Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate Studies

Medical Faculty Awards 2017

Posted: 12.14.2017

(from left: Diana Hernandez, PhD; Lourdes Molleda; Vasileios Stathias; Fiorella Magani; Andrea Ruetenik; Punam Parikh; Yi Zhu; Not pictured: Chong Li)

The Medical Faculty Awards were established through a charitable gift to the UM Miller School of Medicine. The MFA Best Research awards recognize outstanding biomedical research among our graduate students. The MFA Travel Awards supports both graduate students to travel and present at national biomedical conferences.

MFA Best Research Award for Graduate Students

First Place :

Chong Li, PhD student in Human Genetics and Genomics
Understanding Rare Neurological Disorders Using Drosophila Models: Mechanistic Characterization of Spermine Synthase Deficiency-induced Neurotoxicity in Snyder-Robinson Syndrome

Second Place :

Fiorella Magani, PhD student in Cancer Biology
Targeting androgen receptor variant oncogenic networks as exploitable prostate cancer vulnerabilities

Third Place :

Vasileios Stathias, PhD Student in Human Genetics and Genomics
Data-driven identification of patient specific therapeutic combinations in glioblastoma

MFA Travel Awards for Graduate Students

Yi Zhu, PhD student in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
Isoform Specific Protection of NMNAT in Huntington’s Disease
Poster Presentation – Neurobiology of Drosophila Conference – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY, 2017

Andrea Ruetenik, PhD student in Neuroscience
The moonlighting role of NAD+ salvage pathway proteins in huntingtin proteotoxicity Protection
Poster Presentation – Society for Neuroscience 2017 Conference – Washington, DC, 2017

Lourdes Molleda, PhD student in Prevention Science and Community Health
Evidence-based programs targeting youth mental and behavioral health disorder prevention in primary care: A systematic review
Poster Presentation – Science of Dissemination and Implementation Conference – Arlington, VA, 2017

MFA Travel Awards for Postdoctoral Fellows

Punam Parikh, MD, Postdoctoral Fellow in Surgery
A Mouse Hindlimb Gangrene Model Followed by Novel Gene Therapy to Facilitate Reperfusion in Critical Limb Schemia
Oral Presentation – American College of Surgeons Conference, San Diego, CA, 2017

Diana Hernandez, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in Surgery
Decreased collagen cross-linking improves the biomechanical performance of experimental arteriovenous fistulas
Poster Presentation- ASN Kidney Week Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2017