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Poster Session


Friday, July 27th, 2018 9:30 – 3:00 PM
Van Nuys Atrium, 635 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46202

9:00am Student Check-In and Poster Set Up for Session 1
9:30am Welcome
Brittney-Shea Herbert, PhD
Assistant Dean for Physician Scientist Development Director, IMPRS
9:45am Opening Remarks
Peter Nalin, MD
Associate Dean and Interim Director, IUSM-Bloomington
10am – 12pm Poster Session 1

  • Poster presenters assigned to session 1 are required to stand by their posters between 10am – Noon for discussion, presentation, and judging.
12pm Student Check-In and Poster Set Up for Session 2
12:30pm Welcome
Brittney-Shea Herbert, PhD
Assistant Dean for Physician Scientist Development Director, IMPRS
12:45pm Opening Remarks
Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD
Executive Associate Dean of Research Affairs
1pm – 3pm Poster Session 2

  • Poster presenters assigned to session 2 are required to stand by their posters between 1pm – 3pm for discussion, presentation, and judging.

List of Abstracts in Alphabetical Order

First Name Last Name PROJECT TITLE
Nnamdi Achebe A TREM2 dependent control of Microglial and Astrocytic responses in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s Disease
Dana Alhaffar Efficacy and Safety of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for the treatment of Clostridium difficile Infection in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis: a single center experience
Maaz Arif Inhibition of IRS-1 Alters Retinal Circadian Clock
Sam Atoa Assessment of nutrition status in transplant patients using imaging, serologic markers and functional testing: Which best predicts outcomes?
Joseph Atumonye Defining the Function of a Novel TNF Receptor Superfamily Member
Asma Bahrami Impact of excess TGFβ on bone and muscle in condition of diet-induced obesity in mice with Camurati-Engelmann Disease
Shivani Bajpai The effect of donor contrast exposure on recipient kidney outcomes
Joseph Baker The Examination of non-pharmacologic treatment of pain after spinal cord injury
Zachary Barry A Novel Small Molecule Therapy for Corneal Neovascularization
Dylan Bieber Effects of Propofol on Transcytosis in an IPSC Derived Blood Brain Barrier Model
Anthony Boateng Forever-Fit Summer Camp
Vyvian Borse Elevated Airway Eosinophils is Associated with Lower Airway Haemophilus
Abigail Braun CD33 and TREM2 Peripheral Gene Expression in Relation to Cortical Thickness
Cameron Brown Wound healing in diabetic Ossabaw pigs
Marissa Bruce Characterizing the Role of Orbitofrontal Cortex in Social Memory
Kendall Burgett The Influence of Aging on the Relationship between Retrobulbar Blood Flow and Retinal Microcirculation in Glaucoma Patients
Jarrett Campbell Quantifying Cigarette Smoke Induced Oxidative DNA Damage of Wild Type & XPC Knockdown Human Bronchial Cells Using Human 8-oxoguanine DNA Glycosylase 1
Phillip Cheng Evaluating the effect of a Participatory Music Program on the Quality of Life and Community Reintegration of Homeless Veterans in Indianapolis
Monica Cheng A Clinically Suitable Approach to Whole-Body Imaging for Quantification of Regional Perfusion: Validation of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) with 62Cu-ETS and Image-based Tracer Kinetic Modeling
Kayla Chin Time to Diagnosis of Early-Onset vs. “Late-Onset” Colorectal Cancer: Is there a difference?
Diane Choi Establishing a Comprehensive Ethics-Based Checklist for Surgical Camp Activities at AMPATH-Kenya
Colette Ciresi Assessing generalizability of a new-onset type 1 diabetes Biobank
Nicholas Clough Role of CaMKK2 in Osteocytes within the Bone Microenvironment
Jacob Davis Canines in the emergency department: a novel approach to stress reduction in emergency medicine providers
Elizabeth Davis Examining Gross Anatomy Study Strategies Across Old and New Curricula
Anthony Douglas II Skin Sympathetic Nerve Activity and Rate Control of Atrial Fibrillation
Anna Dudley Determining the cellular localization of C.elegans Editing Enzyme
Cameron Duffner Quantitative Effect of Emergency Department Case Management on Visits, Diagnostics, and Cost
Damon Edgar A Case-Based Tropical Medicine Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Global Health Track Residents
Katarina Fabre Lung Ultrasound Proficiency Study
Alexander Farmer Genoproteomic analysis of leukemic cell response to Cytarabine reveals synergistic opportunities centered on cholesterol metabolism
Rick Foust Aspergeillus Fumigatus: The Effects of Adiponectin on Inflammatory Cytokine Production
Brandon Francis Assessing Student Engagement and Higher Order Skill Proficiency During the First and Second Year of Medical School – A Comparison Between the Legacy and Recently Reformed Active Learning Curricula
Colin Fry Humble But Powerful: The Role of “Access to Information & Knowledge” in Implementation Success in the RE-INSPIRE Study
