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<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The 2022 IMPRS Summer Research Program was a success! Take a look at the award and scholarship recipients who showcased their research </span> at the Research Symposium&nbsp;on July 28 and 29, 2022, in Indianapolis, IN.

2022 IMPRS Scholarship and Award Recipients

2022 IMRPS overview photo
The 2022 IMPRS Summer Research Program was a SUCCESS!  At the conclusion of the program, Indiana University School of Medicine medical students showcased their research in person at the IMPRS 2022 Research Symposium on July 28 and 29, 2022, in Indianapolis, IN. Students from all nine IU School of Medicine campuses presented their work in the areas of laboratory, translational and clinical research, community engagement, education and health outcomes.  Every student’s abstract, poster PDF, and video recording of their presentation were evaluated by faculty judges. Below are the recipients who have received specific scholarships, awards, and recognitions for their research project. Congratulations to all the students who participated in the 2022 IMPRS Summer Research Program and thank you to all the faculty who participated as mentors and reviewers. 


2022 IMPRS Scholarship and Award Recipients

Hazel and Tommy Thompson Cardiac Research Scholarship Award

  • Jonathan Arnold
    • Project title: Design Improvement and Deployment Efficacy of Novel 3D-Printed Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffolds in Coronary Artery Atherosclerosis
    • Faculty Mentor: Mike Sturek, PhD
  • Katrina Fliotos
    • Project title: Creating a patient registry for Parkview vein clinic
    • David Sowden, MD
  • Noah Nisen
    • Project title: One-Carbon Metabolism, a Nutrient Dependent Mediator of Angiogenesis and Alveolar Formation in the Developing Lung
    • Faculty Mentor: Margaret Schwarz, MD


General Excellence Award

  • Austin Darden
    • Project title: The Effect of Large Femoral Heads and Acetabular Cup Position on PROMs after Modern Posterior Approach THA
    • Faculty Mentor: Michael Meneghini, MD
  • Alexandra LaShell
    • Project title: Mixed Methods Analysis of Patient Utilization and Trust of Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
    • Faculty Mentor: Nancy Glober, MD
  • Claudia Li
    • Project title: The Relationship Between Loneliness and Quality of Life in Older Adults
    • Faculty Mentor: Nicole Fowler, PhD
  • Sydnye Nosbusch
    • Project title: Relationships Between Health Behaviors, Social Determinants of Health, and Patient Demographics in an Urban Northwest Indiana Hospital
    • Faculty Mentors: Jonathan Guerrero, PharmD and Baraka Muvuka, PhD, MPH
  • Payal Patel
    • Project title: Immunoreactive Trypsinogen Levels in Infants Born to Women with Cystic Fibrosis Taking Elexacaftor-Tezacaftor-Ivacaftor
    • Faculty Mentors: Don B Sanders, MD and James Chmiel, MD
  • Anastasiya Yakovlyeva
    • Project title: Racial disparities in a community-based addiction reduction (CARE) program for women of reproduction age with substance use disorder
    • Faculty Mentor: Deb Litzelman, MD
  • Angela Zhao
    • Project title: Therapeutic Effects of Benzoylacetonitrile on Microglia Activation in Multiple Sclerosis
    • Faculty Mentor: Jui-Hung Jimmy Yen, PhD, MS


Marvella Bayh Memorial Scholarship

  • Kéyana Foster
    • Project title: EPHA2 is a potential target for the treatment of NF2-/-Vestibular Schwannoma
    • Faculty Mentor: Charles Yates, MD

NIH NEI-T35 Award

  • Michael Happe
    • Project title: Clinical Features Distinguishing Diabetic Retinopathy Severity Using Artificial Intelligence
    • Faculty Mentor: Amir Hajrasouliha, MD


  • Jessica Miller
    • Project title: Protease-Activated-Receptors 1 and 2 Antagonists Block the  Initiation of Food Allergy
    • Faculty Mentor: Joan Cook-Mills, PhD
  • Savannah Phipps
    • Project title: Evaluating the Effects of Targeted Drug Therapies for 8q24.3 Amplified Breast Cancer
    • Faculty Mentor: Harikrishna Nakshatri, MD
  • Sarah Spivak
    • Project title: A Cancer Cell's Toolbox for Conquering Other Organs: Discovering and Combating the Secretome of a Metastasis Capable Cancer Cell
    • Faculty Mentor: Harikrishna Nakshatri, MD
  • Kennedy Stoll
    • Project title: Characterization of a conserved cysteine residue in the papillomavirus E2 protein
    • Faculty Mentor: Elliot Androphy, PhD


William H. and Fern L. Hardiman Scholarship 

  • Emily Heldman
    • Project title: Histologic Diversity of Thymic Epithelial Tumors in Patients with Myasthenia Gravis
    • Faculty Mentors: Ken Kesler, MD and Pat Loehrer, MD
  • Quinn Kaurich
    • Project title: Targeted Inhibition of the HGF/c-met Pathway by Merestinib Augments the effects of Albumin-bound Paclitaxel in Gastric Cancer
    • Faculty Mentor: Niranjan Awasthi, PhD
  • Gloria Xue
    • Project title: Spatial Transcriptomic Profiling of Cutaneous Melanoma Progression
    • Faculty Mentor: Matt Turner, MD, PhD


