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DOM Annual Research Day 2021

April 27, 2021

We would like to extend a special thank-you to our plenary/oral/poster presenters, judges, special guests, and volunteers who helped to make this year’s event possible. With the challenges faced over this last year due to COVID, a shift towards a completely virtual event would not have been possible without you! We truly appreciate the time and effort you gave to ensuring Research Day’s success.

 

Congratulations to the 2021 plenary presenters and oral presentation winners!

  • Plenary Presenters
    • Vasilii Bushunow, MD
    • Reed Doerfler, MD
    • Rachael Gordon, MD, PhD
    • Sarah Jones, MD, MS
    • Timothy Kim, MD
    • Chantal Lemoine, MD
    • Vinny Negi, PhD
    • Georgios Triantafyllou, MD
  • Oral Presentation Winners
    • Haylee Baxendell, BS
    • Syed Bukhari, MD
    • Callie Drohan, MD
    • Tumader Khouja, BDS, MPH, PhD
    • Justin Sui, BA

    Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE

    Research Day 2021 Guest Speaker

    Katrina ArmstrongKatrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE, is the Jackson Professor at Harvard Medical School, and Physician-in-Chief, Department of Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Armstrong is a graduate of Yale University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She was a resident and chief resident in Medicine at Johns Hopkins and completed a general internal medicine fellowship and Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1998, she joined the faculty at Penn and became Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine in 2008. At Penn, she also served as Associate Director of the Abramson Cancer Center and Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. In April of 2013, she was appointed as physician-in-chief of the Mass General Department of Medicine. Dr. Armstrong is an internationally recognized investigator in the areas of medical decision making, quality of care, and cancer prevention and outcomes. For her work, she received the Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine, the Outstanding Investigator Award from the American Federation of Medical Research, the Alice Hersh Award from Academy Health, and election to the American Society of Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians and National Academy of Medicine. In addition to her career in health policy and disparities research, Dr. Armstrong is a dedicated practicing internist with a longitudinal primary care practice and rotations as the Bigelow visit on the inpatient general medicine services. Over her career, Dr. Armstrong has prioritized her role in medical education, including developing and leading courses on clinical decision making at Penn and at Mass General and founding multiple innovative educational programs including the Master of Science program in Health Policy Research at Penn and the Center for Educational Innovation and Scholarship at Mass General. Diversity and inclusion are central to Dr. Armstrong’s leadership, including her award-winning roles in the advancement of women, her commitment to programs to support diversity across faculty and trainees at the MGH, and her research leadership in health disparities and community-based research. Dr. Armstrong oversees a Department of more than 1,100 faculty members who span ten clinical divisions and six research units, as well as the Department’s educational program in undergraduate and graduate medical education.

    Plenary Presenters

    Vasilii Bushunow, MD

    Resident, General Internal Medicine

    Palliative Care Attitudes and Experiences Among Resident Physicians at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
    Watch Dr. Bushunow’s presentation

    Reed Doerfler, MD

    Chief Medical Resident, General Internal Medicine

    Molecular Alterations in Hurthle Cell Nodules and Preoperative Cancer Risk

    Rachael Gordon, MD, PhD

    ResidentRheumatology & Clinical Immunology

    B Cell and Macrophage NADPH Oxidase is Protective in Murine Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
    Watch Dr. Gordon’s presentation

    Sarah Jones, MD, MS

    Junior FacultyGeneral Internal Medicine

    Training Internal Medicine Residents to Perform Telemedicine Video Visits: A Novel Skill-Based Curriculum

    Timothy Kim, MD

    ResidentGeneral Internal Medicine

    Decreased Cerebellar Volume and Functional Connectivity Identify Novel CNS Alterations in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

    Chantal Lemoine, MD

    ResidentGeneral Internal Medicine

    Early Patterns of CPAP Usage as Predictors of CPAP Adherence

    Vinny Negi, PhD

    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Endocrinology and Metabolism

    Targeting Epigenetic Readers Preserves β-cells by Modulating Inflammatory Pathways in Diabetes

    Georgios Triantafyllou, MD

    Clinical Fellow, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

    Mitochondria Targeted Reactive Oxygen Species Scavenging with MitoTEMPO Improves Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hypertension in A Novel Rat Model of Combined Pre- and Post-Capillary Pulmonary Hypertension

