CCTR Hosts First “Student Short Talks” Presentation


The VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) held it’s first “Student Short Talks” session on Wednesday, Nov. 18 and Thursday, Nov. 19 in the Richmond Academy of Medicine’s main conference room. The event, hosted by Teraya Donaldson, Ph.D., assistant director of education programs for CCTR’s Education Core, was open to first year and pre-qualifying research students who presented a 10-minute PowerPoint on their rotation or research projects.

“The Short Talks was an opportunity to learn about the diverse research of our CCTR graduate students,” said Donaldson. “It was wonderful having faculty and senior-level students to support this burgeoning group of scientists.”

The following students participated in the “Student Short Talks” presentation:

Wednesday, November 18th

  • Kranthi Chougoni – “Investigating the Role of Sepiapterin in the Inhibition of EMT in Colorectal Cancer Derived Tumor Spheroids.”
  • Audra Iness – “Ivabradine & Inotrope Combination in Doxorubicin-Induced Cardiomyopathy.”
  • Alex Azzo – “Epigenetic Regulators of Fetal γ-Globin Expression.”
  • Eiman Aboaziza – “Effects of Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking on DNA methylation.”

Thursday, November 19th

  • Fatmata Sesay – “Quantitative Imaging of Dense Tumor Stromal Collagen in a Rat Model of Desmoplastic Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma.”
  • Janina Vaitkus – “Role of Adipose Tissue Browning in Cancer-Associated Cachexia.”
  • Jared Farrar – “Inter-Individual Variability in the Adaptive Thermogenesis Response.”
  • Joseph Lownik – “Role of ADAM10 and ADAM17 in Asthmatic Disease.”
  • Ula Warncke – “Exploring Interaction Between Cancer and Fat Cells by Measuring UCP1 Level.”
  • Justin Craig – “HDAC6 is a Key Regulatory Element Governing Transcription Mediated by the PRLr/Stat5 Complex in Human Breast Cancer.”

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