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Class of 2020 Projects



​Student ​Mentor ​Department ​Project Title
​Davis Aasen ​Dr. Robert Meguid Surgery ​Validation of Surgical Risk Preoperative Assessment System (SURPAS) with Specialty-Specific Patient Populations
​Diana Clabots ​Dr. Daniel Frank Medicine (Schweppe Endowment) ​Analysis of the Fungal Microbiome of the Sinus in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Patients
​Tiffany Cung ​Dr. Mark Laudenslager ​Psychiatry (Schweppe Endowment) ​Hair Cortisol Prior to Transplant and Time to Engraftment in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients
​Derek George ​Dr. Benzi Kluger ​Neurology (Schweppe Endowment) Validating and Operationalizing Case Definition Criteria for Parkinson’s Disease Related Fatigue
​Lakotah Hardie ​Dr. Jay Hesselberth ​Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Assessing Cellular Responses to Chemotherapy with a Novel Assay for DNA Repair
​Kellen Hirsch ​Dr. Steven Abman Pediatrics Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 for the Prevention of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Kevin Huang ​Dr. Anna Malykhina ​Surgery Mechanisms of Chemotherapy-induced Bladder Dysfunction in Children
Matthew Hupy ​J Mark Petrash ​Ophthalmology Molecular Targets for Cataract Prevention
​Beza Jobira ​Dr. Daniel Frank ​Medicine ​Exploring the Role of the Gut Microbiome in Youth at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
​Jared Johnson ​Dr. Jeff Olson ​Ophthalmology Analyzing the Biocompatability and Efficacy of a Novel CFD and VEGF Inhibitor in Treating Age-related Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy: A Preclinical Trial
​Alexander Jones ​Dr. Jay C Albright ​Orthopedics ​Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Severity and Post-Reconstruction Functionality
Peter Klauck ​Dr. Todd Pitts Cancer Center Antitumor Activity of the ATM Inhibitor AZD1056 as Single Agent and in Combination with Conventional Chemotherapy in Preclinical Models of Colorectal Cancer
​Eric Lakey ​Dr. Kenneth Hunt ​Orthopedics ​Comparison of Soft Suture and Traditional Anchoring Methods in Achilles Tendon Reattachments to the Calcaneus; Interpretation of PROMIS PF CAT Foot & Ankle Results for Healthy Non-Athlete Young Adults
​Pierce Lewien ​Dr. Moshe Levi ​Medicine (Schweppe Endowment) ​Role of FXR, TGR5 and their Targets in Prevention of Diabetes and Obesity Related Kidney and Liver Disease
​Colleen Long ​Dr. Ayelet Talmi Child Psychiatry The Effects of a Universal Psychosocial Screening on Primary Care Provider’s Identification of Adversity Factors in Pediatric Patients
​Bailey Loving ​Dr. Robert Eckel ​Medicine ​Exploring the role of LPL in M2 microglia as a potential therapy for patients with multiple sclerosis
​Aaron Mauner ​Dr. Eoin McNamee ​Anesthesiology ​Regulation of pathogenic CD4+ T cells in Gut-associated-lymphoid-tissues
​Katie Minami ​Dr. Karin Payne Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology Center Comparing the Chondrogenic Ability of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) Generated from Human Skin Fibroblasts and Donor-matched Bone Marrow Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells (BM-MSCs)
​Adam Panzer ​Dr. James Costello ​Cancer Center ​Using -Omics Data to Illuminate Mechanism in the Progression of Aggressive Prostate Cancer
​Harin Parikh ​Dr. Tessa Mandler Anesthesiology ​An Evaluation of Postoperative Pain Management Protocol during and after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in the Pediatric Population
Erik Polsdofer ​Dr. Bolin Liu ​Pathology ​Investigating the Biochemical Pathway in which Metformin Induces Apoptosis in Triple Negative Breast Cancer, Examining TRAIL Receptor and IncRNA GAS-5
​Thomas Ryan ​Dr. Brett Reece ​Surgery ​Analysis of Spinal Cord Revascularization Related to Aortic Surgery
Colton Sauer ​Dr. James J. Carollo Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation A Retrospective Comparison of Rotational Outcomes in Femoral Derotation Osteotomies for Intermedullary Nails versus Blade Plates
Alexander Schulick ​Dr. David Schwartz ​Medicine ​Identifying and Describing the Transcriptions Factors that Regulate the MUC5B Promotor
​Malvin Vien ​Dr. Xiao-jing Wang ​Pathology ​Targeting Paracrine Stromal Factors Induced by P13K Inhibitor Therapy in HNSCC
Jonathan Wehrend ​Dr. Lisa Ferrigno Surgery Risk Factors for Aortic Injury and Associated Mortality in Patients with Blunt Mechanism Trauma at UCH: UC Denver, Memorial Hospital Colorado Springs, Medical Center of Rockies