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GRU/UGA Student Exchange Award

The BHSI and the Georgia Regents University select two students each year (one student from UGA and one from GRU) for the annual GRU/UGA Student Exchange Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research. The winners each receive a cash award of $250, an award certificate and an invitation to present a research seminar at the other institution with travel and accommodations provided.

The award was created to foster research interactions between UGA and GRU and honor the overall scientific merit and quality of the students’ work, as well as mastery of their scientific field and verbal presentation skills. The BHSI selects UGA’s Student Exchange Award winner from one of UGA’s ARCS Foundation Scholars. GRU winners are selected during GRU’s Annual Graduate Research Day poster competition each spring.

For more information, contact the BHSI office at (706) 542-5922.

UGA Winners

GRU Winners

2002-2003

“Acinetobacter: A Bacterial Model for Elucidating Gene Amplification in Cancer” – Andrew Reams (Ph.D. student, Microbiology)

“The Prohormone Processing Protease amontillado is Required During Early Development in Drosophila” Lowell Rayburn (Ph.D. student, Genetics)

“The Role of Tetrahydrobiopterin in Glucocorticoid-Induced Hypertension” – Brett Mitchell (Ph.D. student, Physiology)

Co-sponsor: UGA Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

“Rab11-Family Interacting Proteins (Rab11-FIPs): Integral Components in Plasma Membrane Recycling” – Chadwick Hales (Ph.D. student, Molecular Medicine)

Co-sponsor: UGA Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences

2003-2004

“Microarray Analysis of Early Differentiation Events in Human Embryonic Stem Cells” – John Calhoun (Ph.D. student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

“Investigating the Potential Role that Endosymbiotic Wolbachia May Play in the Pathogenesis of Lymphatic Filariasis” – George Punkosdy (Ph.D. student, Cellular Biology)

“The Rat Granulosa Cell Cycle During Follicle Development and Luteinization”- Jennifer Cannon (Ph.D. student, Physiology)

Co-sponsor: UGA Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

2004-2005

“Cell Culture RNAi Assay for Novel Components of Chromatic Boundaries in Drosophila” – Vladimir Belozerov (Ph.D. student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

“New Players in DNA Double Strand Break Repair: PSF and p54(nrb)”- Durga Udayakumar (Ph.D. student, Molecular Medicine)

Co-sponsor: UGA Department of Cellular Biology

2005-2006

“Endocannabinoid Mechanisms of Stress Antinoception and their Sites of Action” - Richard Suplita (Ph.D. student, Psychology)

Co-sponsor: GRU Department of Physiology

“AIRE Controls Dendritic Cell Function: New Insights into the Balance Between Tolerance and Autoimmunity” – Daniel Eisemann (Ph.D. student, Molecular Medicine)

Co-sponsor: UGA Department of Cellular Biology

2006-2007

“Exercise Enhances Learning of Conditioned Place Preference to Morphine in Rats” – Sarah Eisenstein (Ph.D. student, Neuroscience)

Co-sponsor: GRU Program in Neuroscience

“Ceramide-mediated Cell Signaling During Early Embryonic Development” – Kannan Krishnamurthy (Ph.D. student, Molecular Medicine)

Co-sponsor: UGA Developmental Biology Group

2007-2008

“Lysophospholipid signaling in cancer and development” – Jillian Hurst, (Ph.D. student, Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences)

Co-sponsor: GRU College of Graduate Studies Student Organization

“Bak regulates mitochondrial morphology and pathology during apoptosis by interacting with Mitofusins” – Craig Brooks (Ph.D. student, Cellular Biology and Anatomy)

Co-sponsor: UGA Department of Cellular Biology

2008-2009

“Mitochondria-targeted Antioxidants in the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disorders” – Meagan McManus (Ph.D. student, Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences)

Co-sponsor: GRU Program in Neuroscience

“Expression and Regulation of Hemochromatosis Genes in Retina” – Jaya Gnanaprakasam (Ph.D. student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Co-sponsor: UGA Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

2009-2010

“Immunosuppressant drug regimen adherence in adolescent organ transplant recipients” – Megan McCormick (Ph.D. student, Psychology)

Co-sponsor: GRU College of Graduate Studies Student Organization

“Expression and Regulation of Hemochromatosis Genes in Retina” – Tiffany Nguyen (Ph.D. student, Pharmacology and Toxicology)

Co-sponsor: UGA Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences

2010-2011

“Factors associated with perceived need for mental health services among parents of adolescent solid organ transplant recipients” – Bonney Reed-Knight (Ph.D. student, Psychology)

Co-sponsor: GRU College of Graduate Studies Student Organization

“IRF8 Regulates Acid Ceramidase Expression to Mediate Apoptosis and Suppresses Myelogeneous Leukemia” – Xiaolin Hu (Ph.D. student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

Co-sponsor: UGA Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

2011-2012

“Quantifying heterogeneity in host association patterns” –Julie Rushmore (Ph.D./DVM student, Odum School of Ecology and College of Veterinary Medicine)

Co-sponsor: GRU College of Graduate Studies Student Organization

“The regulation of ET system in the kidney by angiotensis II” – Joy Kittikulsuth (Ph.D. student, Experimental Medicine)

Co-sponsor: UGA Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

     
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