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Summer STUDENT alumni presenting elsewhere

Troy Coaston
CHORI Summer Intern: 2019

Mentor: Carter Lebares, MD
Conference: 15th Annual Academic Surgical Congress
Location: Orlando, FL
Dates: February 4-6, 2020
Oral Presentation
Abstract Title: Randomized Trial of Mindfulness-Based Training on Well-being and Performance in Surgical Residents 

My experience at the 15th Annual Academic Surgical Congress was extraordinary. While I’ve been involved with research for years in college, Dr. Carter Lebares, the mentor I was paired with during the CHORI Summer Student Research program, was the first mentor I’ve had that has really pushed me to present my data, as such, this was my first experience presenting at a conference.

Other than the CHORI symposium, I had never presented my data to an audience before, this fact, coupled with my status as one of the only undergraduates at the conference, made presenting a nerve-racking experience. When I first got up to the podium, I could barely speak, I fumbled through my introductory slide and feared what would come next. Then a blessing in disguise occurred, technical difficulties with my presentation. I got to return to my seat while the tech support staff sorted out the issue. While I was sitting down, Dr. Lebares reminded me to take a deep breath and remember all the hours I spent practicing. My mind wandered to my experience presenting at the CHORI symposium and I felt ready to try again when they called my name to present once more. This time, I felt ready, and when I started, the words came to me easily and the presentation flew by. The review card I received at the end of the session featured high marks of praise, my second attempt passed with flying colors.

 The rest of the conference was informative. I learned about everything from how surgical robots work to gun control laws in other countries. I met a variety of surgeons and learned a great deal about the profession. It seemed like everywhere I turned there was something new to see and more things to learn.

My time at the Academic Surgical Conference helped me to grow as a presenter and as an academic.  I expanded my comfort-zone by presenting in front of an audience of doctors and surgeons and learned about how to explain information clearly to a large group.  I also was able to meet new people and learn about a broad range of topics. My time at the conference will be a part of me forever as a rewarding and enriching experience. Thank you to the CHORI program and to Dr. Lebares for giving me this opportunity.

Tajii Thomas
CHORI Summer Intern: 2019


Mentor: Carter Lebares, MD
Conference: 15th Annual Academic Surgical Congress
Location: Orlando, FL
Dates: February 4-6, 2020
Abstract Title: Well-being Programs Work: A Comparison of 2016 and 2019 Survey Data from Surgical Trainees. 
Poster Presentation

I hope this email finds you well. I returned on Friday from my trip to Orlando to present at the annual Academical Surgical Congress. I greatly enjoyed my time there and I am so grateful to CHORI for making this opportunity possible.  

I had no idea when I reapplied for the program this summer that I would be able to present my research at a national conference in a room full of surgeons just a few months later. Not only did CHORI match me with an amazing mentor, I also felt so much support from the SSRP staff which served as motivation for me to put my best foot forward. 

The conference was amazing and I had the chance to listen to so many dynamic speakers from various backgrounds. Although I was nervous leading up to my presentation, I felt honored to present my research among practicing surgeons, surgery residents, and medical students. I was the only undergraduate presenter in my Quickshot Presentation session. While this placed a lot of pressure on me to do well, it also gave me great pride upon completing my talk successfully. I am so appreciative of Dr. Lebares for dedicating so much time and effort to helping me prepare. I look forward to continuing to do research with her in the future.

Tanya Tannous
CHORI Summer Intern: 2019


Mentors: Shelly Shih, MS & Henry Erlich, PhD
Conference name: 134th California Association of Criminalists (CAC) Seminar
Abstract Title: Testing of a Probe Capture Next Generation Sequencing Assay for Analysis of Nuclear SNPs and STRs
Poster Presentation

Attending the 134th Annual California Association of Criminalists 2019 Seminar was an invaluable experience! Having been the only undergraduate student at the poster session, I was humbled to be able to meet and speak with criminalists and professionals in the field that interests me most. I presented the research I completed on Next-Generation Sequencing Probe Capture Assays, and received feedback from professionals conducting work that I aspire to complete in the future. Although it was my first poster session, I left the symposium feeling inspired to continue in my pursuit of higher education and ultimate career in the forensic science field. I am immensely grateful to the Calloway Lab and the CHORI Summer Student Research Program for their teaching and support, and ultimately allowing me to pursue my goals.

