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Winners of the Thomas Jefferson University Chapter Sigma Xi Student Research Day Poster Competition

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2013 Research Day

Student Poster Title Category Advisor Department Institution
Daniel Iascone Premature depletion of the neural stem cell pool in Alzheimer's disease mice BA Dr. Jeannie Chin Department of Neuroscience University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Colin Ackerman Dominant negative suppression of KV12 channels in transgenic mice BS Dr. Timothy Jegla Department of Biology The Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College, University Park, PA
Colin Fennelly Inducing intracellular ROS and cellular redox in C3H10T1/2 cells using non-thermal plasma BS Dr. Theresa Freeman Department of Biology Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA
Evangelia Malahias Ethanol interferes with the progression of germ layers in single embryoid bodies BS Dr. Eleni Anni Department of Biology Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Ashley Vanderbeck Regulators of metabolism and mitochondrial activity in hematopoietic stem cells BS Dr. Jennifer Punt Department of Biology Haverford College, Haverford, PA
Dierdre Axell-House Clinical significance of serum COL6A3 isoforms in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma MD Dr. Hwyda Arafat Department of Surgery; Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
William Gao Use of retinoblastoma Protein (pRb) immunohistochemical staining as a prognostic indicator in oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma MD Dr. Joseph Curry Department of Otolaryngology Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Anita Modi Seizure-induced alterations in the rostral migratory stream correlate with olfactory deficits in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease MD Dr. Jeannie Chin Department of Neuroscience, Farber Institute of Neurosciences Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Naomi Sell Does the site of pancreatic transection influence pancreatic fistula? A review of 294 distal pancreatectomies MD Dr. Harish Lavu Department of Surgery Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Chelain Goodman 3-ketosteroid receptor activation induces the emergence of a drug-resistant basal/progenitor phenotype in luminal breast cancers through Bcl6 MD-PhD Dr Hallgeir Rui Cancer Biology, Medical Oncology, and Pathology Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Michael Quinn Memory-like CD8+ T cells that persist throughout MCMV infection have the capacity to self-renew and recapitulate memory inflation MD-PhD Dr. Christopher Snyder Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Maria Belousenko Human NK cell growth: role of various modulating factors MS Dr. Senthamil Selvan Division of Solid Tumor, Department of Medical Oncology Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Felicia Cooper Paracrine effect of epidermal desmoglein 2 on the underlying mesenchyme MS Dr. My Mahoney Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Kevin Basile In vivo ERK1/2 reporting demonstrates the association and timing of ERK1/2 pathway reactivation and acquired resistance to RAF inhibitors. PhD Dr. Andrew Aplin Department of Cancer Biology Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Amber Dunkel Characterization of a novel HIV-1 vaccine PhD Dr. James McGettigan Department of Microbiology and Immunology Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Mukta Khasnis CD4 binding induces an asymmetric transition of HIV-1 Env from its native conformation into the prehairpin intermediate state PhD Dr. Michael Root Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Thomas Neill Soluble decorin induces tumor cell mitophagy by upregulating mitostatin: a novel mechanism for inhibiting tumor angiogenesis PhD Dr. Renato Iozzo Department of Pathology, Anatomy, and Cell Biology Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Benjamin Zemel Dynamic regulation of Kv3.4 channel inactivation and expression PhD Dr. Manuel Covarrubias Department of Neuroscience Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

