CTRI-Supported Students Present Summer Research

Nathan Yu presents his research

CTRI TL1 student Nathan Yu describes his research on fat deposition to Carolyn Kelly, MD, Director of the CTRI TL1 Program.

Eleven TL1 students supported by UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) were among 86 summer research trainees from UC San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences who presented their research during a January 9 event at the Medical Education and Telemedicine Building. The reception and poster session, supported in part by CTRI, drew faculty, students, and friends. The CTRI students were from the short-term training program and had conducted their research last summer.

The CTRI short-term program consists of a mentored clinical research experience for a three-month period, typically during the summer. The program also includes clinical research training modules, ethics seminars, and a seminar series throughout the summer covering different topics in clinical investigation and career development. CTRI supported 12 TL1 short-term summer research students in 2013 through the CTSA grant. The students are listed below, along with their projects and mentors. Those who were at the event are shown next to their posters.

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School of Medicine Students

Christopher Evans Christopher Evans
Project Title: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Preventable Hospital Admissions in Medicaid and Uninsured Patients


Mentor: David Chang
Department of Surgery

Sonja Halterman Sonja Halterman
Project Title: Trafficking Status and High-Risk Health Behaviors: A Study Analyzing Whether Trafficking Status of Filipino Female Sex Workers Predicts High-Risk Health Behaviors


Mentor: Anita Raj
Global Public Health

  Jagannath Nayak
Project Title: Topographic Change in the Aging and Glaucoma


Mentor: Linda Zangwill

Jessica Tang Jessica Tang
Project Title: Age-associated practice patterns and survival benefit of gross total resection in patients with glioblastoma multiforme


Mentor: Clark Chen
Neurological Surgery

Christian Torres Christian Torres
Project Title: Risk of Preterm Birth Among Women With a Change of Paternity and Autoimmune Disease


Mentor: Christina Chambers

Frances Wu Frances Wu
Project Title: A study of the genetic influence on pharmacologic outcomes in patients with neovascular AMD treated with anti-VEGF therapy


Mentor: Kang Zhang

Nathan Yu Nathan Yu
Project Title: Positive Association between Bone Marrow Fat Content and Intrahepatic Fat Content in Children with Known or Suspected Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease


Mentor: Claude Sirlin

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Students

Phyo Aung Phyo Aung
Project Title: Drug Safety Withdrawals from 2002 to 2012 in U.S., Canada, EU, and UK and Availability of these Withdrawn Medications from Illegal Online Pharmacies


Mentor: Bryan Liang

Fredrick Gibson Fredrick Gibson
Project Title: Determining the Resistance Mechanism of CMV against CMX001 by Analyzing Sequences Obtained Through Ultra Deep Sequencing


Mentor: Davey Smith

Kristie Luu Kristie Luu
Project Title: Specialty Medication Care Pathways for an Outpatient Infusion Pharmacy: Economic Impact from the Patient and Healthcare System Perspective


Mentor: Jan Hirsch

Alexander Tam Alexander Tam
Project Title: Assessing Clinical Outcomes of a Pharmacist-Managed Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) on Patients with Diabetes Mellitus or Pre-Diabetes


Mentor: Renu Singh

Sharon Wu Sharon Wu
Project Title: High Frequency of Femur Fractures in Alendronate Used for Osteoporosis


Mentor: Ruben Abagyan