Winners of the 16th PBS Annual Graduate Student Symposium 2021

08/30/2021

PBS Graduate Student Symposium award winners

From left to right: Ifeanyi Uche, Paige Allen, Lane Yutzy, and Ivan Martinez-Espinoza.

The department of Pathobiological Sciences (PBS) congratulates the winners of the 16th Annual PBS Graduate Studies Symposium, a day-long event that focuses on graduate student and resident presentations of progress reports of their thesis and dissertation research or diagnostic case reports. This year, 22 participants contributed to the success of this event on June 2, 2021. Evaluations of all works by a PBS faculty panel defined the top three winners with a tie in the third place. The winners were presented with a printed certificate and a monetary award ($300 first place, $200 second-place, $100 third place). 

We proudly present the award recipients who participated with an oral presentation on their respective PhD research projects: 

First place: Ifeanyi K. Uche. A 4th year Ph.D. student in Dr. Konstantin "Gus" Kousoulas’ laboratory. He presented his work: “Novel Oncolytic Herpes Simplex Virus 1 VC2 promotes Long-lasting, Systemic Anti-melanoma Tumor Immune Responses and Increased Survival in an Immunocompetent  B16F10-derived Mouse Melanoma Model.” 

Second place: Ivan Martinez-Espinoza. A 1st year Ph.D. student in Dr. Antonietta Guerrero-Plata’s laboratory. He presented his work: “Activation of Innate Immunity by Human Pneumovirus” 

Third place: Lane Yutzy. A 2nd year Ph.D. student in Dr. Juan Martinez’s laboratory. He presented his work: “Examination of mammalian Cell Signaling Modulation During Rickettsia Infection.”

Third place: Paige Allen. A 4th year Ph.D. student in Dr. Juan Martinez’s laboratory. She presented her work: “Active Rickettsia conorii and Host lipid Catabolism is Required for Early Modulation of Host Lipid Droplets During Macrophage Infection.”

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