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

Agenda for the 2022 Summer Research Symposium
Friday, August 12th 2022




8:30 – 8:35 am

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

Introduction & Opening Remarks

8:35 – 8:50 am

Victoria Chen
Northeastern University Mentor: Guillermo J. Tearney MD, PhD

“Imaging the Intracellular Dynamics of Colorectal Cancer with Dynamic Micro-Optical Coherence Tomography”

8:50 – 9:05 am

Michael Li
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Mentor: Daniel Irimia MD PhD

“Neutrophil Swarming is More Effective Against ΔExoU Pseudomonas Aeruginosa than Wildtype Pseudomonas Aeruginosa”

9:05 – 9:20 am

Julia Caldropoli
Cornell University
Mentor: Bobby Cherayil MD
“Zinc in Mouse Macrophages Infected with Salmonella”

9:20 – 9:35 am

Sydney Edwards
University of Florida
Mentor: Christina Faherty PhD
“Use of a Graph Theoretic Approach to Identify and Study a Novel Transcriptional Regulator in Shigella”

9:35 – 9:50 am

Shiv Patel
College of the Holy Cross
Mentor: Xingbin Ai PhD 
 “Age-specific impact of RSV infection on airway contractility” 

9:50 – 10:05 am

Saeina Charles
Bryn Mawr College
Mentor: Nitya Jain PhD 
 “Assessing memory T cell responses in COVID-19 vaccinated Children”

10:05 – 10:25 am

Coffee Break  

10:25 – 10:40 am

Katelin Sherman
MCPHS University
Mentor: Marcy Kingsbury PhD
“Examining the Role of Zonulin in Gut-Brain Axis Signaling Using Intestinal Organoids and Humanized Mouse Models”

10:40 – 10:55 am

Benjamin Glickman
Larner College of Medicine, Vermont
Mentor: Braden Kuo MD
“Changes in Prevalence of Esophageal Motility Disorders Following Updates to the Chicago Classification Scheme For Diagnosis Using High Resolution Esophageal Manometry + Future Directions”

10:55 – 12:00 pm

2022 Keynote Lecture

“The Brain in the Gut: A Central Regulator of Digestive Health and Disease”

Meenakshi Rao, M.D. Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Division of Gastroenterology
Boston Children's Hospital

2022 Keynote Lecture

12:00 – 12:05 pm

Bryan P. Hurley, PhD

Concluding Remarks & Acknowledgements

Presented on 8/9

Madeleine Klein
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Mentor: Maureen Leonard MD


Presented on 8/9

Liora Bentolila
Brandeis University Mentor: Alessio Fasano MD

“Using Zonulin Protein to Assess Intestinal Permeability Prior to Onset of Celiac Disease in Predisposed Children”

Past Research Symposiums: