SURE PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
SURE 2010 PARTICIPANTS
Andrew joined the SURE program as a rising senior from Johns Hopkins University where he was majoring in Medical Anthropology. During the summer he worked within Dr. Veltri’s laboratory studying biomarkers. Upon completing the program, Andrew continued to work with Dr. Veltri’s group during his senior year at JHU and play a pivotal role in a project that is published. After graduating from JHU, he went on to earn an advanced degree in bioethics from Stony Brook University and is now currently enrolled at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine as a first year medical student.
Brenten also joined us the SURE program as a rising senior from Johns Hopkins University. As a member of the program he worked within Dr. Getzenberg’s group under the direct supervision of Dr. Steve Mooney, a post-doctoral fellow of the laboratory. At the end of the summer program Brenten would continue to work for Dr. Getzenberg’s laboratory during his senior year and again while he attended graduate school at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. In building upon his research experiences, Brenten also accepted an opportunity to work within a research laboratory at Weill Cornell Medical College during the summer following his graduation. He has earned his Masters of Public Health in Environmental Science from the The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. During that time, he was able to combine his experiences in urological research as part of his graduate thesis. Brenten currently resides in New York City where he plans to continue pursuing a career in research as well as apply to medical school.
Krithika joined Dr. Kulkarni’s group from The Johns Hopkins University where she was seeking her Master of Science in Biotechnology. Like many of the other students who worked with us during this summer, she would continue to work with Dr. Kulkarni’s group and would eventually be an author or co-author on five published papers plus an additional three papers that are in the process of either being submitted or reviewed. After earning her MS, Krithika continued to work in the laboratory full time as a research assistant and has played a pivotal role in the groups understanding of PAGE-4, cancer testis antigens, and intrinsically disordered proteins. Krithika is now enrolled at Columbia University where she is pursuing her PhD in Biological Sciences.
Also a student of Johns Hopkins University, John joined the SURE Program following his freshman year. Despite his young age and little experience in research, his desire to achieve great results in the laboratory served him well as he worked within the laboratory of Dr. Getzenberg. While continuing to pursue his Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering at JHU, he has worked part time as a research assistant within the Department. From the research that he has completed as a member of the Department, John has won numerous awards, including one that provided him with an opportunity to travel to India where he was given the opportunity to present his work in front of an international audience. Through his efforts, John will graduate a semester early and continue to pursue his research interests within the Department. He is currently considering his options for graduate school and is considering whether he should enter a program to enter a PhD, a MD, or to enter into a combined program in which he can earn a MD/PhD.
In the pilot year, Louis was the only student in the program not from JHU. Louis joined us as a rising senior from the University of California, Los Angeles. A resident to Maryland, the SURE Program offered Louis a chance to pursue research while residing at home during the summer. He worked within the laboratory of Dr. William Isaacs. After the completion of the program, Louis returned to UCLA where he completed his Bachelors of Science degree.
SURE 2011 PARTICIPANTS
Michael joined the SURE Program after completing his freshman year of studies at James Madison University. During his time in the program he worked with the laboratory of Simon Williams on a project studying the androgen receptor. Upon returning to JMU, he joined a research group that is studying the effects of horizontal gene transfer in local streams, providing him with an opportunity to use the skills that he learned within the program while continuing to develop new ones. Michael is on schedule to graduate from JMU with a Bachelors in Science after which he plans to apply to medical school in hopes of one day entering the field of urology.
David joined us as a rising senior from JHU. He worked within the laboratory of Dr. Getzenberg under the direct supervision of Dr. Yu Zeng. His project primarily focused on PAGE-4 and its potential role in prostate cancer. David graduated from JHU in 2012 and is currently enrolled at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine as a first year medical student. At this time David has not focused on a specialty within medicine, but does want to continue doing research in the field that he chooses.
Gita joined the program after graduating from Georgia Tech University with a BS in biomedical engineering. Her work within in the program focused on a project in collaboration with Dr. Kulkarni in which they worked to develop new theories about the roles of intrinsically disordered proteins in the context of protein evolution and cancer. The work that she completed within the lab got published in Cell Cycle. Upon completion of the program, Gita entered the Bioengineering graduate program at the California Institute of Technology where she is currently a second year graduate student.
Venkat’s eventual path to joining the program was a little different than most. Originally, Venkat was scheduled to join us during the summer of 2010, but had a sudden change of plans after being rewarded a Fulbright Scholarship that afforded him the opportunity to study abroad in at the University Hospital of Zurich in Switzerland. At the completion of this opportunity Venkat joined the program in the laboratory of Dr. Isaacs, but also split his efforts working with Dr. Stoianovici in the Department’s URobotics Laboratory. At the completion of the program, Venkat entered medical school at the University of Louisville to pursue a dual MD/PhD degree. Venkat is currently a second year medical student and recently completed a research rotation where he worked on developing a cell-based autologous LDL apheresis device. His hope for the future is to put his vast experiences in research to use within the field of urology where he hopes to continue the pursuit of research in addition to treating patients.
Eileen came to us from the University of Maryland College Park as a rising senior. During her time as a member of the program, she worked with Dr. Veltri in developing numerous biomarkers for use in the clinic. Eileen graduated in the spring of 2012 with a BS in Biochemistry and is currently employed fulltime as a research technician for a biotechnology firm in Rockville, MD. She is currently applying to medical school and wants to establish a career in medicine.
Ying joined the program as a recent graduate from Towson University where she earned a BS in Biochemistry. Working alongside Dr. Sean Lupold and his research team, Ying studied the role of micro RNAs in urological diseases as her program project. She is currently enrolled as a second year pharmacy student at the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Ying is currently considering her options for the future beyond pharmacy school and is considering a residency in oncology.
