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The Ohio University contingent at the BMES Annual Meeting included BME faculty member Monica Burdick (third from left)

Students discuss their research at BMES Annual Meeting in Texas

Oct. 13, 2010

Four biomedical engineering master's program students and a BME undergraduate affiliate student presented at the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Two Ph.D. students from biomedical engineering laboratories also made the trip to Texas, along with Monica Burdick, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Ohio University and a member of the BME faculty. The conference was heJocelyn Marshallld Oct. 6-9.

Mingyu Gu, a second-year BME master's student, and Jocelyn Marshall, the undergraduate affiliate, made oral presentations.

Gu's was on "Nitric Oxide Impairs the Adhesive Properties of Dendritic Cells to Extracellular Matrix Components." His co-authors include his advisor, Fabian Benencia, assistant professor of biomedical sciences and a member of the BME faculty, and BME student Amritha Venkatesh.

Marshall's oral presentation was on "Characterization of HNSCC Ligand and Endothelium Receptor Interactions." She and BME student Matt Wood are the lead authors. Burdick is a co-author.

Marshall is in her final quarter as a Russ College undergraduate, as a chemical and biomolecular engineering major, and will officially join the master's program in winter quarter. She is pursuing the BME 4-1 option, through which students are able to complete an Ohio University engineering bachelor's degree and the master's degree in five years.

BME master's student Les Sprague, who also is pursuing the 4-1 option, made a poster presentation on "Interaction of Dendritic Cells with Different Matrices and VEGF Biology." His co-authors include Benencia, who is Sprague's advisor, and Venkatesh.

Second-year BME master's student Harika Nandigam presented "Laminin Enhances Expansion of a Bone Marrow Precursor in the Presence of Tumor Factors." Her co-authors include her advisor, Benencia.

First-year BME master's student Eric Snively presented "Running Stresses in Humans and Ostriches: Reciprocal Insights into High-performance Bipedality." Co-authors include his advisor, John Cotton, who is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and a member of the BME faculty.

The Ph.D. students who presented are:

    Venktesh Shirure, of Burdick’s lab, “Cancer Stem Cells and Adhesion Molecules: New Insights for Breast Cancer Metastasis." Co-authors include Burdick and BME master's program graduate Karissa Henson.

    Pooja Bhatt, who works in the labs of Doug Goetz and Ramiro Malgor, "Upregulation of Wnt5a Transcripts in Human Monocytes Treated with oxLDL." Her co-authors include Goetz, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of the BME master's program, and Malgor, assistant professor of biomedical sciences and a member of the BME faculty.


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