Robert P. Hebbel Research Day

Research Day is designed to recognize and showcase the wide range of research in the Department by our investigators at all levels of training. It is an opportunity for departmental faculty to share ideas and knowledge while stimulating discussion about opportunities for future collaboration.

Research Excellence Awards

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2024 Awardees

Fellow/Post-Doc Basic Science

  • Zachary Shaheen
  • Patrick Ernst
  • Alisa Nelson

Fellow/Post-Doc Clinical Science

  • Josh Trujeque
  • Rahul Karna
  • Evan Manning
  • Sreekant Avula

Graduate Student Basic Science

  • Eric Queathem
  • Jenna Dick
  • Mahima Devarajan

Medical Student, Undergrad Student, High School Student Basic and Clinical Science

  • Allison Makovec
  • Elizabeth Ngo
  • Dannah Nephew

Resident Clinical Research

  • Anwei Gwan
  • Tessa Herman
  • Jenson Phung

Staff Basic and Clinical Science

  • Courtney Baar
  • Jacob Rugloski
  • Ana Alves
  • Andrea Torniainen

2023 Awardes

  • Sahar Lotfi-Emran (Faculty Award Basic & Clinical Research)
  • Zalaya Ivy (Fellow/ PostDoc Basic Research Only)
  • Joseph Skeate (Fellow/ PostDoc Basic Research Only)
  • Parag Bawaskar (Fellow/ PostDoc Clinical Research Only)
  • Sean Pickthorn (Fellow/ PostDoc Clinical Research Only)
  • Shamim Ahmed (Graduate Student Basic Research Only)
  • Gwen Phung (Graduate Student Basic Research Only)
  • Thijs Larson (Medical Student/ Undergraduate/ Highschool student Basic & Clinical Research)
  • Alison Wong (Medical Student/ Undergraduate/ Highschool student Basic & Clinical Research)
  • Summer Gerhardt (Medical Student/ Undergraduate/ Highschool student Basic & Clinical Research)
  • Spencer Goble (Resident Clinical Research Only)
  • Manaswita Tappata (Resident Clinical Research Only)
  • Marinos Kosmopoulos (Resident Clinical Research Only)
  • Maria Martell (Staff Basic & Clinical Research)
  • Hannah Bergom (Staff Basic & Clinical Research)

2021 Awardees

Research Excellence Awards - 2021

  • Adetunji Bakare: Outstanding Postdoctoral Clinical Research
  • Alexander Dwyer: Outstanding Graduate Researcher 
  • Alisa Nelson: Outstanding Graduate Researcher
  • Sasha Prisco: Peter Bitterman Award for Outstanding Postdoctoral Basic Research
  • Ferrol Rome: Outstanding Predoctoral Researcher
  • Xiaolei Shi: Outstanding Postdoctoral Clinical Research
  • Hannah Szafraniec: Outstanding Predoctoral Researcher

2019 Awardees

Research Excellence Awards - 2019

  • David Haynes: Outstanding Postdoctoral Clinical Research
  • Adam Khan: Outstanding Postdoctoral Clinical Research
  • Daniel Murphy: Outstanding Postdoctoral Clinical Research
  • Olamide Ojo-Fati: Outstanding Postdoctoral Clinical Research
  • Caroline Ortiz Cordero: Outstanding Graduate Researcher
  • Patrycja Puchalska: Peter Bitterman Award for Outstanding Postdoctoral Basic Research
  • Lauren Rose: Outstanding Predoctoral Researcher
  • Milagros Silva Morales: Peter Bitterman Award for Outstanding Postdoctoral Basic Research

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2018 Awardees

Research Excellence Awards - 2018

  • Elizabeth Goldsmith: Outstanding Postdoctoral Clinical Research
  • Katelyn Hoff: Outstanding Predoctoral Research
  • Kurt Prins: Peter Bitterman Award for Outstanding Postdoctoral Basic Research
  • Christopher Tucker: Outstanding Graduate Researcher

2017 Awardees

Research Excellence Awards - 2017

  • Katharine Block: Outstanding Fellow Postdoctoral Research 
  • Irena Cich: Outstanding Medical Student Researcher
  • Krista Newman: Outstanding Resident Researcher
  • Ian Nykaza: Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher
  • Carol Perez Kerkvliet: Outstanding Graduate Researcher

Past Special Guests & Keynote Speakers

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Past Special Guests & Keynote Speakers

2020 - Present

2024: Lisa Schilling, MD
“Data Ownership and Privacy in the Era of Big Data Research”

2023: Susan M Wolf, JD
"Bridging Research and Clinical Care: The Growing Practice of Returning Results to Research Participants"

John Carethers
"Environmental Influences on Colorectal Cancer"

2021: Kenneth I. Ataga, MD
"Natural History of Sickle Cell Disease-Related Glomerulopathy: Implications for Therapy" 

2009 - 2019

2019: Joan M. Bathon, MD
"Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Paradigm of the Link Between Inflammation and Cardiovascular Disease"

2018: Jean Schaffer, MD
"Lipotoxicity: Getting to the Heart of the Matter"

2017: Susan E. Quaggin, MD
"Uncomplicating Diabetes: High 'Tek' Solutions on the Horizon"

2016: Susan M. Wolf, MD
"The Challenge of Developing Best Practices for Translational Medicine: Return of Results & Incidental Findings in Genomics"

2015: Peter Igarashi, MD
"Polycystic Kidney Disease: A Model Ciliopathy"

2014: Peter Agre, MD
"Opening Doors Worldwide through Medical Science"

2013: Mark Anderson, MD, PhD
"Autoimmune Polyglandular Syndrome and the Genetic Control of Immune Tolerance"

2012: No Research Day

2011: Andrew I. Schafer, MD
"The Vanishing Physician-Scientist?"

2010: Richard A. King, MD, PhD
"The Intrigue of Genetics in Medicine"

2009: Antony Rosen, MD
"Human Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases: The Key is in the Human"

1998 - 2008

2008: Robert Siliciano, MD, PhD
"Control of HIV Replication: Identification of a Missing Dimension in the Drug and Vaccine Efficacy"

2007: David A. Schwartz, MD, MPH
"Environmental Genomics and Complex Human Diseases"

2006: Karl Nath, MD
"Mentoring and Biomedical Research: A Personal Perspective"

2005: Joseph Bonventre, MD
"Acute Kidney Injury: From Zebrafish to the Patient "

2004: Barry Coller, MD
"Translational Research: The Best of Times"

2003: Martin Blaser, MD
"Evolution of Helicobacter Pylori Diversity in Individual Hosts"

1999: James Kazura, MD
"Pathogenesis and Genetics of Human Malaria"

1998: Philip Leder, MD
"Cancer: An Unfortunate Genetic Collaboration"