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Student Research Forum 2022 Award Winners

Oral
Mentor
School
Program
Platform A First Sydney Walls Won Choi School of Medicine Public Health MPH
  Second Alicen Whitaker Sandra Billinger School of Health Professions Physical Therapy
   
Platform B First Benjamin Ryan Bret Freudenthal School of Medicine BMB Biochemistry
  Second Page Hayley Randolph Nudo School of Medicine MIP (Molecular Integrative Physiology) 
   
Platform C First Griffin Welfer Bret Freudenthal School of Medicine BMB Biochemistry
  Second Emma Pagella Udayan Apte School of Medicine Interdisciplinary Graduate Program of Biomedical Sciences
   
Platform D First Faith Hampton Dorothy Hughes School of Medicine Medical Student
  Second Tara McQuillan Julie Christianson School of Medicine Anatomy and Cell Biology
   
Platform E First Lauryn Werner Christy Hagan School of Medicine BMB Biochemistry
  Second Elizabeth Thoenen Tomoo Iwakuma School of Medicine MIP (Molecular Integrative Physiology) 
   
Platform F First Rena Stair Kyle Baumbauer School of Medicine Anatomy and Cell Biology
  Second Hira Chouhdey Jennifer Villwock School of Medicine Medical Student
   
Platform G First Wendena Parkes Michele Pritchard School of Medicine Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics
  First Matthew Kavanaugh Pamela Tran School of Medicine Anatomy and Cell Biology
   
Platform H First Manasi Kotulkar Udayan Apte School of Medicine Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics
  Second Liam Carroll David Megee School of Medicine Medical Student
   
Platform I First Chelsea Johnson Paige Geiger School of Medicine MIP (Molecular Integrative Physiology) 
  Second Hongyi Ren Tomoo Iwakuma School of Medicine Cancer Biology
   
Platform J First Austin Sullivan Holly Hull School of Medicine Mircobiology
  First Brandon Grieshaber Maria Kalamvoki School of Health Professions Dietetics and Nutrition 
   
Platform K First Zachary Green Jill Morris School of Medicine Neuroscience
  Second Gabriel LeBeau Andrew Guillotte School of Medicine Medical Student
   
Platform L First Grace Noonan Zubair Shah School of Medicine Medical Student
  Second Michael Barry Sufi Thomas School of Medicine Medical Student
   
Poster Group
 
Top 20 First Place Nga Nguyen Hartmut Jaeschke School of Medicine Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics
Top 20 First Place Kimberly Younger Kelsie Kelly School of Medicine Medicine MD
Top 20 First Place Matthew Johnson Amanda Amin School of Nursing Nursing
Top 20 First Place Sarah Adkins German Berbel School of Medicine Medicine MD
Top 20 First Place Sreenivasan Shwetha Liskin Swint-Kruse School of Medicine Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
Top 20 First Place Adam Willits Erin Young School of Medicine Anesthesiology
Top 20 First Place Carolyn Scheuler Brandon Comfort School of Medicine Medicine MD
Top 20 First Place Bo Zhang Devin Koestler School of Medicine Biostatics
Top 20 First Place Leena Kader Erin Young School of Medicine Anesthesiology
Top 20 First Place Kafayat Yusuf Shahid Umar School of Medicine Cancer Biology
Top 20 Second Place John DeGraffenreid Mario Castro School of Medicine Medicine MD
Top 20 Second Place Jordan Trant Gustavo Blanco School of Medicine Physiology, Molecular and Integrative
Top 20 Second Place Logan McKinney Erik Henkelman School of Medicine Medicine MD
Top 20 Second Place Megan Myers Jeffery Bose School of Medicine Microbiology
Top 20 Second Place Samuel Sosland Nathan Bahr School of Medicine Medicine MD
Top 20 Second Place Siddharth Subham David Akhavan School of Medicine Cancer Biology
Top 20 Second Place Tabitha (Michaela) Norbury Reza Hejazi School of Medicine Medicine MD
Top 20 Second Place Austin Eades Michael VanSaun School of Medicine Cancer Biology
Top 20 Second Place David Umbaugh Hartmut Jaeschke School of Medicine Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics
Top 20 Second Place Kaitlin DeHart Bret Freudenthal School of Medicine Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
Top 20 Second Place Victoria Marshall Chad Slawson School of Medicine Medicine MD
   
Best Overall Platform  First Zachary Green Jill Morris School of Medicine Neuroscience
  Second Griffin Welfer Bret Freudenthal School of Medicine BMB Biochemistry
   
