Medicine students make strong showing in annual Health Sciences Student Research Summit

Health Sciences Student Research SummitThe UMKC School of Medicine made a strong showing with 10 students among the winners in the 10th annual UMKC Health Sciences Student Research Summit. For the second year in a row, the event that takes place each May was held in a week-long virtual, online format.

Students from the schools of medicine, pharmacy and biological and chemical sciences shared their research with 20 PowerPoint and oral presentations and 31 poster presentation during the week. More than 50 students participated in this year’s event.

Caroline Olson won first place with her oral PowerPoint presentation in the graduate division for fifth- and sixth-year medical students, master’s degree and Pharm.D. students and medical residents. Sejla Turnadzic and Karina Shah tied for third place for poster presentations.

In the undergraduate division for first-year through fourth-year medicine and biological and chemical sciences students, Parth Patel and Rohan Ahuja tied for first place in poster presentations. Siddarth Balaji was the first-place winner for oral PowerPoint presentation. Anika Mittal place second and Ahuja was third in poster presentations. Josephine Nwanka and Anthony Le tied for second and Fahad Qureshi was third in oral PowerPoint presentations.

The summit promotes collaborations across disciplines and schools to produce economic, health, education and quality of life benefits for the Kansas City community in a forum that brings the UMKC health sciences community together to highlight student research.

A panel of judges from the School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy and Children’s Mercy Kansas City hospital selected the top three in each category.

2021 Health Sciences Student Research Summit

Graduate Clinical Poster Presentations

(BA/MD and MD Years 5 and 6 medical students, master’s students, Pharm.D. students and medical residents)

1st Place: Nitish R. Mishra, School of Pharmacy. Method Development of Stable Isotope-Labeled Marfey’s Reagent Derivatized Physiological Amino Acids Stereoisomers Using LCMS 9030 Q-ToF. Authors: Nitish R. Mishra, Amar Deep Sharma and William G. Gutheil. Mentor: William G. Gutheil

2nd Place: Jordan Frangello, School of Pharmacy. Impact of a Pharmacist-led Preventative Screening Intervention During Comprehensive Medication Reviews. Authors: Jordan Frangello, Yifei Liu and Chad Cadwell. Mentor: Yifei Liu

3rd Place Tie: Sejla Turnadzic, School of Medicine. Influence of Racial Disparities on Length of Stay in Hospital in Patients with Cerebral Venous Thrombosis. Authors: Leslie Shang, Sadhika Jagannathan, Sejla Turnadzic, Divya Jain, Monica Gaddis, Jean-Baptiste Le Pichon. Mentor: Jean-Baptiste Le Pichon

3rd Place Tie: Karina Shah, School of Medicine. The Impact of COVID-19 on the Clinical Component of the Surgical Clerkship. Authors: Karina Shah, Donya Jahandar, Christopher Veit, Jennifer Quaintance and Michael Moncure. Mentor: Michael Moncure

Graduate Oral PowerPoint Presentations

(BA/MD and MD Years 5 and 6 medical students, master’s students, Pharm.D. students and medical residents)

1st Place: Caroline Olson, School of Medicine. Systemic Fat Embolism-Induced Accumulation of Fat Droplets in the Rat Retina. Authors: Caroline G. Olson, Landon Rohowetz, M.D., and Peter Koulen, Ph.D. Mentor: Peter Koulen

2nd Place: Shelby Brown, School of Biological and Computer Sciences. Phase separation of both a plant virus movement protein and cellular factors support virus-host interactions. Authors: Shelby Brown and Jared May. Mentor: Jared May

3rd Place: Nitish R. Mishra, School of Pharmacy. Application of LCMS 9030 Q-ToF in Biomarkers Analysis for Pre-term vs. Term Delivery Patients. Authors: Nitish R. Mishra, Donald DeFranco, Paula Monaghan-Nichols and William G. Gutheil. Mentor: William G. Gutheil

Undergraduate Poster Presentations

(BA/MD and MD Years 1 to 4 medical students, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences students)

1st Place Tie: Parth Patel, School of Medicine. Predicting Recurrent Coarctation of the Aorta in Infants with Single Ventricle Heart Disease Using Home Monitoring Data. Authors: Parth S. Patel, Shil Shah, Keith Feldman, Lori A. Erickson, Amy Ricketts, Hayley Hancock and Ryan A. Romans. Mentor: Ryan Romans

1st Place Tie: Rohan Ahuja, School of Medicine. Intracellular calcium changes in intact mouse heart mediated by Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 – implications for chronic kidney disease. Authors: Rohan Ahuja, Shaan Patel, Nabeel Rasheed, Derek Wang, Julian A. Vallejo and Michael J. Wacker. Mentor: Michael Wacker

2nd Place: Anika Mittal, School of Medicine. Vascular Inflammation in the Brain Following Fat Emboli. Authors: Anika Mittal, Fahad Qureshi, Suban Burale, Neerupma Silswal, Alan Poisner, Agostino Molteni and Paula Monaghan Nichols. Mentor: Paula Monaghan Nichols

3rd Place: Rohan Ahuja, School of Medicine. Absence of Cardiac Immune Pathology in a Rat Model of Fat Embolism Syndrome. Authors: VanDillen A, VanDillen M, Hamidpour S, MateescuV, SilswalN, Wacker M, Patel S, Vallejo J, Ahuja R, Monaghan Nichols AP, SalzmanG, Poisner A, Molteni A. Mentor: Michael Wacker

Undergraduate Oral PowerPoint Presentations

(BA/MD and MD Years 1 to 4 Medical students, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences students)

1st Place: Siddharth Balaji, School of Medicine. Comparing Usage of FDA 510(k) and Premarket Approval Pathways within Orthopaedics to Other Specialties. Authors: Siddharth Balaji and Jonathan Dubin. Author: Jonathan Dubin

2nd Place Tie: Josephine Nwankwo, School of Medicine. Increasing Representation of Black Women in Orthopedics Starts with Medical Students. Authors: Josephine Nwankwo and Ali Khan. Mentor: Dr. Ali Khan

