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Annual Graduate Research Forum

March 5, 2009: Annual Graduate Research Forum

The annual Graduate Research Forum was held on March 5 and 6, 2009.  This event is organized by the Council of Graduate Students of the UT College of Medicien and provides an opportunity for students to present their work to fellow students and faculty.  Eight students in the CVMD track presented posters.  CVMD student Yiliang Chen was awarded the first place prize for his poster entitled Regulation of Intracellular Distribution of Cholesterol by the Na+/K+ ATPase.  He received a prize of $500.  His major advisor is Dr. Zijian Xie of the Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology.  Second and third places went to Mithun Khattar and Andy (Yutein) Chun respectively both from the IIT track.  Runners-up were Miao Chen, Cynthia Kenmuir and Sara Campbell.  The judges of the final six were Dr. Akira Takashima, Chair of MMI, Dr. Johnnie Early, Dean of the College of Pharmacy, and Dr. Jeremy Rich, Chair of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Cleveland Clinic.  Dr. Rich also presented the keynote address entitled  "When the Few Rule the Many: Tumor Stem Cells in Cancer Biology".

The event was held in the atrium of the Center for Creative Education

From the top: Yiliang Chen with judge Dr. Pat Hogue and students Junbo Mai and Jason French.

Yiliang Chen with his prize-winning poster.

Yiliang Chen discusses his work with Dr. David Dignam one of the first round judges.


Dr. Zi-Jian Xie, Yiliang's major advisor, and Dr. Thea Sawicki, IIT Track Director. 

Ashwin Prakash, CVMD student, with his poster describing bioinformatic techniques to identify possible causes of autism-related disorders.

Katye Smedlund, CVMD student, discussing her work on endothelial TRPC3 channels with Dr. Sumudra Periyasamy. 

Randy Hart, IIT track student, discusses his work with Dr. Surya Nauli, CVMD track faculty and one of the first round judges.

Vipula Petluru, CVMD student, with her poster presenting work on the role of TZD diabetes drugs in causing loss of bone density.

Jacobi Cunningham, NND student, explains his work to CVMD faculty judge Dr. Edith Mensah-Osman.

QiQi Ye, CVMD student, with her poster on the regulation of Src kinase by the Na+/K+ ATPase. 

Damien Earl, Neuroscience and Neurological Disorders (NND) track student in the Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology explaining his work to Keith Crist, PhD, Dept. of Surgery.

Cindy Kenmuir, NND student explains ephs and ephrins to Randy Ruch, PhD, Dept. of Biochemistry.

Sanjeevani Arora, Cancer Biology track student and Mithun Khattar, Infection, Immunity and Transplantation track student.IIT student.  Mithun Khattar was awarded the second place prize

Jean-Paul Lavik, Joshua Waldman, Leah Palladino and Kristine Angevine

Keith Crist, PhD, Dept Surgery, one of the judges working hard to select a winner. 

Damien Earl, NND student in the Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology with his poster entitled Direct Inhibition of Recombinant L-type Voltage-Gated Ca2+ Channels by Benzodiazepines.

Research Forum Organizers: Vipul Shukla (IIT Track), Mithun Khattar (IIT Track) and Damien Earl (NND Track).
Srinivas Vinod Saladi, Cancer Biology Track student with his poster entitled, Oncogenic BRAF (V600E) induced deregulation of SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling enzyme function
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