SIU Med School Graduate Students Awarded for Research

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May 2, 2013


SIU Med School Graduate Students Awarded for Research

Twelve graduate students have received top awards in the 23rd annual Trainee Research Symposium at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The symposium offers 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 Cassie Jaeger, a pharmacology student from Waggoner, for her project Clock Dysfunction Alters the Rhythmic Expression of Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Dependent Protein, Tribbles 3.” (Shelly Tischkau, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology).

Second place was awarded to two graduate students: 

Three graduate students were awarded third place for their projects:

        ·  Ria Goswami, a medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology student from India, for her project “Involvement of Cellular Signaling Cascades in Epstein-Barr Virus Reactivation and Replication” (Edward Gershburg, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology)

The first place graduate student winner for poster presentation was Debashish Boral, a microbiology, immunology and cell biology student from India for his project “SOX2 Inhibits WNT Driven Colon Cancer in Cell Proliferation” (Daotai Nie, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology, immunology and cell biology).

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 Sukhesh Bhaumik, Ph.D. associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; Julio Copello, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology; Brandon Cox, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology; Buffy Ellsworth, Ph.D., assistant professor of physiology; Dale Buchanan Hales, Ph.D., professor of physiology; Rod Weilbaecher, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; James MacLean, Ph.D.; assistant professor of physiology; Prema Narayan, Ph.D., associate professor of physiology; Gregory Rose, Ph.D., director of the SIUC Center for Integrated Research; Tischkau; Andrew Wilber, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology; and Dr. Rong Yuan, Ph.D., assistant professor of internal medicine.

Note to media: Cassie Jaeger is the daughter of David and Kim Jaeger of Waggoner.

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