Congratulations to all of the researchers selected to participate in Research Day 2020. Nearly a hundred posters were submitted, dozens of judges reviewed them and award winners were selected — all online.

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Research Day 2020 Program

Other research posters included:

Primary Author; *James Scholar; **Craig Fellow

Poster #All AuthorsPrimary Author StatusCategoryProject TitlePrimary Author Institution
1Obakanyin Akinfosile, Divya Rani-BijukumarMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceCell-accelerated corrosion at THR interfaces: Understanding CoCrMo wear particle-induced macrophage polarizationUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
2Diane Alkatout, Dalton Morris, Divya Bijukumar, Enrique Ceppi, Siva Mamidi, Peiyi Tsai, Meng-Huang Wu, Alejandro Espinoza-Orias, Mathew MathewMedical StudentBasic ScienceDoes porosity matter in the corrosion and tribocorrosion kinetics of 3D printed Ti implants?University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
3Reem Bagabas, Sasha Shafikhani, Mohamed Mohamed, Ruchi RoyMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceRole of Apoptotic Compensatory Proliferation Signaling (ACPS) In Wound HealingRush University Medical Center, Department of Medicine
4Joseph Bernal, Leslyn Hanakahi, Madeline DzikowskiUndergraduate StudentBasic ScienceEffects of 4-HNE on Topoisomerase-1-containing Yeast CellsUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
5Eric Chai, Zhenyu Chen, Yongchao Mou, Xue-Jun LiMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceStudying axonal defects of spastic paraplegia 11 cortical projection neuronsUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
6Zhenyu Chen, Xue-Jun LiPostdoctoral Research AssociateBasic ScienceMitochondrial fission inhibitor rescues axonal degeneration in human stem cell models of hereditary spastic paraplegiaUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
7Shreya Deb, Edward Miliavski, Joseph Berei, Neelu PuriMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceThe Effects of Smoking on Telomere Length, Induction of Oncogenic Stress and Chronic Inflammatory ResponsesUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
8Joshua Dein*, Yongchao Mou, Xue-Jun LiMedical StudentBasic ScienceEffect of MFN2 knockdown on mitochondrial function and cell survival in human spinal motor neuronsUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
9Madeline Dzikowski, Leslyn HanakahiMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceInvestigating a Possible Link Between CRISPR/Cas9 and R-Loop FormationUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
10David Fischer, Divya Bijukumar, Kai Chung, Alejandro A. Espinoza Orías, Robin Pourzal, Richard van Arkel, Mathew MathewMedical StudentBasic ScienceCorrosion Risk Assessment of Additively Manufactured Ti6Al4V for ImplantsUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
11Regina Giovanni, Untung Ari Wibowo, Hermawan Judawisastra, Anggraini Barlian, Divya BijukumarMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceGrowth of Human Dermal Fibroblasts on Polyvinyl Alcohol-Silk Fibroin Nanofiber ScaffoldUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
12Sneha Sushilkumar Halwasia, Abhinav Chatterjee, Priyadarshini Vishwanathan, Nehal Singh, Aoshuang Chen, Guoxing Zheng, Andrew Canciamille, Archana Shankar, Anjhana HariharasubramanianMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceRole of Anti-HMGB1 IgM in Regulating the Sexual Dimorphism In Diabetes in NOD miceUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
13Cayla Kleeman, Leslyn HanakahiMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceEffects of CYREN on End Joining Properties of XLFUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
14Alejandro Magana, Divya Bijukumar, Mathew Mathew, Sarah HagartyMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceEnhancement of adipose cell viability and functionality using amniotic membrane derived growth factorsUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
15Vikas Manjunath, Maureen McCoy, Paul Chastain, Joshua Jacobs, Ebru Oral, Mathew Mathew, Divya BijukumarMedical StudentBasic ScienceVitamin E alters the effects of CoCrMo degradation products on DNA replication fork initiation and progressionUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
