2013 symposium

        Gilmer Hall Room 141
      Wednesday, May 1, 2013  



Student Presenter, Title of Thesis, and Advisor(s)


8:00 am

Introductory Comments – Michael P. Timko, PhD 

8:15 am

Michael M. Bechara
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: The Physicians’ Views
Thesis Advisors: Carolyn Engelhard, MPA, Health Policy Program, UVA SOM and Nadim G. Haddad, MD, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Georgetown University

8:35 am

Charlotte H. Campbell
Digesting the Metabolic Syndrome Exploring Properties of Lipin 1 in Binding Phosphospecific Antibodies in Relation to the Metabolic Syndrome and Its Significance to Healthcare
Thesis Advisor: Thurl Harris, PhD, Department of Pharmacology, UVA SOM

8:55 am

Jordan D. Burnette
The Paradox of Place: An Assessment of Perceived Barriers and Facilitators of Physical Activity in Central Appalachia
Thesis Advisors:  Elizabeth McGarvey, EdD, Department of Public Health Sciences and Diane Whaley, PhD, Applied Developmental Sciences

9:15 am

Eric D. Morris
The Growing Public Health Issue of Nosocomial Infections: Analyzing the Burden of Clostridium difficile infection on the University of Virginia Hospital
Thesis Advisor: Laurie Archbald-Pannone, MD, MPH, Department of Internal Medicine, UVA SOM


Kristina A. Burger
Vascular Risk Factors and Cognition in African American
Thesis Advisors: Carol A. Manning, PhD, Department of Neurology, UVA SOM and Ishan C. Williams, PhD, UVA School of Nursing

9:55 am

Mary Allison Kramer
Developing Small-scale Preparations of Axonal Transport Proteins for Use in the Study of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and other Neurodegenerative disease
Thesis Advisor: William Guilford, PhD, Department of Biomedical Engineering

10:15 am

Darya A. Malinina
Differential NF-kb Activation by Transposon Generated C. difficile Mutants and Recommendations for the Current C. difficile Outbreak
Thesis Advisor: William A. Petri, Jr., MD, PhD  Professor, Division Chief of Medicine, Infectious Diseases
and International Health, UVA SOM

10:35 am

Caroline K. Vines
The Future of Obamacare – Assessing the Knowledge of the PPACA and Information Preferences of the Population of Newly Eligible Americans
Thesis Advisor:  Wendy Cohen, MEd, PhD,  Department of Biomedical Informatics, UVA School of Public Health

10:55 pm

John S. Kubinski
Explaining the Unexplained: Proposed Regulatory Functions for Evolutionarily Conserved Elements in the Human Genome
Thesis Advisor: Aaron Quinlan, PhD, Department of Public Health Sciences and Center for Public Health Genomics

11:15 pm

Suraj K. Mishra
Biological Therapies for the Histone Acetyltransferase Tip60 to Target Cancer Progression and Tumorigenesis
Thesis Advisor:  Anindya Dutta, MD, PhD, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, UVA SOM

11:35 pm

Sophia S. Urban
The Role of Rhesus Monkey Rhadinovirus Tegument Protein ORF52 in Microtubule Bundling and Its Homology to Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus
Thesis Advisors: Dean H. Kedes, MD, PhD, and Melissa S. Anderson, PhD Candidate, Myles H. Thaler Center for AIDS and Human Retrovirus Research, UVA SOM

11:55 pm

Leah F. Caudell-Feagan
Evidence for Brain Drains in Lower and Middle Income Countries Using Rwanda as a Case Study
Thesis Advisor:  J. Forrest  Calland, MD, Department of Surgery, UVA SOM

12:15 pm

Closing Remarks