Research Week 2021

Join the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine April 5th – 9th, 2021 for LSOM Research Week 2021!

LSOM Research Week is an annual university-wide event that celebrates research performed by students, faculty, postdocs, and staff across all departments, centers, institutes and education programs.

Carol North Keynote Speaker


Schedule of Events

See the table below for complete schedule of events. More events are being added so check back often! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Monday, April 5th 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMWelcome/Opening Remarks and LSOM Trainee Poster SessionRobert Hromas, MD
Dean of the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine
11:00 AM to 12:00 PMUS Army Institute of Surgical Research Research Priorities and Opportunities for CollaborationCOL Andrew Cap, MD, PhD
Director of Research
US Army Institute of Surgical Research
12:00PM to 1:00 PMPanel Presentation with Department of Defense funded faculty and Military Health Institute Research SupportByron Hepburn, MD
Director, UTHSA Military Health Institute
1:00PM to 2:00PMEffective Introduction Sections for Revised ApplicationsKaren Klein, MA, ELS, GPC, MWC
Owner, Clarus Editorial Services
2:00 PM to 3:00 PMIntroduction to the Institute for Integration of Medicine and ScienceMark Goldberg, MD
Robert Clark, MD
Tuesday, April 6th9:00 AM to 11:30 AMLive judging of top LSOM trainee postersLSOM Office for Research
12:00 PM to 1:00 PMDepartment of Psychiatry Opening Remarks and Faculty Data BlitzDepartment of Psychiatry
1:15 PM to 2:30 PMDepartment of Psychiatry Grand Rounds featuring Psychiatry and Psychology Resident PresentationsDepartment of Psychiatry
2:00 PM to 4:30 PMLive judging of top LSOM trainee postersLSOM Office for Research
2:45 PM to 4:00 PMDepartment of Psychiatry Poster SessionDepartment of Psychiatry
Wednesday, April 7th10:00 AM to 10:30 AMLong School of Medicine Academy of Educational Scholars drop-in informational session LSOM Academy of Educational Scholars
10:00 AM to 11:00 AMAnatomy of a BiosketchKaren Klein, MA, ELS, GPC, MWC
Owner, Clarus Editorial Services
11:00 AM to 1:00 PMVeritas Mentors in Medicine (MiM) ShowcaseLSOM Office of Undergraduate Medical Education
1:00 PM to 3:00 PMLSOM faculty and staff poster session, featuring the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology LSOM Office for Research and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Thursday, April 8th9:00 AM to 10:00 AMUT Health SA Proposal Writing and Grant Development ProgramsSunil Ahuja, MD
Donald Dougherty, PhD
Joel Tsevat, MD, MPH
12:00 PM to 2:00 PMDepartment of Surgery Podium PresentationsMio Kitano, MD, FACS
Don Jenkins, MD, FACS
Susannah Nicholson, MD, MS, FACS
Brian Eastridge, MD, FACS
Daniel Dent, MD, FACS
Paula Shireman, MD, MS, MBA
12:00 PM to 1:00 PMStrategies for Communicating with NIH Program OfficersKate Aultman, PhD
Director of Special Projects, Academic Research and Compliance
2:00 PM to 3:00 PMKeynote Presentation: New Insights in Disaster Mental Health Emerging from the COVID-19 PandemicCarol North, MD

Nancy and Ray L. Hunt Chair in Crisis Psychiatry
UT Southwestern Medical Center
3:00 PM to 3:30 PMLSOM award ceremony LSOM Office for Research
Friday, April 9th9:00 AM to 10:00 AMResearch Core Information PanelRamiro Ramirez-Solis, PhD
Manzoor Bhat, PhD
Matt Hart, PhD
10:00 AM to 11:00 AMAcademy of Educational Scholars panel discussion LSOM Academy of Educational Scholars
11:00 AM to 12:00 PMLSOM Research Administration Support Services Introduction and Q&ASunny Thompson, Senior Manager & Assoc. Director of Research Operations LSOM Central Research Administration Support
12:00 PM to 1:00 PMMedical student research elective information sessionDon Dougherty, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
Courtney Peebles, MPH
Operations Manager, Office for Research

Research Day 2021 Top Poster Winners

Medical Student
1st place: Tyler Bahr, Hamzah Khalaf*, Yidong Bai*. Structural and Functional Changes in the Mouse Retina After Knockdown of Mitochondrial Chaperone GRP75. 

2nd place: Meng Wang, Swati Banerjee*. Genetic Dissection of Neural Circuits Underlying Motor Coordination. 

3rd place: Amber Warren, Connor McDonald, Joshua Walker, Edward Sako, Dawn Hui*. Prediction of Acute Kidney Injury After CABG: An Exploratory Analysis of the ACEF Tool.

