Undergraduate Research Program

URL Profiles

2020-2021

Ari Mendel Asarch

Ari in front of Guggenheim FountainMajor: Neuroscience, Philosophy
Mentor: Paul Phillips, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Pharmacology

Contact: aasarch@uw.edu

Current research project: Characterization of Viral Mutagenesis in Transgenic Rodents

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Brendan Ball

Brendan Ball SmilingMajor: Chemical Engineering : Nanoscience & Molecular Engineering

Mentor: Mike McKenna, Chemical Engineering; Dr. Elizabeth Nance, Chemical Engineering

Contact: bbkazu@uw.edu

Current research project: A Fluorescence-Based Approach for Characterizing Changes in Perineuronal Net Morphology

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Jerry Cao

Jerry Cao SmilingMajor: Computer Science
Mentor: Shwetak Patel, Computer Science; Jennifer Mankoff, Computer Science

Contact: jcao22@uw.edu

Current research project: Wearable Cardiovascular Sensing using Pulse Transit Time

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Ashika Capirala

Major: Earth & Space Sciences

Mentor: Alexis Licht, Earth and Space Sciences

Contact: ashikac@uw.edu

Current research project: Reconstructing Paleoenvironments of Middle Eocene Myanmar using Stable Isotope Data of Paleosols from the Pondaung Formation

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Rahul Chaliparambil

Rahul in a suit for the cameraMajor: Neuroscience
Mentor: Dr. Josh Russell, Pathology; Dr. Matt Kaeberlein, Pathology

Contact: rahulc99@uw.edu

Current research project: Developing models for studying the impacts of Alzheimer’s Disease on EV signaling

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Alina Chandra

Smiling for CameraMajor: Biochemistry
Mentor: Jennifer Rabbitts, Department of Anesthesiology, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Contact: nchand@uw.edu

Current research project: 1) Associations Between Post-Surgical Acute Pain Functionality and Surgical Outcomes in Youth Project Project 2) Prevalence and Predictors of Chronic Pain Following Traumatic Musculoskeletal Injury

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Zoe Chau

Major: Engineering Undeclared
Mentor: James Lai, Bioengineering

Contact: zoechau@uw.edu

Current research project: Profiling of Tissue-Specific Extracellular Vesicles Using Oligonucleotides

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Casey Chen

Major: Chemistry
Mentor: Matthew Bush, Chemistry

Contact: chenxcas@uw.edu

Current research project: Uncovering Substrates of Yeast E3 Ligase Using an Integrative Mass Spectrometry Strategy

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Elizabeth Chen

Major: Biochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Franck Kalume, Neurological Surgery

Contact: egc2@uw.edu

Current research project: Contribution of PV and SST Interneurons to Seizure Phenotype in a Mouse Model of Ndufs4-related Leigh Syndrome

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Chloe Chiu

Major: Chemistry
Mentor: Anne McCoy, Chemistry; Mark Boyer, Chemistry

Contact: cchiu820@uw.edu

Current research project: Investigating the Effects on the Spectrum of Water Molecules

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Antonio Cortez

Antonio smiling in LabMajor: Pre-major (intended Biology)
Mentor: Department of Otolaryngology

Contact: tonypony@uw.edu

Current research project: Examining the Vestibular Synapses in Adult Mice

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Isaiah Cuadras

Isaiah SmilingMajor: Aeronautics & Astronautics

Mentor: Jinkyu Yang, Aeronautics & Astronautics

Contact: iac3@uw.edu

Current research project: Optimizing Millifluidic Devices to Reduce Shear Stresses on Coral Propogates

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Gwen Ellis

Gwen in front of a leafy bushMajor: Biology (General)
Mentor: Dr. Samuel Wasser, Biology

Contact: goellis@uw.edu

Current research project: A Comprehensive Analysis of the American Black Bear Diet through DNA Metabarcoding

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Britney Ellisor

Britney smiling in front of a poleMajor: Biochemistry
Mentor: Joyce Yi-Frazier, Seattle Children’s Research Institute

