Congratulations to FOCUS students participating in the 6th Annual NC Biosciences Symposium!

The FOCUS Program is proud to recognize the summer research projects from Focus students and faculty participating in the 6th Annual NC Biosciences Collaborative Symposium held on July 27th

Participating summer research programs included BioCoRE, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Huang Fellowship Program, Summer Neuroscience Program, SROP Scholars, SURPH Scholars, Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Fellows. A full list of FOCUS students, their cluster and participation year, and project titles are found below. Research labs run by FOCUS faculty for these project include the labs of Dr. Beth Sullivan (Genetics and Genomics cluster director), Dr. Nico Hotz (Global Energy cluster director), Dr. Misha Angrist (Science and the Public cluster director), and Dr. Edna Andrews (Cognitive Neuroscience and Law cluster director). 

  1. Kat Hefter (Cognitive Neuroscience and Law, 2016): Developing a Framework for Characterizing Mouse Behavior from Neural Data
  2. Jonah Santiago (Cognitive Neuroscience and Law, 2015): Optimizing Force Generation of Tissue-Engineered Human Myobundles
  3. Tahj Starr (Modeling in the Economic and Social Sciences, 2016): An activator-repressor model for improved temporal precision of transcription during Drosophila gastrulation
  4. Corinne Mayle (Humanitarian Challenges, 2016): Mapping Hospital-Physician Practice Consolidation in North Carolina
  5. Richard Huang (What If?, 2016): Alterations in white matter fractional anisotropy in oder cardiac surgery patients investigated through diffusion MRI
  6. Anna Mathews (Genetics and Genomics, 2015): Analyzing Anxiety Through Ethopharmacological and Physiological Measures
  7. Julie Uchitel (Cognitive Neuroscience and Law, 2015): Evidence of Progressive Developmental Impairment in Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood
  8. Sherry Yang (Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2015): Investigating patient and physician identity framing on medical decision making
  9. Sweta Kafle (Genetics and Genomics, 2017): What Are the Key Characteristics of Transgenerational Environmental Effects of Temperature on Arabidopsis thaliana?
  10. Caitlin Lamb (Genetics and Genomics, 2017): Role of Sec24 O-GlcNAcylation in COPII trafficking
  11. Michael Williams (Genetics and Genomics, 2017): Differential Methylation in Shank1 and Dlg4 in offspring of THC Exposed Rats
  12. Preeti Bhanap (Genetics and Genomics, 2017): Novel Insights into sugar metabolism in the haloarchaeon Haloferax volcanii 
  13. Seva Castleberry (Cognitive Neuroscience and Law, 2017): Does Restoration of Sickle Red Blood Cells increase ATP Export During Hypoxia?
  14. Nimish Garg (Genetics and Genomics, 2017): D17Z1 alpha satellite variation in colorectal and ovarian cancer
  15. Gabriel Goldhagen (Humanitarian Challenges, 2017): Vagus Nerve Segmentation and Computational Modeling
  16. Felicia Guo (Knowledge in the Service of Society, 2017): Lowering Blood Pressure Through Community Outreach at Lincoln Community Health Center
  17. Daniel Kim (Global Health, 2017): Optimizing Helminth Washer to Clean Bacterial Growth
  18. Aneesha Raj (Cognitive Neuroscience and Law, 2017): CHW Integration Improves Outcomes For Patients With Type 2 Diabetes in Durham, NC
  19. Aditya Santoki (Global Health, 2017): How Does Loss of Huntingtin Lead to Striatal Neuron Cell Death?
  20. Daniel Sprague (Cognitive Neuroscience and Law, 2017): The importance of cell-specific analysis for the study of gene expressions in neurodegenerative diseases
  21. Rebecca Torrance (Cognitive Neuroscience and Law, 2017): What is the Relationship between Music, Multilingualism, and Aging?
  22. Eugene Wang (Global Health, 2017): Developing new health technologies for emerging infectious diseases: a pipeline portfolio review and cost model
  23. Jason Zhang (What If?, 2017): Effects of downward counterfactual thinking on emotional factors associated with regretful memories