Department of Internal Medicine Scientific Symposium

Student presenting at the annual Internal Medicine Symposium 2022The Ohio State University College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine Annual Scientific Symposium was held on Thurs. May 19 at the Biomedical Research Tower. The event showcased the talent of many promising, early-stage investigators and fostered collaboration among various disciplines in the department. 

Susheela Tridandapani, PhD, professor and vice chair of research in the Department of Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine says this year’s symposium was an immense success in part because of the hi-level scientific discourse which took place. 

“It was heartwarming to see our faculty review and support the work of our trainees,” Dr. Tridandapani says. “This event was just what we needed, coming back to in-person meetings after a long hiatus.”

The keynote was presented by Victor Dzau, MD, president of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), followed by lectures from four department faculty identified as rising stars in their respective research areas – Lapo Alinari, MD, PhD, associate professor of Internal Medicine, Sethu Madhavan, MD, assistant professor of Internal Medicine, Anasuya Sarkar, PhD, assistant professor of Internal Medicine and Juliet Varghese, PhD, research scientist at The Ohio State University Heart and Vascular Center.
Posters from seven categories were presented and judged by department faculty. Two winners were identified from each group and given a travel voucher for a future educational conference or symposium. 

Poster winners were invited to a dinner at The Boat House Confluence Park with department leaders to celebrate their achievement. 

Poster Winners

Internal Medicine Symposium poster winners 2022

Undergraduate students

  • 1st place – John Heyniger: “Predictors of left ventricular cardiac dysfunction measured via strain-encoded magnetic resonance imaging in SARS-CoV-2 positive collegiate athletes”
  • 2nd place – Stephanie Ogonuwe: “Feasibility of a community-based wellness event from the partnering in negating statistics (P.I.N.S.) for black women initiative”

Graduate students         

  • 1st place – Debasmita Mukherjee: “Assessing the role of ATF4-dependent signaling in limiting pancreatic cancer by tomatidine”
  • 2nd place – Michael Yaeger: “Oxidized lipid biomarkers in patients with acute respiratory failure as predictors for hyperoxia associated lung injury”

Medical students

  • 1st place – Jonathan Wright: “Beta blocker administration in post-implant LVAD patients significantly reduces 1-year mortality, a multi-institutional retrospective cohort study”
  • 2nd place – Mackenzie Owen: “Patient-, provider- and system-level barriers to surveillance for hepatocellular carcinoma in high-risk patients in the United States”


  • 1st place – Jae-Hoon Chung, MD, PhD: “Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) appear to attenuate stroke risk over time in patients with left ventricular assist devices”
  • 2nd place – Bernard Wen, MD: “The masked doctor: Improving patient recognition of inpatient physicians in the COVID era”      


  • 1st place – Mitchell Ramsey, MD: “Prevalence of colorectal neoplasia among adults with cystic fibrosis: a single center experience”
  • 2nd place – Akshay Vijayaraman, MD: “An unusual cause of tension”

Postdoctoral fellows

  • 1st place – Jazmin Calyeca, PhD: “XBP1 is a key contributor of AT2 quality control protecting against premature senescence by controlling the cell fate”
  • 2nd place – Timur Khaliullin, MD, PhD: “CYB5R3 deficiency imparts dysfunctional phenotype on type II alveolar epithelial cells in mice”

Junior faculty

  • 1st place – Janet Childerhose, PhD: “Why don’t some Ohio public libraries stock naloxone?”
  • 2nd place – Eswar Shankar, PhD, MSc: “Dopamine D1 agonists attenuates EZH2-mediated cell proliferation in triple negative breast cancer cells”