The MIBRC Digestive Disease Summer Research Program culminates in the annual research symposium, at which the students present their work.

Agenda for the 2021 Summer Research Symposium
Friday, August 13, 2021




8:30 – 8:35 am

Bryan P. Hurley, PhD
Director - MGHfC Digestive Disease Summer Research Program

Introduction & Opening Remarks

8:35 – 8:50 am

Michael Albdewi
Muhlenberg College
Mentor: James Moon, PhD

“Antigen-Specific T Cell Responses to Citrobacter rodentium"

8:50 – 9:05 am

Diana Wall
College of the Holy Cross
Mentor: Eliana Drenkard, PhD

“Characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa genes involved in bile salt-induced polymyxin resistance"

9:05 – 9:20 am

Shawn Morris
University of Virginia
Mentor: Jason Harris, MD, MPH

“Methods to detect Klebsiella pneumoniae and molecular O-antigen typing in frozen stool"

9:20 – 9:35 am

Pooja Prasad
University of Connecticut
Mentor: Christina Faherty, PhD

“Growing Pains: Influence of Lipopolysaccharide Mutations on Shigella Growth and Survival”

9:35 – 9:50 am

Emily Grew
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Mentor: Paul Lerou, MD

“Surfactant Protein A enhances innate immune response to Mycobacterium bovis infection in alveolar macrophages"

9:50 – 10:05 am

Kate Cowger
DePauw University
Mentor: Xingbin Ai, PhD

“The screening of neurotransmitters on T Helper 17 cell differentiation"

10:05 – 10:15 am

Coffee Break

10:15 – 10:30 am

Madison Hansen
University of Southern Mississippi
Mentor: Stefania Senger, PhD

“Gastrointestinal Mucosal Alterations in Celiac Disease Progression"

10:30 – 10:45 am

Analeigha Colarusso
Tufts University
Mentor: Ali Zomorrodi, PhD

“Metagenome-scale species-resolved functional profiling of the gut microbiota in infants at risk of celiac disease”

10:45 – 11:00 am

Jennifer Wen
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mentor: Daniel irimia, MD, PhD

“Temperature dependence of NETs release measured using microfluidic assays"

11:00 – 12:00 pm

2021 Keynote Lecture

“Immunoresolvents Resolving Inflammation: Introducing a New Resolvin”

Professor Charles N. Serhan, PhD, DSc
Co-Director Brigham Research Institute
Gelman Professorship Harvard Medical School
Director and BWH Distinguished Professor
Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury
Professor of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity
Harvard University

2021 Keynote Lecture

12:00 – 12:05 pm

Bryan P. Hurley, PhD

Concluding Remarks & Acknowledgements

Presented on 8/5

Kimberly Gardner
Howard University
Mentor: Di Meng MD & Haining Shi, DVM, PhD

“The crosstalk of innate immune protein Toll like receptor 4 and early life microbiota Bifidobacterium longum sub infantis in human intestinal development”

Presented on 8/5

Ellen Chinchilli
Hamilton University
Mentor: Marcy Kingsbury, PhD

“The Stress of Birth: Examining the Effects on the Developing Brain and Gastrointestinal System”

Past Research Symposiums: