NYMC > News and Events > News Archives > 2016 > 28th Annual GSRF Highlights

28th Annual GSRF Highlights Impressive Student Research


‌‌‌Twenty-nine students in the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences were proud to show off their research at the 28th Annual Graduate Student Research Forum on March 15. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Association, the event featured poster and oral presentations by graduate students and a keynote address by Patrick Sung, Ph.D., far right, professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry and of therapeutic radiology at Yale University School of Medicine, who presented “The Role of the BRCA2-DSS1 Complex in DNA Break Repair.” Dr. Sung's research focuses on mechanisms associated with homology-directed repair of DNA double-strand breaks in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and in mammalian cells.

The occasion was also used to recognize Brian B. Ratliff, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and of physiology, with the 2016 Honored Faculty Award for his contributions and dedication to the students. “His ability to connect with his students and to clearly convey copious and complex material have made him an invaluable resource to our education,” praised the students.

Monica K. Cheng, Ph.D. ’03, deputy head of business development and licensing, cardiometabolic diseases at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., served as the alumna moderator of the day’s events.

Francis L. Belloni, Ph.D., far left, dean of the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, and Dr. Sung joined the winners of the 28th Annual Graduate Student Research Forum:

Oral Presentations

First place:
Mechanisms That Regulate Translesion Polymerase Pol Eta In DNA Replication
Chandana Peddu (9)
Faculty Sponsors: Marietta Lee, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and Zhongtao Zhang, Ph.D. assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology

Second place:
Determination of Anti-Cancer Activity of DNA Polymerase Inhibitor
Bhanvi Mishra (8)
Faculty Sponsors: Zhongtao Zhang, Ph.D. assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and Marietta Lee, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology

Third place:
Exercise Reverses Aging-Induced Shifts in Myocardial Angiotensin II Synthesis and Degradation: Involvement of Mast Cell Chymase
Ghezal Froogh (5)
Faculty Sponsor: Dong Sun, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of physiology

Senior Poster Presentations

First place:
Characterization of the Role of Transcriptional Regulator Arac of Francisella Turarensis
Dina Marghani (3)
Faculty Sponsor: Chandra Shekhar Bakshi, D.V.M., Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology and immunology

Second place:
Molecular Characterization of H3N2 Influenza Candidate Vaccine Viruses and Impact on Hemagglutinin (HA) Yield
Elizabeth Newman (7)
Faculty Sponsor: Doris J. Bucher, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology and immunology

Third place:
Increasing a Response to Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy Using a Multivalent Vaccine for Melanoma
Rachana Maniyar (1)
Faculty Sponsor: Raj K. Tiwari, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology

Novice Poster Presentations

First place:
Fikk Kinase A Novel Basal Complex Protein in Toxoplasma Gondii
Corey Gaylets (2)
Faculty Sponsor: Dana G. Mordue, Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology and immunology

Second place:
Characterization of the Outer Membrane Component Silc of Type 1 Secretion System of Francisella Tularensis
Maha Alqahtaniv (4) 
Faculty Sponsor: Chandra Shekhar Bakshi, D.V.M., Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology and immunology

Third place:
The Effect of Heme Depletion Induced by Ferrochelatase Inhibition on Controlling Soluble Guanylate Cyclase and Its Influence on Superoxide Production in Coronary Bovine Arteries
Norah Alruwaili (6)
Faculty Sponsor: Michael S. Wolin, Ph.D., professor of physiology

View the 28th Annual Graduate Student Research Forum here.