Eric Garcia
CHORI SSRP Intern: 2016 & 2018


Mentors: Ward Hagar, MD & Mercedes Paredes, MD PhD
Conference: Society for the Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Diversity in STEM Conference
Location: Honolulu, HI
Dates: October 31 to November 2, 2019

Description of program: The largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country. 2019 SACNAS is a 3-day conference which serves to equip, empower, and energize participants for their academic and professional paths in STEM. Over the course of the three days, college-level through professional attendees are immersed in cutting-edge scientific research and professional development sessions, motivational keynote speakers, a Graduate School & Career Expo Hall, multicultural celebrations, and an inclusive and welcoming community of peers, mentors, and role models. At 2019 SACNAS, you can shape your own STEM story inspired by your ancestors, mentors, and peers –nourished by diversity and fueled by passion for discovery.

Reflection: Attending the SACNAS conference was an incredible experience - the opportunity to network with dozens of biotechnology companies and top graduate programs was invaluable. I’m currently in contact with several potential employers and summer internship programs, and have never so confident in my decision to attend graduate school. SACNAS made me particularly grateful for CHORI, through which I was able to complete two summers of clinical hematology and basic neuroscience research, and mentor high school SSRP students as well. Without CHORI, I would not have been nearly as inspired to pursue science research, and I really can’t emphasize how much this program has helped support me throughout my education.

 

Bonny Alvarenga
CHORI SSRP Intern: 2018


Mentor: David Killilea, PhD
Conference: Society for the Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Diversity in STEM Conference
Location: Honolulu, HI
Dates: October 31 to November 2, 2019

Description of program: The largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country. 2019 SACNAS is a 3-day conference which serves to equip, empower, and energize participants for their academic and professional paths in STEM. Over the course of the three days, college-level through professional attendees are immersed in cutting-edge scientific research and professional development sessions, motivational keynote speakers, a Graduate School & Career Expo Hall, multicultural celebrations, and an inclusive and welcoming community of peers, mentors, and role models. At 2019 SACNAS, you can shape your own STEM story inspired by your ancestors, mentors, and peers –nourished by diversity and fueled by passion for discovery.
Bonny’s Reflection: Attending the SACNAS Diversity in STEM conference was an invaluable and extremely validating experience. I was able to present my research to professionals in the nutrition sector and I was encouraged to pursue PhD and MD/PhD programs. It was very empowering to hear professionals from diverse backgrounds share their journeys in research and to experience the blend of culture and research. Additionally, it was very helpful to talk to graduate school representatives and graduate students about the opportunities available at their institutions and the application process.  I am very thankful to CHORI for helping fund this opportunity and I hope to attend this conference in the future as a graduate student.

 

Lilian Hernandez
CHORI SSRP Intern 2018 & 2019
Mentor: Ron Krauss, MD & Mam Bdoge, PhD
Conference: The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
Location: Anaheim, CA
Dates: November 13-15, 2019
Abstract Title: Characterizing Stem cell marker properties in non-malignant and malignant breast cancer cells under 3 dimensional conditions

ABRCMS is one of the largest conferences for underrepresented minorities in STEM, as a first generation Latina scientist attending this meeting was a very exciting and motivational experience. I had the opportunity to network with a lot of students and scientists, it was very inspiring to talk to them and hear about their career goals and plans not only in the research field but also in the medical field. I presented my work on validating stem cell marker properties in non-malignant and malignant breast cancer cells under three-dimensional conditions. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to attend sessions on stem cell and cancer biology research which allowed me to further confirm my interest in cancer biology research.

I am very excited to continue my journey in research and work towards becoming a
physician-scientist in the future to further research to help patients.
I am very grateful to CHORI and my mentor Dr. Mam Mboge for their ongoing support in
helping me to attend this meeting and in my future endeavors in research and medicine.

 

Meghan Foe
Class of 2017
Foe M, Treadwell MJ, Yamashita R, Lal A.


Factors related to iron chelation therapy adherence in young adults with thalassemia: a framework from the patient perspective. American Society of Hematology, December, 2017. Atlanta, GA.
This December, I presented a poster about my summer research at the annual American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta, GA. Due to the unusual weather conditions, I was unfortunately only able to attend the conference on the afternoon of my poster presentation, but even that was an eye-opening experience. This was my first time presenting research on a platform of this scale, and I learned a lot about how to communicate my findings to individuals from a wide range of avenues within the field of hematology. Furthermore, I was fortunate to be able to speak with researchers whose projects and interests aligned with my own, and to learn about different perspectives and approaches to exploring the same topic. From these conversations, I was able to think about how my own research project and interests could further develop in the future. Altogether, presenting at ASH was a wonderful experience, and I am so grateful to CHORI and to my mentors at BCHO for the opportunity to do so!

