Student Research & Presentations
Students in my lab have presented their research at several local and national conferences.
Recent presentations include:
Flora Tierney (Biochemistry, '18), Shannon Allen (Biology, '18), Elizabeth Freilich (Biology, '18) and Madison Chlebowski (Biology, '19) presented their research at the annual Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington DC in November 2017.
The four students presented results from their research with Biology faculty at the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience poster session as part of the Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, DC. Flora Tierney, who also presented her work in the main conference, received a highly competitive travel award from the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience to support her attendance at the meeting. Allen, Tierney, Freilich and Chlebowski also received support from the school of Humanities & Sciences and the Biology Department.
Tierney and Allen worked with Jean Hardwick (Biology) and presented results from their research during the spring of 2017, as well as summer research (supported by Professor Hardwick's NIH grant). Their research characterized the expression and function of different receptors for a signaling molecule, NPY, in neurons that help to control cardiac function in the guinea pig. Freilich and Chlebowski work with Ian Woods (Biology) and also presented results from their research as an H&S Summer Scholar (Freilich) and Dana Research Intern (Chlebowski) on the development of sensory neurons in zebrafish.
The Society for Neuroscience conference is the largest international gathering of neuroscientists in the world, with attendance of approximately 30,000 (or more) annually.
National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), Asheville, NC. April 2016.
- Siera Rosen, Biochemistry ’16. Poster Presentation. “Mas Receptor Expression Following Myocardial Infarction in the Guinea Pig Cardiac Ganglion”
Annual Society for Neuroscience meetings in Chicago, IL. October 2015
- Katie Luckett (Biochemistry '16) received a travel award from the Faculty for Undergraduate Education (FUN) to attend the Society for Neuroscience meetings. This international conference is attended by ~30,000 scientists from around the world. Katie presented the research she has been working in my lab over the past two years, which focuses on the role of neuropeptides in neuronal regulation of the heart. Katie also received support the H&S student travel fund and the Biology Department for her attendance at this conference.
Annual Society for Neuroscience meetings in Washington, DC. November 2014.
- Biochemistry majors Emily Powers ('15) and Katie Luckett ('16) presented their research, performed in collaboration with myself. The research examined how neurons controlling the heart are altered with chronic heart disease. Emily Powers received a travel award from the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience to support her attendance at the conference. Both students were also supported by the EGI fund and the Bernard Fund from the Biology department. This years Society for Neuroscience meetings included 31,263 attendees from 86 countries, 3,837 posters, and 15,510 presenters.
National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). NCUR is held every year at various locations around the United States. Ithaca College students are selected for attendance at this meeting and selection is very competitive. Each student must submit an abstract and a supporting letter of recommendation to the Selection Committee, which is composed of the officers of the Ithaca College Chapter of Sigma Xi. In addition, each student must present evidence that they have given a previous, off-campus presentation of their work. We believe that only the most outstanding Ithaca College students should be provided with this special opportunity. Ithaca College pays the full cost of attendance at this meeting.
- Alisha Linton (Bio '14). Oral presentation, “Galanin localization and actions in the guinea pig cardiac plexus”. NCUR. University of Kentucky. April 2014
Annual Experimental Biology meetings in Washington, DC. April 2011.
- Samantha Corrado (Bio '11), Philip Feinberg (Biochem '11) and Christopher Palmer (Bio/Anthro '11) presented results from their research on neuronal regulation of cardiac function at the conference.
- Samantha and Christopher presented their work on the effects of norepinephrine and Angiotensin II on cardiac neurons.
- Philip presented his work on changes in expression of the enzyme, nitric oxide synthase, with chronic heart disease.
The presentations also included contributions from alumni Allison Girasole (Bio '10).
Student attendance was supported by assistance from Ithaca College Sigma X, H&S EGI grant, and the Bernard Fund.
Society for Neuroscience Meeting. This is the preeminent gathering of neuroscientists from around the world. Attendance at these meetings is approximately 31,000 individuals.
- Alisha Linton ('14, Biology), Emily Powers ('15, Biochemistry) presented, "Galanin localization and actions in the guinea pig cardiac plexus". Funding was provided by Jack and Flo Bernard Family Undergraduate Research Fund and an EGI Grant. San Diego, CA. November 2013.
- Shannon Ryan (Bio '12). Poster presentation, "Changes in synaptic efficiency in the guinea pig intrinsic cardiac plexus: Effects of acute myocardial infarction and neuromodulators." Society for Neuroscience. Washington, DC. November 2011.
- Philip Feinberg ('11, Biochemistry). Poster presentation, "Molecular analysis of NOS mRNA expression in the guinea pig intrinsic cardiac plexus". Philip received support from the Bernard Fund and by the Ithaca Collelge Sigma Xi chapter to support his travel to the meeting. Fall 2009.
- Allison Girasole ('10, Biology). Poster presentation, "Modulation of neuronal responses in guinea pig intrinsic cardiac neurons with chronic heart disease: Changes in sensitivity to norepinephrine, acetylcholine, and angiotensin II.". Ally received a competitive travel award from the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience to support her attendance at the meeting. Fall 2009.
- Caitlin Baran ('08, Biochemistry). Poster presentation, "Regulation of neuronal excitability and NOS expression in the guinea pig intrinsic cardiac plexus by chronic cardiac stressors". Caitlin received a competitive travel award from the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience to support her attendance at the meeting. Fall 2008.
- Lauren Houdek ('09, Biology) and Allison Girasole ('10, Biology). Poster presentation, "Characterization of guinea pig intracardiac neurons: A phenotypic and electrophysiological analysis". Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience conference. Lauren and Allison received support from the Bernard Fund to support their travel to the meeting. Fall 2008.
Noah Mishkin. Oral Presentation. "Analysis of nNOS expression in the cardiac ganglia of guinea pigs with chronic heart disease." NCUR, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. April 2009
Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, CA. April 2008.
- Caitlin N. Baran, E. Marie Southerland, Jeffrey L. Ardell, and Jean C. Hardwick. Poster Presentation, "Remodeling of the guinea pig intracardiac plexus following pressure overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy". Caitlin was funded by both the H&S Office: Experiential Learning Curriculum Enhancement Grant and Sigma Xi.
Some Examples of Lab Alumni:
- Linda Schoenfeld ('99) - Linda received her masters degree in Neuroscience at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and her DVM from Ohio State Unviversity. Linda is currently a veterinarian in New Jersey.
- Kristen Sager Cincotta ('02) - Kristen received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Emory University in Atlanta GA. and currently works at the CDC in Atlanta
- Kim Stallone Vogelsang ('02) - Kim received her MD from Upstate Medical University, and is currently a pediatrician
- Danielle Federico ('04) Danielle is received her MD from Upstate and is a pediatrician in CT.
- Caitlin Baran ('08) - Caitlin received her MD from the University of Vermont and currently in a Radiology Residency program.
- Lauren Houdek ('10) - poster presentation at Society for Neuroscience in Washington DC and again at SfN in Chicago. Lauren completed her MD and MPH at University of Pennsylvania and is currently in a pediatrics residency at CHOPs.
- Allison Girasole ('11) - Ally received a fellowship from the DAAD to work for a year at the University of Cologne in Germany. She then spent two years at the NIH as a postbaccalaurete fellow and is currently the Neuroscience PhD program at UCSF
- Philip Feinberg ('12) - Phil worked as a laboratory technician for 3 years at Rockefeller University and Mt Sinai and is currently in the MD/PhD program at the University of Massachusetts.