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23rd Annual Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Poster Session - October 10th, 2013

Graduate Student and Postdoctoral research from clinical and basic science departments became the center
of attention on Thursday, October 10.  Faculty, staff, students and postdoctoral fellows were treated to a great
celebration of scientific progress and accomplishment, highlighting the significant contribution of students and
postdoctoral fellows to MCW's research mission. There were 121 posters from students and postdoctoral fellows
representing work from across the College.

Special thanks to the MCW/Marquette Alumni Association for its continued contribution toward awards and refreshments, and Friends of MCW for their contribution towards student awards. Many thanks also to numerous faculty who provided constructive feedback to all participants via the judging process. A huge thank you and job well done to all the presenters whose work collectively set a higher bar than ever before for the quality of posters, professionalism and expertise demonstrated in presentations.

Congratulations to the following award winners who will receive a cash prize to honor their work:

Graduate Student Winners

Name Department Abstract Title Advisor
Daniel Bretl Microbiology and Molecular Genetics De‐regulation of the MprAB two‐component system alters survival of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Thomas Zahrt, Ph.D.
Bradley Endres Physiology Plekha7 , a candidate gene for human hypertension, plays an essential role in the regulation of blood pressure and renal function Aron Geurts, Ph.D.
Karen Evangelista Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Identification of Leptospira interrogans adhesins and host cell surface receptors Jenifer Coburn, Ph.D.
Anthony Getschman Biochemistry The Role of Sulfotyrosine in Chemokine Binding Brian Volkman, Ph.D.
Patrick Gonyo Pharmacology and Toxicology Potential Role for SmgGDS in the Nucleolus Carol Williams, Ph.D.
Jamie Karcher Physiology High salt suppresses endothelial progenitor cell function Andrew Greene, Ph.D.
Min-Su Kim Clinical and Translational Science High Efficiency Cardiomyogenesis from Pluripotent Cells Induced by Modulated and Sequential Activation of Wnt, Activin‐A and BMP4 Jane Kotchen, MD
Nikolai Mickevicius Biophysics Ex‐vivo Trained Maps of Histological Features Peter La Violette, Ph.D.
Sasha Prisco Physiology Chst12 and Grifin are candidate genetic modifiers of salt sensitive hypertension Howard Jacob, Ph.D.
Nathan Rudemiller Physiology CD247 modulates blood pressure by altering lymphocyte functionality and infiltration in the kidney David Mattson, Ph.D.
Danielle Twaroski Physiology The Role of miR‐21 in Propofol‐Induced Neurotoxicity in Developing Human Neurons Zeljko Bosnjak, Ph.D.
Kirk Twaroski Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy A Role for the Liver in Diabetes: Characterizing iPS Cell Derived Hepatocyte‐like Cells from MODY1 Patients Stephen Duncan, Ph.D.
Andy Weyer Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy Cutaneous inflammation amplifies mechanical currents in CGRP‐expressing sensory neurons Cheryl Stucky, Ph.D.


The goal of this event is to highlight research performed at MCW by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in a relaxed atmosphere which promotes discussion of our science with colleagues.  It's a great time to find out about the interesting research being done at MCW and to enjoy discussing science with colleagues while enjoying a drink and hors d'oeuvres.  Please plan on participating! This does not have to be a newly created poster for this event - you can display one that you presented at a meeting last spring or summer. 

Additional information is available on the Instruction Sheet for Presenters and Abstract Application Form

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Angela Gord at

All faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a discussion of science with colleagues. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by the Medical College of Wisconsin/Marquette Medical Alumni Association.

Criteria for Evaluating Student Research Poster Presentations

Are the objectives and significance of the research clearly stated?
Is the research hypothesis-driven?
Is the experimental approach novel and clearly described?
Is the methodology described in appropriate detail?
Are the results displayed clearly and succinctly?
Are graphs and figures used to emphasize research findings and are lists of tabulated data kept to a minimum?
Do the conclusions accurately reflect the results and significance of the project?
Is the poster orderly and pleasing in its appearance?
Is the student present, knowledgeable and articulate?
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