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Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy Hosts Research Forum

‌Seven students and five post-doctoral fellows in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy presented their research results at the department’s annual research forum, held March 3. Each student presented a ten-minute talk followed by a five-minute period to answer questions posed by three judges: Alberto Nasjletti, M.D., professor of pharmacology, William N. Ross, Ph.D., professor of physiology, and Chirag Upreti, Ph.D. ’12, research scientist in the Department of Neuroscience at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.  

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 and graduate program director, joined the presenters:

Standing from left:

Melissa Benson, Ph.D. (First Place Post Doc Category)
Prenatal betamethasone exposure increases CRF expression in hippocampus of developing brain correlating to increased hippocampal excitability in vitro
Faculty Advisors: Libor Velisek, M.D., Ph.D.,  professor of cell biology and anatomy, pediatrics and neurology and Jana Veliskova, M.D., Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy and obstetrics and gynecology

Huijuan Yuan
MxA is a novel regulator of endosome-associated productive transcriptional signaling by BMP4 and BMP9
Faculty Advisor: Pravin B. Sehgal, M.D., Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy and medicine

Linnea R. Vose, Ph.D.
Effect of Thyroxine on neurogenesis following galactic cosmic radiation
Faculty Advisor: Patric K. Stanton, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy

Ignacio Hernández-Morato, Ph.D.
Netrin-1 influences posterior cricoarytenoid muscle reinnervation after recurrent laryngeal nerve injury
Faculty Advisor: Sansar C. Sharma, Ph.D., professor of ophthalmology and cell biology and anatomy

Galadu Subah
Assessment of hippocampal spreading depolarization in a mouse model of traumatic brain injury
Faculty Advisor: Patric K. Stanton, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy 

Omid Miry (First Place Student Category)
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

Robert Stobezki (Second Place Student Category)
Sperm quality and fertility are compromised in BRCA1 mutant male mice 
Faculty Advisor: Kutluk Oktay, M.D., Ph.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology, medicine, cell biology and anatomy and pathology

Seated from left:

Preeti Dohare, Ph.D.
Glycogen synthase kinase 3 β inhibition promotes myelination in preterm rabbit pups with intraventricular hemorrhage
Faculty Advisor: Praveen Ballabh, M.D., professor of pediatrics and cell biology and anatomy

Chian-ru Chern
Neonatal Estradiol (E2) treatment increases GAD67 positive neurons but has no effect on seizure outcomes
Faculty Advisors: Libor Velisek, M.D., Ph.D.,  professor of cell biology and anatomy, pediatrics and neurology and Jana Veliskova, M.D., Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy and obstetrics and gynecology

Marcela Laukova, Ph.D.
Developing and evaluating countermeasures against Tetramethylenedisulfotetramine
Faculty Advisor: Michael Shakarjian, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental health science

Katisha Gopaul
The roles of SNAP-25 and Gβγ in the expression of presynaptic long-term
Faculty Advisor: Patric K. Stanton, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy

Nancy Molina
Varied response of Noradrenergic brain system to traumatic stress
Faculty Advisor: Esther L. Sabban, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology

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.