32nd Research Symposium 2020

University of Virginia School of Medicine Faculty

Due to the current pandemic, our 32nd Annual Research Day Symposium was celebrated on May 28, 2020, by zoom with fewer but very relevant activities.  Theday started with an outstanding presentation by our keynote speaker Marva Moxey-Mims, MD, Division Chief of Pediatric Nephrology at Children’s National (Washington, DC). The title of her talk was “The APOLLO Study – APOL1 Long-term Kidney Transplantation Outcomes Network”. This event was followed by a career development informal but very dynamic and enlightening session, where Dr. Moxey Mims talked about, “The Many Possible Roads for a Medical Career.”

Whereas we missed the poster presentations and the awards ceremony that are usually part of our symposium, we are announcing the winners and posting the titles of all the abstracts submitted to the Research Trainee Competition that was held 2 weeks before our symposium.

All these events were moderated by Mark DeBoer, MD.

Congratulations to the winners of the Research Competition!

1st place: Hirofumi Watanabe, “The Renal Baroreceptor for Renin Gene Expression is a Nuclear Mechanotransducer”




Laura Gonyar2nd place: Laura Gonyar, “Aggregative adherence fimbriae II of enteroaggregative Escherichia Coli Are Required for Adherence and Barrier Disruption During Infection of Human Colonoids”




Alex de goes Martini3rd place: Alexandre Martini, “Fate of Renin Cell Progenitors in the Developing Kidney Vasculature”






Maryam Abubakar

Peri-Operative Cerebral Tissue Oxygenation Variability in Neonates with Critical Congenital Heart Disease.

Kaitlin Blackard

Heart Rate Skewness in Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Risk of Autism

Omar Guessoum

Single Cell RNA-seq reveals a Continuum of Smooth Muscle and Renin Cell Identity

Irene Lee

The Hidden Disease: Delayed Diagnosis of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in Boys with Co-occurring Disorders

Ryan Stutyla

Dedicated Muscular Dystrophy Cardiologist and ACE Inhibitor Usage In Patients with DMD

Lubaina Ehsan

Identification of Key Gene Signatures Using Machine Learning Visual Recognition in Environmental Enteropathy

Moelia Avile-Otero

Urinary Tract Infections in Very Low Birthweight Infants During a Heart Rate Characteristics Monitoring Trial: A Two-Center Experience

Alexandre DeGoes Martini

Fate of Renin Cell Progenitors in the Developing Kidney Vasculature

Alexis Calano

Use of Machine Learning and Computer Vision to link Eosinophilic Esophagitis Cellular Patterns with Clinical Phenotypes and Disease location

Laura Gonyar

Aggregative adherence fimbriae II of enteroaggregative Escherichia Coli Are Required for Adherence and Barrier Disruption During Infection of Human Colonoids

Anna Jesus

Challenges with Functional Scales in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Robert Paxton

Renin Super Enhancer Modulation in As4.1 Cells

Mimi Lynch

Inhaled Ultra-fine but Not Coarse Particle Corticosteroids Make A Sharp Anterior Turn to Improve Ventilation of the Right Middle Lobe in Children with Asthma

Mehraju Lone

Lysine Specific Demethylase 1 (LSD1): Breaking the Dogma

Rupin Kumar

Inflammatory Biomarkers for Late-onset Sepsis (LOS) and Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) in Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW) Infants

Kimberly Rush

Incidence of Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome During Weaning of Dexmedetomidine in Infants

Hirofumi Watanabe

The Renal Baroreceptor for Renin Gene Expression is a Nuclear Mechanotransducer

Julia Sohn

Exploring the Association between Developmental Disorders and Eosinophilic Esophagitis