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MSR Symposium

Each spring, the Office for Medical Student Research showcases research projects completed by the current fourth-year medical students during their time at Penn State College of Medicine. Learn more about the MSR program at the College of Medicine here.

Symposium 2020

The 2020 Medical Student Research Symposium was held virtually. The 16 participating students presented their research via the University’s VoiceThreads platform, with each presentation available for asynchronous viewing and commenting for several days, culminating with a live event May 14.


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2020 Presenters

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Imad Aljabban

Project Overview

Student: Imad Aljabban

Project: Analysis of Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells and the Role of Nitric Oxide Synthase in Renal Transplantation Across MHC Mismatched Mice

Sponsor: Joren Madison, MD, DPhil, Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital

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Publications

Aljabban I, Jiang B, Yang C, O’Shea T, Ndishabandi D, White R, Russell P, Colvin R. Allografts. American Journal of Transplantation. June 2018; 18(S4): 622.

Jiang B, Aljabban I, Yang C, Ndishabandi D, White R, Russell P, Madsen J, Colvin R, Alessandrini A. The Phenotypic and Functional Characteristics of a Novel CD11b+ CD11c+ F4/80+ Monocytic Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cell Subset. American Journal of Transplantation. April 2017; 17(S3): 341.

Aljabban I, Jiang B, Yang C, Ndishabandi D, White R, Russell P, Madsen J, Colvin R Alessandrini A. Recipient iNOS Deficiency Reduces Spontaneous Kidney Allograft Acceptance by Accelerating Allograft Loss. American Journal of Transplantation. April 2017; 17(S3): 520.

Aljabban I, Jiang B, Yang C, Ndishabandi D, White R, Russell P, Madsen J, Colvin R, Alessandrini A. Accepted Mouse Kidney Allografts Are Characterized by Widespread Nitrosylation. American Journal of Transplantation. June 2016; 16(S3): 795.

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Toan Do

Project Overview

Student: Toan Do

Project: Bifidobacterium Bifidum Modulation of Intestinal Barrier

Sponsor: Thomas Ma, MD, PhD, Department of Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine

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Publication

Do T, Canty E, Bajaj P, Faoud I, Craig T. Long-Term Assessment of Aspirin Desensitization Shows Successful Bridging with Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs. Allergy & Asthma Proceedings. 2019; 40:1–6.

Meeting Presentations

Hong J, Do T, Chu C, Zaeglein A. Retrospective Review of Adverse Effects Resulting from Standardized Isotretinoin Lab Monitoring. Poster Presentation. Society for Investigative Dermatology; May 2019; Chicago, Ill.

Canty E, Do T, Fogel B. Improving the Rate of Patient Portal Registration for Newborns Less than One Month Old in the Penn State Nursery and Pediatrics Clinic. Poster Presentation. Penn State College of Medicine Master of Public Health Practicum; April 2019; Hershey, Pa.

Do T, Faoud I, Craig T. Long-Term Follow-up of Patients with Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease Status Post-Desensitization. Poster Presentation. American Academy of Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting; March 2018; Orlando, Fla.

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John Donovan

Project Overview

Student: John Donovan

Project: Development and Validation of an Objective Pain Score for Chronic Pain Patients

Sponsor: Jill Eckert, DO, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine

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Publications

Pace AP, Bruceta M, Donovan J, Vaida SJ, Eckert JM. Objective Pain Score for Chronic Pain Clinic Patients. Journal of Open Anesthesia. Submitted for publication.

Donovan J, Grafton L, Solaiman A. A Case Report of Splenic Hematoma Causing Left-Sided Pleural Effusion in a Rehabilitation Hospital. Am J Phys Med Rehab. March 2019; 98(3): a10.

Boehm R, Donovan J, Sheth D, Durfor A, Roberts J, Isayeva I. In Vitro Sugar Interference Testing with Amperometric Glucose Oxidase Sensors. J Diabetes Sci Technol. January 2019; 13(1): 82-89.

Meeting Presentation

Donovan J, McCowan D, Hills E. Patient Specific Function-Focused Outcome Measures Lead to Better Utilization of Botulinum Toxin in Combination with Physical Therapy. Poster Presentation. 14th International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine World Congress/53th Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting; March 2020; Orlando, Fla.

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Adri Galvan Durant

Project Overview

Student: Adri Galvan Durant

Project: Cell-associated, Heparin-like Molecules Modulate the Ability of Low Density Lipoprotein to Regulate PCSK9 Uptake

Sponsors: John Chorba, MD, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of California San Francisco, and Kevan Shokat, PhD, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, University of California San Diego

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Publications

Galvan A, Shokat K, Chorba J. Cell-Associated Heparin-Like Molecules Modulate the Ability of LDL to Regulate PCSK9 Uptake, Journal of Lipid Research; January 2019; 60(1): 71-84.

