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Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy Hosts Annual Research Forum

A wealth of research projects by high school students, undergraduates, M.S., Ph.D., and M.D./Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral fellows were presented at the annual Cell Biology Research Forum on May 29.

June 03, 2019
Presenters and Faculty at the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy Annual Research Forum
Presenters and Faculty at the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy Annual Research Forum

Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy Research Forum Presenters

Standing from left:

Price Obot (M.D./PhD. candidate)

Cell-type specific role of pannexin I to distant seizure parameters

Faculty Advisors: Libor Velíšek, M.D., Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy, pediatrics and neurology, Eliana Scemes, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy, and Jana Velíšková, M.D., Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy, neurology and of obstetrics and gynecology

Qian Zhu, Ph.D. (postdoctoral fellow)

Chemical control of grafted human PSC-derived GABAergic interneurons in epileptic mice

Faculty Advisor: Sangmi Chung, Ph.D., associate professor of cell biology and anatomy, neurology and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Elizabeth Berry (Ph.D. candidate, second place)

Modeling the impact of chronic morphine on the electrical properties of orexin neurons

Faculty Advisor: Christopher S. Leonard, Ph.D., professor and interim chair of the Department of Physiology

Galadu Subah (M.D./PhD. candidate, first place)

Spreading depolarization as a therapeutic marker of Panxl-induced allodynia in a mouse of pathological pain

Faculty Advisors: Patric K. Stanton, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy and of neurology, and Eliana Scemes, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy

Gunhoo Park, Ph.D. (postdoctoral fellow)

Deficits in metabolic pathways via activation of CTGF and THBSJ as a major deficit in cortical interneurons from developmental immune activation

Faculty Advisor: Sangmi Chung, Ph.D., associate professor of cell biology and anatomy, neurology and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Seated from left:

Chian-ru Chern (Ph.D. candidate)

AN 2-73 has anticonvulsant effect in infantile spasms rat model, but not through Sigma 1 receptor

Faculty Advisors: Libor Velíšek, M.D., Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy, pediatrics, and neurology and Jana Velíšková, M.D., Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy, neurology and of obstetrics and gynecology

Alexander Moghadam (M.D./PhD. candidate)

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 of neurology

Jenna Westley (undergraduate student)

Phase-separated MxA biomolecular condensates in antiviral mechanisms

Faculty Advisor: Pravin B. Sehgal, M.D., Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy and medicine  

Christina Faltas (Ph.D. candidate)

Crosstalk between estrogen and insulin signaling pathways

Faculty Advisor: Marina K. Holz, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences and professor of cell biology and anatomy

Brandon Kahen (M.S. candidate)

Subconvulsive stimulation in early postnatal life produces sex-related differences in stereotypic behavior, mood, and the seizure threshold during the juvenile period

Faculty Advisor: Linda K. Friedman, Ph.D., research associate professor of cell biology and anatomy, Libor Velíšek, M.D., Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy, pediatrics, and neurology and Jana Velíšková, M.D., Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy, neurology and of obstetrics and gynecology

Nancy Feng (high school student)

Functional analyses of pannexin 1 channels and its variants

Faculty Advisor: Eliana Scemes, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy

The forum was sponsored by alumni and associates: Gary G. Guo, M.D., Ph.D., instructor of medicine, Simon X. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Jin Li, M.D., Ph.D., clinical associate professor of neurology, Nai-xi Li, M.D. '98, Ph.D., and Robert Ludemann, M.D., Ph.D.