Best Overall Poster First Nga Nguyen Hartmut Jaeschke School of Medicine Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics
  Second Kimberly Younger Kelsie Kelly School of Medicine Medicine MD
  Second Matthew Johnson Amanda Amin School of Nursing Nursing
   
Freeburg Award   Rena Stair Kyle Baumbauer School of Medicine Anatomy and Cell Biology
Kimmel Award   Griffin Welfer Bret Freudenthal School of Medicine BMB Biochemistry
Grisolia Award Dept. cert Lauryn Werner Christy Hagan School of Medicine BMB Biochemistry
PTRS winner   Rebecca Ludwig Catherine Siengsukon School of Health Professions Physical Therapy and Rehab Science
Hon. Mention   N/A      
Cresence Poster   Jordan Trant Gustavo Blanco School of Medicine Physiology, Molecular and Integrative
Cresence Oral   Ananya Srinivasa Sarah Zanders School of Medicine Physiology, Molecular and Integrative
Taunton Medal   N/A      
Neuberger   Ceara Funk Dnaielle Olds School of Nursing Nursing
SHP   Aaron Smith Debra Sullivan School of Health Professions Dietetics and Nutrition
Schloerb   Zachary Green Jill Morris School of Medicine Neuroscience
Hayden   Faith Hampton Dorothy Hughes School of Medicine Medical Student
Graduate Studies   Rena Stair Kyle Baumbauer School of Medicine Anatomy and Cell Biology
3MT - First Place   Paige Pearson Micah Sinclair School of Medicine Medical Student
3MT - Second Place   Lauryn Werner Christy Hagan School of Medicine Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
3MT - People's Choice   Kafayat Yusuf Shahid Umar School of Medicine Cancer Biology

tabletable of award winners

Session Awards

Winner

 Mentor

Department

Oral Presentation A - 1st place

David Standing

Dr. Shrikant Anant

Cancer Biology

Oral Presentation A - 2nd place

Abdalghani Yahya

Dr. Marcio Stantos

Physical Therapy and Rehab Science

Oral Presentation B - 1st place

Alexandra Machen

Dr. Mark Fisher

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Oral Presentation B - 2nd place

Eric Young

Dr. Danny Welch

Cancer Biology

Oral Presentation C - 1st place

Dylan Wang

Dr. Qi Chen

Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics

Oral Presentation C - 2nd place

Juliana Camargo

Dr. Heather Gibbs

Dietetics and Nutrition

Oral Presentation D - 1st place

Andrew Trembath

Dr. Mary Markiewicz

Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology

Oral Presentation D - 2nd place

Taylor Escher

Dr. Joan Lewis-Wambi

Cancer Biology

Oral Presentation E - 1st place

Nicholas Hanna

Dr. Thomas Fahrbach

Radiology

Oral Presentation E - 2nd place

Ruochen Dong

Dr. Qi Chen

Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics

Oral Presentation F - 1st place

Olivia Eller-Smith

Dr. Julie Christianson

Anatomy and Cell Biology

Oral Presentation F - 2nd place

Amara Seng

Dr. Mary Markiewicz

Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology

Oral Presentation G - 1st place

Nicole Ellis

Dr. Bret Freudenthal

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Oral Presentation G - 2nd place

Lauren Hipp

Dr. Irfan Saadi

Anatomy and Cell Biology

Oral Presentation H - 1st place

Ian Huck

Dr. Udayan Apte

Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics

Oral Presentation H - 2nd place

Kosaku Aoyagi

Dr. Neena Sharma

Physical Therapy and Rehab Science

Overall Best Platform - 1st Place

Andrew Trembath

Dr. Mary Markiewicz

Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology

Overall Best Platform - 2nd Place

Alexandra Machen

Dr. Mark Fisher

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Group 1 Poster Session - 1st place

Jonathan Enders

Dr. Sufi Thomas

Anatomy and Cell Biology

Group 1 Poster Session  - 2nd place

Bahar Barani

Dr. Rajasingh Johnson

Cardiovascular Research Institute

Group 2 Poster Session  - 1st place

Alex Von Schulze

Dr. John Thyfault and Dr. Paige Geiger

Molecular and Integrative Physiology

Group 2 Poster Session  - 2nd place

Margaret Brophy

Dr. Tara Lin

Hematologic Malignancies & Cellular Therapeutics

Group 3 Poster Session  - 1st place

Kaitlyn Carl

Dr. Michael Borkon

St. Luke's Mid America Heart Institute - Cardiac Transplant

Group 3 Poster Session  - 2nd place

Nancy Magee

Dr. Yuxia Zhang

Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics

Group 4 Poster Session - 1st place

Nikki Go

Dr. Tiffany Johnson

Audiology (Hearing and Speech)

