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2015 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; Carola Arndt, MD; Robert G. Atnip, MD; Jeremiah Barondess, MD; Robert Beach, MD; Syamal K. Bhattacharya, PhD, CLD; Paul A. Bunn, MD; Tim Byers, MD, MPH; Ken Byrd, MD; Stephen Y. Chan, MD; Preston Church, MD; Harry Clarke, MD; Lynn M. Cleary, MD; Graciela De Jesus, MD; Daniel Foster, MD; Doug Fredrick, MD; Mark George, MD; Boyd Gillespie, MD; Richard F. Gillum, MD, MS; Charles Griffith II, MD, MSPH; Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD; Ranjan Gupta, MD; Eve Higginbotham, MD, SM; Holly Humphrey, MD; Shahram Izadyar, MD; Marc G. Jeschke, MD, PhD, FACS; Burk Jubelt, MD; Thomas Keane, MD; J. Michael Kilby, MD; Jeffrey Klein, MD; David McAneny, MD; Patricia G. McBurney, MD, MSCR; Mark J. Mendelsohn, MD; Lesley Motheral, MD; Douglas S. Paauw, MD; Thoru Pederson, PhD; Suzann Pershing, MD; Sheryl Pfeil, MD; Noah S. Philip, MD; Don W. Powell, MD; Paul B. Pritchard, MD; Steven P. Ringel, MD; Alan G. Robinson, MD; Griffin P. Rodgers, MD, MBA; Shashikumar Salgar, PhD; Richard M. Silver, MD; Wiley Souba, Jr., MD, ScD, MBA; Joseph Stains, PhD; Joseph W. Stubbs, MD, MACP; John Tooker, MD, MBA, MACP; Kenneth L. Tyler, MD; Gabriel T. Virella, MD, PhD; Graham Warren, MD; Alan G. Wasserman, MD; Gerald Weissmann, MD; John A. Zic, MD.

The recipients of the 2015 fellowships are:

Rahul Bhansali
Class of 2018, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Proteomic identification of novel targets of protein kinase DYRK1A in lymphocytes and their potential implications in acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Mentor John Crispino, PhD
Councilors Melvin Lopata, MD; Jessica Ryan Hanks, MD

Candace Borders
Class of 2018, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Effect of Limb Overuse on Repair and Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cell Activity after White Matter Stroke
Mentor S. Thomas Carmichael, MD, PhD
Councilors Ranjan Gupta, MD; Michael L. Berman, MD

Taylor Brooks
Class of 2018, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
NK cell crosstalk with myeloid suppressor cells promotes chronic infection
Mentor Stephen Waggoner, PhD
Councilor Robert G. Luke, MD

Philip Chan
Class of 2016, Tufts University School of Medicine
The relationship between administered oxygen levels and arterial partial oxygen pressure to neurocognition in postoperative mechanically ventilated cardiac surgical patients
Mentor Balachundhar Subramaniam, MD
Councilor Amy L. Lee, MD

Jason Chien
Class of 2017, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Glaucoma Diagnostic Capability of Macular Layer Volume and Thickness Using Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography
Mentor Sung Chul Park, MD
Councilor Alan G. Wasserman, MD

Lee Onn Chieng
Class of 2017 , University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Effect of fibrin matrices-containing growth factor cocktails on FDA approved human fetal neural stem cell engraftment in rat model of penetrating traumatic brain injury (PTBI)
Mentor Ross Bullock, MD, PhD
Councilor Alex J. Mechaber, MD

Noura Choudhury
Class of 2016, University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
Quantitative analysis of T-cell receptor (TCR) diversity as a predictive marker for recurrence risk in muscle-invasive bladder cancer
Mentor Yusuke Nakamura, MD, PhD
Councilor Adam Cifu, MD

Brian Chung
Class of 2018, Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Robot Simulator Skills: Impact of Background Music on Learning Curve of Robot Surgical Skills
Mentor Duane Baldwin, MD
Councilor Danny Wongworawat, MD

