issue Summer 2023

ASRC Showcases Student Research Across RFU

By Sara Skoog
Dr. Lambert is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Richmond, where her current emphasis is on experience-based neuroplasticity.
Photo by Michael R. Schmidt

The wide-ranging research interests of RFU’s students, postdoctoral trainees, resident clinicians and undergraduate interns were on full display during the university’s 18th Annual All School Research Consortium (ASRC) on March 15.

This annual event, which returned to an in-person format for the first time since 2019, is a truly interprofessional healthcare and scientific forum that highlights the work of students and trainees from all six of RFU’s colleges and schools. ASRC is organized by RFU’s Graduate Student Association and supported by university administration and the Executive Student Council.

The program started with an engaging keynote address from behavioral neuroscientist Kelly G. Lambert, PhD, MacEldin Trawick Chair at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, titled “Brains Gone Wild: Neuroethological and Mental Health Perspectives from Bush-to-Bench-to-Bedside.” Following Dr. Lambert’s address were research symposia and poster sessions that provided opportunities for the event’s approximately 100 participants to share their research project outcomes via oral and poster presentations.

The day concluded with the annual “Art from the Benchtop” exhibit, a diverse and illuminating selection of photography, video and other creative works produced during or inspired by research being conducted at RFU, followed by the ASRC awards ceremony.

ASRC attendees included student leadership, faculty and staff from the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Best Scientific Talk Awards

Kaitlyn Alleman, CMS ’25
“Multimodal Deep Learning-Based Prognostication in Glioma Patients: A Systematic Review.”

Aya Alwan, COP ’25
“Impact of COVID-19 on the Academic Performance of Graduate Healthcare.”

Pauline DeJesus, DNP ’23
“Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Curriculum Development.”

Umida Ganieva, MD, PhD, postdoctoral fellow (Microbiology and Immunology)
“Regenerative Power of IL-22 in Endometrial Healing.”

Emily Shuangyue Cao, SCPM ’25
“Utilizing a Plaque Assay and q-PCR Protocol to Correlate Coronavirus MHV-1 Concentration with Infectious Units.”

Matthew Stratton, SGPS ’24 (Cell Biology and Anatomy)
“Antisense Oligonucleotides to Treat Vision Loss in a Porcine Model of CLN3 Batten Disease.”

Walter Wilson, CHP ’23 (Physical Therapy)
“Results of a Portable Walking Response Inhibition Test (HMD-WRIT) with HMD & IMU in Healthy Young Adults.”

Best Scientific Poster Awards

Abigael Adediran, SCPM ’25
“Do Current Prevention Guidelines Prevent Hospitalizations in People with Diabetes? An Analysis of a Large U.S. Health System in the Upper Northeast.”

Yasmine Choroomi, CMS ’24
“Comparison of Metrics between Zoom and in a Student-led Free Clinic.”

Lijo John, DVM, PhD, postdoctoral research associate
“Therapeutic Blockade of Phosphatidylserine Receptors Enhances Anti-Malarial Immune Response.”

Justin Marsee, DNP ’23
“Lung Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Content Creation.”

Morgan Meulemans, CHP ’23 (Physical Therapy)
“Prevalence and Faculty Perception of Obstetrics Education in the Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Curriculum in the United States.”

Giorgio Papadatos, research intern, Lake Forest College/RFU Summer Scholars Research Program
“7- or 8-Methyl-5-Substituted-Chromenopyridines and Their Anticancer Activity.”

Elizabeth Sutherland, COP ’24
“An Evaluation of Outpatient Pediatric Asthma Prescribing Patterns in the United States.”

Ame Xiong, DPM/PhD student
“The Regulatory Mechanism of CaV2 Voltage-Gated Calcium Channel Abundance at the Presynaptic Terminal in Caenorhabditis elegans.”

Sara Skoog is a staff writer with the RFU Division of Marketing and Brand Management. In addition to writing for Helix and other university publications, she also produces Pulse, RFU’s monthly e-newsletter.