Chorba J, Galvan A, Shokat K. A High-Throughput Luciferase Assay to Evaluate Proteolysis of the Single-Turnover Protease PCSK9, Journal of Visualized Experiments. August 2018; (138).

Chorba J, Galvan A, Shokat K. Stepwise Processing Analyses of the Single-Turnover PCSK9 Protease Reveal its Substrate Sequence Specificity and Link Clinical Genotype to Lipid Phenotype, Journal of Biological Chemistry. May 2018; 293(6): 1875-1886.

Meeting Presentation

Galvan A, Shokat K, Chorba J. Cell-Associated, Heparin-Like Molecules Modulate the Ability of Low Density Lipoprotein to Regulate PCSK9 Uptake. Poster Presentation. Joint Meeting of the Association of American Physicians, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the American Physician-Scientists Association; April 2018; Chicago, Ill.

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Ryan Fischer

Project Overview

Student: Ryan Fischer

Project: A Longitudinal Assessment of Depression, Anxiety and Self-Care of Medical Students at Penn State College of Medicine: Baseline Survey, the Initial Cross-Sectional Analysis

Sponsor: Martha Levine, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Penn State College of Medicine

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Madison Force

Project Overview

Student: Madison Force

Project: In Vitro Comparison of Two Neonatal ECMO Circuits using a Roller or Centrifugal Pump with Three Different In-Line Hemoconcentrators for Maintaining Hemodynamic Energy Delivery to the Patient.

Sponsor: Akif Undar, MS, MSE, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, Penn State College of Medicine

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Publications

Wang S, Moroi MK, Force MD, Kunselman AR, Undar A. Impact of Heart Rate on Pulsatile Hemodynamic Performance in a Neonatal ECG-Synchronized ECLS System. Artificial Organs. 2019; 43(1):81-89.

Force MD, Moroi MK, Wang S, Kunselman A, Undar A. In Vitro Hemodynamic Evaluation of ECG-Synchronized Pulsatile Flow using I-COR Pump as Short-Term Cardiac Assist Device for Neonatal and Pediatric Population. Artificial Organs. 2018; 42(8): 153-167.

Force MD, Moroi MK, Wang S, Palanzo D, Kunselman A, Undar A. In Vitro Comparison of Two Neonatal ECMO Circuits Using a Roller or Centrifugal Pump with Three Different In-Line Hemoconcentrators for Maintaining Hemodynamic Energy Delivery to the Patient. Artificial Organs. 2018; 42(4): 354-364.

Meeting Presentation

Force MD, Wang S, Moroi MK, Kunselman AR, Undar A. Evaluation of Pulsatile Frequency of a Diagonal Pump on Circuit Pressure, Pressure Drop, and Hemodynamic Energy Transmission in a Simulated Neonatal ECLS System. Oral Presentation. The 15th International Conference on Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support Systems and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Perfusion. May 2019; New York, N.Y.

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Seongho Jeong

Project Overview

Student: Seongho Jeong

Project: Impact of the Evolving USPSTF Policy Statements on Incidence and Distribution of Prostate Cancer Over 15 Years in a Statewide Cancer Registry

Sponsor: Jay Raman, MD, Department of Surgery, Penn State College of Medicine

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Ansh Johri

Project Overview

Student: Ansh Johri

Project: Echocardiographic Assessment of Right Ventricular Hypertrophy in Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension

Sponsor: Jonathan Weinsaft, MD, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, N.Y.

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Publication

Abouzeid CM, Shah T, Johri A, Weinsaft JW, Kim J. Multimodality Imaging of the Right Ventricle. Curr Treat Options Cardio Med. 2017; 19: 82.

Meeting Presentations

Johri A, Sendra-Ferrer M, Gonzalez V, Kline C, Gonzalez M. The Brody Effect Predicts Changes in Left Ventricular Size Following Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation. Poster Presentation. Heart Rhythm Society Conference, May 2018; Boston, Mass.

Abouzeid C, Khalique O, Alakbarli J, Pollie MP, Johri A, Villanueva M, Levine R, Ratcliffe M, Devereux RB, Weinsaft JW, Kim J. Tissue-Based Determinants of Right Ventricular Dysfunction in Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation – Incremental Utility of Non-Ischemic Fibrosis Beyond CMR Evidenced Ischemia and Infarction Burden. Poster Presentation. European Society of Cardiology; February 2018; Barcelona, Spain.

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Bethany Latten

Project Overview

Student: Bethany Latten

Project: Preoperative Risk Assessment for Cervical Spine Subluxation in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Sponsor: Piotr Janicki, MD, PhD, DSci, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine

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Meeting Presentation

Latten B, Swick JT, Huesch M, Fausey-Kreider M, Janicki P. Preoperative Risk Assessment for Cervical Spine Subluxation in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients. Poster Presentation. Anesthesia Post-Graduate Assembly; December 2018; New York, N.Y.

