Schedule of Student Research Day presentations

47th Annual UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine Student Research Day

Monday, January 12, 2015


Medical Student Poster Presentations

12:30-3:30 pm in the Children’s, Women’s, and Cancer Hospital Lobbies  

Basic Sciences: #1-34, Clinical Sciences #35-73, Public Health: #74-84

Presenters listed below.


Medical Student Oral Presentations

12:30-3:30 pm in 321 MacNider Hall

Public Health: 12:30-1:30pm, Clinical Sciences: 1:30-2:30pm, Basic Sciences 2:30-3:30pm

Presenters listed below.



Landes-Merrimon Lecture

4pm in MBRB 2204

Keynote Speaker

Peter Agre, MD

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute


Poster presentations (presenter listed first)

Basic Sciences

Poster #1. Commander LA, Carson CC, Pandey S, Nikolaishvili-Feinberg N, Groben PA, Kuan PF,  Wheless A, Livasy C, Edmiston SN, Conway K, Gibbs DC, Miller CR, Carey LA, Moschos SJ,  Ollila DW, and  Thomas NE. Interleukin-2-inducible T cell Kinase Tumor Protein Levels Associated with ER- PR- Breast Cancer

Poster #2. Naselsky WC, Tenuto M, Busch TM, Darafsheh A, Murray CB, Chacko AM, Paik T, Pryma DA, Culligan MJ, Finlay JC, Friedberg JS. Photodynamic therapy with long duration, ultra low level light can kill mesothelioma cancer cells in vitro

Poster #3. Plattner, Alexander S., Orellana, Christian F., Prins, Jan F., Armistead, Paul M. Cancer-associated mRNA Isoform Discovery using Hybrid Massively Parallel RNA-Sequencing

Poster #4. Hadeer Metwally, Hemant Desai, Montserrat Caballero, Justin Morse, John van Aalst. Decellularized Human Placental Tissue as a Scaffold for Bone Generation.

Poster #5. Hemant Desai, Hadeer Metwally, Montserrat Caballero, John Van Aalst. Decellularized Periosteal Scaffolds to Support Engineered Bone

Poster #6. Herodes Guzman, Megan Robblee, Suneil Koliwad. Examining the role of ë_-oxidation in fatty acid-induced IRE1ë± signaling and NLRP3 inflammasome activation

Poster #7. Humphrey Fang, Heon Yung Gee, MD, PhD, Andrew Cluckey, Shazia Ashraf, Svjetlana Lovric, Virginia Vega-Warner, PhD, Abdul Md Majid, MBBS, Richard S Trompeter, MBBS, and Friedhelm Hildebrandt, MD. Homozygosity Mapping and Whole Exome Resequencing Identify Mutation of MED28 as a Novel Single-Gene Cause of Nephrotic Syndrome

Poster #8. Jesse Sun, Jeeho Kim, John Blackwell, Scott Randell, Thomas Egan. Modeling cold and warm ischemia-reperfusion injury in human bronchial and intestinal epithelial cells

Poster #9. Katherine Adams*, Graham Mulvaney*, David Wilson, Douglas Fitzpatrick. The Auditory Nerve in Electrocochleography

Poster #10. Olivia Chen, Ziqing Liu, Li Wang, Li Qian. Sequential arrangement of Gata4, Mef2c, and Tbx5 influences the stoichiometry of protein expression in iCM reprogramming.‰Û¬

Poster #11. Paola Lopomo, Tyler McFayden, Craig Buchman and Shuman He. Voice Onset Time (VOT) and Auditory Change Complex (ACC) of Children with Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD) in Quiet and Noise Conditions

Poster #12. Andrew Abumoussa, Janice Spence, John Spence, Richard Burack.  Intraclonal Diversity in Follicular Lymphoma Analyzed by Quantitative Ultradeep Sequencing of Noncoding Regions

Poster #13. Marc S. Weinberg, Sarah Nicolson, Aadra P. Bhatt, Michael McLendon, Chengwen Li, R. Jude Samulski.Getting gene therapy in: Adeno-Associated Virus infects through cell-specific entry pathways

Poster #14. Nikita Patel, Melinda Beck. Does race play a role in the robustness of the flu vaccine response in obese women?