16Jacob Manthe, Dalton Morris, Diane Alkatout, Kai-Yuan Chen, Divya Bijukumar, Mark Barba, Robin Pourzal, Mathew MathewMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceThe shift in Fretting-Corrosion Damage Mode at THR Modular Junction: Role of Microstructure and InfectionUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
17Valeria Melendez Hebib, Vishal Khatri, Nikhil Chauhan, Prasanna Kumar Somasundaram Baskar, Sean Gray, Darrick Carter, Ramaswamy KalyanasundaramMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceEvaluation of the potency and efficacy of a human lymphatic filariasis vaccine, rBmHAXT (LFGuardTM)University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
18Sydney Meris, Ravindra Badhe, Divya Bijukumar, Wei Li, Christine Wu, Qian Xie, Mathew MathewMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceAn Electrochemical Co-therapy Technique for Improved Efficacy of Root Canal TreatmentsUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
19Yongchao Mou, Xue-Jun LiPostdoctoral Research AssociateBasic ScienceAtlastin 1 mutations impair lipid droplets in human astroglial cellsUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
20Arvind Raj Vishnu Palani, Gnanasekar MunirathinamMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceNovel Combination of Nitric Oxide-Donating Aspirin Ncx4040 and Abiraterone for the Treatment of Prostate CancerUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
21Santa Diana Peledis, Vishal Khatri, Nikhil Chauhan, Ramaswamy KalyanasundaramMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceEvaluation of rBmHAXT as a prophylactic vaccine for Dirofilaria Immitis infection in caninesUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
22Kavya Sri Racherla, Nabiha Haleema Khan, Sanjana Singh, Neelu PuriMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceRole of PRMT-1 and p120-catenin in mediating EMT and Osimertinib resistance in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
23Pamela Reyes, Ravindra Badhe, Divya Bijukumar, Mathew MathewMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceNew dynamic hip simulator-microfluidic bioreactor system (DHMB) for in-situ monitoring of implant performance and toxicityUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
24Hillary Shah, Velavan Bakthavachalam, Stephen Motika, Paul Hergenrother, Gnanasekar MunirathinamMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceEvaluation of ferroptocide (FTC) as a potential treatment for prostate cancer cellsUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
25Preksha Shahagadkar, Arvind Raj Vishnu Palani, Gnanasekar MunirathinamMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceScreening of potential drugs for treating Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
26Aisha Shajee, Nicholas Lombardo, Mark BiagiPharmacy StudentBasic ScienceIn vitro activity of imipenem-relebactam alone and in combination with fosfomycin against imipenem-nonsusceptible Pseudomonas aeruginosaUIC College of Pharmacy Rockford
27Nehal Singh, Vishal Khatri, Andrew Canciamille, Priyadharshini Viswanathan, Sneha Halwasia, Archana Shankar, Aoshuang Chen, Guoxing ZhengMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceIdentification of Human B Cells Producing Anti-HMGB1 IgM AntibodyUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
28Prasanna Kumar Somasundaram Baskar, Vishal Khatri, Nikhil Chauhan, Valeria Melendez Hebib, Connie Vitali, Ramaswamy KalyanasundaramMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceEvaluating the Therapeutic Potential of Filarial Cystatin and Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor-2 as combinational therapy on DSS-Induced Colitis in MiceUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
29Priyadharshini Viswanathan, Nikhil Chauhan, Sneha Halwasia, Nehal Singh, Aoshuang Chen, Guoxing ZhengMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceGeneration of B-1 Cells-Derived Anti-HMGB1 IgM Monoclonal AntibodyUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
30Mona Vudutha, Pranav Volety, Gnanasekar MunirathinamMS in Medical Biotechnology StudentBasic ScienceElevating the reactive oxygen species threshold in prostate cancer stem cells using VK3-OCH3 as a strategy to target Prostate cancerUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
31Christy Behnam, Owen Kramer, Michelle Bain, Marylee BranieckiMedical StudentCase ReportA Case of Acral Pseudolymphomatous Angiokeratoma of Children Masked by EczemaUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
