Basic Science/Engineering Graduate Students
Masters Basic-Science Student Division
First Place: Akshata Moghe, Pharmacology and Toxicology, "Reactivation of the Epigenetically Silenced Tumor Suppressor Gene - Tissue Factor Pathway Inhibitor-2 (TFPI-2) by Curcumin Causes Cell Death in Hepatocellular Carcinoma Cells." Mentor: Shirish Barve, Ph.D., Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology
Second Place: Tim Horrell, Bioengineering, "Analytical Methods of Determining Coherence in the Gamma Band EEG." Mentor: Ayman El-Baz, Ph.D., Bioengineering
Third Place : Madhuvanti Patil, Pharmacology and Toxicology, "Transmethylation Pathway-dependent Epigentic Changes Involving Histone Modifications Play a Critical Role in the Regulation of IL-2 Gene Expression in Primary Human CD4+ T Lymphocytes." Mentor: Shirish Barve, Ph.D., Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology
Doctoral Basic-Science Student Division
First Place: Colleen Tucker, Microbiology and Immunology, "A Role for Regulatory T Cells in Gender-biased Disease Susceptibility in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus." Mentor: Michele Kosiewicz, Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology
Second Place: Elizabeth Novak, Periodontics, Endodontics and Dental Hygiene, "QseBC and Autoinducer-2 Control Biofilm Formation and in vivo Virulence in Aggregatibacter Actinmycetemcomitans." Mentor: Don Demuth, Ph.D., Oral Health & Systemic Disease Research Group
Third Place: Patrica Ward, Anatomical Science and Neurobiology, "Locomotor Training Improves Urodynamic Function in Spinally Contused Rats." Mentor: Charles Hubscher, Ph.D., Anatomical Science and Neurobiology
Student/Faculty Bioengineering Collaboration
First Place: Jaintain Wang, Martin O'Toole, Ph.D., Souvik Biswas, M.S., Micheal Nantz, Ph.D., Samuel Achilefu, Ph.D., "Molecular Beacon-like Fluorphore-gold Nanoparticle Complex for Highly Specific Breast Cancer Imaging."
Second Place: Tim Horrell, Ayman El-Baz, Ph.D. and Tato Sokhadze, Ph.D., "Analytical Methods for Determing Coherence in the Gamma Band of EEG".