Six undergraduate students from SPIRE’s partner institutions were engaged in original research projects mentored by SPIRE postdoctoral scholars for a 10-week summer research experience. Students also participated in weekly professional development sessions, a journal club, a GRE preparation course, and social activities in conjunction with other summer research programs on campus. The students’ presented their research at the Summer Undergraduate Pipeline Research Symposium on July 26, 2017.
Students and mentors in the 2017 program:
Dominique Brown (Johnson C. Smith University) – mentored by Ashlyn Spring, Ph.D. in the lab of Greg Matera, Ph.D. (Biology)
Amelia Brown (UNC Pembroke) – mentored by Dan Brown, Ph.D. in the lab of Jiandong Liu, Ph.D. (Pathology/Lab Medicine)
Drevon Dobson (North Carolina A&T State University) – mentored by Nik Stasulli, Ph.D. in the lab of Beth Shank, Ph.D. (Biology)
Ayanna Edwards (UNC Pembroke) – mentored by Lindsey Costantini, Ph.D. in the labs of Blossom Damania, Ph.D. and Jack Griffiths, Ph.D. (Lineberger Cancer Center)
Mutinta Chilala (North Carolina Central University) – mentored by Dan Brown, Ph.D. in the lab of Jiandong Liu, Ph.D. (Pathology/Lab Medicine)
Jania Rodriguez (Johnson C. Smith University) – mentored by Danielle Fortune, Ph.D. in the lab of Rita Tamayo, Ph.D. (Microbiology & Immunology)