Duke ASP Scholars

Summer 2020 Amgen Scholars Program at Duke was canceled due to impacts of COVID-19. Scholars selected for Summer 2020 were given the opportunity to defer to Summer 2021. No new applications were accepted for Summer 21.

Lucas Kim
Home Institution: Duke University
Faculty Mentor: Ed Levin, PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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Samuel Liu
Home Institution: Yale University
Faculty Mentor: Robert Lefkowitz, MD/PhD, Medicine
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Nicholas Manfred
Home Institution: Columbia University
Faculty Mentor: Pelin Volkan, PhD, Biology
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Erin Mansell
Home Institution: Davidson College
Faculty Mentor: David Kirsch, MD/PhD, Radiation Oncology
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Ikechi "Bradley" Nwadike
Home Institution: Bowie State University
Faculty Mentor: Francis Ka-Ming Chan, PhD, Immunology
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Lauren Onweller
Home Institution: Penn State University
Faculty Mentor: Tatiana Segura, PhD, Biomedical Engineering    
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Behnia Rezazadeh Shirazi
Home Institution: Iowa State University
Faculty Mentor: Charles Gersbach, PhD, Biomedical Engineering    
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Jeffrey Zhang
Home Institution: Duke University
Faculty Mentor: Steve Malcolmson, PhD, Chemistry
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Summer 2020 Amgen Scholars Program at Duke was canceled due to impacts of COVID-19. Scholars selected for Summer 2020 were given the opportunity to defer to Summer 2021.

Andréa Ball
Home Institution: Duke University
Faculty Mentor: Nancie MacIver, MD/PhD, Pediatric Endocrinology
Project Summary: Targeting metabolism to alter T cell function as a potentially novel way to treat autoimmune disease.

Owen Canterbury
Home Institution: Washington State University
Faculty Mentor: Hiroaki Matsunami, PhD, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Project Summary: Mapping olfactory receptors governing the sense of smell.

Amanda Cimino
Home Institution: Mercer University
Faculty Mentor: Charles Gersbach, PhD, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Project Summary: Utilizing CRISPR/Cas9 to develop a gene therapy to treat nerve sheath tumors.

Allen Green
Home Institution: Brown University
Faculty Mentor: Donald McDonnell, PhD, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Project Summary: Utilizing high-throughput methods to identify compounds that interfere with androgen receptor dimerization to treat prostate cancer.

Dominick Jenkins
Home Institution: University of Northwestern-St. Paul
Faculty Mentor: Dennis Ko, MD/PhD, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Project Summary: Determining the molecular mechanisms Salmonella infection.

Caylee Marshall
Home Institution: University of Kentucky
Faculty Mentor: Tatiana Segura, PhD, Biomedical Engineering
Project Summary: Optimizing nanoparticles to treat stroke.

Erin Mihealsick
Home Institution: Clemson University
Faculty Mentor: Don Fox, PhD, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Project Summary: Screening of tardigrade genes for alteration of radiation resistance in Drosophila melanogaster.

John Nguyen
Home Institution: Cooper Union
Faculty Mentor: Scott Floyd, MD/PhD, Radiation Oncology
Project Summary: Evaluating the radioprotection and radiosensitization properties of a drug to improve radiotherapy for cancer patients.

Anna Savelyeva
Home Institution: Duke University
Faculty Mentor: David Kirsch, PhD, Radiation Oncology
Project Summary: Investigating the role of ATM and p53 in childhood brain cancers.

Shannon Silva
Home Institution: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Faculty Mentor: Ann Marie Pendergast, PhD, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Project Summary: Understanding the role of ABL kinases in lung cancer brain metastasis.

Janel Sowers
Home Institution: New Mexico State University
Faculty Mentor: Dorothy Sipkins, MD/PhD, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy
Project Summary: Improving chemotherapeutic treatments for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). 

Tamanna Srivastava
Home Institution: Duke University
Faculty Mentor: Emily Derbyshire, PhD, Chemistry
Project Summary: Identifying new therapies to target Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite responsible for the deadliest form of malaria.

Alessia Stewart
Home Institution: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Faculty Mentor: George Truskey, PhD, Biomedical Engineering
Project Summary: Targeting drivers of inflammation in atherosclerosis (plaques in arteries).

Priscilla Villalona
Home Institution: Bay Path University
Faculty Mentor: Hashim Al-Hashimi, PhD, Biochemistry
Project Summary: Targeting HIV-1 RNA Using Small Molecules.

Yuqi Bill Zhang
Home Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Faculty Mentor: Steven Patierno, PhD, Duke Cancer Institute
Project Summary: Engineering a novel cell line for functional analysis of alternative splicing in prostate cancer.