Student Honors, Awards, and Presentations

Nearly all of the students in the Molecular Pathology Program graduate with several peer-reviewed publications to their credit, and most also attend and present their research at regional and national meetings in their areas of expertise. 

2013:

At the South East Lipid Research Conference at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA September 26-28, 2013:

  • Mingxia Liu, PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow) won 1st Place for Outstanding Post Doctoral Presentation for her poster entitled "Liver-specific Overexpression of Apolipoprotein M Stimulates Production of Larger, apoM/S1P Enriched Plasma HDL".
  • Gwynneth Thomas (graduate student) gave an oral presentation entitled "Inhibition of the Serine Hydrolase BHD6 Protects Against the Development of the Metabolic Syndrome".
  • Ricquita Pollard (graduate student) presented a poster entitled "ApoA-I Lipidation and a Novel Role for PCPE2".
  • Helen Cuffe (graduate student) presented a poster entitled "Adipose Specific Deletion of ATP Binding Cassette Transporter A1 (ABCA1) Results in Increased Adipose Tissue Inflammation and Dysfunction".
  • Swapnil Shewale (graduate student) presented a talk and poster presentation entitled "Role of Leukocyte GPR120 in n-3 vs. n-6 PUFA induced atheroprotection in LDLrKO mice".

At the 2013 Kern Lipid Conference on "Molecular Mechanisms and Pathophysiology of Lipid Storage", July 29-August 1, 2013 in Vail, CO:

  • Mingxia Liu (Postdoctoral Fellow) gave a poster presentation entitled "Liver-specific Overexpression of Apolipoprotein M Stimulates Production of Larger, ApoM/S1P Enriched Plasma HDL". Mingxia won an Early Career Investigators Travel Award.
  • Gwynneth Thomas (Graduate Student) gave a poster presentation entitled "The Serine Hydrolase ABHD6 is a Critical Regulator of Energy Expenditure and Metabolic Disease". Gwyn won an Early Career Investigators Travel Award.
  • Helen Cuffe (Graduate Student) gave a poster presentation entitled "Adipose Specific Deletion of ATP Binding Cassette Transporter A1 (ABCA1) Results in Increased Adipose Tissue Inflammation and Dysfunction". Helen won an Early Career Investigators Travel Award.

At the 2013 Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology ( ATVB) Scientific Sessions, Lake Buena Vista, FL, May 1-May 3, 2013:

  • Xin Bi (graduate student) gave both oral presentation and a poster presentation of "Myeloid Cell Specific ABCA1 Deletion has Minimal Impact on Atherosgeneis in Atherogenic Diet-fed LDL Receptor Knockout Mice." Xin was also selected as a Finalist for the Junior Investigator Award for Women.
  • Melissa VerHague (graduate student) gave an oral presentation titled "Apolipoprotein A-IV Enhances Triglyceride Secretion and Reduces Hepatic Lipid Content By Promoting ApoB Containing-lipoprotein Particle Expansion in Livers of Steatotic Mice" and was awarded an ATVB Travel Award for Young Investigators.
  •  Stephanie Marshall (graduate student) presented a poster"Acute hepatic ACAT2 Knockdown Transiently Increases Plasma and Hepatic Free Cholesterol and Fecal Neutral Sterol Excretion."
  •   Ricquita Pollard  (graduate student) presented a poster titled "Lipid Acquisition by ApoA-I and a Novel Role for PCPE2" and gave an oral presentation titled "Title of PCPE2- A Molecular Modulator of HDL Functionality: Role in HDL Biogenesis, Metabolism and Atherosclerosis."
  • Manya Warrier, PhD (postdoctoral fellow) gave an oral presentation titled "Role of FMO3 in Hepatic Cholesterol Metabolism and TICE," and was awarded an ATVB Travel Award for Young Investigators.

Ayana Martin (Graduate Student) presented her poster "Coordinated Induction of cPLA2 and COX-2 by LPS Stimulation" at the Georgia Tech Graduate Technical (GT2) Symposium in Atlanta, GA, March 9, 2013; and at Science in the Mountains in Boone, NC, where it won 3rd Place in Poster Presentations April 12, 2013
Date of Presentation: 4/12/2013.

Daniel Ferguson's poster presentation "Development of a Transgenic Mouse Model for Hepatitis C Virus Core Protein Induced Hepatic Steatosis" was a runner-up in the Basic Science category at Graduate Student Research Day, Bridger Field House in Winston-Salem, NC, March 21, 2013.

Mingxia Liu's Poster presentation "Liver-specific Overexpression of ApoM Stimulates Production of Larger, ApoM/S1P Enriched Plasma HDL" won a prize for excellent research and was selected for oral presentation at the Deuel Conference on Lipids in Napa, CA, March 4-9, 2013.

2012: 

Mingxia Liu gave an oral presentation on "Hepatic ApoM and HDL Metabolism", Southeast Regional Lipid Conference, Nov. 8, 2012, Cashiers, NC.

