Students Make Strong Showing at Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum
Students Make Strong Showing at Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum

Creighton graduate and medical students made up about a third of the total presentations at the Feb. 17 Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum (MSBRF) and several took home awards. Out of 137 students from throughout the region, 45 Creighton students presented at the forum, which was held at Creighton.

Out of four categories with four awards in each, Creighton students took home five awards, including:

First Place Graduate Student Poster Presentation (tie)
Dina Akasheh Gomez: “Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel Activation Triggers Calcium Influx and Hippocampal Neuron Complexity”
Advisor: Tom Murray, PhD; Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine 

Second Place Graduate Student Poster Presentation
Pauravi J. Gandhi: “Organization of Glutamatergic Inputs to Central Amygdala”
Advisor: Shashank Dravid, PhD; Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine

Third Place Graduate Student Poster Presentation
Erica Sequeira: “Comprehensive Study on the Potential Therapeutic use of Brevetoxin-2 to Aid Post-Stroke Recovery”
Advisor: Tom Murray, PhD; Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine

Sigma Xi Award of Merit for Graduate Student Oral Presentation (tie)
Robert Todd: “Segmental Aneuploidies Flanked by Inverted Repeats Cause Azole Resistance in the Human Fungal Pathogen Candida Albicans
Advisor: Anna Selmecki, PhD; Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine

Sigma Xi Award of Merit for Graduate Student Oral Presentation (tie)
William Boyle: “DNAK Suppressor Protein Enhances pH-Dependent Lipoprotein Expression in Borrelia Burgdorferi
Advisor: Travis Bourret, PhD; Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine

The event, co-sponsored by University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University, featured a keynote address by Gabriel Fine, MD, assistant professor and director of research, Section of Interventional Radiology, and co-director, Precision Therapeutics Laboratory, at the University of Utah School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences.

Tom Murray, PhD, Creighton provost, spoke at the awards banquet, presenting data on research activities at Creighton and in Nebraska.