Group 4 Poster Session  - 2nd place

Ashley Sage

Dr. Heather Nelson-Brantley

School of Nursing

Group 5 Poster Session - 1st place

Seth Tarrant

Dr. Shrikant Anant

Cancer Biology

Group 5 Poster Session  - 2nd place

Megan McCracken

Dr. Meredith Gray

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Group 6 Poster Session - 1st place

Mary Katherine Kancel

Dr. Qiuhua Shen

School of Nursing

Group 6 Poster Session - 2nd place

Emily Pfeifer

Dr. Kelli Krase

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Group 7 Poster Session - 1st place

Karman Romero

Dr. Karen Wambach

School of Nursing

Group 7 Poster Session - 2nd place

Tess Hoerle

Dr. Kevin Ault

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Group 8 Poster Session - 1st place

Audrey Wadood

Dr. James Birch

Internal Medicine

Group 8 Poster Session - 2nd place

Erika Peters

Dr. Dan Dixon

Cancer Biology

Overall Best Poster - 1st place

Kaitlyn Carl

Dr. Michael Borkon

St. Luke's Mid America Heart Institute - Cardiac Transplant

Overall Best Poster - 2nd place

Audrey Wadood

Dr. James Birch

Internal Medicine

WIMS Awards

Best Oral Presentation

Alexandra Machen

Dr. Mark Fisher

Biochemistry and Molecualr Biology

Best Poster Presentation

Kaitlyn Carl

Dr. Michael Borkon

St. Luke's Mid America heart Institute - Cardiac Transplant

3 Minute Thesis (3MT)

1st Place and People's Choice Award

Melissa Ruggierio

Dr. Bruno Hagenbuch

Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics

Departmental Awards

Paul B. Freeburg Ph.D. Award
Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Olivia Eller-Smith

Dr. Julie Christianson

Anatomy and Cell Biology

Joe R. Kimmel M.D., Ph.D. Award
Dept. of Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology 

Pierce O'Neil

Dr. Mark Fisher

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Santiago Grisolia M.D., Ph.D. Award
Dept. of Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology

Miranda Machacek

Dr. Chad Slawson

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dept. of Physical Therapy 
and Rehabilitation Science

Abdalghani Yahya

Dr. Marcio Santos

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Physiology Society Crescence E Meek Excellence Award

Ashley Cloud

Dr. Vargheese Chennathukuzhi

Molecular and Integrative Physiology

School Awards

The Taunton Medal
School of Nursing

Karman Romero

Dr. Karen Wambach

School of Nursing

Geri B. Neuberger Poster Award

School of Nursing

Ashley Sage

Dr. Heather Nelson-Brantley

School of Nursing

School of Health Professions

Abdalghani Yahya

Dr. Marcio Santos                       

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Graduate Student Award
School of Medicine 

Andrew Trembath

Dr. Mary Markiewicz

Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology

Paul Schloerb, MD Award
School of Medicine

Nicholas Hanna

Dr. Thomas Fahrbach

Radiology

Russel Hayden Award
School of Medicine

Kaitlyn Carl

Dr. Michael Borkon

St. Luke's Mid America Heart Institute - Cardiac Transplant

Session Awards

Winner

 Mentor

Department

Oral Presentation A - 1st place

Ashley Archer

Dr. Paige C. Geiger

Molecular and Integrative Physiology

Oral Presentation A - 2nd place

Cassi Johnson

Dr. Jason Stubbs

Anatomy and Cell Biology

Oral Presentation B - 1st place

Miranda Machacek

Dr. Patrick Fields &

Dr. Chad Swinson

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Oral Presentation B - 2nd place

Younshim Park

Dr. Kausik Si

Molecular and Integrative Physiology

Oral Presentation C - 1st place

Mina Farahbaksh

Dr. Vargheese Chennathukuzhi

Molecular and Integrative Physiology

Oral Presentation C - 2nd place

Jackie Thompson

Dr. Gerald Carlson

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Oral Presentation D - 1st place

Olivia Eller-Smith

Dr. Julie Christianson

Anatomy and Cell Biology

Oral Presentation D - 2nd place

Carrie Malcom

Dr. Patrick Fields

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Oral Presentation E - 1st place

