SIU Med School Graduate Students Awarded for Research

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June 18, 2014

SIU Med School Graduate Students Awarded for Research

Twelve graduate students have received top awards in the 24th 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 poster presentation was Cassie Jaeger, a pharmacology student from Waggoner, for her project “Chronic Circadian Disruption Through Shift Work Leads to Harmful Metabolic Consequences” (Shelley Tischkau, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology).

Second place was awarded to two graduate students:

• Puspanjali Bhatta, a surgery student from Nepal, for her project “Capsaicin Protects Against Cisplatin Ototoxicity by Activating Cannabinoid Receptors” (Dr. Leonard Rybak, Ph.D., and Vickram Ramkumar, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology), and

• Aarushi Sharma, a pharmacology student from New Delhi, India, for her project “Human CLCA2 Modulates the Conductance of Calcium-Activated Chloride Channels” (Randolph Elble, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology).

Three graduate students were awarded third place for their projects:

• Yuanzhao Lv, a pharmacology student from Taiyuan, China, for her project, “Modulation of Ryanodine Receptors and the Ca2+ ATPase Carcoplasmic Reticulum by Antiepileptic Agents” (Julio Copello, Ph.D. associate professor of pharmacology),

• Chelsea Griffith, a physiology student from Equality, for her project “Immunoblot Examination of Metabolism-Related Proteins in the Hippocampus of Aged 3xTg Mice” (Peter Patrylo, Ph.D., associate professor of physiology), and

• Daniel Fox, a surgery student from Hannibal, Mo., for his project “D-Methionine (D-Met) Reduces Tobramycin-Induced Ototoxicity in Guinea Pigs” (Kathleen Campbell, Ph.D., professor of otolaryngology).

The first place graduate student winner for oral presentation was Joshua Geltz, a microbiology, immunology and cell biology student, for his project “Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2) Glycoproteins Are Not the Dominant Antigens of a Live-Attenuated HSV-2 ICPO Mutant Vaccine” (William Halford, Ph.D., associate professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology).

Two graduate students were awarded second place for their projects:

• Shivakumar Rajamanickam, a physiology student from Chennai, India, for his project “The Role of Deaf1 in Intellectual Disability” (Michael Collard, Ph.D., associate professor of physiology), and

• Olga Villamizar, a a microbiology, immunology and cell biology student from Bogota, Colombia, for her project “LNCRNA SAF Interacts with Splicing Factor 45 to Enhance Production of Soluble FAS Receptor and Resistance to Apoptosis (Edward Gershburg, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical microbiology and immunology).

Three graduate students were awarded third place for their projects:

• Ria Goswami, a microbiology, immunology and cell biology student from India, for her project “Epstein-Bar Virus (EBV) Lytic Antigens Detected by Human Sera” (Gershburg),

• Elena Rodriges-Blanko, a biochemistry and molecular biology student from Russia for her project “DNA Polymerase Epsilon in Human Mismatch Repair” (Farid Kadyrov, Ph.D. assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology), and

• Anushka Dikshit, a physiology student from Mumbai, India, for her project “Flaxseed Decreases Estrogen Mediated Toxicity in the Hen Model for Ovarian Cancer” (Dale Buchanan Hales, Ph.D., professor of physiology).

Judges for this year’s symposium were Deliang Cao, Ph.D., associate professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology (MMICB); Julio Copello, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology; Brandon Cox, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology; Judith Davie, Ph.D., associate professor in biochemistry and molecular biology; Buffy Ellsworth, Ph.D., associate professor of physiology; Dr. Gershburg; Yue Guan, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow of MMICB; Sophia Ran, Ph.D., professor of MMICB; Donald Torry, Ph.D., professor of MMICB; and Andrew Wilber, Ph.D., assistant professor of MMICB.

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