Best 6th year talks:
1st Place = Pedro Silberman (Scheinberg lab)
2nd Place = Joanna Luo (Li Lab)
Best 4th year talks:
1st Place = Broderick Corless (Tan Lab)
2nd Place = Lia Zallar (Pleil Lab)
Best 1st year student poster:
Cyrus Nikain (Li Lab)
Best 2nd year students and beyond posters:
Tom Rossetti (Buck & Levin Lab)
Kenneth Johnson (Liston Lab)
Ifeh Akano (Yael David Lab)
Ahmed Mahmoud (Karuna Ganesh Lab)
Mildred Unti (Jaffrey Lab): Research Project Titled: "Development of a chemogenetically controlled RNA aggregation system and its application in elucidating the role of RNA foci in repeat expansion disease."
Chiara Evans (Kharas Lab): Research Project Titled: " Function of Musashi-2 Methylation in Normal and Malignant Hematopoiesis."
Lia Zallar (Pleil Lab): "A reciprocal relationship between alcohol and the p450 enzyme aromatase"
Broderick Corless (Tan Lab): "EpoxySEAKER and onSEAKER: CAR T-cell models for Targeted Local Biosynthesis of Therapeutic Warheads"
Jacob Ferreira (Buck and Levin Lab): "Discovery and Characterization of an Endogenous Inhibitor of Soluble Adenylyl Cyclase"
2nd Place: - Patrick Wallisch,” Engineering Synthetic Enzyme Armed Killer (SEAKER) Cells for the Treatment of Solid Human Tumors.” (Professor David Scheinberg)
3rd Place: - Brittney Bobowski, "H1 Involved in Recruitment to ssDNA as a Possible DNA Damage Response." (Professor Yael David)
3rd Place - Tran Hoang, “Detecting EGFR expression in bladder cancer using [89Zr]Zr-DFO-Panitumumab immunoPET imaging.” (Professor Jason Lewis)
3rd Place - Jessica Falci, “Novel Autophagy Activators for Aggregated Tau Degradation.” (Professor Yueming Li)
2020 - Research Fellowship Recipients
Awarded NIH F31:
Heather Jones, currently in Dr. Scheinberg’s lab. Research project title: “A High Throughput Method to Determine the Target of T Cell Receptors.”
Joanna Luo, currently in Dr. Yueming Li’s lab. Research project title: “Mechanism of gamma-secretase modulators.”
Leona Nease, currently in Dr. Piskounova’s lab. Research project title: “Regulation of the Selenocysteine Stress Response in Cancer Metastasis.”
Kyle Planck, currently in Dr. Rhee's lab. Research project title: “Metabolic Impact of Tryptophan Synthase Inhibition in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Implications for Rational Combination Therapy.”
Tom Rossetti, currently in Dr. Buck and Levin's lab. Research project title "Activation of Soluble Adenylyl Cyclase as a Novel Therapeutic Strategy for the Treatment of Age-Related Neurodegenerative Disorders."
BEST STUDENT TALK AWARD:
2nd place - Shira Yomtoubian, 5th year Pharmacology student: “Inhibition of EZH2 Catalytic Activity Selectively Targets a Metastatic Subpopulation in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer” (Professor Vivek Mittal)
FIRST-YEAR STUDENT POSTER AND ABOVE AWARDS
First Place: Daniel Worroll (center of picture), "In Vitro Characterization of Key Resides Involved in Small-Molecule Binding to MUSASHI RNA-Binding Protein in Acute Myeloid Leukemia” (Professor Michael Karas)
Second Place: Svena Verma (third from the right), "Tracking of Cellular Therapeutics In Vivo by Use of Membrane Bound Radiometal Chelate Binding Moieties" (Professor David Scheinberg)
Megan Dacek in the Scheinberg Lab has been awarded the DOD Horizon fellowship. Project title: "Engineering CAR T Cells to Potentiate Innate and Adaptive Immunity."
Faith Fowler in the Tyler Lab has been awarded the NIH F31 NCI fellowship. Project title: "The Role of Chromatin in the Repair of Radiation-Induced Damage."