Contact: bellisor@uw.edu

Current research project: Palliative Care and Resilience Lab – Promoting Resilience in Stress Management

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Devin Eng

Devin Eng smiling in the forestMajor: Bioengineering
Mentor: Masaoki Kawasumi, UWSOM Dermatology

Contact: URP@uw.edu
Current research project: Epigenome Editing of DNA Demethylation and Histone Acetylation to Inhibit Skin Cancer

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Patrick Follis

Patrick standing in front of a treeMajor: Aeronautics & Astronautics
Mentor: NASA Langley Research Center

Contact: pfollis@uw.edu
Current research project: Ultrasonic Cure Monitoring and Defect Detection in Composites

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Rodrigo Gallardo

Rodrigo Gallardo sitting at a fountainMajor: Intended Major: Biology
Mentor: Kraig Abrams, Beverly Torok-Storb, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Contact: rodrig5@uw.edu

Current research project: Effects of Irradiation on NK, NKT and T-cells in NK Expansion Cultures

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Samantha Garcia Perez

Samantha in front of a treeMajor: Intended Public Health-Global Health
Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Dawson-Hahn

Contact: sgarciap@uw.edu

Current research project: Understanding the Parenting Strength, Stress and Law needs of Latinx Families

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Meron Girma

Meron Smiling on the beachMajor: Medical Anthropology and Global Health
Minor: African Studies
Mentor: Rachel Chapman, Anthropology

Contact: mgirma99@uw.edu

Current research project:ተስፋ መቁረጥ (The loss of hope):The Precarity of Hope and Healing in Ethiopia’s Medically Plural Health System

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Kim Ha

Major: Intended Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Mentors: Dr. Michael Bamshad, Department of Pediatrics and Dr. Alejandro Rico-Guevara, Department of Biology

Contact:kimtha@uw.edu

Current research project: Spectrum of Variants in TPM2, TNNT3, and TNNI2 that cause Distal Arthrogryposis

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Vivian Ha

Vivian SmilingMajor: Biology (Physiology)
Mentor: Anthony Grillo PhD, Pathology; Grace Wandell MD MS, Otolaryngology

Contact: havt@uw.edu

Current research project: Hypoxia as a Therapy for Mitochondrial Disease

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Skyler Hallinan

Skyler Smiling

Major: Computer Science, Bioengineering, ACMS
Mentor: Dr. Paul Yager, Bioengineering

Contact: hallisky@uw.edu

Current research project: The Removal of Excess Tryptophan in the Small Intestine via Orally Ingested Hydrogel Microspheres

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Alex Huynh

Alex SmilingMajor: Engineering Undeclared
Mentor: Dr. Ethan Buhr, Ophthalmology

Contact: urp@uw.edu

Current research project: 3D Printed Assistive Pipetting Guides

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Vasan Jagadeesh

Vasan smiling in a suitMajor: Physiology
Mentor: Steve Perlmutter, Physiology and Biophysics

Contact: vasanj@uw.edu

Current research project: Multisite, Activity Dependent Spinal Stimulation to Promote Motor Function after Cervical Spinal Cord Injury

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Raida Karim

Raida Smiling for camera
Major: Computer Science
Mentor: Maya Cakmak, Computer Science & Engineering

Contact: rk1997@uw.edu

Current research project: Effective Measurement And Intervention of Adolescent Stress Levels with A Social Robot Named EMAR (Ecological Momentary Assessment Robot)

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Sarah Kee

Sarah Smiling in front of a gardenMajor: Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology
Mentor: Ellen Schur, UW Medicine

Contact: sk7716@uw.edu

Current research project: Hypothalamic Gliosis and Change in Body Adiposity in Children with Obesity

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Usman Khan

Usman Khan sitting on bench in a suitMajor: Electrical Engineering
Mentor: Josh Smith, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering

Contact:usmank13@uw.edu

Current research project:3D Mapping Wireless Power for Neural Implants

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Gargi Kher

Gargi Kher in front of waterMajor: Biochemistry
Minor: Applied Mathematics
Mentor: Neil King, Biochemistry; Karla-Luise Herpoldt, Biochemistry

