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2020 Virtual Cancer Research Award Banquet
Student Honorees

1. In honor of the Lori Kautzman Family
Roger AbernathyEffect of Tick saliva from Amblyomma americanum on cancer cell proliferation
Mentor: Kristopher Silver, Entomology

2. In honor of John & Jennie Haymaker
Courtney JohnsonMicrofluidic-based single cell analysis for the examination of rare cells indicative of early stages of cancer or chemotherapy resistance: the development of an integrated heating element to maintain cell viability during high-throughput single-cell analysis
Mentor: Chris Culbertson, Chemistry

3. In honor of Midge Jones
Molly LeydaHypoxic macrophage phenotypes in placentas and tumors
Mentor: Sherry Fleming, Biology

4. In honor of Karen Eileen (Jones) Prevette
Joshua LingoBiodistribution of novel B2-Glycoprotein I peptide
Mentor: Sherry Fleming, Biology

5. In honor of Veterans of Foreign Wars
Ashley BartelsConstructing Blood-Brain Barrier Penetrant Agents: Correlating the Effects of Physicochemical Properties as a Function of Transport and Accumulation
Mentor: Ryan Rafferty, Chemistry

6. In honor of the Beth Montelone Family
Emma FrancisStudying the effect of viral genetics on tissue tropism using a potential oncolytic virus
Mentor: Rollie Clem, Biology

7. In honor of Wayne & Nancy Cottril
Carolina BuenoGuanine metabolism in C. difficile, an important bacterial pathogen that affects cancer patients in hospitals and healthcare settings
Mentor: Revathi Govind, Biology

8. In honor of the Lindquists & Tachas
Megan CampbellSulfhydryl oxidation and cancer pathophysiology: Defining viral oxidoreductase substrates
Mentor: Lorena Passarelli, Biology

9. In honor of Michael Lukert
Ariana CecilThe differential role of 5MP1 and 5MP2 in cervical cancer
Mentor: Katsura Asano, Biology

10. In honor of David R. & Janice W. von Riesen
Lydia WanerThe Role of Tumor-Suppressor Gene Lhx5 During Stem Cell Proliferation and Neuronal Migration in the Developing Zebrafish Forebrain
Mentor: Thomas Mueller, Biology

11. In honor of Warren R. Rolf
Jacob CindrichDNA-Branched Amphiphilic Peptide Capsule Complexes in Saline Solutions
Mentor: John Tomich, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics

12. In honor of Fraternal Order of Eagles
Lake WinterRegulated expression of decapping enzymes in oncolytic vaccinia virus
Mentor: Zhilong Yang, Biology

13. In honor of Warren & Jean White
Whitney PepperIdentification of cancer driver mutations in 5MP1 and 5MP2
Mentor: Katsura Asano, Biology

14. In honor of Don Marrs & Kansas Postmasters
Mayme LoydPurification and characterization of LPS-like factor from Chlorella cell wall membrane
Mentor: Masaaki Tamura, Anatomy & Physiology

15. In honor of Jerome D. Lueers
Tanji LewisCell-based Evaluation of Copper-activated Drugs Against Pancreatic Cancer
Mentor: Stefan Bossmann, Chemistry

16. In honor of Smoky Valley Chiropractic
Benjamin EppPolicies & Practices Related to Physical Activity in Kansas Middle Schools
Mentor: Richard Rosenkrantz, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health

17. In honor of Phil & Margaret Howe
Baltazar Claro-MartinezTissue distribution of BAP-magnetic nanoparticles in control and tumor bearing mice
Mentor: John Tomich, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics

18. In honor of Dale H. & Joan Evans Nordstrom
Megan GoeckelCoordination of cell signaling pathways through the cytoskeleton in a yeast model system
Mentor: Greg Finnigan, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics 

19. In honor of Varena Mechsner
Emma HawkinsDevelopment of Heterogenous Spheroids of Colon Cancerous and Non-Cancerous Cells
Mentor: Annelise Nguyen, Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

20. In honor of Helen L. Graves
Abdulrahman NaeemProduction of omega-3 fatty acid-containing healthy oils that have positive effects in cancer prevention and treatment
Mentor: Ruth Welti, Biology

