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Introducing the inaugural Young Guts Scholar Program recipients

Six undergraduate students will strengthen the pipeline of future leaders in GI research from diverse backgrounds.
Young Guts Program Scholars 22-23
Young Guts Program Scholars 22-23

We’re proud to announce the six undergraduate students selected as our 2022-2023 Young Guts Scholar Program recipients. These scholars will participate in mentored research related to digestive diseases throughout the academic year. The goal of this award is to encourage students racial/ethnic and/or other groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research to pursue careers in science or medicine, ultimately to expand the pipeline of investigators in digestive disease research.

Click below to view each student’s research project focus.

  • Lucy Zhao, MIT

    Lucy Zhao, MIT

  • Andrew Tran, Duke University

    Andrew Tran, Duke University

  • Sohaib Hassan, Rutgers University

    Sohaib Hassan, Rutgers University

  • Varun Ponnasumy, University of Michigan

    Varun Ponnasumy, University of Michigan

  • Daniella Montalvo, University of Miami

    Daniella Montalvo, University of Miami

  • Sara Chough, Columbia University

    Sara Chough, Columbia University

Lucy Zhao, MIT

Ingestible, autonomous gastric balloon for long-term weight loss, drug delivery, and sensing

Andrew Tran, Duke University

Hepatocellular carcinoma risk in untreated versus treated chronic hepatitis B patients with indeterminate phase: A multi-center study with inverse probability treatment weighting

Sohaib Hassan, Rutgers University

Effect of epithelial signaling on mesenchyme during tumorigenesis and tissue regeneration

Varun Ponnasumy, University of Michigan

Mineralocorticoid receptor: a novel tumor suppressor in colorectal cancer

Daniella Montalvo, University of Miami

Effects of DUOX2 dysregulation in colonic epithelial barrier integrity in ulcerative colitis

Sara Chough, Columbia University

Deciphering fibroblast-myeloid cell interactions in PDAC

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