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OSU Center for Health Sciences research symposium awards

TULSA, Okla. — Graduate and medical student award winners at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Research Day on Feb. 20 have been announced by David Wallace, Ph.D., assistant dean for research.

The 20th annual research symposium featured presentations by students, faculty and staff including 45 poster presentations and 12 oral presentations. Awards went to the top three entries in oral and poster categories for medical student and graduate student presentations.

Graduate student oral presentations award recipients are E. Matthew Hoffman of Broken Arrow for “Effects of nerve growth factor deprivation on pain sensitivity and dorsal root ganglion neurons of the adult rat,” Yanina Levchenko-Lambert of Tulsa for “Two distinct conformational rearrangements contribute to AMPA receptor desensitization,” and Arunkumar Thangaraju of Chennai, India, for “Deletion of a small domain in the I3 loop of M1 receptors either impairs trafficking to membrane or recycling.”

Poster presentation award recipients are Thangaraju for “Comparison of the Agonist-Dependent Internalization, Recycling and Downregulation of Muscarinic receptor subtypes M1-M5 in CHO cells,” Minh T. Ngo of Tulsa for “Estrogen and HSD2 Neuron Labeling in the Nucleus Tractus Solitarius,” and Sallie Ruskoski of Haskell for “Relationship between capsulation and cell surface physiology in Burkholderia multivorans.”

Osteopathic medical student oral presentation award recipients are Tess Hanner of Miami, Okla.,
for “Sex differences in the renal excretions of protein in mice: Potential problem with male sex hormone,” and Megan Wilson of Morris for “Characterization of short flagella mutations in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.”

Poster presentation award recipients are C.L. Bass of Tulsa for “Candida parapsilosis: Emerging pathogen or environmental opportunist,” J.C. Medved of Harrah for “Molecular identification of fungi found on protective athletic mouth guards,” and D. O. Hayes of Ardmore for “Ecology and pathogenicity of bacteria isolated from football players’ protective athletic mouth guards.”