E&D Online Vol. 17, No.4 Supplement 5


PROCEEDINGS FROM THE FOURTH BIENNIAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HEALTH ISSUES IN THE ARAB AMERICAN COMMUNITY

CHARACTERIZING METHICILLIN RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS (MRSA)
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Student Researcher: Abid Razvi, Winston Churchill High School, Washington, DC;
Mentor: Myrna Stupart, MS, Howard University, Washington, DC
THE PREVALENCE OF TYPE 2 DIABETES IN THE MIAMI-HAITIAN COMMUNITY
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Student Researcher: Adam Rosen, Miami Palmetto Senior High, Miami, Florida
Mentors: Ishmael Sharpe, MBA; Jeff Rosen, MD; Michelle Doddard, MD; Mary Abad, Center for Haitian Studies, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
THE PROGRESSION OF DIABETIC NEPHROPATHY BASED ON THE APPROPRIATE PROCESS MEASURES
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Student Researcher: Darcielle Allen, Detroit School of the Arts, Detroit, Michigan
Mentor: Melanie Hanna-Johnson, MD, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
DIABETIC PATIENTS RECEIVING PERITONEAL DIALYSIS EXPERIENCE REDUCED SYMPTOMS OF GASTROPARESIS WHEN INSULIN IS ADDED TO THE DIALYSATE
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Student Researcher: Beatrice Johnson, Northeastern High School
Mentors: Nancy Easterday, Women’s Services; Suvinay B. Paranjape, Diabetes, Thyroid, and Endocrinology Center; Karl Brandspiegel, Ravi Ramsamooj, Albemarle Nephrology Associates; Elizabeth City, North Carolina
SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION IN WOMEN WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES
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Student Researcher: Bernice Juarez, St. Matthias High School, South Gate, California
Mentors: Cynthia Gonzalez, BA, University of California, Los Angeles, California; Diana Echeverry, MPH, MD, Dulcie Kermah, MPH, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, California
POLY(ADP-RIBOSE) POLYMERASE INHIBITOR COUNTERACTS ALBUMINURIA IN DIABETIC RATS
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Student Researcher: Boriss Losso, Catholic High School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Co-Investigators: Jeho Shin, Viktor R. Drel
Mentor: Irina G. Obrosova, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University System; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
A CASE STUDY: ANALYSIS OF THE MITOCHONDRIAL TRNA-ILE GENE FOR A MUTATION LINKED TO RENAL MAGNESIUM WASTING
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Student Researcher: Brittany M. Brooks, Burke High School, Charleston, South Carolina
Mentors: Adam Sieg, Milos Budisaljevic, MD, Michael G. Janech, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Medicine; Charleston, South Carolina
THE VALIDITY AND RELIABILITY OF THE UIMS PHYSICIAN SATISFACTION SURVEY
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Student Researcher: Brittni Smith, Southfield Lathrup High School, Detroit, Michigan
Mentor: Peter Dews, MD, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN DEPRESSION AND METABOLIC CONTROL AMONG AFRICAN AMERICANS AND LATINO WOMEN WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES
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Student Researcher: Caroline Farodolu, King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, California
Mentors: Cynthia Gonzalez, BA, University of California, Los Angeles; Diana Echeverry, MPH, MD, Dulcie Kermah, MPH, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; Los Angeles, California
HEALTH ASSURANCE AT MEXICAN RESTAURANTS IN THE CITY OF LAREDO
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Student Researchers: Sandra Prado, Tulio Alvarado, Cesar Cardenas, Martin High School and Dr. Dennis D. Canta Health Science Magnet, Laredo, Texas
Mentors: Nora C. Guerra, MPH, Hector Gonzalez, MPH, MD, Jose Antu, MD, City of Laredo Health Department, Laredo, Texas
INFLUENCES OF RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION ON PERCEPTIONS TOWARD HIV/AIDS
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Student Researcher: HoaVan (Peter) Le, Highline High School; Damarise Navarro, Shaunita Felder, Wapato High School; Seattle, Washington
Mentor: Marcel Curlin, MD, University of Washington, Department of Medicine; Seattle, Washington
DETECTING AND MANAGING METABOLIC SYNDROME: PRELIMINARY RESULTS
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Student Researcher: Alexandra De la Rosa, Elgin High School, Elgin, Illinois;
Mentors: Leon Fogelfeld, MD; Judith Kolish, RD, LDN, CDE; Roshani Sanghani, MD; Irv Pikelny, RHIA; John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois
RESPONSES OF NEWBORNS TO TLR LIGANDS
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Student Researcher: Donovan Dean-Dewberry, Federal Way High School; Seattle, Washington
Mentor: Christopher Wilson, MD, Department of Immunology, University of Washington School of Medicine; Seattle, Washington
THE EFFECT OF STRONG IONS WHEN ADDED TO WHOLE BLOOD OR ISOLATED PLASMA
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Student Researcher: Don Young Chon, East Anchorage High School; Anchorage, Alaska
Mentor: Robert Furilla, MD, University of Alaska Anchorage; Anchorage, Alaska
DO RATS THAT FREQUENTLY DRINK ALCOHOL DEPOSIT
FATS IN A WAY
THATINCREASES THEIR RISK OF TYPE 2 DIABETES?
