Daniel Shao

Daniel Shao is a rising junior at Case Western Reserve University, majoring in both biochemistry and computer science. Daniel is spending summer 2019 participating in the ASIP Summer Research Opportunity in Pathology Program and the University of Pittsburgh’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) working in the laboratory of Dr. Kari Nejak-Bowen (Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh PA). The SURP offers a 10-week summer research and professional development program for undergraduates who plan to pursue careers as biomedical scientists. Students can choose to work in one of seven different disciplines, including Pathology. The program is designed for students completing their sophomore or junior years of college. Dr. Nejak-Bowen’s laboratory studies the role of Wnt/β-catenin signaling in cholestatic liver disease. This summer, Daniel will be studying the mechanism by which loss of β-catenin in liver leads to an unexpected increase in mortality in mice fed diet containing α-naphthylisothiocyanate, which causes bile duct injury.