2012 Research Day

Student Poster Title Category Advisor Department Institution
Navin Sabharwal Investigating the Interactions between DNA and a Platinum Metalloporphyrin BA Dr. Liliya Yatsunyk Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Swarthmore College
Laurie Delatour Serotonin, SIDS, and the maturation of cardiorespiratory control: the effects of prenatal nicotine exposure on postnatal survival in the serotonin-deficient Pet-1 knockout mouse BS Dr. Jeffrey Erickson Department of Biology The College of New Jersey
Sarah Michelson Development and Validation of a Novel Aged Alzheimer's Disease Model in Drosophila melanogaster BS Dr. Daniel Marenda Department of Biology Drexel University
Kaitlyn Shank IFNs Upregulate Sca-1 and Block Proliferation in Murine Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells BS Dr. Jennifer Punt Department of Biology Haverford College
Ankit Gandhi Angiotensin II Type 2 Receptor: A Novel Modulator of Inflammation in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma through NF-kB MD Dr. Hwyda Arafat Department of Surgery; Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology Thomas Jefferson University
Sharon Li Evaluation of the toxicities of a randomized, phase 1b/2 trial of AMG 102 or AMG 479 in combination with panitumumab(pmab) vs pmab alone in subjects with wild type KRAS metastatic colorectal cancer MD Dr. Edith Mitchell Kimmel Cancer Center Thomas Jefferson University
Heather McMahon The Efficacy of Splinting and Home Therapy After Xiaflex® Injection for Dupuytren's Contracture MD Dr. Sidney Jacoby Department of Orthopaedics The Philadelphia Hand Center
Shivam Saxena Regulation of Ran GTPase by Cigarette Smoke in the Pancreas and in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Cells MD Dr Hwyda Arafat Department of Surgery; Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology Thomas Jefferson University
Sophia Termini Parenthood with Exposure to Mycophenolic Acid Products MD Dr. Vincent Armenti Department of Surgery Thomas Jefferson University
David Hoang Stat5a/b Promotes Castrate-Resistant Growth of Prostate Cancer through AR-dependent and AR-independent Molecular Mechanisms MD-PhD Dr. Marja Nevalainen Departments of Cancer Biology, Medical Oncology and Urology Thomas Jefferson University
Tahsin Khan Effects of apoptotic cell accumulation caused by Mer deficiency on germinal center B cells and helper T cells MS Dr. Zia Rahman Department of Microbiology & Immunology Thomas Jefferson University
Devvora Olalere A Sleeping Beauty transposon-based insertional mutagenesis screen for genes associated with breast cancer MS Dr. Arthur Buchberg Department of Microbiology and Immunology Thomas Jefferson University
Subhasree Basu Inactivation of c-Jun N- terminal Kinase (JNK) signals formation of the organelle free zone (OFZ), a process that involves classical elements of autophagy PhD Dr. A. Sue Menko Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology Thomas Jefferson University
Sana Dastgheyb Antibiotic and photo-porphyrin combination therapies against S. aureus PhD Dr. Noreen Hickok Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Thomas Jefferson University
Tessa Lawrence Rabies virus infection is recognized by the inflammasome and activates IL-1beta release in dendritic cells PhD Dr. Matthias Schnell Department of Immunology Thomas Jefferson University
Michael Magee GCC-targeted chimeric antigen receptor-expressing T cells mediate regression of metastatic colorectal tumors PhD Dr. Scott Waldman Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Thomas Jefferson University

