GSBSE 12th Annual Meeting Awards

The following awards acknowledge outstanding student presentations during the 2018 GSBSE Annual Meeting held Friday, September 21, 2018 in Wells Conference Center. Read more about the annual meeting here.

Oral Presentations

1st Place, Ambreen Sayed Zahid
Functional Rescue of a Mouse Model of Congenital Muscular Dystrophy with Megaconial Myopathy
2nd Place, Eraj Khokhar
Histone Lysine Acetyltransferase Kat6b is Important for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Differentiation
3rd Place, Xiaojie Ji
The Role of LYST in Lysosome and Lysosome-related Organelle Biogenesis in Retina

Poster Presentations

1st Place, Gabriel Jensen
mTERT Marks Adult Neural Stem Cells That Give Rise to Neurospheres In vitro
2nd Place, Nicklaus Carter
Nanocellulose Conduits for Enhanced Regeneration of Peripheral Nerve Injury
3rd Place, Connor Murphy
Investigation of Lipid Droplet Accumulation in Multiple Myeloma

3-Minute Thesis Presentations

1st Place, Joan Malcolm
High Rate of Failure in Oncology Drug Development


The Annual GSBSE Faculty and Student Service Awards were also presented for outstanding service to the GSBSE community.

Service Awards

Faculty, David Neivandt
“Dr. Neivandt has been highly sensitive and responsive to GSBSE student needs, both academic/scientific and personal, with respect to fulfillment of their individual professional goals. This fully embodies the “pro-student” enabling that has been central to our program and its success.”

Student, Magdalena Blaszkiewicz
“Magda has assisted in creating a new student mentor program as part of the T32 submission, has supported GSBSE as part of the Grad Student Government since arriving at UMaine in 2015, and served as GSBSE graduate student representative for GSG and served as the GSG grants officer. Magda has been involved in each GSBSE annual meeting, the yearly meetings at MBMSS, and each year’s Grad Expo. During one GSBSE annual meeting Magda was the student who organized team building activities. Furthermore, Magda has unofficially mentored numerous GSBSE students, as a more experienced (non-traditional) graduate student. I know personally that this advice has been a huge asset to younger GSBSE students.”