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The Department of Microbiology and Immunology held their annual Graduate Student Research Forum on December 13, 2011 in the Basic Sciences Building. The event was sponsored by Dr. Abe Mittelman. Introductions for the event were made by Raj Tiwari, Ph.D., Professor and Graduate Program Director and by Francis Belloni, PH.D., Professor of Physiology and Dean of the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences. Judges for the event were Shalom Hirschman, M.D., Director of Research Development, Department of Microbiology and Immunology at New York Medical College; Abraham Mittelman, M.D., Medical Oncologist and Professor, Department of Medicine at New York Medical College and Austin Guo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology at New York Medical College.. Closing remarks were made by Ira Schwartz, Ph.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

2011 Departmental RStudent Research Forum

Research Title Presenters

"Hypoxia and estrogen are functionally equivalent in breast cancer-endothelial cell interdependence"

Andrea George

"Rapid Development of Influenza A Vaccine 'Seed' Viruses Using a Universal High-yield Donor in a MAb-based System"

Yu (Arthur) He

“Antioxidants of Francisella tularensis modulate macrophage function by suppression of MAPK signaling and pro-inflammatory cytokines”

Seham Rabadi

"Diverse expression of secreted cysteine proteinase, SpeB, amongst various GAS emm types"

Odaelys Walwyn

“Detecting Group A Streptococcal Fibronectin-binding protein FbaA at the Bacterial Cell Surface”

Candace Ford

“Proinflammatory secretory chemokine CXCL8 modulates intercellular cross-talk in the breast cancer tumor microenvironment”

Casey Jussim

“Characterization of Borrelia burgdorferi BB0236, a possible tissue-specific colonization factor”

Sukalyani Banik

“Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochetal agent of Lyme disease, induces type I interferon by human immune cells via detection of DNA and TLR7-dependent recognition ofRNA”

Andrea Love

“Genotypic comparisonof Borrelia burgdorferi clinical isolates from Northeast and Midwest regions of the United States”

Priyanka Ganguli

“Glycerol Utilization by Borrelia burgdorferi during the Tick Phase of the Enzootic Cycle”

Arianna Corona

“Role of Androgen and Androgen Receptor in Papillary Thyroid Cancer”

Melanie MacEwan

Sponsored by Dr. A. Mittelman


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