Contact: gmk6@uw.edu

Current research project: Optimizing in vitro Assembly of a Self-Assembling Protein Cage for Vaccine Design

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Min Su Kim

Min Su Smiling in front of a brushMajors: Law, Societies, and Justice; Sociology; Accounting
Mentor: Jackson School of International Studies

Contact: minsukim@uw.edu

Current research project: Human Rights and Forensic Anthropology in Latin America

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Alexandra Koriath

Alexandra Koriath Smilng in front of riverMajors: Bioengineering
Mentor: Jennifer Nemhauser, UW Department of Biology

Contact: akoriath@uw.edu

Current research project: The “Super AFB”: Creating an F-box With Super Auxin-Responsive Degradation

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Neha Krishnam

Neha posing for Husky 100 PhotoMajor: Public-Global Health
Mentor: Suchi Chandrasekaran, OBGYN UW medicine / Pamela Collins, UW DGH Global Mental Health

Contact: nehak3@uw.edu

Current research project: Assessing Barriers to Mental Health Resources in the United States for Immigrants

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Jill Kumasaka

Jill smiling on stairsMajor: Biology (Physiology)
Mentor: Jennifer Doherty, Biology

Contact: jkkuma@uw.edu

Current research project: Learning Progressions on the Development of Principle-based Reasoning in Undergraduate Physiology (LeaP UP)

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Nikou Lei

Nikou Smiling in a scarfMajor: Physics: Comprehensive, Mathematics
Mentor: Prof. Samu Taulu, Physics

Contact: leinikou@gmail.com

Current research project: Frequency-dependent Calibration of MEG Signals

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Millicent Li

Millicent SmilingMajor: Computer Science
Mentor: Shwetak Patel, Computer Science; Noah Smith, Computer Science

Contact: limill01@uw.edu

Current research project: Multimodal Monitoring for Silent Speech Recognition; Debiasing Summarizations for Clinical Documents and Notes

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Jenny Liang

Jenny smiling in front of flowersMajor: Computer science, informatics
Mentor: Amy Ko, Informatics

Contact: jliang9@uw.edu

Current research project: Explicit Programming Strategies

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Keong Mu Jason Lim

Jason in of stage with his arms crossedMajor: Neuroscience
Mentor: Matt Kaeberlein & Jason Pitt, Department of Pathology; Cory Kelly, Department of Neurological Surgery

Contact: kml0926@uw.edu

Current research project: Large-Scale Screening of Genes that Affect Hypoxic Rescue of Frataxin Deficiency and ISC biogenesis in Yeast

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Jacqueline McAleer

Jacqueline smiling for the cameraMajor: Neuroscience, Philosophy
Mentor: Ryan Farero, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Contact: mcalejac@uw.edu

Current research project: The Effects of the Kappa Opioid System on Dopamine in Cocaine Addiction in Rats

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Amanda An Nguyen

Amanda Nguyen in front of wired cagesMajor: Physics: Bioengineering
Mentors: Andre Berndt, Department of Bioengineering

Contact: aan5@uw.edu

Current research projects: Optogenetic Modeling of Chloride-Mediated Neurotransmission

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Tai Nguyen

Tai smiling in front of a lakeMajor: B.S. Biochemistry; B.S. Biology (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental)
Mentor: Dr. Ray Monnat and Weiliang Tang; Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Contact: hipwin@uw.edu

Current research project: Fanconi Anemia Head and Neck Cancer Cell Line Resource

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Nathan Novy

Nathan SmilingMajor: Biochemistry
Mentor: Shane Rea (Pathology); David Baker (Biochemistry), Nathan Ennist (Postdoc)

Contact: novyn@uw.edu

Current research project: Development of a Photo-regulatable Longevity Kinase; Rosetta Based Design of Chlorophyll-binding Proteins for Artificial Photosynthesis

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Corinna Oswell

Corinna Smiling during a hikeMajor: Neuroscience
Mentor: Michael Bruchas, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Contact: oswelc@uw.edu

Current research project: Biased Signaling in a Dorsal Raphe to Nucleus Accumbens Circuit that Drives Motivated Behaviors

