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2019 Summer Intern Poster Event

The 2019 Summer Intern Program culminated in a poster session displaying students' research took place on August 9, 2019.

Investigators, postdoctoral and research fellows, and Office of Education (OE) staff mentored 36 students, including one high schooler, 25 undergraduates, eight master’s-level, and two doctoral candidates. The participants hailed from 11 states around the country and were selected from a pool of over 4,000 applicants. 

The poster event began with an introduction from Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., Director of DCEG, who congratulated the interns on their hard work and encouraged them to pursue their interest in scientific research. Diane Wigfield from OE followed, presenting the highlights of this year’s program and its many opportunities for interns to develop professional skills and experiences. Two post-baccalaureate fellows, Seraph Han-Yin Lin in the Laboratory of Translational Genomics and Michael Kebede in the Integrated Tumor Epidemiology Branch, talked about experiences that led them to pursue cancer research and medical school. The poster event followed, where interns presented their work and answered questions from peers and DCEG colleagues. Projects ranged in scope from genomics to exposure assessment. See a listing of the students and their research topics below.

How to Become a Summer Intern

Applications for the 2020 summer intern program will be accepted from mid-November 2019 through March 1, 2020. If you are interested, explore the DCEG website to learn more about our research. Read more about how to become a summer intern.

2019 Summer Intern Posters

Omar Ahmed, Georgia Institute of Technology, Identifying clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential in patients with severe aplastic anemia
Mentors: Shahinaz Gadalla, Bari Ballew

Marie Brodsky, Montgomery Blair High School, Participant-Facing Risk Modeling for Cancer Precision Prevention
Mentor: Jonas De Almeida

Kelly Butler, Columbia University, Evaluating Viral Etiology of Bladder Cancer through Analysis of Mutations in FGFR3
Mentors: Ludmila Prokunina-Olsson, Nina Rao, Rauf Banday

Logan Cho, Brown University, Chronotype, Sleep, and Meal Timing in NHANES
Mentor: Neil Caporaso

Frank Colon-Matos, Inter American University of Puerto Rico- San German Campus, Childhood Leukemia Mortality Trends in the USA and Selected Latin American Countries: 2000 to 2015
Mentor: Diana Withrow

Courtnery Dill, Morehouse School of Medicine, Uncovering the dark matter of pancreatic cancer by assessing non-coding regulatory variations
Mentors: Laufey Amundadottir, Jun Zhong

Brenna Douthitt, Vassar College, Germline Genetic Variation in Three Multiplex Bladder Cancer Pedigrees
Mentors: Douglas Stewart, Alex Pemov

Naomi Eluojierior, Prince Georges Community College, Monthly trends during 2012 in occupational dose for medical staff performing/assisting with FGIPs in the United States.
Mentors: David Borrego, Matt Mille

Michael Fei, Frostburg State University, Inferring Phylogenic Tree Based on Single Cell Sequencing
Mentor: Jianxin Shi

Emily Liang, University of Maryland, College Park, Comparing Strategies of Training Deep Learning Models for Cervical Cancer Screening
Mentor: Kai Yu

James Karabin, Arizona State University, Trends in External Causes of Premature Mortality
Mentor: Cimo Chen

Alison Nichols, University of Maryland College Park, Prophylactic Mastectomies in Women with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome
Mentor: Jennifer Loud

Anastasia Polkovnichenko, University of Virginia, Racial Patterns in Colorectal Cancer Incidence: A Non-Parametric Assessment
Mentor: Philip Rosenberg

Megan Powell, Williams College, Application of Digital Pathology for Comparative Studies of Tumor Immune Infiltration in Breast Cancer from Different Populations
Mentors: Montserrat García-Closas, Mustapha Abubakar, Thomas Ahearn

Lawrence Redmond, Emory University, Identifying Distinct Malaria Complications, Including Endemic Burkitt Lymphoma, Using Malaria Symptoms and Biomarkers
Mentors: Sam Mbulaiteye, Sally Peprah, Barry Graubard

Timothy Ring, Georgetown University, Using CRISPR-dCas9-DNMT3A to Explore the Role of IFNL4 in Epigenetic Reprogramming in Cancer Cells
Mentor: Ludmila Prokunina-Olsson

Brandon Rose, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Performing a PheWAS to screen for factors associated with Y chromosome mosaic loss in the UK BioBank
Mentors: Mitchell Machiela, Shu-Hong Lin

Jessica Rothman, Drexel University College of Medicine, Bayesian geostatistical prediction and spatial patterns of Plasmodium falciparum malaria infection in children of Northern Uganda, Western Kenya, and Northern Tanzania
Mentor: Ruth Pfeiffer

Emily Spangler, Roanoke College, Long-term Exposure to Particulate Matter Air Pollution and Risk of Developing Gastrointestinal Cancers: A Systematic Review
Mentor: Natalie Pritchett

Maya Spaur, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Exposure assessment of drinking water contaminants among Agricultural Health Study participants
Mentor: Mary Ward

Sarah Van Alsten, Washington University in St. Louis, Metabolic Syndrome, Physical Activity, and Inflammation: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of 110 Circulating Biomarkers in Japanese Adults
Mentor: Minkyo Song, Charles S. Rabkin

Corey Young, Morehouse School of Medicine, Potential Health Disparities in Eligibility for Lung Cancer Screening
Mentor: Hormuzd Katki

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