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 SUPER Program Activities

 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.

2015 Lectures
Tuesdays at NOON unless otherwise indicated in 403 Dodge Hall of Engineering. Brown-bag (bring lunch). 

 Date      Title Presenter


May 14

 Ocular Trauma /  Medical Outreach

Lori Stec, MD

May 19 

Ocular Anatomy, Function and DiseaseKenneth Mitton, PhD

May  26

 The lens and cataractFrank Giblin, PhD (Director ERI)

June 2

Glaucoma, Ganglion Cell DeathShravan Chintala, PhD

June 9

Retinal interneurons and their circuitsDao-Qi Zhang, PhD

June 16

Unexpected Experimental Results: Woe or JoyBarry Winkler, PhD


June 25

Medical Training - India/US

Shikpa Tantineni (PRRL, visiting M3-M4)
June 30Lasik and cataract.

John Hart, MD (Beaumont Ophthalmology)

July 7

Vitreoretinal Disease Treatment     

Kimberly Drenser, MD PhD (Beaumont, ERI)
July 14

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

Andrew Goldberg, PhD
July 21

Ethical Practice in Biomedical Research

Kenneth Mitton, PhD




2014 Student Symposium  
The Student Symposium was held Friday, August 1, 2014, 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

9:45 a.m.

  Erin Feeney - "The Impact of Norrin on the Structural Integrity of the Ischemic Retina."

10:00 a.m.

  Mason Geno & Nahrain Putris - "The Effects of UVB light and Hyperbaric Oxygen on the PAR/PARP complex in Human Lens Epithelial Cells"

10:30 a.m.

  Kirsten Laux - "Systemic VPA can inhibit or accelerate photoreceptor loss in retinal degenerative mice with different mutations of the Pde6b gene."

10:45 a.m.

  Brandon Metcalf - "A Longitudinal In Vivo Model for Studying the Chronic Effects of VEGF on the Retina"

11:00 a.m.

  Nathan Spix  - "Effects of Melatonin and Infrared Light on Mouse Retinal Ganglion Cell Activity"
11:15 a.m.  Jermyn Yohannan - "Association of Peripherin/rds C-terminus with Model Membranes"
11:30 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