Top INBRE III Poster Presenters attend the NISBRE scientific meeting on June 24-26, 2018

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Jul 062018
Apr 302018

The INBRE Program Meeting and Biomedical Sciences & Health Disparities Symposium on April 19, 2018, was a great success with students expanding upon their professional activities. We had many faculty comments about the impressive quality of research and the manner of professional presentation – INBRE students you did yourself proud!

The scores are in for the Top 4 INBRE Undergraduate Student Poster Presentations. These students are invited to attend and participate in the 7th Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE) in Washington, D.C., on June 24-26, 2018. Registration, airfare, and lodging expenses will be covered by INBRE program.

Top 4 scores:
• Boonyanudh Jiyarom (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
• Genardine Arizala (Hawaii Pacific University)
• Michael Faundo (Kapiolani Community College)
• Kevin Pham (University of Hawaii at Manoa)


View a copy of the program here: 2018 Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Program (April 18-19)

Jan 022018

INBRE students, Michael Fernandez and Jovikka Antallan, each received travel support and the opportunity to present their research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students held in early November in Arizona. On top of that, while attending the conference, they earned “Outstanding Presentation” awards. Several hundred microbiology students nationwide competed for the awards, but fewer than two dozen won the “Outstanding Presentation” designation. Read more here.

Oct 232017

Wyoming INBRE welcomed faculty, administrators, staff and students from the NIH IDeA Western Region (Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming) and NIH administrators and staff, to the fifth biennial NIH IDeA Western Regional Conference. The conference featured oral and poster scientific sessions, keynote talks, professional development workshops, and information sharing sessions with NIH officials. The Top 3 INBRE Undergraduate Poster Presenters at the annual Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium held on April 21, 2017 at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, were selected to attend.

May 112017

On Friday, May 5, 2017, INBRE Student Research Experience (SRE) Student, Andrew Pham, presented his Honors Undergraduate Thesis Project entitled “Selenoprotein K promotes melanoma progression and metastasis” at the UH Manoa Undergraduate Research Showcase. At the end of May, Andrew will graduate with honors and a B.S. in Biology. He will attend the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, in Fall 2017.
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Apr 262017

INBRE SRE Student, Torbjoern Nielsen, at the Undergraduate Poster Session

Awards have been announced for the 2017 Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium, which brought a record-number of health scientists to the University of Hawaii satellite campus at Kaka’ako on April 20-21, 2017. One hundred seventy-one posters were presented by scholars at different levels of study, from MD students to Fellows to undergraduate, graduate, and research associates. Congratulations to them, their advisors, and all the participants. Visit UH Med Now to view the list of Dean’s Award Recipients.

View a copy of the 2017 Biomedical Symposium Program here.

Congratulations to the Top 4 INBRE III poster presentations! They are:

  • Torbjoern N. Nielsen from University of Hawaii at Manoa. Advisor: Monika Ward. Abstract: Histological quantitative assessment of Y chromosome gene content effects on testicular germ cell proliferation and differentiation (Co-authors: Victor A. Ruthig, Jonathan M. Riel, Yasuhiro Yamauchi, Monika A. Ward). Dean’s Award Recipient for Undergraduates Division.
  • Alex R. McLaury from Kapiolani Community College. Advisor: John Berestecky. Abstract: Monoclonal antibody production against Zika virus envelope protein (Co-authors: Brien Haun, Teri Wong, Alan Garcia, Daniel Strange, Dr. John Berestecky, Dr. Axel T. Lehrer, Albert To, Liana Medina).
  • Kara L. Riggsbee from Kapiolani Community College. Advisor: John Berestecky. Abstract: An efficient technique to determine functional variable region cDNA sequences of monoclonal antibodies (Co-Author: Brien Haun).
  • Brendan S. Ito from Hawaii Pacific University. Advisor: Yongli Chen. Abstract: Ethosuximide and Normethsuximide potentiates α1β3γ2 GABAA Receptors (GABAARs) and alleviates pentylenetetrazol (PTZ)-mediated inhibition in a pharmacological model of absence seizures (Co-authors: Akimasa Iijima, Yongli Chen).
May 242016

henzeBy his own admission, Erik was a poor high school student, but when entering HPU he made a concerted effort to improve his skills and attain educational goals. He enrolled as a psychology major with strong interest in neuroscience.  Met Dr. Chen and immediately changed major to Biochemistry and began working in her lab.   He is now a top graduate in Biochemistry and accepted into Cornell’s graduate program in Biophysics beginning Fall 2016.  In addition to being accepted into a top graduate program, this year Erik earned HPU’s top Biochemistry student award, received the 2016 H.Y. Benedict Fellowship from Alpha Chi National Honor Society, and was awarded first place in the undergraduate division at the 2016 Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Research Symposium.

Presentations this academic year (2: one at an international conference and first prize for undergraduate division at the local conference):

Henze, E.*; Huang, J.; Chen, Y. Susceptibility of the nAChR to inhibition is regulated by a single amino acid residue in the TM2 region. 2015 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (Pacifichem), Honolulu, Hawaii, December 15-20, 2015, poster 671.

Henze, E.*; Ito, B.*; Huang, J.; Chen, Y. A single residue in the TM2 region of the a3b4 nAChR modulates sensitivity to PTZ. 2016 Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Research Symposium, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 21-22, 2016.  First Prize for undergraduate division.

Advanced degree program

Seeking Ph.D. program in biophysics and/or structural biology.  Applied to 7 top programs.  Accepted to University of Virginia and Cornell.  Attending Cornell (Biophysics) in Fall of 2016.