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2013 Summer Scholars

What a wonderful summer we had with 27 participants in our Stowers Summer Scholars program out of 221 applicants. Scholars hailed from 15 states and 5 countries, representing 24 schools. These young researchers were energetic, motivated, and accomplished so much. In addition, they are the stars of our Scholars video!

Meet our Summer Scholars:





Poster/Project Title

Florian Bilz

Freie Universität Berlin

Berlin, Germany


Aversive Training Changes Odor Response

Stephanie Bouffard

Université Pierre et Marie

Paris, France


Identification of tcof-like and nolc1 as new genes involved in zebrafish craniofacial development and models for Treacher Collins syndrome

Elena Brindley

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN


The Role of Chemokines in Trunk Neural Crest Cell Migration

George Bugarinovic 

The Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD


Tcof1, Polr1c and Polr1d: Understanding the cellular and genetic basis of Treacher Collins syndrome

Neal Desai

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA


Spatio-temporal expression and regulation of gene function in migration of cranial neural crest cells

Jesús Fuentes Antrás

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Madrid, Spain


Role of Lrp4 membrane receptor in Wnt-β/Catenin signaling regulation of tooth and bone development

Ana Eugenia Gabriel

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, MO


Investigating the role of Tah1 and Pih1 in the yeast R2TP complex, using proteomics

Emily Grantham

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS


Mapping A New Female Meiotic Mutant in Drosophila melanogaster

John Greaves

Simpson College

Indianola, IA


Non-uniform expression of epithelial polarity genes during development of Nematostella vectensis

Ze Hong

Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA


The effect of innexin2 on stem cell differentiation in Drosophila melanogaster

Zita Hubler

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Urbana-Champaign, IL


Development of CRISPR/CAS System for Investigation of Vomeronasal Organ in Mice

Liangliang Ji

Wuhan University

Wuhan, China


A Study of the Role of PKP2 and PERP During Neural Crest Cell Migration

Kelsey Kaeding

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA


Characterization and Mapping of a Female Meiotic Mutant in Drosophila melanogaster

Taylore King

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD


The Effects of Mitotic Spindle Misorientation on Gene Expression and Tissue Architecture

Rosemary Liu

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN


MLL3/4 function in enhancer H3K4 monomethylation

Sarah Munday

Rice University

Houston, TX


Differences in Meiosis: Sexual vs. Parthenogenetic Whiptail Lizards

Laura Nay

Willamette University

Salem, OR


Axon Guidance in the Olfactory System

Lindsay Parnell

Spelman College

Atlanta, GA

R. Li

The Effect of Fis1 Mutants on Protein Aggregate-Mitochondrial Association

Rishabh Raj

Indian Institute of Technology,Kanpur

Kanpur, India


A mathematical model for odor discrimination – effects of inhibition and input density

Aishwarya Raja

Columbia University

New York, NY

Sánchez Alvarado

Developing Techniques for Gene Knockdown During Embryonic Development in Planaria

Qihao Ren

Wuhan University

Wuhan, China

L. Li

Combined cancer treatment on intestine adenoma

Huanjie Sheng

Peking University

Beijing, China

R. Li

Quantitative analysis of polarization in budding yeast

Yi Shi

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburg, PA


Combinatorial code for Transcription Regulation in Drosophila

Nadine Nenja Sowa

University of Göttingen

Göttingen, Germany


L-leucine - a potential therapy for CdLS ?

Anne Tacha

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

L. Li

The in-vitro effect of novel β-catenin inhibiting treatments on leukemic stem cells

Charles Wolock

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA


Investigating the roles of metazoan signaling pathways in the pre-bilaterian model Nematostella vectensis

Andy Yu

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

L. Li

Identifying the Protein Partners of Linc-RNA H19 Gene