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2017 DCEG Summer Posters and Projects


Emahlea Jackson, Seattle Pacific University (Washington)
Long-term stability of oral microbiome samples
Mentors: Emily Vogtmann, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Christian Abnet, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Jana Lu, Duke University (North Carolina)
Dietary intake of nutrients associated with one carbon metabolism and endometrial cancer risk: An analysis in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health cohort study
Mentors: Britton Trabert, Ph.D., M.S., and Kara A. Michels, Ph.D.

Daniel Muldoon, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health (Minnesota)
Androgen therapy modulates lipid particle numbers in dyskeratosis congenita
Mentor: Payal Khincha, M.B.B.S.

Arash Delavar, Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri)
Ultraviolet radiation and incidence of cataracts in a nationwide U.S. cohort
Mentor: Elizabeth Cahoon, Ph.D.

Ashley Pantaleao, University of Maryland, College Park (Maryland)
It's just in the cards that you're dealt: Lessons on living with LFS from adolescent/young adult children and their parents
Mentors: Mark H. Greene, M.D., Ms. Jennifer Young, M.A., M.S., LGMFT, Dr. Allison Werner-Lin and Maria Isabel Achatz, M.D., M.P.H.

Colin Adler, Emory University (Georgia)
Usual adult occupation and risk of prostate cancer in West African men: The Ghana Prostate Case Control Study
Mentor: Stella Koutros, Ph.D.

Summer Harvey, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (Virginia)
Association of life course obesity and endometrial cancer risk: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Mentors: Megan Clarke, Ph.D., and Nicolas Wentzensen, M.D., Ph.D.

Meredith Cervi, Purdue University (Indiana)
Impact of residential mobility on environmental exposure assessment and epidemiologic inference in a prospective cohort
Mentors: Rena R. Jones, Ph.D., and Mary H. Ward, Ph.D.

Kelsey Stidd, University of South Florida (Florida)
Young onset melanoma in melanoma-prone families
Mentor: Alisa Goldstein, Ph.D.

Michelle Fang, Thomas S. Wootton High School (Rockville, Maryland)
Inflammatory disease and C-reactive protein in relation to U.S. Radiologic Technologists’ exposure to radiotherapy as patients
Mentors: Mark Little, D.Phil., and Alina Brenner, M.D., Ph.D.

Victoria Kennerley, University of Florida, Gainesville (Florida)
Colon and rectum cancer incidence patterns in United States counties and states, 2000-2014
Mentors: Pavel Chernyavskiy, Ph.D., and Philip S. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Gabriella Schito, Howard Community College (Maryland)
Functional characterization of a putative novel gene in relation to bladder cancer
Mentors: Rouf Banday, Ph.D., and Ludmila Prokunina-Olsson, Ph.D.

Noah Earland, Southern Methodist University (Texas)
Functional evaluation of IFNL4 protein using bioinformatic analysis and site-directed mutagenesis
Mentors: Olusegun Onabajo, Ph.D. and Dr. Prokunina-Olsson

Joselin Vargas, Stony Brook University (New York)
Evaluation of functional impact of natural protein-changing polymorphisms of IFNL4 in relation to infection and cancer
Mentors: Ms. Adeola Obajemu, Dr. Onabajo, and Dr. Prokunina-Olsson

Sarah Groover, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa (Oklahoma)
Hepatitis D virus and hepatocellular carcinoma in The Gambia
Mentors: Thomas O’Brien, M.D., M.P.H., and Parag Mahale, Ph.D.

Bella Kotlyar, Yale University (Connecticut)
Exploring the relationship between coffee drinking and leukocyte telomere length: A meta-analysis
Mentors: Erikka Loftfield, Ph.D., M.P.H., Neal Freedman, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Rashmi Sinha, Ph.D.

