Student Summer Profiles

SheridanThis summer, Sheridan worked in a bioinformatics lab continuing work he began during the summer of 2012. Specifically he has been identifying genetic markers and using them to construct evolutionary trees.

Matt GalliFor the summer of 2012 and 2013 Matt Galli has been researching at the University of Toronto St. George Campus. Specifically, he is working in a lab primarily focused on the immune response behind periodontal disease. Last summer the lab worked to develop a diagnostic test for which stage of periodontal disease a person was in (i.e. active bone loss, stable condition, healing phase) based on patterns in surface marker expression within blood monocytes. This summer, Matt is working on trying to characterize murine bone marrow derived macrophages.

Jared Valdron 2013In the summer of 2013, Jared has had the great experience of working with the Banaji Lab at Harvard. There, he is researching how implicit (subconscious) associations and trait inferences can affect everyday judgments and decisions. In addition to working as a research assistant on a variety of projects including trait inferences in children, Jared was able to pursue a project of his own. In this ongoing project, he is investigating the possibility of an implicit association between eye colour and perceived dominance. If there is such an implicit association, Jared wants to investigate if it influences everyday hiring decisions in his future work.

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During the summer of 2012, Piotr Roztocki was funded by a NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) in the Department of Physics at Ryerson University. He and his supervisor, Dr. Emily Heath, worked in medical physics on a topic relevant to Piotr's experiences in the first year cancer module. Some background - the purpose of radiation therapy is to deliver a high radiation dose to the tumour while minimizing the dose delivered to healthy tissues to avoid treatment-related complications. It is thus very important that the planned and the delivered dose distributions are the same, but this is not the case as respiratory motion blurs the dose and causes less dose to be delivered to the tumour and more to surrounding healthy tissues. This limits the dose that can be prescribed to the patient, meanwhile a higher dose is likely needed to control the tumour and reduce patient mortality. 

During the summer of 2012, Angela Huynh worked with Dr. Alba Guarné under the department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences. Her work focuses on DNA replication initiation and the Cdc7-Dbf4 complex. Cdc7 kinase and its activation subunit Dbf4 play crucial roles in initiating and determining where replication origins occur. Due to its integral role in DNA replication, it is a valuable drug target for many types of cancer.

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