2020 College of Pharmacy Research Day

 

The 11th Annual Research day was a great success, with ~ 78 posters presented, a fantastic keynote seminar by Dr. Wright, and great participation from our alumni and external colleagues from industry, including 52 of our poster judges. We would like to thank our corporate sponsors (AbbVie, Genentech, Horizon, and Lundbeck), along with our University supporters (OTM Innovate@UIC, UI Cancer Center, CCTS, AAPS, ISPOR, and ISPE) and other outside donors (Swanson Family Research Day Fund) that provided funds for the event and poster awards.

Dr. Gerry Wright, PhD

Keynote Presentation: “Harnessing Natural Product Biosynthesis in Antibiotic Discovery – Everything Old is New Again”

 

Dr. Gerry Wright, PhD

Director, Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Andrew P. Riley, PhD

Hans W. Vahlteich Research Award: “Biasing Partial MOR Agonists to Improve Opioid Substitution Therapy”

 

Dr. Andrew P. Riley, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Zackery P. Bulman, PharmD

Hans W. Vahlteich Research Award: “Tailor Made Antibiotic Combinations for Carbapenem-Resistant K. pneumonia”

 

Dr. Zackery P. Bulman, PharmD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice

Dr. Karen I. Sweiss, PharmD

Hans W. Vahlteich Research Award: “Increasing the Cure Fraction in Myeloma: A Novel Strategy to Personalize Melphalan Dosing and Overcome DNA Repair-Mediated Resistance”

 

Dr. Karen I. Sweiss, PharmD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice

2019 Graduate Student Awards and External Trainee Awards

This year, we have given out over $40,000 in graduate student awards & scholarships, and recruiting scholarships.  To see who received which award and for the list of other significant external awards received by our graduate students and postdocs, click on the link below.