Lawrance Chung
Class of 2017, University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
Anti-EMP2 Antibody for the Treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme
Mentors Isaac Yang, MD; Madhuri Wadehra, PhD
Councilor Neil H. Parker, MD

Daphney Clermont
Class of 2018, University of Florida College of Medicine
CRISPR/Cas-medicated modification of MEGF10 produces a novel model for the study of MEGF10 myopathy
Mentor Peter B. Kang, MD
Councilor Heather Harrell, MD

Taylor Conrad
Class of 2016, Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport
Mitochondrial Dysfunction in the Nephrotoxicity of Diglycolic Acid, the Toxic Metabolite of Diethylene Glycol
Mentor Kenneth McMartin, PhD
Councilor Jane Eggerstedt, MD

Michelle Corrado
Class of 2018, Ohio State University College of Medicine
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) transport versus private transport among injured children in the United States
Mentor Huiyun Xiang, MD, MPH, PhD
Councilor Sheryl Pfeil, MD

David Cron
Class of 2018, University of Michigan Medical School
Preoperative opioid use and healthcare utilization in abdominal surgery: a novel target for surgical quality improvement
Mentors Michael J. Englesbe, MD; Chad M. Brummett, MD
Councilor Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH

Prarthana Dalal
Class of 2018, Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine
Characterizing the Role of IQGAP1 in Leukocyte Transmigration
Mentor William A. Muller, MD, PhD
Councilor John P. Flaherty, MD

Jason Davis
Class of 2018, Indiana University School of Medicine
Use of computed tomography (CT) imaging in the assessment of patient nutrition, frailty and risk related to end-stage liver, kidney and intestine failure
Mentor Richard S. Mangus, MD, MS
Councilor Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD

Ramita Dewan
Class of 2018, University of Maryland School of Medicine
High throughput genomic analysis of vestibular schwannomas in neurofibromatosis type 2
Mentor Alexander Pemov, PhD
Councilors Yvette Rooks, MD; Donna Parker, MD; Zaineb Makhzoumi, MD, MPH

Kaitlin Fitzpatrick
Class of 2016, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Effectiveness of semi-rigid Savary dilators vs. balloon dilators during esophageal dilation in the treatment of esophageal dysmotility
Mentor David R. Cave, MD, PhD
Councilor David A. Drachman, MD

Prakriti Gaba
Class of 2017, Mayo Medical School
Novel Percutaneous Epicardial Pacing and Defibrillation
Mentor Samuel Asirvatham, MD
Association Chair Carola Arndt, MD

Courtney Gaberino
Class of 2018, Medical College of Wisconsin
Toward Personalized Nasal Surgery Using Computational Fluid Dynamics
Mentors Guillherme J. M. Garcia, PhD; John S. Rhee, MD, MPH
Councilor Michael Lund, MD

Sarah Guess
Class of 2018, Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Early Identification of Heterotopic Ossification following Extremity Blast Injury with a Biomarker Assay
Mentor Vincent D. Pellegrini, Jr., MD
Councilor Christopher G. Pelic, MD

Trudy Hong
Class of 2017 University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
The role of Six2 in frontonasal dysplasia and median facial clefts
Mentors Scott Lozanoff, PhD; Benjamin Fogelgren, PhD
Councilor Jill Omori, MD

Pierce Janssen
Class of 2018, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
An ultrastructural immunogold examination of cerebral vasculature extracellular matrix proteins in a rat model of blast-induced mild traumatic brain injury
Mentors Gregory Elder, MD; Miguel Gama Sosa, PhD
Councilor Jack Fuhrer, MD

Nona Jiang
Class of 2018, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Systemic cytokines and neurocognitive development
Mentors William A. Petri, Jr., MD, PhD; Charles A. Nelson III, PhD
Councilor Mark J. Mendelsohn, MD

