2017 Spring Term Brackenridge Fellows

Fatimah Adisa

Major: Chemical Engineering

Identifying Substrates for hPSC Attachment

Faculty Mentor: Ipsita Banerjee, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering,

Swanson School of Engineering


Edan Alpern

Major: Physics

Instability of Gain in Josephson Parametric Amplifiers

Faculty Mentor: Michael Hatridge, Department of Physics and Astronomy


Blake Boehm

Major: Neuroscience; Minor: Chemistry

Evaluating the Properties of Voltage Gated Calcium Channel Agonists with Medical Potential

Faculty Mentor: Stephen Meriney, Department of Neuroscience


Ashlyn Bulas

Major: Microbiology; Minors: Neuroscience, Chemistry

Effects of Zinc-Mediated Cortical Sound Processing Through Znt1/NMDA Receptor Coupling and the Potential Link to Autism

Faculty Mentor: Elias Aizenman, Department of Neurobiology, School of Medicine


Sana N. Chowdhry

Major: History; Minor: Linguistics

Religious Synchretism in Nabataean Urban Cults

Faculty Mentor: Rebecca Denova, Department of Religious Studies


Claire Chu

Major: Chemistry; Minor: Psychology

Hot Metal Switch: A Paper Sensor for Lead in Water

Faculty Mentor: Alexander Deiters, Department of Chemistry


Andrew Earle

Majors: Mathematics, Economics; Minor: French

Are Impact Fees Optimal?

Faculty Mentor: Jeremy Weber, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs


Fiona Eichinger

Majors: Biological Sciences, International and Area Studies; Minor: Spanish

What Determines “Resettlement”?  Identifying How Resettlement is Framed and Experienced in Pittsburgh

Faculty Mentor: Tomas Matza, Department of Anthropology


Leonard Estephan

Major: Biological Sciences

Role of MicroRNAs in Hypoxic Pulmonary Hypertension Development of the Live High, Train Low Training Regimen

Faculty Mentor: Stephen Chan, Department of Cardiology, Vascular Medicine Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Dheeraj Jalluri

Major: Neuroscience

Assessing Qualities of Artwork in Relation to Aesthetic Perception of Artwork

Faculty Mentor: Alison Langmead, Department of History of Art and Architecture


Jordan Kurzum

Major: Spanish; Minor: Chemistry

Voice of the People – Guillén as a Model for Sociopolitical Activism

Faculty Mentor: Karen Goldman, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures and Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh


Grace Lee

Major: Biological Sciences; Minor: Chemistry, Dance

Thrombospondin-1 and CD47 Gene Expression in Alzheimer’s Disease

Faculty Mentor: Jeffrey Isenberg, Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Madeleine Leek

Major: Undeclared

Characterization of Polyploidy in Baseline and Injured F344 Rat Hepatocytes

Faculty Mentor: Andrew Duncan, Department of Pathology, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh






Vasil Mico

Major: Neuroscience

Is the Mitochondrial Aconitase Enzyme Essential for the Production of Red Blood Cells?

Faculty Mentor: Grant C. Bullock, , Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Heather Moore

Major: Nursing

Search for Gut Microbiota-Mediated Composition and Influence in Type 2 Diabetes

Faculty Mentor: Cecelia Yates, Department of Health Promotion and Development, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing


Anjana Murali

Majors: Psychology, Anthropology; Minors: French, Chemistry

Laying the Foundation for Creating Customized Kidney Tissue: How Oxygen Flow Affects Kidney Development

Faculty Mentor: Sunder Sims-Lucas, Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh


Arthi Narayanan

Majors: Sociology, Neuroscience; Minors: Chemistry, History

Examining Addiction Healthcare Policy Through National Party Platforms

Faculty Mentor: Adam Gordon, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System


Jan A. Niec

Major: Economics

Health Status, Impulsivity, and Risk Aversion: A Time Preference Analysis of Two Unique Patient Groups

Faculty Mentor: Stephen M. Albert, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health


Connor Norton

Major: Finance; Minors: English Literature and Economics

Mixappropriation: How Copyright Law is Stifling Artistic Innovation in the Information Age

Faculty Mentor: Gayle Rogers, Department of English




Kayko Ohkawa

Majors: Economics, Geology

The Effects of Climate Change on Crop Yield

Faculty Mentor: Andrea La Nauze, Department of Economics


Mahmoud Omar

Major: Neuroscience

The Effects of Synthetic Glucocorticoids on HIF-3A Splice Variant Expression in Embryonic Neural Stem Cells

Faculty Mentor: Donald DeFranco, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Sneha Rajendran

Majors: Biological Sciences, Spanish

How Physicians Can Best Approach and Discuss IPV with their Obstetric Patients

Faculty Mentor: Judy Chang, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Magee Women’s Hospital


Gillian Schriever

Major: Chemical Engineering

The Controlled Release of Suberoylanilide Hydroxamic Acid for the Reduction of Inflammation Associated with Dry Eye Disease

Faculty Mentor: Stephen R. Little, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering


Andrew Warburton

Major: Chemistry

Insights into Long-Coding RNAs in Breast Cancer through Guilt-by-Association Modeling

Faculty Mentor: David Boone, Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Gaibo Yan

Major: Biological Sciences; Minors: Economics, Chemistry, French

Who Let the Protease In?

Faculty Mentor: Robert Duda, Department of Biological Sciences.