Kathleen Ryan, MD

Russell Reeves
Class of 2017, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Determining Nanoparticle Distribution for Treatment Planning Using SWIFT
Mentor P. Jack Hoopes, DVM, PhD
Councilor Susan Harper, MD

Jessica Regan
Class of 2017, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
The impact of Interleukin-18 (IL-18) blockade on inflammation in a model of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF)
Mentor Antonio Abbate, MD, PhD
Councilor Susan DiGiovanni, MD

Timothy Richmond
Class of 2015, Ohio State University College of Medicine
Role of nucleolin in the development of chemo- and radio-resistance in cancer cells
Mentor Carlo Croce, MD
Councilor Sheryl Pfeil, MD

Sharmistha Rudra
Class of 2015, The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
Role for the Alternatively Spliced BAFF Isoform in Patients Without Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease (cGVHD)
Mentor Stefanie Sarantopoulos, MD, PhD
Councilor Erin Nelson, MD

Cristian Serna-Tamayo
Class of 2015, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Poxviruses as Oncolytic and Immunotherapy for Melanoma
Mentor Liang Deng, MD, PhD
Councilors Clark Lambert MD, FAAP, and Robert A. Schwartz MD, MPH

Sasha Targ
Class of 2017, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
Molecular Mechanism of IL-21 Mediated Regulation of IgE Antibody Responses
Mentor Christopher Allen, PhD
Councilor Lee Atkinson-McEvoy, MD

Siobhan Thomas-Smith
Class of 2015, University of Washington School of Medicine
Electronic Health Assessment for Adolescents Study
Mentor Laura Richardson, MD, MPH
Councilor Douglas S. Paauw, MD

Anthony Trenga
Class of 2017, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Radiographic patterns of congenital bony spinal deformities and their association with neural axis abnormalities on MRI
Mentor Mark Abel, MD
Councilor Mark J. Mendelsohn, MD

Justin Tse
Class of 2015, University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
Tissue Engineering the Vocal Fold: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Mentor Jennifer Long, MD, PhD
Councilor Neil H. Parker, MD

Grant Turner
Class of 2015, University of Nebraska College of Medicine
The role of IFT88 on ciliogenesis of motile respiratory epithelium and the regulation of ciliary motility
Mentor Joseph Sisson, MD
Councilor Jason Shiffermiller, MD

Michal Ursiny
Class of 2015, University of Vermont College of Medicine
Minimizing Cost and Antibiotic Resistance When Treating Uncomplicated E. coli Cystitis
Mentors Turner Ostler, MD, and Brian Eisner, MD
Councilor Gilman Allen, MD

Nikki Vyas
Class of 2015, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
Comparing Whole Slide Digital Images versus Traditional Glass Slides in the Detection of Common Microscopic Features Seen in Dermatitis
Mentor Drazen M. Jukic, MD, PhD
Councilor Patricia J. Emmanuel, MD

Andrew Walls
Class of 2016, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Metabolic Pathway Analysis in Pediatric Patients Diagnosed with PANDAS
Mentor Earl Harley, MD
Councilor Michael Adams, MD

Timothy Wen
Class of 2016, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
“Never Events”: Evaluating the quality and safety of pediatric hydrocephalus shunt procedures on a national level
Mentors William Mack, MD, and Steven Y. Cen, MD
Councilors Paul Holtom, MD

Caroline West
Class of 2016, Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Developing a screening algorithm for type II diabetes in the resource-limited setting of rural Tanzania
Mentor Michael Sweat, PhD
Councilor Christopher G. Pelic, MD

Sherry Yan
Class of 2015, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Changes in EGFR genomic mutational profile in response to concurrent chemoradiation for treatment of locally advanced NSCLC
Mentor Simon Cheng, MD, PhD
Councilor John C.M. Brust, MD

Yang Yu
Class of 2015, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Variable Pathogenicity of Different Propionibacterium acnes Strains
Mentor Jenny Kim, MD, PhD
Councilors Michael L. Berman, MD, and Ranjan Gupta, MD

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Updated on February 1, 2017.