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August 2019 Graduates

Adrenergic Staining of Human Cerebrovasculature. Student: 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: 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: Sara Nayeem Mentor: Ranjita Misra, PhD

VerifyNow® POC Tests Safely Guide ER Platelet Transfusions. Student: William Underwood Mentor: James Bardes, MD

Relationship of barriers to care and complications after HPB surgery in cancer patients. Student: Cheyenne Earle Mentor: Carl Schmidt, MD

Relationship Between Preoperative Functional Status and Post-Operative Health. Student: 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: Mohamad Al-Halak Mentor: Mehran Malakpour, DDS

Evaluating the Prevalence of Periodontal Disease in Adult Diabetics in West Virginia. Student: Tyler Collard Mentor: Fotinos Panagakos, DDS

Neutrophil Count is an Accurate Differential Diagnostic Biomarker in Stroke Versus Transient Ischemic Attack. Student: Ronald Stephens  Mentor: Ashley Petrone, PhD

The effect of statewide legislation on narcotics prescribing in trauma. Student: Jennifer Brezny Mentor: Connie DeLa’O, MD

Characteristics of Biofilm Formation on Exterior and Luminal Surfaces of Pediatric Endotracheal Tubes. Student: Bryan Richie Mentor: Alison Wilson, MD

Incidentally Found Tumors. Student: Olivia Nicoloudakis Mentor: Carl Schmidt, MD

Transportation Barriers and the Willingness of Rural Residents to Participate in Healthcare Treatment, Education and Healthy Lifestyle. Student: Demaris Bell Mentor: Ranjita Misar, PhD

To See or Not To See a Cesarean-Induced Isthmocele: A Cutting Edge Question. Student: Joshua Shrout Mentor: James Coad, MD

Survey Analysis of Vaccinations in Pediatric Sub-specialty Clinics. Student: Kiana Bullett Mentor: Kathryn Moffett-Bradford, MD

May 2019 Graduates

Weight Gain Following Pediatric Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Student: Elizabeth Gregor Mentor: Christopher Bailey, MD

Clinical Peer Review of Case Conferences of Elective Operations for Oncology Surgeons. Student: Caroline Bailey Mentor: Carl Schmidt, MD

The role of family and friends in the self-management of diabetes and hypertension. Student: 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: Laura Tabor   Mentor: Omar Duenas, MD

Age-Dependent Differences in the Cerebrovascular Architecture of Rat Brains. Student: Maher Shammaa Mentor: Jason Huber, PhD

FitBit as a Tool for Post-operative Ambulation. Student: Michael DeRosa Mentor: Kimberly Bailey, MD

The Effect of Prescription Anti-Seizure Medications on Emergency Room Visits Following Gamma Knife Radiation Treatment. Student: Catherine Jones Mentor: Christopher Cifarelli, MD

Bite Marks in Forensic Dentistry. Student: Erin Walters Mentor: R. Constance Wiener, DMD, PhD

Finding Wellness. Student: Summer Godshall Mentor: Gwen Emery, MD

The Prevalence of Sleep-Disordered Breathing Among Young, College-Aged Adults. Student: Allison Moore Mentor: W. Constance Wiener, DMD

Patient Preference for Xerostomia and Hyposalivation Treatments with Different Types of Lozenges. Student: Elizabeth Labuda Mentor: Elizabeth Kao, DMD

Neutrophil count is an accurate differential diagnostic biomarker in stroke versus transient ischemic attack. Student: RJ Stephens Mentor: Ashley Petrone, PhD

Third Molar Tooth Bud Development Using Historical Panoramic Radiographs. Student: Nathan Millerberg Mentor: James Coad, MD

Opioid Use in the Trauma Patient who experience a Long Bone Fracture. Student: Thomas Brisky Mentor: Alison Wilson, MD

December 2018 Graduates

Investigating the use of an adjustable rib belt for geriatric rib fracture patients. Student: Wasila Madhoun Mentor: Dr. Alison Wilson, MD

August 2018 Graduates

Quality assurance project assessing spinal cord compression at WVU. Student: Madison Messinger  Mentor: Malcolm Mattes, MD 

Time of survival of a secondary metastasis relation to distance traveled to gamma knife treatment. Student: Alexandra Arnold  Mentor: Chris Cifarelli, MD

Secondary Osteoporosis in West Virginia: A Retrospective Study. Student: Winnie Pham  Mentor: Melissa Lo Pinto, MD 

The Effects of High Intensity Interval Training on Arterial Stiffness and Cardiovascular Health. Student: Erin Mueller  Mentor: Paul Chantler, PhD

Influence of Social Media on Acne Treatments. Student: Clementine Etoundi  Mentor: Zach Zinn, MD

The Different Mechanisms of Apolipoprotein Isoforms in Alzheimer's Disease. Student: Shree Khadayat  Mentor: Abhik Sen, PhD

The effects of peripheral viral mimetic on the CXCL 10 signaling pathway. Student: Basma Basma  Mentor: Greg Konat, PhD

A Retrospective Comparison of CT-Stroke Protocol and MRI Modalities in Stroke Patients. Student: Patrick Kane  Mentor: Amelia Adcock, MD

Evaluation of the King-Devick test as a concussion screening tool in WV high school athletes. Student: Gage Hurlbert  Mentor: Brenden Balick, MD

Necrotizing Fasciitis: Local and National Trends. Student: Hasan Muzaffer  Mentor: Kim Bailey

Relationship between Serum Albumin levels and BMI in Breast Cancer. Student: Eric Lewis  Mentor: Emidio Pistilli, PhD

The Use of Adjustable Rib Belts for Non-Geriatric Rib Fracture Patients. Student: W. Michael Harris  Mentor Alison Wilson, MD 

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