The Office of Student Research has selected seven students to receive the October 2015 Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards.
The recipients are Danielle Cunningham, Tarana Gill, Ravali Gummi, Brooks Kimmis, Megan Lilley, Omar Qayum and Nidhi Reddy.
Awards of up to $1,500 are given to School of Medicine students twice a year to provide funding to help students learn the value and application of research in the study of medicine.
Students who receive awards are expected to present results of their research at the UMKC Student Research Summit and may be invited to present at other similar venues.
Interested applicants may apply for the awards by the April 1 and Oct. 1 deadlines each year. For complete application information, visit the Office of Research Administration’s student research website at https://med.umkc.edu/ora/student_awards/.
Award winners, their abstract titles, and their faculty mentors
- Danielle Cunningham, “Neuroradiologic Characteristics of Astroblastoma and Systematic Review of the Literature: 2 New Cases and 125 Cases Reported in 59 Publications,” mentored by Lisa Lowe, M.D., professor of radiology
- Tarana Gill, “Mechanism of Clofibrate-lnduced Cardiac Contractility,” mentored by Mike Wacker, Ph.D., associate teaching professor of basic medical science
- Ravali Gummi, “Disease-Mediated Changes in Ca2+ Channel Expression and Protein-Protein Interactions with Calsenilin by Retinal Ganglion Cells in Glaucoma,” mentored by Peter Koulen, Ph.D., professor of basic medical science
- Brooks Kimmis, “Effects of Ebola Virus Glycoproteins on MCPIP1 Expression in Macrophages,” mentored by Mingui Fu, Ph.D., assistant professor of basic medical science
- Megan Lilley, “Retinal Vessel Caliber and Progression of Dry to Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD),” mentored by Peter Koulen, Ph.D., professor of basic medical science
- Omar Qayum, “Lipoprotein(a) Elevation and Vascular Health in Children with Dyslipidemia,” mentored by Geetha Raghuveer, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., professor of pediatrics
- Nidhi Reddy, “Targeting Proteasome Inhibition as Drug Therapy for Septic Shock,” mentored by Nilo Qureshi, Ph.D., professor of basic medical science