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GRADUATE STUDENT STUDIES TAKE CENTER STAGE ON ANNUAL RESEARCH DAY

June 25, 2013

 

Presentation Winners: Oral and poster presentation winners, from left to right: Kyle Preston, Danielle Feather, Catherine Makarewich, Kelly DiMattio and Christina Mundy

Presentation Winners: Oral and poster presentation winners, from left to right: Kyle Preston, Danielle Feather, Catherine Makarewich, Kelly DiMattio and Christina Mundy

 

Temple University School of Medicine’s Graduate Student Association (GSA) presented the 12th annual Dawn Marks Research Day on June 18 in the Medical Education and Research Building. The event boasted its highest attendance to date, with student researchers producing 51 poster exhibits and executing 12 oral presentations to more than 200 visitors.

 

Xavier Graña, PhD, (left) reacts to receiving the Dawn Marks Memorial Award from GSA Vice President Steve Merkel

Xavier Graña, PhD, (left) reacts to receiving the Dawn Marks Memorial Award from GSA Vice President Steve Merkel

Following the presentations, Xavier Graña, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and the Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology, was recognized with the Dawn Marks Memorial Award for his unremitting dedication to Temple’s graduate students. Dr. Graña, a faculty member for more than 20 years, also serves as Director of the Molecular Biology and Genetics Graduate Program and is the leader of the Cancer Biology and Genetics cluster of the new Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.

 

The Research Day honors Dr. Dawn Marks, who served as a full-time faculty member in Biochemistry for 31 years and as Assistant Dean for Graduate Education from 1984 to 1998. During her tenure at Temple, Dr. Marks coauthored the still widely-utilized textbook, Basic Medical Biochemistry: A Clinical Approach. She retired in 1999 and was a Professor Emeritus until her passing.

 

“Keeping Dawn Marks’ legacy alive by recognizing the research accomplishments of graduate students and by honoring extraordinary professors remains our goal year after year with this event,” says Dianne Soprano, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Associate Dean of Graduate and MD/PhD Programs, who once worked alongside Dr. Marks. “She truly was a wonderful instructor, colleague, and friend, whose role in the Biochemistry Department led to essential advances throughout the medical school in her time.”

 

The day was organized by GSA President Larisa Gofman, Vice President Steve Merkel, and GSA members Lena Lupey, Nicole Fernandes, and Ryan Gregg.

 

View the day’s winners below:

 

Oral Presentations

 

Kyle Preston (Physiology)

Danielle Feather (Biochemistry)

Christina Mundy (Anatomy and Cell Biology)

 

Poster Presentations

 

Vicky Massicotte (Anatomy and Cell Biology)

Kelly DiMattio (Pharmacology)

Nicole Enman (Pharmacology)

Catherine Makarewich (Physiology)