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2015 Summer Undergraduate Program in Eye Research (SUPER)

SUPER 2015 Program Activities

  • In this 12-week independent laboratory research project, participants are matched with laboratories based on their interest and availability.
  • One-on-one meetings are held with faculty mentors at the beginning of the program for students to discuss their planned projects.
  • There are weekly coffee breaks with ERI faculty, postdoctoral fellows, research associates and staff, which include snacks and discussion.
  • Lectures by ERI researchers and clinical faculty from William Beaumont Hospital introduce current concepts in eye research, vision science and ophthalmology.
  • Alumni-sponsored lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Summer picnic and BBQ at a local park. Volleyball tournament vs. ERI faculty.
  • End-of-program symposium for students to present results of their research, including an awards ceremony and buffet lunch.


2014 Lectures
Tuesdays at NOON in 403 Dodge Hall of Engineering. Brown-bag (bring lunch).

 Date       Title  Presenter

 May 20

 Ocular development, anatomy and Glaucoma

 Kenneth Mitton, PhD., Shravan Chinta, PhD.

 May 27

 The State of Scientific Research: The Good, the Bad, and the...

 Barry Winkler, PhD.

 June 3

 Medical Training & Ophthalmology in Brazil

 Roberto Schunemann, MD, retinal surgeon & ARC-ERi Clinical Research Fellow

 June 10

 The lens and cataract

 Frank Giblin, PhD (Director ERI).

 June 17

 Ocular Trauma / Medical Outreach

 Lori Stec, MD (Beaumont Ophthalmology)

 June 24

 Retinal interneurons and their circuits

 Dao-Qi Zhang, PhD.

 July 1

 All singing, all dancing, all the time (Communication)

 Andrew Goldberg, PhD.

 July 8

 Lasik and cataract

 John Hart, MD (Beaumont Ophthalmology)

 July 15

 Clinical treatment of retinal disease

 Kimberly Drenser, MD, PhD (Beaumont, ERI)

2013 Student Symposium 
The Student Symposium was held Friday, August 2, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Room 302 Pawley Hall. 

9;30 a.m.

 Welcome and introductory remarks by Dr. Frank J. Giblin, director

9:40 a.m.

  Noor Tarabishy - "The permeability of retinal endothelial cells"

9:55 a.m.

 Engy Alwashah- "Role of SARM1 protein in Wallerian-like degeneration of retinal ganglion cells and other axons in glaucoma"

10:10 a.m.

 Camryn DeLooff- "Evaluating retinoic acid's role in reducing blood vessel loss in the oxygen induced retinopathymodel"

10:25 a.m.

 Mindy Cao - "Morphological and functional analysis of retinal neurons in mouse"

10:40 a.m.

 Mark English - Assay development for the photoreceptor protein Peripherin and its interactions with membranes Part I"
10:55 a.m.  Melanie Gary - Assay development for the photoreceptor protein Peripherin and its interactions with membranes Part II"
11:10 a.m.  Mirna Awrow - "Effects of UVB radiation on PARP-1 in cultured human lens epithelial cells: Real Time PCR and immunocytochemistry studies"
11:25 a.m.  Paul Zlojutro - "Potential problems with the off label use of valproic acid for treating Retinitis Pigmentosa"

11:40 a.m.

 Presentation of Certificates - Dr. Kenneth P. Mitton, S.U.P.E.R. Coordinator

12:00 p.m.

 Symposium Luncheon
1:00 p.m.

 Tour of the ERI