Previous Undergraduate Pelotonia Fellows


Below are previous Undergraduate Student Pelotonia Fellows.

2016 Undergraduate Student Pelotonia Fellows

Abed Al-Rahman Traboulsi
Project – The Role of Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Ligands in Response to IFN-γ Releasing Natural Killer Cells

Adam Sychla
Project – Determining the Function of 9p21.3 Variants in Tumor Susceptibility

Alex Sprague
Project – Efficacy of a Novel Oncolytic Virus RAPTOR for Treatment of Breast Cancer Brain Metastases in Vitro and in Vivo

Alexa Magner
Project – The Role of cAMP Signal Mediators in Rap1 Activation in Follicular Thyroid Cancer

Alicia Bao
Project– The Mechanism of tRNA Intron Turnover and the Consequences of Its Dysfunction

Anamaria Bonilla
Project – Preventative Efficacy of Chemically Distinct SPF30 Sunscreens in Preventing NRas-Mutant Melanoma

Andrew Giltmier
Project – Identification of Novel Protein Components of the Cytoplasmic Capping Complex Using Proximity-Dependent Biotinylation

Ashley Braddom
Project – Anti-NCL scFv as a New Tool for Skin Cancer Therapy

Ashley Hadjis
Project – The Role of PALB2–BRCA2 Interaction in DNA Repair and Tumor Suppression

Darsheed Mustafa
Project – Heteroarene Alkylation with Alcohols via a Radial- Mediated Deoxygenation-Alkylation Cascade

Devine Jackson
Project – Extracellular miRNAs as Drivers of Lung Cancer Metastasis

Elijah Gardner
Project – Investigating Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition and Cross Resistance in Cancers Resistant to Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor Inhibitors

Gonzalo Olaverria Salavaggione
Project – The Role of NRAS Isoforms in Immune Evasion by BRAF Mutant Melanoma.

Jackson Killian
Project – A Computational Method to Correct for DNA Degradation of FFPE Samples in Sequencing-Based Methylation Experiments.

James Gallagher
Project – Dissecting the Tumor Suppressive Functions of PTEN in Endometrial Cancer.

Kathryn Andrews
Project – Role of MicroRNAs in Radiation Resistance in Prostate Cancer

Khara Walker
Project – Evaluation of Immunogenetics and the Long Survival of Uveal Melanoma Patients

Meghan Pawlikowski
Project – Predictive Role of miR-135b in Gemcitabine Sensitivity in Breast Cancer

Molly Josifov
Project – Developing Astrocyte-Specific Cell Lines in Drosophila Melanogaster as a Model of Glioblastoma

Mubarik Mohamed
Project – Regulation of F-actin Bundling by Human Plastins

Remy Powell
Project – Influence of Tomato Variety on the Molecular Signatures of Prostate Carcinogenesis in the TRAMP Mouse Model

Ryan Judd
Project – The Effects of Glucocorticoids on T Cell Maturation and Tumor Infiltration

Shannon Loftus
Project – Determining How Soy Phytochemicals Can Reduce Immunosuppression in Prostate Cancer

Tianyun Li
Project – In Vitro and in Vivo Radio- and Chemo-Sensitization of Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-Negative Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinomas by the Smac Mimetic LCL161

Tiffany Noel
Project – In Vitro Generation, Characterization and Reprogramming of Monocyte-Derived Tumor-Associated Macrophages

2015 Undergraduate Student Pelotonia Fellows

Daniel Banaszak
Project – The Effect of Extracellular Vesicle-Associated HLA-E on Natural Killer Cells in Multiple Myeloma

Raphael Banoub
Project – Breast Tumor Enhanced CXCL 12 Chemotaxis Sensitivity Induced by Macrophage-Derived Microvesicles on Nanoengineered, Biomimetic Topographies for Breast Tumor Cell Migration

Serena Chang
Project – Dance: A Holistic Expression of the Cancer Experience

Julian Clouse
Project – Examining the Roles and Interactions of E2F8 and Fat Content in Dietary Induced Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Joanne Hyun
Project – Role of Rng13 and Unc-13/Munc13 Family Proteins During Cytokinesis

Joshua Javor
Project – Development of Eddy Current Microscopy for Cancer Detection

Jude Khatib
Project – Heart Rate Variability and Cognitive Function Among Breast Cancer Survivors

George Koutras
Project – Increasing Potency and Safety of Oncolytic Viral Therapy for Glioblastoma

Marie Lamantia
Project – It Takes Two to Tango: A Study on the Effect of Dance-Based Interventions for Cancer Survivors

