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Independent Study Projects

May 2018 Graduates

Effects of Patient Variables on Indwelling Ureteral Stent Biofilm Formation and Associated Infections. Student: Natalie Green  Mentor: Alison Wilson, MD

Bridging the Gap of Pediatric Disability Providers in a West Virginia. Student: Whitney Horton  Mentor: Lesley Cottrell, PhD

Temporal Dynamics of Peripheral Leukocytes Following Acute Ischemic Stroke. Student: Kelsey Steele Mentor: Ashley Petrone, PhD

The Utility of the Mild Behavioral Impairment Checklist (MBI-C) as a Teaching Tool about Executive Dysfunction for Caregivers of those with Cognitive Impairment. Student: Catherine Waldron Mentor: Mark Miller, MD

Finding Wellness: A Hospital and Community Initiative. Student: Catherine Turner Mentor: Gwen Emery, MD

Exploring Factors That Improve Quality of Care in Acute and Chronic Surgical Wounds in West Virginia Patients. Student: Yassin Ismaeel   Mentors: Ranjita Misra, PhD and Cris Ueno, MD

Discovery of a dual monoamine oxidase B and acetylcholine esterase inhibitor that improves memory and shows neuroprotection in the C. elegans model of Parkinson’s disease. Student: Parker Kuyk   Mentor: Werner Geldenhuys

A Community-Based Diabetes Project. Student: Jessica Armes  Mentor: Ranjita Misra, PhD

Morphological and Functional Implications of Sexual Dimorphism in the Retrochiasmatic Area Population of NK3R-containing Neurons. Student: Brett Szeligo   Mentor: Robert Goodman, PhD

August 2017 Graduates

Facilitating Improved Patient Engagement in Weight Management through mHealth Technology Use in Patients' Visit Waiting Time. Student:  Elizabeth Moreau   Mentor: Dr. Treah Haggerty

Distracted Driving.  Student: Marissa Fletcher   Mentor: Dr. R. Constance Wiener

Osteoporosis Evaluation Quality Improvement Project.  Student: Jasmyne Hudson   Mentor: Dr. Melissa LoPinto

Arthritis: A Channel To Bone Loss.  Student: Asma Daoudi   Mentor: Dr. Lisa Robinson

Extraocular Muscle Training and Effects on Balance in Adults Fifty Years and Older. Student: Alison Amick  Mentor: Corrie Mancinelli

Improving Diabetes Screening and Referrals in Southeast WV Counties. Student: Ian Lough   Mentor: Dr. Ranjita Misra

Evaluation of Immune Cell Biomarkers in Chronic Venous Insufficiency. Student: Lindsey Mosmiller   Mentor: Dr. Ashley Petrone

Association of E-cigarettes and Oral Health Perception.  Student: Nisha Chaudhry   Mentor: Dr. R. Constance Wiener

Relationships between changes in BMI and circulating albumin levels in breast cancer patients from West Virginia.  Student: Matt Taylor   Mentor:  Dr. Ed Pistilli

Curcumin inhibits biofilm formation and dislodges the preformed biofilm of Gardnerella vaginalis by blocking extracellular DNA (eDNA): Implication in antibiotic resistant/recurring bacterial vaginosis. Student: Stephanie Beard   Mentor: Dr. Raj Naz

A forgotten disability: parent surgery of cleft Lip and palate patients in West Virginia. Student: Paige Rutter   Mentor:  Dr. Les Cottrell

Activate project! Improving physical activity and education practices in WV elementary schools. Student: Ife Fuwape   Mentor: Dr. Les Cottrell

Diabetes and Hypertension Self-Management Program. Student: Gena’Lee Gordon   Mentor:  Dr. R. Constance Wiener

Alkaline Phosphatase and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Sepsis.  Student: Austin Nichols   Mentor: Dr. Candice Brown