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GSIP 2022 Final Day Program

We celebrated the 23 exceptional GSIP and Berea interns in our 2022 summer program by hosting the Final Day Program on August 3, from 1 PM to 4:30 PM in the Anschutz Health Sciences Building’s Elliman Conference Center, on the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus!

Judith Hsia, MD, Chief scientific officer of CPC Clinical Research and Professor in the Division of Cardiology, University of Colorado Anschutz, was our 2022 Grant Family Distinguished Lecturer.

The GSIP team,

Joseph A. Brzezinski IV, Ph.D., Program Co-Director
Jill T. Cowperthwaite, Program Co-Director
Jane Rech, Ph.D., Program Staff

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GSIP Interns

NameUndergraduate InstitutionMentorPoster Title

Citlali Aguilera-Rico

Middlebury CollegeMaria Natalia Vergara PhDSigns of Alzheimer's Disease in Down Syndrome Retinal Organoids

Ethan Beltrand

St. Olaf CollegeKarin Payne PhDCharacterization of the Immune Response after Growth Plate Injury

Jack Bozik

Bellarmine University

Sujatha Jagannathan PhD

Understanding the Effect of the Myotoxic Gene DUX4 on the Centrosome
Reeya CallychurnCaldwell UniversityXiying Fan PhDUsing CRISPR-Cas9 to Knock-out TGFB3 Gene in Skin Tumor Cell Lines
Yifei ChenJohns Hopkins UniversityRonald Vagnozzi PhDDefining the Role of Fibroblast cGAS and MyD88 in Shaping the Cardiac Inflammatory Response
Jay-Ho ChungMiddlebury CollegeLori Sussel PhDCharacterization of Potential Interactors with CHD4 in Pancreatic Beta Cells
Shalika DevireddyJohns Hopkins UniversityTania Reis PhDDetermining the Role of Fl(2)d in the Mushroom Body on Lipid Storage and Metabolism in Drosophila
Lucy EganUniversity of Colorado BoulderMichael Verneris MDSmall Molecule Inhibitors in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Expansion and Differentiation
Enkhsanaa EnkhbayarStevens Institute of TechnologyNicholas Jacobson MDesMorphology of the Pulmonary Tract with Tetralogy of Fallot
Kendall HarringtonUniversity of California BerkeleyJeffrey Jacot PhDExploring the Characteristics of Exosomes Extracted from Cardiomyocytes from Patients with Down Syndrome
Nhan HuynhWabash CollegeYiqun Shellman PhDSASH1's function in proliferation and differentiation of melanocytes
Madelyn JaegerColorado School of MinesGana Batt PhDProtein purification of Indigo-2 (P1105-02) for Formulation Studies
Medrine KihangaEarlham CollegeKristen Boyle PhDThe Susceptibility and Development of Insulin Resistance in Umbilical Cord MSCs Exposed to High sugar/Fat Cell Media
Brett LiUniversity of Colorado BoulderKunhua Song  PhDDevelopment of a Novel Dual-Reporter Human iPSC Line to Identify Factors that Facilitate Direct Reprogramming of Cardiac Fibroblasts to Cardiomyocytes
Sarah LoewGeorgetown UniversitySantos Franco PhDNotch Signaling Directs Cell Fate Decisions in Dorsal Forebrain Progenitor Cells
Blake NeiderlanderAllegheny CollegeChelsea Magin PhDInvestigating the Influence of Sex- and Age-Related Biochemical Cues on Pulmonary Arterial Adventitial Fibroblast Activation
Vrushali PatelNew York Institute of TechnologyHolger Russ PhDProtecting Stem Cell Derived Beta Like Cells with PD-L1 Expression and CAR Treg Technology for Type 1 Diabetes Cell Replacement Therapy
Francisca RochaBates CollegeMaria Valeria Canto-Soler PhDCharacterization of Human iPSC-derived 3D Retinal Complex
Antonio Salcido-AlcantarUniversity of Colorado BoulderRussell Marians PhDDeveloping a Potency Assay for Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T Cells
Lindsey SmithColorado CollegePatricia Ernst PhDDesigning Peptides to Interfere with Specific KMT2 Family Proteins for AML Killing
Corey TesdahlUniversity of Colorado BoulderJoseph Brzezinski PhDCharacterizing the Complex Regulation of Otx2


