August 2021 Graduates

Using Nanoparticles for Neuroprotective Effects in Zebrafish

Student Researcher:
Victoria Bonafield
Mentor:
Werner Geldenhuys, PhD

The Influences of Career Choice in STEM and Pre-Dental Students

Student Researcher:
Michaela Campbell
Mentor:
Dr. R. Constance Wiener, DMD, PhD

Dental Anxiety

Student Researcher:
Alexis Casuccio
Mentor:
Fotinos Panagakos, DDS

Nitrite Supplementation Restores Aortic Health in Chronically Stressed Mice

Student Researcher:
Ryan Childers
Mentor:
Paul Chantler, PhD

Proline Metabolism in the Retinal Pigment Epithelium

Student Researcher:
James Davie
Mentor:
Jianhai Du, PhD

Utilization Patterns of Tele-stroke in Rural Emergency Medicine

Student Researcher:
Cristal Espinosa
Mentor:
Amelia Adcock, MD

MRSA in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis

Student Researcher:
Courtney Glover
Mentor:
Kathryn Moffett

Black Men’s Response to Black Women After Public Disclosure of Sexual Assault

Student Researcher:
Jamie Hartnett
Mentor:
Danielle Davidov, PhD

Cost Analysis & Blood Volume Comparisons of Standard vs. Pediatric Tubes in Surgical ICU Blood Transfusions

Student Researcher:
Marvin Hudson
Mentor:
Connie Dela’O, MD

Understanding Diabetes and Peripheral Arterial Disease-related Amputation at the Community-level in a High-risk Rural Area Using Mixed-methods and Community Engagement Approaches

Student Researcher:
Lanita Kim
Mentor:
Samantha Minc, MD

A Community Partnership for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research for Diabetes in WV

Student Researcher:
Sarah Lipinski
Mentor:
Ranjita Misra, PhD

Yield of EEG in Evaluation of Encephalopathy Related to Toxin/ Drug Ingestion

Student Researcher:
Joseph Melott
Mentor:
Zubeda Skeikh, MD

Electronic Cigarette Educational Intervention Within WV High Schools

Student Researcher:
Mackenzie Mitchell
Mentor:
R. Conastance Wiener, DMD, PhD and Summer Kuhn, MPH

Morbid Obesity and Post-Operative Care Cost

Student Researcher:
Matthew Moore
Mentor:
James Bardes, MD

Examining the Differential Effects of Traditional Float-Rest and Dry Float on Subjective and Objective Health Outcomes

Student Researcher:
Matthew Montgomery
Mentor:
Scott Galster, PhD

The Positive Environmental Impact of Virtual Isoretinoin Management

Student Researcher:
Cecelia Napier
Mentor:
Zachary Zinn, MD

Why Guatemala’s Children Are Still Hungry: Taking an In-depth look at the Nation’s Enduring Malnutrition Crisis

Student Researcher:
Liliana Nuss
Mentor:
Melissa Olfert, PhD

Survival of Dental Implants Placed in Ridge Preserved Sites: A Retrospective Study

Student Researcher:
Aagna Patel
Mentor:
Dr. Alif Salman Abdul Shakore

Emergency Contraception Access in West Virginia Pharmacies

Student Researcher:
Cassidy Pinion
Mentor:
Amie Ashcraft, MD

Eating Disorders During Pregnancy

Student Researcher:
Kristen Ranson
Mentor:
Elizabeth Claydon, PhD

May 2021 Graduates

Cerebro-Vascular effects of chronic stress

Student Researcher:
Chris Berman
Mentor:
Paul Chantler, PhD

Impacts of Telemedicine on a Pain Management Clinic

Student Researcher:
Kristen Brown
Mentor:
Rudy Malayil, MD

Understanding Possible Underlying Factors Associated with Strokes

Student Researcher:
Charles Byrum
Mentor:
Amelia Adcock, MD

Neuro-hemodynamic Monitoring in Patients on ECMO

Student Researcher:
Keleigh Cochran
Mentor:
Nicholas Brandmeir, MD

Food As Medicine

Student Researcher:
Sydney Dennison
Mentor:
Lauri Andress, PhD, JD

The Utilization of Immune Biomarkers for Differential Diagnosis of Mild Acute Ischemic Stroke, Transient Ischemic Attack and Stroke Mimic