Vanessa Osman in the Hemmings Lab has been awarded the NIH F31 NIGMS Diversity fellowship. Project title: "The Effect of Isoflurane on Axonal Endoplasmic Reticulum Ca2+ Dynamics in Hippocampal Neurons."
Ramya Sridharan in the Heller Lab has been awrded the NIH F31 NCI fellowship. Project title: "Improving Targeted Therapy in KRAS Mutant Lung Cancers.
Colin Tang in the Mellinghoff Lab has been awarded the NIH F31 NCI fellowship. Project title: "Dissecting EGFR Inhibitor Resistance in Glioblastoma Through Genome-Wide CRISP Screening."
Best 5th Year talk: 1st place - Edwin Pratt (Professor Jan Grimm)
Best 5th Year talk: 2nd place - Jackie Kubala (Professor Lorraine Gudas)
Best 3rd Year talk: 1st place - Madeline Dorso (Professor Sarat Chandarlapaty)
Best 3rd Year talk: 2nd place - Megan Dacek (Professor David Scheinberg)
Best 1st Year poster - Kyeara Mack (Professor Minkui Luo)
Best 2nd, 4th year & beyond poster: 1st place - Corrin Wohlhieter (Professor Charles Rudin)
Best 2nd, 4th year & beyond poster: 2nd place - Thomas Rossetti (Professors Jochen Buck & Lonny Levin)
BEST STUDENT TALK AWARD:
Ron Gejman, MD/PHD Pharmacology student: “The fault in our TCRs: searching for off-targets in T cell receptor based therapies” (Professor David Scheinberg)
2018 VINCENT du VIGNEAUD BEST FIRST-YEAR POSTER AND ABOVE AWARDS
Tom Rossetti, “Acute inhibition of aromatase induces an anhedonic behavior in male and female mice ” (Professor Kristen Pleil)
BEST STUDENT TALK AWARD:
Joana Nunes, 1ST PLACE: “UGP2 contributes to ERK2-driven EMT in breast epithelial cells” (Professor John Blenis)
2017 VINCENT du VIGNEAUD BEST SECOND-YEAR POSTER
Corrin Pimentel , 2nd PLACE, “ ” (Professor Charles Rudin)
2017 VINCENT du VIGNEAUD BEST FIRST-YEAR POSTER
Heather Jones, 2nd PLACE, “ ” (Professor David Scheinberg)
BEST STUDENT TALK AWARD:
Emily Mercer , 6th year Pharmacology student, 1ST PLACE: “Evidence that HSPB7 Chaperone Coordinates Cardiac Cytoskeletal Turnover” (Professor Todd Evans)
2016 VINCENT du VIGNEAUD BEST SECOND-YEAR POSTER AND ABOVE AWARDS
Ron S. Gejman , 1st PLACE, “A High-Throughput, Cell-Based Method for Screening T Cell Receptor Mimic Antibodies Against Major Histocompatibility Complex Ligands” (Professor David Scheinberg)
BEST STUDENT TALK AWARD:
Christina Bonvicino , 5th year Pharmacology student, 1ST PLACE: “"Isoflurance Depresses Dopamine Synaptic Vesicle Exocytosis” (Professor Hugh Hemmings)
2015 VINCENT du VIGNEAUD BEST SECOND-YEAR POSTER AND ABOVE AWARDS
Abigail Horstmann , 1st PLACE, “ALDH1A2 (RALDH2) in Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma” (Professor Lorraine Gudas)
2015 VINCENT du VIGNEAUD BEST FIRST YEAR POSTER PRESENTER AWARD
Lauren Forbes, 2nd PLACE, “, Nanoparticle Properties and their Effect on Stability and Distribution” (Professor Daniel Heller)
BEST ORAL PRESENTATION:
Christina Maksymiuk , 6th year Pharmacology student: “Characterization of 2-hydroxy-3-oxoadipate synthase (HOAS) in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Metabolism” (Professor Carl Nathan)
2014 VINCENT du VIGNEAUD BEST SECOND-YEAR POSTER AWARDS
Charles Ferranti , “Ionizing Radiation-Induced "Nanopores" Signal Acid Sphingomyelinase Activation and Cell Surface Translocation” (Professor Richard Kolesnick)
Bonnie Quach , “Mechanism of Preventing Doxorubicin-Induced Mitochondrial Toxicity with Cardiolipin- Targeted Peptide, SS-31” (Professor Hazel Szeto)
2014 JULIAN R. RACHELE PRIZE
Joseph Justin Mulvey , “Self-assembly of carbon nanotubes and antibodies on tumours for targeted amplified delivery” (Professor David Scheinberg)
VINCENT du VIGNEAUD FIRST YEAR AWARD
Wan-Ying Hsieh , “Direct Target Analysis of the MUSASHI2 RNA Binding Protein Uncovers Developmental Pathways that Control HSC Self-Renewal” (Professor Michael Kharas)
VINCENT du VIGNEAUD BEST SECOND YEAR AWARD
Emily Mercer , “Elucidating the Role of HSPB7 in the Heart ” (Professor Todd Evans)
2013 JULIAN R. RACHELE PRIZE
Elissaveta Petrova , “Inhibitors of Hedgehog Acyltransferase Block Sonic Hedgehog Signaling ” (Professor Marilyn Resh)
Jamie L. McBean , 4th year Pharmacology student: “Elucidation of the Substrate Profile of Protein Methyltransferase SET7/9.” (Professor Minkui Luo)
2012 VINCENT du VIGNEAUD FIRST-YEAR AWARDS
William Mills , “Characterization of Szeto-Schiller Tetrapeptide/Phospholipid Binding.” (Professor Hazel Szeto)
Suranjit Mukherjee , “Development of New Heteroclitic Peptides for B702 and A3/A11 HLA Types for WT1.” (Professor David Scheinberg)
Mark Lundquist, a Pharmacology student, was awarded the only oral presentation prize at this year's Vincent du Vigneaud Symposium! The title of his talk was: "Mical-2 regulates nuclear actin dynamics".
Alex R. Hansler, a third year Pharmacology student, was awarded the Vincent du Vigneaud Award of Excellence for poster presentations. The Vincent du Vigneaud Award of Excellence for oral presentations was presented to Ronald S. Bultje, a fifth year Pharmacology student. The Vincent du Vigneaud First-Year Award was given to Rebecca L. Goldstein, a first year Pharmacology student.
Congratulations to Dr. Geoffrey Ling, the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient of 2009.
Colonel Geoffrey S.F. Ling, M.D., PH.D. '82 is Professor and Vice Chairman of the Neurology Department at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), director of Neurocritical care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and attending neurocritical care physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
He is an active duty Colonel in the U.S. Army and the only board certified neurocritical care specialist in the Department of Defense. He served in Afghanistan and Baghdad, Iraq.
Col. Ling entered Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences to pursue a doctorate in Pharmacology, which he received in 1982 for his studies of physical dependence and tolerance to methadone in the rat. After three years of postdoctoral training in neuropharmacology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, he entered Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C., where he earned the M.D. degree in 1989. He completed both neurology internship and a neurology residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. He also completed a fellowship in the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit, Johns Hopkins University.
Col. Ling leads the neurotrauma laboratory at USUHS. The focus areas are basic and applied research in traumatic brain injury with studies on the role of cytokines and cell cycle regulators in central nervous system inflammation and cell death, as well as application of novel technologies and pharmacologic agents to diagnose and treat this disease. He has received numerous national awards and has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews and book chapters, including Cecil's Textbook of Medicine.
Col. Ling is also a program manager with the Defense Advances Research Projects Agency. His portfolio focuses on restoring those injured in battle and preventing future injury.
These programs include the development of advanced prosthetic limbs, pre-symptomatic disease detection, and determining causes of and potential mitigation strategies for traumatic brain injuries caused by explosion.
On June 1st, 2009, Dr. Ling gave a special seminar, which was followed by a reception, for Pharmacology graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.