2017 Poster Session Winners

Carver College of Medicine Student Category


Lisa Harney

Mentor: Dr. John Manak, Biology
Graduate Program: Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics
Title: Identification of Isthmin1 as a novel gene associated with craniofacial dysmorphologies


Marcus Toral

Mentor: Dr. Vinit Mahajan, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Graduate Program: Medical Scientist Training Program
Title: CAPN5-IRX3 proteolysis as a novel cytokine regulatory pathway in inflammatory eye disease


Jacob Herrmann

Mentor: Dr. David Kaczka, Anesthesia
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Title: Temporally-Resolved Computer Tomographic (CT) Imaging to Assess High-Frequency Periodic Thoracic Motion  


Daniel Matasic

Mentor: Dr. Barry London, Internal Medicine
Graduate Program: Medical Scientist Training Program
Title: Nicotinamide Riboside Modulates the Cardiac Sodium Channel: A Novel Therapeutic Approach for Brugada Syndrome



Carver College of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow/Scholar Category


AJ Hinton, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

PI: Dr. Dale Abel, Internal Medicine
Title: Mechanisms for Insulin-dependent regulation of skeletal muscle mitochondria by OPA1


Kevin Vervier, Postdoctoral Research Scholar

PI: Dr. Jacob Michaelson, Psychiatry
Title: Tissue-specific variant annotation tool based on multi-omics data integration and supervised machine learning


Kyle Nilson, Postdoctoral Research Scholar

PI: Dr. David Price, Biochemistry
Title: Oxidative stress rapidly stabilizes promoter-proximal paused RNA polymerase II across the human genome



College of Pharmacy Student Category  


Behnoush Khorsand

Mentor: Dr. Aliasgar Salem
Graduate Program: Pharmaceutical Science and Experimental Therapeutics 
Title: Regeneration of bone using nanoplex delivery of FGF-2 and BMP-2 genes in diaphyseal long bone radial defects in a diabetic rabbit model


Megan Kelchen

Mentor: Dr. Nicole Brogden
Graduate Program: Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics
Title: Characterization of epidermal properties and skin surface analytes in children with infantile hemangiomas



College of Pharmacy Staff and Postdoctoral Fellow Category


Teryn Bibb, Pharmacy Resident

PI: Dr. Jamie Smelser, Pharmacy Practice and Science
Title: Evaluation of changes in prescribing patterns of oral anticoagulants since the approval of direct oral anticoagulants


Rachel Dyke, Pharmacy Resident

PI: Dr. Elizabeth Amelon, Pharmacy Practice and Science
Title: Evaluation of dapsone for treatment of immune thrombocytopenia in pediatric patients



Institute for Clinical and Translational Science Student Category


Edwin Sagastume

Mentor: Dr. Michael Schultz, Radiology
Graduate Program: Radiology
Title: Image-Guided Receptor Targeted Radionuclide Therapy for Metastatic Melanoma: From Promising Compound to Investigational New Drug


Tamar Kavlashvili

Mentor: Dr. Kimberly Leslie
Graduate Program: ICTS Undergraduate Studies
Title: Progesterone Receptor is a tumor suppressor in ovarian and non-small cell lung cancers 



Institute for Clinical and Translational Science Staff and Postdoctoral Fellow Category 


Levi Sowers, Postdoctoral Research Scholar

PIs: Dr. Andy Russo, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Title: Neuronal circuits underlying light-aversive behavior in mice


Ali Ghobbeh, Research Assistant

PI: Dr. John Wemmie, Psychiatry
​Title: A Novel Role for Acid Sensing Ion Channels in Pavlovian Conditioning



Iowa City VA Health Care System Student Category


Alicia Wallis

Mentor: Dr. Gail Bishop, Microbiology and Immunology
Graduate Program: Immunology
Title:  TRAF3 regulates Csk and PTPN22 to enhance T cell receptor (TCR) signaling



Iowa City VA Health Care System Staff and Postdoctoral Fellows Category 


Rebecca Taugher, Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Mentor: Dr. John Wemmie, Psychiatry
Title: ASIC1A in neurons is critical for fear-related behaviors


Parijat Joy, Associate

Mentor: Dr. Peter Snyder, Internal Medicine
Title: Epithelial Sodium Channel Stimulation by Glucose


Carver College of Medicine Cover Art Contest


Creative Cover Art Category

First Place:  Nicholas Borcherding

PI: Dr. Weizhou Zhang, Pathology
Graduate Program: Medical Scientist Training Program
Description:  As an MD/PhD student, my graduate works consists of using big data to develop novel therapies for cancers. This cover is of serous ovarian adenocarcinoma, a type cancer with poor survival outcomes, primarily due to delayed diagnoses and late disease presentation. Overlayed is a Circos Plot, a method to represent multi-dimensional genomic, transcriptomic, or proteomic data, to represent the use of large data to develop novel targets for ovarian cancers.   


Second Place:  Kawther Ahmed, Postdoctoral Research Scholar

PI: Dr. Weizhou Zhang, Pathology
Description: Single cell RNA-sequencing is a powerful tool capable of identifying unique cell populations contributing to cancer progression and treatment effectiveness. Single cell RNA sequencing of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes, specifically tumor infiltrating regulatory T cells, can unveil cellular heterogeneity otherwise unidentifiable by whole tissue RNA sequencing. 


Third Place (tie):  Kathleen Sluka, Professor

Description:  "Connected"  This original acrylic painting depicts loose connective tissue with fibroblasts (green), collagen (yellow), and elastin (blue). Connective tissue is found throughout the body and provides structure to underlying tissue. It surrounds most tissues including nerves, muscle and blood vessels, and cells within the connective tissue communicate release factors that can directly activate peripheral terminals of neurons to alter transmission to the central nervous system.   


Third Place (tie):  Ryan Adam

PI: Dr. David Stoltz, Internal Medicine
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Description: The cell is among the fundamental units of biomedical research.  A single cell may reveal itself in varying ways, depending upon the analysis approach.



Scientific Humor Category


First Place: Behnoush Khorsand

​PI: Dr. Aliasger Salem
Graduate Program: Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics
Description: Nosferatooth’s testimonial: "Fangs a lot doctor eating my midnight snacks is much easier now!"


Second Place: Ryan Adam

PI: Dr. David Stoltz, Internal Medicine
Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
Description: "How's the job hunt going?"


Third Place: Luis Vargas Buonfiglio, Postdoctoral Research Scholar

PI: Dr. Alejandro Comellas, Internal Medicine
Description: "Magic 8 Ball" A career in science is filled with uncertainties. When in doubt, you consult a reliable source to look for answers. Sometimes, the response is nor that promising....