Poster #15. Kurtis M. Host, John A. West and Blossom Damania. Protein Kinase R senses and inhibits Kaposi’s Sarcoma-associated Herpesvirus replication

Poster #16. Anna Kahkoska, James Huckle, Michael Jay, PhD. Binding Affinity of an Orally Bioavailable Decorporation Agent for Cobalt

Poster #17. Cesar Lopez, Nick Matinyan, Loganathan Ponnusamy, Charles Apperson, Steven Meshnick. Microbiota of Vector Insect Ixodes and Correlation with Borrelia burgdorferi

Poster #18. Sarah Brnich, Gloria T. Haskell, Daniel Marchuk and Jonathan S. Berg. Research Sweep of Simplex Breast Cancer Reveals TRP Channel Variants

Poster #19. Rashmi Kumar, Rui Lu, and Greg Wang. RNA Splicing Factors: Driver Mutation Targets for Leukemogenesis

Poster #21. Zainab Farzal, BS, Adam M. Zanation, MD, FACS,  Charles S. Ebert, MD, MPH, Julia S. Kimbell, PhD, Brent A. Senior, MD, FACS. Nasal Septal Perforations: Physiologic Modeling with Computational Fluid Dynamics

Poster #22. Henry Foote, Xi Tian, Andrew Wang. Development of a three-dimensional model of colorectal cancer liver metastasis using decellularized tissue

Poster #23. Marybeth Anderson, Raoud Marayati, Jen Jen Yeh. Hexokinase 2 regulates tumor growth and metastasis in pancreatic cancer

Poster #24. Minh Nguyen, Xi Tian, Henry Foote, Kyle Wagner, Andrew Z. Wang. Preclinical evaluation of CRLX101, a nanoparticle-drug conjugate with a camptothecin payload, for chemoradiotherapy in rectal cancer

Poster #25. Shivani Sud, Amanda Van Swearingen, Carey Anders. Targeting the PDGFR and MEK pathways in triple negative breast cancer brain metastases

Poster #26. T. Beckler, S. Ding, P.K. Lund. Biomarkers of Fibrosis in Crohn's Disease

Poster #27. William Runge, MS, Laurence Dahners, MD, Denis Marcellin-Little, DEDV, David Ruppert, MS, and Paul Weinhold, Ph.D. Whole Body Vibration: Biomechanical and Histological Findings on the Relationship Between Amplitude and Musculoskeletal Health

Poster #28. Albert S. Chang, Catherine K. Hathaway, Ruriko Grant, John R. Hagaman, Feng Li, Longquan Xu, Victoria J. Madden, C. Robert Bagnell Jr., Mauricio Rojas, Hyung-Suk Kim, Bingruo Wu, Bin Zhou, Nobuyo Maeda, Oliver Smithies, Masao Kakoki. Endothelin-1 Critically Influences Cardiac Morphology and Function

Poster #29. Barber, JS; Schuetz, A; Ratto-Kim, S. Gag-specific CD8+ T-cell Responses and Decreased Lymphocyte Activation Associated with Neurologic Protection in HIV-infected Patients

Poster #30. Mesrop Ayrapetyan, Tiffany C. Williams, James D. Oliver. Quorum sensing mediates the resuscitation of viable but nonculturable dormant cells and can be targeted to manipulate dormancy

Poster #32. Halei Benefield, Farshid Guilak. The role of TRPV4 in chondrocyte mechanotransduction

Poster #33. William Weir, Peter Mucha. Characterization of Attaching and Effacing E. Coli via a Frequency Normalized Network

Poster #34. Connor Puett, Jim Mahaney, Luis Torres, Ron Alterovitz. A Novel Motor System Design for a 4-Segment Concentric Tube Robot


Clinical Sciences

Poster #35. Garrett S. Thompson, BS,  Donald L. Budenz, MD, MPH, Jean-Claude Mwanza, MD, MPH, PhD. Residual and Dynamic Range of Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Thickness in Glaucoma: Comparison of Three Optical Coherence Tomography Devices

Poster #36. Kathryn McKenney, Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Karen Grewen, and Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo. Lactation Failure and Oxytocin Response to Breastfeeding in a Latina Birth Cohort

Poster #37. Lauren A. Visser, Sarah S. Fox, Ashley Adams, Mindy Merritt, Charles M. Scott II. Prior Risk Assessment and Chemoprevention Use among Women with Breast Cancer in a Multi-Specialty Practice

Poster #38. Cynthia Hlavacek BE, Anthony Charles MD FACS. Predictors of Mortality in Burn/Trauma Patients: The Effect of Illicit Drugs

Poster #39. John M. Butler, Kevin Biese, Wesley C. Holland, Timothy F. Platts-Mills. Measures Taken to Prevent Constipation for Older Adults Discharged from the Emergency Department with an Opioid Prescription