Jia Yu
Class of 2017


Attending and presenting at ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students) 2017 was truly an eye opening experience for me. I have met some really inspiring leaders in the medical field and had opportunities to interact with them. More excitingly, I got the chance to hear the amazing presentation from Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa (Dr. Q), who is a leading neurosurgeon, scientist and professor at Mayo clinics. Hearing his story of coming to America as a poor immigrant, and finally strived to where he is now is truly the best part of the conference in my opinion. Presenting at a national conference was also a very exciting experience for me. I have heard some valuable comments about my presentation and project. Seeing myself having confidence to engage in a deep scientific conversation with some leading professors and scientists in the field made me really grateful for the training I received from CHORI and my mentor Dr. Ho during the summer. The extensive literature review and presentation practice over the summer allowed me to speak very scientifically and passionately, which made strong impressions on listeners and opened up to some awesome connections. The CHORI program had a huge impact on my education, allowing me to find so many good role models in the field, and providing great opportunities for me to work towards my dream. Thanks CHORI for supporting me to go to ABRCMS and having such a wonderful experience. I am also very grateful for my mentor Dr. Ho for putting time into me, and training me to think and work as a scientist.

Melissa Cervantes
Class of 2016

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Grantee

Read about how Melissa Cervantes, a student at Holy Names High School, embraced her first mentored, hands-on clinical research experience at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, ultimately presenting her work at a national conference and increasing her exposure to career possibilities in the biomedical sciences.

Click here for complete article on Melissa Cervantes

Priya Shah
Class of 2016


Priya Shah; Kacie Smith; Michael Rowland; Anna-Barbara Moscicki, MD; Marsha Treadwell, PhD; Lynne Neumayr, MD. Electronic Medical Record Documentation of Quality of Life for Patients with Sickle Cell Disease. Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, May 7, 2017
I attended the PAS Meeting (The Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, which is the largest pediatric research conference in the world!) here in the Bay Area spring, 2017. It was an awesome experience; there were SO many attendees! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend much of it outside of the poster exhibition (because my finals started the next day), but I did get to walk around and talk with other poster presenters. It was especially interesting to speak with people who were performing molecular research on the same medication used in my clinical research project. I loved meeting so
many brilliant minds and learning about other research currently happening with sickle cell. This was part of what drove me to connect with Dr. Kuypers and spend some time in lab with him this summer. It was inspiring to see so many researchers and physicians committed to improving all aspects of children's health. Thanks again for all of your ongoing support; I have learned so much!

Amber Fearon
Class of 2017

Amber Fearon, Anne Marsh MD, Jennifer Kim, Marsha Treadwell PhD
Using Mixed Methods to Investigate Pediatric Residents Attitudes and Perceived Barriers towards the Use of Opioids in the Treatment of Severe Vaso-occlusive Pain Episodes for Patients with Sickle Cell Disease
Poster Presentation at Rosalind Franklin Chicago Medical School (10/18/17)

Amber Fearon, Anne Marsh MD, Jennifer Kim, Marsha Treadwell PhD
Using Mixed Methods to Investigate Pediatric Residents Attitudes and Perceived Barriers towards the Use of Opioids in the Treatment of Severe Vaso-occlusive Pain Episodes for Patients with Sickle Cell Disease
Submitted an Abstract to my school (Chicago Medical School) All School Research Consortium (ASRC) for presentation on 3/21/18

Leah Richards
Class of 2005
Presented a poster, made with her mentor, and was accepted for the 2005 American Society of Hematology conference. (NIH, Mentor: Zahra Pakbaz)

Recent Publications by CHORI Alumni

Alex Ahilon-Jeronimo
Intern Year: 2018

Mentor: Ryo Higuchi-Sanabria, PhD
Higuchi-Sanabria R, Shen K, Kelet N, Frankino PA, Durieux J Bar-Ziv R, Sing CN, Garcia EJ, Homentcovschi S, Sanchez M, Wu R, Tronnes SU, Joe R, Tronnes SU, Webster B, Ahilon-Jeronimo A, Monshietehdai S, Dollarda S, Pender C, Pon LA Zoncu R, Dillin A. Lysosomal recycling of amino acids affects ER quality control. Science Advances 2020;6: eaaz9805: 1-11

Berenice Fuentes-Juarez
Intern Year: 2015

Mentor: Coleen Sabatini, MD
Greene NE, Fuentes-Juarez BN, Sabatini C. Access to Orthopedic care for Spanish speaking patients in California. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2019:101:18:e95.

Sab Sikder
Intern Year: 2017

Mentor: Felipe Jain, MD
Sikder AT, Cheng Yang F, Schafer R, Dowling GA, Traeger L, Jain FA. Mentalizing imagery therapy mobile app to enhance the mood of family dementia caregivers: Feasibility and limited efficacy testing. JMIR Aging 2019;21:2:1:e12850.