2nd Place Tie: Anthony Le, School of Medicine. Patient Perception of Paralysis-Inducing Spinal Cord Injury Through Twitter and Instagram. Avi Gajjar, Anthony Huy Dinh Le, Rachel C Jacobs and Nitin Agarwal. Mentor: Avi Gajjar

3rd Place: Fahad Qureshi, School of Medicine. Social Determinants for Explaining Disparities in COVID-19 Rates: A Population Analysis From 10 Large Metropolitan Areas. Authors: Aarya Ramprasad, Fahad Qureshi, Bridgette L. Jones and Brian R. Lee. Mentor: Bridgette Jones

Student scientists go online for 9th annual Health Sciences Student Research Summit

Health Sciences Student Research SummitStudents from across UMKC’s Health Sciences campus displayed their research skills during the 9th annual Health Sciences Student Research Summit, making 82 presentations in a week-long virtual, online format because of coronavirus concerns.

The event brings together members of the UMKC health sciences community in a forum that highlights the research being conducted by students. It also fosters research collaborations across disciplines and schools to produce economic, health, education and quality of life benefits for the Kansas City community.

Students were invited to either present a poster or give an oral PowerPoint presentation of their research findings. A panel of judges selected the top three in both graduate student and undergraduate divisions.

Judges were from the School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Truman Medical Centers, Children’s Mercy Kansas City Hospital and the Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center.

This year’s research summit drew 66 participants, including 51 medical students, eight pharmacy students, two from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and two from master’s programs.

Graduate Clinical Poster Presentations
(BA/MD and MD Year 5 and 6 medical students, master’s students, Pharm.D. students and medical residents)

  • 1st Place: Mark Gray, master’s student SBCS: Bone Strain Alters Cardiac Function. Mentor: Michael Wacker, SOM
  • 2nd Place: Suma Ancha, SOM MS VI: Electronic Health Record Functionality: Medical Students’ Perspective.
  • 3rd Place Tie: Brooke Jacobson, PharmD YR4: Development of a Cystic Fibrosis Specific Antibiogram. Mentor: Claire Elson, CMH
  • 3rd Place Tie: Rachna Talluri, SOM MS V: The influence of maturity on the relationship between the triglyceride/HDL ratio and vascular health in children and adolescents with dyslipidemia. Mentor: Geetha Raghuveer, CMH
  • 3rd Place Tie: Brandon Wesche, SOM MS VI: Transcriptome Changes after Glucocorticoids for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. Mentor: Paula Monaghan Nichols, SOM

Graduate Oral PowerPoint Presentations
(BA/MD and MD Year 5 and 6 medical students, master’s students, Pharm.D. students, and medical residents)

  • 1st Place: Darya Tajfiroozeh, SOM MS VI: Immune profiling of dexamethasone response in treatment of bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Mentor: Paula Monaghan Nichols, SOM
  • 2nd Place: Andrew Peterson, SOM MS V: Development and Validation of the Nasal Outcome Score for Epistaxis in Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (NOSE HHT). Mentor: Jay Piccirillo, Washington University-St. Louis
  • 3rd Place: Emily Boschert, SOM MS VI: 22 Years of Pediatric Musculoskeletal Firearm Injuries: The Carnage Continues. Mentor: Richard Schwend, CMH

Undergraduate Poster Presentations
(BA/MD and MD Years 1 to 4 medical students, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences students)

  • 1st Place: Adnan Islam, SOM MS IV: rfaZ’s Role in Escherichia coli Neonatal Sepsis: In-Vitro Bacterial Growth. Mentor: Susana Chavez-Bueno, CMH
  • 2nd Place: Som P. Singh, SOM MS III: Mental Health Outcomes of Early-Entrance to College Students: A Cross Sectional Study. Mentor: Jianwei Jiao, SOM
  • 3rd Place: Shil Shah, MS III: The Effects of Necrotizing Enterocolitis on Cytoskeletal Genes in Gut Epithelium. Mentor: Paula Monaghan Nichols, SOM

Undergraduate Oral PowerPoint Presentations
(BA/MD and MD Years 1 to 4 Medical students, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences students)

  • 1st Place: Madhavi Murali, SOM MS IV: Challenges of interpreting Naranjo causality assessment of pediatric adverse drug reactions. Mentor: Jennifer Goldman, CMH
  • 2nd Place: Aarya Ramprasad, SOM MS II: Contributions to Health Disparities Observed in the COVID19 Pandemic. Mentor: Bridgette Jones, SOM
  • 3rd Place: Victoria Shi, SOM MS II: Transcriptome Analysis of Patients with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. Mentor: Paula Monaghan-Nichols, SOM

UMKC’s Nicholas Yeisley appointed to AAMC steering committee on quality care

Nicholas Yeisley, a fourth-year student at the School of Medicine, has been selected to serve as student liaison to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Integrating Quality steering committee.

The group serves an advisory role for the AAMC to provide recommendations and feedback regarding high-value initiatives relating to quality of patient care. It focuses on activities to promote a culture of quality care, and patient safety strategies and resources.

Yeisley has been a member of the national organization’s Office of Student Representatives (OSR). He was selected to serve a one-year term as the sole student liaison to the Integrating Quality committee beginning this summer.

He has also had leadership opportunities through the American Medical Association’s Medical Student Section, including his current role as chairperson of the regional executive board.

“I am personally interested in quality improvement and translational research and thought being on the steering committee would be a great way to learn,” Yeisley said. “A personal goal is to share insights on quality improvement and translational research with the rest of the OSR and our medical students at UMKC so that we all can learn more about medical careers enriched in quality improvement.”

During the past three years, Yeisley has worked with Stefanie Ellison, M.D., professor of emergency medicine and associate dean for learning initiatives, on a Community Home Health Initiative. The project is to develop a survey that will help determine if important social history questions are being missed in standard emergency room visits. The inquiries would focus on topics such as home environment, finances, literacy and disabilities. Yeisley has also helped coordinate an annual opioid overdose training program for fellow trainees.

