Facts about the MET-SROP

In Summer 2018, ten participants and affiliates worked with the Molecular & Environmental Toxicology Program’s Summer Research Opportunities. In addition to research in the labs, they participated in learning sessions that covered various forms of scientific communications, presented their data as both papers and proposals, and attended tutorials where they heard from current graduate student and affiliates about they have traversed their scientific journey. A listing of the participants and projects are below:

2018 MET-SROP Participants

Participant Laboratory Project
Tyler Alvarez Hao Chang Role of Frizzled 5, 7, and 8 in cancer metastasis
Enrique Avila Paul Marker Growth Hormone Receptor Expression in Prostate Cancer
Noah Carrillo Sean Ronnekliev-Kelly Circadian Disruption and Pancreatic Inflammation
Krysian Del Valle Nihal Ahmad An emergent role in Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) for the histone deacetylase SIRT6 in melanoma
Osato Eke Nihal Ahmad The role of SIRT6 poly clones in Melanoma cells and the effects of knockdown SIRT6 in Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition markets
Alejandra Gutierrez Cara Westmark Testing Direct Effects of the Ketogenic Diet in Fragile X Mice
Lakeshmi Jackson Christopher Bradfield Optimization of Yeast Model as a biosensor for Detection of AHR ligands
Aundrea Lee Nihal Ahmad The chemopreventative effects of grape powder on uvb induced skin damages
Veronkia Matsuk Robert Lipinski Hedgehog signaling regulation of endothelial cell-pericyte interactions in craniofacial morphogenesis

History of the Program
Since the original T35 NIEHS Training Grant, 113 students have participated in the MET-SROP. Many of the undergraduates who have completed the program have continued to graduate or professional school following completion of their undergraduate degrees. Below is a representation of degrees and number of students who completed or are in-progress with further degrees.

Degree Program Number
22 Overall
11 MET
MS 11
MD 8
PharmD 7
Others (DO, DVM, MBA, OD) 4