Ian Huck

Dr. Udayan Apte

Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics

Oral Presentation E - 2nd place

Matt Moreno

Dr. Buddhabeb Dawn

Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, VA

Oral Presentation F - 1st place

Alexandra Machen

Dr. Mark Fisher

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 

Oral Presentation F - 2nd place (tie)

Prabhakar Bastola

Scott Koppel

Dr. Jeremy Chien

Dr. Russell Swerdlow

Cancer Biology

Neuroscience

Oral Presentation G - 1st place (tie)

Amara Seng

Bhaswati Bhattacharya

Dr. Thomas Yankee

Dr. Soumen Paul

Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Oral Presentation G - 2nd place

Nicholas Marchello

Dr. Debra Sullivan

Dietetics and Nurtition

Oral Presentation H - 1st place

Asona Lui

Dr. Joan Lewis-Wambi

Molecular and Integrative Physiology

Oral Presentation H - 2nd place (tie)

Michael Cooper

Andrew Trembath

Dr. Doug Wright

Dr. May Markiewicz

Neuroscience

Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, and Immunology

Overall Best Platform (tie)

Ian Huck

Asona Lui

Dr. Udayan Apte

Dr. Joan Lewis-Wambi

Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics

Molecular and Integrative Physiology

Morning Poster Session A - 1st place

Shireen Usman

Dr. Sufi Thomas

Otolayngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Morning Poster Session A - 2nd place (tie)

Ala'a Jaber

Ryan Morse

Dr. Jeff Radel

Dr. Terence McIff

Occupational Therapy

Orthopedic Surgery

Morning Poster Session B - 1st place

Roshni Jain

Dr. Valay Parikh

Cardiovascular Research Institute

Morning Poster Session B - 2nd place (tie)

Brian Chase

Peter Chow

Dr. Jianghua He

Dr. Shrikant Anant

Biostatistics

Surgery

Afternoon Poster Session A - 1st place

David Standing

Dr. Sufi Thomas

Otolayngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Afternoon Poster Session A - 2nd place (tie)

Diana Acevedo

Mason Uvodich

Dr. Nikki Cheng

Dr. Richard Schwend

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Orthopedic Surgery

Afternoon Poster Session B - 1st place

Gage Brummer

Dr. Nikki Cheng

Pathology

Afternoon Poster Session B - 2nd place (tie)

Emily Pfeifer

Ria Halder

Dr. Clifford Mason

Dr. Matthew Goering

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Overall Best Poster (tie)

David Standing

Gage Brummer

Dr. Sufi Thomas

Dr. Nikki Cheng

Otolayngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Pathology

WIMS Awards

Best Oral Presentation

Asona Lui

Dr. Joan Lewis-Wambi

Molecular and Integrative Physiology

Best Poster Presentation

Gage Brummer

Dr. Nikki Cheng

Pathology

3 Minute Thesis (3MT)

1st Place

Jason-Flor Sisante

Dr. Sandra Billinger

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

People's Choice Award

Lacie Falk

Dr. Tami Gurley-Calvez

Health Policy and Management

Departmental Awards

Paul B. Freeburg Ph.D. Award
Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Olivia Eller-Smith

Dr. Julie Christianson

Anatomy and Cell Biology

Joe R. Kimmel M.D., Ph.D. Award
Dept. of Biochemistry 
Molecular Biology 

Jackie Thompson

Dr. Gerald Carlson

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dept. of Physical Therapy 
and Rehabilitation Science

Sanghee Moon

Dr. Hannes Devos

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Dept. of Physical Therapy 
and Rehabilitation Science (Honorable Mention)

Katie Mena

Dr. Neena Sharma

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Dept. of Pediatrics Child Health Research Award

Kristin Funk

Dr. Catherine Satterwhite

Pediatrics

Physiology Society Crescence E Meek Excellence Award

Asona Lui

Dr. Joan Lewis-Wambi

Molecular and Integrative Physiology

School Awards

The Taunton Medal
School of Nursing

Abigail Streit

Dr. Cynthia Teel

School of Nursing

School of Health Professions

Nicholas Marchello

Dr. Debra Sullivan

Dietetics and Nutrition

Graduate Student Award
School of Medicine 

Asona Lui

Dr. Joan Lewis-Wambi

Molecular and Integrative Physiology

Paul Schloerb, MD Award
School of Medicine

Mason Uvodich

Dr. Richard Schwend

Surgery Orthopedics

Russel Haden Award
School of Medicine

Shireen Usman

Dr. Sufi Thomas

Otolayngology-Head and Neck Surgery

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