Honors Students

Fulton, Brian

Project Title: 
An investigation into the relation between olfaction and peripheral nerve conduction velocity and their relation to cholinergic function
Sponsor Name: 
Dr. Richard Doty
Dept and School: 
Smell and Tase Center, Department of Otolaryngology, School of Medicine
High School: 
Malvern Preparatory School, PA
Other: 
Varsity Track & Field, tutor at the Tutoring Center, TA for Statistics, Residential Advisor

Goldenthal, Ariel

Project Title: 
Cellular activity in the dorsal raphe and prefrontal cortex after anti-social stress or pro-social experiences
Sponsor Name: 
Dr. Sheryl Beck
Dept and School: 
Anesthesiology, School of Medicine
High School: 
Milburn High School, NJ
Other: 
Academic Honors: Phi Beta Kappa; Deans List (Fr, So, Jr, Sr) Extracurricular Involvements: The Drug and Alcohol Resource Team (President); Global Public Health Brigades (Co-Founder and President); Volunteer at United Community Clinics; Chamber Music Program (alto and baritone saxophone); Member of Sigma Kappa Sorority (Foundation Chair); Volunteer at Global Volunteer International

Goldsmith, Pierce

Project Title: 
The Mutational Landscape of Essential Genes in Complex Psychiatric Disorders
Sponsor Name: 
Dr. Maja Bucan and Dr. Benjamin Georgi
Dept and School: 
Department of Genetics, School of Medicine
High School: 
East Brunswick High School
Other: 
Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity, Drug and Alcohol Resource Team (DART)

Johansen, Brittany

Project Title: 
2D:4D Ratios, Exposure to Prenatal Testosterone, and Aggression in Adults
Sponsor Name: 
Dr. Adrian Raine
Dept and School: 
Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine
High School: 
Staten Island Technical High School
Other: 
Research Assistant in the Healthy Brain's and Behavior Study (Dr. Raine), Research Assistant in the PICU Screening Study (Dr. Abend), President and active dancer and choreographer in Sparks Dance Company, sister of the Eta Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi, member of PennPals, Relay For Life, and Penn Speaks for Autism, Committee Member and Medical Bridage Participant in Lima Peru for Penn MedLife.

Kanuri, Nitya

Project Title: 
An Eye-tracking Study of Consumer Decision-making: How Decision-making Processes Change as Options Increase
Sponsor Name: 
Dr. Joe Kable
Dept and School: 
Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences
High School: 
Berkeley Preparatory School, FL
Other: 
Painting, traveling

Klehm, Jecquelyn

Project Title: 
Nicotinic Partial Agonists as Smoking Cessation Aids: Effects on Anxiety-like Behavior and Receptor Regulation
Sponsor Name: 
Dr. Julie Blendy
Dept and School: 
Pharmacology, Perelman School of Medicine
High School: 
Wellesley High School, MA
Other: 
Club Lacrosse, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Nu Rho Psi

Lee, Ja Kyung

Project Title: 
Initial exposure to oxidative stress maintains inhibition of oligodendrocyte maturation despite discontinuation of the stress
Sponsor Name: 
Dr. Judith Grinspan
Dept and School: 
Neurology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
High School: 
Portsmouth Abbey School
Other: 
HUP Premed Volunteer; Alpha Phi Omega; KSA/KAP; PennAppetit

Li, Lilun

Project Title: 
Psychosocial Functioning Changes in Depressed Patients Undergoing Medication versus Medication and Cognitive Therapy Treatment
Sponsor Name: 
Dr. Robert DeRubeis
Dept and School: 
Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences
High School: 
Lower Merieon High School, PA
Other: 
Social Planning and Events Committee (VP, Secretary, Spring Fling Director), Tangible Change (voting member), Peers Helping Incoming New Students, Zeta Tau Alpha

Marathe, Priya

Project Title: 
Hormonal Modulation of Motor Neuron and Neuromuscular Activity in the Stomatogastric Nervous System of the Crab Cancer borealis
Sponsor Name: 
Dr. Michael P Nusbaum
Dept and School: 
Neuroscience, School of Medicine
High School: 
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, NJ
Other: 
Asian Pacific American Leadership Initiative; Penn Raas; Asian Pacific American Heritage Week; East Coast Asian American Student Union conference; Penn Asian Health Initiatives

Mehta, Mili

Project Title: 
The Identification and Targeting of Biomarkers of Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Valproic Acid Model of Autism
Sponsor Name: 
Dr. Steven Siegel
Dept and School: 
Psychiatry, School of Medicine
High School: 
The Wheatley School, Old Westbury NY
Other: 
Research has been published in PLoS ONE scientific journal and presented at Society of Biological Psychiatry; graduating Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude; at Penn has been President of BBB Society, VP of South Asia Society, and involved with Student Committee on Undergraduate Education