2011 Research Day:

Student Poster Title Category Advisor Department Institution
Vineet Tyagi Modification of Vibrio cholerae Quorum Sensing Receptors with Autoinducer Substrate Analogs BA Dr. Martin Semmelhack Department of Chemistry Princeton University
Lauren King Oxidative stress induces neurodegeneration in Caenorhabditis elegans BS Dr. Rebecca Kohn Department of Biology and Neuroscience Ursinus College
Kelly Kolson The Effectiveness of the Removal of Total Suspended Solids and Nutrient Pollution from Storm Water Sources at the Saylor Grove Wetland Project in Philadelphia BS Dr. Lisa Domico Department of Biology Chestnut Hill College
Vassily Kutyavin The relationship between developing T cell autoreactivity and commitment to the T regulatory cell lineage BS Dr. Jennifer Punt Department of Biology Haverford College
Kirsten Nole Examination of the role of Replication Protein A phosphorylation in the cellular response to Ultraviolet-induced DNA damage BS Dr. Andre Walther Department of Biological Sciences Cedar Crest College
Alex Brothers Assessment of inflammatory activity in Crohnís disease by FDG-PET/CT through a novel quantitative approach MD Dr. Abass Alavi Department of Radiology Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
William Gao Use of high-frequency jet ventilation in radio frequency ablation treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation MD Dr. Nabil Elkassabany Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care University of Pennsylvania
Noa Holtzman VASODILATOR-STIMULATED PHOSPHOPROTEIN REGULATES CIRCULATING TUMOR CELL ADHESION MD Dr. Giovanni Pitari Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Thomas Jefferson University
Jessica Jackson Pregnancy Outcomes in Female Pancreas-Kidney Transplant Recipients MD Dr. Vincent Armenti Department of Surgery Thomas Jefferson University
David Ritter Modulation of Kv3.4 channel inactivation by protein kinase C underlies a mechanism of homeostatic plasticity in nociceptors MD-PhD Dr. Manuel Covarrubias Department of Neuroscience Thomas Jefferson University
Mukta Khasnis Mutational Analysis of Mechanisms inhibiting Myosin Light Chain Phosphatase via Regulatory Subunit Phosphorylation MS Dr. Masumi Eto Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics Thomas Jefferson University
Brian Urbani Contributions of the T1 cytoplasmic domain to voltage-dependent gating of K+ channels MS Dr. Manuel Covarrubias Department of Neuroscience Thomas Jefferson University
Sucharitha Balasubramaniam BAF57 Deregulation: Turning on the SWI/SNF Switch for Advanced Prostate Cancer PhD Dr. Karen Knudsen Cancer Biology Thomas Jefferson University
Annika Barber Visualization of the general anesthetic site in a K+ channel PhD Dr. Manuel Covarrubias Department of Neuroscience Thomas Jefferson University
Ruth Pumroy The role of the nucleoporin Nup50 in Importin a5 mediated nuclear import PhD Dr. Gino Cingolani Biochemistry Thomas Jefferson University
David Swope Beta-catenin as a modifier of gap junction remodelling PhD Dr. Glenn Radice Cell and Developmental Biology Thomas Jefferson University

