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36th Annual GRADUATE RESEARCH DAY

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AWARD WINNERS 

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Rebekah Robinson

  • FISHER PHI KAPPA PHI AWARD

Graduate Program: MD/PhD, Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Genomic Medicine Presentation Title: Müller Glia Protect Against IL-6 Trans-Signaling Induced Barrier Dysfunction in Retinal Endothelial Cells

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Candee Barris

  • JI CHENG MEMORIAL AWARD

Graduate Program: Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Vascular Biology

Presentation Title: Loss of Female Sex Hormones Does Not Induce a Mechanistic Switch for Development of Hypertension in Obese Female Mice

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Mostafa Khater

  • Lowell M. Greenbaum Award for Excellence in Pharmacology Research

Graduate Program: Doctor of Philosophywith a major in Pharmacology 
Presentation Title:G Protein βγ Translocation to the Golgi Apparatus Activates MAPK Via PI3Kγ

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Dakota Poschel

  • R. August Roesel Memorial Award
  • for Excellence in Biochemistry Research

Graduate Program: Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Biochemistry & Cancer Biology
Presentation Title: Osteopontin Blockade Immunotherapy Increases Cytotoxic T Lymphocyte Lytic Activity and Suppresses Colon Tumor Progression

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Kasey Belanger

  • Virendra B. Mahesh Award for Research Excellence in Endocrinology

Graduate Program: Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Physiology 
Presentation Title: Mineralocorticoid Receptor (MR) Activation, Independent of Increases in BP, Drives Sex Differences in Tregs in Deoxycorticosterone Acetate (DOCA)-salt Rats

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Allen Hagan

  • Octavia Garlington Award of Instructional Design / Poster

Graduate Program: Master of Science with a major in Medical Illustration
Presentation Title: Patient Education Brochure for Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass surgery

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Ben Brown

  • Educational Multimedia Excellence Award

Graduate Program Alumnus:  Master of Science with a major in Medical Illustration
Presentation Title: Development of Immersive VR Gaming for Pediatric Education of Toxocariasis

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Mohamed Hussein

  • Georgia Cancer Center Award for Excellence in Cancer Research

Graduate Program: Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Molecular Medicine
Presentation Title: The Role of c-Jun in Enhancing TCR-T Function in Treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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Hannah Youngblood

  • James and Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute Award for Excellence in Vision Research

Graduate Program: Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Cellular Biology & Anatomy
Presentation Title: Identification of Estrogen Signaling in the Aqueous Humor Outflow Pathway


EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH  AWARDS

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Wendy Burnett

  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Applied Health Sciences

Presentation Title(s): Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on NIH funded researchers

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Andrew Stoddard

  • Master of Science with a major in Clinical Lab Sciences

Presentation Title: The Relationship Between Mucus and Infectivity of Bacteriophage MS2 in Droplets Upon UV254 Exposure

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Cheryl Elliott-Dawe

  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Nursing

Presentation Title: Establishing Content Validity and Usability of Items for a Perioperative Synergy Index

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Kailea Manning

  • Master of Science with a major in Psychology

Presentation Title: Do Faculty Members Have a Mindset for Teaching?

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Manderley Recinos

  • Master of Science with a major in Psychology

Presentation Title: The Role of Threat-Relevance in Arousal Produced by Cultural and Evolutionary Threats

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Henry Claussen

  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Biostatistics

Presentation Title: Modeling The Simultaneous Effects of Copy Number Variation and Methlyation on Gene Expression Using Next Generation Sequencing Data

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Frederick Baker

  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Cell Biology & Anatomy

Presentation Title: In Vivo Proximity Biotin Labeling of Core Components of a Dynein-dependent mRNA Localization Complex

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Yanyan Xu

  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Genomic Medicine

Presentation Title: Ethnic Differences and Heritability of Blood Pressure Crcadian Rhythm in African and European American Youth and Young Adults

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Hesam Khodadadi

  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Molecular Medicine

Presentation Title: Effects of Cannabidiol (CBD) Treatment in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease Through Regulation of TREM2

