For these young minds, women's health matters! CSUPERB doubles research grants.

For these young minds, women's health matters! CSUPERB doubles research grants.

Double the Impact! CSUPERB (California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology) awards a new research grant for each full scholarship the Howell Foundation awards to a CSU undergraduate. A strict protocol is followed in the choice of the students, including review of the students’ scholarship applications, and quality of supervision during their research work. This supervision has become known as the “Mentor Program.” It is the lifeline to the program’s success. Each student must have a qualified mentor to direct and guide them.

The research subjects range from the most basic of life sciences such as cell biology to creating vaccines and testing altered immune reactions. Often the results of the student’s research are presented at professional conferences or published in peer-reviewed journals, contributing to the community and the future of women’s health nationwide through the advancement of cutting- edge of scientific knowledge.

“The opportunity that the Doris A. Howell Foundation offers is time.  With our scholarships, students can now dedicate the time to conduct the required research to complete their studies; time that would otherwise be spent away from women’s health research” comments Dr. Carole Banka, Co-chair for the Foundation.   All of the students’ research projects are mentored by CSU Faculty.

Together the Howell Foundation and CSUPERB recognize that research experience is critical to recruiting, training and retaining students interested in careers in women’s health.  The 2017 Howell-CSUPERB Scholars are:

Norhan Alhajjar (SDSU)
Project: “Characterization of Vaginal Colonization by Staphylococcusaureus”
Mentor: Kelly Doran, Biology

Kim Anh Hoang (CSU, Sacramento)
Project: “Steric Effects in the Computational Modeling of Cyclization Reactions of Enediynones.”
Mentor: Benjamin Gherman, Chemistry

Jennifer Luu (SDSU)
Project: “Genetic Analyses of Mouse Repeats Important in Aggressive Colorectal Cancer”
Mentor: Kathleen McGuire, Biology

Elizabeth Marquez (CPSU, Pomona)
Project: “Effects of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol on the Severity of Candida albicans Vulvovaginal Candidiasis in Immunosuppressed Mice”
Mentor: Nancy Buckley, Biology

Susana Najera (SDSU)
Project: “Characterization of a Bacterial Two-Component Sensor Kinase”
Mentor: Kelly Doran, Biology

Grace Prator (CSU, Chico)
Project: “miR-375 has opposing roles in hormone secretion with a-cell and ß-cell”
Mentor: David Keller, Biological Sciences

Layla Ramos (CSU, Long Beach)
Project: “Androgen regulation of calbindin expression in the developing mouse cerebral cortex and hippocampus”
Mentor: Houng-Wei Tsai, Biological Sciences

Puneet Sanghera (San José State University)
Project: “The effects of lipopolysaccharide induced inflammation on spinal cord excitability”
Mentor: Katie Wilkinson, Biological Sciences

Matthew Slarve (CPSU, Pomona)
Project: “In Vitro Modeling of Bacterial and Fungal Lung Infections in Cystic Fibrosis Patients”
Mentor: Jill Adler-Moore, Biological Sciences

Rajan Suasin (CSU, Sacramento)
Project: “The Synthesis and Design of Sulfated Glycodendrimers Against Biofilm Formation”
Mentor: Katherine McReynolds, Chemistry

Miguel Tellez (CSU, Fullerton)
Project: “Purification and characterization of a small copper carrier (SCC) from blood plasma – a structural and physiological study”
Mentor: Maria C Linder, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Please join us in wishing them all the success!  For more information on the Howell Foundation’s partnership with CSUPERB CLICK HERE.


About the Doris A. Howell Foundation:

The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is committed to keeping the women we love healthy, advancing women’s health through research and educating women to be catalysts for improving family health in the community.

The organization does so by funding scholarships to students researching issues affecting women’s health; providing a forum for medical experts, scientists, doctors, and researchers to convey timely information on topics relevant to women’s health and the health of their families through its Lecture and Evening Series, and by funding research initiatives that improve the health of under-served women and increase awareness and advocacy in the community.


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