Research Symposium 2023

Symposium date: Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Long School of Medicine Office for Research is excited to present our annual research symposium!
During our annual symposium, the LSOM Dean’s Office for Research will offer research poster sessions, host basic and clinical science research presentations, and offer multiple cash prizes to research presenters to celebrate the exciting research being carried out by our trainees, staff, and faculty.

Keynote speaker:


Laurence Morel, PhD

Professor and Department Chair

Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics

Zachry Foundation Distinguished Chair in Microbiology and Immunology


Poster Session:

We invite faculty, staff, and trainees to submit a poster presentation illustrating completed or ongoing researchPoster sessions will be held on Thursday, March 30th, 2023 from 11 AM – 11:40 AM and 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM.

Cash awards will be given to top posters in the following categories: medical student, medical resident, clinical fellow, graduate student, visiting student, postdoctoral fellow, best overall clinical research poster, and best basic/translational research poster.

Student & Trainee Poster Application Link | Faculty & Staff Poster Application Link

Research Symposium Itinerary

8:00 AMDoors Open/BreakfastHolly Foyer
8:50 AM-9:00 AMWelcome and Opening RemarksManzoor A. Bhat, MS, PhD,
Vice Dean for Research (Interim) Long School of Medicine,
Professor and Chair,
Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Holly Auditorium
9:00 AM-10:00 AMBasic Science Research Podium PresentationsPreston Klein, MS3
Mentor: Georgianna Gould, PhD
Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology
Holly Auditorium
Behnam Ebrahimi, PhD Student
Mentor: Ratna Vadlamudi, PhD
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Weixing Wilson Zhao, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology
Carie R. Boychuk, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
10:00 AM-11:00 AMClinical Research Podium PresentationsAbigail Johnson, MS2 and Luis Vasquez, MS3
Mentors: Katie Wiggins-Dohlvik, MD and Susannah Nicholson, MD
Department of Surgery
Holly Auditorium
John Myers, MD, PGY3
Mentor: Susannah Nicholson, MD
Department of Surgery
Maria S. (Sukie) Rayas, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Suryavathi Viswanadhapalli, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Division of Reproductive Research
11:00 AM -12:30 PMLunch, Poster Sessions, and Research Resource FairHolly Courtyard
11:00 AM-11:40 AMPoster Session I Holly Foyer and Breezeway
11:45 AM-12:30 PMPoster Session IIHolly Foyer and Breezeway
12:45 PM-1:45 PMResident and Fellow Research PresentationsDivya Chandramohan, MD
3rd Year Fellow
Mentor: Jose Zuluaga, MD
Department of Medicine 
Holly Auditorium
Sokratis Charisis, MD (PGY2)
Mentor: Claudia Satizabal, PhD
Department of Population Health Sciences
Ankur Tiwari, MD (PGY3)
Mentor: LuZhe Sun, PhD
Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy
Mustafa Mithaiwala, PhD
Post-doctoral Fellow
Mentor: Jason O'Connor, PhD
Department of Pharmacology
2:00 PM-2:45 PMKeynote Presentation Laurence Morel, PhD, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, and Zachry Foundation Distinguished Chair in Microbiology and ImmunologyHolly Auditorium
2:45 PM-3:00 PMAward CeremonyRemarks provided by Robert Hromas, MD, Dean and Professor of Medicine,
Long School of Medicine
Holly Auditorium