2010 Research Day:

Student Poster Title Category Advisor Department Institution
Caitlyn McLarnon Sensitivity of Caenorhabditis elegans mutants to oxidative stress BS Dr. Rebecca Kohn Department of Biology Ursinus College
Hadi Sauma Modeling of Epileptiform Activity within Regions CA3 and CA1 of the Hippocampus Using Small-World Networks BS Dr. James Watrous Department of Biology Saint Joseph's University
Disha Shah Analysis of Sum 1 regulation by Cdk1 during meiosis in S. cerevisiae BA Dr. Aikaterini Skokotas Department of Biology Rosemont College
Yusup Shin Double negative (CD4-CD8-) regulatory T-cells is associated with low levels of Nur77, a marker for strong TCR stimulation BS Dr. Jennifer Punt Department of Biology Haverford College
Paul Chung The Effects of Race on Histology, Stage and Outcomes of RCC: An Analysis of the SEER Database MD Dr. Gennady Bratslavsky Urologic Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute Thomas Jefferson University
Michael Frank The critical role of abca12 in normal zebrafish skin development MD Dr. Jouni Uitto Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology Thomas Jefferson University
Bartosz Grobelny Gain-of-Function Polymorphisms of Cystathionine _-Synthase and Delayed Cerebral Ischemia Following Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage MD Dr. E. Sander Connolly Department of Neurological Surgery Thomas Jefferson University
Todd Rubin Agreement Between Load Sharing Score (LSS) and Thoraco-Lumbar Injury Classification and Severity Score (TLICS) MD Dr. Alexander Vaccaro Department of Orthopedic Surgery Thomas Jefferson University
Julie Shaner Pregnancy Outcomes in Female Lung Transplant Recipients MD Dr. Vincent Armenti Department of Surgery Thomas Jefferson University
Michael Valentino Neuronal Guanylyl Cyclase C Regulates Appetite and Body Weight MD-PhD Dr. Scott Waldman Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Thomas Jefferson University
Elena Mogilyansky Impact of Genetic Background and the Apc^Min Mutation on Proliferation, Differentiation, and Apoptosis in Intestinal Crypts of C57BL/6J and C3H/HeJ Mice MS Dr. Linda Siracusa Department of Microbiology and Immunology Thomas Jefferson University
Abibatou Ndoye A role for the Werner syndrome protein in epigenetic inactivation of the pluripotency factor Oct4 MS Dr. Rene Daniel Department of Infectious Diseases and Environmental Medicine Thomas Jefferson University
Jason Correnti Nitric Oxide production leads to Connexin-hemichannel mediated ATP release and purinergic activation following PHx in the rat PhD Dr. Jan Hoek Department of Pathology, Anatomy, and Cell Biology Thomas Jefferson University
Christiane Danilo The Role of Cholesterol in Breast Cancer PhD Dr. Philippe Frank Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Thomas Jefferson University
Julianne Huegel Mechanisms of exostosis formation in Hereditary Multiple Exostoses (HME) Syndrome PhD Dr. Maurizio Pacifici Department of Orthopedic Surgery Thomas Jefferson University
Matthew Martz A Role for Leukemia-associated RhoGEF (LARG) in Mitosis. PhD Dr. Philip Wedegaertner Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Thomas Jefferson University
Robyn Sussman USP22 is an important regulator of Differentiation PhD Dr. Steven McMahon Department of Cancer Biology Thomas Jefferson University
Ronald Vagnozzi The Role of Cardiac Ankyrin Repeat Kinase (CARK) in Ischemic Injury and Ventricular Remodeling PhD Dr. Thomas Force Department of Medicine, Center for Translational Medicine Thomas Jefferson University

2009 Research Day:

Student Poster Title Category Advisor Department Institution
Sunil Adige PP2 differentially directs TCR-mediated cell fate decisions in developing and mature lymphocytes through its B' regulatory subunits BS Dr. J. Punt Biology Haverford College
Megan Fisher The Effects of BetaB2-Crystallin Mutation on TGFbeta Signaling Leading to Lens Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) BS Dr. M. Duncan Biological Sciences University of Delaware
Nathan Miller MicroRNAs can regulate human APP levels BS Dr. A. Saunders Biology Drexel University
Christopher Reeves Investigating the Role of the Puromycin Sensitive Aminopeptidase PAM-1 in Regulating the Caenorhabditis elegans Meiotic Spindle Apparatus BS Dr. R. Lyczak Biology Ursinus College
Gabriela Martinez Increased cell survival and drug resistance due to SPARC-mediated activation of a FAK/ILK-PI3K/Akt signaling axis in malignant melanoma MS Dr. M. Fukunaga-Kalabis Bioscience Technologies TJU
John Passick Evaluation of the Prodesse ProGastro™ Cd PCR Assay for the Detection of Toxigenic Clostridium difficile MS Dr. D. Jungkind Clinical Microbiology TJU
Bianca Torres Effects of the Lamin A/C mutation on HIV-1 transduction in B-Lymphocytes MS Dr. R. Daniel Medicine TJU
Ethan Abel FOXD3 is a B-RAFV600E-regulated inhibitor of G1/S progression in melanoma cells PhD Dr. A. Aplin Cancer Biology TJU
Richard Crist Mom8 and Mom9: Novel Modifiers of ApcMin Intestinal Tumorigenesis PhD Dr. A. Buchberg Microbiology and Immunology TJU
Gregory Dickinson Intracellular sensors of bacteria are involved in septic shock PhD Dr. K. Alugupalli Microbiology and Immunology TJU
Roshanak Irannejad Determining The Role of Subcellular Localization of Heterotrimeric G Protein βγ Subunits in a Trans Golgi Network-To-Plasma Membrane Vesicle Formation Pathway PhD Dr. P. Wedegaertner Biochemistry and Molecular Biology TJU
Kevin Johnson Phosphatase Modulation of the Prolactin/Jak2/Stat5 Pathway in Human Breast Cancer PhD Dr. H. Rui Cancer Biology TJU
Sudarshan Phani VTA neurons mediate neuroprotection in dopamine neurons of the substantia nigra PhD Dr. L. Iacovitti Farber Institute for Neuroscience TJU
Constantinos Ketonis Antibiotic Modification of Native Grafts: Improving Upon Nature’s Scaffolds MD-PhD Dr. N. Hickok Orthopedic Surgery TJU
Claire Campbell Dose-Dependent Effects of Zinc Bis Glycol Porphyrin on the Expression of Heme Oxygenase in Newborn Mice MD Dr. D. Stevenson Pediatrics Stanford University School of Medicine and TJU-JMC
Christina Cress Chemical mutagenesis of LACV generates mutants which are ts, have restricted growth in human neural cell lines, and are attenuated in mice MD Dr. S. Whitehead Laboratory of Infectious Diseases NIAID and TJU-JMC
Peachy Mae Piana Cannabinoid modulation of cortical adrenergic receptors and transporters MD Dr. E. Van Bockstaele Neurosurgery and Farber Institute of Neuroscience TJU