32Christy Behnam, Charles WelfordMedical StudentCase ReportNon-Myocardial Ischemia ST Elevation: A Case of Pancreatitis-Induced ST ElevationUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
33Madeline Bell, Antoun Al KhabbazMedical StudentCase ReportConservative Management of Clostridial Sepsis Following Spontaneous Abortion with Preserved FertilityUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
34Jonathan Knisley, Jarod Shelton, Shawn WalleryMedical StudentCase ReportCentral cord syndrome from hyperextension after self-manipulation of the cervical spineUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
35Victoria Kuritza*, Hiralal MaheshwariMedical StudentCase ReportMetformin for Reactive Hypoglycemia: A Case SeriesUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
36Brittany Lala, Antoun Al KhabbazMedical StudentCase ReportPresentation and Management of Hidradenitis Suppurativa During Pregnancy: A Case ReportUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
37Divya Mani, Tarek Harb, John HoldenFamily Medicine ResidentCase ReportPreventing Fatal Arrhythmias During Peripartum Period in Maternal Brugada SyndromeUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
38Mischelle Nelson, Roger GreenlawMedical StudentCase ReportPlant Protein Diet and Kidney Function: Can lifestyle change prevent the need for dialysis?University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
39Stanley NollFamily Medicine ResidentCase ReportNo Collateral Damage: Exercise and Collateral Coronary Circulation in CADSt. Louis University School of Medicine Southwest Illinois Family Medicine Residency
40Saagar Pamulapati, Mark ZarnkeMedical StudentCase ReportNeural Sheath Tumor of Left Ulnar Nerve ExcisionUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
41Leah Patton, David DeutschMedical StudentCase ReportPyloric Balloon Dilation to Treat Recurrent Pyloric Stenosis: A Case ReportUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
42Parshva Shah, Kamalpreet Dhaliwal, Sonia RandhawaMedical StudentCase ReportPasteurella multocida Prosthetic Joint Infection: A rare case leading to septic shockUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
43Aelia Akbar, Holly KramerMPH StudentClinicalRacial differences in urinary incontinence prevalence and associated bother: The Multi-Ethnic Study of AtherosclerosisLoyola University Medical Center
44Justin Bailey, Oren Feldman-Schultz, Allison Beggin, Tara Gill, Annalyse Kohley, Aftab Merchant, Sam Pope, Sunil PatelMedical StudentClinicalObservational Study on the Prevalence of Autoimmune Disorders in Helicobacter Pylori Positive Population.University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
45Aaron Brenner*, Gabrielle Kuhn, Brittany Lala, Brian BearMedical StudentClinicalCarpometacarpal Joint Non-Operative TherapyUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
46Preet Dhillon*, Farhad FarokhiMedical StudentClinicalComparison of ENTRESTO® vs ACE Inhibitors in Ventricular Arrhythmia Incidence in Heart Failure PatientsUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
47Oren Feldman-Schultz**, Allison Beggin, Tara Gill, Justin Bailey, Annalyse Kohley, Sunil Patel, Sam Pope, Aftab MerchantMedical StudentClinicalIncreased Prevalence of Asthma in Helicobacter Pylori Positive Adult Patients Attending Rockford Gastroenterology Clinic – A Five-Year Observational StudyUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
48Daniel Heller, Flavio Garcia, Brady Williams, Evan Polce, Shane Nho, Jorge ChalaMedical StudentClinicalPreparation Methods and Clinical Outcomes of Platelet Rich Plasma for Intra-articular Hip DisordersUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
49Akash Khurana, Chandrashekhar ThukralMedical StudentClinicalPractice Patterns in the Management of Celiac Disease in a Large Community Based GI Clinic: a Retrospective Study Analyzing Adherence to National GuidelinesUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
50Serena Korkmaz, Lisa Letorneau, Rochelle Naylor, Siri Atma GreeleyMedical StudentClinicalInvestigating Medical Treatments of Participants with Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY) caused by Insulin Gene Mutations (INS) in a US CohortUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
