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2017 Summer Scholars

We were thrilled to host our 2017 class of Stowers Summer Scholars. We are truly proud of the excellence they showed in the lab!

Our 30 Scholars hail from 11 states and 8 other countries, representing a total of 25 universities. Our community was enriched by their energy and passion for science. Thank you for making it a great year!



Meet our Summer Scholars:







Poster/ Project Title

Alice Bedois

Universite Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6

Nicolas Rohner

Human-specific deletions of highly conserved putative enhancers and potential implications in human morphological features

Lauren Bernard

Johns Hopkins University

Scott Hawley

Testing the functionality of tagging the Drosophila
synaptonemal complex protein Corolla

Cynthia Bezier

Pierre and Marie Curie University

Paul Trainor

Understanding tissue-specific roles for POLR1A during embryogenesis

Lizbeth Bolanos Castro

National Autonomus University of Mexico

Paul Kulesa

Quest for neural crest repulsive cues by visualizing genes expression patterns

Teddy Cai

Carnegie Mellon University

Kausik Si

Regulated Intron Retention in Drosophila Melanogaster

Michael Yuyang Chu

Northwestern University

Linheng Li

Cox2-PGE2 Signaling confers Chemo-Resistance to Cancer Stem Cells

Emily Franciskato

Iowa State University

Sue Jaspersen

Investigation of Inner Nuclear Membrane Paralogs and their Non-Inner Nuclear Membrane Counterparts

Tatiana Gaitan

Universidad de Antioquia

Tatjana Piotrowski

Characterization of cisplatin induced sensory hair cell death and regeneration

Madeleine Gurney

University of Kansas

Scott Hawley

Novel loss-of-function deletion mutant causes severe SC assembly defects

Elizabeth Hemenway

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Scott Hawley

The Surprising Composition and Biophysical Properties
of a Drosophila Synaptonemal Polycomplex

Edmund Howe

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Jennifer Gerton

Sequencing the Human Centromere

Seraya Jones

Grambling State University

Matt Gibson

Regulation of BMP Signaling Through Fatty Acid Metabolism in Drosophila

Aubrey Kent

William Jewell

Nicolas Rohner

Analysis of inflammation triggered by the accumulation of adipose tissue in cave and surface population of Astyanax mexicanus

Maxime Killer

Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris 6)

Michael Washburn

Using mass spectrometry and enzymatic assays to study chromatin remodeling complexes

Emilie Lay

Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris 6)

Linheng Li

Expansion of human hematopoietic stem cells

Dave Lei

Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge

Paul Kulesa

Tissue Growth in Rhombomere 4 Axial Level of Chicken Embryos

Kevin Li

Washington University in St. Louis

Ron Yu

Using Drop-seq to obtain mRNA transcripts at a single cell resolution to explore the olfactory system

Renny Ma

Brown University

Ron Yu

Analyzing Innate Murine Responses to Fecal Bile Acids and Nestlets

Emma Moore

University of Houston

Paul Trainor

Identifying the tissue-specific function of Polymerase I and III subunits, Polr1cand Polr1d, in neural crest cell development during embryogenesis

Emily Nischwitz

Missouri State University

Peter Baumann


Anastasiia Onyshchenko

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Julia Zeitlinger

Visualizing transcription in late D. melanogaster embryos using single-molecule FISH

Fatima Plascencia De Anda

National Autonomus University of Mexico

Matt Gibson

Electroporation Optimization for shRNA delivery in Nematostella vectensis embryos

Krishna Prasad Rajendra Prasad

Lovely Professional University

Randal Halfmann

Screening of Mammalian Proteins in Yeast For Prion Like Behavior

Ana Solis Pinson

National Autonomus University of Mexico

Julia Zeitlinger

Preparation of late D. melanogaster embryos for single-cell RNA-Seq

Sarah Spivack

University of California, Berkeley

Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado

Screening for Genes Related to Pharynx Function in Schmidtea mediterranea

Elise Viodé

Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)

Ariel Bazzini

61 shades of optimality

Mason Wilkinson

University of Kansas

Randal Halfmann

Detecting Saccharomyces cerevisiae metacaspase activation and aggregation in vivo

Isaac Witte

University of California - Berkeley

Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado

Exploring Regeneration via RNAi Screen on S. mediterranea

Hongruo Zhang

College of Life Sciences,Wuhan University

Ron Yu

Exploring the Role of CircRNA in the Olfactory Map Formation

Eric Zhivkoplias

St. Petersburg State University

Julia Zeitlinger

ChIP-next: developing a novel low-input single-nucleotide resolution ChIP technique