Honorable Mention: Ryan Bitar, Harrison Pollard, Luis Garza, Matt Parker, Carlos Ortiz, Rajeev Suri, Jorge Lopera, Ho Young Song, John Walker*. Evaluation of an Experimental Radiopaque Microsphere in an Ex Vivo Perfusion Model.

Graduate Student
1st place: Hannah B. Elam, Stephanie M. Perez, Jennifer J. Donegan, Daniel J. Lodge*. Orexin Receptor Antagonists Reverse Aberrant Dopamine Neuron Activity and Related Behaviors in a Rodent Model of Stress-Induced Psychosis. 

2nd place: Andy Banh, Stacy Hussong, Candice Van Skike, Angela Olson, Stephen Hernandez, Rakez Kayed, Veronica Galvan*. Tau-induced Endothelial Cell Impairment as a Driver of Microvascular Dysfunction in Alzheimer’s Disease. 

3rd place: Mustafa Mithaiwala, Allison Garrison, Juan Morales, Jason O’Connor*. The Role of BDNF-TRKB in Modulating LPS Induced Neuroinflammatory Response.

Honorable Mention: Nicole R. Hensch, Long Wang, Kathy Bondra, Xiang Zhao, Myron Ignatius*. MEK Inhibitor, Trametinib, Increases FN-RMS Sensitivity to Radiation by Downregulating SNAI2.

Xiangya Visiting Student
1st place: Shuting Chen, Jing Xie, Manzoor A. Bhat, Swati Banerjee*. Drosophila Homolog of the Human Carpenter Syndrome Associated Gene, dMegf8, is Essential for Proper Synaptic Development and Function.

2nd place: Cheng Chang, Qian Shi, Manzoor Bhat*. Mechanistic Studies of Human CNTNAP1 Mutations in Novel Congenital Neuropathy.

1st place: Alison M. Kimura, Jessian L. Munoz*, Elly Xenakis, Donald H. Jenkins, Maxwell A. Braverman, Patrick S. Ramsey, Kayla E. Ireland. A Pilot Program with Whole Blood Transfusion Reduces Overall Component Transfusion in Cases of Placenta Accreta Spectrum.

Mustafa Khan, Christian Cervantes, Suryavathi Viswanadhapalli, Hui Yan, Ratna Vadlamudi, Zhenming Xu*. PD-L1-expressing B-cells Promote Murine Breast Cancer Development and Mediate the Response to Anti-PD-L1 Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor to Up-Regulate B-cell CD86 and Inhibit Tumor Growth.

3rd place (tie): Tran Nguyen, Yun Shi, Fozia Ali*, Hannah Korman, Alvin Estacio, Melanie Tran, Jasmine Rodriguez, Paula Winkler, Ariel Gomez, Robert Wood, Bexar TAB. Preventing Bacterial Pneumonia in a Viral Pandemic. 

3rd place (tie): Tebyan Rabbani, Jay Shah*. Implementation of a Novel Biliary Atresia Screening Protocol at UHS.

Postdoctoral Fellow
1st place: Fabio A. Vigil, Vladislav Bugay, Aiola P. Stoja, Sang H. Chun, Deborah M. Holstein, James D. Lechleiter, Martin Paukert, Robert Brenner, Mark S. Shapiro*. Preclinical and Mechanistic Study of the Acute and Long-term Beneficial Effects of Kv7 Current Augmentation after a Traumatic Brain Injury.

2nd place: Susan M. Greene, Yatzil R. Sanchez, Nikhita Pathapati, Gianna N. Davis, Georgianna G. Gould*. Autism Like Behaviors in Offspring of LEPRDB/+ Mouse Model of Gestational Diabetes.

Virtual Research Day 2020 Top Poster Winners

Medical Student
Meredith Hosek, Dylan De Muth, Joshua Katuri, Elizabeth Stewart, Amena Qavi, Fozia Ali*, Inez Cruz, Valerie Davis, Renee Del Carmen, Sireesha Teegala, Maryse Bakouetila, Wendy Lin, Sabeen Abdullah, Robert Wood, Jasmine Rodriguez, Paula Winkler: Responding to Nutrition as a Top Health Priority at a San Antonio Mosque through Team Behavior Change. Department of Family & Community Medicine.

Graduate Student
Petra E. Pederson, Huiyun Liang, Susan L. Mooberry*: Evaluating the Effects of Eribulin and Paclitaxel on Exosome Formation and Cargo in Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cells. Department of Pharmacology.

Xiangya Visiting Student
Jing Xie, Swati Banerjee*: A New Drosophila Model of Parkinson’s Disease. Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology.

Sophia Ahmed, Adriana Povlow, Christopher Graham, James Cardwell, Craig Cooley*, RJ Sontag: Surgical Airway Models for Low Resource Settings. Department of Emergency Medicine.

Martin G. Schwacha, Shannon R. Scroggins, Susannah E. Nicholson, Meenakshi Rani: Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells and the Immunoinflammatory Response to Injury. Department of Surgery.

Winners are first-author on poster.

* indicates mentor.