UNC Lineberger scientific retreat poster, speaker awards announced

UNC Lineberger's 2016 Annual Scientific Retreat included a juried poster presentation with work presented by postdoctoral researchers, trainees and students.

UNC Lineberger scientific retreat poster, speaker awards announced click to enlarge Ryan McNamara, PhD, a postdoctoral trainee at UNC Lineberger, presents to Albert S. Baldwin Jr., associate director of UNC Lineberger and William Rand Kenan Professor Biology.
UNC Lineberger scientific retreat poster, speaker awards announced click to enlarge Ossie Dyson, PhD, postdoctoral trainee at UNC Lineberger.

UNC Lineberger's postdoctoral researchers, trainees and students presented research findings in a juried poster presentation at the 2016 Annual Scientific Retreat Sept. 9 at the Carolina Club. Twelve postdoctoral researchers, trainees and students were recognized for outstanding presentations or posters.

Cash prizes were awarded for top speakers and posters in three categories: basic, clinical/translational and population sciences.

Basic Science

Presentation

Rajarshi Choudhury, research associate at UNC Lineberger, $250           

SCF(Cyclin F)and APC/C constitute a reciprocal feedback loop controlled by AKT and CDK kinases

Poster

Megan Agajanian, graduate research assistant at the UNC School of Medicine Pharmacology Department, 1st place -$250           

AAK1 negatively regulates WNT signaling through LRP6 endocytosis      

Bhalchandra Mirlekar, postdoctoral research associate at UNC Lineberger, 2nd place-$150           

IL-35+ regulatory B cells suppress anti-tumor immune response in pancreatic cancer           

Ossie Dyson, postdoctoral trainee at UNC Lineberger, 3rd place-$100           

Epstein-Barr Virus Deubiquitinating Enzyme, BPLF1, Supports Productive Virus Replication via Regulation of Translesion Polymerase, Pol. Eta

Clinical/Translational

Presentation

Laura Bowers, postdoctoral research associate at UNC Lineberger, $250           

The anti-inflammatory drug sulindac decreases basal-like mammary tumor burden in obese mice

Poster

Sunil Kumar, postdoctoral research associate at UNC Lineberger, 1st place poster-$250           

 Analysis of ESR1 mutations in circulating tumor DNA of patients with metastatic breast cancer

Kyle Wang, 2nd place-$150           

Cardiac Toxicity after Radiation for Stage III Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Pooled Analysis of Several Dose-Escalation Trials Delivering 70-90 Gy

Soha Bazyar, research assistant, 3rd place-$100           

Equivalence Dose Evaluation between Microbeam Radiation Therapy and Conventional Broadbeam Radiation Using Clonogenic Assays

Population Science

Presentation

M. Justin Byron, postdoctoral research associate at UNC Lineberger, $250           

Does emphasizing the harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke increase smokers’ interest in switching to organic, natural, and additive-free cigarettes.

Poster

Marissa Hall, a doctoral candidate at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 1st place -$250           

Risk appraisals and reactance: Mediators of the impact of pictorial cigarette pack warnings on quit intentions

Emily Rossi, research assistant at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2nd place -$150           

Weight loss via surgical sleeve gastrectomy, but not a low fat diet, reverses the pro-tumorigenic effects of obesity

Andrew Seidenberg, graduate research assistant at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 3rd place-$100           

Baseline measurements of CO and PM2.5 levels in waterpipe venues in North Carolina before a new ventilation requirement.