SPIRE Summer Research Program 2013

Undergraduate students engaged in research projects mentored by SPIRE scholars at UNC Chapel Hill during the summer. The students also participated in weekly professional development sessions, a GRE preparation course, and social activities in conjunction with other summer research programs on campus. The experience concluded with a Research Symposium on July 25, 2013 with students' poster presentations and keynote talk by Dr. Erich Jarvis, HHMI Invesigator and Associate Professor at Duke's Institute for Brain Sciences.

Armando Corona - UNC Pembroke
Analysis of the interaction between C1B1 and integrin alphaIIbeta through x-ray crystallography and nanodiscs.
SPIRE mentor: Thomas Freeman

Deborah Goddard - NC A&T State University
ATP receptor desensitization kinetics in human bronchial epithelial cells.
SPIRE mentor: Conner Sandefur

Karla Mendoza - Johnson C. Smith University
Aging-associated intenstinal epithelial cell apoptosis and Paneth cell expansion.
SPIRE mentor: Emily Moorefield

Shonkela Pittman - NC A&T State University
Modifications in autophagy-related proteins.
SPIRE mentor: Claire Gordy

Edgar Quiroz - Johnson C. Smith University
The role of cell cycle regulatory complex CRL4cdt2 in Drosophila development.
SPIRE mentor: Christina Swanson

SPIRE scholar Max Boeck also mentored Chantel Ible (University of the Virgin Islands) with support from the SOLAR program. SPIRE scholar Linsey Phillips mentored Autumn Conway (NC A&T State University) with support from the MIRT program.