Student Program

Undergraduate and Graduate Research Opportunities

The HMRI Student Program will be undergoing changes in 2015 and will no longer be a summer program. The program will emphasize students at local colleges and universities who can extend their time past the summer into a more extensive research experience. The size of the renovated program is not yet known, as we are now beginning to talk with students who will start their research this academic year, and will have priority for the summer slots. Our goal is to give students more than an exposure to science. It is to develop students who can contribute meaningfully and autonomously to the programs at HMRI through a rich scientific training.

 

For 55 years HMRI has provided a student research program for science students who are interested in careers in biomedical research. Several HMRI alumni have gone on to be chairmen of medical school departments and directors of research institutes, including the prestigious Salk Institute in San Diego, crediting their HMRI experience as a springboard to their future professions. The summer program has strived to identify and encourage the intellectual development of new scientists.

Student Research Application

Our Student Program is a volunteer service we are providing for students (typically in the Pasadena area, but not necessarily) who would like to experience the research environment by working alongside HMRI scientists.  Students will gain insight into research through their volunteer time at HMRI and HMRI collaborations.

 

>> Download the Student Program Volunteer Application

 

2015

Sixteen students were selected for participation in the 2015 student program. They are

(top row, left to right): Aish Subramanian, Junior/Occidental (Mentor: Dr. Noah Gross); Crystal Pun, Junior/Biola (Dr. Niema Pahlevan, Thao Tran, Cherise Charleswell); Deepika Sarode, UC Berkeley (Dr. Marie Csete); Elissa Cheung, Occidental/Sophomore (Dr. Robert Kloner); Jennifer Cai, UC San Diego (Dr. Alfred Fonteh); (bottom row, left to right): Michael Shoga, Occidental/Sophomore (Dr. Michael Harrington); Alexandra Filkins, Junior/Occidental (Dr. Harrington); Paige O’Connor, Colorado College (Dr. Csete); Grace Chung, Post Bac/Keck Inst. (Dr. Fonteh); Amythis Soltani, Junior/Occidental (Dr. Harrington); Tadeh Setaghian, MD/St. George’s Univ. (Dr. Harrington).

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2014

From 140 applicants, fifteen students were selected for participation in the program. They are undergraduate, graduate, and high school students from USC, UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, Stanford, Pomona College, Princeton, and other universities and colleges. Their HMRI mentors are Alfred Fonteh, Xianghong Arakaki, Myron Tong, Marie Csete, Ashraf Imam, Thao Tran, Faye Eggerding, Larry Jones, Howard Kaufman, and Douglas McCreery. Nine stipends were provided for participation by the Rose Hills Foundation and Altadena Guild on the basis of financial need and racial/ethnical minority status.

 

Back row, left to right: Ariel Vaisbort, Taylor Litchfield, Jose Comi, Alexander Rosinski, Aichen Irene Chen, Carina Lee, Cristin Malekyan Front row, left to right: Deepika Sarode, Susana Martinez, Ester Bhebhe, Alex Kim, Alexander Huang, Mathi Rajendran, Michelle Hoang Not pictured: Aaron Lew

2013

From 150 applicants, twenty students were selected for participation in the program. They are undergraduate and graduate students from USC, Cal Poly SLO, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona College, UC Irvine, CSU Dominguez Hills, Occidental College, Johns Hopkins University, and other universities and colleges. Their HMRI mentors are Mike Harrington, Alfred Fonteh, Xianghong Arakaki, Myron Tong, Marylou Ingram, Ashraf Imam, Faye Eggerding, Brian Ross, Howard Kaufman, Martin Han, and Victor Pikov. Ten stipends were provided for participation in the program on the basis of financial need and racial/ethnical minority status.

 

Back row, left to right: Siri Chirumamilla, Rubi Diaz, Jocelyn Argueta, June Liu, Lok Lei, Syena Sarrafpour, Kimberly Herrara, Natalie Chen, Aliah Fonteh, Jennifer Cai, Tiffany Gu. Front row, left to right: Kuan-Ting Chen, Yoon Lee, Evans Moc, Olufemi Osikoya, Jonathan Lowrey, Anthony Porchia.

