Upstate shines spotlight on student research April 26

Upstate shines spotlight on student research April 26

“We encourage the Upstate community to attend and show their supportfor the more than 130 students whose projects will be displayed,” saysMark E. Schmitt, PhD, dean of Upstate’s College of Graduate Studies.“The day’s events also include a keynote address by Dr. Amita Sehgalwhose research interests are in the molecular basis of behavior.”

Student Research Day begins at 1:30 p.m. when Upstate PresidentDanielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP, announces the winner of thePresident’s Award for Civic Engagement and Interprofessional Education.The winning abstract reflects research that encompasses civicengagement, interprofessional education, inclusiveness, innovation, andfairness.

Following the award presentation, one student from each college willgive an oral presentation in front of their peers and colleagues. Thestudents and their presentations are: Arijita Chakraborty, College ofGraduate Studies, Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein (FMRP) promotesgenome stability through R-loop regulation; Diana Perez, College ofHealth Professions, Analysis of MYO1E mutations associated with humankidney disease; Matthew Gumbleton, College of Medicine, Dual enhancementof T and NK cell function by SHIP1 inhibition improves cancer survival;and Laura Wellington, College of Nursing, proton pump inhibitors andcardiovascular risk.

At 2:45 p.m., Amita Sehgal, PhD, will present the keynote address,“Biology of bedtime: Understanding circadian rhythms and sleep.” Sehgalholds dual appointments as a Howard Hughes Medical Instituteinvestigator and as the John Herr Professor of Neuroscience at thePerelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Herlaboratory investigates the molecular basis of behavior with a majoremphasis on the mechanisms underlying circadian rhythms of behavior andphysiology, largely using the Drosophila model. Her ongoingwork addresses the mechanisms that generate a circadian period in themolecular clock, identifying the neural circuits that drive rhythms ofrest: activity, and mapping the specific molecules/peptides thatfunction in these circuits.

A student poster session and reception immediately follows the afternoon presentations in Room 4414, Academic Building.

The Charles Ross Student Research Day is sponsored by the offices ofResearch Administration, Academic Affairs and the College of GraduateStudies.

For more information contact Jennifer Brennan, College of Graduate Studies, brennanj@upstate.edu or 315-464-4543.

Amita Sehgal, PhD, will present the Student Research Day keynote address, “Biology of bedtime: Understanding circadian rhythms and sleep.” Sehgal holds dual appointments as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and as the John Herr Professor of Neuroscience at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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