The Phillip A. Hoskins Foundation

  • Reid Masterson

    • Project title: Mechanical Thrombectomy Outcome in COVID-19 Thrombosis
    • Faculty Mentor: Jerry Kovoor, MD


Claude Smith Black, MD, Award for Outstanding Work in Research

  • Jasmine Moawad
    • Project title: Tmprss3 deficiency does not affect auditory neuron differentiation: Implications for cochlear implantation
    • Faculty Mentor: Rick Nelson, MD, PhD

2022 IMPRS Presentation Finalist Award

  • Ailish Cornwell
    • Project title: The reach, implementation, and effectiveness of virtual sex education for foster care youth
    • Faculty Mentor: Mary Ott, MD
  • Carli King
    • Project title: Challenges of Recruitment of Diverse Populations in Clinical Research
    • Faculty Mentor: Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS
  • Louis Laniak
    • Project title: Trends in Metastases of Stage IV Thymic Epithelial Tumors
    • Faculty Mentors: Ken Kesler, MD and Pat Loehrer, MD
  • Liam Mungcal
    • Project title: Improving Family and Surrogate Research Engagement in Nursing Homes
    • Faculty Mentor: Kathleen Unroe, MD
  • Keegan Riggs
    • Project title: Inhibition of CaMKK2 Decreases Progression of Post-traumatic Osteoarthritis
    • Faculty Mentor: Uma Sankar, PhD
  • Paul Smith
    • Project title: Epidemiology of Pediatric Uveitis in Indiana
    • Faculty Mentor: Martha Rodriguez, MD
  • Hannah Witting
    • Project title: Challenges of Recruitment of Diverse Populations in Clinical Research
    • Faculty Mentor: Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS
  • Brice Wuthrich
    • Project title: Evaluation of Chemotherapeutic Outcomes for Thymic Carcinoma Patients
    • Faculty Mentors: Ken Kesler, MD and Pat Loehrer, MD

2022 IMPRS Presentation Honorable Mention

  • Sunjay Anekal
    • Project title: Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Derived Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Promote Muscle Fiber Regeneration in a Diabetic Mouse Model of Critical Limb Threatening Ischemia
    • Faculty Mentor: Michael Murphy, MD
  • Larry Chen
    • Project title: Validation of the Modified Radiographic Union Score for Tibia Fractures (mRUST) in Female Murine Femoral Fractures
    • Faculty Mentor: Melissa Kacena, PhD, MS
  • Stephanie Diaz
    • Project title: Intravital Microscopy Optimization for Murine Tail Lymphedema Model
    • Faculty Mentor: Al Hassanein, MD
  • Sarah Doherty
    • Project title: Changes in Cortical Composition during Gyrification in the Developing Brain
    • Faculty Mentor: Kara Garcia, PhD
  • Nicole Jansen
    • Project title: Continuous Parathyroid Hormone Treatment Improves Bone Formation Rate in Parathyroidectomized Rats
    • Faculty Mentor: Matt Allen, PhD
  • Alexis Macha
    • Project title: Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitor and Angiotensin Receptor Blocker Use and ICU Delirium Incidence
    • Faculty Mentors: Babar Khan, MD and Sikandar Khan, MS, DO
  • Victoria Martine
    • Project title: Does Intraesophageal Bougie Use Prevent Post-operative Dysphagia in Laparoscopic  Nissen Fundoplication?
    • Faculty Mentor: Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD, FACS, FASMBS
  • Precious Okoruwa
    • Project title: Grounded Practical Theory Analysis of Patient-Provider Communication with Black Women Participating in Breast Cancer Clinical Trials
    • Faculty Mentor: Kathi Ridley-Merriweather, MA
  • Leah Peipert
    • Project title: Complications in Burn Patients Following Fluid Over-Resuscitation
    • Faculty Mentor: James Kraatz, MD
  • Taylor Prechtel
    • Project title: The Role of the Integrated Stress Response in the Biologic Response of Keratinocytes to UVB Exposure
    • Faculty Mentor: Dan Spandau, MS, PhD
  • Ibrahim Rehman
    • Project title: Development of PET Tracers of Glutamine Metabolism
    • Faculty Mentor: Michael Schulte, PhD
  • Raymond Smith
    • Project title: Outcomes of Arterial and Caval Resection During Post-Chemotherapy Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection in Metastatic Testicular Cancer
    • Faculty Mentor: Sandra McCabe, MD
  • Marissa Vander Missen
    • Project title: Husisha: Training peer-counselors in adolescent problem-solving therapy in Eldoret, Kenya: Implementation, adaptation, and outcomes
    • Faculty Mentor: Jen Baenziger, MD
  • Kailah Young
    • Project title: Targeting Arg-1 and PD-L1 in M2-Tumor Associated Macrophages Impairs Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML) Cell Proliferation and Migration
    • Faculty Mentor: Reuben Kapur, PhD
  • Adam Zhuang
    • Project title: The inhibition of pancreatic cancer progression by PI3K-activated MSC proteomes
    • Faculty Mentor: Hiroki Yokata, PhD
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