2013 AGA Student Research Fellow


I am extremely honored to be selected for the 2013 AGA Student Research Fellowship Award. My ultimate goal is to become a physician-scientist conducting biomedical research in digestive and liver diseases, and this prestigious award will allow me to continue my development towards this goal.

In the summer of 2012, I interned as a biomedical researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Jonathan Katz in the Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania through the Undergraduate Student Scholars Program (USSP). The support provided by the 2013 AGA Student Research Fellowship Award will allow me to return to Dr. Katz’s laboratory in the summer of 2013 in order to expand my abilities as a biomedical researcher. I will have the opportunity to learn from the numerous conferences and seminars of the USSP and within the Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Diseases and to enhance my preparation for medical school/graduate school programs.

I look forward to continuing my work in delineating the role of epithelial IKKβ/NFκB signaling in the local esophageal microenvironment and in epithelial-stromal interactions in the esophagus. I am excited to start working with 3D organotypic cell culture in order to identify secreted factors responsible for changes in blood vessel integrity seen in our L2/Cre;IKKβL/L knockout mice. This invaluable research opportunity is made possible due to this generous AGA award, and I am tremendously appreciative for this award and this opportunity.

First Post! Thank you!

Hi everyone,

Thank you for visiting my blog. I would like to start by giving you a quick background about myself.

My name is Clarissa Diniz.

I was born and raised in Brazil.

I studied abroad in Montreal, Canada when I was a high school sophomore (I still go back to visit my host family and friends every year).

I decided to come to the states for my BS. I started at Juniata College, a small liberal arts school in Huntingdon, PA, in the Fall of 2010. I am majoring in Biology with a double minor in Chemistry and Communication.

I was accepted to the Undergraduate Student Scholars Program (USSP) at the University of Pennsylvania for the summer of 2012. I returned to Dr. Jonathan Katz’s lab for the 2012-2013 winter break. For the summer of 2013, I am a student research fellow in the lab under the USSP NIH grant, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) fellowship grant, and Juniata’s Super Internship Scholarship.

I hold this blog today because of my Super Internship Scholarship. I would like to say thank you to all of those who have contributed to the scholarship fund. Philadelphia is an extremely expensive city. Last summer (2012) I did not break even (I was not even close) due to the cost of living and food. So, the funds for this scholarship has made my 2013 summer internship possible. Thank you! I hope, one day, to give back to Juniata’s community in a similar fashion!