He said he plans to take the next year off from medical school to complete an accelerated MPH program at Johns Hopkins University.

“I want to continue gaining skills toward quality improvement and translational research in the context of public and community health,” he said.



Open Research Opportunities


Student Research Assistant Opportunity on Funded Research Project

General Summary: This is a funded opportunity for two to three medical students part-time on a research project examining lifestyle interventions for metabolic syndrome with Dr. Betty Drees. Student Research Assistants are responsible for recruiting and screening participants by phone according to the research study protocols and putting together recruitment mailings. Research Assistants can assist with epidemiological, social or behavioral assessments, and collect data and/or biological samples from research participants. This is an hourly position and work can be scheduled around student schedules (commitment of 3-5 hours on most weeks would be ideal). If interested, please contact Alex Lyon, the study coordinator at

Fellowship Awardees


Year-long Research Fellowships:

NIH Medical Research Scholars Program

  • 2019-2020 – Ben Bernard
  • 2018-2019 – Gurpreet Seehra
  • 2017-2018 – Grant Randall
  • 2016-2017 – Sachin Nair
  • 2015-2016 – Dean Merrill
  • 2014-2015 – Blake Montgomery


NIH Institutional Board Training Award

  • 2017-2018 – Sachin Nair
  • 2016-2017 – Dean Merrill


NIH TL1 Clinical Research Training Program Washington University

  • 2019-2020 – Abdullah Said
  • 2019-2020 – Siddhant Thukral
  • 2019-2020 – Andrew Peterson
  • 2018-2019 – Subhjit Sekhon
  • 2017-2018 – Sultan Khan
  • 2016-2017 – Omar Karadaghy
  • 2014-2015 – Furquann Sadiq


NIH TL1 Clinical Research Training Program University of Kansas Medical Center

  • 2017-2018 – Carlee Oakley
  • 2015-2016 – Amanda Fletcher


Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuchein Student Research Fellowship

  • 2016-2017 – Comron Hassanzadeh


Northwestern University Dermatology Clinical Research Program

  • 2017-2018 – Vivek Singam


Summer Research Fellowships:

NIDDK Medical Student Research Training Program in Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolic Disorders

  • 2017 – Ben Bernard*
  • 2016 – Muhammed Alikhan (Vanderbilt)
  • 2016 – Yicheng Bao (Wash U)


NIH Summer Internship Program

  • 2018 – Rashmi Thimmapuram
  • 2017- Chizitam Ibezim*


Washing University Summer TL1 Research Training Program

  • 2019 – Ishaan Jakhar
  • 2019 – Sky Cope
  • 2019 – Sriram Paravastu
  • 2018 – Yicheng Bao
  • 2018 – Vishwanath Ganesan


Washington University Pediatric Student Research Program

  • 2017 – Priyesha Bijlani


George Washington University Summer Research Internship

  • 2017 – Akash Jani


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Pediatric Oncology Education Program

  • 2017 – Vishnu Harikumar


MD Anderson Cancer Center Summer Research Program

  • 2019 – Yen Luu
  • 2015 – Sanju Eswaran


American Psychiatric Association Externship in Addiction Psychiatry

  • 2017- Carlee Oakley*


University of Washington Summer Research Program in Rheumatology

  • 2019 – Dinya Jain


Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research – FAER

  • 2019 – Mundeep Bawa


Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical Translation Science Institute Summer Research

  • 2018 – Shrushti Mehta


University of Kansas Medical Center Radiation Oncology Summer Research Program

  • 2018 – Shveta Thakkar


Children’s Mercy Hospital Pediatric Orthopaedic Summer Scholar Program

  • 2018 – Nyaluma Wagala


Children’s Mercy Hospital HE Wenner Pediatric Infectious Diseases Summer Research Fellowship

  • 2019 – Eshwar Kishore
  • 2018 – Nikhil Havaldar


Children’s Mercy Summer Research Fellowship Program

  • 2019 – Karina Shah


Health Policy Fellowship Initiative through the American Academy of Ophthalmology

  • 2017- Ashwath Kumar


Unite for Sight Summer Program in India

  • 2017- Elizabeth George


*Had to decline due to acceptance to another experience


UMKC/Affiliate Hospital

Neurology Research and Scholar Award

  • 2017 – Subhjit Sekhon
  • 2017 – Dane Stephens

University Orthopaedic’s Trauma Research Opportunity and Scholar Award

  • 2015-2016- Corey Wells
  • 2016-2017- Nyaluma Wagala


University Orthopaedic’s Hand Surgery Research Opportunity and Scholar Award

  • 2015-2016- Sanju Eswaran



  • 2016-2017- Hunter Farris
  • 2017-2018- Landon Rohowetz


UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund

  • 2015-2016-
  • 2016-2017
    • Kaitlyn Hill
    • Komal Kumar
    • Megan Lilley
    • Carlee Oakley

Faculty Advisors

For students that request an interest in working on research projects with a faculty mentor, the Faculty Advisors will attempt to match interested students with a research mentor. To initiate the student research process, medical students may click Getting Started.

Lawrence Dall, M.D.

Professor, Assistant Dean - Medical Student Research, Years 3-6 Docent
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Infectious Disease
University Health - UMKC Health Sciences District, UMKC School of Medicine

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Quality Improvement, Patient safety, Glycocalyx, Internal Medicine

Dall, Lawrence
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Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Professor - Pathology and Pharmacology, Director of Student Research, Professor Emeritus - Northwestern University
Department(s) of Pathology
UMKC School of Medicine Molteni, Agostino

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Cell Biology, Emergency Medicine, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pathology, Cardiology

Molteni, Agostino
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Paula Monaghan-Nichols, Ph.D.

