The Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine announces the recipients of the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Author: Laurie Gregory

Through the generosity of several donors, the Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine is able to provide summer research fellowships to four outstanding Notre Dame undergraduates this summer. These students are pursuing cutting-edge research in the College of Science and the College of Engineering. “The opportunity for these bright and talented undergraduates to pursue full-time research during the summer is a valuable component of their undergraduate experience,” says Professor David Hyde, Director of the Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine. “We are fortunate to have donors that understand and appreciate the value of undergraduate research and support our mission in this area.”

The recipients of the 2017 Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships are:

College of Science

  • Francisco Huizar, who is pursuing a dual degree in the College of Science and the College of Engineering, will continue his research regarding morphogen signaling in the patterning of the Drosophila Melanogaster wing disc with Dr. Jeremiah Zartman. After graduation, Francisco plans to pursue a PhD degree in biomedical engineering, and an MD.
  • Jacob Kalathoor will be working to determine the role of Myosin Heavy Chain 10 during Interkinetic Nuclear Migration in the regenerating zebrafish retina with Dr. David Hyde and Dr. Manuela Lahne. After graduation, Jacob plans to enter a combined MD/PhD program with his PhD focus in regenerative genetics.
  • Anne Lentino will be assessing the role of tumor necrosis factor alpha during retinal development and retinal regeneration using transgenic and knockout zebrafish with Dr. Leah Campbell in Dr. David Hyde's Lab. After graduation, Anne plans to pursue dual MD/PhD degrees.
  • Lillian Spatz will focus on characterizing the structural phenotype of the cerebellar purkinje neurons in NPC-/- and stard9-/- zebrafish as a model for Niemann-Pick Type 2 disease with Dr. Kevin Vaughan. After graduation, Lilly plans to pursue a career in biological research in the field of genetics.