Travis Ladner
Class of 2016, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Using RNA Interference to Prevent Cerebral Vasospasm after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Improving Vessel Relaxation Through Heat Shock Protein 20 Upregulation
Mentor Colleen Brophy, MD
Councilor John A. Zic, MD

Ann Liu
Class of 2016, Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Evaluation of Sexual Dysfunction Following Resection of Intramedullary Spinal Cord Tumors
Mentor Chetan Bettegowda, MD
Councilor K. Patrick Ober, MD

Boshen Liu
Class of 2017, University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Rapid Bone Density Screening of CT Images Using Color Enhanced Detection
Mentor Andrew Smith, MD, PhD
Councilor Omar Abdul-Rahman, MD

Andrew Mamalis
Class of 2016, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine
Red Light Emitting Diode Photomodulation of Skin Fibrosis
Mentor Jared Jagdeo, MD; R. Rivkah Isseroff, MD
Councilor Regina Gandour-Edwards, MD

Justin Markel
Class of 2018, West Virginia University School of Medicine
Trauma induced inflammation: The role of platelets and innate immune signaling
Mentor Matthew D. Neal, MD
Councilor Melanie Fisher, MD, MSc

Emily Martin Scott
Class of 2018, University of Washington School of Medicine
Molecular epidemiology and spatial analysis of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and human metapneumovirus (hMPV) transmission in rural Nepal
Mentor Janet Englund, MD
Councilor Douglas S. Paauw, MD

Ashley Mathew
Class of 2018, Albany Medical College
Forcing HIV’s Hand Against a Novel Antiviral State Established in Sulforaphane-Treated Macrophages
Mentor Carlos M. C. de Noronha, ScD
Councilor Neil Lempert, MD

Amol Mehta
Class of 2018, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
Direct Conversion of Resident Glia to Functional Inhibitory Neurons
Mentor Daniel A. Peterson, PhD
Councilor Michael J. Zdon, MD

Paul Montgomery
Class of 2017, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
Short-Chain Fatty Acids and their effect on the pathogenesis of Ankylosing Spondylitis
Mentor James T. Rosenbaum, MD
Councilor Michele Mass, MD

Tarek Mouhieddine
Class of 2016, American University of Beirut School of Medicine
EBV infected B Lymphocyte Exosomes and Dendritic Cells: Differential Cytokine Profile in Multiple Sclerosis
Mentor Samia J. Khoury, MD
Councilor Ibrahim S. Salti, MD

Victor Ng
Class of 2018, New York University School of Medicine
The epigenetic role of TET2 mutations in myeloid malignancy
Mentor Iannis Aifantis, PhD
Councilor Linda Tewksbury, MD

Shannon Niedermeyer
Class of 2016, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
The Role of M-Related Proteins in New Generation Group A Streptococcal Vaccines
Mentor James B. Dale, MD
Councilor Owen Phillips, MD

Kristina Nikolova
Class of 2018, Drexel University College of Medicine
The Effects of Beta Amyloid Peptide on Glutamate Metabolism during Induced Senescence of Astrocytes
Mentor Claudio Torres, PhD
Councilor Kathleen Ryan, MD

Angela Nolin
Class of 2018, Boston University School of Medicine
Albumin reabsorption in the renal proximal tubule inhibits mitophagy, leading to mitochondrial damage, increased ROS production and tubular cell damage
Mentor Andrea Havasi, MD
Councilor David McAneny, MD

Hardik Parikh
Class of 2016, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Rebuilding an Ablated Trabecular Meshworking Using Stem Cells
Mentors Nils A. Loewen, MD, PhD; Neelakshi Bhagat, MD
Councilor Robert A. Schwartz, MD, MPH

Kevin Qin
Class of 2018, The University of Toledo College of Medicine
Role of Raf kinase inhibitory protein in MCF-7 breast cancer cell proliferation and mitotic progression
Mentor Kam C. Yeung, PhD
Councilor Donna Woodson, MD

