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GSBS Student Research Day
Thursday, June 23
Cooley Center
7440 Cambridge Street
Houston, Texas 77054



Oral Presentation Skills
Pre-Candidacy PhD, MS & SMS, 1st Year

1st place: Hunter Mehrens
Advisor: Stephen Kry, PhD

2nd place: Shannon Erhardt
Advisor: Jun Wang, PhD

1st Year Bonus: Andrew Gillard
Advisor: Candelaria Gomez-Manzano, PhD

Oral Presentation Skills
Post-Candidacy PhD

1st place: Janani Subramaniam
Advisor: Shane Cunha, PhD

2nd place: Xu Zhang
Advisor: Fabricio Do Monte, DVM, PhD

Poster Competitions
Pre-Candidacy PhD, MS & SMS, 1st Year

1st place: Stephen Farmer
Advisor: Sheng Zhang, PhD

2nd place: Joshua Morse
Advisor: Zhiqiang An, PhD

1st Year Bonus: Stephen Farmer
Advisor: Sheng Zhang, PhD

Poster Competitions
Post-Candidacy PhD

1st place: Raisa Reyes Castro
Advisor: Swathi Arur, PhD

2nd place tie:

Emily Caggiano
Advisor: Cullen Taniguchi, MD, PhD

Sonia Patel
Advisor: John Heymach, MD, PhD

Elevator Speech Contests
Pre-Candidacy PhD, MS & SMS, 1st Year

1st place: Barbara Marquez
Advisor: Laurence Court, PhD

2nd place: Marvin Wirianto
Advisor: Seung-Hee (Sally) Yoo, PhD

People's Choice Award: Xin Ru (Cheryl) Jiang
Advisor: Katy Rezvani, MBBS, PhD

Elevator Speech Contests
Post-Candidacy PhD

1st place: Tanvi Visal
Advisor: Sendurai Mani, PhD

2nd place: Joan Jacob
Advisor: Kendra Carmon, PhD

People's Choice Award: Tanvi Visal
Advisor: Sendurai Mani, PhD

Winners of the GSRD Digital Scavenger Hunt

Abdulkader Almosa
Yiming Cai
Pragya Sinha

Special GSRD Shuttle will be available
from BSRB circle drive to Cooley Center for attendees
between 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Parking in RPC Lot, 1940 East Road, will be validated

Join the fun and participate in the GSRD DIGITAL SCAVENGER HUNT! Answer a variety of questions about both GSRD activities and GSBS.
All answers can be found at GSRD (Cooley Center) or the GSBS website.
You can preview the questions here.
If you do not wish to participate using your cell phone through the online link, please send all your responses to
All answers are due by 11:59 pm on Thursday, June 23, 2022.
Those with the highest scores will be eligible for a prize and will be notified the following day!



Note: registration for guaranteed lunch is closed, but please join us for the competitions!

Keynote Speaker
Enrique De La Cruz, PhD

Professor and Chair of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry
Head, Branford College, Yale School of Medicine

"Without Each Other, We Are Nothing"

Enrique DeLaCruz


9:00 – 10:00 am

10:15 - 11:15 am

Oral Presentation Skills Finalists’ Competitions

Pre-Candidacy & MS


11:30 am – 12:45 pm

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Poster Sessions and Lunch

Session A

Session B

2:30 pm

Elevator Speech Finalists’ Contests

3:30 pm

Keynote Seminar with Q&A

Without Each Other, We Are Nothing

4:30 pm


5:00 pm