Professor, Associate Dean - Research Administration, Chair - Biomedical Sciences
Department(s) of Biomedical Sciences
UMKC School of Medicine Monaghan-Nichols, Paula

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Community and Family Medicine, Neurology, Pediatric Oncology

Monaghan-Nichols, Paula
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Michael Wacker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Associate Dean - Academic Affairs, Vice-chair - Biomedical Science
Department(s) of Biomedical Sciences
Section: Physiology
UMKC School of Medicine Wacker, Michael

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Cardiology, Cell Biology

Wacker, Michael
HSB 2232
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Rosa H. Huang, Ph.D.

Professor, UMKC Grievance Hearing Panel
Department(s) of Biomedical Sciences
Section: Biochemistry
UMKC School of Medicine
Huang, Rosa H.
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How to Apply

UMKC School of Medicine (SOM) students, except year 1, are eligible to submit applications that are available through the Office of Research Administration at the Medical School.  Please note year 2 students must have prior approval from the Student Research Committee, in accordance with SOM Research Policy – years 1 & 2 Students

The deadline is November 15 at noon.
If November 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the application deadline shall be the next University business day at noon.

All requirements and regulations of the UMKC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee(IACUC) for research involving animals and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for projects involving human subjects must be adhered. The student’s mentor and student are responsible for compliance with these committees’ policies and university and/or affiliate hospital research policies.

Criteria considered will include:

  • Quality of proposed research proposal and outcomes
  • Completion of all application materials
  • Detailed project budget
  • Scholastic achievement, including academic transcripts

Materials required include:

  1. Application form
  2. Reference form from two (2) university faculty; one of the references should be submitted by your UMKC School of Medicine faculty mentor
  3. Project protocol – Click here for protocol sample
  4. Project Budget (see sample Budget)
    1. The current award amount maximum is $3,000 per Sarah Morrison Student Research Award.
      Proposed budgets shall detail specific itemized costs directly associated with the project. All expenses must comply with current University spending requirements. Some expenses, such as expenditures at other institutions, will require University contractual agreements.
    2. Travel costs for academic/technical enrichment or Publication Costs. A minimum of $500 of the Budget must be allocated for travel costs to present your project at a national meeting or to offset publication costs. Travel costs may be as simple as conference registration only. If including publication costs in the Budget Proposal:
      • the student must be a listed author,
      • UMKC affiliation must be recognized on the author affiliation, and
      • the UMKC Sarah Morrison Award should be recognized in the acknowledgments.

      More than $500 my be budgeted for travel or publication costs. If no travel or publication costs are allocated on the proposed budget, the award may be issued by the School of Medicine for $2,500.

    3. Research at CMH. If conducting research at the Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) and there will be project expenses incurred at CMH such as CMH laboratory procedures, radiology procedures, or other potential patient (research participant) expenses or other CMH costs,  contact Courtney Drerup-Dixon in the CMH Research and Grants Administration at 816-302-0330 or for assistance with setting up your project budget to include the correct CMH charges. This needs to be completed by the student and mentor before submission of the Sarah Morrison Student Research Award proposal.
  5. Current academic transcript  (Pathway transcript accepted) – Click here for instructions on how to access your unofficial transcript
  6. Resume/CV

Send Application Materials to:

Office of Research Administration, Rm M4-308
UMKC School of Medicine
2411 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Application Form

Reference Form 

Progress Report

Getting Started

1. Complete the Student Research Info Form
Students that are requesting to be paired with a research mentor should complete the Student Research Information Form along  with a copy of your CV and return to Cheryl Jones, Biomedical Sciences.

  1. Students that have already aligned with a mentor should forward the mentor’s contact info to Cheryl Jones, Biomedical Sciences.
2. CITI research training

1. The SOM requires all individuals working or volunteering in a laboratory setting to complete these TWO CITI courses –

a.  Basic Introduction to Biosafety and
b.  Training for Investigators, Staff and Student Handling Biohazards   See the info under #5 at:

2. Individuals that conduct clinical research activities complete TWO more CITI courses –

a.  Human Subjects Research (Biomedical-Group 1) – See the info under #1 at:
b.  Conflict of Interest  – See #3 at:

SOM students should complete the above 4 CITI courses.

3. Other UMKC compliance committees such as the Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee (IACUC) and Radiation Safety committee may need to review the addition of a student to a project depending on circumstances. These groups may assign additional CITI courses.

3. Student Affairs Approval
Research Administration will check with SOM Student Affairs to confirm the student’s eligibility to participate in supervised research activities.

4. Advisors match students and mentor

Students that request an interest in working on research projects – Research Administration will forward the Student Research Info Form to the Faculty Advisors. The Faculty Advisors will attempt to match interested students with a research mentor.

Research mentors may also ask students to sign a confidentiality agreement. Research mentors may also ask students to sign a confidentiality agreement and/or a mentor/mentee agreement.

5. Clinical Research - Hospital affiliate requirements
The hospital affiliates have additional requirements for students to be on site and participate in research activities including institutional review board (IRB) review of students’ participation in research activities.

Hospital compliance training, confidentiality agreements and check of vaccinations and TB skin test status.

  • Research process at TMC
  • Research process at CMH
  • Research process at SLH
6. Year 1 Information
  • Year 1 Research Policy
  • Year 1 Research Experience Form
    As referenced in the Yr 1 Student Research Policy, current year 1 medical students interested in applying to be paired with a faculty research mentor should complete the FOUR CITI research training courses listed above and submit:

    to Cheryl Jones, Biomedical Sciences.

    The annual deadline for application is March 1st. Each year 1 student applicant will be reviewed by the Student Research Committee for potential placement with a faculty research mentor. Year 1 students that are selected will hear from the committee a few weeks after the deadline.

    Yr 1 students are unable to be matched with a clinical research mentor at Truman Medical Center because of the requirement that students have to be escorted at all times at TMC and the hospital is unable to accommodate computer access requests due to licensing requirements.

