Established in 2016, the GW Undergraduate Review is the premier publication of research from undergraduate students at The George Washington University. Our mission is to promote undergraduate research on GW's campus through events, workshops, and the publication of a student peer-reviewed journal. The GWUR is student-run and supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research.
Margaret Steiner is a sophomore from The Woodlands, Texas majoring in Applied Mathematics with minors in Biology and Economics. Her research interests include biostatistics, bioinformatics, and computational biology. Margaret is an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Keith A. Crandall’s lab in the GW Computational Biology Institute, where her work has focused on a retrospective study of the HIV epidemic in D.C. She has also spent the past two summers at the University of Texas School of Public Health studying statistical methods for the identification of rare genetic variants associated with birth defects under the direction of Dr. Michael D. Swartz. Margaret is a member of the University Honors Program and an alumna of the Elizabeth J. Somers Women's Leadership Program.
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Aleksandra Dagunts is a sophomore from Maryland majoring in Biology and minoring in Statistics. She is interested in neuroscience, pharmacology, and understanding how cellular mechanisms can be manipulated to treat diseases. She has spent time at the NIH researching potential therapies for schizophrenia and cigarette addiction. She is also a competitive rock climber, and works part-time at a local climbing gym.
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Delaney Foster is from Seattle, Washington and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Robotics. Over the summer, Delaney did research in neurobiology at the University of Washington, focusing on the spontaneous electrical activity in the hippocampus of post natal mice. She is interested in the study of the brain and loves the connection between robotics and neuroscience. Here at GW, she is working in a biomedical engineering lab that focuses of assistive robotic interactions with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Delaney passionate about providing opportunities to individuals with ASD and someday hopes to combine her passion for robotics with ASD research and therapy.
Maanas Nukala is a sophomore from Westford, Massachusetts majoring in Biological Anthropology with minors in Geographic Information Systems and Computer Science. Maanas is interested in evolution, genetics, biodiversity and remote sensing. At GW, Maanas is an alumnus of the Civic House community service program and is a member of the GW Quiz Team, Humanitarian Mapping Society, and the Triple Helix. He a member of the GW Primate Genomics Lab, currently researching pelage diversity of sifakas. Fun facts about Maanas include his love for birds and mapmaking.
Sarthak Shah is a sophomore from Freehold, New Jersey majoring in Biology. Sarthak is interested in pursuing a medical degree in the future, and is more specifically interested in cancer treatment. Over the past few summers, he has shadowed various oncologists. In addition, he has spent the last two years working as an undergraduate research assistant in the GW Cancer Center. The research deals with the effects of histone deacetylases on melanoma and breast cancer cells.
Jose Ignacio Nazario Costa is from Puerto Rico, and is majoring in Physics with minors in Economics and Mathematics. Jose currently works as a research assistant to the head of the Data Science department, Dr. Larry Medsker. With Dr. Medsker, Jose has produced analyses of data from the SAID Partial-Wave Analysis Facility based at GWU, while also helping Dr. Medsker with tasks for the GW Noyce Program. Jose is interested in pursuing a PhD in Theoretical Physics to conduct research in unified field theories.
Richard Sear comes from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is majoring in Computer Science and Physics. In high school, he conducted research on the effects of lead on learning in zebrafish and received the 2017 NIH WInSTEP-SEPA Student Research Award from UW-Milwaukee. Currently, he is involved with GW Robotics, Tech Collective, and the Honors Program.