Center for Environmental Health Sciences- Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
Since the summer of 2008, CEHS with funding from NIEHS/NIH has sponsored a 10-week summer research program that continues to provide undergraduates an experience that encourages them to consider environmental and biomedical careers. This year, from 26 applicants across the US, six undergraduate students were selected to perform research projects with the guidance of UM scientist mentors.
Sarah Kinsey from Missoula, Mont., attending University of Montana with mentor Dr. Elizabeth Putnam, will be working on “The Control of Protein Production Related to Lung Fibrosis.” Sarah will study the role that a matricellular protein called SPARC plays in the formation of fibrosis.
Elena Beideck from Saranac Lake, NY, attending SUNY Geneseo with Dr. Chris Migliaccio, will be working on “Evaluation of Nanomaterials for Potential Therapeutics.” Elena will focus on screening a wide variety of nanoparticles for potential use in cancer therapy.
Harley Fredriksen from Stevens Point, Wisc., attending University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will be working with Dr. Yoon Hee Cho in “Evaluating Epigenetic Alterations by Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes Exposure” focusing on evaluating epigenetic alterations by engineered nanomaterials exposure and developing epigenetic biomarkers to detect exposure and potential disease risk.
Katie Dorsett of Missoula, Mont., attending University of Montana with mentors, Drs. Kevan Roberts and Zeina Jaffar will be “Evaluating the Responses of Murine Natural Killer Cells to Airborne Allergens” focusing on the interaction between the common house dust mite allergen and NK cells.
Jaxie Friedman of Waccabuc, NY, attending Wesleyan University with mentor Dr. Fernando Cardozo, will focus on “Evaluation of Pesticides on Motor Behavior and Brain Neurochemistry” using a fruit fly model (Drosophila melanogaster) to evaluate changes in motor behavior and brain neurochemistry after exposure to pesticides linked to Parkinson’s Disease.
Andrew Closson of Hampden, ME, attending University of Maine with mentor Dr. Andrij Holian will be “Evaluating the Uptake and Processing of Nanoparticles in a Human Epithelial Cell Line (A549) using CellLight Reagents” by utilizing a human cell line with specific proteins and treated with engineered nanomaterials to delineate the mechanism of lysosomal membrane degradation.