Award Recipients

Student Mentor Project Title
Arunachalam, Harinee Paula Nichols Effect of Necrotizing Enterocolitis on the Developing Brain
Boda, Anna Karl Kador Development of an electrospun corneal implant
Chuy, Valerie Wail Hassan Dissecting T-cell-signaling Disparities Between African Green Monkeys and Rhesus Macaques
Daniel, Gelilla Wail Hassan The putative role of the proteasome’s subunit LMP7 in modulating the LPS-induced proinflammatory response in a mouse macrophage cell line.
Fee, Ann Wail Hassan Regulation of key T-cell surface proteins at the transcriptional level in African green monkeys and rhesus macaques
Gu, Amy Xiangping Chu Title: Acid-sensing ion channel 2 contributes to behavioral sensitization in morphine-treated mice
Gupta, Hershel Paula Nichols Glucocorticoid Receptor Phosphorylation and Neurologic Disorders
He, James Wail Hassan Exploring the potential role of CD3 surface-expression levels in modulating T-cell pro-inflammatory responses in Rhesus Macaque Monkeys
Islam, Adnan Susana Chavez-Bueno Role of rfaZ in Pathogenesis of Escherichia coli Neonatal Sepsis
Kurian, Rebecca Gary Sutkin The Risk of Primary Gynecologic Cancer After Hysteropexy
Nanda, Asha Nasim Ahmadiyeh Community-based approach for intestigating low mammography uptake in Safety Net Hospital (SNH) patients.
Olson, Caroline Peter Koulen Disease-mediated changes in the retina after systemic fat embolism
Patel, Aashay Susana Chavez-Bueno E. Coli IutA Virulence Properties and Role in Neonatal Sepsis
Patel, Shaan Mike Wacker Constructed Hybrid Protein, FGF23-21c: Reduced Cardio-excitatory Actions Compared to Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 (FGF23)
Priya, Lakshmi Prakash Chandra RNA Sequencing of Umbilical Cord Blood from Perinatal Depressed Mothers
Talluri, Rachna David White Triglycerides/HDL ratio as a predictive factor of vascular health in pediatric patients with dyslipidemia: A Longitudinal Study
Wang, Derek Mike Wacker Induction of Cardiac Arrhythmias by Fibroblast Growth Factor 23: Implications for Chronic Kidney Disease
Zweerink, Kara Peter Koulen Infectious disease exposure and subsequent immune system responses predispose patients to progress from dry to wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – development of novel clinical diagnostic tools to identify at-risk patients
Sivasankar, Shivani Mark Hoffman Relationship between emerging trends in antibiotic resistance and inappropriate antibiotic therapy
Mohamed, Yahia Gary Salzman Outcomes of Early versus Late Tracheostomy in Mechanically Ventilated Patients due to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. A retrospective study
Rumalla, Kavelin Monica Gaddis Unplanned Readmission Following Treatment of Arteriovenous Malformations: Nationwide Rates, Causes, Risk factors, and Outcomes
Student Mentor Project Title
Yicheng Bao Betty Drees Prevalence and Risk Factors of Depression Among Patients with Diabetic Retinopathy
Shannon Demehri John Wang Regulation of Src Family Kinases in the Rat Brain by Adenosine
Abygail Dulle Paula A. Nichols Prenatal Glucocorticoid Exposure for Preterm Birth: Investigating The Role Of Glucocorticoid Receptor Phosphorylation In The Development Of Neuropathology
Ankit Kadakia Paula A. Nichols Role of Synthetic Glucocorticoid Exposure in Ocular Development and Pathology
Cynthia Liu Gary Sutkin The Prevalence and Effects of Ambiguous Language on Communication Errors in the Operating Room
Andrew Peterson Xiangping Chu Modulation of Heteromeric Acid-Sensing Ion 1 a/3 Channels by Zinc
Amber Sarvestani Geetha Raghuveer Long Term Outcomes and Survival Following Repair of Truncus Arteriosus With and Without Interrupted Aortic Arch Utilitizng Linkage of the Pediatric Cardiac Care Consortium with the National Death Index and Organ Procurement Transplantation Network Datasets
Som Singh Shui Ye & Li Zhang The Effect of GM26870 Gene Expression on Acetaminophen Hepatotoxicity
Kevin Varghese Alain Cuna Effectiveness and safety of repeat use of postnatal steroids for bronchopulmonary dysplasia
Firas Al-Badarin Tim Bateman Cardiovascular Outcomes of Patients with Normal Positron Emission Tomography and Single Photon Computed Tomography Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
Kathryn Kyler Kim Smolderen Variation in medication dosing and guideline adherence by weight status for commonly prescribed medications during pediatric asthma hospitalizations
Ali O. Malik Paul Chan Association between hospital reimbursement models and rates of normal elective coronary angiograms.
Sky Cope Peter Koulen Disease-mediated changes in Ca2+ channel expression and protein-protein interactions with synaptic proteins in age-related cognitive impairment
Fahad Qureshi Gary Sutkin Induction of general anesthesia sequence (IGAS) study:  Unpacking expertise, judgment cues, and critical decision making during high priority events
Faith Mueller Gary Sutkin Virtual Pelvic Surgery Simulator for the Prevention of Surgical Errors
Michael Pennella Wail Hassan Exploring the potential role of CD3 sufrace-expression levels in modulating T-cell pro-inflammatory responses in African green monkeys
Tara Krishnan Gary Sutkin Beeps, Squeals, and Drones: Reducing the Impact of Noise Pollution in the OR
Angela Nwankwo Peter Koulen The Role of TLR Signaling Inhibition in Photoreceptor Survival in Retinal Pigment Epithelium
Demi Woods Xiangping Chu Modulation of Acid-Sensing Ion Channel 1a on Behavioral Sensitization in Morphine-Treated Mice
Donya Jahandar Jennifer Goldman (CMH) Factors Associated with Incomplete Adverse Drug Reaction Documentation
Akash Jani Emmanuel Vlastos (CMH) Cervical Tissue Description from Women at Risk for Cervical Insufficiency
