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Postbac Seminar Series: PEP Talks - November 17, 2022

Series: Science Skills; Speaking

Nov 17, 2022

This event is recommended for: Postbacs.

Science isn't complete until the results have been shared with others, and talking about your results is one of the important ways of making them public. The Postbac Seminar Series provides a unique opportunity for two Postbacs each month to present their research to a diverse audience of their peers.  The atmosphere is relatively informal and non-threatening.  The series allows Postbacs who attend to learn about the different types of biomedical research being conducted at the NIH while meeting other postbacs.  Read more about the seminar series.

This month, Postbac Seminar Series presents PEP Talks (Postbac Elevator Pitches). Come hear fellow postbacs present the broad impact of their research and its exciting applications in three minutes or less!

If you have questions, please contact Marc Theberge <> and Runa Cheng <>


This month's presenters are:


Aaron MillerNIDA – Sex‑Dependent Alterations in the mRNA Expression of Enzymes Involved in Dopamine Synthesis and Breakdown After Methamphetamine Self‑Administration

Caroline MillerNIMH – Using irritable and depressive symptoms to predict neural activation in frustrative nonreward tasks

Elise ShealyNIDA – Difficulty Describing Feelings Is Related to Brain Structure Differently in Cocaine Users and Healthy Controls

Elle McCallNINDS – Arc Expression in the Somatosensory Barrel Cortex after Unilateral Whisker Denervation

Meghna KrishnamurthyNIMH – Neuroimaging Analysis of the Marmoset Maternal Brain

Richard FarrellNIMH – Investigating the role of neuromodulatory networks in the generation of directed behavior using Drosophila Melanogaster

Tori GoboNIMH – Riding the Waves of Consciousness: How Pupil Size May Predict Variations in Perceptual Sensitivity


Microbiology & Immunology

Amanda Chen, NIAID – Gene expression profiling using Nanostring Technology of patients with Systemic Autoinflammatory Diseases

Catharine Dietrich, NIDCR – Changes in Immune Cell Infiltration Temporarily Impacts the Repair of Large-Scale Bone Defects Following Murine Rib Resection

Ilin Joshi, NIAID – Characterizing the Role of RGS4 in a Mouse Model of Fungal Asthma

Julia Johnston, NIAID – Identification of the Novel Human Serine Protease Sigma–Tryptase: A Gene Fusion Product at TPSB2

Megan Koch, NIAID – A Multi-pronged Investigation of Gastric Motility in Patients with Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases

Rohan Meda, NHLBI – The Association Between Cell-Free DNA and Lung Transplant Survival

Woo Sung Kim, NIAID – The role of PLCg2 in modulating neutrophil’s sensitivity to chemoattractant


Clinical Research & Population Health

Anjali Byappanahalli, NIA­ – Extracellular Vesicles as Novel Biomarkers of Frailty

Courtney Vetter, NINDS – Factors Contributing to Reports of Cognitive Impairment After SARS-CoV-2 Infection

David Regenold, NIAID – Vaping, CBD, Marijuana, and Substance Use Behavior in Adults Living with HIV Acquired in Early Childhood

Erin Liedtke, NIMHD – Evaluating the impact of the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on Heat Exposure Related Health Outcomes

Jason Cunha, NHLBI – GWAS Meta-analysis Of Female-Specific Bleeding Disorders Using Multiple Biobanks

Michael Liu, NIMH – Pandemic-Related Insomnia: Comparison of COVID-19 Patients and Controls

Reed Thomas, NIDDK – How Variations in the Human Thermoneutral Zone May Influence the Study of Metabolism


Methods & Therapeutics Development

Claire Brown, NCI – Strategies for the rapid discovery of anti-glycan antibodies

David D’Onofrio, NHGRI – Biologically-relevant learning algorithms for a spiking neuronal network

Elena Hausmann, NCATS – Identifying LCAT Activators and Inhibitors via NMR-Based Fragment Screening

Melanie Sona, NIMHD – Evaluating the Efficacy of the Energy Assistance Program LIHEAP in Ameliorating Health Outcome Disparities

Melissa Cesaire, NINDS – TBD

Samuel Li, NIAID – TBD

Stein Acker, NIDCD – Using Translational AI to Explore Neurolinguistic Systems

Wenyu Zeng, NCATS – Predicting Chemical Toxicity by Applying a Hierarchical Bayesian Approach with Priors to the Tox21 Assay Data


Biochemistry & Genetics

Grace Biddle, NICHD – Development of the dCas9-repressor system in Danio rerio

Jared Cunanan, NICHD – Lupus La protein moonlights as an osteoclast-specific regulator of cell fusion

Katiya Barkho, NIDDK – Using iPSCs to model the type 2 diabetes associated Arg1420His mutation in ABBC8 found only in Indigenous Americans

Kendrick Freeland, NIDDK – Functional Investigation of Known LDL-C Associated Gene Cluster CELSR2/PSRC1/SORT1

Lauryn Ridley, NIAID – Do Human Globin Gene Variants Alter the Activity of Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase?

Pritika Shah, NIDA – Analysis of the Estrous Cycle

Sarah Alsuleiman, NICHD – Deciphering Virulence Mechanisms of Legionella pneumophila


Cancer Biology

Grace Lui, NCI – Epigenetics as Biomarkers of Intratumoral and Peripheral Immune Response

Maya English, NIDCR – Biochemical basis for ubiquitin pathway dysfunction in disease

Moira McCormick, NIBIB – Potential biophysical role of TRIOBP in pancreatic cancer metastasis

Rebecca Su, NCI – Understanding gp78's Role in Breast Cancer Health Disparities

Suraj Joshi, NCI – Inferring cancer treatment resistance mechanisms with phylogenetic analysis

Vaish Peddibhotla, NCI ­– The Role of UBL5 and CT55 in the survival of BRCA2 deficient cells