Matthew Lordo
Project – Elucidating the Role of UbE2K in the Post-Translational Regulation of PTEN in Breast Cancer

Samarchitha Magal
Project – Role of Anterior Gradient Protein 2 (AGR2) in Regulating PTEN Protein Stability in Breast Cancer

Sophia Maharry
Project – Elucidating the Impact of the Novel Aggressive NRAS Isoform 5 in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Rohit Menon
Project – The Effects of Carfilzomib on the Natural Killer Cell – Multiple Myeloma Interface

Tejaswini Nallanagulagari
Project – Enhancing Therapeutic Efficacy of an Oncolytic Virus with a Beta-1 Integrin Blocking Antibody, OS2966

Cristina Ocrainiciuc
Project – Acquired Resistance to BGJ398 Inhibitor of Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor Gene Fusions in the Bladder Cancer Cell Line, RT-112

Jennifer Patritti Cram
Project – Identification and Characterization of the Novel Tumor Suppressor Gene gon-14 in C.briggsae Muv Mutants

David Rabinovich
Project – The Biophysical Effects of an N-Terminal Extension on Tumor Suppressor p53

Victoria Simons
Project – Examining Differences in the sur-2/Med23 Gene and EGF/Ras Signaling Pathway in C. Elegans and C. Briggsae

Ben Stocker
Project – Using Laser Capture Microdissection to Analyze How the Loss of Cyclin A2 Affects Signaling Pathways and the Cell Cycle in Neural Progenitor and Stem Cells and Glioblastoma

Nicholas Trivelas
Project – Assembly and Function of Mn/Fe Lipid Oxidases: Towards Understanding Virulence and Reducing Mt-Related Lung Cancer Mortality

Reena Underiner
Project – The Role of LKB1 Signaling in NRAS-Driven Metastatic Melanoma

Sarvani Uppati
Project – Investigation of the Effect of Ibrutinib, a Bruton Tryosine Kinase Inhibitor, on Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cell Function

Ross Wanner
Project – Determination of HO-3867 Bio-Absorption and Molecular Composition of Cellular Metabolites

Allen Yi
Project – The Role of PGs and PTPs in Breast Cancer Cell Survival

Michael Zhang
Project – The Role of Innate Lymphoid Cells in Natural Killer Cell Development and Cytotoxicity Regulation

2014 Undergraduate Student Pelotonia Fellows

Greeshma Allareddy
Project – The Coordinate Role of RNA Helicase A and Tax in HTLV-1 Induced Cell Transformation

Zaynab Amin
Project – The Timing and Effects of APOBEC3B and Fhit Expression Changes in Lung Cancer

B. Rashmi Borah
Project – Prophylactic Organ Removal as a Means of Cancer Prevention: A Programmatic Analysis of Relevant Ethical Considerations

Michael Butrey
Project – Regulation of the INK4/ARF Tumor Suppressor Locus with CTCF

Zheng Che
Project – Cytostatic and Immunomodulatory Effects of MEK and Jak2 Inhibition in Biliary Cancers

James DeBacker
Project – Long Term Effects of the Synergistic Interaction of Cisplatin and Noise

Sam Dubin
Project – Enhancing Therapeutic Efficacy of an Oncolytic Virus with a CSF1R Inhibitor, GW2850

Andrew Eiterman
Project – Identification and Analysis of PTC Predisposing Variants in Thyroid Transcription Factor 1 Gene

Aaron Englander
Project – Uncertain Prognoses and Cancer Patients’ Emotional Outlook

Javkhlan-Ochir Ganbat
Project – MBD-BS: Accurate and Cost Efficient Analysis of Genome-Wide DNA methylation

Nikhil Gupta
Project – The Role of Epigenetic Modifications, Including Hydroxymethylation, in the Transcriptional Regulation of ZAP-70 in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Yannis Hadjiyannis
Project – PTEN and MMS22L Transgenic Screening in Prostate, Uterine and Mammary Gland Cancer

Andrea Holderbaum
Project – Cooperation of NRASQ61R and Ultra-Violet Radiation in the Etiology of Malignant Melanoma

Kaitlin Keenan
Project – STAT3 Inhibition in Biliary Cancer

Gregory Kemper
Project – Improvement of BRAF Therapy of Melanoma via Proteasome Inhibition

Alisha Lad
Project – Investigating the Role of NIMA Kinase and Eb1 Interaction in Microtubule Dynamics During Cell Cycle Regulation

Heidi Liou
Project – Stronger Than Ever: A Narrative and Photographic Project of Ohio State University Student Cancer Survivors

