MSBRF winners include UNMC students

March 26, 2018

The 49th Annual Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum (MSBRF), co-sponsored by UNMC and Creighton University (CU), was held Feb. 17.

The MSBRF provides an opportunity for students from UNMC, CU, and the Midwest region to prepare abstracts of their original research and to present their work to faculty and peers in a collegial, low-stress learning environment. Presentation formats include oral and poster presentations, each competing for cash awards.

At the forum, 140 students (94 graduate students/residents and 46 medical/professional students) presented their research in oral and poster sessions from:

  • Creighton University School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy and Health Professions;
  • UNMC;
  • Hennepin County Medical Center;
  • Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science;
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science;
  • Southern Illinois University; and
  • South Dakota State University.

The forum's award winners included:

Poster Presentation, Medical Student

  • First: John Bader, UNMC
  • Second: Jennifer Young, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Third: Sabina Cashin, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Fourth: Kathryn Zweck, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Poster Presentation, Graduate Student

  • First (tie): Dina Gomez, CU
  • First (tie): Thandiwe Jere, UNMC
  • Second: Pauravi Gandhi, CU
  • Third: Erica Sequeira, CU
  • Fourth: Saswati Karmakar, UNMC

Oral Presentation, Medical Student

  • First: Eric Wolatz, UNMC
  • Second: Rohan Khazanchi, UNMC
  • Third: Zhuo Wang, UNMC
  • Fourth: Chien Jung, UNMC

Oral Presentation, Graduate Student

  • First: Brady Sillman, UNMC
  • Second: Garima Kaushik, UNMC
  • Third: Ethan Metz, UNMC
  • Fourth (tie): Robert Todd, CU
  • Fourth (tie): William Boyle, CU

In addition to the forum awards, UNMC departmental cash awards were awarded to:
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Oral Presentation

  • First: Garima Kaushik
  • Second: Yiqian Wang

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Poster Presentation

  • First: Saswati Karmakar
  • Second: Koelina Ganguly

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center

  • Ethan Metz

Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy

  • Aniruddha Sarkar

Graduate College

  • Brady Sillman

Department of Pathology and Microbiology

  • Jere Thandiwe

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