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Poster Finalists 2009

AMGEN Award, Postgraduate Basic Science Research

PG-BS5003: CARD9 is required for microbial-elicited ROS production through regulating the LyGDI-Rac1 complex 

Weihui Wu
Advisor: Xin Lin

PG-BS5004: The Drosophila adult epidermis – a model to study tissue aging 

Christoph Scherfer
Advisor: Michael J. Galko

PG-BS5009: Precise regulation of gene expression by negative feedback 

Dmitry Nevozhay
Advisor: Gabor Balazsi

PG-BS5017: IGFBP2 is a candidate biomarker for Ink4a-Arf status and a therapeutic target for high-grade gliomas 

Lynette Moore
Advisor: Wei Zhang

PG-BS5021: Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition generates cells that are functionally similar to mesenchymal stem/stromal cells 

Venkata Lokesh Battula
Advisor: Michael Andreeff

PG-BS5038: Novel binding partners for the p53 regulator Trim24 

Meghan Minard
Advisor: Michelle Barton

PG-BS5040: Targeted disruption of Stat3 reveals a major role for follicular stem cells in skin tumor initiation 

Dae Joon Kim
Advisor: John DiGiovanni

PG-BS5042: Functional Evidence that the Self-Renewal Gene NANOG Regulates Human Tumor Development 

Collene Jeter
Advisor: Dean G. Tang

Bristol-Myers Squibb Award, Postgraduate Clinical/ Translational Research

PG-CT4002: Pegylated Interferon-Alfa-2a (Peg-Ifn-A-2a; Pegasys) Therapy Renders High Clinical and Molecular Response Rates in Patients With Advanced Essential Thrombocythemia (ET) or Polycythemia Vera (PV) 

Alfonso Quintas-Cardama
Advisor: Jorge Cortes-Franco

PG-CT4005: TRPS-1 Gene Expression in Breast Cancer 

Jie Qing Chen
Advisor: Laszlo Radvanyi

PG-CT4010: Discovery and Validation of a 9-Gene Predictor of Therapy Response in Adult Philadelphia-Chromosome Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (Ph+ ALL) 

Zhuang Zuo
Advisor: Luthra Rajyalakshmi

PG-CT4015: Synergy Between RAS Mutation(s) and the MLL Gene May Contribute to Leukemic Progression in a Subset of Acute Myeloid Leukemias Harboring t(9;11)(p21-22;q23)

Pranil Chandra
Advisor: Daniel Jones

PG-CT4021: Reciprocal regulation of Src and STAT3 activation in non-small cell lung cancer 

Lauren Averett Byers
Advisor: Faye Johnson

PG-CT4030: Genome-wide DNA methylation profile of CLL with 17p del allowed identification of multiple epigenetically inactivated molecular pathways with prognostic value in human leukemia 

Weigang Tong
Advisor: Guillermo Garcia-Manero

PG-CT4043: Primary Tumor Size Is Associated with ALDH+ Breast Cancer Initiating Item Cells in Bone Marrow Aspirates of Primary Breast Cancer Patients 

Hui Gao
Advisor: James Rueben

PG-CT4044: Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) in Fine Needle Aspirates Containing Inflammatory Breast Cancer Cells 

Changping Li
Advisor: James Rueben

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Award, Postgraduate Population/Patient-Oriented Research

PG-PO3003: Discordance Rate of HER-2 Expression Between Breast Primary Tumors and Paired Metastases Using Archived Tumor Specimen 

Ricardo Hugo Alvarez
Advisor: Stacy Moulder

PG-PO3004: Completing the Case for Improved Survival in Advanced-Stage Ovarian Cancer Patients with BRCA Mutations 

Robin Ann Lacour
Advisor: Karen Lu

PG-PO3006: Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) on Cancer Risk, Response to Therapy and Overall Survival in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) 

Farshid Dayyani
Advisor: Scott Lippman

PG-PO3007: Making sense of missense variants in DNA mismatch repair genes 

Mala Pande
Advisor: Christopher Amos

PG-PO3010: Genetic variants in inflammation pathway genes are associated with the development of radiation-induced toxicity following treatment for non-small cell lung cancer 

Michelle Hildebrandt
Advisor: Xifeng Wu

PG-PO3018: Clinical Significance of Dose Reductions (DR) of Second-Generation Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors (TKI) in Patients (Pts) with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) 

Fabio Santos
Advisor: Jorge Cortes-Franco

PG-PO3022: Ultrasound for Long-Term Assessment of the Lateral Neck Compartments in Thyroid Cancer 

Mauricio Moreno
Advisor: Gary Clayman

PG-PO3028: Significant Effects of IGF Axis Gene Polymorphisms on Clinical Outcome of Pancreatic Cancer 

Xiaoqun Dong
Advisor: Donghui Li

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Graduate Student Award in Basic Science Research

GS-BS2003: Investigating the roles of ∆Np63 in skin development 

Min-Soon Cho
Advisor: Elsa Flores

GS-BS2004: Hyper-Expanded GAA Repeats Inhibit the Transcription of Frataxin in Cells from Friedreich Ataxia Patients 

Eunah Kim
Advisor: Sharon Dent

GS-BS2006: Novel function of homeobox gene DLX4 in regulating tumor angiogenesis 

Bon Quy Trinh
Advisor: Naora Honami

GS-BS2009: Wild Type p53 Restoration Suppresses Tumor Progression in Mice Carrying a Germline p53 R172H Hot-Spot Mutation 

Yongxing Wang
Advisor: Guillermina Lozano

GS-BS2011: p53/p73 Regulate FoxO3a Gene During Liver Regeneration 

Svitlana Kurinna
Advisor: Michelle Barton

GS-BS2013: The Low Molecular Weight Isoform of Cyclin E Induces the Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition and Generates Cells with Cancer Stem Cell Phenotypes 

My Linh Duong
Advisor: Khandan Keyomarsi

GS-BS2014: Analyzing Functional Links Between Band 4.1B and avß8 Integrin 

Youngsin Jung
Advisor: Joseph McCarty

GS-BS2017: IGFBP3 causes polyploidy leading to mitotic catastrophe in gastrointestinal stromal tumor cells 

Jheri Dupart
Advisor: Wei Zhang

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Graduate Student Award in Clinical/ Translational Research

GS-CT1001: Pharmacogenomic Approach to Anti-Angiogenic Therapy of Breast Cancer 

Christine Shiang
Advisor: Lajos Pusztai

GS-CT1004: Genetic variations in PI3K-AKT-mTOR pathway and bladder cancer clinical outcome 

Meng Chen
Advisor: Xifeng Wu

GS-CT1006: Dynamic Chemical Shift Imaging for MR-Guided Interventions 

Brian Taylor
Advisor: Jason Stafford

GS-CT1007: Anti-tumor activity of a tumor-targeting peptide that binds eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E 

Song Yi Ko
Advisor: Honami Naora

GS-CT1011: Initial Evaluation of a Fast Chemical Shift Thermometry Technique in the Breast 

Hua Ai
Advisor: Jason Stafford

GS-CT1015: CD28+ melanoma tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes exhibit improved persistence and expansion capability following antigenic re-stimulation 

Yufeng Li
Advisor: Patrick Hwu

GS-CT1016: Impact of Stomach Size and Position on Organ Dose from Mantle Field Radiotherapy 

Sarah Scarboro
Advisor: Rebecca M. Howell

GS-CT1021: Genetic Variation in Sonic Hedgehog Pathway Genes as Predictors of Survival in Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer 

Jessica Clague
Advisor: Xifeng Wu

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Undergraduate Award for Research

SHP-9001: Role of SEL1L SNP in determining prognosis of pancreatic cancer patients after treatment 

Billy Mai
Advisor: Marsh Frazier

SHP-9002: Validation of Real Time PCR assay for detection and quantitation of BK virus in renal transplant patients 

Xiaofan Pang
Advisor: Peter Hu

SHP-9004: Assessment of SHH and GLI1 copy number changes by FISH in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma 

Justin Villarreal
Advisor: Patrick Lennon

SHP-9005: aCGH identifies non-random RAP80 and WNT3 deletions and a loss of the Wolf-Hirschhorn critical region 2 in CLL patients with recurrent infections 

Katie Kennedy
Advisor: Patrick Lennon

SHP-9007: FISH analysis of BCL-2 and BCL-6 rearrangements in germinal center and non-germinal center types of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in China 

Martin Littlejohn
Advisor: Patrick Lennon

SHP-9009: Characterization of HIV-1 strains circulating in UTMB's patient population 

Oswaldo Renteria
Advisor: Peter Hu

SHP-9017: Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) Benchmarks for Thoracic Malignancies 

Angela Sobremonte
Advisor: Mahsa Dehghanpour

SHP-9020: Comparing and Contrasting A/P and IMRT Planning for Patients Receiving Mediastinal XRT with Regard to Lung and Heart Dose 

Paige Brown
Advisor: Mahsa Dehghanpour


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