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Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy Hosts Annual Research Forum

InTouch 3-16-17
The Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy hosted its annual research forum on March 8. Six graduate students and two post-doctoral fellows gave presentations followed by a five-minute question and comment period from a panel of judges comprised of Nicholas R. Ferreri, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, Christopher S. Leonard, Ph.D., professor of physiology, and Esther L. Sabban, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology. Joseph D. Etlinger, Ph.D., standing far left, professor and chairman of the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, and Victor A. Fried, Ph.D., standing far right, professor of cell biology and anatomy, pathology and graduate program director, joined the presenters.

The Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy Research Forum presenters were:

Standing from left:

Linnea R. Vose, Ph.D. '12
Neuroprotective strategies to prevent cognitive impairment from galactic cosmic radiation
Faculty Advisor: Patric K. Stanton, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy and neurology

Alexander Moghadam
Pairing of neonatal phencyclidine and adolescent stress as a model of schizophrenia
Faculty Advisor: Patric K. Stanton, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy and neurology

Omid Miry (First Place)
Long-term effects of galactic cosmic radiation on synaptic plasticity, learning and memory
Faculty Advisor: Patric K. Stanton, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy and neurology

Katisha Gopaul
Roles of SNAP-25 in synaptic plasticity, learning and memory Formation
Faculty Advisor: Patric K. Stanton, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy and neurology

Seated from left:

Chian-ru Chern
Role of Dorsomedial Hypothalamic Nucleus (DMH) in phenotype of spasms 
Faculty Advisor: Libor Velisek, M.D., Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy, pediatrics and neurology

Marcela Laukova, Ph.D. (Second place, tie)
In vivo validation of in vitro screen to identify potential countermeasures against Tetramethylenedisulfo-tetramine neurotoxicity
Faculty Advisor: Michael P. Shakarjian, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental health science and cell biology and anatomy

Elizabeth Berry (Second place, tie)
Role of inflammation in 20-HETE regulation of ischemia-induced angiogenesis
Faculty Advisor: Austin Meng Guo, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology

Deodate Davis
Cytoplasmic MxA-GFP structures are distinct from the standard, reticulon 4-based endoplasmic reticulum
Faculty Advisor: Pravin B. Sehgal, M.D., Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy and medicine

The forum was sponsored by alumni and associates: Gary Guo, M.D., Ph.D., Simon X. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Jin Li, M.D., Ph.D. ’01, Nai-xi Li, M.D., Ph.D. ’98, and Robert Ludemann, M.D., Ph.D.