2009 Summer Student Scholarships

In addition to the Oregon Students Learn and Experience Research (OSLER) program funded by the National Institutes of Health, OCTRI provides direct funding to pre-doctoral medical, dental, graduate nursing, basic science, bioengineering, and pharmacy students to pursue research over the summer. Students interested in receiving funding for summer research should apply for the OSLER awards. 

Learn more about the OSLER program.


2009 OCTRI Summer Student Scholarships

Travis Behrend, School of Medicine, MD program

Mentor: James Rosenbaum, MD, Professor, Ophthalmology, Cell and Molecular Biology; Chief, Division of Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases

Research Project: Examining the role of IFN-gamma as a regulator of gene expression in the NOD2-dependent pathway of MDP-induced uveitis.

Ellen Cheang, School of Medicine, MD program

Mentor: Robert O'Rourke, MD, Assistant Professor, Surgery


Research Project: Hypoxia-induced inflammation and insulin resistance in human macrophage and hepatocyte cell line

Tyler Finlayson, School of Dentistry, DMD program

Mentor: Curtis Machida, PhD, Professor, Integrative Biosciences


Research Project: Genotypic Analysis of Mutans Streptococci Isolates in Caries-Active and Caries-Free Children: Use of Arbitrarily-Primed Polymerase Chain Reaction in the Development of Genetic Fingerprints

Travis Geraci, School of Medicine, MD program

Mentor: Thomas Scanlan, PhD, Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology


Research Project: Assay development for the isolation and quantification of T1AM from human


Todd Groesbeck, School of Dentistry, DMD program

Mentor: John Mitchell, PhD, Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry Biomaterials & Biomechanics


Research Project: Thread Geometry of Orthodontic Mini-Implants

Katherine Hall, School of Medicine, MD program

Mentor: Erik Fromme, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology; Assistant Director, Center for Ethics in Health Care


Research Project: Does Having a Printed Symptom Summary Increase Clinician-Patient Communication About Symptoms?

Jade Koide, School of Medicine, MD program

Mentors: Jonathon Purnell, MD , Associate Professor, Center for the Study of Weight Regulation and Associated Disorders, and Bruce Wolfe, MD, Professor, Surgery


Research Project: Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery Sub-Study: Mechanisms for Improvement of Type 2 Diabetes Following Bariatric Surgery

Richard Krebs, School of Medicine, MD program

Mentor: Dennis McCarty, PhD, Professor, Public Health & Preventive Medicine


Research Project: HIV Rapid Testing and Counseling in Drug Abuse Treatment Programs in the
United States

Anne McLean, School of Dentistry, DMD program

Mentor: Agnieszka Balkowiec, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Integrated Biosciences


Research Project: Regulation of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Expression in Response to the Induced Inflammation of Dental Pulp in Mice

Jay Williams, School of Medicine, MD program

Mentors: Kevin Wei,  MD, Associate Professor, Cardiology and Jonathan Lindner, MD, Professor, School of Medicine, Cardiology

Research Project: Translational Research Utilizing Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography

Luai Zarour, School of Medicine, MD program

Mentor: Joshi Alumkal, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Hematology and
Medical Oncology


Research Project: Identification of the prostate cancer hypermethylome.