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Ruby Padgett

Ruby smiling for cameraMajor: Public Health
Mentor: Elaheh Karbassi, Department of Pathology

Contact: padger@uw.edu

Current research project: Investigating the Role of PGC1B in Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocyte Maturation Using a CRISPR Activation System

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Haley Pang

Haley Smiling with a birdMajor: Biology: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental
Mentor: Takuma Uo, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Contact: hjpang@uw.edu

Current research project: Understanding Molecular Logics Behind Adaptive Resistance of Prostate Cancer Cells to Androgen-targeted Therapies

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Shreya Patel

Shreya smiling for the cameraMajor: Biology: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental
Mentor: Dr. Manda Patel PhD (True Binding, Inc.)

Contact: spatel97@uw.edu

Current research project: Anti-galectin3 Antibodies and Cardio-Renal Fibrosis

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Sarah Pemberton

Sara Pemberton Smiling in front of stairsMajor: Biology (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental)
Mentor: Elizabeth Rhea, Medicine

Contact: pembes@uw.edu

Current research project: Regulation of Insulin Endocytosis and Transcytosis at the Blood-Brain Barrier

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Gillian Pereira

Gillian smiling in front of a field Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Kathleen Kieran, Urology

Contact: gpereira@uw.edu

Current research project: A Study on the Effects of Covid-19 on Pharmacies in Washington

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Jolie Phan

Jolie smiling in a caféMajor: Bioengineering
Mentor: Rachel Creighton, Bioengineering

Contact: joliep@uw.edu

Current research project: In situ 3D Nanofiber Patterning Using Composite Materials

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Erik Bruce Philipson

Major: Neuroscience
Mentor: Monica Vavilala ( Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Pediatrics), Nancy Temkin (Neurological Surgery, Biostatistics, Rehabilitation Medicine)

Contact: erikbp@uw.edu

Current research project: Symptoms and Accommodations during Return to Learn Care Plan Utilization after Concussion

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Daniel Piacitelli

Daniel SmilingMajor: Astronomy & Physics: Comprehensive
Mentor: Iryna Butsky

Contact: piacid4@uw.edu

Current research project: Synthetic Spectroscopy and Cosmic Rays

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Marium Raza

Major: Biochemistry; CHID
Mentor: Sharona Gordon, Dept. Physiology & Biophysics; Dr. Dale Langford, Dept. Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

Contact: mraza99@uw.edu

Current research project: Visualizing Protein Conformational Dynamics Using Unnatural Amino Acids and FRET

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Sharmila Roy

Sharmila SmilingMajor: Computer Science
Mentor: Amarda Shehu, Department of Computer Science

Contact: sharm1@uw.edu

Current research project: Systematic Study of Different Design Decisions in Markov Model-based Analysis of Molecular Structure Data

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Micaela Ruiz

Mickey Smiling in front of lakeMajor: Intended Physiology/ Psychology
Mentor: Kendan Jones-Isaac , Department of Pharmaceutics

Contact: mvr25@uw.edu

Current research project: Development of a Urinary Biomarker Assay for Measuring Acute Oxidative Stress

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Annika Sahota

Annika SmilingMajor: Microbiology (B.S.), Biochemistry (B.A.)
Mentor: Pierre Mourad, Neurological Surgery, Engineering and Mathematics at UW Bothell

Contact: asahota@uw.edu

Current research project: Applying Intense Focused Ultrasound to Clear Intraventricular Catheters in the Context of Hydrocephalus in Pediatric Patients

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Deepthi Sathyanarayana

Deepthi Sathyanarayana smiling in front of bricksMajor: Pre-Sciences
Mentor: Dr.Daniel Dürschmied – Department of Cardiology

Contact: deepts@uw.edu

Current research projects: Role of Platelet Serotonin in Metabolic Syndrome

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Bhavica Saxena

Bhavica smiling in front a fieldMajor: Bioengineering
Mentor: Dr. Scott Telfer, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Contact: bhavi12@uw.edu

Current research project: Assessment of Regional Bone Quality for Surgical Planning of Posterior Pelvic Ring Fracture Fixation