Robin Yu
Intern Year: 2017

Mentor: Jennifer Price, MD PhD
Kardashian A, McKinney J, Huynh N, Yu R, Peters R, Catalli L, Price JC.
 Post-sustained virologic response liver stiffness may underestimate fibrosis after direct acting antiviral-containing therapy. Clin Infect Dis 2019 May 2;68(10):1784-1787.

Amber Fearon
Intern Year: 2017

Mentor: Marsha Treadwell, PhD
Fearon A, Marsh A, Kim J, Treadwell M. Pediatric residents perceived barriers to Opioid use in sickle cell disease pain management. Ped Blood Cancer 2019;66:2:e27535:2-13.

Anna BR Goncalves
Intern Year: 2015

Mentor: Sandy Calloway, PhD
Shih SY, Bose N, Goncalves ABR, Erlich HA, Calloway CD. Applications of Probe Capture Enrichment Next Generation Sequencing Assay for Whole Mitochondrial Genome and 426 Nuclear SNPs for Forensically Challenging Samples. Genes 2018; 9:1,E49.

Aditi Desai
Intern Year: 2017

Mentor: Carter Lebares, MD
Lebares CC, Hershberger AO, Guvva EV, Desai A, et al. Feasibility of Formal Mindfulness-Based Stress-Resilience Training Among Surgery Interns: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Surg. 2018 Oct 1;153(10):e182734.

Elijah Goldberg
Intern Year(s): 2017 & 2018

Mentors: Ellen B. Fung, PhD; David Killilea, PhD
Goldberg EK, Fung, EB. Precision of the Hologic DXA in the Assessment of Visceral Adipose Tissue. J Clinical Densitometry 2019;S1094-6950(19)30002-2.

Goldberg E, Neogi S, Lal A, Higa A, Fung EB. Nutritional deficiencies are common in patients with transfusion-dependent thalassemia and associated with iron overload. Journal of Food Nutrition Research, 2018; 6(10):674-681.

Haven Allard
Intern Year(s): 2013 & 2014

Mentors: Ellen B. Fung, PhD; Marcela Weyhmiller, PhD
Allard H, Weyhmiller M, Lal A, Fung EB. Vertebral Bone Density Measurements by DXA are Influenced by Hepatic Iron Overload in Patients with Hemoglobinopathies. Journal Clinical Densitometry, 2019;22:3:329-337.

Anna Wender
Intern Year: 2013

Mentor: Ellen B Fung, PhD & Elaine Pico, MD
Afzal SY, Wender AR, Jones M, Fung EB, Pico E. The effect of low magnitude mechanical stimulation (LMMS) on bone density in patients with Rett syndrome: A pilot and feasibility study. J Ped Rehab Med 2014: 7:2:167-78.

Siddhant Talwar
Intern Year: 2012

Mentor: Ellen B. Fung, PhD
Fung EB, Gildengorin G, Talwar S, Hagar L, Lal A. Zinc Status affects Glucose Homeostasis and Insulin Secretion in Patients with Thalassemia. Nutrients 2015;7(6):4296-307. PMC4488784.

Tuyen Ngoc Tran
Intern Year: 2011 & 2012

Mentor: Vas Narayanaswami, PhD
Tran TN, Kim SH, Gallo C, Amaya M, Kyees J, Narayanaswami V. Biochemical and Biophysical Characterization of Recombinant Rat Apo lipoprotein E: Similarities to Human Apoliprprotein E3. Archive of Biochemistry and Biophysics. 2013; 1:529(1):18-25.

Napala Pratini
Intern Year: 2011 & 2012

Mentor: Jacob Neufeld, MD
Pratini NR, Neufeld JA.  Intrathacal Baclosen Therapy After Liver Transplant in a patient with Crigler-najjar Syndrome. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2014:6:2:196-8.

Nebil Mohammed
Intern Year: 2009 & 2010

Mentor: Ed Lammer, PhD
Carmichael SL, Mohammed N, Ma C, Iovannisci D, Choudhry S, Baskin LS, Witte JS, Shaw GM, Lammer EJ. Diacylglycerol kinase K variants impact hypospadias in a California study population. J Urol. 2013; 189(1):305-11. 

Osoegawa K, Schultz K, Yun K, Mohammed N, Shaw GM, Lammer EJ. Haploinsufficiency of insulin gene enhancer protein 1 (ISL1) is associated with d-transposition of the great arteries. Mol Genet Genomic Med. 2014;2(4):341-51.

 

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