Congratulations to our four NFXF Summer Scholars! The Summer Scholars Research Awards are meant to introduce undergraduate students or students in professional training programs to research in the Fragile X field by providing funding for a summer project that adds to the body of knowledge around Fragile X in a meaningful way while providing a distinct training experience. Each awardee will summarize their summer project in a 15-minute video presentation at the end of the summer. Lucky us!

Collis Brown is a third-year graduate student at Howard University, Department of Pharmacology supervised by Dr. Tamaro Hudson. Collis’ project title is “Potential Drug Therapy for Fragile X Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome”.

John Burwinkle is a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Cincinnati supervised by Dr. Christina Gross at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. John’s project title is “MicroRNA-mediated correction of dendritic spine abnormalities in a mouse model for FXS via modulation of cytoskeletal proteins”.

Bonnie McKinnon is a first-year graduate student at Emory University, Department of Human Genetics supervised by Dr. Emily Allen. Bonnie’s project title is “The Diagnostic Experience of Women with Fragile X-associated Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (FXPOI)”.

Elizabeth Saoud is a third-year undergraduate student at Harvard University supervised by Dr. Carol Wilkinson at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Elizabeth’s project title is “A Study of Visual Evoked Potentials in Children with Fragile X Syndrome”.

Congratulations Collis, John, Bonnie, and Elizabeth! We can’t wait to see what you do.

Author Hilary Rosselot

Hilary Rosselot
Hilary joined the NFXF team in 2019. Prior to joining the NFXF team, she worked at the Cincinnati Fragile X Research and Treatment Center for over five years. She has experience as a clinical research coordinator across many types of clinical trials and served as the clinical research manager for the Cincinnati program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s, and is a SOCRA certified clinical research professional (CCRP). She enjoys time with family and friends, a great book, a strong cup of coffee and, of course, a good laugh!