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

Agenda for the 2019 Summer Research Symposium
Friday, August 16, 2019
Building 114 - 1st Floor Conference Room D

7:30 to
7:55 am
Welcome Breakfast

7:55 to
8:00 am
Bryan Hurley, PhD
Director, MGHfC Digestive Disease Summer Research Program
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Introduction & Opening Remarks
8:00 to
8:15 am
Ishan Bhatia
Hamilton College
Mentor: James Moon, PhD
The Impact of Immune Checkpoint Blockade on Colitis and T Cells in the Gastrointestinal Tract 
8:15 to
8:30 am
Jonathan Contreras
Pomona College
Mentor: Daniel Irimia, MD, PhD
Immune Cell Migration: Characterizing neutrophil motility in Sepsis" 
8:30 to
8:45 am
Kevin Chen
Rice University
Mentor: Marcy Kingsbury, PhD
"The effects of prenatal maternal stress and air pollution exposure on the development of the gastrointestinal system of offspring in an animal model of autism"
8:45 to
9:00 am
Samira Ibrahim
Johns Hopkins University
Mentor: Nitya Jain, PhD
"IGF2BP3 expression and function in fetal HSC development"
9:00 to
10:05 am
2019 Keynote Lecture - Douglas S. Kwon, MD, PhD

Bobby J. Cherayil, MD - Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School 
Associate Immunologist, Mucosal Immunology & Biology Research Center, MGHfC 

Douglas S. Kwon, MD, PhD - The virtue of simplicity: the vaginal microbiome, genital inflammation and HIV risk
Director, Tissue Core Facility & Clinical Operations, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard 
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School 
Associate Physician, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Massachusetts General Hospital  

10:05 to
10:25 am
Coffee Break
10:25 to
10:40 am

Frances Kiles
Tufts University
Mentor: Madhusmita Misra, MD, MPH 
Relationship between Transdermal Estrogen Replacement, Bone Marrow Fat, and Bone Parameters in Young Women with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea" 

10:40 to
10:55 am
Isha Mehrotra
Mentor: Maureen Leonard, MD
"Characterizing the Developing Blood Microbiome of Pediatric Patients with Celiac Disease"
10:55 to
11:10 am
Kayla Lentz
Harvard University
Mentor: Alessio Fasano, MD
The Role of Microbial Bioproducts in Modulating the Response of Macrophages to Gluten in Celiac Disease Patients 
11:10 to
11:25 am
Brittany Davis
DePauw University
Mentor: W. Allan Walker, MD
Short chain fatty acid -butyrate anti- IL-1β induced intestinal inflammation by regulating the intestinal barrier function related genes in neonatal mice" 
11:25 to
11:40 am
Nicholas Steudel
College of the Holy Cross
Mentor: Hai Ning Shi, DVM, PhD
Effects of helminth-induced bacterial metabolites (SCFAs) on mouse adipocytes 
11:40 to
11:55 am
Emily Hill
Emory & Henry College
Mentor: Bobby J. Cherayil, MD
Role of the YrbE phospholipid transporter in Salmonella Typhimurium infection"
11:55 am to
12:10 pm
Manon Fabrègue
Aix-Marseille University
Mentor: Bobby J. Cherayil, MD
Interaction of Salmonella Typhimurium with the bone marrow cells"
12:10 to 12:25 pm Kelvin Li
Harvard University
Mentor: Christina Faherty, PhD
Using in-vitro like conditions to study adherence proteins in Shigella and their role in biofilm formation"
12:25 to 12:30 pm Bryan Hurley, PhD
Concluding Remarks & Acknowledgements
12:30 pm Lunch

Past Research Symposiums: