Center for Biomedical Research/Sigma Xi Research Festival

On Friday, March 27, the Center for Biomedical Research and Sigma Xi held the annual Research Festival. Poster sessions from students throughout the university were on display. Several faculty members generously served as judges, and three students were chosen as top poster winners: Rachana Chandran, Viktoria Mladenovik, and Mida Pezeshkian. A full list of the posters is given below.

Following the research festival, Dr. David Ginsburg of the University of Michigan Medical School presented the annual Sigma Xi lecture about “Bringing Genetics & Genomics to the Clinic: What, Where and When.” In the evening, the Sigma Xi annual banquet was held at Meadow Brook Hall. New inductees into Sigma Xi include:

  • Marisa Brake
  • Chris Brigolin
  • Jonathan Bucan
  • Cody Clark
  • Lauren DeMeyer
  • Anthony Duncan
  • Trevor Evans
  • Aaron Fetzer
  • Eric Fetzner
  • Suran Galappaththige
  • Derrik Germain
  • James Iordanou
  • Elizabeth Jankulovski
  • Alexander Johnston
  • Megan Kabara
  • Rita Kassab
  • Kathleen Lesich
  • Leilei Liu
  • Madelyn Messner
  • Lena Mishack
  • Christopher Powell
  • Shengnan Qiao
  • Elizabeth Scott
  • Kharananda Sharma
  • Sarah Smith
  • Gau Shoua Vue
  • Britni Walter
  • Jacob Woodside

Dr. Ginsberg again spoke at the banquet, telling stories about his life in science and offering insight and advice to the new inductees. Then Shailesh Lal, the president of OU’s chapter of Sigma Xi, and Randy Westrick, a professor at OU who trained with Ginsburg, presented Ginsberg with a plaque.

Posters presented at the CBR/Sigma Xi Research Festival

1. Sexual Dimorphism in the Signaling Pathways in the Renal Cortex of Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats

Jonathan Bucan, Anthony Duncan, Jennifer Sullivan, Amy Banes-Berceli (Biological Sciences)


2. The C. elegans Casein Kinase 2 Homolog, KIN-3, Negatively Regulates Centrosome Assembly

Jeff Medley, Megan Kabara, Mi Hye Song (Biological Sciences)


3. Peptide and ScFv Based Real Time Label Free Immunosensors for Point-of-Care Clinical Diagnosis

Xiangqun Zeng, Yuqin Shang (Chemistry)


4. Maize RNA Binding Motif Protein 48 (RBM48) is Critical to Endosperm Development

Donya Shodja, Fang Bai, Tara Patrick, Jennifer Moreno, Jennifer DeGraff Moses, Chi-Wah Tseung, Elizabeth Jankulovski, Gertraud Spielbauer, Fabia Battistuzzi, Shailesh Lal, A. Mark Settles (Biological Sciences)


5. The Effects of Black Cohosh on the Regulation of Estrogen Receptor Alpha in Breast Cancer Cells

Viktoria Mladenovik, Meghan Quigley, Kelly Marie Hallman, Julieta Saluzzo, Sumi Dinda (School of Health Sciences)


6. Norrin Neuroprotection in the Ischemic Retina

Erin Feeney, Kevin Roumayah, Mei Cheng, Wendy Dailey, Kenneth Mitton, Kimberly Drenser (Eye Research Institute)


7. Spectroscopic investigations: The effects of antibodies on Tau protein biochemistry

Hanna Trzeciakiewicz, Jose Esteves-Villanueva, Sanela Martic (Chemistry)


8. Ionic Liquid Based Gas Sensors and Their Applications

Zhe Wang, Lu Lin, Min Guo, Xiaoyi Mu, Andrew Mason, Xiangqun Zeng (Chemistry)


9. Novel Gene Dysmorphic Regulates Tracheal Dimensions

Rachana Chandran, Lan Jiang (Biological Sciences)


10. How Compressibility Influences the Mechanical Bidomain Model

Kharananda Sharma, Brad Roth (Physics)


11. Evolution of a novel protein domain within the conserved PP2C gene in the Brassicaceae by expansion of tandem repetitive DNA elements

Ani Vaziri, Fabia Battistuzzi, Doug Wendell (Biological Sciences)


12. UVB Light-Induced Biphasic Activation of PARP-1 in Cultured Human Lens Epithelial Cells

Nahrain Putris, Mason Geno, Mirna Awrow, Shravan Chintala, Frank Giblin (Eye Research Institute)


13. Loading has Significant Influence on T1 in Experimental OA Canine Articular Cartilage Sub-tissue Zones

Ji Hyun Lee, Yang Xia (Physics)


14. Genome complexity in the exporteome of Plasmodium falciparum

Rita Kassab, Fabia Battistuzzi (Biological Sciences)


15. Improved Myocardial Perfusion PET Imaging with MRI Learned Dictionaries

Xinhui Wang, Yanhua Wang, Dong Han, Wei Deng, Leslie Ying, Jing Tang (Electrical and Computer Engineering)


16. Toll Like Receptor-2 Mediates Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cell Innate Responses to Candida Albicans

Deepa Talreja, Satish Walia, Ashok Kumar (Biological Sciences)


17. Electrical Pacing of Cardiac Tissue Including Potassium Inward Rectification

Suran Galappaththige, Brad Roth (Physics)


18. The Role of Endothelial Cell Activation on Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cell Proliferation, Growth and Susceptibility to Chemotherapy Contributing to Leukemia Relapse

Mida Pezeshkian, Gau Shoua Vue, Gerard Madlambayan (Biological Sciences)


19. In Vivo and In Vitro Analysis of the Maize RNA Binding Motif Protein 48 (RBM48) Splicing Factor Essential for Seed Development and Plant Viability

Donya Shodja, Christian Brigolin, Federico Martin, Jeffery Gustin, Amy Siebert, A. Mark Settles, Shailesh Lal (Biological Sciences)


20. Decreased Retinal Dopamine in Retinopathy of Prematurity is Caused by Loss of Dopaminergic Amacrine Cells

Nathan Spix, Zhi-Jing Zhang, Lei-Lei Liu, Christophe Ribelayga, and Dao-Qi Zhang (Eye Research Institute)


21. The Role of ATX-2 in Centrosome Assembly and Microtubule Dynamics

Michael Stubenvoll, Jeff Medley, Mi Hye Song (Biological Sciences)


22. Identification of Thrombosis Modifier Genes in ENU Mutagenized Mice

Marisa Brake, Amy Siebert, Randal Westrick (Biological Sciences)


23. Mechanical Stress Induced Chondrogenic Differentiation of ESCs

Christina McKee, Donggang Yao, Brad Roth, Rasul Chaudhry (Biological Sciences)


24. Hyper-adaptability and Defense Mechanism of ESCs Upon Arsenic Exposure

Naimisha Beeravolu, Mick Perez-Cruet, Rasul Chaudhry (Biological Sciences)


25. Self-assembling Scaffold Supports Pluripotent Growth of Embryonic Stem Cells

Christina McKee, Ferman Chavez, Mick Perez-Cruet, Rasul Chaudhry (Biological Sciences)


Special thanks to graduate students Suran Galappaththige, Kharananda Sharma, and Rachel Surowiec for their help in organizing the festival.