Research office announces Sarah Morrison student research awards

Recipients of the School of Medicine’s Sarah Morrison Student Research Fellowship Awards gathered with Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., director of student research.

The School of Medicine Student Research Office has announced the October 2011 recipients of the Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards.

This quarter’s award winners, their abstract titles and faculty mentors include:

  • Fizza Abbas, “Angiotensin II and its Role in Fat Embolism-Induced Lung Pathology,” Betty Herndon, Ph.D., research associate professor of medicine and basic medical science
  • Neal Akhave, “Determination of Nutritional Status of Isle Royale Moose Through Changes in Dentine Incremental Lines,” Caroline “Beth” Rinaldi, Ph.D., associate professor of basic medical science
  • Arfaa Ali, “Adipocytokines in OB/OB Leptin-Deficient Mice,” Herndon
  • Brandon Elder, “A Bone Marrow Study: the Relation Between MCPIP1 and the Production of Pre-Immune Cells in Reponse to Cellular Stress,” Mingui Fu, Ph.D., assistant professor of basic medical science
  • Emily Kahn, “Placenta Regional Variation in the Expression of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor, its Receptors, and Placental Growth Factor in Fetal Growth Restriction,” Alok De, Ph.D., research assistant professor of Ob/Gyn
  • Prasanthi Kandula, “Distribution and Function of Polycystin-2 in Mouse Retinal Ganglion Cells,” Peter Koulen, Ph.D., professor of basic medical science
  • Tina Khaleghi, “Expression of CD24 in Adenocarcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lung,” Herndon
  • John Loftus, “Expression and Localization of TRMPL Channels,” Jon Andresen, Ph.D., assistant professor of basic medical science
  • Asha Nookala, “The Beneficial Anti-Inflammatory/Anti-Oxidant Effect of Curcumin on OB/OB Mice,” Herndon
  • Tosan Oyowe, “Pulmonary and Abdominal White Fat Inflammation in Obese, Leptin Knock-Out Mice,” Herndon
  • Ruby Parikh, “Effects of Oxidative Stress on Endocannabinoid Signaling Pathways,” Simon Kaja, Ph.D., research assistant professor of ophthalmology
  • Bhavani Pokala, “siRNA Knowckdown of TRPML Channels in MOVAS Cells,” Andresen
  • Anna Shah, “Assay Development for Drug Screening in Primary Astrocyte Culture,” Simon Kaja, research assistant professor of ophthalmology
  • Vanessa Smith, “Non-Fasting and Fasting Lipid Panels in High-Risk Dyslipidemic Children,” Geetha Raghuveer, MBBS, MPH, associate professor of pediatrics

The application deadline for the next round of Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards is Feb. 1, 2012. For application information, students should contact Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., director of student research at 235-5604 or moltenia@umkc.edu, or the Office of Research Administration at 235-6687 or somresearch@umkc.edu

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