Elizabeth Kenny

Undergraduate Degree: BS
Undergraduate Degree Year: 2014
Undergraduate Institution: Duquesne University
Undergraduate Major: Biology

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Year in Program: Ry-LOA2
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Research Advisor First Name: Hülya
Research Advisor Last Name: Bayir
Research Title/Research Topic: The Role of Mitochondrial Uncoupling Proteins in Platelet Function
Current Research Description: Understanding the underpinnings of platelet activation is important from a clinical standpoint. Platelet activation is observed in numerous pathologies such as Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), Type II Diabetes, sepsis, etc. and can contribute to acute and chronic vascular complications14. We hypothesize that stimulation of UCPs in platelet mitochondria lowers Δψ leading to resistance to platelet activation.

Undergraduate Honors: a. Nancy and Norbert Maranowski Endowed Scholarship – 10/13; awarded merit-based scholarship for upperclass students pursuing a degree in natural sciences/mathematics b. Young Investigator Award Nominee – 11/24/13; selected for oral presentation and YIA candidate at Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine (SFRBM) 20th Annual Meeting c. PRISE Award – 4/13; awarded with funding from American Heart Association for cardiovascular research d. Vira I. Heinz Scholarship for Women in Global Leadership – 11/11; selected for VIH Program for Women in Global Leadership and awarded funding for an international experience

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Domsic RT, Dezfulian C, Shoushtari A, Ivanco D, Kenny E, Kwoh CK, Medsger Jr. TA, Champion HC. “Endothelial Dysfunction is Present Only in the Microvasculature and Microcirculation of Early Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis Patients.” Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology 2014.