Peter Lyon
Project – Genetic Analysis of Drosophila ADAMTS (CG4096): A Novel Negative Regulator of Egfr Signaling

Rachel Miller
Project – Investigation of Protein-Protein Interactions Among Cell Polarity Determinants

Alina Murphy
Project – Rb, FoxM1 and Gene Regulation Pathways in Cancer

Mara Nickel
Project – Discerning the Mechanism of microRNA Regulation in Tumor-Associated Macrophages that Promote Breast Cancer Metastasis

Colin Packard
Project – Impact of Cisplatin in Combination with HDAC Inhibitors in Homologous Recombination

Maria Paskell
Project – Targeting AHR to Enhance Natural Killer Cell Function Against Multiple Myeloma

Ronak Patel
Project – Socioeconomic Status, Social Support and Perceived Daily Stress Among Breast Cancer Survivors

Archit Sahai
Project – AL2 Involvement in RNA-Dependent-DNA-Methylation

Zamon Sawyer
Project – A Window of Opportunity: How the PAX Gene Family May Lend Insight into Cancer Cell Proliferation

Nisitha Sengottuvel
Project – Investigating the Role of the Ets-1 Protein in Marginal Zone B Cell Differentiation and Survival

Connor Sullivan
Project – Determining a Molecular Basis for Variable Penetrance Utilizing Low- and High-Penetrant Rb Mutant Cell Lines

Ross Wanner
Project – Determination of HO-3867 Bio-Absorption and Molecular Composition of Cellular Metabolites

Benjamin Wissel
Project – Migratory Variations in Glioblastoma Subtypes

2013 Undergraduate Student Pelotonia Fellows

David Arsanious
Project: The Role of TCL1 on De Novo DNA Ethylation in the Pathogenesis of CLL

Kyle Beuoy
Project: Determining if the Binding Between Mps1 and VDAC3 is Necessary and Sufficient for Localization of Mps1 to the Centrosome

Daniel Brook
Project: The Effect of MLL-WT on the Development of MLL-PTD+ Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Katherine Chang
Project: Bard1 as a Tumor Suppressor and Mediator of DNA Repair

Julie Corbett
Project: Effect of Minocycline on Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Rachel D'Amico
Project: DLL-3 as a Potential Tumor Suppressor via Inhibition of Notch-1 Signaling in Gliomas

Teena D'Cruz
Project: Defining Retinoblastoma-Regulated Pathways Using Bioinformatics Approaches

Eric Dobson
Project: Creation and Optimization of Fluorescent Self-Assembling Peptide Amphiphiles for Targeted Cancer Imaging

Callie Drohan
Project: Investigation of Direct Anti-Tumor Activity and Immune Potentiating Effects of the Drug Silvestrol on Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

Cambree Fillis
Project: The Identification of Tumor Suppressor-Like Genes Responsible for the Mediation of Vulva Development in the Nematode Species, C.briggsae

Christine Fung
Project: The Role of Oxytocin in the Activation of Macrophages to an M2 Phenotype in the Tumor Microenvironment

Markus Harrigan
Project: Identifying Stromal Oncogene-Type Candidate Genes in the KRAS Mutant Tumor Microenvironment

Samantha King
Project: Soy Diet Intervention: Determining the Active Phytochemical and Diet Effects on Antigen Specific T-Cells

Michael Lause
Project: mRNA Profile of C.elegans Vulval Epithelium in Response to Stromal Signals

Zachary McKee
Project: High-Throughput Assays for Screening Inhibitors of Human Cytomegalovirus Alkaline Nuclease UL98

John Nemer
Project: Targeting the Role of DOT1L in MLLPTD Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Hannah Parks
Project: Mechanisms of Resistance for Cancers with Fusion Kinases

Ryan Reyes
Project: miR-23a: A Key Metabolic Regulator in Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Mark Rudolph
Project: Solute Carrier Family Protein SLC-39A6 is a Novel Target of Aberrantly-Activated Hedgehog Signaling Pathway in Endocrine Resistant Breast Cancer

Cameron Sheehan
Project: The Role of CLLD8 in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Alexander Tranovich
Project: Mental Health and Diet in Cancer Survivorship: Depression's Relationship to Diet Quality

Kelly Ward
Project: Identification of C.briggase EGF Pathway Genes

Alexandra Wells
Project: Effects of Vitamin A Metabolites on Improving the Action of Multiple Myeloma Pharmaceuticals

Edward Zitnik
Project: Examining the Evolution of Signal Transduction Pathways as a Model for Personalized Medicine

Mike Zolle
Project: Analysis and Optimization of Currently Unusable Data to Infer and to Clinically Correlate Repeat-Element Methylation Status in Leukemia