Shelby Larson-Chesbro Joy Fullbright (CMH) Retrospective chart review to evaluate the documentation of discussions of fertility issues in pubertal male and female cancer patients
Elizabeth Onishchenko Ryan Fischer (CMH) Identifying Patient Risk Factors For Development of Chemotherapy Induced Hepatotoxicity in ALL Patients
Ishaan Jakhar Jihnesh Shah To investigate role of sexual dimorphism in melanoma patients with brain metastases
Student Mentor Project Title
Jonah Graves Michael Wacker Mechanisms for FGF23 induced mechanical alternans in mouse hearts
Jonathan Jalali Peter Koulen Retinal blood vessel morphometry as a biomarker for progression of diabetic retinopathy to diabetic macular edema and neovascular complications
Kelly Kapp Lawrence Dall Glycocalyx Production by Viridans Streptococci Causing Endocarditis: Assessment of the Tryptophan Assay as a Marker to Predict Disease
Landon Rohowetz Peter Koulen The role of innate immune system signaling pathways in age-related macular degeneration pathogenesis
Mehr Shah Peter Koulen The role of estrogen hormone signaling pathways in glaucoma pathogenesis
Subhjit Sekhon Ferdaus Hassan Identification of Gene Expression
Krishna Patel Timothy Bateman Imaging findings associated with potential survival benefit with early revascularization in patients undergoing stress myocardial perfusion imaging using Positron emission Tomography for suspected coronary ischemia
Yevgeniy Khariton John Spertus Imaging findings associated with potential survival benefit with early revascularization in patients undergoing stress myocardial perfusion imaging using Positron emission Tomography for suspected coronary ischemia
Taylor Carter Miranda Huffman The Need for Diversity
 Keerthi Gondi Sean Gratton Prevalence, Treatment, and Outcomes of Asymptomatic Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension in a Pediatric Population
 Rishahb Gupta Peter Koulen Disease-mediated changes in Ca2+ channels during optic neuritis
 Debolina Kanjilal Gary Sutkin The Pursuit of Error-Free Surgery
Shrusti Mehta  Paula Nichols Molecular and Cellular consequences of Necrotizing Enterocolitis on neurodevelopment
 Nikitha Potturi David Mundy Fetal Structural Cardiac Disease: Maternal & Neonatal Outcomes
Hussain Rao  Peter Koulen Pharmacological control of oxidative stress-mediated effects on endocannabinoid signaling
Alisha Shah  Peter Koulen The role of MAPKs in innate immune system signaling in age-related macular degeneration pathogenesis
Garth Sherman  Fariha Shafi The effectiveness of BCG after local radiation therapy for Non-muscle invasive bladder cancer
Siddhant Thukral  Paul Reicherter Serum Zonulin levels as measured during a Psoriasis Flare
Jeremy Provance (graduate student) Kim Smolderen Studying Amputations in the Cerner Health Facts Database: Overlap with Peripheral Artery Disease, Diabetes, and Prognostic Outcomes
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Carlee Oakley Michael Wacker The Effects of Trimethylamine-N-oxide on Cardiovascular Function
Luke He Yun Yan New Insight into Fructose and Retinopathy: Potential Adjunct Treatment with Meformin
Imran Nizamuddin Peter Koulen Pharmacological control of endocannabinoid signaling pathways as a strategy for neuroprotective therapy development
Muhammed Alikhan Rebecca Pauly Achieving blood pressure control through patient engagement in a safety-net hospital; feasibility study of a hypertension education program
Ara Staab Lakshmi Venkitachalam Adapting the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet in urban African-American communities: a feasibility study
Jacob Lee Sherwin Chan Sensitivity and Specificity of Abdominal Ultrasound in Diagnosing Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Preterm Infants: A Meta-Analysis
Sal Vanam Peter Koulen Effects of extended storage on cell biological properties, structure and function of cornea tissue
Hunter Faris John Wang Regulation of Src Family Protein Kinases in the Rat Striatum by Muscarinic Acetylcholine M4 Receptor
Katherine Suman Peter Koulen  The role of innate immune system signaling pathways in glaucoma pathogenesis
Jessica Kieu Prakash Chandra Maternal-fetal reactions to acute emotional stress in prenatal depressed mothers: correlations with fetal biomagnetometry measures
Shipra Singh Shui Ye  The Effect of NAAA Gene Expression on Acetaminophen Hepatotoxicity
Visal Thumar Sherwin Chan Visualizing the Difference between Life and Death: A Comparison of Liver Ultrasound Findings in Children with Sinusoidal Obstruction Syndrome After Bone Marrow Transplantation
Komal Kumar  Prakash Chandra Pregnant Women with Previous Mental Health Disorders and Behavior During Ultrasound
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Ahsan Hussain Peter Koulen Medicinal chemistry approaches to achieving pharmacological control of endocannabinoid signaling pathways for therapy development in glaucoma
Hima Veeramachaneni Dr. Betty Drees Evaluating Medical Student Pre-Diabetes Knowledge Before and After Implementation of Educational Intervention in the Ambulatory Care Setting
Gustavo Vilchez-Lagos Marin Maldonado Psychosocial Markers of Mental Health Disorders and Adverse Outcomes in Pregnant Women
Kayla B. Briggs Farzad Alemi The Impact of the Formation of a Hepatopancreatobiliary Cancer Treatment Center of Excellence at a VA Medical Center
Brooks Kimmis Mingui Fu Effects of Ebola Virus Glycoproteins on MCPIP1 Expression in Macrophages
Danielle Cunningham Lisa Hutchison Neuroadiologic Characteristics of Astroblastoma and Systematic Review of the Literature:  2 New Cases and 125 Cases Reported in 59 Publications
Megan Lilley Peter Koulen Retinal vessel caliber and progression of dry to wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
Nidhi Reddy Nilo Qureshi Targeting Proteasome Inhibition as Drug Therapy for Septic Shock