Student Researcher:
Nour Foual
Mentor:
Ashley Petrone, PhD

Electronic Cigarette Usage Observed in Patients Treated at WVU School of Dentistry

Student Researcher:
Lauren Hine
Mentor:
Fotinos Panagakos, DDS

Personalized health risk early detection/ Guiding prehospital transport

Student Researcher:
Melissa Kelly
Mentor:
Jim Bardes, MD and Dan Grabo, MD

Identifying Patchy Local Interneurons by Loops and Patches and Investigating Significance of Loops

Student Researcher:
Victoria Knotts
Mentor:
Andrew Dacks, PhD

Search for a ZIP12-specific Antagonist

Student Researcher:
Ben Mendelson
Mentor:
Charles Anderson, PhD and Werner Geldenhuys, PhD

Effects of Chronic Stress on Aortic Function and Structure

Student Researcher:
Keshawn Merritt-Pannell
Mentor:
Paul Chantler, PhD

Changes in Brain Vasculature Following Cardiac Arrest with Exposure to Light at Night

Student Researcher:
Ryan Shaner
Mentor:
Randy Nelson, PhD

August 2020 Graduates

Using the Short Physical Performance Battery Protocol to Objectively Assess Kidney Transplant Patients

Student Researcher:
David Wroth
Mentor:
Lindsay Biondi, MD

Retrospective Analysis of Demographics and Restorative Procedures Performed in the WVU School of Dentistry Pediatric Clinic

Student Researcher:
Lauren Wiles
Mentor:
Gina Graziani, DDS, MS and Fotinos Panagakos, DMD, PhD

Using an Implementation Research Framework to Identify Facilitators and Barriers to Physical Activity and Weight Loss in Appalachia

Student Researcher:
Tyra Turner
Mentor:
Cara Sedney, MD

Developing a De-Identified Thyroid Surgery Registry to Improve Future Data Acquisition

Student Researcher:
Christina Sundar
Mentor:
Melissa LoPinto, MD, MPH

Investigating the Timing of Prophylactic Antibiotic Use in Patients with Open Fractures

Student Researcher:
Heath Stevens
Mentor:
James Bardes, MD

Effects of Volleyball and Basketball on the Patellar and Achilles Tendons and Regional Difference in Ultrasound Micromorphology in the Achilles Tendon

Student Researcher:
Leah Stern
Mentor:
Yu-Jen Chang, PhD

Effects of Volleyball and Basketball on the Patellar and Achilles Tendons

Student Researcher:
Casey Schlachter
Mentor:
Yu-Jen Chang, PhD

Synthesis and Study of Photoactive Agent Emodin-Peptide for Targeting Skin Cancer Cells

Student Researcher:
Dilip Nagisetty
Mentor:
Andrey Bobko, PhD

My Experience in the Ortho Lab

Student Researcher:
Dominic Lombardo
Mentor:
Matthew Dietz, MD

Prevalence of Diabetes in Saudi Arabia

Student Researcher:
Nora Hamdi
Mentor:
Jamal Mustafa, PhD

Maintenance of Surgical Optimization in Total Joint Arthroplasty

Student Researcher:
Lisa Eller
Mentor:
Matt Dietz, MD

HELP-SURVIVE

Student Researcher:
Rhae Eisenman
Mentor:
Jennifer Knight Davis, MD

Disruption of Metabolic, Sleep, and Sensorimotor Functional Outcomes in a Female Transgenic Mouse Model of AD

Student Researcher:
Maggie Dransfeld
Mentor:
Candice Brown, PhD

The Effects of Photobiomodulation on Anaerobic Exercise and Recovery

Student Researcher:
Samuel Crow
Mentor:
Andrew G. Thompson, PhD

FitBit as a Tool to Increase Compliance with Post-Operative Ambulation Instructions