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Christy Lucas

Project Overview

Student: Christy Lucas

Project: Evolution of an Evidence-Based Patient Gown

Sponsor: Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, MS, Department of Humanities, Penn State College of Medicine

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Publication

Lucas C, Dellasega C. Finding Common Threads: How Patients, Physicians and Nurses Perceive the Patient Gown. Patient Experience Journal. April 2020; 7(1): 51-64. doi: 10.35680/2372-0247.1387

Meeting Presentations

Lucas C, Dellasega C. You Don’t Have to be Dying to do Comfort Measures: Patients’ and Physicians’ Perceptions of Inpatient Attire. Poster Presentation. American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting; April 2019; Philadelphia, Pa.

Lucas C, Dellasega C, Smith C. Don’t Let the Gown Get you Down: How Patients and Providers Perceive Hospital Gowns. Poster Presentation. Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting; March 2019; Hershey, Pa.

Lucas C, Dellasega C. U Matter: Inpatient Hospital Attire Reimagined. Oral Presentation. Society of Hospital Medicine “Shark Tank” Competition; March 2019; National Harbor, Md.

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Morgan Moroi

Project Overview

Student: Morgan Moroi

Project: Successful Treatment of Floyd Type I Tracheal Agenesis with Esophagotracheoplasty and Trachealization Using a 3D-Printed External Bioresorbable Splint

Sponsor: Anthony Tsai, MD, Department of Surgery, Penn State College of Medicine

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Publication

Moroi M, Force M, Wang S, Kunselman AR, Undar A. In Vitro Comparison of Pediatric Oxygenators with and without Integrated Arterial Filters in Maintaining Optimal Hemodynamic Stability and Managing Gaseous Microemboli. Artif Organs. 2018; 42: 420-431.

Meeting Presentations

Moroi MK, Tsai A, Clark JB, Les A, Fell B, Samson T, Ravnic D, Hollister SJ, Green GE, Saunders B, Cilley RE, Dillon P. Successful Treatment of Floyd Type I Tracheal Agenesis with Trachealization and Esophagotracheoplasty using 3D-Printed External Bioresorbable Splint. Oral Presentation. Clinical Meeting of the Frederick A. Coller Surgical Society; September 2019; Ann Arbor, Mich.

Tsai A, Moroi MK, Clark JB, Les A, Fell B, Samson T, Ravnic D, Hollister SJ, Green GE, Cilley RE, Dillon P. Successful Treatment of Floyd Type I Tracheal Agenesis with Trachealization and Esophagotracheoplasty using 3D-Printed External Bioresorbable Splint. Oral Presentation. American Pediatric Surgical Association Annual Meeting; May 2019; Boston, Mass.

Moroi M, Force M, Wang S, Kunselman AR, Undar A. In Vitro Comparison of Pediatric Oxygenators with and without Integrated Arterial Filters in Maintaining Optimal Hemodynamic Stability and Managing Gaseous Microemboli. Poster Presentation. 14th International Conference on Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support Systems and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Perfusion; May 2018; Chicago, Ill.

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Victoria Nguyen

Project Overview

Student: Victoria Nguyen

Project: Assessment of Macular Structural Changes and Visual Function in Retinopathy of Prematurity

Sponsor: Amanda Ely, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Penn State College of Medicine

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Publication

Camacci ML, Rolius R, Kim SD, Nguyen P, Nguyen V, Liechty J, Westcott A, Quillen DA, Pantanelli S. Ophthalmology Urgent Care Preceptorship: Building Medical Student Knowledge and Developing Residents-as-Teachers. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 2018; 59(9): 6166.

Meeting Presentations

Chepurny A, Nguyen V, Weinstein J, Ely A. Assessment of Foveal Structure Changes and Visual Function in Retinopathy of Prematurity. Poster Presentation. Pediatric Research Day; March 2019; Hershey, Pa.

Camacci M, Rolius R, Kim S, Nguyen P, Nguyen V, Liechty J, Cayton T, Westcott A, Quillen D, Pantanelli S. Ophthalmology Urgent Care Preceptorship Pilot: Building Medical Student Ophthalmic Knowledge and Developing Residents-as-Teachers. Poster Presentation. Resident and Fellow Research Day; May 2018; Hershey, Pa.