Omar Qayum Geetha Raghuveer Lipoprotein (a) Elevation and Vascular Health in Children with Dyslipidemia
Ravali Gummi Peter Koulen Disease-mediated changes in Ca2+ channel expression and protein-protein interactions with calsenilin by retinal ganglion cells in glaucoma
Taran Gill Mike Wacker Mechanism of Clofibrate-Induced Cardiac Contractility
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Gaurav Anad Peter Koulen Pharmacological control of oxidative stress-mediated effects on endocannabinoid
Dorothy Daniel Mike Wacker Alteration of Cardiac FGF23 Expression By Inflammatory Cytokines
Shilpa Babbar (graduate student) Dev Maulik Acute Fetal Response to Prenatal Yoga:  A Single Blinded, Randomized Controlled Trial (TRY Yoga Study)
Siri Kommareddy Mike Wacker The Neurodegenerative Role of ATP in glaucoma
Halee Patel Mike Wacker Effects of a hybrid FGF23 molecule on nitric oxide levels in endothelial cells
Bob Song Peter Koulen Disease-mediated changes in Ca2+ channel expression and protein-protein interactions with Homer by RGCs in optic neuritis
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Gautam Anand Geetha Raghuveer Effects of Second-Hand smoke Exposure on Vasculature in Children with Dyslipidemia
Vijit Couhan Akin cil Anatomic Description and Function of the Oblique Band of the Annular Ligament in the Human Elbow
William Enochs Emily Hillman Exploring Paramedic-Physician Handoff Communication:  A Mixed Methods Study
Chelsea Shapland Mike Wacker The Protective Function of Gentamicin FGF23-mediated Changes in Cardiac Function
Kartik Sreepada Xiangping Chu The effects of illumination on VNUT expression in zebrafish retina
Janet Ross (graduate student) Lakshmi Venkitachalam Short-term cost savings through preventin of unintended pregnancies-does Title X matter?
Merill Thomas Peter Koulen Differential calcium channel expressions under oxidative stress in retinal neurons’ Echinacoside as a potential neuroprotectant
Christopher Schiavo Carol Stanford Test of the Antimcrobial Properties of Cucumis sativus and Citrus limon Topical Preparation and Essential Oils Against Propionbacteria acnes
Comron Hassanzadeh Xiangping Chu Regulation of locomotor activity to amphetamine in acid-sensing ion channel 1a and 2 in adult mice
Jasmine Singh Geetha Raghuveer Relationship between Vitamin D and high sensitivity C-reactive protein and its Effect on Vascular Function and Structure in Dyslipidemic Children
Kaitlin Vogt Carol Stanford Preliminary Clinical Test on Topical Preparation of Cucumis sativus and Citrus limon Cleanser for the Treatment of Acne Vulgaris
Shreena Patel Betty Herndon Does Curcumin Enhance the Apoptoic Effect of Taxol in the A549 Human Lung Adenocarcinoma cell line
Richa Sutaria Salvatore Stella Ontogeny of the purinergic synapses versus excitatory and inhibitory synapses in the mammalian retina
Stephanie Koch (graduate student) Mary Gerkovich A Qualitative Investigation of Patietns’ Translational Stages of Engagement in HIV-Related Medical Care
Stephanie Markey (graduate student) Karen WIlliams A comparison of ADRR scores in very young, school-age, and adolescent children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus 
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Shreya Lankala Betty Herndon Cytokines in Asthma:  Measuring Effects on Human Pulmonary Fibroblasts
Niharika Rath Kristen Voos The Period of PURPLE Crying
Katherine Shortt (graduate student) Shui Ye Identification of Coding Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in acute respiratory distress syndrome
Tiffany Mao Mike Wacker Expression of FGF Receptors in a Mouse Model of Chronic Kidney Disease
Laura Schoeneberg Geetha Raghuveer Outcomes Following Prolonged ECMO Support in Children with Cardiac Disease-ELSO (Extracoporeal Life Support Organization) Registry Study
Blake Montgomery Peter Koulen Disease-mediated changes in Ca2+ channel expression and protein-protein interactions with Homer by RGCs in glaucoma
Nishika Muddasani Salvatore Stella Conditions of illumination influence the expression of purines in the outer retina
Vritti Gupta Lakshmi Venkitachalam Patients’ understanding of hypertension and perceived barriers to risk factors control: a mixed-methods approach to examining care at the Sojourner Free Health Clinic
Scott Helgeson Daniel Margolin A Retrospective Analysis for Indications and outcomes of Temporal Artery Biopsy for Temporal Arteritis
Laalasa Varanasi Betty Herndon The Relationship Between Asthma and IgG Response to Helicobacter pylori
Rohan Bandara (graduate student) Lakshmi Venkitachalam Understanding the Relationship Between Barriers to Timely Primary Care and Emergency Department Utilization across Insurance Categories – Report from the National Health Interview Survey (1999-2011)
Erica Heitman (graduate student) Lakshmi Venkitachalam The Utility of Umbilical Doppler in Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes
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Brandon Carney Mike Wacker Effects of FGF23 on Intracellular Calcium Levels in Cardiomyocytes
Pratik Sandesara Geetha Raghuveer Relationship Between Serum High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein Level, Vitamin D, and Carotid Artery Intima-Media Thickness and Arterial Disensibility Index Among Pediatric Population
Hassan Rao Colleen Reisz Is there a relationship between neonatal and maternal biometric and the severity and persistence of acne into adulthood?
Himanshu Banda Angela Barnett Greater Kansas City:  An Assessment of the Sojourner Free Health Clinic Population
Chanakyaram Reddy Simon Kaja Calcium Dysfunction in the Preclinical Model for Migraine
Brandon Elder Mingui Fu A Bone marrow Study:  The relation between MCPIP1 and the production of pre-immune cells in response to cellular stress