2012 Undergraduate Student Pelotonia Fellows

Taylor Brooks
Project: Characterization and Immortalization of Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells

Michael Chang
Project: Control of Fidelity by the Herpes Simplex Virus DNA Polymerase-Associated Exonuclease

Danielle Chappell
Project: Pulling the Molecular Lynchpin of CLL Microenvironment Chemotaxis by Blocking Phosphorlyation of Lymphocyte Cytosolic Protein 1 (LCP1)

Robert Easterling
Project: Examination of Stressor-Enhanced Inflammatory Macrophages: Implications for Colorectal Cancer

Ryan FitzGerald
Project: Impact of PTEN Status on c-Met pathway in Endometrial Cancer

Ben Hemmelgarn
Project: Dissecting the Intersection Between the RB and MYC Pathways in Vivo

Brian Hurwitz
Project: Enhancing Therapeutic Efficacy of Oncolytic Viruses with the Proteosome Inhibitor, Bortezomib

Mariam Hussain
Project: An Investigation Into the Link Between Heart Rate Variability and Intrusive Thoughts: Implications for Cancer Survivors

Srirama Josyula
Project: MicroRNA-155: Role in CD16-Mediated NK Cell Function in Vivo Against Cancer

Cally McGee
Project: A Conserved Role for Rho GTPases in Fission Yeast Contractile-Ring Assembly

Kinshuk Mitra
Project: Novel Medical Device for Enrichment and Detection of Circulating Tumor Cells

Marilly Palettas
Project: The Role of PKC β in Breast Cancer Tumor Progression

Ravi Patel
Project: miR-3151 in Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Target Gene Identification and Analysis of the Pathophysiologic Consequences of miR-3151 Overexpression

Emilia Plevris
Project: Study of DEN-Induced Hepatocellular Carcinoma Using E2F Transgene Mouse Model

Tyler Siekman
Project: Identification of a Novel Intronic Enhancer in Hdac9 Leading to Skin Tumor Susceptibility

Divya Subramanian
Project: The Role of Nucleoside Transporters in Immunomodulatory Drug Therapy

Justin Tossey
Project: The Role of Flavones in Hsp27-Regulated Apoptosis in Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinomas

Rachel Weiskittle
Project: The Impact of Palliative Care for Cancer Patients and their Family Members

2011 Undergraduate Student Pelotonia Fellows

Yousef Alghothani
Project: Characterization of PD-L1 Expression in Multiplem Myeloma

Zeenath Ameen
Project: Dietary Soy in Prostate Cancer Patients: An Investigation of the Anti-Cancer Properties of Soy Isoflavones

Parker Brumfield

Project: Chemokine Receptor CXCR4 as a Novel Target Against Small Cell Lung Cancer

Lindsay Cannon
Project: Cancer Treatment Type, Heart Rate Variability, and Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors

Meng Chun Chen
Project: Novel Approach for Profiling Compartmentalization and Redistribution of Histone H1 Phosphorylation in Cancer Cells

Veda Chokshi
Project: The Role of E2F7 and E2F8 in Cell Cycle Control and Tumorigenesis

Shauna Collins
Project: Targeting CS1 to Enhance Natural Killer Cell Function Against Multiple Myeloma: Elucidation of Mechanism of Elotuzumab, a Novel Anti-CS1 Antibody

Nicholas Denton
Project: Investigation of Acid Sphingomyelinase Contribution to Glioblastoma Multiforme Biology and Response to Radiation and Chemotherapy

Ryan Dixon
Project: Visualizing the Dynamic Localization and Behavior of the Ras/MAPK Pathway in Germline Apoptosis of C Elegans

Michael Dworkin
Project: Extracting Mechanistic Insight From Large Biochemical Networks via Statistical Analysis

Benjamin Kaumeyer
Project: Identification of Cell Specific Target Genes for a Pax Transcription Factor in C Elegans

Danielle Kelly
Project: Identification of Cell Specific Target Genes for a Pax Transcription Factor in C Elegans

Christine Knopp
Project: One Goal: To Prevent Cancer Incidences in Women Through the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles

George Koutras
Project: Evaluation of Fenretinide and its Metabolites for Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma Chemoprevention

Jonathan Lee
Project: A Genome-Wide Screening of Drosophila Melanogaster to Identify Endoreduplication-Specific Factors

Melissa Mauntel
Project: AKT-1 Independent Functions of Tumor Suppressor PTEN

Joseph M. Meyers Jr.
Project: Effect of Vitamin A Metabolites on the Transcriptional Regulation of Immunoglobulin Synthesis in B Cells

