Medical Laboratory Science Student Research Projects

Graduate students in the Department of Medical Laboratory Science work with their research mentors on a wide array of topics, as highlighted below.

Academic year 2015-2016

Role of Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide in Changing the Function of Innate Lymphoid Cells
By Nerjes Alsalman
Research advisor: Edward Barker, PhD

HPeV and EV Viral Detection in Plasma Specimens of Pediatric Patients
By Elaina Analitis
Research advisor: Xiaotian Zheng, PhD

Validating a Molecular Platform to Determine Rh Variants in Rh D Negative Patients
By Courtney Booker
Research advisor: Ricardo Sumugod, MS

Influence of Antiphospholipid Syndrome on Global Coagulation Assays
By Heidi Christian
Research advisor: Jeffrey Wool, MD, PhD

The Role of Anti-HLA Antibodies in Renal Transplantation
By Michael Conciatori
Research advisor: Sivadasan Kanangat, PhD

Droplet Digital PCR Quantitation of Minimal Residual Disease in AML Patients
By Julia Dale
Research advisor: Lawrence Jennings, PhD

Strategies on the Whelping Success of Female Black-Footed Ferrets
By Christina Dallas
Research advisor: Rachel Santymire, PhD

Protocol for the Detection of HIV-1 Subtypes and Drug Resistance in the Philippines
By Juan Elias
Research advisor: Diana Huang, PhD

Laboratory Results for Clostridium difficile Infection: Correlation with Patient Symptoms and History
By Marie Mohrbacher
Research advisor: Kamaljit Singh, MD

Analysis of RBC Handling and Waste Reduction in a Large Academic Medical Center Operating Room
By Kristi Mosher
Research advisor: Yolanda Garcia, MS

Correlation of Diagnostic Indicators for Inflammation
By Emily Wysocki
Research advisor: Mary Anne Loafman, MS

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Academic year 2014-2015

Measure of the Synergistic Relationship of Statins and Bisphosphonates When Used Against Schistosoma Mansoni
By Andrew Barnard
Research advisor: James Williams, PhD

Epigenetic Loss of PTEN in Glioblastoma
By Eunice Choi
Research advisor: Lela Buckingham, PhD

Epigenetic Regulation of FOXM1 Expression in Early Stage NSCLC: Effects of Aberrant Cancer Cell Metabolism
By Ashley Goodman
Research advisor: Lela Buckingham, PhD

Evaluation and Validation of PNA QuickFish Method for Rapid Pathogen Identification Directly from Blood Culture Bottles
By Mateusz Gornisiewicz
Research advisor: Nicholas Moore, MS

Bacterial Contamination of Electronic Tablet Devices Used by Resident Physicians at a University-Based Medical Center
By Cory Knickerbocker
Research advisor: Kamaljit Singh, MD

Characterizing Hormone Stress Levels of Black-Crowned Night Herons through Fecal Metabolites
By Eva Leung
Research advisor: Rachel Santymire, PhD

Understanding the Role of HLA and Non-HLA Antibodies in Allograft Fibrosis Leading to Chronic Allograft Rejection
By Saba Rezaeian
Research advisor: Sivadasan Kanangat, PhD

Quantification of Serotonin Release from Platelets Using Mass Spectrometry
By Ina Sandeli
Research advisor: Jonathan Miller, MD, PhD

Drug Discovery in Parkinson’s Disease: Behavioral Assessment of Novel Compounds in the 6-OHDA Model
By Nicholas Steder III
Research advisor: Brinda Bradaric, PhD

Detecting Novel Fusion Transcripts in Soft Tissue Sarcomas Using Next Generation Sequencing
By Nneka Wallace
Research advisor: Lawrence Jennings, MD, PhD

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Academic year 2013-2014

The Usefulness of Peripheral Blood Cancer Markers in the Prediction of Development and Classification of Melanoma in Braf/Pten Mice
By Colleen Cowan
Research advisor: Andrew Zloza, PhD

HIV-Specific ADCC Activity Towards Clade D in the Cervical Lavage Fluid of HIV-Highly Exposed Seronegative (HESN) Women from Rwanda
By Shannon Elam
Research advisor: Linda Baum, PhD

Overall Performance, Cost Analysis, and Efficiency of the Sofia Strep A FIA™ Compared to Standard Group A Streptococcus Detection Methods
By Robyn Hund
Research advisor: Kamaljit Singh, MD

Correlation between Hemophilia Severity Score (HSS) and Thrombin Generation
By Hiren Khambati
Research advisor: Mindy Simpson, MD

Macrolide-Resistant Mycoplasma pneumonia Infections in Pediatric Patients in the United States
By Stella Lee
Research advisor: Xiaotian Zheng, PhD

Evaluation of p16 and ANRIL and Their Variants in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) Associated with Age
By Thomas Nichols
Research advisor: Lela Buckingham, PhD

Changes in Long Non-Coding RNA Expression and Subsequent Global Methylation Differences in Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
By Amy Quick
Research advisor: Lela Buckingham, PhD

Utilizing Fecal Glucocorticoid Metabolites (FGM) and Behavioral Analyses to Evaluate the Effect of Construction Activity on Zoo-Houses African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus)
By Pamela Roberts
Research advisor: Rachel Santymire, PhD

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Carrier Test Using Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)
By Bridget Simpson
Research advisor: Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, PhD

Identification of Natural Killer Cell Phenotypes in HIV and HCMV Infection
By Amber Stokes
Research advisor: Edward Barker, PhD

Investigating Phenotypic Variability in Hemophilia Using Rotational Thromboelastometry (ROTEM) and Multiplate Analysis
By Erin Wilgus
Research advisor: Mindy Simpson, MD

A Mechanistic Approach Towards the Role of HLA Antibodies and Non-HLA Endothelial Cell Antibodies on the Genesis of Renal Interstitial Fibrosis: An Indication of Chronic Allograft Rejection
By Melinda Wills
Research advisor: Sivadasan Kanangat, PhD

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Academic year 2012-2013

The Role of CD4 T-Cell Subsets in HIV Progression
By Anna Fabian
Research advisor: Andrew Zloza, PhD

Monitoring Bypassing Agent Therapy Using Thrombin Generation Assays
By Edwin Gaviola
Research advisor: Mindy Simpson, MD

Cytochrome P450 RNA Expression in Schistosoma mansoni Eggs
By Margaret Harrelson
Research advisor: David Williams, PhD

Using the Illumigene Assay for Detection of Group A Streptococcus
By Amanda Henson
Research advisor: Xiaotian Zheng, PhD

Measuring Fecal Glucocorticoid Metabolites (FGM) in Sichuan Takin at Lincoln Park Zoo
By Brandy Hill
Research advisor: Rachel Santymire, PhD

Hypermethylation of SHP1 Promoter Region in CML Patients
By Lenny Hong
Research Advisor: Lela Buckingham, PhD

Using Nested PCR for the Detection of Plasmodium and Babesia Parasites
By Nadia Kind
Research advisor: Chao Qi, PhD

The Relationship of Fatty Acid Metabolites and Pro-Inflammatory Cytokines
By Norma Knight
Research advisor: Gregory Spear, PhD

Detection of HLA and IgG Isotypes in Renal Transplant Patients
By Sarah Mandley
Research advisor: Sivadasan Kanangat, PhD

The Effect of Prebiotics, Probiotics and Synbiotics on Barrier Function in an Intestinal In Vitro Model: An Optimization Study
By Elyse Marriott

Determining Predictors of Success on the MLS BOC Exam
By Jessica Martinez
Research advisor: Herb Miller, PhD

Evaluation of Platelet Aggregation on Platelet Concentrates Transported Through the Pneumatic Tube System
By Holly Moore
Research advisor: Ann Viernes, PhD

Epigenetic Influence of BRCA 1 and 2 in Lung Cancer Patients
By Gregory Pelkey
Research advisor: Lela Buckingham, PhD

Interleukin 15 (IL-15) Recruitment of CD8 T-cells to FRT
By Zurisaday Quiles
Research advisor: Amanda Marzo, PhD

Correlation of Joint Outcome Study (JOS) to Simultaneous Thrombin and Plasmin (STP) Generation Assay
By Soujoud Saleh
Research advisor: Mindy Simpson, MD

Detection of Myotonic Dystrophy Using PCR Technology
By Robin Spoehr
Research advisor: Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, PhD

Luminex Detection of Anti-Vimentin Antibodies
By Tenisha West
Research advisor: Jeffrey Borgia, PhD

Detection of Carbapenamase Resistant Klebsiella Species Using Three Different Methods
By Lindsey Wilkening
Research advisor: Nicholas Moore, MS

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