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Congratulations to the Poster Award Recipients from UIC College of Pharmacy Research Day 2018!

2018 Poster Award Winners (from MCP and CBS)

Biology: Molecular & Cell Biology; Mechanism of Action

  • First prize: Takeda Pharmaceuticals Award for Excellence in Research

Shijie Huang, Dorota Klepacki, Luc Jaeger, Alexander S. Mankin, "Bacterial Cells can Live Without Free 5S rRNA"

  • Second prize: AbbVie Award for Excellence in Research

Rachel Knopp, Manel Ben Aissa, Ammar Jastaniah, Sue H. Leem Ragda Izar, Gregory R. J. Thatcher, "Selective Calpain-1 versus Calpain/Cathepsin-B Dual Inhibtion as a Therapeutic Approach to AD"

  • Second prize: Horizon Award for Excellence in Research

Kyle Mathes, Jimmy Orjala, Alessandra S. Eustaquio, "Genome Mining of Freshwater Cyanobacteria for Rare Metabolites"

Chemistry: Discovery, Modeling, Design & Evaluation of Novel Drugs; Detection & Delivery Systems

  • First prize: Takeda Pharmaceuticals Award for Excellence in Research

Daniel S. May, Camila M. Crnkovic, Aleksej Krunic, Jimmy Orjala, "A Bioinformatic and Metabolomic Strategy to Discover New Natural Products from Cultured Cyanobacteria"

  • Second prize: AbbVie Award for Excellence in Research

Camila M. Crnkovic, Aleksej Krunic, Daniel S. May, Diana Kao, Tyler A. Wilson, James R. Fuchs, Joanna E. Burdette,Nicholas H. Oberlies, Jimmy Orjala, "Metabolomics Guided the Discovery of New Natural Products from Cyanobacteria"

  • Second prize: Horizon Award for Excellence in Research (tie)

Alanna CondrenKahl, Lars Dietrich, Laura Sanchez, "Bile Acid Exposure Alters Specialized Metabolism Leading to Biofilm Inhibition in Pseudomonas aeruginosa"


Benjamin G. RichardsonAtul D. Jain, Phillip R. Lazzara, Brian P. David, Haranatha Potteti, Chandra Tamatam, EwelinaChoma, Kornelia Skowron, Katherine Dye, Yue-Ting Wang, Aleksej Krunic, Sekhar P. Reddy, Terry W. Moore, "Replacement of a Naphthalene Scaffold in Keap1/Nrf2 Inhibitors"

Innovate@UIC Innovation Award 

  • First prize

Cutler Lewandowski, Manel BenAissa, Sue Lee, Bhargava Karumudi, Gregory Thatcher, "Development of Tissue-Selective ABCA1 Agonists as Potential Therapeutics for Alzheimer’s Disease"

  • Second prize

Sue Hyun Lee, Manel Ben Aissa, Yue-ting Wang, Emily Nepomuceno, David Gonzalez, Gregory R.J. Thatcher, "Novel Model of Accelerated Cognitive Deficits Induced by Oxidative Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury with Exacerbated Neuropathology"

UI Cancer Center Cancer Science Prize 

  • First prize

Taha Y. Taha, Shaimaa M. Aboukhatwa, Rachel C. Knopp, Naohiko Ikegaki, Hazem Abdelkarim, Jayaprakash Neerasa,Yunlong Lu, Raghupathi Neelarapu, Thomas W. Hanigan, Gregory R. J. Thatcher, Pavel A. Petukhov, "Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Tetrahydroisoquinoline-Based Histone Deacetylase 8 Selective Inhibitors"

  • Second prize

Jose Colina, Subbulakshmi Karthikeyan, Peter Varughese, Joanna E. Burdette, "Loss of PAX2 Recapitulates Secretory Cell Outgrowths (SCOUTs), precursors to High-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer and Potentiates Aberrant AKT and Steroid Signaling"

Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Multidisciplinary Team Science Award 

Yukuang Guo, Camila Crnkovic, Hyunwoo Lee, Jimmy Orjala, John Lee, Hyunyoung Jeong, "The Role of Gut Microbiota in Tacrolimus Metabolism"

American Association of Pharmacetical Scientists (AAPS) Student Chapter Choice Award 

Thomas Speltz, Zamia Siddiqui, Jeanne Danes, Sean Fanning, Colin Fowler, Chris Mayne, Emad Tajkhorshid, Geoffrey L.Greene, Jonna Frasor, Terry W. Moore, "Functionalized Hydrocarbon Stapled Peptides for the Estrogen Receptor/Coactivator Interaction"

Controlled Release Society (CRS) Student Chapter Choice Award

Katherine E Zink, Matt Dean, Joanna E Burdette, Laura M Sanchez, "Developing a Novel Imaging Mass Spectrometry Method to Detect Chemical Communication Driving Metastasis in Ovarian Cancer"