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Student Researcher: Fung-Fung Lim, Bartlett High School; Anchorage, Alaska;
Mentor: Ian Gerard van Tets, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alaska Anchorage; Anchorage, Alaska
DETERMINANTS OF LONG-TERM FACILITATION IN HUMANS DURING WAKEFULNESS AND AFTER REPEATED EPISODIC HYPOXIA
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Student Researchers: Monique Gaines,Mumford High School; LaShawnda Gayden, L’anse Cruese High School – North; Detroit, Michigan
Mentor: M. Safwan Badr, MD; John D. Dingell, VA Medical Center and Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Wayne State University; Detroit, Michigan
ICX-550 INDUCES PROGRAMMED CELL DEATH IN MALIGNANT CELLS
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Student Researcher: Tyler Pearson, George Washington Carver High School; Birmingham, Alabama
Mentor: Tino Unlap, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Birmingham, Alabama
GENERATION OF A CDNA LIBRARY FOR A HIGH-COPY SUPPRESSOR SCREEN TO IDENTIFY GENES THAT CODE FOR PROTEINS THAT INTERACT WITH HISTONE H2A DURING DNA REPAIR
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Student Researcher: Rhondel Venner, NIH/NIDDK/Drew High School Research Program, Anchorage, Alaska
Mentors: David Robinson; Jocelyn E. Krebs; Anchorage, Alaska
VARIANTS OF PCSK9 ARE ASSOCIATED WITH TRIGLYCERIDE LEVELS IN THE OLD ORDER AMISH
Student Researcher: Samone Able, Ocean Lake High School; Virginia Beach, Virginia
Mentor: Alan Shuldiner, MD, University of Maryland, School of Medicine; Baltimore, Maryland
BIOLOGICAL MARKERS IN CHILDREN WITH IRON DEFICIENCY
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Student Researcher: Sana Dastgheyb, McLean High School; McLean, Virginia
Mentors: Victor Gordeuk, MD, Center for Sickle Cell Disease, Howard University, Washington DC; Ishmael Kasvosve, PhD, University of Zimbabwe; Harare, Zimbabwe
BLOOD PRESSURE, VASOMOTOR SYMPTOMS, AND EMOTIONAL STRESS IN MULTIETHNIC MENOPAUSAL WOMEN
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Student Researcher: Stacey Torigoe, Waiakea High School; Hilo, Hawaii
Mentor: Daniel Brown, PhD, University of Hawaii at Hilo; Hilo, Hawaii
DETERMINING THE PATTERN OF CEMENTUM ANNULI AND RELATIONSHIP TO REPRODUCTION IN MALE SEA OTTERS
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Student Researcher: Josh Proper, Wasilla High School; Anchorage, Alaska
Mentors: Vanessa R. von Biela; Jennifer M. Burns, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alaska Anchorage; Anchorage, Alaska
ACID-BUFFERING CAPACITY AND MYOGLOBIN CONTENT IN HOODED AND HARP SEALS
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Student Researcher: Juan Aparicio, South Anchorage High School; Anchorage, AK
Mentors: Keri Lestyk; Jennifer Burns, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alaska; Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska
CHIMERIC TRANSDUCERS TO MIMIC OXYGEN SENSING IN BACTERIA
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Student Researcher: Korena Burgio, Seabury Hall High School
Mentor: Maqsudul Alam, PhD, Department of Microbiology, University of Hawaii; Honolulu, Hawaii
EDUCATING FAMILIES ABOUT CHOLESTEROL TO PREVENT HEART DISEASE
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Student Researcher: Lauren Ashley Lamb, Detroit Country Day High School; Detroit, Michigan
Mentor: Eric Ayers, MD, University Health Center; Detroit, Michigan
MONITORING REGULATORY T-CELL ACTIVITY WITH THE FOXP3 GENE
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Student Researcher: Luana Ramcharran, Design and Architecture Senior High, Miami, Florida
