2017 Student Research Proposals

Caduceus.svgAs part of the EBR program, students are asked to create a research proposal to investigate an as-of-yet unanswered question in biomedical research.  Students were asked to formulate questions on a topic of their own interest and then detail their strategies for determining an answer, assuming they had the necessary funding, staff, and facilities.

Within their proposals, each student group (one or more students per group) was asked to include the following information: Background, Hypothesis and Specific Aims, Approach (Research Strategy), Significance, Biosketch of Presenting Students, and References.  The proposals below (submitted as posters) were created by EBR Class of 2017:


Acid Reflux Neutralization by Nikhila Singu

Advance Detection of Complications in Total Knee Arthroplasty by William Hachmeister and Jake Bresnock

Aldosterone as a Therapeutic Modality for Hyponatremia in Athletes by Kenneth Harland and Matthew Smith

CRISPR/Cas9 System Can Significantly Debilitate Streptococcus mutans, One of the Primary Bacteria that Causes Dental Plaque and Tooth Decay by Valeria Borges

Developing and Utilizing Nanotechnology for the Delivery of Insulin and Control of Type 1 Diabetes by Matthew Brown

Differing Synonymous Codons Associated with the Rate of Protein Translation by Viraj Mithani

Electromagnetic Field Stimulation of Stem Cells in Teeth to Repair Dental Caries by Morgan Sylvia and Kelly Simard

Exploring New Means of Treating Human Clotting Factor-Related Illnesses by Roberto Carrascosa

Exploring Possible Treatments for Patients with PTSD through Electrical Stimulation by Andrew Sanford, Hari Sadeeshkumar, and Matthew Solomon

Exploring the Development of Brain Implants to Control Muscle Action during Seizures by Emilio Blair

Exploring the Effects of Enteropathogenic EPEC on Weight Loss by Savannah Horowitz

Gene Knockout: Exploring Variations of MEF2 and Their Roles in Causing Alzheimer’s Disease by Elizabeth Figg

Generation of the Leishmaniasis Vaccine by Ria Patel and Lauren Roche

Gene Therapy: Using Adeno-Associated Virus 8 to Promote Insulin-Producing Cells in the Liver by Jenna Scott and Valerie Sheehe

Genetically Modifying Mosquitoes by Ryan Hossain

Modifying Human Genes Using CRISPR to Cure Sickle Cell Anemia by Annelisse Martinez and Vikasni Mohan

Speaking for Those that Can’t Speak for Themselves by Reece Tappan

The Marginal Effect of the Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Hormones, Erythropoietin and Triiodothryonine/Thyroxine, on In Vitro Erythropoiesis from BEL-A Hematopoietic Stem Cells by Truman Roland

The Potential Use of Microbial Cellulose in the Repair of Lung Tissue by Nisha Kotta, Abby Neal, and Ashley Sepulveres

Theranostic Nanoparticles and Their Association with Nanomedicine as a Cure for Ovarian Cancer and Personalized Treatments by Anagam Udebiuwa

Using Antibiotics to Prevent the Growth of Amyloid Beta Plaques in the Brains of Alzheimer’s Patients by Isabel Dupee

Using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (IPSCs) to Repair and Regenerate Necrotic and Damaged Myocardial Tissue by Lauren Morris

Water You Think about This? Safely Combining UV-C Light and Drinking Fountains for a Cleaner Experience by Mackenzie Kauffman

What to Do with Genetic Information that Indicates a Higher Risk of Pancreatic Cancer and How to Ensure Patients with Pancreatic Cancer Are Led to Feel as Comfortable as Possible by Julia Eisenberg