Student Researcher:
Nathan Cook
Mentor:
Kimberly Bailey, MD

Accountable Health Communities Project

Student Researcher:
Sabrina Burtner
Mentor:
Lesley Cottrell, PhD

Evaluation of Special Operations Clinical Training at an Academic Medical Center with Knowledge Assessment and Clinical Skills Confidence Survey

Student Researcher:
Joshua Bombard
Mentor:
Daniel Grabo, MD

Sleep Disorder Curriculum in US Dental Schools

Student Researcher:
Cameron Blaquiere
Mentor:
Fotinos Panagakos, DMD

Characterizing Preventative and Supportive Care Service Access to Gynecological Cancer Patients in West Virginia

Student Researcher:
Henna Bhatia
Mentor:
Nicole L. Stout, DPT, CLT, FAPTA

Expanding the Kidney Donor Pool Through Use of Hepatitis C-Infected Donors

Student Researcher:
Marissa Alvarez
Mentor:
Lynsey Biondi, MD

Functional Eye Health Screening in the Elderly Trauma Patient

Student Researcher:
Alexander Albuquerque
Mentor:
James Bardes, MD

May 2020 Graduates

Prevalence of Vaping in a dental school patient population

Student Researcher:
Luke Corbin
Mentor:
Fotinos Panagakos, DMD, PhD, MA, MBA

Incidence of Cerebral Vasospasm and Delayed Cerebral Ischemia Following Non-Traumatic Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Student Researcher:
Connor Thomas
Mentor:
Ashley B. Petrone, PhD

Prevalence and Associated Risk Factors of Dentin Hypersensitivity: A Student Population

Student Researcher:
Skyler Terrell
Mentor:
Fotinos Panagakos DMD, PhD, MA, MBA

The Role of TNAP in the Blood-Brain Barrier and Sepsis

Student Researcher:
Daniel Proctor
Mentor:
Candice Brown, PhD

Machine Learning (ML) in health dataset analysis

Student Researcher:
Tristen Cheuvront
Mentor:
Mark Olfert, PhD

Opioids & Amp; Orthopedics: A retrospective study on orthopedic trauma patients and correlative opioid use

Student Researcher:
Macy Carder
Mentor:
Connie DeLa’O, MD

Emergency Contraceptive Availability in WV

Student Researcher:
Nicole Matthews
Mentor:
Amie Ashcraft, PhD, MPH

Biomechanical/ Motion Analysis Systems

Student Researcher:
Taylor Mulkey
Mentor:
Jason Stone

Evaluating the Quality and Impact of Periodontology Resident Research at U.S. Dental Programs

Student Researcher:
Zach Lynn
Mentor:
Arif Salman Abdul Shakore

Using Grip Strength for Frailty Assessment in the Geriatric Trauma Patient

Student Researcher:
Derek Leohner
Mentor:
Connie DeLa’O, MD

A Quality Improvement Educations Initiative to Increase HPV Vaccination Completion Rates in Pre-teen Children by Monitoring Rates Among Physicians at WVU Practices

Student Researcher:
Brooklyn Campbell
Mentor:
Kathryn Moffett, MD

Food and Non-Food Cravings: A Cross-Sectional Analysis

Student Researcher:
Kristen Knotts
Mentor:
R. Constance Wiener, DMD, PhD

The Effectiveness of Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis in Critically Ill Patients

Student Researcher:
Carrie Huffman
Mentor:
Connie DeLa’O, MD

August 2019 Graduates

Adrenergic Staining of Human Cerebrovasculature

Student Researcher:
Gus Shaffer
Mentor:
Ashley Petrone, PhD

Recognition of prior learning: A promising tool in the selection of surgical trainees using a laproscopic and endoscopic simulation study.

Student Researcher:
Abdulrahman Al-Halak
Mentor:
Salim Abunnaja, MD

The Relationship of Self-Rated Mental Health, Social/Emotional Health and Clinical Factors in Patients with Comorbid Diabetes and Hypertension.

