Summer interns present research results

The 2014 Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS) and WV-Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) programs concluded with a research symposium at West Virginia University July 28. The 16 students spent the summer conducting research related to lung cancer, melanoma, cystic fibrosis, prostate cancer, diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer, depression, and industrial toxins.  The interns presented their results with posters and discussed their findings individually with students, mentors, and other educators from around West Virginia.

In addition to their research in Marshall’s cutting-edge laboratories, the students had the opportunity to go hiking, have a bowling party, spend the day at Beechfork State Park, and use the climbing and bouldering wall and participate in other activities at the Marshall Recreation Center

SRIMS is funded by the MU Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and donations to the Marshall University Foundation SRIMS Fund. Participants receive room, board, travel expenses, a stipend and Rec Center memberships.

WV-INBRE is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, and applicants must be a student at a West Virginia university or college.  Marshall—in partnership with researchers at West Virginia University—received the award to help build expertise in biomedical research.

Summer Interns and their mentors were:

Rebecca Goydel, WV-INBRE, Fairmont State University (Mentor: Dr. Eric Blough)

Luisa Hernandez, SRIMS, Fayetteville State University (Mentor: Dr. Xijian Xie)

Alnairouz Katrib, WV-INBRE, West Virginia State University (Mentor: Dr. Beverly Delidow)

Ankita Khunt, WV-INBRE, University of Charleston (Mentor: Dr. Richard Egleton)

J. Tyler Kinder, WV-INBRE, Bluefield State College (Mentor: Dr. Piyali Dasgupta)

Kyle Lehosit, WV-INBRE, Bethany College (Mentor: Dr. Hongwei Yu)

Renuka Mahatara, WV-INBRE, University of Charleston (Mentor: Dr. Monica Valentovic)

Kenny Nguyen, WV-INBRE, University of Charleston (Mentor: Dr. Pier Paolo Claudio)

Steven Paniagua, SRIMS, University of California-Santa Clara (Mentor: Dr. Jung Han Kim)

Courtney Pierron, WV-INBRE, University of Charleston (Mentor: Dr. Sandrine Pierre)

KM Tanim, WV-INBRE, West Virginia State University (Mentor: Dr. Travis Salisbury)

Jordan Tate, WV-INBRE, West Virginia Wesleyan College (Mentor: Dr. Gary Rankin)

Judith Urbanic, WV-INBRE, Glenville State College (Mentor: Dr. Larry Grover)

Sheryl Vermudez, SRIMS, Chaminade University (Mentor: Dr. Gary Rankin)

Linh Vu, WV-INBRE, University of Charleston (Mentor: Dr. Monica Valentovic)

Saidah Wright, SRIMS, Claflin University (Mentor: Dr. Jung Han Kim)


WV-INBRE Faculty Fellow

Sobha Gorungantula, Alderson-Broaddus College (Mentor: Dr. Travis Salisbury)


To learn more about the SRIMS program or to make a donation, visit or contact Kelly Carothers at or  (304) 696-7279.