51Jessica Luo*, Christina Tsai, Kayeromi Gomez, Manorama Khare, Mathew Mathew, Sarah Hagarty, Sara Alharthi, Alejandro MaganaMedical StudentClinicalAdipocyte viability after standard method liposuction harvest, collection, and variable treatment for fat transfer: manual syringe plunger vs roller pumpUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
52Rachel Miller**, Sherry FalsettiMedical StudentClinicalPost-Traumatic Stress Disorder Chronic Comorbidities in a Primary Care SettingUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
53Emily Nepomuceno**, Kathryn Saulcy, Jillian KaskavageMedical StudentClinicalAssessment of provider variation in pediatric concussion diagnosis and management in emergency department, urgent care, and primary care practice settingsUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
54Saagar Pamulapati, Mitul Vakharia, Aftab MerchantMedical StudentClinicalRandomized Controlled Trial of IOL Orientation for DysphotopsiaUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
55Ravikumar Patel, Marianne Pop, Timothy Murrey, John NitissPharmacy StudentClinicalCost Effectiveness Comparison between Trough and Area Under the Curve dosing for VancomycinUIC College of Pharmacy Rockford
56Leah Patton*, Shalini Kumar, Alesia JonesMedical StudentClinicalThe Role of Resiliency and Adult Health in Patients with a History of Adverse Childhood ExperiencesUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
57Umber Waheed**, Roger Greenlaw, Sherry FalsettiMedical StudentClinicalOn the Prevalence of Autoimmune Disease Markers in a Working Population & its Relationship to WellnessUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
58Keely Zunker, Brandie Messer, Dawn Mosher, Richard McLaughlinDNP StudentClinicalSimulation-Based Learning, Anxiety, and Self-ConfidenceSaint Anthony College of Nursing
59Joseph Berei, Adam Eckburg, Monica Saravana Vela, Neelu PuriMedical StudentCommunityPromotion of Low-Dose Computed Tomography for Early-Stage Lung Cancer DetectionUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
60Jacqueline Cabrera, Elizabeth Myers, Brandie Messer, Matthew Dalstrom, Jennifer BeckDNP StudentCommunityImproving Breastfeeding Rates: Text MessagingSaint Anthony College of Nursing
61Corey Hazekamp, Sana Yousuf, Kelli Day, Mary Kate Daly, Karen SheehanMedical StudentCommunityEviction and Pediatric Health Outcomes in ChicagoUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
62Vanessa Jerger, Catherine Pichardo, Joanna Olazar, Jeanette Olazar, Karriem Watson, Katherine Tossas-Milligan, Lisa Aponte-Soto, Jesse Plascak, Yamile MolinaMedical StudentCommunityAn Evaluation of Neighborhood Factors and Diabetes in Latina Patients at Federally Qualified Health CentersUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
63Angela Siebold, Brandie Messer, Matthew DalstromDNP StudentCommunityImplementation of Interactive Educational Program on Bullying in Fourth Grade StudentsSaint Anthony College of Nursing
64Joshua Baalman, Hana HinkleRMEDRural MedicineRural Youth Perspectives on Adolescent Health: A Survey and Focus Group StudyUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
65Matthew Baechle, Hana HinkleRMEDRural MedicineHealth Literacy and Chronic Disease ManagementUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
66Justin Bailey, Jarod Shelton, Martin MacDowellRMEDRural MedicineThe attitudes and behaviors of general surgeons for rural practice: A survey of Illinois ACS membersUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
67Whitney Bennett, Mary DeFrance, Martin MacDowellRPHARM/RMEDRural MedicineElectronic Cigarette Usage at Stillman Valley High SchoolUIC College of Pharmacy Rockford / University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
68Emily Beskar, Jarod Shelton, Martin MacDowellRPHARM/RMEDRural MedicineEffectiveness of nutrition programs in Ford County, IllinoisUIC College of Pharmacy Rockford / University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
69Aaron Brenner, Michael GlasserRMEDRural MedicineAssessing Prescription Opioid Use and Education in Rural IllinoisUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
70Nadia Churchill-Gilstrap, Martin MacDowellRMEDRural MedicineEnacting and Assessing Local High School’s Mindfulness and Relaxation InitiativeUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
71Victoria Costello, Martin MacDowellRMEDRural MedicineBehavioral Health Education for AdolescentsUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
