Jeanette Sullivan '20

Jeanette Sullivan


Hometown: Los Gatos, California

Beckman Scholars Program Project Title: “Long Non-Coding RNA Regulation of Opioid-Dependent Inhibition of CD4+ Human T Cell Activation.”

Mentor: Alan Levine, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at the School of Medicine

Beckman Scholars Program Project Details

Elevator Speech

Opioids, widely used for pain management, also increase susceptibility to infection and other health problems. We want to better understand the specific mechanisms by which opioids inhibit function of CD4+ cells, which play a critical role in the immune system response, and identify (ribonucleic acid) sequences that may mediate this inhibition.


"Spending the summer on campus was an overall very positive experience. I enjoyed attending the weekly SOURCE seminars and seeing the wide variety of projects other students were working on across campus. I would definitely recommend to any students who are interested in research to find a summer research experience because you are able to learn and practice much more than during the school year." 


Oral Presentation for Michelson-Morley competition (Apr 2019); Poster at CWRU Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology Poster Session (Dec 2019); Poster at CWRU Undergraduate Poster Session (Dec 2019)

Honors and Awards

  • NSF-GRFP Honorable Mention, 2020
  • 1​st  place, CWRU Undergraduate Poster Session, December 2019; Honorable Mention, CWRU Michelson-Morley Biology Research Competition, April 2019