The Class of 2018 did a wonderful job presenting their summer projects during Summer Fellows Research Day on August 29, 2018, to an audience of HMS basic scientists and lab members.
Nicola Fattorelli gave a talk on “Continuity analysis in single-cell trajectories of microglia responses to Alzheimer’s Disease”. Nicola worked in Dr. Peter Karchenko’s Lab in the Department of Biomedical Infomatics at Harvard Medical School.
Rachele Catalano spoke on “A method for Denoising Deconvolution and Demixing of Calcium Imaging Data”, working in the lab of Dr. Venkatesh Murthy at Harvard University, in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Assunta Cirella’s talk was titled, “Role of PDLI in Pancreatic Cancer-associated cachexia”. Assunta did her work in Dr. Stephanie Dougan’s lab at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Michela Cristofolini presented on “Suprachiasmatic Nucleum projections to the Subparaventricular Zone: role of the VIP in the circadian system”. Michela spent the summer working in the lab of Dr. Elda Arrigoni in the Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Virginia Camilotto worked in Dean George Daley’s lab in the Hematology/Oncology Department at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her talk was on “Compound testing for human iPSCs hematopoietic differentiation enhancement.”
Francesca Masoni spoke on “Assessing Chromatin Looping in T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia”. Francesca worked in the lab of Dr. Birgit Knoeche at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Katia Monsorno gave a talk on “Investigating the role of SIRPa in microglia function”, having worked in the lab of Dr. Beth Stevens in the Department of Neurology at Children’s Hospital, Boston.
Christiano Peron worked in Dr. David Weinstock’s lab in the Devision of Medical Oncology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He spoke on “Inhibitors of apoptosis proteins (IAPs) in T-cell Lymphomas”.
Gustavo Pregoni spoke on the “iPSCs from Down Syndrome Patients to study Alzheimer’s Disease”. Gustavo worked in the lab of Dr. Tracy Young-Pearse, in the Department of Neurology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Daniele Rodolico was the final student to present, with a talk titled, “An engine out of fuel? NAD metabolism in the Aging Heart”. Daniele worked in the lab of Dr. Anthony Rosenszweig, in the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
The final Fellow in the program, Luigi Francesco Saccaro, was unable to make a presentation that day, due to an emergency surgery (from which he is recovering nicely). Luigi worked in the lab of Drs. Robert Farese and Tobias Walther in the Department of Genetic and Complex Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health. His summer project focused on lipid metabolism in Frontotemporal Dementia, and the excellent talk he had prepared was titled, “Progranulin deficiency leads to ganglioside metabolism alternation”.
Finally, everyone, from the students to the Armenise Harvard Foundation staff, expressed deep gratitude to Dr. Cinzia Vicidomini, the Director of the Summer Fellows Program, who worked very hard through the application cycle and the entire summer, to make this an experience the students will never forget. Part of their ongoing obligation is to continue to stay in touch with us, and we look forward to following the evolution of their scientific careers.