2020 Research Paper Prize Competition

Recipients of the 2020 "Medical Student Research Paper Prizes"

Abramson Cancer Center basic science research prize – Jeffrey Lin
Title: Systemic dendritic cell dysfunction precedes tumor formation during pancreatic carcinogenesis

Abramson Cancer Center basic science research prize – Lee Richman
Title: Neoantigen Dissimilarity to the Self-Proteome Predicts Immunogenicity and Response to Immune Checkpoint Blockade

Abramson Cancer Center clinical/translational research prize – Nicholas Perkons
Title: Functional genetic screening enables theranostic molecular imaging in cancer

Balduin Lucke Memorial Prize – Jonathan Lang
Title: Standard screening methods underreport AAV-mediated transduction and gene editing

Celso-Ramon Garcia Award for Outstanding Women’s Health Research – Robin Wang
Title: Deep Learning to Differentiate Benign from Malignant Ovarian Lesion Based on Routine Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Clinical Epidemiology Research Prize – M. Elle Saine
Title: (dis)Content Validity of the HCV Stigma Scale: HCV-related Stigma, Socialization, and Social Control

Creskoff Prize – Vivek Behera
Title: Exploiting genetic variation to uncover rules of transcription factor binding and chromatin accessibility

Creskoff Prize – Natania Field
Title: Itch attenuates CD4 T cell proliferation by limiting WBP2 protein stability

David B. P. Goodman Award – Maria Diaz Ortiz
Title: Characterization of Parkinson’s disease using blood-based biomarkers: A multicohort proteomic analysis

Edward Raffensperger Research Prize – Rebecca Kotcher
Title: Gastrointestinal Features of 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Across the Life Course

Gail Morrison Prize – Sofia Gomez
Title: Medical Students’ Experience in a Trauma Chaplain Shadowing Program: A Mixed Method Analysis

George W. Householder, III Memorial Prize – Joseph Park
Title: Exome-by-phenome-wide association with electronic health record phenotypes

George W. Householder, III Memorial Prize – Benjamin Philipson
Title: 4-1BB Costimulation Promotes CAR T cell Survival Through Non-Canonical NF-kB Signaling

ITMAT Prize for Clinical/Translational Research – Ethan Solomon
Title: Hippocampal theta codes for distances in semantic and temporal spaces

John G. Clark Prize – David Lee
Title: Integrative analysis reveals RNA G-Quadruplexes in UTRs rae selectively constrained and enriched for functional associations

John Pryor Award for Trauma Research – Danielle Reny
Title: A Body of Evidence: Barriers to Family Viewing After Death by Gun Violence

John R. Stanley Research Prize for Dermatology – Yixin "Ally" Wang
Title: Retrospective, Single Center Case Series of Neonatal Lupus

John R. Stanley Research Prize for Dermatology – Eduardo Torre
Title: Genetic screening for single-cell variability modulators driving therapy resistance

John R. Stanley Research Prize for Dermatology – Jenny Wei
Title: Activation of TRPA1 Nociceptor Promotes Systemic Adult

Jonathan Rhoads Prize for Surgical Scholarship – Bofeng Chen
Title: Defining the Safety Profile for Performing Pancreatoduodenectomy in the Setting of Hyperbilirubinemia

Jonathan Rhoads Prize for Surgical Scholarship – Sarthak Mohanty
Title: Chondrocyte‐like nested cells in the aged intervertebral disc are late‐stage nucleus pulposus cells

Leonard Davis Institute’s William L. Kissick, MD, DrPH, Health Policy Research Prize – Parth Shah
Title: A Simulated Prospective Evaluation of a Deep Learning Model for Real-Time Prediction of Clinical Deterioration Among Ward Patients

Marc Levine Radiology Research Award – Harrison Lee
Title: Optimized CT Attenuation and SUV Prediction Thresholds for Differentiating Enostoses from Untreated and Treated Metastases on Attenuation-Corrected 18F-FDG PET/CT

Marc Levine Radiology Research Award – Robert Lou
Title: Automated Detection of Radiology Reports that Require Follow-up Imaging Using Natural Language Processing Feature Engineering and Machine Learning Classification

Mary Ellis Bell Prize – Samirkumar Devalaraja
Title: Tumor-derived retinoic acid regulates intratumoral monocyte differentiation to promote immune suppression