Student Researcher:
Sara Nayeem
Mentor:
Ranjita Misra, PhD

VerifyNow® POC Tests Safely Guide ER Platelet Transfusions

Student Researcher:
William Underwood
Mentor:
James Bardes, MD

Relationship of barriers to care and complications after HPB surgery in cancer patients.

Student Researcher:
Cheyenne Earle
Mentor:
Carl Schmidt, MD

Relationship Between Preoperative Functional Status and Post-Operative Health

Student Researcher:
Latoia Eppinger
Mentor:
Carl Schmidt, MD

Assessment of Fracture Resistance of Maxillary Molar Teeth After Root Canal Preparation Using Three Different Rotary Instruments (vTaper, Protaper, Vortex Blue): Finite Element Analysis.

Student Researcher:
Mohamad Al-Halak
Mentor:
Mehran Malakpour, DDS

Evaluating the Prevalence of Periodontal Disease in Adult Diabetics in West Virginia.

Student Researcher:
Tyler Collard
Mentor:
Fotinos Panagakos, DDS

Neutrophil Count is an Accurate Differential Diagnostic Biomarker in Stroke Versus Transient Ischemic Attack.

Student Researcher:
Ronald Stephens
Mentor:
Ashley Petrone, PhD

The effect of statewide legislation on narcotics prescribing in trauma.

Student Researcher:
Jennifer Brezny
Mentor:
Connie DeLa’O, MD

Characteristics of Biofilm Formation on Exterior and Luminal Surfaces of Pediatric Endotracheal Tubes

Student Researcher:
Bryan Richie
Mentor:
Alison Wilson, MD

Incidentally Found Tumors

Student Researcher:
Olivia Nicoloudakis
Mentor:
Carl Schmidt, MD

Transportation Barriers and the Willingness of Rural Residents to Participate in Healthcare Treatment, Education and Healthy Lifestyle

Student Researcher:
Demaris Bell
Mentor:
Ranjita Misar, PhD

To See or Not To See a Cesarean-Induced Isthmocele: A Cutting Edge Question

Student Researcher:
Joshua Shrout
Mentor:
James Coad, MD

Survey Analysis of Vaccinations in Pediatric Sub-specialty Clinics

Student Researcher:
Kiana Bullett
Mentor:
Kathryn Moffett-Bradford, MD

May 2019 Graduates

Weight Gain Following Pediatric Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Student Researcher:
Elizabeth Gregor
Mentor:
Christopher Bailey, MD

Clinical Peer Review of Case Conferences of Elective Operations for Oncology Surgeons.

Student Researcher:
Caroline Bailey
Mentor:
Carl Schmidt, MD

The role of family and friends in the self-management of diabetes and hypertension.

Student Researcher:
Sreedatta Mahavadi
Mentor:
Ranjita Misra, PhD

Evaluation of Illicit Substance Use and Urine Toxicology Results of At-Risk Pregnant Women and the Effects on the Child at Birth

Student Researcher:
Laura Tabor
Mentor:
Omar Duenas, MD

Age-Dependent Differences in the Cerebrovascular Architecture of Rat Brains

Student Researcher:
Maher Shammaa
Mentor:
Jason Huber, PhD

FitBit as a Tool for Post-operative Ambulation

Student Researcher:
Michael DeRosa
Mentor:
Kimberly Bailey, MD

The Effect of Prescription Anti-Seizure Medications on Emergency Room Visits Following Gamma Knife Radiation Treatment

Student Researcher:
Catherine Jones
Mentor:
Christopher Cifarelli, MD

Bite Marks in Forensic Dentistry

Student Researcher:
Erin Walters
Mentor:
R. Constance Wiener, DMD, PhD

Finding Wellness

Student Researcher:
Summer Godshall
Mentor:
Gwen Emery, MD

The Prevalence of Sleep-Disordered Breathing Among Young, College-Aged Adults

Student Researcher:
Allison Moore
Mentor:
W. Constance Wiener, DMD

Patient Preference for Xerostomia and Hyposalivation Treatments with Different Types of Lozenges