Berea Interns

NameUndergraduate InstitutionMentorPoster Title
Oreoluwa LadeleBerea CollegeXiying FanInvestigating the Role of Endoglin (ENG) in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Progression
Jennan LahamerBerea CollegeIgor Kogut PhD Constructing a Fluorescent Plasmid for Tagging Endogenous ITGα5 Locus in Skin Organoid Dermal Papilla Cells



The Grant Family Distinguished Lectureship


Rhondda and Peter Grant

The Gates Center is proud to present the second Grant Family Distinguished Lectureship and to welcome doctor Judith Hsia, Chief scientific officer of CPC Clinical and Research Professor in the Division of Cardiology, University of Colorado Anschutz, as this year’s Grant Family Distinguished Lecturer. This lecture is held annually in honor of the late Peter and Rhondda Grant whose generosity and enthusiasm fueled the development and growth of this program. 

Peter and Rhondda Grant enthusiastically helped grow the impact of the Gates Center. They helped advance the work of its seasoned clinicians and researchers, introduced new scientific talent to groups of their friends over lunch, and purchased state-of-the-art equipment for the Gates Biomanufacturing Facility. Peter and Rhondda were captivated by the Gates Center’s plan to initiate an internship program focused on encouraging outstanding college undergraduates to pursue careers in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. It was Peter and Rhondda’s subsequent 2014 gift that enabled the launch of the Gates Summer Internship Program in the summer of 2015. Their generous moral and financial support – along with that of others – has helped sustain the program ever since. Unsurprisingly, Peter and Rhondda were the first recipients of the “Charlie’s Angels Award” for exceptional service to the Gates Center in 2017.

Over the years, Peter and Rhondda followed GSIP’s progress attentively and never missed the program’s final day speaker and ceremony, at which interns share posters highlighting their summer’s research. Their devotion to our GSIP interns and their accomplishments and to the potential of this program to have an invaluable impact on its participants’ lives provided every reason to establish the Grant Family Distinguished Lectureship in their honor. We were delighted to welcome Judith Hsia as our 2022 Grant Family Distinguished Lecturer.

2022 Grant Family Distinguished Speaker


Final Day Schedule

1:00 - 2:00 pmGrant Family Distinguished Lecture
2:15 - 3:15 pm

Intern Poster Presentation (Session 1)

3:15 - 4:15 pmIntern Poster Presentation (Session 2)
4:15 - 4:30 pmAwards & Acknowledgments

All events will be held in the Donald M Elliman Conference Center, 2nd floor, Anschutz Health Sciences Building,1890 N Revere Ct, Aurora, CO 80045.


GSIP gratefully acknowledges all individuals, foundations and organizations for their support and contributions to the mission of this program. We would like to thank the following benefactors, whose support made the 2022 Gates Summer Internship Program possible:

Rhondda and Peter Grant

AVITA Medical

The Bawmann Group

Jill T. Cowperthwaite & Charles P. Jones

Yvette & Chris Frampton

Davidson College

The Glendorn Foundation

Deborah Froeb and Tim Gardner

Joyce & Wayne Hutchens

Illumina Inc.

Allison and Jeff Krebs

Frank & Monty Kugeler

Penelope H. Lewis

Middlebury College

Kelly & Mark Petrash, PhD

Ann & Kevin Reidy

Betty & Dennis Roop, PhD

Matthew B. Seefeldt, PhD

Jane Rech, PhD and Chris Toll

Walter S. Rosenberry, III Charitable Trust

A. Sheffield Tulp

Christina & Willis Wright



Please see our campus parking map here. 

Final Day Program Location:  Donald M. Elliman Conference Center, 2nd floor, Anschutz Health Sciences Building, 1890 N Revere Ct, Aurora, CO 80045. 

Parking: The Vail visitor parking lot is conveniently located across 19th Ave. from the Anschutz Health Sciences Building.

Access to the Anschutz Health Sciences Building:  Please enter the west entrance of the building and head to the 2nd floor. The conference room is on the north side of the building.

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