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The 13th Annual Department of Pathology Trainee Research Day took place on Wednesday, May 2, in the Hill University Center on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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The event is run by a committee of trainees who assist in its planning and execution, which this year included:
Manoja Brahma, Gobinath Shanmugam, Ann Hanna, Dominque Hinshaw, Tshering Lama-Sherpa, Ashish Kurundkar, Jianhua Zhang, Lijia Yu, Shyam Bandari, and Joo Lee and Helen Collins, who also served as event emcees. The event is organized by Rajeev Samant, Ph.D., Professor, Pathology, with support from the Division of Molecular and Cellular Pathology administrative staff Cindy Brown and Kathy Coleman.

This exciting event featured:


  • Morning and afternoon poster sessions
  • Oral presentations by Department trainees
  • A Data Blitz of six five-minute presentations
  • Keynote Speaker Laurie Harrington, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology, on "My Life with T Cells"

All Pathology Graduate Students and GBS Graduate Students (working with Department of Pathology mentors), Postdoctoral Fellows, Residents and other trainees undertaking research in Department of Pathology laboratories were invited to submit abstracts to showcase the vast research undertaken in our Department.

Read the 2018 Abstract Booklet

Abstracts and posters were judged by an expert faculty panel. Pathology Assistant Professor Craig Maynard, Ph.D., introduced Harrington, a former Department trainee. She spoke on her career path and how she found her way into immunology research. Nearly 100 participants attended the event, including Department Chair Dr. George Netto.

"Each year we encourage all trainees to submit abstracts and take advantage of this unique opportunity to share their research with the Department of Pathology research community. Participation in this setting is a great way to gain experience in data presentation to a wide audience," Samant said.  
Following are the day's awardees by category.

Oral Presentations:

  • Daniel Silberger- Postdoctoral Fellow, Anatomic Pathology
  • Chang Hyun Byon- Researcher, Molecular & Cellular Pathology
  • Ashish Kurundkar- Resident, Pathology
  • Chirag Patel- Fellow, Surgical Pathology
  • Emma Dean- Graduate Student Trainee, M.D./Ph.D. program
  • Ann Hanna- Graduate Research Assistant, Cancer Biology

Data Blitz:

  • Vinayak Khattar- Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular & Cellular Pathology
  • Kaushlendra Tripathi- Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular & Cellular Pathology
  • Sumit Agarwal- Postdoctoral Fellow, Anatomic Pathology
  • Kellie Regal- Graduate Student Trainee, Pathobiology & Molecular Medicine
  • Mateus Mota- Graduate Research Assistant, Cancer Biology
  • Bo Chen- Resident, Pathology

Poster Presentations:

  • Jamelle Brown - Graduate Student Trainee, Pathobiology & Molecular Medicine
  • Mark Pepin – Graduate Student Trainee, Biomedical Engineering
  • Yulianna Jimenez – Undergraduate, Biomedical Engineering
  • Diana Morlote – Fellow, Molecular Genetic Pathology
  • Mohammed Rigi – Resident, Pathology
  • Manoja Brahma –Postdoctoral Trainee, Molecular & Cellular Pathology
  • Jason Craver – Researcher I, Molecular & Cellular Pathology
  • Kiyoung Kim, Postdoctoral Trainee, Molecular & Cellular Pathology

Additionally, Tshering "Tesh" Lama-Sherpa, Graduate Research Assistant, Cancer Biology, was presented the Betty Pritchett Spencer Award, which provides up to $1,000 to be used for attending and presenting data at a national scientific meeting related to cancer research. Robert Pritchett, M.D., presented the award, which is named after his sister Betty who passed away in 2008 due to pancreatic cancer.

IMG 0104Robert Pritchett, M.D. (right), awards "Tesh" Lama-Sherpa, Graduate Research Assistant, with the Betty Pritchett Spencer Award, along with George Netto, M.D., (left) Department Chair

 Click through the slide show below to view images from the 2018 event: