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Discovery Day (Research Day)

A participant presents her research to a judge at Discovery Day

Discovery Day 2023
Thursday, November 2

Thank you to the presenters, judges and guests who joined us at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City for our annual day of research!

Doctoral and master's students, medical students, MD/PhD students, undergraduates, residents, clinical fellows and postdoctoral trainees from the Drexel University College of Medicine community presented their research at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City.

The day featured more than 400 posters and platform presentations on biomedical science and clinical research topics. Poster presentations were judged for awards across several categories.

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2023 Winners

Bondi Fellowship Recipient

  • Xuan Luo

Barry Waterhouse Outstanding Platform Presentation

  • 1st Place – Elijah Davis
    LPS:EB Stimulation Impairs Beta_CoV Replication in Microglia via Induction of IFN-Beta and Upregulation dsRNA Sensors
  • 2nd Place – Jonathan Richards
    Driving Macrophage Infiltration via Intraganglionic CCL2 Injections Alters SCI-Induced Pain and Depressive-like Behavior in LysM-eGFP Mice

Outstanding Junior Graduate Student Poster

  • 1st Place (tie) – Kalisse Horne
    The Role of Timeless in Telomere Maintenance of ALT Cancer Cells
  • 1st Place (tie) – Akari Seiner
    Development and characterization of a geometrically-tunable blood shunt for pediatric heart reconstruction
  • 3rd Place – Alison Bashford
  • Honorable Mention – Zahra Aligabi
  • Honorable Mention – Haley Croke

Outstanding Senior Graduate Student Poster

  • 1st Place (tie) – Katelyn Reeb
    EAATs for stroke: to modulate or not to modulate
  • 1st Place (tie) – Xiaohuan Sun
    Vascularized Brain Assembloids with Enhanced Cellular Complexity Provide Insights into The Cellular Deficits of Tauopathy
  • 3rd Place – Kyle Yeakle
  • Honorable Mention – Julie Joseph
  • Honorable Mention – Abigail Onufer

Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellows Poster

  • 1st Place – Binod Nepal
  • 2nd Place – Shravan Tata Ramalingasetty

Medical Student Award for Bench Research

  • 1st Place – Ethan Richman
  • 2nd Place (tie) – Bridgid Greed
  • 2nd Place (tie) – Keerthana Srinivasan
  • Honorable Mention – Ben Boyarko
  • Honorable Mention – Jay Desai
  • Honorable Mention – Tyler Reinoso

Medical Student Award for Clinical Vignettes and Case Studies

  • 1st Place – Matthew Kent
  • 2nd Place – Milan Mahesh
  • Honorable Mention – Madison Dew
  • Honorable Mention – Anthony Ghobrial
  • Honorable Mention – Ezaz Hasnain

Medical Student Award for Clinical Research and Epidemiology

  • 1st Place (tie) – Ashkon Chamani
  • 1st Place (tie) – Abaykassa Tadesse
  • 3rd Place – Peter Zaki
  • Honorable Mention – Allison Atkinson
  • Honorable Mention – Pooja Balar
  • Honorable Mention – David Bressler
  • Honorable Mention – Abigail Higgins
  • Honorable Mention – Katherine Long-Lijoi
  • Honorable Mention – Amba Viswanathan

Medical Student Award for Educational Research and Community Service

  • 1st Place – Ritu Vyas
  • 2nd Place – Palmer Foran
  • 3rd Place – Simran Shamith

Outstanding Clinical Resident/Fellow Poster – Research

  • 1st Place – Nikeith Shah

Outstanding Undergraduate Poster

  • 1st Place – Nadia Bouras
  • 2nd Place – Rohan Dasari
  • 3rd Place – Alexandra Talarico
  • Honorable Mention – Jessica Merzy

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“A Grand Tradition:” Discovery Day’s Storied Past, Bright Future

For many years, Hahnemann University held Grad School Day, an opportunity for biomedical graduate students to share their research with their peers. Elizabeth Blankenhorn, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, has fond memories of the event’s earlier days, which included a day of graduate student research presentations at Hahnemann University followed by an elegant evening celebration at the Franklin Institute. She describes Grad School Day as “a grand tradition.” Read more.

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