Student Researcher:
Elizabeth Labuda
Mentor:
Elizabeth Kao, DMD

Third Molar Tooth Bud Development Using Historical Panoramic Radiographs

Student Researcher:
Nathan Millerberg
Mentor:
James Coad, MD

Opioid Use in the Trauma Patient who experience a Long Bone Fracture

Student Researcher:
Thomas Brisky
Mentor:
Alison Wilson, MD

December 2018 Graduates

Investigating the use of an adjustable rib belt for geriatric rib fracture patients

Student Researcher:
Wasila Madhoun
Mentor:
Alison Wilson, MD

August 2018 Graduates

Quality assurance project assessing spinal cord compression at WVU

Student Researcher:
Madison Messinger
Mentor:
Malcolm Mattes, MD

Time of survival of a secondary metastasis relation to distance traveled to gamma knife treatment.

Student Researcher:
Alexandra Arnold
Mentor:
Chris Cifarelli, MD

Secondary Osteoporosis in West Virginia: A Retrospective Study

Student Researcher:
Winnie Pham
Mentor:
Melissa Lo Pinto, MD

The Effects of High Intensity Interval Training on Arterial Stiffness and Cardiovascular Health

Student Researcher:
Erin Mueller
Mentor:
Paul Chantler, PhD

Influence of Social Media on Acne Treatments

Student Researcher:
Clementine Etoundi
Mentor:
Zach Zinn, MD

The Different Mechanisms of Apolipoprotein Isoforms in Alzheimer's Disease

Student Researcher:
Shree Khadayat
Mentor:
Abhik Sen, PhD

The effects of peripheral viral mimetic on the CXCL 10 signaling pathway

Student Researcher:
Basma Basma
Mentor:
Greg Konat, PhD

A Retrospective Comparison of CT-Stroke Protocol and MRI Modalities in Stroke Patients.

Student Researcher:
Patrick Kane
Mentor:
Amelia Adcock, MD

Evaluation of the King-Devick test as a concussion screening tool in WV high school athletes.

Student Researcher:
Gage Hurlbert
Mentor:
Brenden Balick, MD

Necrotizing Fasciitis: Local and National Trends

Student Researcher:
Hasan Muzaffer
Mentor:
Kim Bailey

Relationship between Serum Albumin levels and BMI in Breast Cancer

Student Researcher:
Eric Lewis
Mentor:
Emidio Pistilli, PhD

The Use of Adjustable Rib Belts for Non-Geriatric Rib Fracture Patients

Student Researcher:
W. Michael Harris
Mentor:
Alison Wilson, MD

May 2018 Graduates

Effects of Patient Variables on Indwelling Ureteral Stent Biofilm Formation and Associated Infections

Student Researcher:
Natalie Green
Mentor:
Alison Wilson, MD

Bridging the Gap of Pediatric Disability Providers in a West Virginia

Student Researcher:
Whitney Horton
Mentor:
Lesley Cottrell, PhD

Temporal Dynamics of Peripheral Leukocytes Following Acute Ischemic Stroke

Student Researcher:
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 Researcher:
Catherine Waldron
Mentor:
Mark Miller, MD

Finding Wellness: A Hospital and Community Initiative

Student Researcher:
Catherine Turner
Mentor:
Gwen Emery, MD

Exploring Factors That Improve Quality of Care in Acute and Chronic Surgical Wounds in West Virginia Patients.

Student Researcher:
Yassin Ismaeel
Mentor:
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 Researcher:
Parker Kuyk
Mentor:
Werner Geldenhuys

A Community-Based Diabetes Project

Student Researcher:
Jessica Armes
Mentor:
Ranjita Misra, PhD

Morphological and Functional Implications of Sexual Dimorphism in the Retrochiasmatic Area Population of NK3R-containing Neurons

Student Researcher:
Brett Szeligo
Mentor:
Robert Goodman, PhD