College of Pharmacy Students, Residents, Alumna among Winners during Health Sciences Research Week

April 25, 2017

The College of Pharmacy, Carver College of Medicine, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, and VA Health System Research Week events took place April 18-20 on the health sciences campus of the University of Iowa.

This year’s focus was on pediatric research. In addition to nationally- and internationally-known researchers who presented, two separate poster sessions were held with one competition for students and one for postdoctoral fellows and staff. 

Winners from the College of Pharmacy included:

Behnoush Khorsand Sourkohi, College of Pharmacy Student Category 
Mentor: Aliasgar Salem, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics
Graduate Program: Pharmaceutics
Title: Regeneration of bone using nanoplex delivery of FGF-2 and BMP-2 genes in diaphyseal long bone radial defects in a diabetic rabbit model

Megan Kelchen, College of Pharmacy Student Category
Mentor: Nicole Brogden, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics
Graduate Program: Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences
Title: Characterization of epidermal properties and skin surface analytes in children with infantile hemangiomas

Teryn Bibb, Pharmacy Resident, College of Pharmacy Staff and Postdoctoral Fellow Category
PI: Jamie Smelser, Pharmacy Practice and Science
Title: Evaluation of changes in prescribing patterns of oral anticoagulants since the approval of direct oral anticoagulants

Rachel Dyke, Pharmacy Resident, College of Pharmacy Staff and Postdoctoral Fellow Category
PI:  Elizabeth Amelon, Pharmacy Practice and Science
Title: Evaluation of dapsone for treatment of immune thrombocytopenia in pediatric patients

Kawther Ahmed, ’16 PhD, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Second Place, Creative Cover Art Category
PI: Weizhou Zhang, Pathology
Description: Single cell RNA-sequencing is a powerful tool capable of identifying unique cell populations contributing to cancer progression and treatment effectiveness. Single cell RNA sequencing of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes, specifically tumor infiltrating regulatory T cells, can unveil cellular heterogeneity otherwise unidentifiable by whole tissue RNA sequencing.

Behnoush Khorsand Sourkohi, First Place, Scientific Humor Category
​PI: Aliasger Salem, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics
Graduate Program: Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics
Description: Nosferatooth’s testimonial: "Fangs a lot doctor eating my midnight snacks is much easier now!"