    Oral Presenters

       
    Nameer Al-Yousif
    Resident, General Internal Medicine
    Association of the Hematopoietic Cytokine Interleukin-3 with the Systemic Host Immune Response in Critically Ill Patients with Acute Respiratory Failure
     
    Dedong Li
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology
    Fungal sensing mechanism metabolically reprograms neutrophils by regulating GLUT1 for antifungal activity
     
    Ryan Augustin
    Resident, General Internal Medicine
    The Use of Podcasts as a Tool to Improve Clinical Reasoning: A Pseudorandomized and Controlled Study
     
    Aline Mello
    Post-Doctoral Associate, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
    Proteomic Analysis Identifies TGFβ1-induced Changes in HNF4A Interactome in Hepatocytes
     
    Michael Bashline
    Clinical Fellow, Cardiology
    Examining the Duration and Safety of Withholding Anticoagulation After an Intracerebral Hemorrhage in Patients with Mechanical Heart Valves
     
    Niranjana Natarajan
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Vascular Medicine Institute
    The enigmatic role of VCAM-1 expressed by macrophages in mitochondrial metabolism and atherosclerosis
     
    Haylee Baxendell
    Graduate Student, Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology
    B cell specific TLR7 regulates systemic lupus erythematosus in TLR9-deficient mice
     
    Matthew Nguyen
    Resident, Aging Institute
    A Fbxo48 inhibitor prevents pAMPKα degradation and ameliorates insulin resistance
     
    Rami Bechara
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology
    RNA m6A methylation guides IL-17-driven autoimmunity through IMP2-dependent regulation of C/EBP transcription factors
     
    Hector Nieves-Rosado
    MSTP Trainee, Infectious Diseases
    Increased frequency of peripheral blood Tim-3+ Treg among people living with HIV regardless of viral suppression
     
    John Beckham
    Resident, General Internal Medicine
    A Pilot Study of a Card Based Intervention at Checkout to Increase Organ Donor Registration in a General Internal Medicine Primary Care Clinic
     
    Tanya Nikiforova
    Junior Faculty, General Internal Medicine
    Improving Internal Medicine Novice Intern Confidence and Communication in Telemedicine Through a Virtual Simulated Patient Encounter
     
    Karl B Bezak
    Junior Faculty, General Internal Medicine
    Aligning Goals of Care via Telehealth Increases Goal-Concordant Care for Critically-ill Patients in the Emergency Department, the Tele-Goals of Care (TeleGOC) Pilot.
     
    Urvi Parikh
    Junior Faculty, Infectious Diseases
    HIV Drug Resistance Assessment among Seroconverters from the MTN-025/HOPE Open-Label Dapivirine Vaginal Ring Study
     
    Priya Borker
    Clinical Fellow, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
    Sleep Apnea and Inflammatory Markers In Chronic HIV Infection
     
    Ricardo H Pineda
    Research Associate Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
    Human Tissue-Based Disease Modeling and Drug Discovery for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
     
    James Budnick
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Infectious Diseases
    Utilizing in vitro evolution to identify novel mechanisms of intrinsic antimicrobial resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae
     
    Jacob Quaytman
    Resident, Endocrinology and Metabolism
    Clinicopathologic Characteristics of Thyroid Nodules Positive for PTEN Mutations on Preoperative Molecular Testing
     
    Syed Bukhari
    Cardiac Amyloidosis Fellow, Cardiology
    Development and Validation of a Diagnostic Model For Transthyretin Cardiac Amyloidosis (ATTR-CA): A Pilot Study
     
    Thomas Radomski
    Junior Faculty, General Internal Medicine
    The Use and Cost of Low-Value Services Delivered to Veterans through Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and VA Community Care Programs
     
    Katherine Callaway
    Graduate Student, General Internal Medicine
    Global Changes in Purchases of Intensive Care Medicines During COVID-19
     
    Diana Samberg
    Academic Clinician-Educator Scholars (ACES) Fellow, General Internal Medicine
    Improving Internal Medicine Novice Intern Confidence and Communication in Telemedicine Through a Virtual Simulated Patient Encounter
     
