Frank Low Research Day award winners named

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School of Medicine & Health Sciences


We want to thank all of you who participated in making the 36th Annual Frank Low Research Day a success. We appreciate the high level of participation by students, faculty, and staff at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Special thanks to UND Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH, for ongoing support of this important annual event and for providing welcoming remarks for the keynote speaker.

We were pleased to have keynote speaker Professor Harald H. Sitte, PhD, from the Center for Physiology and Pharmacology, Institute of Pharmacology at the Medical University of Vienna, present his address, “Transporters as Clinical Targets of Drugs: Amphetamines, New Psychoactive Substances and the Monoamine Transporter Cycle.”

Ninety-nine posters were presented. Invited talks were given by BreAnn Neiger, SMHS Department of Surgery (mentor: Dr. Michael Bouton); Gisele de Oliveria, Master of Public Health Program (mentor: Dr. S. Cristina Oancea); Christopher Jondle, Department of Biomedical Sciences, (laboratory of Dr. Jyotika Sharma); Joshua Kulas, Department of Biomedical Sciences, (laboratory of Dr. Colin Combs); and Danielle Krout, Department of Biomedical Sciences (laboratory of Dr. Keith Henry).

Special thanks go to Associate Professor Scott Garrett, PhD, Department of Pathology; and Frank Low Research Day Coordinator JoAnn Johnson, whose efforts ensured the success of the event.

The winners of the best student poster awards by category were the following:

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Students

1st Place—Joshua Kulas 2nd Place—Nicholas Cilz 3rd Place—Emily Evanoff

Honorable Mention

    • Travis Alvine
    • Atrayee Bhattacharya
    • Peter Halcrow
    • Justine Melvin
    • Fredice Quenum Zangbede
    • Jessica Warns

Health Sciences Graduate Students

1st Place—Breanna Coleman, Occupational Therapy 2nd Place—Alyssa Kostreba, Occupational Therapy 3rd Place—Megan Volden, Physical Therapy

Honorable Mention

    • Brooke Johnson, Occupational Therapy
    • Grant Mitchell , Occupational Therapy
    • Annemarie Assel , Occupational Therapy

Research Experience for Medical Students

1st Place—Vamshi Mugu, Medical Education 2nd Place—Brock Davidson, Biomedical Sciences 3rd Place—Laurel Wessman, Internal Medicine

Undergraduate Students

1st Place—Brooke Freeberg, Pathology 2nd Place—Danielle Germundson, Pathology 3rd Place (tie)—Grant Campbell and Garret Larson, both Biomedical Sciences

Population Health Students

1st Place—Isaac Simon, Public Health


1st Place—Atul Sharma, Biomedical Sciences