Eric Galante Effect of Frataxin Knockout on Mouse Cardiomyocytes
Jarrell Gary Is Liver Function Homogenous? Correlation between CT Liver Volumes and Liver Function as Determined by Functional Hepatobiliary (HIDA) Scan
Rolando Gabriel Gerena Marginal Utility of Additional Clinical Shifts on Milestone-Based Competency in an Emergency Medicine Clerkship
Daniel Gibson Medical Students’ Studying Approach to a Changing Medical School Anatomy Curriculum
Briana Grisby Developmental Toxicity of TCE Exposure in Zebrafish: Analyzing Vitamin D Metabolism
Justin Hendrix Characterizing the Extent of Cell Death in Innate Immune Mediated Colitis
Emily Hentz Assessing lead exposure sources at the property scale in Indianapolis
Erik Holder Is Operative Diagnosis for Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty Related to Patient Reported Outcomes?
Gage Howard Fat Soluble Vitamin, B12 and Iron Deficiency in Patients with Coliform Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
Stephan Hu Validating a Novel Technique for Identifying Genomic Regulators
Nathan Jarrett Tendon transfer of pronator teres to flexor pollicis longus to restore thumb flexion in incomplete tetraplegia
Olivia Johnson Blueberry containing diets protect from bone loss induced by sex steroid deficiency differently depending on sex and by mechanisms independent of canonical sex steroid receptor signaling
Jordan Jones Leukocyte Localization in a Model of Innate Immune-Driven Colitis
Alexandra Jostes Birth Spacing and Family Planning: Implementation of enhanced education and training for Community Health Coaches
Courtney Keilman Resiliency in Medical Students and Residents Participating in the Global Health AMPATH Kenya Elective
Cutter Koehler Impact of Hepatic Stellate Cells in Scaffold-Free 3D-Bioprinting of the Liver Model
Kaleb Kramer Are there sex-based differences in myocardial injury in Acute Heart Failure?
Nathan Lam Mapping Out Receptors: High Throughput Screening of Endothelial Monocyte Activating Polypeptide II (EMAPII) Using PRESTO-TANGO
Regina Lee Store operated calcium entry in diabetic macrophages is reduced in fasting conditions
Alexa Loncharich Type 2 Diabetes Mouse Model: Insights into the Contribution of Metabolic Defects to Neurocognitive Decline
Samuel Lorentz Genetic Defects in SHROOM3 Lead to Congenital Heart Defects
Samuel Luebbe Cardiovascular Effects of Sodium Glucose Cotransporter-2 (SGLT-2) Inhibition in the Setting of Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury
Joyce Mannon Fidelity of Peer Supported Self-Management of Chronic Pain (Evaluation of a Peer Coach-Led Intervention to Improve Pain Symptoms—ECLIPSE)
Mackenzie McGrath MELodica Orchestra for DYspnea (MELODY): A Randomized Safety, Feasibility, and Efficacy Pilot
Anthony Milto Evaluation of a Critical Sized Bone Defect in a Porcine Tibial Model
Kalina Misiolek Understanding the Algebraic and Logical Structure of Speech Perception; Effect of Signal-Dependent Noise on Phase Synchrony Pattern
Mumtaz Munshi Impact of ED Scribes in a Residency Program
David Muschi Disease Severity in Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) Patients with No Prior Diagnosis of Cirrhosis – A Unique Insight Using Vibration-Controlled Transient Elastography (VCTE)
Amit Nag Association of AHI and Other Patient Factors with Calvarial Thickness
Sharle Newman Role of CCL21 on the Transcriptional Regulation of MHC II in Malignant Glioma Infiltrating Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells
Will Northquist A Case-Based Tropical Medicine Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Global Health Track Residents
Chiagozie Nwosu The Degradation and Subcellular Localization of an Oncogenic protein complex in T-cell Leukemia
Obi Nwosu Using RNA Editing and ADARs to Increase Cell Sensitivity to Interferon Chemotherapies
Max Ofoma Patient Perception of Empathy from Emergency Medicine Residents
William O’Neal Are signaling pathways inversely regulated in Alzheimer’s disease and glioblastoma multiforme?
Zachary Osborn Decreased Dynamic Flexibility of Brain Functional Connectivity in Prodromal Alzheimer’s Disease
Vitalis Osuji Role of Endoscopic Retrograde CholangioPancreatography (ERCP) and Intraductal Secretin Test (IDST) in the Diagnosis of Chronic Pancreatitis (CP)
Chirag Patel Fecal Bile Acids and Fecal Short Chain Fatty Acids in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Control Volunteers
Roshni Patel Combined inhibition of Bruton’s Tyrosine Kinase (BTK) and Phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) p110δ improves monocytosis and splenomegaly in a JMML Mouse Model
Michael Peng Surveying ADR knowledge and practices among US gastroenterologists
Alexander Peters Minimally Invasive, Non-Terminal In Vivo Muscle Testing of a Porcine Tibia Fracture Model
Whitney Phillips Outcome of Pediatric Emergency Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) for Management of Skin and Soft Tissue Infection Prior to Ultrasound Program Implementation
