Kaitlyn Calabro

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Graduate Student

Contact Information

(352) 273-7413
k.calabro@ufl.edu

Lab

R2-236/240

About

Kaitlyn Calabro (maiden name Socha) graduated summa cum laude from Montclair State University with a B.S in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Computer Science. She is currently a first year graduate student in the genetics concentration of the College of Medicine’s Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences at UF. Her research focuses on improving dual AAV vector therapies for large genes involved in inherited retinal disorders.

Publications

  • Alison M. Morse, Kaitlyn R. Calabro, Justin M. Fear, David C. Bloom and Lauren M. McIntyre. Reliable Detection of Herpes Simplex Virus Sequence Variation by High-Throughput Resequencing. Viruses. 2017 Aug 16;9(8).

Oral Presentations

  • Calabro K, Boye SL, McCullough KT, Choudhury S, Gamlin PD, Boye SE. Investigating the impact of MYO7A deficiency in mouse retina and potential outcome measures for USH1B gene therapy. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB): The Biology and Chemistry of Vision. Steamboat Springs, CO, June 2017

Poster Presentations

  • Calabro K, Boye SL, McCullough KT, Choudhury S, Gamlin PD, Boye SE. Investigating the impact of MYO7A deficiency in mouse retina and potential outcome measures for USH1B gene therapy. Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB): The Biology and Chemistry of Vision. Steamboat Springs, CO, June 2017
  • Calabro K, Boye SL, McCullough KT, Choudhury S, Gamlin PD, Boye SE. Investigating the utility of mice as a model for developing clinically relevant dual AAV vectors to treat USH1B. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD, May 2017
  • Calabro K, Boye SL, McCullough KT, Choudhury S, Gamlin PD, Boye SE. Investigating the utility of mice as a model for developing clinically relevant dual AAV vectors to treat USH1B. University of Florida Celebration of Research, FL, February 2017
  • Calabro K, McIntyre L, Morse A. Comparison of DNA Assembly Methods. University of Florida Genetics Symposium, Gainesville, FL, November 2015.
  • Socha K, Cordova P, Ahmed J, Ezeiruaku A, Hanafy M, Du C, Xiong W. Helitrons appear to have the potential of capturing full-length genes. Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, Montclair, NJ, April 2015.
  • Socha K, Du C, Xiong W. Characterization of full-length candidate genes captured by Helitrons. 57th International Maize Genetics Conference, St. Charles, IL March 2015.
  • Socha K, Du C, Xiong W. Identification of potential genes captured by Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists, Molloy College, Long Island, NY, November 2014.
  • Socha K, Jurri M, Silva C, Xiong W, Du C. Copy number potentials and whole-gene capturing abilities of Helitron sequences in plants. Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, Montclair, NJ, April 2014.
  • Socha K, Atiyat R, Du C, Xiong W. Characterization and comparison of Helitron tandem repeats in sativa. Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists, Paramus, NJ, October 2013

Awards and Recognition

  • 2017-Awarded Travel Grant to attend the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology’s Biology and Chemistry of Vision Conference; Steamboat Springs, CO
  • 2017-Awarded Lion’s Eye Travel Grant to attend the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting; Baltimore, MD
  • 2016-present: Appointed a pre-doctoral fellow on T32 Training Grant, University of Florida Department of Ophthalmology, FL (NIH Grant EY00713224)
  • 2015- Recipient of Montclair State University’s Margaret and Herman Graduate Fellowship in Science- stipend provided for a student entering into a doctorate program in a STEM field
  • 2014- Recipient of Montclair State University’s Bonnie Lustigman Research Fellowship- stipend provided for independent undergraduate research
  • 2014- Recipient of Montclair State University’s Charles E. Hadley Memorial Fund – stipend provided to perform independent undergraduate research
  • 2013- Acceptance into Montclair State University’s Science Honors Innovation Program- funding and summer stipend provided independent undergraduate research
  • 2011-2015- Dean’s List every semester of undergraduate career