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Vicky Shih

Vicky smiling Major: Biochemistry
Mentor: Hu Lab, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica

Contact: shihv@uw.edu

Current research project: Assessment of Biocompatibility for Rigidity of Gelated Cells Enable T Cell Modulation

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Sofia Shirley

Sofia posing for cameraMajor: Biochemistry
Mentor: Michael Bruchas, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Pharmacology, Bioengineering

Contact: sofia98@uw.edu

Current research project: Amygdalar-Striatal Neural Circuits that Encode Action-Outcome Strategies, Ventral Accumbens Shell Cholinergic Interneurons that Enhance Positive Reinforcement

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Nadia Siddiqui

Major: Bioengineering
Mentor: Jennifer Davis, Cardiovascular Bioengineering

Contact: nadiasid@uw.edu
Current research project: Using Genetic Engineering Approaches to Inform Cardiac Wound Healing and the Fibrotic Response

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Irika Sinha

Irika Sinha in a libraryMajor: B.S. Biochemistry (Molecular, Cellular, Developmental), B.S. Biochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Andy McGuire

Contact: irika@uw.edu

Current research project: Engineered CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy Approach for Epstein-Barr Virus-related Cancers

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Katherine Slack

Katherine Slack smiling

Major: Psychology (intended)
Minor: Spanish
Mentor: Tonya Palermo, Psychology PhD; Alina Metje, MD

Contact: kslack12@uw.edu

Current research project: Seattle Children’s Hospital Research, & New Mom’s Connect

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Varun Sridhar

Varun in lab
Major: Microbiology
Mentor: Dr. Ajai Dandekar, Microbiology

Contact: varuns26@uw.edu

Current research project: Anti-activators of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Quorum Sensing

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Pavithra Sundaravaradan

Pavithra in front of a cherry blossomMajor: Microbiology
Mentor: Elia Tait Wojno, Immunology

Contact: pavitsun@uw.edu

Current research project: How the Notch Signaling Pathway Regulates Basophil Gene Regulation and Function in the Helminth-Infected Intestine

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Cristian Swift


Major: Oceanography
Mentor: Gabrielle Rocap – School of Oceanography

Contact: cjswift@uw.edu

Current research project: The Hybrid Cluster Protein’s Role in Low-Light Prochlorococcus Ecotype Located in the Eastern Tropical North Pacific

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Valerie Tsai

Valerie smiling in front of buildingMajor: Neuroscience and MCD Biology
Mentor: Steve Perlmutter, Physiology and Biophysics

Contact: v881@uw.edu

Current research project: Neural Activity and White Matter Remodeling Following Spinal Cord Injury

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Shelley Tsui

Shelly smiling
Major: Visual Communication Design
Mentor: Annie T. Chen, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

Contact: tsuis@uw.edu

Current research project: Virtual Online Communities for Aging Life Experiences (VOCALE)

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Amirah Ullah

Amirah smiling Major: Microbiology
Mentor: Sandra Dross, Microbiology; Deborah Fuller, Microbiology

Contact: ullaha@uw.edu

Current research project: The Impact of aPD-1 on CD8+ T-cell Exhaustion and the Kinetics of Exhaustion in SHIV-Infected Rhesus Macaques Receiving a Novel Combinatorial Immunotherapeutic Regimen

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Jackson Wezeman

Jackson Wezeman looking away from cameraMajor: Biochemistry (BS)
Minor: Global Health
Mentor: Kavita Sharma, Comparative Medicine

Contact: wezemj@uw.edu

Current research project: SLAM

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Harper Zhu

Harper in front of the water smiling Major: Biochemistry and International Studies
Mentor: Anna Neufeld, Department of statistics

Contact: zrj0201@uw.edu

Current research project: Infectious Disease Modeling

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Grace Zou

Grace posing for the cameraMajor: Biochemistry
Mentor: Ahmed Diab, Bruce Clurman, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Contact: gzou@uw.edu

Current research project: Three-Dimensional in vitro models of Wee1 Inhibition in Human Colorectal Cancer Cells

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