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The School of Graduate Studies

Annual Research Day 2016 was on April 13, 2016.   

The day consisted of a morning platform session, two poster sessions, a keynote address in the afternoon, and finally, a dinner for students, alumni, and faculty and friends. Presentations were invited from students in the School of Graduate Studies, the College of Medicine, the School of Public Health, the College of Nursing, and the College of Health Related Professions. Medical residents, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate students conducting research with Downstate faculty were also encouraged to present their research findings. Award funding is derived from the School of Graduate Studies, The May Kin Ho and David Dean Travel Fellowship, The Krishnamurthi Sundaram Travel Fellowship, as well as other sources.

Our Keynote lecture this year was Rethinking Depression and its Treatment: Insights from Studies of Deep Brain Stimulation presented by Helen S. Mayberg, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Radiology and the Dorothy C. Fuqua Chair of Psychiatric Neuroimaging and Therapeutics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Helen was also a central figure in a special Neuroethics symposium co-sponsored by the John Conley Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities and the School of Graduate Studies held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the SUNY Global Center in Manhattan.

2016 is a special year for the School of Graduate Studies because we turn 50 years old. Chandler Brooks founded the School of Graduate Studies in 1966. The Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions also turn 50 in 2016.


To all those involved with presenting and judging presentations at Annual Research Day: 

Thank you all very much for your participation in Annual Research Day.   

To the presenters: I hope you had an opportunity to practice describing your research, got good feedback, and maybe some ideas for new projects. 

To the judges: I appreciate your willingness to stretch your expertise a bit and help our students, residents, and fellows refine their thinking about their projects.  Hopefully, some of you made a connection or two that you didn't expect. 

We had 10 platform presentations and 158 posters presented by trainees at all levels and across the various colleges and programs of this campus.  Many of the presentations were absolutely outstanding.  The closeness of the scores resulted in awards of 4 full fellowships of $1500 each, 4 half-fellowships of $750 each and 3 third-prize fellowships of $500 each.  In addition, the Sundaram Prize for Head and Neck Research was awarded. Each fellowship is for the use of the presenter to attend a scientific meeting within the next 12 months. The results for travel awards are as follows:


Annual Research Day 2016 Results
Name Title Program or School Sponsor Sponsor's Department
Platform Presentation First Prize: May Kin Ho and Daniel Dean Travel Fellowship - up to $1,500
Lindsay Hill Protein-Engineered Ferrofluid for Theranostic Applications SGS -Biomedical Engineering Jin Montclare and Youssef Zaim Wadghiri Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
First Prize for Poster Presentation in the Afternoon Sessions: $1,500
Syed Faraz Kazim Early-onset epileptic activity is mediated through APP overexpression and mGluR5 activation and not through tau in presymptomatic Alzheimer’s disease transgenic mice SGS - Neural & Behavioral Science Student Riccardo Bianchi and Khalid Iqbal Physiology & Pharmacology
Maria Munoz-Sagastibelza Gemcitabine-loaded microparticles promote cancer cell death in subcutaneous pancreatic cancer xenografts.  SGS - Molecular & Cellular Biology Student Laura Martello-Rooney Medicine/GI
Sara Irani  MicroRNA-30c mimic attenuates hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerosis in mice SGS - Molecular & Cellular Biology Student M. Mahmood Hussain Cell Biology 
Second Prizes for Poster Presentations in the Afternoon Sessions: $750
Michael Rose In Vivo Activity of a Novel Antisense Compound Against Multi-Drug Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Infectious Disease Fellow David Landman and John Quale Infectious Diseases
Arman Fesharaki Comorbid TBI & PTSD: A Neurobehavioral Assessment and Inflammation Based Study Psychiatry Resident and SGS - Neural & Behavioral Science Student Peter Bergold Physiology & Pharmacology
Aditya Tarigoppula Dynamics of the reward signal in M1 and PMd.  SGS - Biomedical Engineering Student Joseph Francis Physiology & Pharmacology
Koby Herman  Novel Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Repair of Hand-Assist Site Incisional Hernia following Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Nephrectomy College of Medicine Student Gainosuke Sugiyama Surgery 
Third Prizes for Poster Presentations in the Afternoon Sessions: $500
Olipriya Das The Role of the C1q Domain of Zebrafish Otolin 1a in Otolith Morphogenesis  SGS - Molecular & Cellular Biology Student Richard Kollmar Cell Biology 
Mohamed Sherif Localization of CB1 receptor agonism in a multiscale model of hippocampal CA3 SGS - Biomedical Engineering Student William Lytton Physiology and Pharmacology, and Neurology
Liye  Zhou MiR-1200 Differentially Modulates Plasma LDL and HDL-cholesterol Levels to Reduce Hyperlipidemia and Atherosclerosis in Mice SGS - Molecular & Cellular Biology Student M. Mahmood  Hussain Cell Biology 
Sundaram Prize for Head and Neck Research: $500
Hamid Arjomandi A Rat Model to Study Ictal and Postictal Disordered Breathing and Potential Interventions to Prevent Death Otolaryngology Resident Mark Stewart and Richard Kollmar Physiology & Pharmacology and Cell Biology


Mark Stewart, MD, PhD

Dean, School of Graduate Studies and

Vice-Dean for Research