Mentors: Patrick A. J. Haslett, MD, Rockefeller University, New York, New York and University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida; Jason Worley, Niraj Shrestha, Maria Pallin, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida; and Ishmael Sharpe, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida and the University of Miami Tissue Bank, Miami, Florida
SEASONAL CHANGES IN THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS AND BODY CONDITION OF NORTHERN REDBACKED VOLES (CLETHRIONOMYS RUTILUS)
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Student Researcher: Lorena A. I. Nay, Kotzebue High School
Mentors: Kalb T. Stevenson, Ian Gerard van Tets, Department of Biological Science, University of Alaska; Anchorage, Alaska
INVESTIGATION OF MINORITIES’ AWARENESS AND PERCEPTIONS OF BREAST SELF EXAMINATION
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Student Researcher: Lauren Wilson, Academy of Business and Technology, Detroit, Michigan;
Mentor: Eric Ayers, MD, University Health Center, Detroit, Michigan
ENHANCED MYOGENESIS IN ADULT MUSCLE BY TRANSGENIC EXPRESSION OF MYOSTATIN PROPEPTIDE
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Student Researcher: Jing Eileena Li, Saint Francis High School, Honolulu, Hawaii;
Mentors: Baoping Zhao, MS; Jinzeng Yang, PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
COMMENTARY: A MODEL FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH
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Student Researcher: Emmanuel Bamfo, Greenhills School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Mentor: Kenneth Jamerson, MD, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
ABSTRACTS: 2006 SUMMER HIGH SCHOOL Student SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DIABETES AND DIGESTIVE, AND KIDNEY DISEASES AND THE CHARLES R. DREW UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND SCIENCE
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REGULAR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REDUCES CHRONIC ALCOHOL-INDUCED HEPATIC INJURY
IN RATS
Student Researcher: Abraham Torres, Padre Anibal Reyes School
Mentor: Kazim Husain, PhD, Department of Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ponce School of Medicine; Ponce,
Puerto Rico
IMPACT OF CARPAL TUNNEL RELEASE (CTR) ON DIABETICS VS NON-DIABETICS
Student Researcher: Alex Hurst, Catholic High School of Baton Rouge
Mentors: Darryl Wayne Peterson, MD, Louisiana Orthopedic and Spine Institute; and Charles J. Monlezun, Department of
Experimental Statistics, Louisiana Orthopedic, Spine Institute; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
TESTOSTERONE EFFECTS IN STIMULATING CARDIOMYOCYTE TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR EXPRESSION IN MURINE EMBRYONIC STEM CELL DIFFERENTIATIONStudent Researcher: Armando Priego, Bellflower High School
Mentor: Wayne E Taylor, PhD, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, California
AN ANALYSIS OF HEART TISSUE FOR MRNA LEVELS FOR SELENOPROTEIN FAMILY MEMBERS Student Researcher: Camille Mishe, Suguitan High School
Mentor: Peter Hoffmann, PhD, University of Hawaii; Honolulu, Hawaii
PREDICTORS AND OUTCOMES OF ABNORMAL PULMONARY TESTS IN SUBJECTS AWAITING
LIVER TRANSPLANTATION
Student Researcher: Cara Magnabosco, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School
Mentors: Sofyan Radaideh, MD, Suthat Liangpunsakul, MD MPH, Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana 
RETENTION OF DIABETES EDUCATION AMONG DIABETES CLINIC PATIENTS AND RELATION WITH DIABETES CONTROL IN TERMS OF HBA1C, BLOOD PRESSURE AND CHOLESTEROL
Student Researcher: CarlyD Johnson, Thornwood High School
Mentor: Leon Fogelfeld, MD, Rush University Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois 