Thomas joined the program as a rising senior from Loyola University of Maryland where he majored in biochemistry and molecular biology. His project within the laboratory of Dr. Arthur Burnett focused on the expression of fibrotic proteins following post-prostatectomy patients and their possible role in erectile dysfunction. Thomas is currently enrolled as a first year medical student at New York University School of Medicine. He continues to stay in contact with Dr. Burnett who has continued to serve as a mentor to Thomas as he begins his medical education and eventual career as a clinician.
SURE 2012 PARTICIPANTS
Hetal joined the program as a recent graduate from George Washington University with a BS in biomedical engineering. Her project focused on interactions of PAGE-4 in Dr. Kulkarni’s lab. She is currently enrolled at George Washington University working towards earning her Master’s of Science degree in biomedical engineering. Upon completion of the program, she plans to attend medical school and hopes to pursue a medical career involving pediatrics.
Victoria joined the program as a rising junior from American University where she is pursuing a double major of biology and applied mathematics. During her time in the program Victoria worked with Dr. Elizabeth Platz on a project studying patient outcomes. She is currently continuing her education at American University with the hopes of attending medical school after graduation. At this point she is not certain if she will pursue an MD or an MD/PhD degree, but is now certain that she would like to utilize her education and career to continue the interest in epidemiology and public health that she gained during her time as a member of the program.
Kevin joined the program as a second year medical student from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. While the program originally was developed for undergraduate students the experiences and interest in urological research that he brought to the program as a member was tremendous. Kevin’s project was in collaboration with Dr. Veltri where they looked to optimize a series of IHC biomarkers. He is currently continuing his medical education as a third year medical student and is considering a medical career in the field of urology in the future where he hopes to also be involved with research that can provide contributions to patient care.
Elaine is also a second year medical student from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. Her project focused on the nitrous oxide and its role in erectile dysfunction in the laboratory of Dr. Arthur Burnett. At this time, Elaine is continuing her medical education.
Anvesh joined us after completing his freshman year in the biomedical engineering program at Johns Hopkins University. During his time in the program he worked with Dr. Phuoc Tran and has continued to work as a research assistant while continuing with his education. His current plans beyond his undergraduate training are to pursue a graduate level degree either in biomedical engineering or to pursue and MD/PhD.
Robert also joined the program as a member of the biomedical engineering program at JHU where he had recently completed his junior year. While a member of the program Robert worked directly with Dr. Yu Zeng on the gene RBM3. Because of his experiences as a member of the SURE Program, Robert plans to pursue a PhD upon completing his undergraduate program in 2013 and looks to utilizing his education to pursue a career centered in research.
Stephanie joined the program after completing her sophomore year at Arizona State University where she is pursuing a dual BS in biochemistry and molecular biology/biotechnology. During her time in the laboratory Stephanie worked with Dr. Steve Mooney studying the interaction of PAGE-4 with c-Jun. Currently she is continuing her education at ASU where she hopes to graduate in the spring of 2014, after which she is considering applying to graduate school, but with no exact area being decided upon at this time. Additionally, Stephanie continues to work as an undergraduate research assistant at ASU and in doing so continues to build upon the experience that she gained as a participant of the SURE Program.
As a first year medical student, Eric joined the program from the University of Louisville. During his time in the program Eric’s research focused on the HOXB13 gene and its relation to prostate cancer. Currently Eric continues to pursue his medical education as a second year medical student, but hopes to use his research experiences in the future as a clinician/researcher. As such, he is applying for a research fellowship and hopes to continue to use the skills that he has learned as a member of the program as well as develop additional skills that will benefit him in the future.
Brian joined the program after completing his sophomore year at the University of Maryland College Park where he is pursuing a degree in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and Molecular Genetics. He was paired in the laboratory of Dr. Sean Lupold, a fellow Terrapin graduate, where he performed research on radiation sensitization mediated by microRNAs in relation to prostate cancer. Brian continues to attend classes at the University of Maryland and has taken is currently applying the research experience he gained as a participant of the program and is applying it to a group research project that he is involved with there. He has used his ties to Dr. Lupold’s lab to seek advice and assistance for this project and has reported that due to that collaboration their project is making positive progress. Beyond his education at the University of Maryland, Brian plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in medical research.
Lee joined the program as a recently graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park where he completed his degree in Neurobiology and Physiology coupled with a second major in Finance. During his time in the program he worked within the laboratory of Dr. Trinity Bivalacqua studying the regeneration of the major pelvic ganglion in cavernous nerve injured rats. After completing the program, Lee has taken the opportunity to travel throughout the country and is currently completing a research internship at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel. His current plans are to apply to MD/PhD programs for enrollment during the fall of 2013.
Ted joined the program after completing his junior year at Towson University where he is enrolled in their MB3 Program (molecular biology, biochemistry, and bioinformatics). He worked closely with Dr. Simon Williams where he researched the BH4 domain of Bcl-2 as a novel therapeutic target in prostate cancer. Upon completion of the SURE program, Ted has become increasingly interested in biomedical research and its clinical applications. Because of this growing interest, he has continued to work with Dr. Williams’ lab and is currently enrolled in a series courses at Towson University that are of relevance to research and his future goal of attending graduate school. His experience from the SURE program has also had a great impact on his plans following his undergraduate education. For example, after having the opportunity to view surgeries through the SURE program, Ted has decided to apply to MD/PhD programs rather than strictly pursuing a PhD.