April 24, 2012

Third Annual CBC Scholars Scientific Exchange

The Third Annual CBC Scholars Scientific Exchange took place on March 27, 2012, at the UChicago Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. Seventeen scholars presented talks describing their thesis research and each presentation was followed by a short discussion. This all-day event included a networking lunch during which the scholars discussed future events, including the CBC Scholars Loop Connections Seminar Series, the first of which will be held on the UChicago campus on May 8, 2012.

The following scholars presented at the Scientific Exchange:

Chaitanya Aggarwal (UIC; PI Michael Federle), Deciphering bacterial cell-to-cell communication to develop novel antimicrobials

Sevim Yildiz Arslan (UIC; PI Howard Lipton), Type of cell death influences TMEV pathogenesis

Tim Best (UChicago; PI Kenan Onel), Variants at 6q21 implicate PRDM1 in the etiology of therapy-induced second malignancies after Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Justin Cassidy (NU; PI Richard Carthew), A microRNA paces phenotypic change

Christina Chow (UIC; PI Tohru Kozasa), Identification of specific phosphorylation sites on p115RhoGEF

Jackson Cone (UIC; Mitchell Roitman), Ghrelin modulates phasic dopamine signals evoked by food related stimuli

Lila Glotfelty (UIC; PI Gail Hecht), The effect of enteropathogenic E. coli EspG1/2-mediated microtubule disruption on intestinal epithelial tight junction recovery

Susan Klosterman (UIC; PI Janet Richmond), Synaptic characterization of the conserved vacuolar protein sorting complex component (VPS-39)

Qiyan Mao (UChicago; PI Robert Ho), Genetic control of coordinated cell convergence during vertebrate limb bud formation

Adam Pah (NU; PI Luis Amaral), Res Potentia as a route to understanding function and evolution of cellular networks

Nico Peláez (NU; PI Luis Amaral), The YAN Network is robust against YAN protein variation in the developing eye

Joanna Rowell (UChicago; PI Clifton Ragsdale), The evolution and development of the mammalian neocortex

Andy Scarpelli (NU; PI Joshua Leonard), Engineering systems for inducible genetic exchange in E. coli

Bryan Singer (UChicago; PI Paul Vezina), Dendritic spine plasticity underlying associative drug conditioning

Fei Sun (UChicago; PI Chuan He), Exploring the molecular mechanism of virulence regulation in S. aureus

Liz Tarasewicz (NU; PI Jacqueline Jeruss), CDK Inhibition and dichotomous TGFβ signaling in breast cancer

Greg Tietjen (UChicago; PIs Erin Adams and Ka Yee Lee), Pushing the boundaries of structural immunology; utilizing x ray surface scattering to explore lipid membrane recognition in immune response