CHARACTERIZATION OF BLOOD DERIVED STEM CELLS

Student Researcher: Michael Chapman, Brooklyn Technical High School
Mentor: Martin Bluth, PhD, MD, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
END OF MUCOIDY: THE ROLE OF RpoN IN PROMOTING ALGINATE PRODUCTION IN PSEUDOMONAS AERUGINOSA
Student Researcher: Christine Z Yu, Huntington High School
Mentor: Susan H Jackman, PhD, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Huntington, West Virginia
MECHANISMS OF AEROALLERGEN SENSITIZATION IN MICE WITH EOSINOPHILIC ESOPHAGITISStudent Researcher: Debbie Chen, Stuyvesant High School
Mentor: Mirna Chehade, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York
XPD POLYMORPHISMS AND NON-MELANOMA SKIN CANCER RISK IN THE PUERTO RICAN POPULATIONStudent Researchers: Anayris Cruz, Deborah Vaźquez, Thomas Armstrong Toro and Ponce High School
Mentors: EduB Suarez, PhD, Jaime L Matta, PhD, Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, Puerto Rico
SELENIOUS ACID ENHANCES MULTIDRUG RESISTANCE [MDR1] MRNA EXPRESSION IN PROSTATE CANCERStudent Researchers: Erica Terrell, King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science
Mentors: Zujian Chen, PhD, Jaydutt Vadgama, PhD, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, California
IDENTIFICATION OF RESET-FACILITATING BINDING COMPLEX OF THE IRS-1 PROTEIN IN RAT HEPATOMA CELLSStudent Researcher: Eric Emilio Butter, Seton Catholic Central High School
Mentors: Michael Greene, PhD, Sudipta Chatterjee, PhD, Bassett Research Institute (MG), New York, New York and SUNY Binghamton, New York, New York
MYOSTATIN EFFECT ON C2C12 MYOBLAST DIFFERENTIATION
Student Researcher: Galo Orquera, Gardena High School
Mentor: Suzanne Porszasz-Reisz, PhD, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, California
EFFECTS OF DIABETIC NEUROPATHY ON SYNAPTIC SUMMATIONStudent Researcher: Ismail Lakhani, John Foster Dulles High School
Mentors: Bradley Losavio; Peter Saggau, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
DEPRESSION, HEALTH BELIEFS, AND LOCUS OF CONTROL: RELATIONSHIPS TO GLYCEMIC CONTROL IN HISPANICS AND AFRICAN AMERICANS WITH TYPE 2 DIABETESStudent Researcher: Jennifer Gutierrez, King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science
Mentors: Diana Echeverry, MD, MPH, Cynthia Gonzalez, BA, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
EXPRESSION OF VANILLOID RECEPTORS (TRPV1) IN VISCERAL DORSAL ROOT GANGLIA (DRG)
NEURONS FROM RATS
Student Researcher: Jonathan Black, King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science
Mentor: Victor Chaban, PhD, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, California
THE ROLE OF CAVEOLIN-1 IN THE ALLERGY-INDUCED CHANGES IN EXTRACELLULAR MATRIX
Student Researcher: Maati K Ka’awa, Kaunakakai, Hawaii
Mentor: Claude Jourdan Le Saux, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
INVESTIGATION OF TEA-DERIVED NUTRIENTS ON CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASEStudent Researcher: Tiffany Lastimosa, James Campbell High School
Mentors: Joan Kuh, PhD, and Andre Theriault, PhD, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
COMPARATIVE GENOMICS OF GROUP A STREPTOCOCCUS ISOLATED FROM HAWAIIAN PATIENT
Student Researcher: Leon Hou, Iolani School
Mentors: Guliz Erdem, MD, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii; Maqsudul Alam, PhD, Department of Microbiology, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
NICOTINE INDUCES PROLIFERATION IN HUMAN MESANGIAL CELLS: A NOVEL LINK BETWEEN CIGARETTE SMOKING AND RENAL DISEASE
Student Researcher: Libertad Figuereo, School for Advanced Studies
Mentor: Edgar Jaimes, MD, Veteran Affairs Hospital Department of Nephrology Miami, Florida
