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Students and Faculty Win Majority of Awards at the Annual Louisiana Biomedical Research Network Meeting

Author: Dr. Urska Cvek

LSU Shreveport students and faculty won five of the six awards presented at the recent 18th Annual Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN) meeting held at LSU Union Theater in Baton Rouge, LA, January 17-18, 2020. The students were judged on the quality of their research, their research conclusions, poster preparation, and presentation.

Four LSU Shreveport faculty and one staff member were in attendance together with undergraduate and graduate students.

Adeola Adedokun-Afolayan (Public Health MS student) received 1st place in Graduate Student research presentations with her work “Fabrication of Human-Scaled Biliary Trees Surgical Replacements through 3D Printing” mentored by Dr. Urska Cvek and Dr. J. Steven Alexander.

Camaray Rouse (MS in Biological Sciences) received 2nd place in Graduate Student research presentations with his work on “In Silico Analysis for Characterization of Glucosidases from Anticancer Alkaloid-producing Medicinal Plants” mentored by Dr. Elahe Mahdavian and Dr. Vonny Salim.

Prerana Ramesh (Biological Sciences BS student) received 1st place in Undergraduate Student research presentations “How to Train Your AI: Quantification of R-Loop Expression in Anaplastic Thyroid Carcinoma using Immunohistochemistry and Automated Cell Segmentation Software” mentored by Dr. Paul Weinberger (LSU Health Sciences Shreveport) and in collaboration with Dr. Urska Cvek.

Brennen Murphy (Chemistry BS student) received 2nd place in Undergraduate Student research presentations with his work on “Reverse Phase Protein Array Analysis of FC101m Treated TNBC and ATC Cell Lines” mentored by Dr. Elahe Mahdavian.

Jacqueline Dennis (Chemistry – Biochemistry BS student) received 3rd place in Undergraduate Student research presentations with her work on “Anticancer Activities from Camptothecin-Related Iridoids from Medicinal Plant Campthotheca acuminata” mentored by Dr. Vonny Salim.

LBRN is a statewide organization funded through the National Institutes of Health that serves to promote biomedical research in the state. It has significantly enhanced the science research at LSUS through its programs and we appreciate their continued support of our students and faculty.

Dr. Urska Cvek, Professor of Computer Science and co-Director of the Laboratory for Advanced Biomedical Informatics (LABi) at LSUS serves as the main representative for LBRN on the LSUS campus as she is the Steering Committee Member, Associate Director of the Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, and Computational Biology Core, Mentor, and Project Investigator.

Jacqueline Dennis receiving her 3rd place undergraduate research award.
Jacqueline Dennis receiving her 3rd place undergraduate research award.
Brennen Murphy receiving his 2nd place undergraduate research award.
Brennen Murphy receiving his 2nd place undergraduate research award.
Jacqueline Dennis accepting Prerana Ramesh's 1st place undergraduate research award.
Jacqueline Dennis accepting Prerana Ramesh's 1st place undergraduate research award.
Camaray Rouse receiving his 2nd place graduate research award.
Camaray Rouse receiving his 2nd place graduate research award.
Adeola Adedokun-Afolayan receiving her 1st place graduate research award.
Adeola Adedokun-Afolayan receiving her 1st place graduate research award.
Prerana Ramesh (right) discussing her work with Dr. Young-Hwan Lee, Director of LBRN's Molecular and Cell Biology Resources Core.
Prerana Ramesh (right) discussing her work with Dr. Young-Hwan Lee, Director of LBRN's Molecular and Cell Biology Resources Core.

Students received their awards from Dr. K. Gus Kousoulas (LSU – pictured left), Principal Investigator of the LBRN grant and Dr. Stephen J. Cutler (University of South Carolina – pictured right), External Advisory Committee Member.

 
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