Inaugural 2017 HHMI EXROP Students at Harvard Medical School
Inaugural 2017 HHMI EXROP Students at Harvard Medical School
Inaugural 2017 HHMI EXROP Students at Harvard Medical School
Inaugural 2017 HHMI EXROP Students at Harvard Medical School

Inaugural 2017 HHMI EXROP Students at Harvard Medical School


Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (HHMI EXROP) at Harvard Medical School

2017 HHMI EXROP Students at Harvard Medical School

Mireya Almaraz, University of Texas at Austin

“Ultra Sensitive Assay Development for Early Tuberculosis Detection”

HHMI Mentor: Dr. David Walt, Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Martina Cavallini, Florida International University

“Automated Tracking of Social Interactions Amongst Mice in a Competitive Environment”

HHMI Mentor: Dr. Catherine Dulac, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University


Hector A. Chaires, Rice University

“Focusing Immune Responses Using Hyperglycosylated Influenza Virus Hemagglutinins”

HHMI Mentor: Dr. Stephen Harrison, Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School


Mona Chatrizeh, University of California, Los Angeles

“Defining Genes Unique to the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Niche”

HHMI Mentor: Dr. Leonard Zon, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Boston Children's Hospital


Alexander Durango, Florida International University

“Epigenetic Inheritance at the Pericentromere in Fission Yeast"

HHMI Mentor: Dr. Danesh Moazed, Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School


Paola M. Matos-Ruiz, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

“In-vitro Functional Studies of an ACKR3 Candidate Disease Variant in a Family with Ptosis and Oculomotor Synkinesis”

HHMI Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth C. Engle, Department of Neurology, Boston Children's Hospital


Prisca C. Obidike, Lincoln University

“Efflux of Cholesterol from Astrocytes and Neuroblastoma Cells by Apolipoprotein E Particles”

HHMI Mentor:  Dr. Stuart Schreiber, Chemical Biology Program, Broad Institute


Paula Pelayo, University of California, Los Angeles

“Differential Expression in Testis of Monogamous and Promiscuous Sister Species”

HHMI Mentor:  Dr. Hopi Hoekstra, Department of  Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University


Justine J. Ramos, San Francisco State University

“Regulation of Stem Cell Proliferation in Drosophila Melanogaster Midgut”

HHMI Mentor: Dr. Norbert Perrimon, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School


Aliyah B. Silver, University of Maryland College Park

“Genetic Analysis of Shigella Flexneri Invasion And Intracellular Replication”

HHMI Mentor: Dr. Matthew Waldor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women's Hospital


Alonso Villasmil Oscando, Williams College

“Engineering the Therapeutic Potential of CD8 T Cells to Eradicate the HIV Reservoir

HHMI Mentor: Dr. Bruce D. Walker, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard


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Harvard Medical School
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Harvard Medical School
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