Saned Raouf
Class of 2016/17, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Estimating the impact of indoor residual spraying of insecticide using a novel health facility-based malaria surveillance program in Uganda
Mentor Grant Dorsey, MD, PhD
Councilor James Beck, MD

Dioval Remonde
Class of 2017, The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Characterization of Patient-Derived Xenograft Models to Evaluate Clinical and Therapeutic Responses of Glioblastoma Multiforme
Mentor Jann N. Sarkaria, MD
Councilor Danielle S. Walsh, MD

Charles Riccio
Class of 2016, University of Louisville School of Medicine
The Sensitive Breast: Evaluation of Nerve Density to Different Regions of the Breast and Nipple
Mentor Bradon Wilhemi, MD
Councilor Daniel Danzl, MD

Alexandra Rosenberg
Class of 2016, Duke University School of Medicine
Assessing the Therapeutic Potential of Epothilone D and an Apolipoprotein E mimetic peptide in a Murine Model of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Mentors Daniel Laskowitz, MD; Hana Dawson, PhD
Councilor Edward Buckley, MD

Brad St. Martin
Class of 2017, University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Quantifying the relationship of distance to care on clinical outcomes for HIV patients
Mentors Moises Huaman Joo, MD, MSc; Alice Thornton, MD
Councilor Charles Griffith III, MD, MSPH

Ranjodh Singh
Class of 2017, Weill Cornell Medical College
Molecularly-Defined Combinatorial Targeted Therapy in a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Mouse Model Using Convection-Enhanced Delivery
Mentor Mark M. Souweidane, MD
Councilor O. Wayne Isom, MD

Saurabh Sinha
Class of 2016, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Electroencephalographic Studies of Changes in Dorsal Anterior Cingulate Cortex Function in Addiction Treated with Repetitive Transcranial Magentic Stimulation
Mentor Sameer A. Sheth, MD, PhD
Councilor Geza Kiss, MD

Jacqueline Tin
Class of 2017, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
The relationship between cerebrovascular reactivity and cognitive dysfunction in adult patients with sickle cell anemia
Mentors Jason Lazar, MD; Louis Salciccioli, MD
Councilor Douglas R. Lazzaro, MD

Timothy Tiutan
Class of 2016, University of Arizona College of Medicine
Combined Therapy Targeting Anti-Apoptotic BCL2 and MCL1 Proteins In High-Risk Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma
Mentor Jonathan Schatz, MD
Councilor Joseph S. Alpert, MD

Amy Ton
Class of 2018, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
Neuronal regulation of heterotopic ossification in FOP using human iPS cells
Mentor Edward Hsiao, MD, PhD
Councilor Lee Atkinson-McEvoy, MD

Brian Tsui
Class of 2017, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
PSMA Targeted Photodynamic Therapy for Prostate Cancer
Mentor James Basilion, PhD
Councilor James E. Arnold, MD

Adam Verhoef
Class of 2018, University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Molecular Methods for Diagnosing Asymptomatic Leishmaniasis
Mentors Mary Wilson, PhD; Selma Jeronimo, MD, PhD
Councilor Christopher Cooper, MD

Yu Wang
Class of 2016, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Healthcare Utilization and Awareness of Eye Disease by Persons with Diabetes Mellitus in Medicine and Ophthalmology Clinics
Mentor Neil M. Bressler, MD
Councilor Charles W. Flexner, MD

Kaeli Yuen
Class of 2018, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Offline Testing of an Automated Clinical Decision Support (CDS) System for Patients with Multiple Complex Chronic Conditions
Mentor Mary K. Goldstein, MD
Councilor Eric Hsieh, MD

Andrew Zhang
Class of 2018, University of Minnesota Medical School
The Role of Cell to Extracellular Matrix Interactions in a Spatiotemporal 3D Environment for Endothelial Cell Differentiation of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Mentor Jianyi Jay Zhang, MD, PhD
Councilor Charles Billington, MD

Updated on September 21, 2018.