IMSD Scholars Shine at Annual ABRCMS Conference

Four IMSD Scholars receive Outstanding Poster Presentations at national conference.

Large group of MU students in black polos in front of the ABRCMS 2019 purple poster.
MU attendees of the 2019 ABRCMS Conference

Story by Harsha Paul

Earlier this month, 23 students who are part of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) Scholars program participated in the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Anaheim, California. Of those, 19 presented their research, which was a record-best for the acclaimed MU program.

For the ninth year in a row, at least one IMSD Scholar from MU has been selected as an Outstanding Research Presentation Award Recipient in their category. Few participating schools have been able to do so consistently each year.

Four of the MU student participants were selected by judges for recognition. The ABRCMS Conference included over 2,500 undergraduate research presentations with only 395 presentations selected for the award.

The MU award-winners for Outstanding Poster Presentation Award include:

  • Benjamin Jones, junior, B.S. Biological Sciences
    • Faculty mentor: Erika Boerman, Medical Pharmacology & Physiology
    • Poster title: Decreased Metalloprotease Expression Contributes to Impaired Sensory Vasodilation in Mesenteric Arteries with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    • ABRCMS scientific discipline category: Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Dominique Joseph, junior, B.S. Biological Sciences
    • MU faculty mentor: Charlotte Phillips, Biochemistry
    • Poster title: Postnatal Inhibition of Myostatin and Activin-A in the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Murine (oim) Model
    • ABRCMS scientific discipline category: Biochemistry
  • Alisha Perry, junior, B.S. Biological Sciences
    • Faculty mentor:  Elizabeth Parks / Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
    • Poster mitle:  Hepatic Short Chain Fatty Acid Oxidation (SCFA) in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
    • ABRCMS scientific discipline category: Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Clayton Ivie, sophomore, B.A. Secondary Education
    • Faculty mentor: Jaqueline Limberg, Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
    • Poster title: Sex Differences in the Effect of Intermittent Hypoxia on Sympathetic Baroreflex Control of Blood Pressure
    • ABRCMS scientific discipline category:  Physiology & Pharmacology
Booton with the four outstanding presentation recipients in formal wear.

The conference concluded with an awards banquet with a record 5,100 ABRCMS attendees, which was a record number in attendance.

Undergraduate Director of IMSD Scholars, Brian Booton, noted, “The camaraderie and scientific prowess exhibited was an omnipresent reminder of the bright hope for our future!”

List of IMSD students selected to present at the 2019 ABRCMS Conference:

  • Kennedy Duncan, junior, Biological Sciences
    Faculty mentor: Matthew Will, Psychological Sciences
  • Esiri Emeje, junior, Psychology
    Faculty mentor: Matthew Will, Psychological Sciences
  • Ronel Ghidey, senior, Biological Sciences & Public Health
    Faculty mentor: Elizabeth King, Biological Sciences
  • Nicole Greco, junior, Biological Sciences
    Faculty mentor: Aaron Stoker, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Hamza Iqbal, junior, Mathematics
    Faculty mentor: Ilker Ozden, Biological Engineering
  • Clayton Ivie, sophomore, Secondary Education
    Faculty mentor: Jacqueline Limberg, Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
  • Andrew Jones, junior, Biological Sciences
    Faculty mentor: Elizabeth King, Biological Sciences
  • Benjamin Jones, junior, Biological Sciences
    Faculty mentor: Erika Boerman, Medical Pharmacology & Physiology
  • Dominique Joseph, junior, Biological Sciences
    Faculty mentor: Charlotte Phillips, Biochemistry
  • Paxton Kostos, senior, Biochemistry
    Faculty mentor: Antje Heese, Biochemistry
  • Sierra Nelson, junior, Biological Sciences
    Faculty mentor: David Schulz, Biological Sciences
  • Tyge Ortega, junior, Biological Sciences
    Faculty mentor: Aaron Stoker, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Gilberto Perez, senior, Biochemistry
    Faculty mentor: Kamlendra Singh, Biological Sciences
  • Alisha Perry, junior, Biological Sciences
    Faculty mentor: Elizabeth Parks, Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
  • Leticia Rivera, senior, Biological Sciences
    Faculty mentor: Matthew Will, Psychological Sciences
  • Candace Rowles, senior, Nutritional Sciences & Biochemistry
    Faculty mentor: Victoria Vieira-Potter, Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
  • Mathew Sexton, senior, Biological Sciences
    Faculty mentor: Adam Schrum, Molecular Biology & Immunology
  • Mikella Vermaire, junior, Biological Sciences & Psychology
    Faculty mentor: Jeffrey Johnson, Psychological Sciences
  • Christopher Zachary, senior, Chemistry
    Faculty mentor: David Mendoza-Cózatl, Biological Sciences

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