2023 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum showcases BME undergraduate researchers and their mentors
The Denman Undergraduate Research Forum is an academic tradition at Ohio State that offers graduating undergraduate researchers the opportunity to share research projects they've worked on with the guidance of a faculty mentor. This year’s Denman, held on March 7th, showcased over 200 presentations from Ohio State undergraduates spanning across ten categories of research.
BME was well represented during the 28th annual Denman Forum by 13 of our undergraduates who presented in four different categories: Understanding Cancer, Innovations in Medicine, Engineering and Technology, and Public Health.
Two of our students, Aneesh Zutshi and Shivangi Mohta were recognized with top awards in their categories! More details about these two students can be found at the bottom of this article.
We applaud our students for their excellent work and representing BME at the Denman. Here are the students in BME who presented at this year's Denman:
- Aneesh Zutshi, "In Vitro model of Glioblastoma to Study Subpopulation Induced Extracellular Matrix changes" 1st Place Winner!
- Aleksander Skardal, mentor
- Emily Buczynski, "Analyzing Intracellular Kinase Activity in Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cells in Responses to Anti-Angiogenesis Agents and Extracellular Matrix Properties"
- Jonathan Song, mentor
- Abhishek Shah, "Using an in Vitro Colorectal Cancer Construct Platform to Investigate the Potential Genetic modifications that Occur due to Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy"
- Aleksander Skardal, mentor
- Anna Wang, "Developing 3D Models to Examine Glioblastoma Heterogeneity"
- Jessica Winter, mentor
- Shivangi Mohta, "βIV-spectrin is Responsible for Orienting Concentric Versus Eccentric Cardiomyocyte Hypertropy by Altering Microtubule Stability" 2nD Place Winner!
- Thomas Hund, mentor
- Josh Bopp, "In Vivo Assessment of an Antioxidant Hydrogel Vitreous Substitute"
- Katelyn Swindle-Reilly, mentor
- Stevan Glisic, "Role of DDR1 on the Aging Bone"
- Gunjan Agarwal, mentor
- Lia Gomez-Perez, "3D In Vivo Ultrasound Imaging of the Posterior Eye and Deep Learning-Based Segmentation"
- Jun Liu, mentor
- Siddharth Fernandes, "Does Ankle Strengthening Reduce Hip Forces and Joint Loads? A Case Study"
- Madeline Grosklos, mentor
- Isabelle Aguilar, "Entropy-Based Ultrasound Signal Analysis Differentiates Keratoconus from Healthy Eyes"
- Jun Liu, mentor
- Jackson Corbisello, "The Effects of Varying Levels of Core Stability on Running Biomechanics and Compensations in Novice Runners"
- Ajit Chaudhari, mentor
- Jordan Peiffer, "Computational Modeling of Aerosolized Particle Delivery in the Presence of Edema Fluid in the Lungs"
- Samir Ghadiali, mentor
- Mukund Nadimpally, "Quantifying Pelvic Deformation of Post-Mortem Human Subjects (PMHS) in Rear-Facing High-Speed Frontal Impacts"
- Yun Kang, mentor
The Denman is Ohio State's only competitive poster forum where winners are recognized in each category as determined by faculty, staff, and Denman alumni reviewers. Students are reviewed on their ability to communicate their research process and results effectively in both their written poster content and accompanying oral presentation. During the Denman Forum, the university community celebrates not only the hard work of these students, but also the dedication of their faculty research mentors.
Congratulations again to our students who participated in and were recognized at the Denman Forum for their hard work throughout their undergraduate research experience and ability to communicate their research. We are lucky in BME to have such curious, driven, and passionate undergraduates who are supported by our outstanding faculty and graduate student mentors.
Spotlight on award winners from this year's Denman
Tell us about yourself: I am a senior in biomedical engineering who will be attending medical school after graduation and hopes to specialize in oncology.
Project Title: "In vitro model of Glioblastoma to study subpopulation induced extracellular matrix changes"
In other words: Aneesh studied Glioblastoma, a grade IV primary brain cancer. In his project, Aneesh hoped to validate a 3D micro-gel model for studying the interactions different types of Glioblastoma cells have with the surrounding brain environment (e.g. changing tissue stiffness, secreting remodeling proteins).
Mentor: Aleksander Skardal
Tell us about yourself: I am a senior in biomedical engineering and an aspiring physician-scientist who plans to attend medical school after graduation.
Project title: βIV-spectrin is responsible for orienting concentric versus eccentric cardiomyocyte hypertrophy by altering microtubule stability
In other words: Shivangi's project explored the underlying mechanisms of cardiac hypertrophy (muscle cell enlargement) and subsequent heart failure. Specifically, her project was a study into how interaction between two proteins, βIV-spectrin and STAT3, can alter microtubule stability and facilitate transition to maladaptive hypertrophy and heart failure.
Mentor: Thomas Hund
For a full list of Denman winners, visit the forum website.