The CURF Undergraduate Advisory Board is a diverse group of students intended to enhance communication and awareness of the opportunities that CURF provides to the Penn student body. The board aims to reach out to the student community through various events and research fairs, promoting CURF and its programs. By working with students, faculty, and alumni, their goal is to promote the research interests of the student body and also connect students with research opportunities in their given fields.
COL/WH ’16: Computational Biology & Computer Science, Economics
My research interests lie in healthcare innovation and technology enterprise. For two years, I conducted an independent epidemiology study that analyzed gender-based social influences on depression. At Penn, I am currently involved in clinical data analysis with the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania as well as industry research for consulting engagements. Externally, I am involved in a national data-mining project that deals with the health outcomes of social network activity.
COL ’16: Biological Basis of Behavior, Healthcare Management
My research interests are in neuroscience, biology, and healthcare management. Freshman year, I worked in a biology lab to investigate the effects of specific genes on bristle cell growth. We used drosophilia as our model and RNAi techniques to determine which genes controlled bristle length. Sophomore year, I was an assistant to Wharton professors and researched organizational behavior in the workplace. I am currently examining the response to limitations in PET/CT scan usage with Dr. Benjamin Roman and Dr. David Asch in the Healthcare Management Department.
COL ’17: Undeclared
My research interests lie in the neuroscience. I am currently working to improve knowledge on neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease and Frontotemporal Dementia. Previously, I have conducted research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center on the formation of gap junctions in diseases like prostate and pancreatic cancer and was honored as a semi-finalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search competition. I have also spent a summer researching the effects of atrazine on fathead minnows.
COL ’16: Biological Basis of Behavior, Bioethics minor
I am interested in neuroscience and neuroethics. I have been working as a research assistant in the Epstein Lab at the Center of Cognitive Neuroscience at Penn for one year. Currently, I am developing an independent study project that focuses on the concept of a “cognitive map;” how one mentally represents and remembers an environment. Previously, I was involved in a study at Magee-Womens Institute in Pittsburgh that focused on assessing pain in post-mastectomy breast cancer patients for genetic study.
COL ’17: Biochemistry, Biophysics, Psychology minor
My research interests lie in the biological sciences and medicine. I am not currently involved in a lab, but I plan to become involved in oncology research at the Perelman School of Medicine in the upcoming school year. Previously, I have been involved with research in the Duke Clinical Research Institute and co-authored the paper, “Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in U.S. community practice- Results from Outcomes Registry for Better Informed Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (ORBIT-AF).”
Hyong S. Kim
COL ’16: Biology
My research interests lie along interdisciplinary boundaries encompassing genetics, regenerative medicine, and neuropsychology. During the summer after my freshman year, I worked under Harvard Stem Cell Institute’s undergraduate research internship program. My summer project primarily explored the differentiation potential of mesenchymal stem cells derived from murine adipose (fat) tissue into hepatocytes (liver cells) in vitro. At Penn, I have been working at a lab in the Department of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine, participating in a project that uses mouse models to study psychiatric genetics.
COL ’16: Modern Middle Eastern Studies
I am interested in medical practice and medical anthropology, specifically in family and community health. Most recently, I worked with Drs. Barg and Emmet on a project based in Ambler, Pennsylvania, a small community outside of Philadelphia that is attempting to rectify a long-term toxic contamination threat from a history of asbestos manufacturing. “Resources for Education and Action for Community Health in Ambler” or “REACH Ambler,” a community-based participatory research project in its second year, is exploring issues of community identity, applied history, and risk perception. I am also working on a project from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute that is exploring the ways in which qualitative methods are used in biomedical research.
COL/WH ’16: Biophysics and Statistics
My research interests lie in both clinical and basic science. At Penn, I am part of the Englander Molecular Biophysics lab where I conduct research on the folding mechanisms of various proteins. I am also involved in researching the discovery and subsequent ophthalmic use of Avastin with Dr. Mark Pauly in the Health Care Management Department. Beyond Penn, I work at the Wills Eye Hospital Department of Research, where I am part of a team investigating novel visual aid devices for patients with glaucoma related blindness. I hope to use my training in biophysics and statistics to pursue a career in ophthalmology research in the future.
COL ’16: Molecular Biology
My research interest lies in Biology. Currently I am working on the development of endogenously tagged thyroid hormone receptor. Previously, I researched the effect of chelators on the efficiency of phytoremediation. I have also researched the bacterial cause of necrotizing enterocolitis, a gastrointestinal disease that largely affects premature infants.
COL ’16: Biology
My research interest lies in muscle and cardiac development and maintenance. During the summer after my freshman year, I had an internship through the Harvard Stem Cell Institute’s undergraduate research program, studying the necessity for heat shock proteins in muscular growth and regeneration. Throughout sophomore year and this summer at Penn, I have been working in the Cardiovascular Institute with Dr. Epstein, studying protein interactions with a homeodomain protein important for cardiac development.
COL ’17: Biological Basis of Behavior and Healthcare Management
I have strong research interest in the molecular biology and biomedical field. In the past, I have worked in a pediatric molecular genetics lab at UCLA to promote cardiovascular and blood development using embryonic stem cell differentiation. I have also researched transcription factor - DNA readout modes of Hox and p53 tumor suppressor proteins in a molecular and computational biology lab at USC. Currently, I am working on a neuroblastoma research project in the Pediatric Oncology Department of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. My research goal is to epigenetically characterize neuroblastoma cell lines to define the chromatin and methylation states arising downstream of mutated SWI/SNF chromatin remodelling protein complexes.
COL ’16: History and Political Science
I am interested in the political and economic development of the Middle East. I previously spent one semester as a research intern for the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania as part of the Security in International Affairs (SIA) Team and two semesters as SIA’s project lead. In that role, I researched the evolving focus of security studies in the post-World War II era.
Outside of my work on the CURF UAB, I am involved in the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education, Penn Publications Cooperation, and the Philomathean Society.
Col '15: Biology, Latin American and Latino Studies
My research interests in biology are in microbiology. I worked in a halophilic archaea microbiology lab from freshman to junior. Currently I am interested in conducting synthesis research on antibiotic resistance in livestock. In Latin American and Latino Studies, I am interested in community perspectives of identity in Latin American immigrant populations in Philadelphia, and am conducting ethnographic research into this for my LALS thesis.
My research interest lies in social sciences. Currently, I’m working on independent research as a University Scholar regarding the globalization of Korean pop culture. I have studied the Korean Wave in China and now I am examining this phenomenon in Japan. Previously, I’ve also conducted research in the area of renewable energy, experimenting with methods to enhance lipid production in algae for biofuels. I hope I can be helpful to new students getting involved in research at Penn for the first time.