Mary Ellis Bell Prize – Melody Esmaeili
Title: Chromatin accessibility and histone acetylation in the regulation of competence in early development

Mary Ellis Bell Prize – Hejia "Henry" Wang
Title: Cytosolic delivery of inhibitory antibodies with cationic lipids

Neurosurgery Research Prize – John Bernabei
Title: Virtual resection predicts surgical outcome for drugresistant epilepsy

Neurosurgery Research Prize – Daniel Zhang
Title: A Patient-Derived Glioblastoma Organoid Model and Biobank Recapitulates Inter- and Intra-tumoral Heterogeneity

O. H. Perry Pepper Prize – Jae Lee
Title: Hepatocytes direct the formation of a pro-metastatic niche in the liver

O. H. Perry Pepper Prize – Ethan Pani
Title: Factors Associated with Nodal Metastasis in 2 Centimeter or Less Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Orthopaedic Research Prize – Kevin Pirruccio
Title: The Burden of Prosthetic Hip Dislocations in the U.S. is Projected to Significantly Increase by 2035

Pediatric Research Prize – Steven Tsai
Title: Clinical Utility of Intraoperative Parathyroid Hormone Measurement in Children and Adolescents Undergoing Total Thyroidectomy

Peterman-Arnold Award for Endocrinology – Ruth Choa
Title: Thymic Stromal Lymphopoietin protects against obesity through sebum hypersecretion

Pulmonary Research Prize – Claire Drolen
Title: Impact of Elimination of the Donor Service Area (DSA) on United States Lung Transplant Practices and Outcomes at High and Low Competition Transplant Centers

Renal Research Prize – Jason Kaufman
Title: The Impact of Climate Change on Kidney Stone Presentations in South Carolina

Richard K. Root Prize for Infectious Disease Research – Amy Davis
Title: Sera from Individuals with Narrowly Focused Influenza Virus Antibodies Rapidly Select Viral Escape Mutations In Ovo

Richard K. Root Prize for Infectious Disease Research – Dorothy "Elizabeth" Loy
Title: Evolutionary history of human Plasmodium vivax revealed by genome-wide analyses of related ape parasites

Robert M. Toll Prize – Opeyemi Alabi
Title: Disruption of Nrxn1α within excitatory forebrain circuits drives value-based dysfunction

Robert M. Toll Prize – Leela Chakravarti Dilley
Title: Identification of a molecular basis for the juvenile sleep state

Robert M. Toll Prize – Vivien Wong
Title: How do public libraries respond to patron queries about opioid use disorder? A secret shopper study

Rose Meadow Levinson Memorial Prize – Ulysses "Ace" Isidro
Title: Linear Mixed Effects Models for estimation of pulmonary metastasis growth rate: implications for CT surveillance in patients with sarcoma

Rose Meadow Levinson Memorial Prize – Salina Yuan
Title: Global regulation of the histone mark H3K36me2 underlies epithelial plasticity and metastatic progression

Roy G. Williams Award – Piotr Kopinski
Title: Regulation of nuclear epigenome by mitochondrial DNA heteroplasmy

Roy G. Williams Award – Ian Mellis
Title: Visualizing adenosine-to-inosine RNA editing in single mammalian cells

Roy G. Williams Award – Alexander Sakers
Title: Identification of a mesenchymal progenitor cell hierarchy in adipose tissue

Stuart L. Fine Ophthalmology Medical Student Research Prize – Mohima Sanyal
Title: Learning from the perspectives of African American participants: Assessing how a recruitment campaign motivated participation in a genetic research study

The Masters of Science in Health Policy Research Medical Student Award  in Community Engagement & Health Equity Research – Sebastian Gualy & Christopher Herrera
Title: Enabling community health worker recognition and referral of surgical diseases: Pilot study results of a pictorial guide

The Masters of Science in Health Policy Research Medical Student Award in Community Engagement & Health Equity Research – Julian Lejbman
Title: Improving Primary Care Access for Pediatric Patients in Philadelphia Emergency Shelters: A Quality Improvement Study

The Masters of Science in Health Policy Research Medical Student Award in Innovation & Implementation Research – Leah Rethy
Title: Prevalence of and Trends in Ambulatory Heart Failure by Race/Ethnicity: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys 2001-2016

William F. Jeffers Prize – Kevin Goff
Title: Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide Expressing Interneurons are Impaired in a Mouse Model of Dravet Syndrome