2016 Colloquium

Aaron Thomas

Title: Understanding The Heat Exposure of Sonoran Migrant Field Workers

Mentor: Paloma Beamer, Ph.D., Community Environment & Policy; Associate Professor, Public Health; Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute; Associate Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Abram Cadena

Title: The common underlying role of the JAK/STAT pathway in the development of sarcoidosis and tuberculosis

Mentor: Joe GN "Skip" Garcia, M.D., UA Senior Vice President for Health Sciences;Merlin K. DuVal, MD Endowed Chair for Leadership and Innovation; Professor of Medicine

Amaris Castellano

Title: Effects of Short Wavelength Light Therapy on Sleep Efficiency following a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Mentor: William D. "Scott" Killgore, Ph.D., Psychiatry; Professor, Psychiatry; Professor, Medical Imaging; Professor, Psychology

Brianna Villegas

Title: Validation of MCT4 as a Marker of Metabolic Reprograming in Pancreas Cancer

Mentor: Agnieszka Witkiewicz, MD, Pathology; Professor, Pathology; Director, TACMASR; Professor, Medicine

Brenda Valencia

Title: Bioengineered Vessels for Dialysis: Improving Care through Innovative Technologies

Mentor: Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, M.D., Ph.D., Chief, Division of Nephrology;Professor, Medicine

Carmen Zaldivar

Title: Frailty and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Exacerbation in Hospital and Discharge Outcomes

Mentor: Jane Mohler, RN, MSN, MPH, PhD, Professor, Medicine; Associate Professor, Nursing and Public Health Clinical Professor, Pharmacy Practice-Science; Associate Director, University of Arizona Center on Aging

Daniel Diaz

Title: EmPower Me®: Developing an Interactive Cancer Survivor Support Program

Mentor: Usha Menon, PhD, RN, FAAN, College of Nursing, Professor, Nursing; Associate Dean, Research and Global Advances

Enrique Torres-Hernandez

Title: Analyzing The Relationship Between 14-3-3 Gamma and CDC25C

Mentor: Jesse Martinez, Ph.D., Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Radiation Oncology; Director of Research Education and Facilities, University of Arizona Cancer Center; Chair, Cancer Biology Graduate Interdisciplinary Program; PI T32Ca009213 Cancer Biology Training Grant

Gabriel Levine

Title: Changes in β-Oxidation in Endothelial Cells from Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Mentor: Stephen Black, Ph.D., Professor, Medicine; Professor, Physiology; Director, Lung Vascular Pathobiology Program

Haymee Lucio

Title: Investigation Using RNA-Seq to Analyze the Transcriptional Profile and Gene Expression in a R92L Transgenic Murine Model

Mentor: Jil C. Tardiff, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Medicine; Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine; Vice Chair, Research; Professor, Biomedical Engineering – GIDP; Professor, Physiological Sciences – GIDP

Ismael Miller

Title: Does Bicalutamide Have a Role in the Era of Abiraterone and Enzalutamide in the Management of Castrate-Resistant Prostate Cancer?

Mentor: Anne Cress, Ph.D., Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Radiation Oncology; Deputy Dean for Research and Academic Affairs, College of Medicine

Juliette Friedland

Title: Screening of Monoclonal anti-ORF1 Antibodies for Western Blot

Mentor: Kenneth S. Ramos, M.D., Ph.D., PharmB, Associate Vice President for Precision Health Sciences; Interim Dean of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix; Executive Director, Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine; Professor of Medicine; University of Arizona Health Sciences

Naiby Rodriguez

Title: Expression of Oncogenic Kinase Using Lentiviral Gene Expression System

Mentor: Andrew Kraft, MD, Director of the University of Arizona Cancer Center; Sydney E. Salmon Endowed Chair; Associate Vice President for Oncology Programs for the University of Arizona Health Sciences; Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology; Senior Associate Dean for Translational Research in the College of Medicine

Marco Miramontes

Title: Frailty and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Exacerbation in Hospital and Discharge Outcomes

Mentor: Jane Mohler, RN, MSN, MPH, Ph.D., Professor, Medicine; Associate Professor, Nursing and Public Health Clinical Professor, Pharmacy Practice-Science; Associate Director, University of Arizona Center on Aging

Marcos Moreno

Title: Neurokinin Receptor -1 (NK₁R) antagonists and Substance-P (SP) implicated in neurological reward pathways, and as possible therapy candidates for opioid drug addiction

Mentor: Lawrence Mandarino, Ph.D., Professor, Medicine; Chief, Division of Endocrinology; Director, UAHS Center for Disparities in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism

Marquis Carswell

Title: Creating the Basis for Individualized Epigenetic Drug Treatment Regimens Using Polymorphic Variants of L1.

Mentor: Kenneth S. Ramos, M.D., Ph.D., PharmB, Associate Vice President for Precision Health Sciences; Interim Dean of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix; Executive Director, Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine; Professor of Medicine; University of Arizona Health Sciences

Ryan Bia

Title: Comparing Expression levels of KCNA1 in Healthy and MCT-PAH Rats

Mentor: Professor, Medicine; Professor, Physiology; Chief, Division of Translational and Regenerative Medicine; Associate Vice President for Translational Health Sciences, UA Health Sciences

Samantha Owen

Title: Preclinical Development of Small Molecule Inhibitors Targeting Nox4

Mentor: Louise Hecker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine; Department of Medicine, Pulmonary Division University of Arizona

Walid Raslan

Title: Role of the gut microbiome on cognitive functions

Mentor: Regents' Professor, Psychology and Neurology; Arizona Research Laboratories Division of Neural Systems Memory and Aging; Director, Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute; Associate Director of BIO5 Institute