Jeffrey Miller
Project: Exploring Novel Functions of E2F3 in Bladder Cancer

Sean Moore
Project: Novel Markers of Anthracycline-Induced Myocardial Damage

Ryan Orlosky
Project: Study of the H-Ras-Rb Axis in Oncogene Induced Senescence

Carlee Schaefer
Project: Use and Optimization of TAP-tagged Herpesvirus Protein to Identify Novel Host Protein Interactions

Nandini Sharma
Project: The Role of PKCβ in Breast Cancer Progression

Ron Siebenaler
2012 Goldwater Scholar
Project: Personalized Medicine in Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Targeting AML with Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors and Epigenetic Modifiers

Breonna Slocum
Project: Establishing the Link between Pax Transcription Factors and Acyl-CoA Synthetase in Cancer Biology

Alexander Smith
Project: Development of a Consensus-Establishing Software Tool for Skin Cancer Research

Erica Toivonen
Project: Reduce the Risk: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in Males with an Increased Risk of Cancer

Daniel Yanes
Project: Analysis of the Role of MLL-PTD in Hematopoesis Using a Mouse Model

2010 Undergraduate Student Pelotonia Fellows

Philip Allen
Project: One Story at a Time

Jason Carrier
Project: Modeling Structural Robustness of Tumor Cells

Lori Devereux
Project: The Radical Mastectomy of Nabby Adams Smith: Living and Dying with Dignity in the Public Shadow of Two U.S. Presidents

Clint Christman
Project: Identification & Characterization of Atg1 Substrates Important for Autophagy

Tyler Church
Project: Matrix Metalloproteinases: A Target for Catalytic Degradation

Shauna Collins
Project: The Role of CS1 in the Natural Killer Cell Versus Multiple Myeloma Effect

Jinna Deslandes
Project: Regulation of ABC Transporter Systems by a Rho GTPase

Dustin Gable
Project: Ets1 as a Potential Target of MicroRNA-1 in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Molly Gallagher
Project: Confirming Targets and Unraveling Pathways of the Regulatory Pax2/5/8 Transcription Factor EGL-38

Kate Gordon
Project: Targeting Protein Arginine Methytransferase 5 (PRMT5) Overexpression in Glioblastoma Multiforme

Kelsey Gray
Project: Role of DCPS In Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Paul Gruenbacher
Project: Moving Through the Neighborhood: Examining the Role of Brain Epidermal Growth Factor Signaling on Glioma Progression in Vitro and in Vivo

Andrew Gruenzel
Project: The Role of E2F3 Phosphorylation in Rb-mediated Tumorigenesis

Alex Hissong
Project: Developing Brain Biomimetic Material for In Vitro Tumor Studies

Kevin Kaufman
Project: Antibody Ligation to Pulmonary Polymeric Microparticles for the Treatment of Lung Cancer

Anthony Kiragu
Project: MicroRNAs, lin-28 and Cancer

Jonathan Lee
Project: A Genome-Wide Screening of Drosophila Melanogaster to Identify Endoreduplication Specific Genes

Grace Miller
Project: Identification of E2f1, E2F3a and E2F3b Target Genes in Mouse Liver Development/Cancer

Kevin Murnan
Project: Suppression of an Intestinal Tumor Phenotype In Vivo by the BLM Helicase

Mariya Nudel
Project: A Connection Between Cell Cycle Regulation and Cytoplasmic-Nuclear Dynamics of tRNA

Thach Pham
Project: Tumorigenesis and Protein Stability of Knockin PTEN Mutations in Mice

Jason Pradarelli
Project: The Effects of Tetrathiomolybdate and Oncolytic Virus Combination Therapy in Vivo

Ronald Siebenaler
Project: Analysis of Epigenetic Modifiers in a Mouse Model of Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Cassandra Skinner
Project: Targeting Melanoma via the Innate Immune System

Kathryn Takamura
Project: Eccentric Cleavage Products of Lycopene: Dietary Carotenoids as Cancer Chemopreventive Agents

Elizabeth Ulm
Project: Coordination of Cell Fates Within a tTssue by a Pax2/5/8 Transcription Factor

Linghan Wang
Project: Design Effective Anti-Smoking PSAs Targeting African Americans:A Dynamic Motivational Activation Model

Jennifer Wittwer
Project: Synthesis of Natural Product Derivatives for Anticancer Treatment

Emily Wong
Project: Methanobrevibacter Smithii RNase P: A Model for Archaeal Mesophilic Type A RNase P and a Possible Antiobesity Target

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