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Previous Participants in CHORI's Summer Research Program

“I learned more than I did in any class I’ve taken in school.” – SC

Vanessa Herrera, RN: I participated in the 2011 CHORI Summer Research Program. 
Having recently graduated from nursing school, I will shortly be working for Kaiser Permanente as a Registered Nurse!
I am grateful for participating in the immersive, eye-opening, and supportive program.
My experience through the wonderful program made a significant contribution to my success today!

Comments from DDCF students 2015 – Annonymous comments from End of Year Survey

“Excellent program that gives students a spectacular opportunity to catch a glimpse into the biomedical world--opens you up to so many opportunities, connections, and experiences. Be open minded when coming in, don't have set expectations like I did. This program really gives you so much experience, knowledge, and skills to move further in the field of medicine. Amazing experience! Let’s you dive into your interests in a serious and big way!”

“You get extraordinary hands-on experience for an extended amount of time - something you don't get to experience in a high school lab.”

CIRM student comments- FY 2015
For example one 18-year old female student wrote, “It is truly an eye opening experience. And I think regardless of interest, anybody should experience the wonderful field of research.

Another 16-year old male student commented about the benefits of the program, “It is a very immersive experience that provides crucial knowledge for the future ahead of us.”

An 18-year old male student wrote “It provides an amazing opportunity in a nurturing environment to conduct research”

another 17-year old male student stated, “CHORI is a very welcoming place and is a great place to learn and research.”.

Erin Mamuyac: (CHORI Alumni 2007 - Kuypers Lab) I participated in the CHORI program following my junior year at Piedmont High School, and worked in Kuypers Lab mentored by Frans Kuypers and Kitty DeJong. After graduating high school in 2008, I attended UC Berkeley where I graduated in 2012 with a double major in Integrative Biology (Honors Program) and Public Health. As a part of my Integrative Biology major I completed an Honors Thesis titled *Metallomic Analysis of Sickle Cell Disease,* which I worked on at the Kuypers Lab under the direction of Dr. Kuypers and Dr. David Killilea.
I am currently a 3rd year medical student at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. I am planning to apply to residency in Otolaryngology in the upcoming year. I believe the CHORI program had a huge impact on my education, and I actually still discuss aspects of my Honors Thesis research at Kuypers Lab during academic rounds at New York Presbyterian. I have given presentations on sickle cell disease during my clinical clerkships, and discuss literature that I used for my Honors Thesis with my attendings on the wards.

Elysia Alvarez:  Has received a scholarship to attend medical school at UC Irvine. (NIH, Mentor: Barbara Staggers)

Nazim El Andaloussi: Has received his PhD in Zurich and has assisted Helen Dichek, MD with a project that resulted in a paper being published in the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism. (Mentor: Helen Dichek)

Jessica Drury: Is in her first year at the University of Pennsylvania Nursing School.  She is studying to become a Nurse Practitioner.  She will graduate with a BSN in December, which will be followed up by an MSN a year and a half later.

“The program really allowed you to see what
working in a lab was like." - JB

Peter Hargreaves:  In 2005 Peter was co-author on an article that appeared in the Journal of Lipid Research entitled “Reconstituted high density lipoprotein enriched with polyene antibiotic amphotericin B”.  In 2006, he was first author on an article that appeared in Biochemica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) entitled “Spectroscopic studies of amphotericin B solubilized in nanoscale bilayer membranes” (Volunteer, Mentor: Robert Ryan)

Vikram Jairam: is a semifinalist at the Siemens Westinghouse National Competition for his manuscript based on the research project he carried out in Dr. Narayanaswami’s laboratory. Additionally, Vikram made the semi final list in the Intel Science Talent Search for his work in Dr. Narayanaswami’s lab on structural and functional impairment of apolipoprotein E mediated by acrolein, a product of lipid peroxidation and a tobacco smoke ingredient. (NHLBI, Mentor: Vasanthy Narayanaswami)

“We were treated like we were valuable members of CHORI.
Everyone was flexible and understanding. I felt like they put
time into us and we mattered.” – KT

Conrad Murphy: In 2006 Conrad was co-author on an article that appeared in the Federation of European Biochemical Societies Journal entitled “Replacement of helix 1’ enhances the lipid binding activity of apoE3 N-terminal domain” (Volunteer, Mentor: Robert Ryan)

Gordon Murphy: presented his summer research with Dr. Shigenaga at the Proteome Society Meeting, Cambridge, Massachusetts October 2005. (Volunteer, Mentor: Mark Shigenaga)

“I would recommend (the program) to anyone interested in,
or thinking of, a career in science.” – JC

Nghi Khanh Nguyen: was admitted to Stanford University and received one of 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholarships (Volunteer, Mentor: Gordon Watson).

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

Logan Wahler: received a $1,000 award from the Elizabeth Nash Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis Research for his work in Dr. Illek’s lab in 2005. (Volunteer, Mentor: Beate Illek)


Revised: Monday, September 11, 2017 5:09 PM

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