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Student Summer Experience Archives - 2009

Superfund Research

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Through ARRA funding, the SRP was able to fund research programs for twenty four students at nine universities in the summer of 2009. Summaries of their research are below.

  • Marshall Allin graduated from Colorado State University (CSU). He spent the summer prior to his graduation working at Advanced Mircrolabs, LLC, working to develop an online device capable of monitoring perchlorate remediation operations.
  • Sharang Biswas is in his sophomore year in Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering. He analyzed sample dilutions of various liquids using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS).
  • Larissa Calancie received her Bachelors of Science from Cornell University in May 2009. She analyzed the effects of arsenic exposure on oxidative stress in Bangladesh with Dr. Mary Gamble in the Environmental Health Sciences Department at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.
  • Jane Chen spent her summer at Dartmouth College SRP program learning basic lab techniques and maintenance procedures.
  • Marissa Dzoiba examined the cellular mechanisms of arsenic uptake in a model organism, Fundulus heteroclius (killifish).
  • Sarah Flaim investigated the effects of PCBs on the blood brain barrier by looking at a protein that removes foreign compounds from the brain.
  • Elani Fourie compared the uptake and toxicity of PCBs adsorbed to nanoparticles of aluminum oxide on human tissue to PCB alone.
  • Janelle Geddes identified the mechanisms relating PCB exposure to obesity.
  • Erin Keim worked on how inorganic arsenic degrades a gene responsible for cellular regulation of salt.
  • Pritesh Kumar tested a hypothesis that ingestion of fish oil will prevent cardiovascular toxicity induced by PCBs.
  • Danielle Lyons is a senior student at the University of Kentucky, and she investigated the influence of dietary flavonoids.
  • Adam Mazzotti designed and ran a set of experiments that will simulate changing environmental conditions for sediments contaminated with arsenic and mercury.
  • Mathieu Menard established a data entry system for the baseline prenatal questionnaire and other study data collection forms
  • Kevin M. Mwenda is a senior at Dartmouth College; his research experience involved the incorporation of biostatistics with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in performing a spatial statistical analysis of particle pollution and lung cancer incidences.
  • Tessa Peart studied the bioaccumulation and trophic transfer of mercury in estuaries.
  • Fanny Priaulet is a junior at Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Ingénieurs en Art Chimiques Et Technologiques, in Toulouse, France majoring in chemical engineering. She has performed research on the response of cultured epithelial cells to TCDD to permit a better understanding of differences in sensitivity to TCDD within the human population.
  • Neha Ray helped build a biosensor for metabolites of PCBs by positioning a protein able to bind with the toxin with a fluorophore strategically located on the tip of an optical sensor.
  • Katherine Ridenour is a recent graduate of University of California-Davis. Over the summer she researched experience exposing human embryonic kidney cells and mouse inner medullary collecting duct cells.
  • Tiffany Sanchez learned laboratory analysis techniques in arsenic research.
  • Maya Sayarath coded and prepared the statistical analysis for understanding the geographic patterns of dietary metal exposure.
  • Melanie Sayarath spent her summer gaining valuable first-time work experience by assisting the Biostatistics and Epidemiology office at Dartmouth College.
  • Nick Sinnott-Armstrong was a senior at Hanover High School in Hanover, NH. He worked on refining an implementation of Multifactor Dimensionality Reduction (MDR) for Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).
  • Miriam Subbiah just graduated from Hanover High school in Hanover, NH. She worked on the collaborative aim to evaluate the reliability of multiple measures of metal exposure in mothers and mother-infant pairs during her summer research experience at Dartmouth College.
  • Nandini Vijayakumar helped to develop two PCB metabolite biosensors for the presence of, and level of, exposure.
  • Katerina von Beroldingen is a senior at University of California, Santa Cruz. She researched the effects of radical oxygen generators (arsenic and other reagents) on human epidermal cells treated in a low oxygen environment with Dr. Robert Rice at the University of California-Davis Department of Environmental Toxicology.
  • Aaron Wolfe is a senior at Colorado State University. He spent his summer conducting research at Advanced MicroLabs (AML) to assist in their efforts to develop an online device to monitor perchlorate remediation operations.

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