Poster #40. Matthew Horn, BA, Dr. David Berkoff, MD, Daniel Del Gaizo, MD. Intra-articular corticosteroid hip injections can result in rapidly progressing joint degeneration

Poster #41. Levine Robyn, Cohen Sarah, Cuttance Jessica, Johnson Meredith, Javalkar Karina and Ferris Maria. Medication Adherence as a Predictor of Health Services Utilization in Adolescents and Young Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease

Poster #42. Guduru, Abhilash. Martz, Teresa. Garg, Seema. Retinal Vessel Oxygenation in Diabetic Retinopathy

Poster #43. Ajay S Unnithan BS, Ana Maria Lemos MD, Satyan B Sreenath BS, Oluwaseun Omofoye MD, MS, Vivian Doan BS, Pablo Recinos MD, Adam Zanation MD, Deanna Sasaki-Adams MD. The expanded endoscopic endonasal approach to anterior communicating artery aneurysms: a cadaveric morphometric study.

Poster #44. Ami Rao-Zawadzki, Timothy Farrell, David Overby. Hormonal status and experienced hair loss in post-surgical female bariatric patients

Poster #45. Caitlin M. Burk, RoseMary Beitia, P. Kay Lund, Evan S. Dellon. High rates of galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose sensitization in patients with eosinophilic esophagitis and in patients undergoing upper endoscopy

Poster #46. Diya Jost, Henry Colangelo, Julianne Cyr, Seth Glickman, Beat Steiner. Examining Emergency Room Transfers among Patients In Psychiatric Crisis

Poster #47. Mi Mi Kim, Yueh Lee. T1 Post contrast Black Blood evaluation of patients with recent TIAs

Poster #48. Nathan Quig, Eldad Hada. Infections in Deep Brain Stimulation, Who’s at Risk?

Poster #49. Shanti Rao, Dimitri Trembath, Nana Nikolaishvilli-Feinberg, Daniel Zedek, Mei Huang, Stergios Moschos. The Effect of BRAF Inhibitor Therapy on Melanoma Brain Metastases

Poster #50. Vivian Doan, Ana M. Lemos-Rodriguez, Satyan B. Sreenath, Ajay Unnithan, Pablo F. Recinos, Adam M. Zanation, Deanna Sasaki-Adams. Using the Endoscopic Endonasal Transclival Approach to Access AICA, PICA, and Vertebral Artery: A New Surgical Approach for Clipping these Intracranial Aneurysms?

Poster #51. Angie Pickersgill, Alfred Reid, Anne Mounsey. Optimal Design for Learner Driven App for Clinical Medical Students

Poster #52. Devin Gibbs, Gabriel Dichter. Intrinsic Brain Connectivity and Response to Psychotherapy in Major Depression

Poster #53. Eric Tran, Gabriel Garcia. Medical Student Comfort and Preparedness in Caring for LGBT Patients: National Survey Results

Poster #54. Julia Gray Saunders, Mary Beth Prieur, Elisabeth Dellon. Exploring Perceptions of Provider and Patient conversation about prognosis in Cystic Fibrosis

Poster #55. Xinxin Zhang, Jan Niklas Ulrich, Michelle Trager Cabrera. Telemedicine-Assisted Evaluation of Retinopathy of Prematurity Incidence in Gansu Province, China--A Preliminary Report

Poster #56. Audrey Lan, Miriam Morey, Tammy Chin, Lynn McNeil, Barlett Humphries, Katherine Frankey, Carl Pieper, Charles Hicks, Mehri McKellar. Diminished Physical Function in Older HIV+ Adults Despite Successful Antiretroviral Therapy

Poster #57. A. Peters, I. Hollis, J.N. Katz. Efficacy of oral antimicrobial management of LVAD driveline infections

Poster #58.  Abigail Lees Liberty, BS, Meghan Jobson, PhD, Moses Sandrof, MS, Timothy Valeriote, RN, Christine Walsh-Kelly, MD, Cheryl Jackson, MD. Decreasing time to antibiotics in febrile patients with central lines in the emergency department

Poster #59. Adrianne Soo, Erik Olsson, Moe Lim. Prediction of Cervical Endplate Size: One Size Does Not Fit All

Poster #60. Brittaney-Belle Gordon, Shani Alston MPH, Trevor Jolly MBBS, Grant Williams MD, Jerard West, Hyman Muss MD. Moving Beyond Risk: Investigating the relationship between health behaviors (HB) and patient outcomes (PO) in older Stage 0-III breast cancer patients.

