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PPS Research Symposium's 7th Year Marked by Celebrated Researcher Giacomini's Return to Roots, Expansion of Presentation Awards to 6 Recipients
August 9 — UH College of Pharmacy graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as a few Pharm.D. students, presented their latest projects in the discovery and development of novel therapeutics and targets — from alcoholism and cardiovascular and infectious diseases to cancer and neurological disorders — at the 7th Annual PPS Research Symposium Aug. 8-9 at the Rockwell Pavilion at UH's MD Anderson Library.
Highlights of the symposium included interaction with and presentations by award-winning UHCOP B.S. Pharmacy alumna and pharmacogenomics expert Kathleen M. Giacomini, Ph.D., who served as this year's symposium Scholar-in-Residence. Giacomini discussed the ground-breaking work of her lab and fellow researchers around the globe in her scientific talk, "Pharmacogenomic Studies in Ethnically-Diverse Populations," and offered advice on establishing work-life balance to current and future researchers in her talk, "Finding Balance on a Roller Coaster."
More than 50 oral and poster presentations were delivered by the students and postdoctoral fellows, with an expanded number of first- and second-place awards bestowed for research and presentation excellence.
Postdoctoral Oral Presentation — First Place, Satya Prakash Shukla, Ph.D., "Structural diversification of lipid-phosphatidylserine (PS) targeting peptide-peptoid hybrid compound PPS1" and Second Place, Fatin Atrooz, Ph.D. ('18), "Early life sleep deprivation induces differential behavioral profile across development in rats";
Graduate Student Oral Presentation — First Place, Youngki You, "Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study of Alcohol Binding to the C1 domain of Presynaptic Munc13-1," and Second Place, Camila Kochi, "Simulated Vehicle Exhaust Exposure Induces Sex-dependent Cognitive Deficits in Rodents"; and
Graduate Student Poster Presentation — First Place, Patrick Chuong, "Design and Discovery of Smurf1 Inhibitors via UbFluor Assay," and Second Place, Katrina Chan, "Amikacin Dose-Dependent Onset of Nephrotoxicity in Rats."