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2012

Twenty-one students from UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, Berkeley, Yale, Columbia, and other universities and colleges participated in the program, working under the mentorship of Mike Harrington, Alfred Fonteh, Xianghong Arakaki, Myron Tong, Marylou Ingram, Ashraf Imam, Brian Ross, Thao Tran, Pom Sailasuta, Martin Han, and Victor Pikov.

 

Standing (left to right): Hoang Ho, Jude Fernando, Fatimatou Diallo, Patrick Chang, Matthew Liu, Michael Alim, Morgan Bowser, Mark Zhong, Cora Ormseth, Tanya Arellano, Janeesa Tate, June Liu Sitting (left to right): Jennifer To, Evans Moc, Kimberline Yang, Linus Kuo, Paige McCleary, Matthew Techy Not in the photo: Alejandra Chirino, Nicholas O’Dell, Carmen Cong

2011

The Student Research Program-2011 has brought 23 students from UCLA, USC, Princeton, Stanford, Berkeley, and other universities and colleges to HMRI laboratories. The students contributed 10 weeks of their time to various projects in biomedical research, working under the mentorship of Mike Harrington, Alfred Fonteh, Xianghong Arakaki, Myron Tong, Marylou Ingram, Henry Chan, Thao Tran, Pom Sailasuta, Douglas McCreery, Martin Han, and Victor Pikov. At the end of the summer, they presented the results of their research projects to the HMRI community and, along with their parents, participated at the Medical Research Council dinner.

 

Standing (left to right): Christina Fischer, Michelle Miller, Hector Salavarrieta, Patrick Chang, Rebecca Liu, Alessandra Marick, Robert Trent Jones, Riley Marangi, William Ross, Linus Kuo, Paige McCleary, Matthew Techy. Sitting (left to right): Sarah Park, Jessica Liu, Carmen Cong, Min Jeong, Cameron Henneberg, Tiffany Bui, Judy Trieu. Not in the photo: Charles Dennis, Jack Hale, Leeyen Hsu, Cindy Wang

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2010

Here is a group photo taken during one of the lunch-time seminars

 

Front row, left to right (mentored by, attending college/university) Jeanette Bates (Xianghong Arakaki, Bryn Mawr College), Christina Kaba (Mike Harrington,UC Berkeley), Brooke Hayashi (Marylou Ingram, Pacific University), Anjali Hari (Alfred Fonteh, Virginia Com. Univ.), Carine La (Alfred Fonteh, Sup’Biotech – Paris), Joanne Love (Mike Harrington, Goucher College).  Back row, left to right: James Chung (Martin Han, UCLA), Patrick Chang (Myron Tong, UCLA), Charles D. Dennis (Myron Tong, U Penn), Tom Strizic (Pratip Bhattacharya, Harvey Mudd College), Brian Lau (Martin Han, UCLA), Joe Xiao (Martin Han, Johns Hopkins Univ.)  Not in Photo:  Benji Crane (Howard Kaufman, UCLA)

2009

Here is a group photo taken during one of the lunch-time seminars:

 

Front row, left to right (mentored by, attending college/university):  Mounir Guerras (Victor Pikov, Univ. of Nancy), Elizabeth Backus (Alfred Fonteh, Brigham Young Univ.), Kaddour Rani (Victor Pikov, Univ. of Nancy), Samuel Gong (Martin Han, USC), Matt Weissman (Myron Tong, UCSD). Back row, left to right:
Syena Sarrafpour (Alfred Fonteh, Tufts University), Kelley Trapp (Mike Harrington, Amherst C), Roham Miri (Victor Pikov, USC), Candice Young (Marylou Ingram, UC Davis), Katherine Donahoe (Victor Pikov, Cal State LA), Devery Mitchell (Mike Harrington, University of Redlands). Not in Photo: Samuel Wein (Alfred Fonteh, Earlham College), Danielle Fisher (Alfred Fonteh, Scripps College), Dung Vu (Mike Harrington, Houston Baptist Univ.), Sarah Imam (Mike Harrington, USC), Gaelen Stanford-Moore (Myron Tong, UC Berkeley), Edmond Yu (Martin Han, UCLA)