Poster #61. Caleb Pearce; Jiong Wang, MD; Yueh Lee, MD-PhD. Validation of carbon nanotube X-ray imaging source in evaluating patient coronary calcium burden.

Poster #62. Charles Semelka, Stephanie Kiser, Laura Cone, Dr. Anne Mounsey, Dr. Anthony Viera. SHAC Bridge-to-Care: A Free Student-Run Clinic and Group Visits for Patients with Chronic Diseases

Poster #63. Christine Jackson, BS; Brenda Pearson, MSW; Susan Girdler,PhD; Robert M. Hamer, PhD; Susan Killenberg, MD; Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH. Double Blind Placebo Controlled Pilot Study of Adjunctive Quetiapine SR in the Treatment of PMDD

Poster #64. Emma Babb, Dr. Denniz Zolnoun, Dr. Andrea Nackley, Dr. Asma Khan, Dr. Elizabeth Geller. Prevalence and risk factors for pelvic pain following mesh implant surgery for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence

Poster #65. George Moreland, David Van Duin. Demographics of Patients Surviving Large Burns

Poster #66. Hannah Noah, Philip Sloane. Developing a Prognostic Measure for Community-Dwelling Elders in the PACE Program

Poster #67. M. M. Casilla-Lennon, K. Chantala, S. Meltzer-Brody, A. Z. Steiner. The Effect of Antidepressants on Fertility

Poster #68. Stephen B. Kovacs, Virginia Sheikh, Adam W. Rupert, William L. Thompson, Jacob D. Estes, David Morcock, Netanya G. Sandler, Gregg Roby, Alexandra F. Freeman, and Irini Sereti. Evidence of T cell lymphopenia in the colonic mucosa in idiopathic CD4 lymphocytopenia patients

Poster #69. Kim Thien Vuong, Katherine M. Varman , M.D., Joseph Stavas, M.D., Dean S. Morrell, M.D. Venous malformation masquerading as nasal swelling

Poster #70. Patel, A; Robertson, Z; Landers, M; Mwanza, J; Moyer, S; Waters, A; Jani, P; Alexander, E; Houghton, O. The Effect of Vitreous Detachment and Vitrectomy on Retinal Vessel Oxygenation

Poster #71.   Nika Manik Harutyunyan1, Suzie Vardanyan1, Michael Ghermezi1, Jillian Gottlieb1, Ariana Berenson1, Claudia Andreu-Vieyra1, George Tang1, Eric Sanchez1 Mingjie Li1, Cathy S. Wang1, Joseph Ben-Zvi1, Gigi Garzio1, Haiming Chen1, Judith Finlay2, and James R. Levels of Uninvolved Immunoglobulin Predict Clinical Status and Progression Free Survival for Multiple Myeloma Patients

Poster #72. Julia Katz, Maya Mosner, Sean McWeeny. Reward Processing development in autism

Poster #73. Paul Thomas McIntosh; Laura Case, PT, DPT, MS, PCS, C/NDT; Stephanie Austin, MS, MA; Priya Kishnani, MD. Characterization of Gait in Late Onset Pompe Disease


Public Health

Poster #74. Mary Katherine Weinel, Stephanie Zerwas. "Does victimization and bullying in childhood predict adolescent disordered eating?" Findings from the NICHD study of early child care and youth development

Poster #75. Audra Reiter, Caroline Moffett, Michael Parker, Michael Robinson, Taylor Fie, Benjamin Frush, Elias Gunnell, Elizabeth Isak, Sandra Clark. Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Junk Food Tax in Mexico

Poster #76. Brittany Ross, Megan Meade, Christine Kistler, Anna Beeber, Phillip Sloane. Management of Suspected Infections in Nursing Homes

Poster #77. Cydney Bullock, MPH; Jessica Sales, PhD. 3 Strikes And You’re Out: The association between social support and the HIV sexual risk behaviors of disclosed African American MSM

Poster #78. Megan Meade, Sylvia Becker-Drepps, Anna Beeber, Kimberly Ward, Philip D. Sloane, Christine E. Kistler. Community-dwelling Older Adults’ Knowledge, Perceptions, and Behavior toward the Management of Suspected Infections

Poster #79. Johnson, M., Javalkar, K., Cuttance, J., Ocegueda, S., Ferris, M., & Joyner, B. The LISTEN Project: Literacy and Self-Management Evaluation in the North Carolina Children's Hospital

