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UH-BCM Symposium

Friday, October 29, 2021

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston are pleased to announce the third UH-BCM Virtual Symposium. The symposium will feature short presentations of the nine research groups that received a UH/BCM Collaborative Pilot Grants last year. VPR Mary Dickinson (BCM) and VPR Amr Elnashai (UH) will provide opening remarks, followed by 15-min presentations from each group.

2:00-2:10 Welcoming Remarks


Reprogrammed Cardiac Progenitor Cells into Cardiac Conduction Cells for Heart Repair (Na Li, PhD, Medicine, BCM; Bradley McConnell, PhD, FAHA, FCVS, Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, UH)


3D Microenvironment for differentiation of stem cells into insulin producing tissue (Malgorzata Borowiak, PhD, Molecular and Cellular Biology, AMU and BCM; Fatima Merchant, PhD, Engineering Technology, UH)


Tele-exergame: Remotely-Supervised Game-Based Exercise Platform for Improving Cognition and Motor Function in Adult Cancer Survivors Using Telemedicine (Beom-Chan Lee, PhD, Health and Human Performance, UH; Bijan Najafi, PhD, Surgery, BCM)


Discovery of pharmacological modulators for NEAT1 lncRNA and reactivation/suppression of latent HIV-1 (Qin Feng, PhD, Biology and Biochemistry, UH; Andrew Rice, PhD, Molecular Virology & Microbiology, BCM)

3:10-3:15 BREAK


Structural Basis for Munc13-1’s Regulation by Bryostatin 1 (Joydip Das, PhD, Medicinal Chemistry, UH; B.V.V. Prasad, PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, BCM)


Characterization of dietary plant-based exosome-like nanoparticles (Kendall Hirschi, PhD, Pediatrics-Nutrition, BCM; Xinli Liu, PhD, Pharmaceutics, UH)


Cataract surgery transformation through development of a novel artificial hydrogel (Kamran Alba, PhD, Engineering Technology, UH; Tim Stout, PhD, Ophthalmology, BCM)


Haploid Genome Duplication: Mechanistic Insights into a Shortcut in Cancer Evolution (Frank D. McKeon, PhD, Biology and Biochemistry, UH; Chenghang Zong, PhD, Molecular and Human Genetics, BCM)


Role of Trimethylamine-N-Oxide in Renal Aging (Krishna Boini, PhD, Pharmacology, UH; Nagireddy Putluri, PhD, Director of Metabolomics, BCM)

4:30 END



Claudia Neuhauser

Associate Vice President for Research, UH