A number of graduate students, as well as a postdoctoral fellow, working in Georgia Cancer Center labs received awards during Augusta University's Graduate Research Day 2022. Here is a full list of awardees and the principal investigator they are currently working with.
From the Molecular Medicine Graduate Program, Caryn Bird (Dr. Theodore Johnson’s laboratory) and Dr. Mohamed S. Hussein (Dr. Yukai He’s laboratory) have been selected to present posters at the IMMUNOLOGY2022, which will be held May 6-10, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. The posters feature Bird's work on “The role of complement-mediated signaling during antigen presentation” and Hussein's work on “TCR-T cells engineered to overexpress c-Jun have better functionality with improved tumor infiltration and persistence for treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma.”
On April 19, 2022, Hussein successfully defended his thesis, “The role of c-Jun in
enhancing TCR-T function in treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma” to earn his PhD.
Congratulations, Dr. Hussein!
On March 30, 2022, Dhruvi Paladiya received the Best Presentation Award from the Undergraduate
Research and Fine Arts Conference hosted by Augusta University's Center for Undergraduate
Research and Scholarship (CURS).
Dhruvi is an undergraduate student working in Dr. Ahmed Chadli's laboratory at the Georgia Cancer Center. Dr. Chadli’s lab focuses on understanding the role of molecular chaperones in tumorigenesis. The stress protein Hsp90, a molecular chaperone, promotes various hallmarks of cancer such as sustained proliferative signaling, replicative immortality, and resistance to cell death. Due to Hsp90’s role in promoting the hallmarks of cancer, finding efficient inhibitors of Hsp90 is an essential step in treating cancer. The objective of my Honors Thesis project is to characterize AD05 as a novel inhibitor of the Hsp90 chaperoning machine. It primarily focuses on determining the mechanism used by this promising inhibitor to trigger cancer cell death.
Congratulations, Dhruvi, on your award!
As part of the 2021 Graduate Research Day event, Hesam Khodadadi (Dr. Babak Baban’s lab) was selected to receive the Award for Excellence in Research – Molecular Medicine, and Mohamed Hussein (Dr. Yukai He’s lab) was presented the Georgia Cancer Center Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Research in Cancer. Both Mohamed and Hesam are graduate students in the Molecular Medicine PhD graduate program. Congratulations, Hesam and Mohamed!
In conjunction with being selected to give an oral presentation at the May 10-15,
2021 American Association for Immunologists (AAI) meeting, Mohamed Hussein, a Molecular
Medicine graduate student in Dr. Yukai He’s laboratory, has been awarded a very competitive
2021 AAI Trainee Abstract Award. The annual AAI meeting is the largest meeting in
the field of immunology research, and to be selected as a Trainee Abstract Awardee
is a great honor. Congratulations, Mohamed, for this recognition of your high-quality
Congratulations to Caryn Bird for reaching the Three Minute Thesis Semi-Finals and to Mohamed Hussein for winning the Molecular Medicine Award - 2019 Graduate Research Day.