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Wonjo Jang

  • MD/PhD, Doctor of Philosophy with a major in
  • Neuroscience

Presentation Title: An Inactive Receptor-G Protein Complex Maintains the Dynamic Range of Agonist-Induced Signaling

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Emily Burns

  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in
  • Physiology

Presentation Title: Renoprotective Effect of CD14 on Female Dahl Salt-Sensitive Hypertension

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Caleb Padgett

  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Vascular Biology

Presentation Title: Mechanisms of Vascular Dysfunction in Obesity-Induced Circadian Disruption

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Selma Ozturk

  • Master of Science with a major in Public Health

Presentation Title: Assessment of Socioeconomic and Demographic Factors on Low Birthweight in The United States

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Madhuri Rudraraju

  • UGA Clinical & Experimental Therapeutics Award

Presentation Title: Akt-Independent Effects of Triciribine on ACE2 Expression in Human Lung Epithelial Cells: Potential benefits in Restricting SARS-CoV2 Infection

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH 

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Shannon Barwick

  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Cellular Biology and Anatomy

Presentation Title: Sigma1 Receptor (Sig1R) Activation in the RhoP23H/+ (P23H) Mouse Model of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) Improves Visual Function and Retinal Structure

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Katie Anne Fopiano

  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Physiology

Presentation Title: Vascular Rarefaction and Perivascular Fibrosis Contribute to the Development of Left Ventricular Diastolic Dysfunction in HFpEF

 

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Bari House

  • Master of Science with a major in Psychology

Presentation Title: Phone Separation Anxiety and Test Performance

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Taylor Kress

  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Vascular Biology

Presentation Title: HIV-Associated Hypertension is TNFα Dependent in Male Mice

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Marissa Seamon

  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Neuroscience

Presentation Title: Niacin Supplementation Benefits Parkinson’s Disease Patients, Altering the Cytokine Profile and Toxic A-Synuclein in Plasma 

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Kimberly Strotz

  • Master of Science with a major in Public Health

Presentation Title: Population Demographics and Socioeconomic Impact on Birth Control Selection

 
 

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH BY POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

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John Henry Dasinger

  • 1st Place Presentation Winner

Department: Physiology 

Poster Title: Dietary Protein Source Contributes to the Risk of Developing Maternal Syndrome in the Dahl Salt-Sensitive Rat

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Reem Atawia

  • 1st Place Oral Presentation Winner

Department: Vascular Biology Center

Poster Title: CLDN17–/– Mice Exhibit Delayed Growth and Leaky Blood Vessels

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Robert Batori

  • 2nd Place Presentation Winner

Department: Vascular Biology Center

Poster Title: The Role of PFKFB3 in Mediating Endothelial Dysfunction in Obesity

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Ellen Gillis

  • 2nd Place Oral Presentation Winner

Department: Physiology 

Poster Title: Plasma Volume Expansion is Impaired in Pregnancy After Recovery From Ischemia Reperfusion Injury

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Qiuhua Yang

  • 3rd Place Presentation Winner

Department: Vascular Biology Center

Poster Title: Disruption of Endothelial Pfkfb3 Ameliorates Diet-Induced Murine Metabolic Syndrome

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Ahmet Alptekin

  • 3rd Place Oral Presentation Winner

Department: Georgia Cancer Center 

Poster Title: Pulsed Focal Ultrasound as a Non-Invasive Method to Deliver Exosomes in the Brain/Stroke

 

Best in Session Award Recipients

Best in Session Award Recpients

 


Pictured in front row left to right: Dakota  Poschel, Caleb Padgett, Candee Barris, Katie Anne Fopiano

Pictured in back row left to right: Jacob Kumro, Rebekah Robinson, Taylor Kress, Frederick Baker,  John Henry Dasinger

(Not pictured: Zsuzsanna Bordan, Kailea Manning, Manderley Recinos, Anik Tuladhar)