Student researchers present work at colloquium

Student researchers present work at colloquium
Group of 10 students

The Summit Country Day School community celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Schiff Family Science Research Institute on Wednesday at an annual colloquium where students presented their work.

This year, 10 seniors presented research posters and scientific talks about their work. The colloquium is the capstone experience in a curriculum that teaches students how to work in a research setting and gives them exposure to real-life settings with regional science and engineering professionals. The institute is led by Indian Hill resident and biochemist Jessica Sakash Replogle, Ph.D.

“Guiding 10 groups of students through the Schiff Family Science Research Institute has been a remarkable experience,” Dr. Replogle said. “It never gets old seeing the growth, in knowledge, skill and confidence, of my students as they journey through the program and come to see themselves as real scientists with the power to impact their field,”

The Summit’s student science researchers are:

Tarek Hasan, Hyde Park, explored the realm of computer music. Through the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, he worked with Dr. Mara Helmuth, the director of the university’s Center for Computer Music, and Kieran McAuliffe, a graduate student, to create a program for machine improvisation. 

Cole Hiller, Morrow, studied reducing fall risk in people aged 65 and older. His summer research was in a mechanical engineering lab at Miami University where he was mentored by Dr. James Chagdes, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Iris Katz, Madeira, experimented with a protein in a structural biology lab. She spent her summer research time in the Kovall Lab at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine's Department of Molecular Biology with Dr. Ellie K. Gagliani, a professor at Xavier University. 

McKinley Kramer, Anderson Township, conducted a case study and literature review to determine available ADHD treatment to pediatric 22Q Deletion patients. Her mentor was Dr. Replogle.

Ethan Lam, Anderson Township, studied anti-cancer peptide design using artificial intelligence. He was mentored by Dr. Somchai Chutipongtanate at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine.

Haley Potter, Milford, studies nitrogen-doped graphene oxide microelectrodes for improved electrocatalytic conversion of purine oxidation. She worked in the Ashley Ross lab at the University of Cincinnati’s Chemistry Department with a fourth year graduate student who is working toward his PhD in Chemistry as well as many other post-docs, grad students, and undergraduate students.

Sofia Ramirez, Loveland, studied the impact of early exposure to pollutants on learning and developmental behavior. She alongside undergraduates in the neuroscience lab of Dr. Christine Curran at the Northern Kentucky University Biology Department.

Lorenzo Rose, Oakley, explored whether nutraceuticals are an effective migraine therapy. He collaborated with a neurologist, Dr. Marielle Samaha, from The Headache Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Maddie Sumnar, Hyde Park, studies increasing human papillomavirus vaccine rates in children and adolescents by introducing pediatrician-led interventions in a simulated environment. She worked with Dr. Catherine DeFoor from St. Elizabeth’s Pediatrics.

Teresa Tarnowski, Morrow, searched for novel, viable treatments for children and adolescents with sleep disorders. She worked with Dr. Thomas Dye, a neurologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

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