2017 Equity Interns

Biomedical Science Track

Jewel BordeauxJewel Bordeaux

Fort Lewis College - Durango, CO

Faculty Mentor: Angela R. Ozburn, Ph.D.

Poster Project: "Investigating Changes in Gene Expression After Reducing Binge-Like Drinking Using DREADDs in Mice"

Angele BruceAngele Bruce

University of Portland - Portland, OR

Faculty Mentor: Laura Kozell, Ph.D.

Poster Project Title: "Genetic Diversity in Mitochondrial Complex Formation and Function"

Natalya Cardona CastilloNatalya Cardona

California State University, Dominguez Hills - Carson, CA

Faculty Mentors: Christina Zheng Ph.D. & Shannon McWeeney Ph.D.

Poster Project Title: "Computational Analysis for Identification of Candidate Pathways and Prioritization to Improve Adjuvant Discovery"

Karen EspinozaKaren Espinoza

Willamette University - Salem, OR

Faculty Mentor: Laura Kozell, Ph.D.

Poster Project Title: "Genetic Variation Within Mouse Models of Ethanol Consumption"


Brianna MeesBrianna Mees

Eastern Oregon University - La Grande, OR

Faculty Mentor: Claudio Mello, Ph.D. 

Poster Project Title: "Comparative Transcriptomics Reveals Molecular Specializations in Avian Brain Nuclei Evolved for Vocal Learning"


Alicia Romero

Alicia Romero

University of New Mexico - Albuquerque, NM

Faculty Mentors: Andrey Ryabinin, Ph.D.

Poster Project Title: "Effects of Chemogenetic Manipulation of Ventral Tegmental Area Activity on c-Fos Expression in the Dorsal Raphe and Edinger Westphal Nucleus"


Akayi TheinAkayi Thein

Skyline College - San Bruno, CA

Faculty Member: Suzanne Mitchell, Ph.D.

Poster Project Title: "Self-control in Animals: Interrelationship between Delay, Probability and Effort Discounting"

Center for Health Systems Effectiveness Track


Avery Richardson

Avery Richardson

Pacific University - Forest Grove, OR

Faculty Mentor: John McConnell, Ph.D.

Poster Project Title: "Evaluating Community Health Worker Activities In Community-Based Organizations"




Dentistry Track

Aria Mirzazadeh JavaheriAria Mirzazadeh Javaheri

Portland State University - Portland, OR

Faculty Mentor: Pamela Hughes, D.D.S.

Poster Project Title: "Guided vs. Non-Guided Surgery Implant Success Rates in the Resident Surgeon Population"

Rishal SharmaRishal Sharma

Portland State University - Portland, OR

Faculty Mentor: Sivaraman Prakasam, B.D.S., M.S.D., Ph.D.

Poster Project Title: "The Expression of Peptidoglycan Recognition Proteins (PGRP-1) in Cells and Tissues of Periodontium during Health and Disease"

Medicine Track

Douglas KempthorneDouglas Kempthorne

Gonzaga University - Spokane, WA

Faculty Mentor: Fikadu Tafesse, Ph.D.

Poster Project Title: "The Role of Sphingomyelin in Zika Virus Replication"

Forrest KwongForrest Kwong

University of Washington - Seattle, WA

Faculty Mentor: Show-Ling Shyng, Ph.D. 

Poster Project Title: "Optimizing Detergent Concentrations for the Purification of KATP Channels to be used in Cryo-EM"  

Ruth Vanelle NouboussiRuth Vanelle Nouboussi

University of Oregon - Eugene, OR

Faculty Mentor: Timothy J. Nice, Ph.D. 

Poster Project Title: "Strain-dependant Differences in Mouse NoroVirus Capsid Determine Cell Death and Inflammation"

Morinne OsborneMorinne Osborne

Howard University - Washington, DC

Faculty Mentor: Jeff Jensen, M.D., M.P.H.& Marci Messerle Forbes, F.N.P.

Poster Project Title: "OHSU Employees’ Opinions of Clinical Research and their Participation as Research Subjects"

Thalia PadillaThalia Padilla

University of Oregon - Eugene, OR

Faculty Mentors: Amanda Kim, M.D. & Dmitry Dukhovny, M.D., M.P.H.

Poster Project Title: "Investigation of Yield Chromosomal Micro-array in Infants with Congenital
Heart Disease"

Christopher Ponce Campuzano

 Christopher Ponce Campuzano

  Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX

  Faculty Mentors: Katharine E. Zuckerman, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.

  Poster Project: "The Most Vulnerable Project (MVP): Improving The Health of our Socially Fragile Children"


Jorge Rodriguez ToroJorge Rodriguez Toro

Linfield College - McMinnville, OR

Faculty Mentors: Miranda Lim M.D., Ph.D. 

Poster Project Title: "Trauma Exposure Potentiates the Relationship Between Sleep and Depression in Veterans with TBI and PTSD"


Nursing Track


Brandon LarkinBrandon Larkin

Golden West College - Huntington Beach, CA

Faculty Mentor: Karen S. Lyons, Ph.D.

Poster Project Title: "The Role of Communication within Couples Coping with Cancer"




Katie Pope

Katie Pope

Portland State University - Portland, OR

Faculty Mentor:  Amy M. Ross, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.S.

Poster Project Title: "Thrombectomy and tPA's Influence on Leukocytes"


Oregon Hearing Research Center Track


Bekah Funkhouser

Rebekah Funkhouser

University of Mary Washington - Fredericksburg, VA

Faculty Mentor: Lina Reiss, Ph.D.

Poster Project Title: "The Relationship Between Cochlear Implant Hearing Aid User's Preferred Device Usage and Speech Perception"

Isabella NtigbuIsabella Ntigbu

Howard University - Washington, DC

Faculty Mentor: Peter Steyger, Ph.D.

Poster Project Title: "TRPA1 and its Association with Microtubules"


Physician Assistant Track

Qwynton JohnsonQwynton Johnson

Concordia University - Portland, OR

Equity Track: Physician Assistant

Faculty Mentor: Sarah Drummond Hayes, Ed.D.

Poster Project Title: "The Well Being of Physician Assistant Students: A Preliminary Look at Quality of Life"

School of Public Health Track


Edline FrancoisEdline Francois

New College of Florida - Sarasota, FL

Faculty Mentor: Raina Croff, Ph.D.

Poster Project Title: "SHARP Brain Health Program: Using Group Support, Personal Relevance, and Cultural Significance to Motivate Older African Americans to Socially Engage and Exercise"




Amiel Maldonado

Amiel Maldonado

California State University San Marcos - San Marcos, CA

Faculty Mentor: Janne Boone-Heinonen, Ph.D., Lynne Messer, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Poster Project Title: "Dietary Acculturation in Hispanic-American Immigrant Children"