Asha Nookala Betty Herndon The Beneficial Anti-Inflammatory/Anti-Oxidant of Curcumin on ob/ob mice
Vanessa Smith Geetha Raghuveer Non-Fasting and Fasting Lipid Panels in High-Risk Dyslipidemic Children
Anne Shah Simon Kaja Assay evelopment for drug screening in primary astrocyte culture
Arfaa Ali Betty Herndon Adipocytokines of OB/OB Leptin-deficient Mice
Bhavani Pokala Jon Andresen siRNA Knockdown of TRPML Channels in MOVAS Cells
Emily Kahn Alok De Placenta Regional Variation in the Expression of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factors, Its Receptors and Placental Growth Factor in Fetal Growth Restriciton
John Loftus Jon Andresen Expression and Localization of TRMPL Channels
Neal Akhave Caroline Rinaldi Determination of nutritional Status of Isle Royal moose through changes in Dentine Incremental lines
Prasanthi Kandula Peter Koulen Distribution and function of polycystin-2 in mouse retinal ganglion cells
Ruby Parikh Simon Kaja Effects of oxidative stress on endocannabinoid signaling pathways
Tina Khaleghi Betty Herndon Expression of CD24 in Adenocarcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lung
Tosan Oyowe Betty Herndon Pulmonary and Abdominal White Fat Inflammation in Obese, Leptin Knock-out Mice
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Ann Marie Melokaran Hitendra Patel Circulating Tumor Cells in Melanoma
Adil Akthar Mike Wacker Elucidating the Mechanism of Thromboxane-Induced Calcium Entry in HL-1 Cardiac Myocytes
Chris Reams Gurmukh Singh Analysis of Health Care Profesionals’ Keyboards, Pagers, and ID Badges as Potential Sources of Nosocomial Infections
Frank Xing Xianping Chu Effects of amiloride on behavioral plasticity to cocaine
Julia Frisenda Betty Herndon Effects of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on p53 Tumor Supressor Gene
Jason Edwards Gurmukh Singh A retrospective analysis of appropriateness and rationale for thrombophilia panel orders in a metropolitan hospital
Nicholas Patonai Geetha Raghuveer Changes in the diameter of the carotid artery during the cardiac cycle and its relation to the change in the CIMT during the cardiac cycle
Nida Faheem Betty Herndon Effects of Persisten Carbon Nanotube Exposure on Release of Mesothelioma Marker Mesthelin
Nikoo Cheraghi Geetha Raghuveer Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D3 Concentrations and Carotid Artery Intima-media Thickness Among Pediatric Population
Sarah Cantrell Betty Herndon Tumor Marker Study in Nanoparticle Stress Human Cells in Culture
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Eric Burns Kimberly Brown Patient Specific Risk Prediction for Enhanced Informed Consent in General Surgery
Kaitlin Hoover Gerard Malnar A Randomized Clinical Trial in Reduce Post Cesarean Delivery Surgical Site Infection with Extended Spectrium Antibiotics Prophylaxis
Kristin C. Burns Gyongjun Liu Evaluation of Bending Strength Index (BSI) of the Femoral neck in Caucasions, African-Americans, and Chinese
Neeti Desai Peter Koulen Progressive Change of Voltage-Gated Ca2+ Channel (VGCC) Expression Levels in Glaucoma
Sri Krishna Alapati Kristin Kickernscher Isotropic Proton Density Weighted Sequences for Evaluation of Femoral Head Location Post Spica Casting
Alexandra Sneed Alok De Angiopoetin 2 Associated with Fetal Growth Restriction
Anant Kharod Geetha Raghuveer Effects of Blood Pressure on Left Ventricular Mass Index in Children Background and Rationale
Abigail Shniter Tyler Muffy A Model to Predict Success of matchin in the Gynecological Subspecialty Fellowship
Kathleen Do Betty Herndon Investigation of nanoparticle Injection of Mesothelioma Markers in Human Cells Culture
Amy Patel Gerard Malnar Personality and Psychological Assessment of Early Breast Carcinoma Patients in the Selection of Mastectomy versus Breast Conservation
Charmi Vijapura Betty Herndon The Role of the Mast Cells in Triolein Induced Fat Embolism
Krushangi Patel Mike Wacker Effect of Aspirin on Thromboxane A2 Receptor Expression in Cardiac Myocytes
Mohammed Paracha Betty Herndon Use of Nanoparticles to Produce a Model of Mesothelial Injury:  Will I be Able to Produce Early Markers for Mesothelioma in Tissue Culture
Ramandeep Babbra Betty Herndon Expression of B Cell lymphoma (BCL-6) and cyclin D. Antines in Human Colon Adenocarcinoma
Vikas Patel Jon Andresen Contribution of Reactive Oxygen Species to Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Hypertrophy
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Ben Favier Jon Andresen siRNA Knockdown on TRAAK in A7r5 Cells
Heather Florence Geetha Raghuveer Comparison of CIMT over time in Obese Children with Multiple Ahterosclerosis promoting Risk Factors
Luv Singh Patricia Kelly Dating Violence and the Influence of Fraternity and Sorority Involvement
Megan Mayer Patricia Kelly Violence in Dating Relationships and the Influence of Sports Participation
Omer Mirza Mike Wacker The Effects of PPARa Agonists on Cardiac Myocyte Contractility
Allison Glass Tyler Muffly Assessment of mail reminder system on human papillomavirus vaccination compliance
Jennifer Distasio Tyler Muffly To evaluate tensile strength of three commonly usedc sutures when suture ends were cut to three lengths
Mark Winston Tarak Srivastava Urinary Prostaglandins E2 in Obese Subjects
Valerie-Sue Emuakhagbon Geetha Raghuveer Comparing CIMT in Children with Genetic Risk Factors versus Environmental Risk Factors
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Anupama Nookala Betty Herndon Exendin-4 on GLP-1 Receptors and Secretions in Brain versus Intestins
Keziah Sulley Ashim Mitra Trans-scleral Delivery of Avastin Using Nanoparticules for the Treatment of Age Related macular Degeneration-Developing an Alternative Route for Avastin Delivery
Pareen Mehta Betty Herndon Antimicrobial Fractions from NeutrophilsD)