Research Louisville 2016
Research Louisville 2016

Research!Louisville, which took place Oct. 11-14, featured multiple seminars, two nursing symposiums, lectures, workshops, scientific poster competitions and exhibits. In addition, the University of Louisville and Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation/KentuckyOne Health sponsored an in-depth program at the Kentucky Science Center for seventh through 12th grade students interested in S.T.E.M.-related careers and research.

The Louisville Women in Medicine and Science, Greater Louisville Medical Society, and UofL’s graduate student organization, Student Policy and Outreach Program contributed to the success of the KSC event. R!L is sponsored by the University of Louisville, Norton Healthcare, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation, and University of Louisville Hospital, both part of KentuckyOne Health.

R!L accepted 350 abstracts and showcased research by master’s, doctoral basic science and engineering students, dental and medical students, post-doctoral associates/scholars, research associates, research staff, PharmD’s, medical residents, clinical fellows, public health students, nursing graduates, NCI R25 undergraduates, James Graham Brown Cancer Center high school scholars and UofL faculty. Teachers in local middle and high schools are placing a visit to the R!L scientific poster competitions on their field trip schedules. The showcase of research and opportunities to meet with research scientists on campus offers a significant learning experience for students, parents and teachers.

Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D.
Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD

R!L 2016 wrapped up its 21st annual symposium with a keynote address by Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD, director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program, followed by an awards ceremony on October 14 at the UofL Health Sciences Center.

J. Christopher States, PhD, co-chair of R!L and associate dean for research, conducted the closing program and introduced R!L sponsor representatives Gregory Postel, MD, interim executive vice president for health affairs (UofL); Rhonda Hoffman, CCRP, systems director of research administration (Norton Healthcare); and Kathey Sanders, director, major & planned gifts (KentuckyOne Health). David Hein, PhD, UofL vice provost of academic strategy, presented certificates to R!L winners. Photos of the keynote address and awards ceremony are available online

R!L 2016 Winners are listed below

Master’s Basic Science Graduate Student Award


1st place, Al Hassan Kyakulaga

Withaferin A Alone and in Combination with Paclitaxel Inhibits TGF-ß1 Induced Epithelial-To-Mesenchymal Transition, Invasion and Metastasis of Lung Cancer in Vitro.  Mentor: Ramesh Gupta

Doctoral Basic Science Graduate Student Award


1st place, Laila Al-Eryani

Induction of Cell Cycle Pathways in Human Keratinocytes at Early Stages of Chronic Exposure to Low Arsenite. Mentor: J. Christopher States

Master’s & Doctoral Engineering Student Award

Winner: Ahmed Soliman

Detection of Lung Injury Using 4D-CT Chest Images. Mentor: Ayman Elbaz

School of Dentistry Dental Student Award


1st place, Saira Ahmed

Detecting the Presence of Porphyromonas Gingivalis in Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Mentor: Richard Lamont

Norton Healthcare Medical Student Award


1st place (tie) Erika Chandler

Cardiovascular Function Following Spinal Cord Injury is Intensified by Limiting Activity. Mentor: David Magnuson

1st place (tie) Austin King

Two Nrf2 Inducing Compounds Regulate Renal Tubule Cell Signaling Differently. Mentor: Michelle Barati

Postdoctoral Fellow Award


1st place, Sajedah Hindi

TAK1 is Required for Growth and Maintenance of Skeletal Muscle Mass. Mentor: Ashok Kumar

Research Associate Award


1st place, Harshini Sarojini

Intracellular ATP Delivery Induces Macrophage Polarization and Direct Collagen Production for Faster Wound Healing. Mentor: Sufan Chien 

Research Staff Award

Winner, John Zhao

The Benzamide HDAC1 Inhibitor Entinostat Enhances the Therapeutic Potency of Human Cardiac Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in a Model of Chronic Heart Failure. Mentor: Joseph B. Moore IV

School of Medicine Medical Resident Award

Winner, Mehran Yusuf

Peri-SRS Administration of Immune Checkpoint Therapy for Melanoma Metastatic to the Brain: Investigating Efficacy and the Effects of Relative Treatment Timing on Lesion Response. Mentor: Shiao Woo

School of Medicine Clinical Research Fellow Award

Winner, Laxminarayan Bhandari

Anatomic Angulations of Dorsal Cortices of Metacarpals and Its Clinical Significance. Mentor: Elkin Galvis

Public Health & Information Sciences

Master’s Student Award, Stephen P. Furmanek

Automating Process Control Charts in Infection Control Using Open Source Software. Mentor: Timothy Wiemken

Doctoral Student Award, Jasmit Shah

The Impact and Influence of Missing Value Imputation on Down-Stream Analyses of Metabolomic Profiles. Mentor: Shesh Rai

Basic Research in Public Health Award, Collin Stocke

Arsenic Induces Functional Changes of ZRANB2 and Expression of hsa-miR-186. Mentor: J. Christopher States

Research & Practice in Public Health Award, Adaline E. Heitz

Healthy Lifestyle Impact on Breast Cancer-Specific and All-Cause Mortality. Mentor: Kathy Baumgartner

Nursing Graduate Student

Winner, Adam Booth

Nurses’ Experiences Caring for Patients at the End-Of-Life in the ICU. Mentor: Celeste Shawler

NCI Cancer Education Program Norbert J. Burzynski Award Professional Student Category


1st place, Saira Ahmed

Detecting the Presence of Porphyromonas Gingivalis in Oral Squamous Cell. Mentor: Richard Lamont

NCI Cancer Education Program Norbert J. Burzynski Award Undergraduate Student Category


1st place (tie), Delvon Mattingly

Health Behaviors and Breast Cancer Risk in Non-Hispanic White & Hispanic Women. Mentor: Richard Baumgatner

1st place (tie), Mary Ann Smith

Paracrine Induction of Macrophages by Melanoma Exosomes. Mentor: Joshua Hood

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation Basic Science Research Faculty Award

Winner, Walter Watson

Aging Alters Cystine Transport, Regulation of the Extracellular Redox Environment, and Expression of Extracellular Matrix Components in Primary Mouse Lung Fibroblasts 

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation Clinical Research Faculty Award

Winner (tie), Luz Huntington Moskos

Lung Cancer Prevention: Home Testing for Radon and Secondhand Smoke

Winner (tie), Heather Owens

Identification of Predictors of Weight-Related Behaviors in College Students

JGBCC High School Scholars


1st place, Nivedha Loganathan

Plant-Made Cholera Toxin B Subunit: A Molecular Look at Wound Healing Mechanisms. Mentor: Nobuyuki Matoba

Ruth Greenberg Award for Excellence in Medical Education Research


1st place, Alissa Doll

Clinical Skills Examination-3: Anxiety, Confidence, and Preparation Versus Performance on the Physical Exam. Mentor: Mary Carter

Louisville Chapter-Women in Medicine and Science


1st place, Abirami Krishna

Role of miR-29b-1/a in Acquired Endocrine-Resistant Breast Cancer. Mentor: Carolyn Klinge

Excellence in Health Disparities Research Award


1st place, Colette Davis

Evaluating Quality of Life, Health Behaviors, and Body Mass Index in Cervical Cancer Survivors: New Mexico’s Community Health Survey. Mentor: Kathy Baumgartner


Betty Coffman
Betty Coffman is a Communications Coordinator focused on research and innovation at UofL. A UofL alumna and Louisville native, she served as a writer and editor for local and national publications and as an account services coordinator and copywriter for marketing and design firms prior to joining UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing.