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May 8, 2012

SIU Med School Graduate Students Awarded for Research        

Twelve graduate students have received top awards in the 22nd annual Trainee Research Symposium at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The symposium offers various trainees in Springfield and Carbondale an opportunity to gain experience in making formal presentations of their research findings. Faculty advisors provided assistance for each project. 

The top projects in each category, as judged by a panel of faculty, received monetary prizes.  The judging criteria included -- preliminary data and research approach, research design, project creativity, originality, and the potential scientific or medical significance.

[Note:  Advisors are listed after each project name.]      

The first-place graduate student winner for oral presentation was Joshua Geltz, a medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology student from Chatham, for his project “The Microtubule-Destabilizing Activity of Icp0 Promotes Herpes Simplex Virus Spread and Release of Infectious Virus” (William Halford, Ph.D., associate professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology).

Second place was awarded to two graduate students:    

Three graduate students were awarded third-place for their projects:

The first-place graduate student winner for poster presentation was Erfan Eilati, a physiology graduate student from Iran, for “Age Dependent Increase in Prostaglandin Pathway Coincides with Onset of Ovarian Cancer in Laying Hens” (Dale Buchanan Hales, Ph.D., professor of physiology).

Two graduate students were awarded second-place for their projects:

Three graduate students were awarded third-place for their projects:

Judges for this year’s symposium were Kathleen Campbell, Ph.D., professor of surgery; Julio Copello, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology; Karen Hales, Ph.D., assistant professor of physiology; Debbie Mukherjea, Ph.D., assistant professor of surgery; Premkumar; Gregory Rose, Ph.D., director of the SIUC Center for Integrated Research; Donald Torry, Ph.D., professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology; Sukesh Bhaumik, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; Dr. Hui Dai, assistant professor of surgery; Edward Gershburg, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology; Nawneet Kurrey, Ph.D., post-doctoral fellow in physiology; Teresa Liberati, D.V.M., Ph.D., assistant professor of internal medicine; Prema Narayan, Ph.D., associate professor of physiology; Ramkumar; Rita Trammell, Ph.D., assistant professor of internal medicine; and Wilber.

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