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2016 Summer Science Scholars Present Projects at Annual Poster Session

Published August 15, 2016

Each summer from June to August, Burke Medical Research Institute mentors the next generation of research scientists through the Summer Student Research Program. Selected college students engage in cutting-edge science research in participating Burke Medical Research Institute laboratories. The Summer Student Research Program is co-directed by Dianna E. Willis, Ph.D. and John Cave, Ph. D.

To conclude the summer program this year's students presented posters of research projects at the annual Summer Science Scholars Program Poster Session held Friday, August 12, 2016. With the Burke Medical Research Institute faculty and scientists, Burke Hospital physicians and staff, family and friends in attendance the students presented their research projects.

2016 Summer Science Scholars

Amanda Bernstein
Project: Elbow training to increase motor function in stroke patients using combined robotic technologies.
Mentor: Avrielle Rykman Peltz, MA, OTR/L and Dylan Edwards, Ph.D.
Attending: The City College of New York (rising senior)

Maria Lopez Cavestany
Project: Design of custom prosthetic hand.
Mentor: David Putrino, Ph. D.
Attending: Stevens Institute of Technology (rising junior)

Bryan Chatterton
Project: The role of G-quardruplex secondary structures in mRNA transport and local translation.
Mentor: Dianna Wills, Ph. D. and John Cave, Ph.D.
Attending: University of Connecticut (rising senior)

Divija Chopr
Project: Creating a repository of immersive 360 videos to treat neuropathic pain. Using advanced MRI techniques to understand lateropulsion in stroke survivors.
Mentor: David Putrino, Ph. D.
Attending: New York University (rising sophomore)

Celeste Rodovalho Soares de Camargo
Paradoxal heightened ipsilesional corticospinal excitability in mild to moderate hemiplegia.
Mentor: Mar Cortes, M.D. and Dylan Edwards, Ph.D.
Attending: Faculdade de Medicina do ABC (4th year medical student)

Hana Mahallati
Project: Using advanced MRI techniques to understand lateroplusion in stroke survivors.
Mentor: David Putrino, Ph.D.
Attending: Barnard College (rising sophomore)

Polin Petkova
Project: Analysis of cellular components of dystrophic axonal endings in vitro.
Mentor: Taylor Johns, B.A. and Caitlin Hill, Ph.D.
Attending: Manhattanville College (rising senior)

Samuel Potash
Project: How can one protein cause many functional diverse changes.
Mentor: Gary Gibson, Ph.D.
Attending: Tulane University (rising junior)

Henry Roach
Project: Why do some patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease by cognitive testing lack amyloid plaques.
Mentor: Gary Gibson, Ph.D.
Attending: White Plains High School (rising senior)

Sydney Sherman
Project: Chronic softening cervical spinal cord stimulators: safety and efficacy.
Mentor: Jason Carmel, Ph. D.
Attending: University of Texas at Dallas (rising sophomore)
Awarded First Place

Zulfi Soomro
Project: Creating a repository of immersive 360 videos to treat neuropathic pain.
Mentor: David Putrino, Ph. D.
Attending: Horace Greeley High School (rising senior)

Sarah Sylla
Project: The effectiveness of hand-arm bimanual intensive therapy for children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy.
Mentor: Amit Kumar, Ph.D. and Rajiv Ratan, M.D., Ph.D.
Attending: Wesleyan University (rising senior)

Sarah Sylla
Project: The effectiveness of hand-arm bimanual intensive therapy for children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy.
Mentor: Kathleen Friel, Ph.D.
Attending: Horace Greeley High School (rising senior)

Shelley Zhu
Project: Assessing schwann cell differentiation and its potential for intracerebral hemorrhage therapy.
Mentor: Marietta Zille, Ph.D. and Rajiv Ratan, M.D., Ph.D.
Attending: White Plains High School (rising senior)

Congratulations 2016 Summer Science Scholars

Sydney Sherman

A panel of instructors and post-doctoral researchers judged the poster presentations. Each poster was evaluated for research design, creativity and comprehension, and visual presentation. With close results, judges awarded Sydney Sherman, a rising sophomore at University of Texas at Dallas, with first place for the 2016 Summer Science Scholars Program Poster Session. Mentored by Jason Carmel, M.D., Ph.D., Sydney’s project focused on chronic softening cervical spinal cord stimulators: safety and efficacy. The Burke community congratulations Sydney Sherman and saults the 2016 Summer Science Scholars in their achievements and discoveries fulfilled during the summer program.