21. In honor of Mason’s Wish
Brittany FunkThe Evolution of Natural Products: From Total Synthesis, Elaboration into Delivery Vehicles, and Combinational Applications as Anticancer Agents
Mentor: Ryan Rafferty, Chemistry

22. In honor of Steven Cutright
Madelyn HilgersRole of c-Myc and 5MP oncogenes in aberrant mRNA translation in colorectal cancer
Mentor: Chingakham Ranjit Singh, Biology

23. In honor of Regenia M. Hudiburg
Paige CoteStudy of Euglena anti-tumor factor-dependent granulopoiesis
Mentor: Masaaki Tamura, Anatomy & Physiology

24. In honor of Gailand Bartlett
Carmen Del RealScreening for modifiers of protein phosphatase function in collective invasion to reveal cancer mechanisms
Mentor: Jocelyn McDonald, Biology

25. In honor of Coach Bill Snyder & 580 WIBW AM
Johnathon MosesTechnical feasibility assessment of using directional microwave ablation applicators for treating spinal tumors
Mentor: Punit Prakash, Electrical & Computer Engineering

26. In honor of Gwendolyn Tinklin
Jared NewellA Behavioral Paradigm and Computational Infrastructure for Imaging Neurophysiological Processes in Zebrafish Models of Cancer
Mentor: Thomas Mueller, Biology

27. In honor of American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 17
Marta StetsivCancer-promoting roles of NUAK and Stv in the context of protein aggregation
Mentor: Erika Geisbrecht, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics

28. In honor of Ken & Rosemary Visser
Joshua SpradlinEstablish cell lines expressing inducible decapping enzymes of oncolytic vaccinia virus
Mentor: Zhilong Yang, Biology

29. In honor of George S. Bascom
Michelle CocaExamining the role of protocadherins in collective cell invasion and cancer
Mentor: Maureen Gorman, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics

30. In honor of the Pink & Purple Polyester Party & Elena Guthals
Ethan KallenbergergC1qR as an Emerging Therapeutic Target for Breast Cancer
Mentor: Brian Geisbrecht, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics

31. In honor of Dale Augustine
Hannah CoggeshellExamining the role of protocadherins in collective cell invasion and cancer
Mentor: Jocelyn McDonald, Biology

32. In honor of Dr. John R. Massey
Elizabeth RiforgiateContribution of Beta-Human Papillomavirus E6 and Mitotic Errors to Skin Cancer
Mentor: Nick Wallace, Biology

33. In honor of Mahlon & Patricia Wheeler
Caroline GambillCancer Prevention Coverage in Kansas Middle and High School Health Education Curricula
Mentor: Richard Rosenkrantz, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health

34. In honor of Rob Regier
Samantha GoettingPreventing inflammation by limiting the innate immune system in disease
Mentor: Erika Geisbrecht, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics

35. In honor of Roy & Catherine Johnson
Adeline ChangMolecular Characterization of multidrug resistant AcrB efflux pump in Staph aureus (MRSA), a frequent pathogen in Cancer Patients.
Mentor: Govind Veddiyappan, Biology

36. In honor of James R. & Elizabeth Circle Garver
Diana NajeraAlternative pathways for cellular iron uptake
Mentor: Maureen Gorman, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics

37. In honor of James & Susan Ryan, Sr.
Gage WrightDevelopment of an Electronic Chip for Rapid Cancer Diagnosis
Mentor: Jun Li, Chemistry

38. In honor of Rodney A. Nemechek
Amanda CurrieIn silico screening and synthesis of inhibitors to carcinogenic NTMT1
Mentor: Ping Li, Chemistry

39. In honor of Marvin D. & Myrtle M. Jones
Joseph HammerGated Nano-Carriers for Controlled Release of Anticancer Drugs
Mentor: Stefan Bossmann, Chemistry

40. In honor of Myrtle & Evelyn Bryan
Abigail ParkerThe role of a tafazzin homolog in lipid metabolism and the cellular life cycle
Mentor: Ruth Welti, Biology

41. In honor of Philip D. “Woody” Woodward
Seth PeeryFlavonoid anticancer compounds and associated transcriptional regulators in green algae
Mentor: Kathrin Schrick, Biology

42. In honor of Kaw Valley Rodeo Association
Kyle ThompsonA novel transcriptional activation domain with relevance to gene expression in cancer cells
Mentor: Kathrin Schrick, Biology