72Brooke Dean, Neely Harris, Martin MacDowellRMEDRural MedicineInvestigating the benefits and feasibility of implementing a Telepsych Center into a rural communityUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
73Brad Dulee, Martin MacDowell, Ashlea CanadyRMEDRural MedicineNon-opioid utilization reduces opioid requirements for outpatient laparoscopic procedures: a retrospective chart review.University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
74Aubrey Graham, Hana HinkleRMEDRural MedicineEnd of Life Decision Making in a Rural AreaUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
75Carly Gridley, Michael GlasserRMEDRural MedicineAssessment of Rural Women’s Knowledge about the Importance of Prenatal Care and Preventive Cancer ScreeningUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
76Douglas Grove, Martin MacDowellRMEDRural MedicineOpioid Addiction and Recovery in Rural Southern IllinoisUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
77Neely Harris, Brooke Dean, Martin MacDowellRMEDRural MedicineAssessing the need for Mental Health Care in a rural community and surveying the population to identify stigmasUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
78Neely Harris*, Alesia JonesRMEDRural MedicineUnderstanding the needs and barriers in a rural area: Mental health and substance abuse needs assessment in a rural communityUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
79Tyler Johnson, Hana HinkleRMEDRural MedicineUse of Preventative Screening Form and Effects on Patient Health LiteracyUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
80Jonathan Knisley, Jarod Shelton, Martin MacDowellRMEDRural MedicineThe growing need of rural emergency medicine physiciansUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
81Annita Mathew, Amanda Johnson, Martin MacDowellRPHARM/RMEDRural MedicineUsing Reminiscence Therapy to Combat Geriatric DepressionUIC College of Pharmacy Rockford / University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
82Clay McGeehan, Hana HinkleRMEDRural MedicineA community-based approach to improve AED and CPR education in a rural populationUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
83Kyle Osborn, Martin MacDowellRMEDRural MedicineElevated Blood Lead Levels in Galesburg, Illinois- Where are these Children Living and What do Their Parents Know About Lead?University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
84Leah Patton, Michael GlasserRMEDRural MedicineMelanoma early detection in rural communities through self-screening and patient educationUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
85Katelyn Peters, Hana HinkleRMEDRural MedicineImproving Care for The Disabled Within Rural CommunitiesUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
86Erin Roberts, Bryan Zobeck, Martin MacDowellRPHARMRural MedicineRural respiratory antibiotic prescribing appropriateness in outpatientsUIC College of Pharmacy Rockford
87Junaid Sandozi, Martin MacDowellRMEDRural MedicineAssessment of the potential utilization of telepsychiatry services in Livingston County IllinoisUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
88Jarod Shelton, Justin Bailey, Martin MacDowellRMEDRural MedicineRural surgery workforce assessment: A survey of Midwestern statesUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
89Jarod Shelton, Jonathan Knisley, Martin MacDowellRMEDRural MedicineThe importance of surgeon-patient communication in rural surgical clinicsUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
90Derek Sonnenberg, Michael GlasserRMEDRural MedicineCommunity participation and risk for depressive symptoms in rural IllinoisUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
91Gabriel Swords, Cassidy Joy-Saini, Martin MacDowellRMED/RPHARMRural MedicineEvaluating stroke education methodology in a rural communityUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford / UIC College of Pharmacy Rockford
92Troy Watson, Martin MacDowellRMEDRural MedicineAssessing the effect of patient education in the primary care setting on patient’s willingness to undergo polysomnography testingUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
93Kaitlin Weisshappel, Michael GlasserRMEDRural MedicineThe Effects of Horse Culture Classes on the Mental Health of YouthUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
94Erin Wheeler, Martin MacDowellRMEDRural MedicineAssessment of diabetes-related issues in a rural primary care practiceUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford