19th Annual Trainee Research Day - April 16, 2020

Research Day is an annual event held each spring and features posters from hundreds of trainees, a trainee speaker series and a keynote address by a world-renowned researcher in the field of biomedical science. Faculty members judge poster presentations and travel awards are given to the highest-scoring trainees. This group includes trainees at all levels of programming, including graduate, undergraduate, medical and MD/PhD students, as well as postdoctoral fellows, researchers and clinical residents and fellows.

Research Day also presents an opportunity for colleagues and visitors to learn about the cutting edge research occurring at Ohio State. Faculty judges review poster presentations and make the final selections for the awards. The day also features at least one scheduled presentation by a leader in the biomedical sciences or related fields who will speak about his or her work and the latest developments in that research area, as well as presentations by selected Ohio State College of Medicine trainees. Research Day concludes with a late afternoon reception followed by a presentation of awards for outstanding research projects. 

2020 Research Day Booklet


Keynote Speaker

JoAnne L. Flynn, PhD has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, from the University of California at Davis and a PhD from University of California at Berkeley in Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Flynn’s first post-doc was with Dr. Magdalene So at the Scripps Clinic Research Institute and then joined the lab of Dr. Barry Bloom at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as a Howard Hughes Research Associate, where she began her studies in tuberculosis. Dr. Flynn joined the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1994, and was recently named to the faculty rank of Distinguished Professor. Dr. Flynn directs a NIH T32 Training Grant, and has grants from NIH and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She was an Editor at Infection and Immunity from 2004-2014 and is a Section Editor for PLOS Pathogens and a member of the NIAID Board of Scientific Counselors. She is the Past-President of the American Association of Immunologists, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiologists. She has published over 180 papers. Her research in tuberculosis is focused on immunology, host-pathogen interactions, vaccines, and drugs, and she has developed and used non-human primate models for tuberculosis over the past 20 years.

JoAnne L. Flynn, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Presentation: The path to sterilizing immunity in tuberculosis

State of the Art Speaker

Tamar Gur MD, PhD received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Brown University and received both her medical degree and PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied the effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on neurogenesis in the laboratory of Dr. Julie Blendy. She completed her residency training in psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she honed her research interests in women’s mental health. Her clinical work at Ohio State focuses on perinatal and postnatal depression and anxiety, which dovetails with her research interest on the effect of maternal stress and mental illness on the developing organism. She uses a variety of techniques to investigate the link between prenatal stress, microbiota, and inflammation, including rodent models and translational techniques. To date, her research program has received funding from NIMH, the March of Dimes, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

Tamar Gur MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Health, Neuroscience, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Associate Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Presentation: How Prenatal Stress Disrupts Neurodevelopment: In Utero and Beyond


State of the Art Speaker

Oluyinka O. Olutoye, MD, PhD, was appointed surgeon-in-chief at the Hospital effective August 1, 2019. He's also Professor of Surgery at Ohio State and holds the E. Thomas Boles Jr. Chair of Pediatric Surgery. Prior to joining the Hospital, Dr. Olutoye served as co-director of the Fetal Center at Texas Children’s Hospital since 2002 and president of the medical staff in 2019. In addition, from 2017-2019 he was the chair of the Baylor College of Medicine Faculty Senate where he was Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Oluyinka O. Olutoye, MD, PhD
Surgeon-in-Chief, General Pediatric Surgery
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Presentation: The Evolution of an Idea



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