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21st Annual Department of Pathology Young Investigators' Day
March 27, 2019


Top Three Presenters in their Category
Basic: Ahmed Rizwan, Ph.D. & Bo-Ran Choi, M.S., DVM
Clinical: Stefani Thomas, Ph.D.
Translational: Nicolas Giraldo-Castillo, M.D, Ph.D.
*Two Basic Top Presenter Awards given due to tie ratings

Excellence in BASIC RESEARCH

Presenter Title Division Senior Author Poster Title
*Rizwan Ahmed, Ph.D. Research Fellow Immunopathology Abdel Rahim A Hamad, DVM, Ph.D. Analysis of antigen-receptor sequences of a unique lymphocyte reveals a T cell-neoantigen encoded in a public BCR of T1D patients
*Bo-Ran Choi, M.S., DVM Graduate Student
(Pathobiology)
Neuroscience Shanthini Sockanathan, Ph.D. Neuronal GDE2 promotes oligodendrocyte maturation via modulation of neuronal Wnt activity
Weiwei Cheng, M.D., Ph.D. Research Fellow Neuropathology Shuying Sun, Ph.D. CRISPR-Cas9 screens identify DDX3X as a modifier of C9ORF72 GGGGCC repeat-associated non-AUG
Janelle Montagne, M.S. Graduate Student
(Pathobiology)
Immunopathology H. Benjamin Larman, Ph.D. Ultra-Efficient Short Read Sequencing of Immune Receptor Repertoires
Zahra Omidian, DVM, Ph.D. Research Fellow Immunopathology Abdel Rahim A Hamad, DVM, Ph.D. Breaking the 101 rule of adaptive immunity: Cloning and expression of Immunoglobulin and TCR from the same lymphocyte in type 1 diabetes
Tim Nieuwenhuis, B.S. Graduate Student
(Genetics)
Cardiac Pathology Marc K. Halushka, M.D., Ph.D. Highly Specific, Highly Expressed Genes Contaminate the GTEx Dataset
Mohanraj Sadasivam, Ph.D. Research Fellow Immunopathology Abdel Rahim A Hamad, DVM, Ph.D. Activation and Proliferation of PD-1+ Kidney Double-Negative T Cells Is Dependent on Nonclassical MHC Proteins and IL-2
Srona Sengupta, B.S. Graduate Student
(Immuno)
Immunopathology Scheherazade Sadegh-Nasseri, Ph.D. Characterizing the MHC-II immunopeptidome of HIV using a cell-free antigen processing system and peptide:MHC-specific antibodies



Excellence in CLINICAL RESEARCH

Presenter Title Division Senior Author Poster Title
Stefani Thomas, Ph.D. Clinical Fellow Clinical Chemistry William Clarke, Ph.D. Harmonization of a targeted mass spectrometry assay to measure thiopurine metabolites for the optimization of leukemia therapy
J. David Peske, M.D., Ph.D. Housestaff Surgical Pathology Elizabeth Thompson, M.D., Ph.D. Adenosquamous Carcinoma of the Pancreas Shows an Active Tumor Immune Microenvironment with Expression of Multiple Immunosuppressive and Immunoregulatory Molecules
Maria Adelita Vizcaino Villalobos, M.D. Research Fellow Neuropathology Fausto J. Rodriguez, M.D. Clinicopathologic Features and Assessment of ADAM3A Gene Copy Gain by FISH in Conjunctival Squamous Cell Carcinoma and its Precursor Lesions (Carcinoma in Situ/Conjunctival Intraepithelial Neoplasia)
Derek Allison, M.D. Clinical Fellow Cytopathology Lisa M. Rooper, M.D. Standalone p16 Immunohistochemistry is a Suboptimal Surrogate for HPV Status in Cervical Lymph Nodes: A Prospective Clinical Experience



Excellence in TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH

Presenter Title Division Senior Author Poster Title
Nicolas Giraldo-Castillo, M.D., Ph.D. Housestaff Surgical Pathology Janis M. Taube, M.D., M.S. Defining the Impact of PD-1/PD-L1 Axis Expression in Melanoma Using Multiplex Immunofluorescence Paired with a Flow Cytometry workflow
Tricia Cottrell, M.D., Ph.D. Housestaff Surgical Pathology Janis M. Taube, M.D., M.S. Pathologic Features of Response to Neoadjuvant Anti-PD-1 in Resected Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma (NSCLC): A Proposal for Quantitative Immune-Related Pathologic Response Criteria (irPRC)
Emily Maggioncalda, B.S. Grad Student
(Pathobio)
Medicine, Infectious Diseases Gyanu Lamichhane, Ph.D. Progressive Mycobacterium Abscessus Lung Infection in C3HeB/FeJ Mice Associated with Corticosteroid Administration
Antje Arnold, Ph.D. Research Fellow Neuropathology Eric Raabe, M.D., Ph.D. Inhibition of the mTOR and MAPK Pathways Suppresses Growth, Induces Apoptosis, and Decreases Vascularity in Pediatric Low Grade Glioma
Eva Shrestha, B.A. Grad Student
(Pathobio)
Kidney/GU Pathology Karen S. Sfanos, Ph.D. Presence and Consequence of Bacteria in Infected Radical Prostatectomy Tissues and In Vitro Modeling
Regina Kwon, M.D., Ph.D. Housestaff Kidney/GU Pathology Andres Matoso, M.D. Characterization of adult unclassified renal cell carcinoma