At the South East Lipid Research Conference in Pine Mountain, GA, October  26-29, 2012:

  • Ricquita Pollard won Second Place Award in the Poster Competition. The title of her poster presentation was "Essential Domain Transition Involving Central Helical Repeats Prevent Lipid-Free ApoA-I From Acquiring Lipid."
  • Caleb Lord presented a poster entitled : "Dual Deficiency of CGI-58 and ATGL in Mice Uncovers Distinct Roles in Hepatic Triglyceride Metabolism and Inflammation" and won First Place Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Poster Presentation. 
  • Tian Lan presented a poster entitled: "Interruption of Ileal vs. Basolateral Bile Acid Transport Differentially Affect cholesterol Metabolism and Atherosclerosis Development."
  • Mingxia Liu's poster was called "Liver Overexpression of apoM Increases HDL Particle Size and Plasma HDL S1P Levels."
  • Daniel Ferguson presented a poster presentation on "Development of a Transgenic Mouse Model for Hepatitis C Virus Core Protein Induced Hepatic Steatosis." 
  • Kristina Brzoza-Lewis, PhD,  gave a talk on  "Sphingosine-1-phosphate signaling exacerbates atherosclerosis and autoimmunity in diet-fed LDLr-/-, apoA-I-/- mice."

At the FASEB Meeting, Snowmass Village, CO, July 22-27, 2012:  

  • Gwynneth Thomas presented a poster called "The Serine Hydrolase ABHD6 is a Critical Regulator of Triacylglycerol Metabolism."
  • Caleb Lord presented a poster titled "ABHD5/CGI-58 Knockdown in Mice Prevents Obesity and Rapidly Increases Macrophage Content in White Adipose Tissue."

At the Gordon Research Seminar and Gordon Research Conference on Lipoprotein Metabolism in Waterville Valley, NH, June 16-22, 2012: 

  • Stephanie Marshall presented a poster, "Acute hepatic ACAT2 knockdown transiently increases plasma and hepatic free cholesterol and fecal neutral sterol excretion."
  • Mingxia Liu presented a talk on "Hepatic ABCA1 Modulates VLDL TG Secretion by Regulating apoB Trafficking" and a poster,  "Liver Overexpression of apoM Increased Plasma HDL Size and S1P Level."

At the Kern Lipid Research Conference in Vail, CO, July 12-15, 2012, Xin Bi received an Early Career Investigator Award of Excellence at the meeting.  She presented a poster titled "Macrophage ABCA1 expression decreases inflammation, but increases plasma apoB lipoprotein in atherogenic diet-fed LDL receptor knockout mice."

At the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 2012:  Fitriya Dewi, DVM, presented a poster:  "In-Utero, but not Pubertal, Soy Exposure Suppresses Estrogen-Regulated Gene Expression in Nonhuman Primate Breast." That poster also received the Best Poster Award at the 7th Annual Women's Health Research Day in Winston-Salem, NC, May 1, 2012.

The American Health Association Mid-Atlantic Affiliate offered three fellowships:

  • Mingxia Liu ("Hepatic ABCA1 and VLDL TG Secretion") and  Caleb Lord ("CGI-58/AH5 Regulates Macrophage Accumulation in Adipose Tissue") each received a 1-year Predoctoral Fellowship Grant from July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013.
  • Jun Zhang, PhD received a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant  for "Distinct Roles of Hepatic and Intestinal ACAT2 in Promoting Atherosclerosis Progression," from July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014.

Tian Lan  won a Travel Award and presented at a Research Workshop: Bile Acid-Mediated Integration of Metabolism and Liver Disease, NIH, Bethesda, MD, June 8, 2012. The title of his talk was "Inactivation of Basolateral Transporter OSTa-OSTb alters Bile Acid Homeostasis via the FXR-FGF15 Pathway."

Kelly E. Ethun, DVM PhD, and Caleb C. Lord were awarded the 2012 Lawrence L. Rudel Most Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Molecular Pathology on May 18, 2012. This new award goes to the most productive and promising graduate student(s) for excellence in research during the year.

At the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology  2012 Meetings in Chicago, IL, April 18-20:

  • Philip MacArthur presented a poster entitled "Impact of Liver-Specific Transgenic Overexpression of Drosophila and Human MTP on Diet-Induced Hepatic Steatosis and Lipoprotein Secretion"
  • Stephanie Marshall  won a Travel Award for Young Investigators for her presentation "Reducing Hepatic Very Low Density Lipoprotein Production by Knockdown of Microsomal Triglyceride Transfer protein Decreases Transintestinal Cholesterol Excretion," and was co-author of "Tissue-specific Knockouts of ACAT2 Reveal that Intestinal Depletion is Sufficient to Prevent Diet-induced Cholesterol Accumulation in the Liver and Blood."
  • Jun Zhang, PhD, won a Travel Award for Young Investigators  for the presentation: "Tissue-specific Knockouts of ACAT2 Reveal that Intestinal Depletion is Sufficient to Prevent Diet-induced Cholesterol Accumulation in the Liver and Blood"
  • Kristina Brzoza-Lewis, PhD, won a Travel Award for Young Investigators for her presentation "Regulation of Peripheral Tissue Inflammation Links Autoimmunity and Atherosclerosis."  She also presented a poster of the same title at the Keystone Symposia: Molecular Basis of Vascular Inflammation and Atherosclerosis in Big Sky, MT.

