61st annual student research day Wednesday, march  15, 2017

The 61st Annual Student Research Day at Meharry Medical College took place on March 15, 2017, at the Cal Turner Center for Student Education.  More than 160 medical, dental, MSPH and Ph.D. students presented their insightful research on topics ranging from AIDS/HIV to mental health.  Each of the student’s research posters was judged accordingly.  Awards were given at the conclusion of the day.  

Student Research Day Posters!

Dr. Patricia E. Molina of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) presented a lecture entitled “Alcohol interaction with HIV disease; translational approach to understanding mechanisms & comorbidities".  Students researchers and faculty were exposed to Dr. Molina’s research methods.  She offered an array of information to all of the students hoping to become researchers or scientist.   

Dr. Molina lectures students

 More information about our featured lecturer:

 Patricia E. Molina, M.D., Ph.D. is Richard Ashman, Ph.D. Professor and Department Head of Physiology and Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in New Orleans. Dr. Molina completed her M.D. training at the Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala. Thereafter, Dr. Molina completed her Ph.D. in Physiology at LSUHSC (1987-1990) and her postdoctoral experience (1990-1992) at Vanderbilt University. She progressed through the academic ranks initially as an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Physiology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook (1992-1996) and subsequently as Director of Surgical Research at North Shore University Hospital in New York (1996-1999). During that period, she held a guest scientist appointment at Brookhaven National Laboratory prior to joining the Department of Physiology at LSUHSC (1999) as an Associate Professor. 

Dr.Patricia Molina

 

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In addition, the winners for the student research day were announced.  The winners were:

Student Research Day Winners

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SOM Students – Clinical

 

Kelvin L. Pollard, II (1st Place)

STAGE APPROPRIATE TREATMENT IN A COMMUNITY-BASED MULTIDISCIPLINARY THORACIC ONCOLOGY PROGRAM

 

Ian Hao (2nd Place)

BRIEF COMPASSION TRAINING INTERVENTION FOR PHYSICIAN WELL-BEING

 

Alexis Barajas (2nd Place)

PRESENTATION AND MOLECULAR SIGNATURE OF HEAD AND NECK MELANOMAS AT A NATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE CANCER NETWORK (NCCN) CANCER CENTER


 

Mina Botros (2nd Place)

THE EPIDEMIOLOGY OF MCL TEARS IN AN URBAN HEALTH SAFETY NET HOSPITAL

 

Chika Esochaghi (3rd Place)

A NEW APPROACH TO DELIVER, VISUALIZE, AND TREAT BRAIN TUMORS

 

 

SOM Students – Community

 

Nailah Gallego (1st Place)

RELATIONS BETWEEN FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS AND CHILD OBESITY

 

Bianca Hill (2nd Place)

“NOT BUYING THIS…ANOTHER EXPERIMENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT”:

USING FACEBOOK TO EXPLORE BLACK WOMEN’S PERSPECTIVES

ABOUT HIV PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS

 

Mariah S. Cheaves (2nd Place)

THE EFFECTS OF SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS ON BREASTFEEDING PRACTICES AMONG AFRICAN AMERICAN MOTHERS IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

 

James Torain (3rd Place)

AN ANALYSIS OF HEALTHCARE STUDENTATTITUDES REGARDING SBIRT

TRAINING AND IMPLEMENTATION

 

 

SOM Students – Basic/Translational

 

Deánna Cochran (1st Place)

IMPROVEMENT OF HUMAN SEMEN CRYO-STORAGE FOR EFFECTIVE INSEMINATIONS

 

Peter Bamikole (2nd Place)

FOUNDATIONS OF MUSICAL RHYTHM AND SPEECH RHYTHM: A PILOT STUDY

 

Shaleeka Cornelius (2nd Place)

GENOMICS-GUIDED-STRATEGIES TO IDENTIFY THE TARGETS

OF COMPOUNDS TO TREAT MRSA

 

Kartemus Heary (3rd Place)

AUGMENTATION OF HUMAN DERMAL MICROVASCULAR ENDOTHELIAL CELL FUNCTION BY THE TLR4 AGONIST MONOPHOSPORYL LIPID A

 

 

SOD Students

 

Chanel Trice (1st Place)

SECRETORY LEUKOCYTE PROTEASE INHIBITOR’S EFFECT ON HUMAN THP-1 CELL’S PRODUCTION OF PRO-INFLAMMATORY CYTOKINES INDUCED BY LIPOPOLYSACCHARIDES OF PORPHYROMONAS GINGIVALIS

 

Elizabeth Alston (2nd Place)

THE EFFECT OF RACIAL ETHNICITY DISPARITIES IN SALIVARY FLOW

RATE AMONG DENTAL PATIENTS

 

Sasha Curry (2nd Place)

FUNCTIONAL RELEVANCE OF PAROTID GLAND PROTEOMICS IN DIABETIC XEROSTOMIA

 

Elizabeth McMichael (3rd Place)

INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE (IPV) AND RISK FOR

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE: IS THERE A LINK?

 

 

SOGSR – MSPH Students

 

Cha’koya Smith (1st Place)

THE ROLE OF E-CIGARETTES, SLEEP, AND MEDIA AS RISK FACTORS

FOR YOUTH VIOLENCE IN TENNESSEE

 

Nikki West (2nd Place)

ASSESSING MATERNAL LIFE EVENTS AND POOR BIRTH OUTCOMES

 

Hailey Hagins (3rd Place)

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HIV-RELATED KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES, BELIEFS, AND RISK BEHAVIORS, AND HIV STATUS IN GAMBIAN WOMEN, 2013

 

 

SOGSR  – 1st &2nd Year PhD Students

 

James Mungin, Jr. (1st Place)

LOCAL REPLICATION OF ZIKA VIRUS IN VAGINAL EPITHELIUM PROMOTES

ZIKA SEXUAL TRANSMISSION

 

Diva S. Whalen (2nd Place)

ASSOCIATION OF CALCIUM SENSING RECEPTOR POLYMORPHISMS AT RS1801725 WITH CIRCULATING CALCIUM IN BREAST CANCER PATIENTS

 

Carla R. Gibbs (3rd Place)

PROINFLAMMATORY CHEMOKINES ARE STARS AMONG CHEMOKINE NETWORK BETWEEN TRIPLE-NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER (TNBC) AND NON-TNBC CELLS

 

 

SOGSR – Advanced PhD Students

 

Binah baht Ysrayl (1st Place)

COCAINE INDUCTION OF PROLIDASE LEADS TO EXTRACELLULAR MATRIX DEREGULATION AT THE BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER

 

Amber M. Cheatham (2nd Place)

REGULATION OF AUTOPHAGY IN HUMAN PODOCYTES EXPRESSING APOL1 KIDNEY RISK ALLELES BY ALTERNATIVE SPLICING OR ANTI-APOPTOTIC MCL-1

 

Sudan N. Loganathan (3rd Place)

BET BROMODOMAIN EPIGENETIC READERS AS THERAPEUTIC

TARGETS FOR EWING SARCOMA

 

Overall Student Winner

 

Portia L. Thomas

NOTCH RECEPTOR-LIGAND INTERACTION DURING

CD8+ T CELL – NK CELL CROSSTALK