2020 Poster Award Winners

CategoryPlaceAuthorsTitleWinner
Biology: Molecular & Cell Biology; Mechanism of ActionAbbVie/Horizon Award for Excellence in Research 1st PlaceAmrita Salvi, Laura R. Hardy, Kimberly N. Heath, Melissa R. Pergande, Stephanie M. Cologna, Joanna E. BurdetteInvestigating the Role of PAX8 in Modulating the Tumor Microenvironment of High-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer
Biology: Molecular & Cell Biology; Mechanism of ActionLundbeck Award for Excellence in Research 2nd PlaceRestituto Tocmo, Jeremy J. JohnsonPrenylated Xanthones from Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) Activate the AhR and Nrf2 Pathways and Protect Epithelial Barrier Integrity in HT-29 Cells
Biology: Molecular & Cell Biology; Mechanism of ActionGenentech Award for Excellence in Research 3rd PlaceRaghd Nowar, Adam Schafer, Rui Xiong, Laura Cooper, Han Cheng, Hyun Lee, Yangfeng Li, Lijun RongDistinct Mechanisms of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Filoviral Entry
Chemistry: Discovery, Modeling, Design & Evaluation of Novel Drugs; Detection & Delivery SystemsAbbVie/Horizon Award for Excellence in Research 1st PlaceChangfeng Cheng, Dai Horiuchi, Ishwar Rahakrishnan, Terry W. MooreTargeting the PAH2 Domain of Transcriptional Corepressors SIN3A/B for Inhibition of Proliferation in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Chemistry: Discovery, Modeling, Design & Evaluation of Novel Drugs; Detection & Delivery SystemsLundbeck Award for Excellence in Research 2nd PlaceJesse Gordon-Blake, Kiira Ratia, Manel Ben Aissa, Rachel C. Knopp, Rui Xiong, Zhengnan Shen, Deyu Kong, Gregory R.J. ThatcherThe Potential of NAMPT Activators in NAD Enhancement, Neuroprotection, and Mitochondrial Improvement in Alzheimer’s Disease
Chemistry: Discovery, Modeling, Design & Evaluation of Novel Drugs; Detection & Delivery SystemsGenentech Award for Excellence in Research 3rd PlaceCutler Lewandowski, Md. Wasim Khan, Oleksii Dubrovskyi, Manel Ben Aissa, Brian Layden, Gregoary R.J. ThatcherOptimization and Characterization of Selective ABCA1 Inducers as Therapeutic Candidates for Type 2 Diabetes
Clinical, Social, and Applied SciencesAbbVie/Horizon Award for Excellence in Research 1st PlaceMichelle Lee, Eric WenzlerActivity of Aztreonam in Combination with Ceftazidime-Avibactam Against Serine- and Metallo-β-Lactamase-Producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Clinical, Social, and Applied SciencesLundbeck Award for Excellence in Research 2nd PlaceHsiao-Ching (Claire) Huang, Carrie Huisingh, Stephanie ChiuveIdentifying Early Mentions of Depression among Women with Endometriosis in an Electronic Heath Record (EHR)
Clinical, Social, and Applied SciencesGenentech Award for Excellence in Research 3rd PlaceMary H. Smart, Nadia A. Nabulsi, Ben S. Gerber, Lisa K. SharpA Qualitative Evaluation of a Pilot Behavioral Intervention Technology Program to Promote Walking among Underserved Patients
Innovate@UIC Innovation Award1st Place (tie)Amrita Salvi, Alexandria N. Young, Andrew C. Huntsman, Rathnayake A. Rathnayake, Melissa A. Korkmaz, Nicholas T. Cockroft, Denisse Herrera, Steven J. Kurina, A. Douglas Kinghorn, Xiaolin Cheng, Mitch A. Phelps, Leslie N. Aldrich, Stephanie M. Cologna, James R. Fuchs, Joanna E. BurdetteNatural Product-Inspired Small Molecule PHY34 Targets Nucleocytoplasmic Transport in High Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer
Innovate@UIC Innovation Award1st Place (tie)Changfeng Cheng, Dai Horiuchi, Ishwar Rahakrishnan, Terry W. MooreTargeting the PAH2 Domain of Transcriptional Corepressors SIN3A/B for Inhibition of Proliferation in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Innovate@UIC Innovation Award2nd Place (tie)Jesse Gordon-Blake, Kiira Ratia, Manel Ben Aissa, Rachel C. Knopp, Rui Xiong, Zhengnan Shen, Deyu Kong, Gregory R.J. ThatcherThe Potential of NAMPT Activators in NAD Enhancement, Neuroprotection, and Mitochondrial Improvement in Alzheimer’s Disease
Innovate@UIC Innovation Award2nd Place (tie)Madeline R. Hennessy, Anna M. Gutridge, Simone M. Creed, Malaika D. Argade, Richard M. van Rijn, Andrew P. RileyInvestigating the Opioid Activity of Alkaloids Isolated from the Traditional Medicinal Plant Akuamma
UI Cancer Center Cancer Science Prize1st PlaceLaura Cooper, Adam Schafer, Yangfeng Li, Han Cheng, Bani Medegan Fagla, Zhengnan Shen, Raghd Nowar, Katherine Dye, Manu Anantpadma, Robert Davey, Gregory R. J. Thatcher, Lijun Rong, Rui Xiong Screening and Reverse-Engineering of Estrogen Receptor Ligands as Potent Pan-Filovirus Inhibitors
UI Cancer Center Cancer Science Prize2nd Place (2 awards)Amanda C. Maldonado, Zeinab Y. Al Subeh, Cedric J. Pearce, Nicholas H. Oberlies, Joanna E. BurdetteEupenifeldin Induces Cell Death through Apoptosis in High-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer
UI Cancer Center Cancer Science Prize2nd Place (2 awards)Gordon T. Luu, Melissa M. Galey, Laura M. SanchezOptimization of Protein Extraction from Tampons for Mass Spectrometry-Based Ovarian Cancer Biomarker Discovery
CCTS Multidisciplinary Team Science Award1st PlaceXiaotong Yang, Sungjoon Cho, Hyunwoo Lee, Hyun-Young JeongGut Bacterial Phenylalanine Reductive Pathway (Fld) Could be a Potential Contributor to the Host Susceptibility to Acetaminophen-Induced Liver Injury
AAPS Student Chapter Choice Award1st PlaceMarianne Palczewski, Hannah Petraitis, David Wilson, Eric Kool, Scott Gladstein, Vadim Backman, Jenna Fernandez, Natalia Tretyakova, Douglas D. ThomasNitric Oxide Inhibits DNA Demethylation Enzymes and Alters the Chromatin Landscape in Neuroblastoma
AAPS Student Chapter Choice Award2nd PlaceJacob Veenstra, Bhaskar Vemu, Restituto Tocmo, Mirielle Nauman, Jeremy J. JohnsonOil-Soluble Rosemary Extract Prevents DSS-induced Colitis and Improves Intestinal Barrier Integrity
ISPOR Student Chapter Choice Award1st PlaceAshwini Zolekar, Nadia A. Nabulsi, Alemseged A. Asfaw, Jifang Zhou, Karen Sweiss, Pritesh R. Patel, Brian C.-H. Chiu, Edith A. Nutescu, Gregory S. CalipDeclines in Health-Related Quality of Life among Older Patients Diagnosed with Hematologic Malignancies
ISPE Student Chapter Choice Award1st PlaceMrinmayee Joshi, Richard H. Chapman, Steven J. Atlas, David M. Rind, Molly Beinfeld, Avery McKenna, Shani Patel, Steven D. Pearson, Daniel R. TouchetteLong-term Cost-effectiveness of Nadofaragene firadenovec and Oportuzumab monatox for Treatment of Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG)-Unresponsive, Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer (NMIBC)

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