Camacci M, Rolius R, Kim S, Nguyen P, Nguyen V, Liechty J, Westcott A, Quillen D, Pantanelli S. Ophthalmology Urgent Care Preceptorship: Building Medical Student Ophthalmic Knowledge and Developing Residents-as-Teachers. Poster Presentation. Association for Vision in Research and Ophthalmology Meeting; April 2018; Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Abby Renko

Project Overview

Student: Abby Renko

Project: Predicting Patient Volumes at Collegiate Football Games

Sponsor: Chadd Nesbit, MD, PhD, Department of Emergency Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine

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Publications

Renko AE, Knapp JM, Boehmer SJ, Kass JM, Degol DJ, Mann JL, Lubin JS. Predicting Patient Volumes at Collegiate Football Games. The Journal of Collegiate Emergency Medical Services. 2020.

Renko, AE, Julius, NJ, Nesbit, CE. Medical Command Training for Emergency Medicine Residents: An Overview of Medical Command Education, Oversight, and Evaluation. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2018; 36(12): 2323-2324.

Meeting Presentations

Renko AE, Mann JL, Lubin JS. Predicting Patient Volumes at Collegiate Football Games. Oral and Poster Presentations. National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians (NAEMSP) Annual Meeting; January 2020; San Diego, Calif.

Renko AE, Julius NJ. Medical Command Training for Emergency Medicine Residents: An Overview of Medical Command Education, Oversight, and Evaluation. Oral and Poster Presentations. National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians (NAEMSP) Annual Meeting; January 2018; San Diego, Calif.

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Rachel Thomas

Project Overview

Student: Rachel Thomas

Project: Effect of Glenoid Perforation during Total Shoulder Arthroplasty on Glenoid Component Cement Fixation and Suprascapular Nerve

Sponsor: Hyun-min “Mike” Kim, MD, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Missouri Health Care, Columbia, Mo.

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Publications

Deangelo N, Thomas RA, Kim HM. Primary Repair of Severely Retracted Non-Chronic Distal Biceps Tendon Rupture Using Two-Incision Anterior-Approach Repair. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2020; Open Access.

Pace G, Thomas RA, Zale C, Lewis G, Kim R, Kim HM. Effect of Glenoid Perforation During Total Shoulder Arthroplasty on Glenoid Component Cement Fixation and Suprascapular Nerve. Shoulder and Elbow. 2020; Open Access.

Thomas RA, Hennrikus WL. Treatment and Outcomes of Distal Tibia Salter Harris II Fractures. Injury. 2020; 51: 636-641.

Thomas RA, Kim HM. Modified Biceps Suspension Procedure for Painful Glenohumeral Inferior Subluxation in Hemiplegic Stroke Patients: A Preliminary Study. Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2018; 19(4): 153-159.

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Kempland C. Walley

Project Overview

Student: Kempland C. Walley

Project: The Role of 3D Reconstruction True-Volume Analysis in Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus

Sponsors: Michael Aynardi, MD, and Paul Juliano, MD, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Penn State College of Medicine

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Publications

King JL, Fairfull AB, Walley KC, Saloky KL, Callahan R, Arena C, Stauch C, Juliano JP, Aynardi MC. Comparison of Computer Tomography Versus Magnetic Resonance Three-dimensional Reconstructions and Printing for Preoperative Planning of Large Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus: A Pilot Study. Foot Ankle Specialist. 2020 (accepted for publication).

Walley KC, Gonzalez TG, Callahan R, Fairfull AM, Roush E, Saloky KL, Juliano PJ, Lewis GL, Aynardi MC. The Role of 3D Reconstruction True-Volume Analysis in Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus. Foot Ankle Int. September 2018; 39(9): 1113-1119.

Walley KC, Roush EP, Stauch C.M, Kunselman AR, Saloky KL, King JL, Lewis GS, Aynardi MC. Three-Dimensional Morphometric Modeling Measurements of the Calcaneus in Adults with Stage IIB Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction: A Pilot Study. Foot Ankle Specialist; Aug. 31, 2018: 1938640018796618.

Walley KC, Green G, Hallam J, Juliano PJ, Aynardi MC. Short- to Mid-Term Outcomes Following the Use of an Arthroereisis Implant as an Adjunct for Correction of Flexible, Acquired Flatfoot Deformity in Adults. Foot Ankle Specialist. April 2019; 12(2): 122-130.

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Timothy Winslow

Project Overview

Student: Timothy Winslow

Project: Evaluating the Therapeutic Potential of 5′-methylschweinfurthin G for the Treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Sponsor: David Claxton, MD, Department of Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine

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Meeting Presentation

Arati S, Charyguly A, Winslow T, Devine V, Deering T, Barth B, Fox T, Keasey N, Stern S, Wang HG, Liao J, A Viny A, Levine R, Loughran TP Jr, Kester M, Claxton D. Vinblastine and Nanoliposomal Ceramide Target the Acute Myeloid Leukemia Stem Cell. Penn State Cancer Institute Annual Retreat; August 2017; Hershey, Pa.

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