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University of Iowa News Release

May 15, 2003

Students, Fellows Awarded For Research Posters

Ten University of Iowa students and fellows were awarded for their poster presentations as part of the UI Student Interdisciplinary Health Research Poster Session, held April 22.

The event gave UI students and fellows working on health-related research the opportunity to present their projects and interact with investigators from areas other than their respective disciplines.

Each winner received $100 and an award certificate.

Following are the names of the award recipients, along with their hometowns and the titles of their poster presentations:

Nilda Rodriguez (Aguada, Puerto Rico)
UI Carver College of Medicine, Department of Microbiology
Title: "Global Changes in Macrophages Gene Expression upon Infection with Leishmania chagasi."

Alan J. Zillich, Pharm.D. (Canton, Ohio)
UI College of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy, and UI Carver College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine
Title: "Evaluation of a Measure of Pharmacist-Physician Collaboration from the Physician Perspective"

Ola A. Awad (Ismailia, Egypt)
UI College of Liberal Arts, Department of Exercise Science
Title: "Bone Marrow Derived Endothelial Progenitor Dysfunction in Type 2 Diabetic Wound Healing"

Gregory J. Gerling (Winfield, Iowa)
UI College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Title: "A Novel Breast Cancer Simulator to Improve Training of Physicians' Tactile Sensitivity and Discrimination Skills in Clinical Breast Examination"

Michelle M. Timmerman, Ph.D. (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
UI Carver College of Medicine, Department of Microbiology
Title: "The Pathogenesis of Gonococcal Endometrial Infection: Studies in Primary Human Cell Cultures and Explants"

Molly K. McLendon (Alligood), Ph.D. (North Liberty, Iowa)
UI Carver College of Medicine, Department of Microbiology
Title: "Structural Analysis of the LPS and Lipid A of Francisella Tularensis"

Christian H. Coyle, (Cumberland, Md.)
UI College of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Title: "Upregulation of Superoxide Dismutase Increases Endothelial Cell Viability under Shear"

Vani Sabesan, BS (hometown not provided)
UI Carver College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
Title: "Surgical Treatment Decisions for Younger Women with Breast Cancer Influenced by Geographic Location and Year of Diagnosis"

Eugene H. Chang (Los Angeles, Calif.)
UI Carver College of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology
Title: Genotype-Phenotype Correlations Between Eya1 and Branchio-Oto-Renal (BOR) Syndrome

Ishwari Sivagnanam (Chennai, India)
UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography
Title: "Choosing the Most Appropriate Method of Standardization when Making Mortality Maps for Resource Allocation"

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,

PHOTOS/GRAPHICS: Photos of the students are available for downloading at