    Edwin Chen
    Clinical Fellow, Infectious Diseases
    Mutations that Inactivate the Tricarboxylic Acid Cycle in Staphylococcus aureus Arise During Persistent MRSA Bacteremia
     
    Tales Santini
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Hematology/Oncology
    Patients with sickle cell disease have reduced volumes of hippocampal subfields: a 7 Tesla MRI study
     
    Yanwen Chen
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Aging Institute
    A high throughput screen for TMPRSS2 expression identifies FDA-approved and clinically advanced compounds that can limit SARS-CoV-2 entry
     
    Faraaz Shah
    Junior Faculty, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
    The Study of Early Enteral Dextrose in Sepsis (SEEDS): A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial
     
    Marianela Dalghi
    Junior Faculty, Renal-Electrolyte
    Urothelial PIEZO Channels in Bladder Mechanosensation
     
    Neha Singh
    Resident, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
    Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres and Loss of DAXX/ATRX Expression in Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors from Endoscopic Ultrasound-FNA Specimens Correlate with Poor Patient Survival
     
    Callie Drohan
    Resident, General Internal Medicine
    Comparison of Host-Response Biomarkers and Inflammatory Subphenotypes in COVID-19 Without ARDS, COVID-ARDS, and Non-COVID-ARDS
     
    Justin Sui
    Graduate Student, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
    Single-Cell RNA Sequencing of a Mouse COPD Model Identifies Aberrant Macrophage Responses Critical for Lung Protection due to Adenine Nucleotide Translocase 1 (ant1) Deficiency
     
    Christopher Franz
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
    Elevated plasma microbial cell-free DNA during acute respiratory failure is associated with acute brain dysfunction and elevated markers of systemic inflammation
     
    Aylin Tansel
    Junior Faculty, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
    Implementation of Digital Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Depression in Patients with Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGID) during the COVID
     
    Amir Ghaffari
    Clinical Fellow, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
    Increased Hospital Admissions Are Associated with Decreased Gut Microbiome Diversity and Decreased Faecalibacterium Abundance in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Prospective Study
     
    Rosalie Traficante
    Resident, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
    The Misdiagnosis of COPD: An Observational Study
     
    Gillian Goobie
    Graduate Student, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
    Neighborhood-level disadvantage impacts mortality and lung transplantation in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
     
    Sathish Vasamsetti
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Vascular Medicine Institute
    SerpinB2 expressed by adipose tissue resident macrophages is responsible for their survival and the maintenance of systemic insulin sensitivity
     
    Ken Ho
    Junior Faculty, Infectious Diseases
    Comparing Applicator vs. “As Lubricant” Delivery of Rectal Dapivirine Gel (MTN-033)
     
    Daniel Wann
    Clinical Fellow, Cardiology
    Left ventricular hypertrophy is a predictor of mortality in patients with atrial fibrillation treated with dofetilide
     
    Youko Ikeda
    Junior Faculty, Renal-Electrolyte
    Selective small molecule TrkB/C agonist, LM22B-10, improves functional recovery of the lower urinary tract in spinal cord contused mice
     
    Shoai b Wazir
    Clinical Fellow, Renal-Electrolyte
    Pre-operative blood pressure and risk of delayed graft function in deceased donor kidney transplantation
     
    Rajaganapathi Jagannathan
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Vascular Medicine Institute
    TEA domain family member 1 (TEAD1) regulates IGF1 and mTOR pathway in the heart
     
    Sydney Weill
    Medical Student, General Internal Medicine
    Surgeons’ Perceived Confidence with Shared Decision-Making Improved after Training in Best Case/Worst Case scenario planning
     
    Sanjana Kapoor
    Clinical Fellow, Renal-Electrolyte
    Lower Utilization of Invasive Cardiac Care in Patients with Stage 3 and 4 Chronic Kidney Disease Admitted with Acute Coronary Syndrome in a Tertiary Healthcare System
     
    Katherine Wood
    Junior Faculty, Vascular Medicine Institute
    Cytochrome b5 reductase 3 is a resilience factor in mice with sickle cell disease, modifying the brain-blood axis response to ischemic stroke
     
    Shazli Khan
    Resident, Cardiology
    Racial Disparities in Outcomes of Patients with Cardiomyopathy
     
    Chen-Shan Woodcock
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, Cardiology
    RNA Editing Controls Pulmonary Hypertension by Maintaining Novel Circadian Gene Signaling in Endothelium
     
    Tumader Khouja
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, General Internal Medicine
    Serious opioid-related adverse outcomes associated with opioids prescribed by dentists
     
    Dylan Yang
    Resident, General Internal Medicine
    Low Value Pre-Operative Testing Delivered to Veterans through Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and VA Community Care Programs
     
    Stephanie Kuhls
    Graduate Student, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
    Dietary fiber suppresses colonic tumorigenesis in high-fat diet-fed mice colonized with colorectal cancer risk-associated human gut microbiota
     
    Richard Zou
    Clinical Fellow, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
    Characterizing Trajectories of Change of Muscle Loss in COPD
     

    Poster Presenters

         
    Abdelrhman Abo-ZedJitendra KanshanaAimee Pickering
    Megan AchoLilit KarapetyanRachel Powell
    Olufunso AgbalajobiMehrshid KiazandJ. Andres Pulgarin
    Maaz AhsanSophia KnoellShulin Qin
    Olayemi AkinyeleIoannis KonstantinidisKevin Quann
    Abasin AmanzaiJulia KooserDeirdre Quinn
    Amitha AvasaralaFilippos KoutroumpakisArun Rajaratnam
    Andrew BairdDamir KracunAnum Saeed
    Faris BinyousefKatherine LaneNami Safai Haeri
    Jennifer BoatzBowa LeeDiana Samberg
    Clare Cene-KushJeongkyung LeeAnita Saraf
    Anjana Chandrasekhara PillaiLiqun LeiToshifumi Sato
    Yimin ChenElizabeth LewisKristin Schermerhorn
    Wai Kan (Karen) ChiuJiang LiErin Schikowski
    Shu-Ting ChoXiaoyun LiRishaan Sharma
    Pattra Chun-onXiuying LiShujie Shi
    Clarissa CliftonKelly LiangKatherine Shipman
    Grace ConwayKimberly LiangUtsav Shrestha
    Rolando CuevasFei-Pi LinLauren Sigler
    Brett CurtisTaylor LincolnMichael Simonson
    Antu DasGrace LisiusDivya Sistla
    Christopher DustinQixing LiuBrandon Smith
    Lia EdmundsJing LuoCaroline Smith
    Mohamed El MassryShulun MaCarly Sokach
    Adriana Estrada-BernalMichael MacklinSara Spinella
    Daniel EvansWill MaguireWei Sun
    Nadim FarhatAmber MakaniYujie Sun
    Amanda FinneyLena MakarounShashank Suresh
    Jonathan FlorentinCarlos Manrique-CaballeroRachel Sutton
    Kristine GadeNicholas MarschalkSteven Taylor
    Francesca GalbiatiSilvia Martinez LaverdeTiffany Taylor
    Emily GammohMegan McCartyTarryn Tertulien
    Chenxi GaoAnne McDermottPerry Tiberio
    Will GarnerCasey McQuadeFerhan Tuncer
    Marc GauthierBrent MedoffKedwin Ventura
    Alyxzandria GaydosikKaveh MoghbeliVivek Verma
    Luca GiordanoNicolas MontalbettiJohn Villandre
    Matthew GorgoneEduardo MulanovichVignesh Viswanathan
    Neha HafeezAnjana MuraliJiaxuan Wang
    Kyle HamiltonAndrew MurphyXueping Wang
    Allexa HammondStephanie MutchlerZhiyang "Alec" Wei
    Samuel HandBrian NiemeyerDavid Wilson
    Angela HinchieSomanjit NijjarTing Wu
    Allen HuAmrinder OberoiMaylene Xie
    Joseph IbrahimCarly O'Connor-TerryIrina Zabbarova
    Daniel Jacobson LopezLee OhayonLei Zhang
    Amal JavaidCristina PadillaXiaoyi Zhang
    Chetan JawaleAnurag ParanjapeMeijuan Zou
    Danli JiangAshish PatelBenjamin Zuchelkowski
    Rocio Jimenez-ValdesBansri PatelMargaret Zupa
    Jingxiao JinAnju PaulJill Zupetic
    Kamonchanok JongyothaMelissa Perez Garcia