NIH Project Mentor: Ishmael Sharpe, III, MBA; University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
Student Researcher: Libertad Figuereo, School for Advanced Studies
Mentor: Edgar Jaimes, MD, Veteran Affairs Hospital Department of Nephrology Miami, Florida
NIH Project Mentor: Ishmael Sharpe, III, MBA; University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
CHANGES IN GFAP IMMUNOREACTIVITY FOLLOWING IMMUNOLOGIC LESIONS IN THE RAT BRAINStudent Researcher: Lizeth Martinez, King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science
Mentor: Sonsoles de Lacalle, MD, PhD, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, California
DIABETES-INDUCED DYSREGULATION OF ENDOTHELIAL PROTEINS IN A TYPE I MURINE MODELStudent Researcher: Westley S Mori, Le Jardin Academy;
Mentors: J Gregory Maresh, PhD, Ralph V Shohet, MD, University of Hawaii John A. Burns Medical School, Honolulu, Hawaii
THE CLEAR PLAQUE GENES OF THE BACTERIAL VIRUS, EPSILON-34 (E34)
Student Researcher: Natalied B Rivera, Thomas Armstrong Toro High School
Mentor: Robert Villafan˜e, PhD, Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, Puerto Rico
IDENTIFICATION OF GENES THAT REGULATE LIPID METABOLISM AND LONGEVITY EXTENSION BY DIETARY RESTRICTION
Student Researcher: Beverly Patuwo, Michael E. Debakey High School for Health Professions
Mentor: Scott Pletcher, PhD, Huffington Center on Aging, Interdepartmental Program in Cell and Molecular Biology, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
SYNTAXIN 6 INHIBITS EPITHELIAL CA2+ CHANNELS TRPV5 AND TRPV6Student Researcher: Peilong Cong, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Mentor: Ji-Bin Peng, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
THE EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT AND FLAVONOIDSON HYPERTENSION IN SHR RATS
Student Researcher: Raphael A Malbrue, Catholic High School
Mentor: Egeenee Daniels, DVM, University of North Texas Health and Science Center- Laboratory Animal Department, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; CT Rabi, DVM, MS, Plank Road Animal Hospital, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
UMBILICAL CORD BLOOD (HUCB) CELLS: THERAPEUTIC PROMISE IN ISCHEMIC VICTIMSStudent Researcher: Justus Roberts II, Paul R. Wharton High School
Mentors: Alison Willing, Paul Sanberg, Jennifer Newcomb, College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
CLEAVAGE OF THE WEST NILE VIRUS NONSTRUCTURAL 4B PROTEIN PLAYS A ROLE IN MEMBRANOUS WEB FORMATION IN HUMAN KIDNEY EPITHELIAL CELLS
Student Researcher: Angelica Rockquemore, NIH/NIDDK/Drew Summer High School Program 2006
Mentors: Vivek R Nerurkar, PhD, Pakieli H Kaufusi, PhD, Retrovirology Research Laboratory, Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology, and Pharmacology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
THE ROLE OF BMP IN THE MOUSE INCISORS’ STEM CELLS
Student Researcher: Shareez Sher Ali, Clements High School
Mentors: Margarita Bonilla-Castillo, James F. Martin, MD, PhD, Texas A&M University Institute of Bioscience and Technology, Houston, Texas
OVEREXPRESSION OF HEME OXYGENASE-1 PROTECTS AGAINST SIMVASTATIN INDUCED MUSCLE TOXICITY
Student Researcher: Vanisha R Yarbrough, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Mentors: Marcienne M Wright, Anupam Agarwal, MD, Department of Medicine, Nephrology Research and Training Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
ESTROGEN EXPRESSION IN THE MEDIAL AMYGDALA
Student Researcher: Yesenia Chavez, King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science
Mentor: Samantha S Gizerian, PhD, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, California





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