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October
2012
OPS 2012 presented two awards from the Peter K. Lauf Travel Award Program.
The awards— intended to defray the costs of attending Experimental Biology 2013, Boston—were presented to University of Cincinnati (Systems Biology program, Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology) graduate students Amy Engevik and Kim Sun Wook.
Amy (laboratory of Dr. Zavros) is studying the role of Sonic hedgehog in the immune response during ulcerated gastric damage.
Kim (labarotory of Dr. Ashraf) has focused on methods to improve the success rate of stem cell therapy for myocardial repair.
September
2012
Michael Schumacher wins the Ryan Fellowship
Systems Biology and Physiology PhD student Michael Shumacher, was today awarded the Albert J Ryan Fellowship by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Michael is researching the role of Hedgehog signaling in the development of gastric cancer in the laboratory of Yana Zavros, PhD, assistant professor of molecular and cellular physiology.
April
2012
Melinda Engevik is awarded the URC Graduate Student Research Fellowship

Microbial dysbiosis has been associated with a variety of complex diseases, such as obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD), and Clostridium-difficile-associated disease. Mindy takes advantage of the NHE3-/- mouse model, which represents a single transporter change, to affect the intestinal “bioreactor”. This model has allowed for a region specific examination of bacterial changes in response to a specific ion transporter deficiency. The long term goal is to better understand how epithelial transport status relates to changes in the intestinal microbiome and how those changes then affect the epithelia.

October
2011
Michael Shumacher shares the award at the Graduate Research Forum (GRF)

Systems Biology and Physiology PhD student Michael Shumacher, was one of the four winners at the Graduate Research Forum this year. The judges felt the awarding of four First Place winners most accurately reflected the quality of the presentations. Michael is researching the role of Hedgehog signaling in the development of gastric cancer in the laboratory of Yana Zavros, PhD, assistant professor of molecular and cellular physiology.
Jessica Donnelly receives an honorable mention at the Graduate Research Forum (GRF).

Jessica’s research poster was recognized at the GRF. Jessica is researching the role of Hedgehog signaling in the laboratory of Yana Zavros, PhD.
Shruti Marwaha wins the Peter K. Lauf Award at OPS

At the Ohio Physiological Society Meeting this year Shruti Marwaha was recognized for her presentation of “Feedback in Sonic hedgehog circuits with cytokines in H. pylori mediated gastritis with the Peter K. Lauf Award. Shruti is engaged in research focused on elucidating the role of biological circuit dynamics in development of inflammation and cancer in the laboratory of Hamid Eghbalnia, PhD, assistant professor of molecular and cellular physiology.
Gopinath Sundaramurthy wins OPS poster Award

At the Ohio Physiological Society Meeting Gopinath Sundaramurthy (University of Cincinnati) was recognized for his poster. Gopinath is researching new approaches for discovery of biomarkers in the laboratory of Hamid Eghbalnia, PhD, assistant professor of molecular and cellular physiology.

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