Michelle Pinto Anxiety Screening in the Emergency Department
Ruben Prado Identification of genes and molecular pathways involved in a C. elegans model of neuroborreliosis
Eric Regele Immune regulation of neuronal injury and repair by observing T cell activation
Kathryn Reinhart The risk of bleeding following therapeutic endoscopy is low in patients with cirrhosis
Justin Rice Early Pain, Narcotic Use, and Functional Recovery in Aseptic Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty Performed with Morphine Spinal Analgesia versus Fentanyl Spinal Analgesia with Adductor Canal Block
Brad Rumancik Comparison of two techniques using EUS guided liver biopsies via 19g core biopsy needle to obtain optimal core specimen in benign disease
Sydney Ryckman Attitudes toward Contraception Initiation in the Emergency Department among Providers and Patients
Katlyn Sawyer Utilizing Citizen Science to Reverse the Current Lead Testing Paradigm: Development of a Scalable, Low-cost Home Lead Test Kit
Anna Scalzo Increasing Adolescents’ Access to the HIV Continuum of Care: Development of a Screening Tool for Medical Legal Partnerships
Lauren Schmidt Determining Health Utilities for Immunosuppression in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Christian Schmidt Reversal of Severe Sarcopenia in Pediatric Liver Failure Patients Post-Transplant
Adam Schmitz Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) Creation to Improve Surgical Candidacy Prior to Abdominal Operation: A Retrospective Analysis
Paige Schultheis Copy Number Analysis of Lung Tumor Progression in Mice
Nicole Shammas The Association of Haptoglobin Genotype with the Development of Liver Disease and a Strategy for Personalized Treatment of NASH
Mitra Sharifi Effect of Tyrosine Phosphorylation of HPV31 E2 on Replication
Andrew Shearn Pneumonia in Indiana nursing homes: a retrospective case series
Christian Sikoski Predictors of Patient Function, Pain, and Satisfaction after Reimplantation for Infected Hip and Knee Arthroplasty
Blake Simon Modulation of Myocardial Oxygen Delivery in Response to Isovolemic Hemodilution
Sandeep Singh Enhancing cytotoxic chemotherapy response through targeted BET bromodomain inhibition in preclinical pancreatic cancer models
Dana Skold A Descriptive Time Inventory of Emergency Department Nursing Workflows
Ryan Smith Chamas for Change: A Community Based Strategy for Pregnancy, Infancy, and Women Empowerment
Hajeung (Leo) Song Senescent T cell population in Glioblastoma
Henry Stadler Investigating the role of COQ8B in aortic smooth muscle cells
Kyle Stucker IL-6 Stimulates Autophagy in Wild Type and NRF2 Knock Out Mice β-cells
Madison Tenbarge Determining if Double Gene Knockdown of P65 and PDK2 Increases Cytotoxicity and Radiation Sensitivity of Pancreatic Cancer Cells
Hannah Thielmeyer Control of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy and HMGB1 Cytosolic Translocation in Dorsal Root Ganglion Sensory Neurons Using Olaparib
Cody Tragesser Early surgical intervention is indicated for recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax in children and adolescents
Brady Tucker SOX-2 Mediated Conversion of Astrocyte to Neuron
Roziya Tursunova Clinical and radiographic factors associated with appendectomy in pediatric patients with abdominal pain and equivocal imaging findings for appendicitis
Gary Ulrich Current Concepts in the Treatment of Patellofemoral Instability
Juan Valdes Molecular characteristics of serum hepatitis B virus (HBV) RNA: a novel biomarker for chronic HBV infection
Madalyn Vonderohe Starting from the Roots: Observing Healthcare and Population Health Endeavors in a Lower Middle Income Country
Brett Walker Enhanced survival of lethally irradiated mice given pegylated G-CSF, GM-CSF, and IL-11 with lisinopril via modulation of the hematopoietic cytokines TGFb-1 and RANTES
Sarah Watkins BabyNoggin Pre-implementation Phase: Understanding How Clinical Teams and Parents Will Respond to BabyNoggin
Jonathan Wheeler Gabapentin Targeting and Bone Mineralization Defects: Proposed mechanism for increased fracture risk in patients taking GBP-class anti-epileptic drugs
Michael Wiley Effects of Temperature and Separation on the Retained Coagulability of Human Blood Utilizing Thromboelastography
Reid Wilson Quantifying the effects of mechanical signals on musculoskeletal quality in a model of complete estrogen deprivation
Honglin Xiao Blood Loss in Primary and Aseptic Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty:
A Retrospective Matched Cohort Analysis
Stephanie Younker This Story Needs to Be Told: Formative Research on Using Animated Storytelling to Address Prospective Minority Clinical Trials Participants’ Need for Comprehensive Knowledge
Kirsten Zborek A Physiological Role for a Moonlighting Protein in Lipopolysaccharide-induced Endotoxemia