Andrea Ayers, George Washington University (Washington, DC)
Oophorectomy and risk of primary liver cancer among women in the Clinical Practice Research Datalink
Mentors: Jessica Petrick, Ph.D., Katherine McGlynn, Ph.D., M.P.H., Barry Graubard, Ph.D., and Dr. Baiyu Yang

Tetyana Rudenko, Montgomery College (Maryland)
3D-printng physical phantoms for the radiation exposure assessment of obese patients
Mentors: Matthew Mille, Ph.D. and Choonsik Lee, Ph.D.

Soyun Kim, Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
Multi-locus analysis of HPV 16 genome reveals new loci associated with cervical cancer
Mentor: Kai Yu, Ph.D.

Ishmael Williams, Howard University (Washington, DC)
Sleep and metabolomics: A literature review and future directions
Mentors: Rachael Stolzenberg-Solomon, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., and Vanessa Gordon-Dseagu, Ph.D.

Sirisha Karra, Appalachian State University (North Carolina)
CRISPR-based functional validation of two germline missense mutations in caspase-9 points to a possible role of impaired apoptosis in predisposition to hairy cell leukemia
Mentors: Dr. Alexander Pemov (C) and Douglas R. Stewart, M.D.

Sophie Smith, Middlebury College (Vermont)
Do androgen receptor inhibitors promote progression of prostate cancer to therapy-resistant stage?
Mentor: Kalpit Shah, Ph.D.

Atara Siegel, State University of New York at Albany (New York)
Rates of risk reducing mastectomy in female germline TP53 mutation carriers
Mentors: Jennifer Loud, R.N., C.R.N.P., D.N.P., and Ms. Renee Bremer

Hela Koka, University of Maryland, College Park (Maryland)
RNASeq analysis of immune cell populations in Chinese breast cancer Patients (Hong-Kong)
Mentor: Rose Yang, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Ngozi Alia, Frostburg State University (Maryland)
Race-specific estimates of cancer risk: Examining the relationship between vitamin D status and prostate cancer risk in black men 
Mentors: Tracy Layne, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Demetrius Albanes, M.D.

Riyadh Atrah, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Nevada)
Exploring the effect of mir-577 and mir-3130-5p in pancreatic cancer
Mentors: Ashley Jermusyk, Ph.D., and Laufey Amundadottir, Ph.D.

Sarah Kim, Clarksburg High School (Maryland)
Comparison of normal tissue dose for prone and supine setups for breast radiotherapy
Mentors: Dr. Mille, Dr. Patrick Vadnais, Dr. Lee, Dr. Sung-Woo Lee and Mr. Gleb Kluzman

Maria Rodriguez Herrera, Towson University (Maryland)
Clinical validation and implementation of a very low cost HPV test in Guatemala  
Mentors: Michael Dean, Ph.D. and Dr. Hong Lou


Daina Eiser, University of Maryland, College Park (Maryland)
Bioinformatic analysis of histone ChIP-seq data and optimization of transcription factor chromatin immunoprecipitation  
Mentors: Jason Hoskins, Ph.D., and Dr. Amundadottir

Jessica Islam, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (North Carolina)
Cancers averted among HIV-infected adults during the modern ART era
Mentor: Meredith Shiels, Ph.D.

Grace Mills, Smith College (Massachusetts)
Evaluation of SWI/SNF complex in cell lines over expressing DPF3
Mentors: Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., and Leandro Colli, M.D., Ph.D.

Jessica Rothman, American University (Washington, DC)
Immunoglobulin-related profiles and outcomes in relatives of familial Waldenström macroglobulinemia cases (NIH Summer Poster Session)
Mentors: Ruth Pfeiffer, Ph.D., and Mary L. McMaster, M.D.

Ariana R. Savramis, Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri)
Review of TCGA RCC patient germline variation.
Mentor: Michael Nickerson, Ph.D.

Fangcheng Yuan, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland)
Association between genetic susceptibility to gastrointestinal inflammation and pancreatic cancer risk: A Mendelian randomization study
Mentor: Dr. Stolzenberg-Solomon

Clara Zettelmeyer, University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
Estradiol and cisplatin have an additive effect on regulation of APOBEC3B expression in breast cancer cell lines
Mentor: Dr. Prokunina-Olsson

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