2015 Research Day

2015 Research Day

This year's event was a great success, with 95 trainees presenting their research. Great number of our alumni returned to the College to judge the posters and we had also strong participation by judges from industry as well as our colleagues from Rush University, Chicago State University, UIC Departments of Biological Sciences and Physiology & Biophysics. The day's seminar was presented by Barry L. Carter , PharmD on the topic of “Team-based Care for Hypertension in the Age of Healthcare Reform”.

Poster Competition Winners

COP Biology Category:

1st place
F. Sezen Meydan, Subbulakshmi Karthikeyan, Dorota Klepacki, Nora Vazquez-Laslop, and Alexander S. Mankin.
Programmed frameshifting modulates the expression of bacterial Cu(I)-transporter
Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (Mankin Lab)

2nd place
Tina Mistry, Shahila Mehboob, Lena Truong, and Michael E. Johnson
Mode of action of novel benzimidazole-based FabI inhibitors in Staphylococcus aureus
Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (Johnson Lab)

COP Chemistry Category:

1st place
Ja Hye Myung, Ashley Cha, Kevin Tam, Andrew Z. Wang, and Seungpyo Hong.
Clinical Validation of UiChipT for Circulating Tumor Cell Detection from Head and Neck Cancer Patient Blood
Biopharmaceutical Sciences (Hong Lab)

2nd place
Jason S. Buhrman, Jamie E. Rayahin, Yu Zhang, Mary Tang, and Richard A. Gemeinhart
Recombinant protein immobilization and controlled-release mediated by versatile, non-covalent protein anchor
Biopharmaceutical Sciences (Gemeinhart Lab)

COP Clinical, Social, and Applied Sciences Category:

1st place
Ellie Jhun, Yingwei Yao, Robert E. Molokie, A. Kyle Mack, Diana J. Wilkie, and Jim Z. Wang Sickle cell pain genetics and the monoamine neurotransmitter system
Biopharmaceutical Sciences (Wang Lab)

2nd place
Beenish Manzoor, Julio Duarte, James Lee, William Galanter, Surrey Walton, Nina Galanter, Jerry Krishnan, Jerry Bauman, Larisa Cavallari, and Edith Nutescu
The impact of race on the association between a novel genotype-guided personalized warfarin service and clinical outcomes in an ethnically diverse population
Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes & Policies

UI Cancer Center Research Award:

1st place
Thao Pham, Bethany White, and Debra Tonetti
PKCalpha is a novel regulator of FOXC2 and p120-catenin in triple negative and endocrine-resistant breast cancer
Biopharmaceutical Sciences (Tonetti Lab)

2nd place
Tareisha Dunlap, Shuai Wang, Charlotte Simmler, Guido Pauli, Birgit Dietz, and Judy Bolton Licochalcone A from Glycyrrhiza inflata modulates P450 1B1-mediated estrogen oxidative metabolism in MCF-10A cells
Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy (Bolton Lab)


Innovate@UIC Prize:

1st place
Rasika S. Phansalkar, Joo-Won Nam, Shao-Nong Chen, James B. McAlpine, Ariene
Leme, Cristina Vidal, Ana K. Bedran-Russo, and Guido Pauli
Dimeric and Trimeric Proanthocyanidins from Grapes: A Promising Source for Dental Biomaterials
Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy (Pauli Lab)

2nd place
Atul Jain and Terry Moore
A scaffold-hopping approach to discovery of Keap1/Nrf2 inhibitors
Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy (Moore Lab)

CCTS Multi-Disciplinary Team Science Prize:

Xiaoyu Hu, Fang Huang, Magdalena Szymusiak, Ying Liu, and Zaijie Jim Wang
Curcumin attenuate opioid tolerance, dependence, and hyperalgesia by inhibiting CaMKIIalpha Activity
Biopharmaceutical Sciences (Wang Lab)


AAPS Student Choice Award:
Wei-Lun Chen, Joanna Burdette, and Steven Swanson
Silvestrol induces autophagy and apoptosis in human melanoma cells
Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy (Burdette and Swanson Labs)

Graduate Student Award Ceremony
This year, we were able to give out over $25,000 in Scholarships and Awards to COP trainees. The complete award listing can be viewed here.

Vahlteich Award
Dr. Joanna Burdette, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, introduced and presented 2015 Vahlteich Awards to Drs. Gregory S. Calip and Jeremy J. Johnson from Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy and Center for Drug Discovery and Development respectively. For more information, go here.

2015 Alum of the Year Award
Dr. Sarfaraz Niazi is the recipient of 2015 Alum of the Year Award. Dr. Niazi received his PhD degree from the College and began his professional career here as an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 1988, he joined the international division of Abbott Laboratories and became tenured as Volwiler Fellow. In 2003, Dr. Niazi established his own biotechnology manufacturing company, Therapeutic Proteins International, LLC (TPI) with the goal of making life-saving biological drugs more affordable.