Finalists and Honorable Mentions

We would like to congratulate all the students and faculty who participated in the 2018 IMPRS Program. The program’s mission is to provide a wide range of research and scholarly opportunities to the IUSM student body. The purpose is to enrich the research and scholarly education and knowledge for the medical students. This summer we hosted 103 medical students from all 9 campuses doing research and scholarly activities in the areas of: laboratory and translational research, clinical research, health research outcomes and community health education. During the summer, the student worked with their assigned mentor at the designated campus on a project they have derived and planned. Each week, students attended a Seminar Series to learn about different research topics as well as responsible conduct of research, career development and work/life balance. At the end of the summer session, students participated in the poster session. The event showcased 118 posters of projects completed by the IUSM medical students Class of 2021. Each student presented their project to the faculty judges who have volunteered their time to be a part of this event. We want to congratulate and recognize the following students who were selected to do the oral presentation on August 1 and to the students who received Honorable Mention.


Student’s Name Mentor
Alexander Peters Melissa Kacena
Amit Nag Rick Nelson
Andrew Shearn Jennifer Carnahan
Blake Simon Johnathan Tune
Brandon Francis Mari Hopper
Collete Ciresi Linda DiMeglio
Cutter Koehler Bursin Ekser
David Muschi Raj Vuppalanchi
Emily Hentz Gabriel Filipelli
Hannah M. Moore Troy Markel
Johnathan Wheeler Kenneth White
Kalina Misiolek Leonid Rubchinsky and Robert M. Worth
Katlyn Sawyer Heidi Beidinger
Samuel Luebbe Johnathan Tune
Maaz Arif Ashay Bhatwadekar
Marissa Bruce William Truitt
Monica Cheng Gary Hutchins
Roshni Patel Reuben Kapur
Stephan Hu Yunlong Liu
Whitney Phillips Benjamin Nti

Honorable Mentions

Student’s Name Mentor
Anna C Scalzo Amy Lewis-Gilbert
Anthony Douglas II Peng Chen
Brett Walker Christie Orschell
Cameron Duffner and Xyryl Pablo Jeffrey Nickel
Daniel Gibson Polly Husmann
Eric Galante Mark Payne
Gary Ulrich Hemant Pandit
Henry Stadler Stephanie Ware
Alexandra Jostes Debra Litzelman
Joyce Mannon Marianne Matthias
Michael Wiley Nathan Alves
Mumtaz Munshi Daniel Corson-Knowles
Obi Nwosu Heather Hundley
Paige Schultheis Mark Geraci
Leo Song Mahua Dey
Honglin Xiao R. Michael Meneghini


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