Delaware INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) recently announced students selected for the 2017 Summer Scholars program, which provides undergraduate biomedical research opportunities across the state. The 11-week program offers rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors an opportunity to do mentored research at one of the six Delaware INBRE partner institutions. The Department recipients were Alexandra Ecott, Afoma Mbanefo, Jessica McMahon, and David Ribaya. Congratulations to these outstanding students.

Alexandra will be working with Dr. Dave Edwards, Department of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology, studying the effects of exercise training on vascular renal epithelial cells of patients with chronic kidney disease. Afoma will be working with Dr. Biswas, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, on understanding how mutations in the gene ABCA4 correspond to the development, progression, and age of onset of retinal degeneration. Jessica will be looking at the effect of both high and low fructose diets on both blood pressure and cardiovascular health with Dr. Sheau Ching Chai, assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Health & Nutrition. David will be working with Dr. Raymond H. Green, an acute care trauma surgeon at Christiana Care Health System. The project involves hypercapnia in patients with rib fractures. Currently, no consistent criteria in the management of rib fractures exists, and Dr. Green proposes capnometry to evaluate risk for hypercapnia and respiratory failure in these patients.