At the Wake Forest School of Medicine Graduate School Research Day March 28:

  • Swapnil Shewale's poster presentation "Echium Oil and Borage Oil are as Atheroprotective as Fish Oil in Mice" was a runner up in the integrative category.
  • Tian Lan  presented a poster entitled: "inactivation of Basolateral Transporter OSTa-OSTb alters Bile Acid Homeostasis via the FXR-FGF15 Pathway."

2011: 

  • Mingxia Liu presented a poster "Hepatic ABCA1 Plays a Novel Role in Regulating TG Secretion by Modulating ApoB Trafficking in Hepatocytes." at the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2011 Scientific Sessions in Chicago, IL, April 28-30, 2011; and the South East lipid Research Conference, September, 2011.
  • Postdoctoral fellow Paul Listrani, DVM, presented a poster "Do Metabolic Indicators Predict Diastolic Dysfunction in a Nonhuman Primate Model of Cardiometabolic Syndrome?" at the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2011 Scientific Sessions in Chicago, IL, April 28-30, 2011.
  • Xue Ma won a travel award for her presentation "RHAMM Inhibits Smooth Muscle Cell Constrictive Matrix Remodeling," at the NAVBO Workshops in Vascular Biology 2011, in Hyannis, MA.
  • Swapnil Shewale presented a poster entitled "Echium Oil and Borage Oil as Atheroprotective as Fish Oil in Mice" at the 2011 South East Lipid Research Conference at Calloway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, October 6-8. 
  • Caleb Lord presented a poster and talk titled 'CGI-58/Abhd5 Regulates Macrophage Content in Adipose Tissue;" he won Second Place Prize in the graduate student poster competition at the 2011 South East Lipid Research Conference at Calloway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, October 6-8.
  • Gwynneth Thomas presented a poster title "Expression Profiling of the Alpha Beta Hydrolase Domain (ABHD) Protein Family in Murine and Human Obesity" at the 2011 South East Lipid Research Conference at Calloway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, October 6-8.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow Amanda Brown, PhD, gave an oral presentation entitled "Alterations in Monocyte Subsets and Monocyte Trafficking by Omega-3 Fatty Acids" at the 2011 South East Lipid Research Conference at Calloway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, October 6-8. 
  • Caleb Lord has received a travel scholarship to attend  the Keystone Symposia entitled "Lipid Biology and Lipotoxicity,"  at INEF - Ireland's National Events and Conf. Centre, Killarney Co., Kerry, Ireland - May 15-20, 2011.  Caleb's poster presentation is entitled "CGI-58/ABHD5 - Derived Signaling Lipids Regulate Systemic Inflammation and Insulin Action." 
  • Amanda Brown, PhD, gave a poster presentation at the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2011 Scientific Sessions in Chicago, IL, April 28-30, 2011. Her poster was called "Alterations of Monocyte Subsets in Atherosclerosis by Omega-3 Fatty Acids."
  • Xin Bi won a Travel Award for Young Investigators to attend the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2011 Scientific Sessions. The award was given from the Council on ATVB.  Her presentation was a poster entitled "Hepatic ABCA1 in C57BL/6 LDLr-/- Mice Does not Impair Macrophage Reverse Cholesterol Transport During the Pathogenesis of Atherosclerosis."  Meeting was held in Chicago, IL, April 28-30, 2011.
  • Gwynneth Thomas presented a poster entitled "Safety, Immunogenicity and Efficacy of a Novel Dengue Virus Serotype-2 Vaccine in the African Green Monkey" at the 4th Annual Proteins Congress and Vaccines Congress in London, England, April 2-6, 2011. 
  • Caleb Lord presented a poster entitled "A Role for CGI-58 in the Inflammatory Response to Endotoxin," at the Research Day and Hot Topics Forum, Wake Forest University Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences, Bridger Field House, Winston-Salem, NC, March 22, 2011.
  • Stephanie Marshall presented a poster entitled "Importance of Hepatic ACAT2 in Driving Cholesterol Ester accumulation in NAFLD," at the Research Day and Hot Topics Forum, Wake Forest University Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences, Bridger Field House, Winston-Salem, NC, March 22, 2011.
  • Xuewei Zhu received a travel award to attend the 2011 Deuel Conference on Lipids in Napa Valley March 1-4, 2011. She presented a talk called "Deletion of ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1) in macrophages protects mice from Listeria monocytogenes infection." 

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