Poster #80. Meghan A. Jobson, Ph.D., Susan L. Hogan, M.P.H., Ph.D., Colin S. Maxwell, M.S., Yichun Hu, Gerald A. Hladik, M.D., Ronald J. Falk, M.D., Michael C. Beuhler, M.D., William F. Pendergraft III, M.D., Ph.D. Trends in ethylene glycol exposures in the United States

Poster #81. Christopher S. Cowden, MPH; Julianne Cyr, MPH; Thomas Hunold; Brian Barrier; Jane H. Brice, MD, MPH. Improving Pediatric Trauma Decision-Making through Web-Based Education

Poster #82. Margot Hedlin; Kathryn Chinn, MPH; Ashlin Szalanski; Kenji Tanabe; Patrick Kneeland, MD; Ethan Cumbler, MD; Darlene Tad-y, MD; Read Pierce MD. The Art and Science of Improving Whiteboard Utilization

Poster #83. Trent Wei, Jane Brice, MD, MPH. Young Adult High-Risk Behavioral Analysis 2001 to 2012

Poster #84. Alexandra Zeitany BS, Jessica G. Myrick PhD, Danielle Kelley MPH, Brenda Morales-Pico BS, Nancy E. Thomas MD, Seth M Noar PhD. A Longitudinal Test of the Comprehensive Indoor Tanning Expectations (CITE) Scale: The Role of Affect in Predicting Indoor Tanning Behavior


Oral presentations (presenter listed first)

321 Macnider


Public Health 12:30-1:30pm

Richard Broadhurst, Virginia Kayoyo, Humphrey Chakhala, Clement Trapence, Irving Hoffman, Sam Phiri, and Mina Hosseinipour. Baseline and Enrollment Findings from PURE Study in Malawi.

Ashley Appiagyei, Annie Mwaanga, Elias Gudo, Annie Lutaka, Agnes Sitanzye, William Kilembe MD MPH, Susan Allen MD MPH. Identification of Pregnant Women at High Risk of HIV Acquisition and Transmission through Couples Voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing in Lusaka, Zambia.

Alex Gertner, Mona Xiao, Marina Arvanitis, John Stephens, Allen Liles, Arlene Chung. Assessment of Patient Use and Understanding of Hospital Discharge Instructions


Nicholas Brazeau, Steven Meshnick, Marcel Yotebieng. Exclusive Breast Feeding May Alleviate Clinical Malaria Symptoms During the First 6 Months of Life.


Clinical Sciences 1:30-2:30pm

Shan Robertson, Karen Grewen, Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Brenda Pearson, Alison M. Stuebe. Prenatal anxiety symptoms and infant feeding patterns

India Hanvey, S Aliaga, M Bauserman, M Laughon and PB Smith. Parental Consent in Neonatal Drug Trials

Christopher Giardina, Oliver Adunka, Craig Buchman, Doug Fitzpatrick. Intraoperative Monitor for Cochlear Implant Surgery

Sydney Hartsell, BA, Jason Dorais, MD, Robert Preston, MD, FACEP, David Hamilton, BS, Matthew Fuller, MD, Michael Mallin, MD, Erik Barton, MD, MS, MBA, and Troy Madsen, MD. False-Positive Rates of Provocative Cardiac Testing in Chest Pain Patients Admitted to an Emergency Department Observation Unit


Basic Sciences 2:30-3:30pm

Pranay Prabhakar, Hua Zhang, De Chen, James E. Faber. Genetic Variation in Retinal Vascular Patterning Predicts Variation in Pial Collateral Extent and Infarct Volume After Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion

Shimena Li, Lawrence J Druhan, Sarah A Baxter, Amanda Lance, Andrea Price, Jacob Emerson, Belinda R. Avalos. Leucine Rich Alpha-2 Glycoprotein (LRG): A novel neutrophil granule protein.

Ayumi Nakamura, Vijay Swahari, Jeanette Baran-Gale, Lisa Kurtz, Cornelius Flowers, Janakiraman Krishnamurthy, Ned Sharpless, Praveen Sethupathy, Mohanish Deshmukh. miR-29: The role of a novel microRNA in premature aging.

Randall L. Ung, Joshua H. Jennings, Shanna L. Resendez, Alice M. Stamatakis, Johnathon G. Taylor, Jonathan Huang, Katherine A. Veleta, Pranish A. Kantak, Megumi Aita, Kelson Shilling-Scrivo, Garret D. Stuber. Visualizing the Cellular Dynamics of the Lateral Hypothalamus for Feeding Behaviors.