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Two Summer Scholars Alumni Honored for Research Conducted during 2015 Program

Winston-Salem, NC -- Two alumni of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine’s Summer Scholars program have been honored for scientific research they conducted during the 2015 program. Savannah Est, a biomedical engineering junior at the University of Washington, is one of 60 students nationwide selected to participate in the 20th annual Posters on the Hill event, a selective poster session sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Sarah Grebinkkov, a microbiology major at the University of Oklahoma, was awarded honorable mention in the competition.

Summer Scholars is a 10-week annual program offering college students the opportunity to conduct research projects under the mentorship of institute scientists. By exposing students to multidisciplinary projects that address real-world clinical needs, The Summer Scholars program aims to motivate students to pursue graduate studies and careers in the biomedical sciences. 

Est, whose Summer Scholars project focused on 3D printing a trachea, worked under the mentorship of Anthony Atala, MD, director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and Sean Murphy, Ph.D., assistant professor. At the Posters on the Hill event, April 19-20, she shared the work with Members of Congress, congressional staff, federal government officials, academics and other researchers. 

Grebennikov’s project, conducted under research under the direction of Thomas Shupe, Ph.D., assistant professor of regenerative medicine. The project focused on engineering a mini-blood vessel for a “body on a chip” system to test the effects of biologic weapons on the body and develop potential therapies.

The goal of the Posters on the Hill event is for lawmakers to see how federal programs and dollars impact students and faculty, and to learn about the value of undergraduate research.

S Est with Foxx
Est with Congresswoman Virginia Foxx in Washington D.C. in April

Congressman Lacy Clay
Est and Joan Schanck with Congressman Lacy Clay in Washington D.C. in April

Senator Thom Tillis
Est and Joan Schanck with Senator Thom Tillis in Washington D.C. in April

Est Presentation
Est speaking with Anthony Atala, MD on Research Day 2015

Grebinkkov Presentation
Grebinkkov with Thomas Shupe, PhD and Aleks Skardal, PhD on Research Day 2015

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