2015 iSEED Research Presentations

Each year we conclude the summer research program with a poster session and an oral presentation symposium, during which all students present their research and share their findings. The iSEED Research Day is open to the entire UB community.

One student will represent the iSEED at the Buffalo Summer Research Day on July 31, 2015 at the Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center.

iSEED Summer Research Presentation

Tuesday, July 28, 2015                                                                           

Poster Session:  11:00am - 12:00pm, Location: BEB Atrium   

Oral Presentation Symposium:  1:00pm - 4:00pm, Location: 144 Farber


Brett Blizzard

University of Buffalo - SUNY Network of Excellence

"Fabrication and Transfer of Large Area Monolayer MoS2"

Mentor:  Dr. Hao Zeng, Dept. of Physics, CAS            


B. Erika Luis Sanchez

California State University San Marcos

"Social Play in Vasopression-Deficient Brattleboro Rats"

Mentor:  Dr. Matthew Paul, Dept. of Psychology, CAS


Elizabeth Penner

University of Texas at El Paso

"Function Divergence of Orc4 and Rif2 in Yeast Model Kluyveromyces lactis"

Mentor:  Dr. Laura Rusche, Dept. of Biological Sciences, CAS


Christine Breindel

Case Western Reserve University

"Screening for Candida albicans Genes Involved in Cellular Adhesion and Virulence"

Mentor:  Dr. Mira Edgerton, Dept. of Oral Biology, SDM


Janet Park

New York University

"Understanding the Relationship Betwen Rab 5 GTPase and Protein Sorting Nexin 8 in Phagocytosis"

Mentor:  Dr. Jason Kay, Dept. of Oral Biology, SDM


Stacie Arechavala

University of Miami

"Surface Optimization of 3D Printed Vascular Phantoms for Parametric Imaging Software Validation"

Mentor:  Dr. Ciprian Ionita, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, SEAS


Gabriel Kelly

Allegheny College

"Air Sense: A Portable Ambient Monitoring Device with Android"

Mentor:  Dr. Wenyao Xu, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, SEAS


Karla Boeta-Lopez

University of Texas at Brownsville

"The Role of Calcium in CaMKK2 mediated Akt activation"

Mentor:  Dr. Arthur Edelman, Dept. of Pharmacology and Toxicology, SMBS

2:20-2:30pm Break

Christina Moore

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

"Cognitive Behavior Theraphy for Insomnia in Lung Cancer"

Mentors:  Dr. Grace Dean and Dr. Suzanne Dickerson, School of Nursing


Natalie Weimer

Illinois Wesleyan University

"Exploring Factors Associated with Harmful Behaviors in the Transgender Community"

Mentor:  Dr. Adrian Juarez, School of Nursing


Benita Okeke

Miami Dade College

"Effects of Drug Loading on Antibody Pharmacokinetics"

Mentor:  Dr. Dhaval Shah, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, SPPS


Yaritza Velez Burgos

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

"Nanocages as a Novel Scaffold for Peptide Display"

Mentor:  Dr. Juliane Nguyen, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, SPPS


Kaleish Ambris

Brooklyn College - MARC Program

"Improvement in Markers of Lipid Metabolism in Skeletal Muscle from Offspring of Dietary-induced Obese Dams that underwent Treadmill Exercise Training"

Mentor: Dr. David Williamson, Dept. of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, SPHHP


Jacob Khuri

University of Redlands

"Association Between Parental and Child Obesity-Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis"

Mentors:  Dr. Youfa Wang and Dr. Jungwon Min, Dept. of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, SPHHP


Rashaun Williams

Brooklyn College

"Effect of Hydration on Food Intake in Adults"

Mentor:  Dr. Jennifer Temple, Dept. of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, SPHHP