Snyderman Scholars program kicks off at Duke

Thursday, May 26, 2022
By Brittany Vekstein
Snyderman Scholars

The Snyderman Scholars Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine summer program has returned this summer. The 10-week program for undergraduates kicked off on May 23 and runs through July 29, 2022.

The program provides Duke University undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in a faculty-mentored research project in applied genomics and precision medicine.

There are two Snyderman Scholars this summer, Jiung (Peter) Nam and Paul Tongji Kim.

Nam will be mentored by Everado Macias, PhD, who is an Assistant Professor of Pathology. Macias’ lab aims to gain basic mechanistic insights into clinically relevant actionable molecular targets with the eventual goal of aiding to reduce prostate cancer-specific mortality. Nam will be working with Dr. Macias on his project titled, “Targeting Serine Threonine Kinase 3 to Prevent Doxorubicin-Induced Cardiotoxicity.” Nam is majoring in biology with a minor in computer science at Duke University.

Kim will be mentored by Jennifer Zhang, PhD, Professor of Dermatology. Zhang’s lab focuses on gene regulation of epithelial cell proliferation and differentiation, keratinocytes as instigators of inflammatory responses, and ubiquitination enzymes in melanoma. Kim will be working with Dr. Zhang on his project titled, “Impact of Aging on Skin innate immune response to Dengue virus.” Kim is majoring in biology/neuroscience at Duke University.

Both students will work with their faculty mentors through the duration of the program on their project, presenting their research and findings at the end of the program in July.

The Snyderman Scholars program is funded by Dr. Ralph Snyderman through the “Snyderman Fund.” Dr. Snyderman is a James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Medicine and served as Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at Duke University from 1989 to July 2004.

Learn more about the Snyderman Scholars Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine program.