Last Blast for NIH’s 2015 Summer Interns

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Every summer, the NIH hosts about 1,100 interns with interests across the biomedical spectrum. After working full-time within labs and clinics of the Intramural Research Program, interns wrap up their summer at NIH by unrolling scientific posters for an end-of-season sharing session about their research.

Participants came from the intramural programs of each NIH Institute and Center, representing the NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP), the AMGEN Foundation, the NIH Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP), and the High School Scientific and Training Enrichment Program (NIH-HISTEP).

These young researchers were interns this summer, but we have no doubt that this fall—and the future beyond—holds great promise for each of them. Learn more about the NIH’s Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) and the NIH Summer Internship Program.

Approximately 912 posters appeared at the 2015 NIH Summer Poster Day.

The day’s event was split into 3 sessions held at the Natcher Conference Center.

Steven Kurapaty (left) of NCATS presented ”Assessing Florescent Sensors for Monitoring Autophagy via Flow Cytometry and High Content Imaging.”

Megan Barefoot (right), an Amgen Scholar at NCI-CCR, presented ”Tumor-derived Factors Induce Hematopoietic Stem Cell (HSC) and Myeloid Cell Expansion to Promote Tumor Metastasis.”

Sonia Bhala (right) a CCSEP alumna at NCI-DCEG, presented ”Meningioma Incidence in the United States: Current and Future Trends.”

Maryam Ghaderi (right) of NIAMS presented ”A Multi-factorial Assessment of Patient Compliance with Mycophenolate Mofetil in a Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Cohort.”

Yasmeen Byrnes of NIH Clinical Center presented ”Study of Mutations and Changes in Expression of Apoptotic Genes in Human Embryonic Stem Cells Exposed to Ionizing Radiation.”

Lauren Banker of NCCIH presented ”The relation between heat pain and pupillary responses in healthy volunteers.”

Arielle Sloan of NIA presented ”Sociodemographic variation in a Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) screening test.”

Amil Agarwal of NIAID presented ”Refolding, purification, and crystallization of Duffy-binding like Region II domains from Plasmodium yoelii erythrocyte binding proteins."

Nadia Abutaleb of NIBIB presented ”Optimizing specificity of Target-Activated Microdissection (TAM) using quantitative analysis of fluorescent nuclear staining and immunohistochemistry.”

Melissa Liu of NIDA presented ”Building Inference in a Day: A Pilot Study on Single Day Sensory Preconditioning.”

Kali Riddell of NIDCD presented ”Speech Disfluency: Salivary DNA Analysis and Diagnostic Assessments for Stuttering.”

Semele Hillary Liu (left), of NIDCR, presented ”Anti-angiogenic Activity of Fibulin-7 in vivo and its Mechanism”. Christine Oh (right), of NIDCR, presented ”The STIM1 regulator SARAF in Ca2+ signaling in vivo.”

Azadeh Erfani, a CCSEP-SOAR intern at NIDDK, presented ”Developing mouse and cell culture models to study the mechanisms of Fragile X repeat expansion."

Sarah Krosnick of NIMHD and Christina Luthers (not pictured) of NICHD presented the joint posters ”Characteristics of traditional and electronic cigarette advertising: A comparative study” and “The selling power of values: A content analysis of human values in pro-tobacco advertising.”

Alexis Franks, a CCSEP-SOAR intern at NINR, presented ”Investigation of Fatigue Behaviors in a Cohort of Healthy Individuals.”

Juan Alonso Cruz (center), Joshua Yu (not pictured), Rhamy Belayachi (not pictured), CIT presented ”Video Analysis for Accurate Locomotor and Behavior Measures for Home-Cage Housed Mice.”

Rachel Weinstein of NHGRI presented ”Identification and characterization of zebrafish runx mutants generated by CRISPR/Cas9.”

Jessica Chen of NHLBI presented ”Genomic editing functionally rescues CD73 deficiency in ACDC."

Kevin Qiao of NICHD presented ”Identification and Characterization of Thyroid Hormone Response Genes Involved in Intestinal Remodeling during Frog Metamorphosis."

Sarita Deshpande of NIAAA presented ”Whole Transcriptome and Methylome Profiling of Prefrontal Cortex in a Rat Model of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders.”

Sanna Madan of NLM (right) presented ”Mutual Exclusivity Analysis of Genomic Alterations Across Multiple Cancer Types.”

Alita Mobley of NIMH presented ”Neural Representation of Computational Processing During Choice in a Passive Avoidance Task.”

Tamia Baker-Johnson of OD (HiSTEP) presented ”My summer experience in the HiSTEP program at NIH.”

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