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2008

Here is a group photo taken during one of the lunch-time seminars:
Front row, left to right (mentored by, attending college/university):  Chiang Li (Warren Merrifield, CWRU), Anna Unruh (Alfred Fonteh, St. Edward’s Univ.), Danielle Fisher (Alfred Fonteh, Scripps College), Susan Onami (Alfred Fonteh, UC Berkeley), Adam Kantor (Mike Harrington, Occidental College), Brenda Ou (Ashraf Imam, Stanford Univ.), Kathleen Teves (Victor Pikov, UC Irvine). Back row, left to right: Aman Sandhu (Brian Ross, Virginia Commonwealth Univ.), Adam Kolawa (Brian Ross, USC), Peter Bruno (Brian Ross, UC San Diego), Marc Huh (Ashraf Imam, IL Inst. Tech.), Christina Popa (Ashraf Imam, UCLA), Henry Ho (Marylou Ingram, USC).

2007

The Student Research Program brought 10 students from around the United States to HMRI laboratories. These students were involved in biomedical research and worked under the mentorship of HMRI researchers. At the end of the summer program, they presented results of their research projects.

 

Here is a group photo taken during one of the lunch-time seminars:
Front row, left to right (mentored by, attending college/university):  Christine Yu (Brian Ross, Boston U), Vignesh Raghunath (Ashraf Imam, CWRU), Mary Ann Gallup (Ashraf Imam, Boston U), Ajay Ullal (Brian Ross, UCLA), Leyen Hsu (Myron Tong, UC Berkeley). Back row, left to right: Eulanca Lu (Alfred Fonteh, UC Berkeley), A. Zoe Reidinger (Marylou Ingram, Virginia Commonwealth U), Katherine Trawick (Alfred Fonteh, USC), Tara Sharma (Alfred Fonteh, Claremont McKenna College), Hailey Foster (Mike Harrington, Scripps College)

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2006

The Student Research Program brought 14 students from around the United States to HMRI laboratories. In addition to these students, we hosted 4 students selected through Caltech SURF Program sponsored by the American Heart Association and 2 students selected through USC Summer Research Program.

 

Here is a group photo taken during one of the lunch-time seminars

 

Front row, left to right (attending college/university, mentored by):  Min Kang (Cornell U, Ashraf Imam), Patrick Lu (La Canada HS, Mike Harrington), Rainbow Chung (Pitzer C, Alfred Fonteh), Susette Cheng (Pitzer C, Alfred Fonteh), Joo Lee Song (Columbia U, Michael Glovsky). Middle row, left to right: Vishnu Sharma (Louisiana Tech U, Douglas McCreery), Raymond Weitekamp (Princeton U, Brian Ross), Derek Leong (Johns Hopkins U, Marylou Ingram), Bryant Khoo (Arcadia HS, Victor Pikov), Nerissa Alday (Valencia CC, James Riggins). Back row, left to right: Lynn Nuccio (Villanova U, Brian Ross), Elise McKenna (Utah State U, Brian Ross), Lauren Wisk (UCLA, Brian Ross), Neil Okey (Occidental C, Mike Harrington), Shuai Xu (Rice U, Faye Eggerding). Not in Photo: Ara Rostima (Berkeley, Brian Ross), Siu Kei Chow (UCSD, Brian Ross), VuAuh Truong (Pomona C, Ashraf Imam), Eric Kuo (Berkeley, Ashraf Imam), Albert Tran ( U Illinois-Chicago, Mike Harrington)