Health Sciences Research Week

  • 2014 Poster Session Winners

    Carver College of Medicine Student Category

    Adam Hedberg-Buenz 

    Adam Hedberg-Buenz

    Mentor: Michael Anderson, PhD, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
    Graduate Program: Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
    Title: Investigating Pigment Dispersion Syndrome Using a Novel Inducible Mouse Model

    Daniel Fox 

    Daniel Fox

    Mentor: Chris Adams, MD, PhD, Internal Medicine
    Graduate Program: MSTP/Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
    Title: p53 and ATF4 Mediate Distinct and Additive Pathways to Skeletal Muscle Atrophy During Limb Immobilization

     Kyle Flippo

    Kyle Flippo

    Mentor: Stefan Strack, PhD, Pharmacology
    Graduate Program: Pharmacology
    Title: Inhibition of PP2A/Bb2 and Mitochondrial Fission as a Potential Therapy for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy 

    Carver College of Medicine Staff and Postdoctoral Fellow Category

     Vasily Kerov

    Vasily Kerov, Postdoctoral Research Scholar

    Co-Mentors: Amy Lee, PhD, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and Sheila Baker, PhD, Biochemistry
    Title: A non-canonical role for Cav1.4 channels in photoreceptor synapse maturation

     Daniel Collier

    Daniel Collier, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Mentor: Peter Snyder, MD, Internal Medicine
    Title: Acid activates ENaC and enhances salt taste in human subjects

     A Eliot Shearer

    A. Eliot Shearer, Graduate Fellow

    Mentor: Richard Smith, MD, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
    Title: Copy number variations are a common cause of non-syndromic hearing loss


    UI Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center Student Category

     Jacob McGlashon

    Jacob McGlashon

    Mentor: George Richerson, MD, PhD, Neurology, and Matthew Gillum, PhD, Neurology
    Title: Identification of a Subpopulation of Neurons Required for the Maintenance and Recruitment of Brown Adipose Tissue


    UI Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center Staff and Postdoctoral Fellow Category

     Viviane Muniz

    Viviane Muniz, Postdoctoral Fellow

    Mentor: Dawn Quelle, PhD, Pharmacology
    Title: Role of a novel pancreatic protein, RABL6A, in diabetes


    College of Pharmacy Student Category  

    Eric Rodriguez 

    Eric Rodriguez

    Mentor: Michael Duffel, PhD
    Graduate Program: Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry
    Title: Selective Binding of Polychlorinated Biphenyl Sulfates to the Drug-Binding Sites of Human Serum Albumin   

     Josephine Schamp

    Josephine Schamp

    Mentor: Jonathan Doorn, PhD
    Graduate Program: Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry
    Title: Neurotoxicity: Toxic Dopamine Metabolites, Oxidative Stress, and Reactive Oxygen Species


    College of Pharmacy Staff and Postdoctoral Fellow Category

     Tyler Gums

    Tyler Gums, Postdoctoral Research Scholar

    Mentor: Barry Carter, PharmD, Pharmacy Practice and Science
    Title: Physician-Pharmacist Collaborative Management of Asthma

    Janis Rood, House Staff Fellow

    Mentor: Linnea Polgreen, PhD, Pharmacy Practice and Science
    Title: Healthy People 2020: Impact of Screening and Immunization Services on Patients with Diabetes in the Community Pharmacy Setting


    College of Public Health Student Category

    William Klaren 

    William Klaren

    Mentor: Larry Robertson, PhD, MPH, Occupational and Environmental Health
    Graduate Program: Human Toxicology
    Title: PCB126 mediated disruption of heptaic metal homeostasis in mice coincides with increased metallothionein expression and appears to be independent of the canonical AhR pathway.

    Sabine Vorrink 

    Sabine Vorrink

    Mentor: Frederick Domann, PhD, Radiation Oncology
    Graduate Program: Human Toxicology
    Title: PCB 126 Perturbs Hypoxia-Induced HIF-1α Activity and Glucose Consumption in Human HEPG2 Cells

    Shawn Zierke 

    Shawn Zierke

    Mentor: Brian Kaskie, PhD, Health Management and Policy
    Graduate Program: Health Management and Policy
    Title: Reducing Unplanned 30-Day Readmissions Rate Among Penumonia & CHF Patients Age 65+
    "Where those in the Spring of their lives, serve the needs of those in the Autumn of theirs"


    College of Public Health Staff and Postdoctoral Fellow Category

    Andrea Adamcakova-Dodd, Research Specialist

    PI: Peter Thorne, PhD
    Title: Effects of Prenatal Inhalation Exposure to Copper Nanoparticles (Cu NPs) on Dams and Offspring in Mouse Model


    Institute for Clinical and Translational Science Student Category

    Laura Whitmore 

    Laura Whitmore

    Mentor: Jessica Moreland, Pediatrics
    Graduate Program: Molecular and Cellular Biology
    Title: A common SNP mediates human neutrophil priming responses to a TLR2/1 agonist

    Viral Shah 

    Viral Shah

    Mentor: Michael Welsh, MD, Internal Medicine
    Graduate Program: Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
    Title: Inhibition of Proton Secretion Increases pH and Bacterial Killing of Cystic Fibrosis Airway Surface Liquid


    Institute for Clinical and Translational Science Staff and Postdoctoral Fellow Category

    Sabrina Scroggins 

    Sabrina Scroggins, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Mentor: Mark Santillan, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Title: Copeptin: A Novel, First-Trimester Predictor of Preeclampsia

    Michihiko Goto 

    Michihiko Goto, House Staff Fellow

    Mentor: Eli Perencevich, MD, Internal Medicine
    Title: Hospital Characteristics Associated with Higher Staphlococcus aureus Bacteremia Mortality in Veterans Affairs Healthcare System: A Retrospective Cohort Study


    Iowa City VA Health Care System Student Category

    Gohar Manzar 

    Gohar Manzar

    Mentor: Nicholas Zavazava, MD, PhD, Internal Medicine
    Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering
    Title:  An Epigenetic Modifier Enhances the Differentiation of Human iPS cells from a Type I Diabetic Patient into Pancreatic ß-cells

    Iowa City VA Health Care System Staff and Postdoctoral Fellows Category

    Jennifer Casey 

    Jennifer Casey, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Mentor: A. Brent Carter, MD, Internal Medicine
    Title:  Modulation of the mevalonate pathway by Akt controls macrophage survival and development of pulmonary fibrosis

    T Michael De Silva 

    T. Michael De Silva, Postdoctoral Research Scholar

    Mentor: Frank Faraci, PhD, Internal Medicine
    Title: Mild deoxycorticosterone (DOCA)/salt-induced hypertension causes selective cerebral microvascular dysfunction via a rho kinase dependent mechanism

    Carver College of Medicine Cover Art Contest

    First Place:  Pamela Geyer, PhD: Cell type-specific accumulation of insulator proteins CP190 and Su(Hw) in Drosophila embryo.


    Second Place:  Ryan Adam: A stylized 3D rendering of micro-CT scanned lung tissue from a pig with cystic fibrosis.


    Third Place:  Gohar Manzar:  An H&E image of a heart-shaped epidermal island in a kidney teratoma created from mouse embryonic stem cells.


    Third Place:  Leah Reznikov:  A pseudo-colored newborn pig tegeminal nerve imaged by a confocal microscope.