2008 Research Day:

Student Poster Title Laboratory Category
Peter Barish B56-containing PP2A may positively regulate apoptosis in CD4+/CD8+ thymocytes Dr. J. Punt Haverford College B.A./B.S.
Emily Hinchcliff Microtubule instability may prevent polarization of MTOC in immature thymocytes Dr. J. Punt Haverford College B.A./B.S.
Julia Margulis Distribution of Melatonin Receptor Subtypes in Area X of Sturnus vulgaris Dr. Bentley University of Pennsylvania B.A./B.S.
Amrita Dawn Small Molecule Mediated Sequestration of Dynein Light Chain LC8 causes Rapid Inhibition of Intracellular Motility Dr. Wiliams M.S.
Mary Y. Ryan Five RNA Editing Sites in Shab Alter Pore Block and the Kinetics and Voltage Dependence of Activation Dr. Horn M.S.
Ronald C. Kern Regulation of the Arrestin-2/Clathrin Interaction: Tales of a Tail-less Arrestin Dr. Jeffrey L. Benovic Ph.D.
Christine M. Lightcap Biochemical and Structural Characterization of the Pak1-LC8 Interaction Dr. Williams Ph.D.
Robert J. Neely Ret/PTC 3 Induction of NF Kappa B in Inflammation and Cancer Dr. Rothstein Ph.D.
Christopher Orr Intramolecular Interaction and Coordinated Phosphorylation of the Androgen Receptor Alters Its Metabolism in a Cell Model of Spinal and Bulbar Muscular Atrophy Dr. Diane Merry Ph.D.
Jason J. Zoeller A central function for perlecan in skeletal muscle and cardiovascular development Dr. Renato Iozzo Ph.D.
Celestine Wanjallal Retargeting of antigen presenting cells and immune responses - implications for a rational HIV-1 vaccine design Dr. Schnell M.D./Ph.D.
Alexander Mericli Paraspinous Muscle Flap Reconstruction of Complex Midline Back Wounds: Risk Factors and Incidence of Post-flap Complications at a Busy Regional Spine Center Dr. Tuma M.D.
Deana Mikhalkova 17-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin is more toxic to human tumor cells at low pH Dr. Ronald Coss M.D.
Gary E. Weissman Consequences for the health of communities: increased emergent global path length from local arbitrary homophily Dr. Armstrong M.D.
Matthew E. Witek Identification of a Novel Splice Variant, Cdx2(+RS), Defines CDX2 as the First Tissue-Specific Gene that Regulates Transcription and pre-mRNA Processing Dr. Scott Waldman M.D.

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