Recap: 13th Annual UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Research Symposium

Information compiled by Tom Beebee, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral researchers discuss their work at the annual Symposium. Image credit: Hoora Shagahi.

 

This year's winning image and unofficial mascot for the Symposium - (“A larval third instar eye/antennae disc of the fruit fly D. melanogaster.” Image Credit: Jessica Talamas Ph.D.

This year’s winning image and unofficial mascot for the Symposium – (“A larval third instar eye/antennae disc of the fruit fly D. melanogaster.” Image Credit: Jessica Talamas Ph.D.

The 13th annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium highlighted the work of Penn’s postdoctoral research fellows. The always-anticipated keynote address was delivered by Michael Young, Ph.D., a member of the National Academy of Sciences and renowned researcher at The Rockefeller University. Here are a few facts about this year’s event:

Registered attendees and presenters: Over 150

Accepted abstracts: 84 (9 talks and 75 posters)

Schools represented: Perelman School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Nursing, Wistar, CHOP, Engineering (SEAS)

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Postdoctoral fellows enjoy lunch with keynote speaker Michael Young, Ph.D.

Dr. Young delivers the keynote address. Image Credit: Hoora Shagaghi

Dr. Young delivers the keynote address. Image Credit: Hoora Shagaghi

Talks:

Kurt Marsden “A genome-wide screen in zebrafish reveals CYFIP2 as a novel regulator of startle sensitivity”

Daphne C. Avgousti “Adenovirus protein VII acts as a pseudo-histone to alter cellular chromatin”

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Rabe’e Cheheltani presents her research. Image Credit: Hoora Shagaghi

 

Rabe’e Cheheltani “Gold core polyphosphazene nanospheres as biodegradable contrast agents for computed tomography”

Arash Darafsheh “Biological super-resolution imaging by using microspheres”

Krista Spiller “Selective vulnerability of spinal and bulbar motor neuron subpopulations in a mouse model of TDP-43 proteinopathy”

Kara Maxwell “Whole exome sequencing to identify novel breast cancer susceptibility genes”

Yubing Tong “4D Dynamic MR Image Construction and Quantification in Young Children with Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome”

Yi-Ju Chen “De novo formation of insulin-producing “neo-ß-cell islets” from intestinal crypts”

 

Awards:

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Dr. Amita Sehgal accepts her award. Image Credit: Hoora Shagaghi

 

BPP Distinguished Mentor Award – Amita Sehgal, PhD, John Herr Musser Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Chronobiology Program at the Perelman School of Medicine. Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1997

Kumar Memorial Postdoctoral Lecture Award – Matthew Kayser, M.D., Ph.D.

AUM LifeTech Science & Innovation Award for best Oral Presentation – Kurt Marsden Ph.D.

AUM LifeTech Science & Innovation Award for best Poster Presentation – Mariya Sweetwyne Ph.D.

Charles River Laboratories Poster Award – Kristen Long Ph.D.

New England BioLabs Poster Award – Paul Babb Ph.D.

BPC Outstanding Poster Awards – Megan Keiser Ph.D. and Nicole Facompre Ph.D.

Biomedical Postdoctoral Scientific Image Prize – Jessica Talamas Ph.D. (“A larval third instar eye/antennae disc of the fruit fly D. melanogaster”)

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Next year’s Symposium is already in the works! Stay tuned…

 

 

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