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Graduate students will showcase research at 15th annual Capitol event

Thursday, February 15, 2018

LAWRENCE — The value and benefits of research performed by graduate students at the University of Kansas and KU Medical Center will be showcased Tuesday, March 27, at the Capitol Graduate Research Summit in Topeka.

In its 15th year, the annual summit brings attention to the research conducted by graduate students at state universities, highlighting the effects and benefits of this research on the state of Kansas, the region and the world.

“KU graduate students continue to make significant research discoveries that enhance Kansas and its citizens,” said Michael Roberts, dean of graduate studies. “Through their hard work, and under the guidance of the faculty, graduate students find solutions to today’s pressing problems. Their contributions to society are often unrecognized, but the Capitol Graduate Student Research Summit gives a glimpse at some of their outstanding work.”

State officials and the public are invited to learn about a wide range of research, including the storage of electricity generated by wind turbines, the creation of gels to heal broken bones, and economic, agricultural and medical improvements for rural citizens.

Thirteen students will present research projects at the summit, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the second-floor rotunda of the Capitol. Legislators and other guests are invited to chat with these motivated researchers to learn more about the importance and influence of their current and future work.

The KU and KU Medical Center representatives will join graduate students from Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University and Wichita State University at the event. See more at: http://graduate.ku.edu/2018-cgrs-presenters.

The presenters from KU campuses are listed below by name, degree, area of study and titles of their research projects.

Angelo Andres, doctoral student in medicinal chemistry, “New Keys to Old Locks: Cell Mimics for Cancer Treatment.”

Sayantani Basu, doctoral student in chemical & petroleum engineering, “Repairing Bones with Hydrogels.”

William Duncan, doctoral student in economics, “Rural Vibrancy Index: A Measure of Opportunity in Rural Communities.”

Brett Gelino, master’s student in applied behavioral science, “Communicating Weather Emergencies to At-Risk Populations.”

Lisa Larson, doctoral  student in nursing, “Perceptions and Experiences of Kansas Baccalaureate Nursing Program Leaders Related to Nursing Informatics.”

Asona Lui, doctoral student in molecular and integrative physiology, “Interferon Stimulated Genes are Overexpressed in Aromatase Inhibitor-resistant Breast Cancer and Can Be Targeted to Inhibit Tumor Invasion.”

Nicholas Marchello, doctoral  student in dietetics and nutrition, “Diet Quality During Weight Maintenance in Rural Breast Cancer Survivors.”

Erika Nolte, doctoral student in pharmacoloy and toxicology, “Turning Back Time: Reversing Alzheimer's Disease Progression.”

Taybor Parker, doctoral student in molecular biosciences, “Stopping Colorectal Cancer Before it Starts: The Many Roles of the APC Protein.”

Charles Shaughnessy, doctoral student in chemical & petroleum engineering, “Electrocatalysis: Storing Renewable Power for Tomorrow.”

Jackie Thompson, doctoral  student in biochemistry and molecular biology, “Homegrown Biomedical Research: Research Highlights from the Graduate Students in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.”

Tugba Turnaoglu, doctoral student in chemical & petroleum engineering, “Slow-Release Fertilizers to Improve Kansas Agriculture.”

Shireen Usman, medical student, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, “Transcriptome Characterization and Development of Targeted Therapy in Juvenile Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma.”

The original event was canceled due to inclement weather.