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Previous SIP Alumni 2009 SIP Alumni


Ronald Bedison
Community College of Allegheny County

Ronald recently completed his junior year at CCAC majoring in Biology/Biotechnology. This summer Ron will work with Gwen Sowa, PhD, at the University of Pittsburgh. His work will investigate the biology of intervertebral disc degeneration and methods of treatment, including motion-based therapies and stem cell and gene therapy. Ron collects spores, molds, and fungus.

Tenisha Blackwell
Community College of Allegheny County

Completing her junior year at CCAC majoring in Biotechnology, this summer Tenisha will work in the lab of Latha Satish on the research project, "Gene Expression Patterns Of Various Candidate Genes in Isolated Depuyren’s Contracture Fibroblasts." Tenisha believes the best way to spend a weekend in Pittsburgh is to go to the Carnegie Museum.

Mary Boland
Saint Vincent College

This summer Mary will be working with Robert Parker, PhD, University of Pittsburgh. Her work will focus on the reverse engineering of tissues. A senior next year at St. Vincent College majoring in bioinformatics, Mary’s hobbies include photography, playing the organ and piano, and bicycling.

Ashley Brown
University of Wisconsin Parkside

Ashley will be a senior this year majoring in Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. This summer, she will work with Richard Debski, PhD, University of Pittsburgh. Her research will focus to develop a model that consistently injures the glenohumeral capsule and then characterize the structure (collagen fiber alignment) and mechanical properties of the injured tissue using a combined experimental and computational approach. Ashley's interests are reading and watching UFC matches, the Green Bay Packers, and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Barbara Byers
Community College of Allegheny County

A sophomore in the fall as a Biotechnology major, Barb will work with Nam Vo, PhD, University of Pittsburgh. Her research will study the role of oxidative DNA damage in intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) using a mouse IDD model defective in DNA repair.

Yvonne Goudy-Bermudez
Allen University

Yvonne, who will be a sophomore this fall as a Biology, Mathematics and Natural Sciences major at Allen University, will intern with Steven Abramowitch, PhD, at the University of Pittsburgh. Yvonne will be involved with evaluating a novel tissue engineering approach to treat pelvic floor injury following a simulated birth injury in rats. Yvonne’s hobbies are ballroom dancing, interior decorating, throwing pottery on the wheel, and visiting living history museums.

Christine Hall
University of Notre Dame

A senior this year at the University of Notre Dame, Chrissy is a Biochemistry major. She will work with Savio Woo, PhD, DSc, University of Pittsburgh, MRCS. Chrissy’s research will examine the mechanical and biological characterization of tissue-engineered collagen scaffolds utilizing stretching equipment. Chrissy mostly enjoys playing basketball and dancing.

Danielle Hardy
Virginia Tech

Danielle is a junior majoring in Biochemistry at Virginia Tech who enjoys singing, dancing, reading, watching movies, and eating. Danielle will be working with Kacey Marra, PhD, University of Pittsburgh. Her research will primarily focus on fat-derived stem cells isolation and culture sell seeding on biomaterials.

Katherine Hurley
University of Miami

A senior this fall at University of Miami, Kate is a Biology major. Kate enjoys baking, sports, listening and playing music, eating ice cream, and exploring new places. Kate is working with Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD, at the University of Pittsburgh. As an intern in Dr. Badylak’s lab, Kate’s responsibilities will include conducting microscopic analysis of tissue sections, including immunofluorescent of immunohistochemical staining, cell culture of both primary and established cell lines, and the preparation of biomaterials by following SOP’s.

Sha'Vonne James
Johnson C. Smith University

A senior this year majoring in Biology and Chemistry, Sha’Vonne this summer is working with Bridget Deasy, PhD, at the University of Pittsburgh. Sha’Vonne’s summer research involves focus on the study of human stem cells for cartilage repair.

Ryan Kammeyer
Purdue University

Ryan is a junior at Purdue University majoring in Biomedical Engineering. His hobbies include running, volleyball, and cooking. This summer he will participate in a project that will investigate the use of smart polymers for tissue culture in the lab of Rick Koepsel, PhD, University of Pittsburgh.

Jazmine Loman
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

A senior this year majoring in Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences at Slippery Rock University, Jazmine will work with William Wagner, PhD, at the University of Pittsburgh. As an intern, Jazmine will be involved in studying the releases of proteins and other molecules from biomaterial matrices under different experimental conditions. Jazmine believes the best way to spend a weekend in Pittsburgh is to go to Kennywood, the Pittsburgh Zoo, or go to the Point.

Temitope Orenuga
Drury University

Temitope is a senior majoring in Psychology and Chemistry at Drury University. Temitope enjoys food, music, dancing, The Sims, and traveling. She will be working with Henry Zeringue, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, where her research will primarily focus on testing the ability of a mutated sodium channel (SCN 1a) to change the normal properties of neurons.

Gilbert Schaeffer
Saint Vincent College

Gil will be a senior this fall majoring in Biology and Biotechnology at St. Vincent College. This summer, Gil will be interning with Marina Kameneva, PhD, University of Pittsburgh. Gil will be involved with the study of hemorheological and microhemodynamic properties of whole blood and/or red blood cell suspensions alone and added with Nanomolar concentrations of blood soluble drag-reducing polymers.

Jackie Smith
University of Pittsburgh and Community College of Allegheny County

A senior at CCAC majoring in Biotechnology, Jackie is interning with Scott Tashman, PhD, at the University of Pittsburgh. Jackie will utilize a unique combination of x-ray, video, and force measurement technologies to assess the mechanical behavior of human joints while subjects perform functional and sports activities. Jackie believes the best way to spend a weekend in Pittsburgh is catching a ball game at PNC Park then heading over to Primanti’s for one of their famous sandwiches.

Kacey Streba
Community College of Allegheny County

Kacey is a junior this year majoring in Biotechnology at CCAC. Kacey is interning with Joerg Gerlach, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh. Her research experience will focus on 3-D perfusion bioreactors studies with cells for regenerative medicine applications. Kacey enjoys art, animals, nature, and business ethics/politics.

Rasheda Vereen
Amherst College

As a Psychology, Chemistry and Environmental Studies major at the Amherst College, Rasheda will work with David Vorp, PhD, University of Pittsburgh. In Dr. Vorp’s lab, Rasheda will study how several cells and tissues of the human body experience mechanical stresses on a daily basis. Rasheda believes the best time in Pittsburgh is at the June summer festival.