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Pathology Research Day

About the Event

Each year, residents and graduate research students from the University of Rochester Medical Center's Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine give oral and poster presentations at Pathology Research Day.

Save the Date! Monday, June 11, 2018 

Event Recap: Pathology Research Day 2017

Poster SessionThe Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine hosted its annual Research Day event on Monday, June 12, 2017.

The day-long event featured a wide variety of oral and poster presentations by Pathology graduate students and residents on research topics ranging from osteoarthritis, to lymphoma, pregnancy, and much more.

Perry J. Blackshear, MD, D. Phil, gave the keynote address. He is the Deputy Chief of Signal Transduction Laboratory and Head of the Post-Transcriptional Gene Expression Group for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Year out fellow, Michelle PitchAn awards dinner followed the event, in which faculty recognized top presentations and gave a special sendoff to departing residents and fellows. Pathology Chair, Dr. Bruce Smoller, also gave two special awards to faculty. 

Graduate Program Awards

  • Outstanding academic Excellence by a First Year Student - Olivia Marola, MS
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Pathology PhD Program - Richard Bell, MS

Travel Awards

Oral Presentation: 

  • Sarah Catheline, MS

Poster Presentations:

  • Richard Bell, MS
  • Jerry Saunders III, MS
  • Zachary Murphy, MS
  • Brianna Shares, MS

Residency Awards

Oral Presentations: 

  • Third place - Hani Katerji, MD
  • Second place - Sohaib Abu-Farsakh, MD
  • First place - Sachica Cheris, MD

Faculty Awards

  • Eric A. Schenk Award for Excellence in Teaching - Luis De Las Casas, MD
  • Chairman's Award - Caroline Dignan, MD

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Event Recap: Research Day 2016


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In a true showing of tenacity and innovation in the field of pathology, the Department celebrated its 36th annual Research Day on Monday, June 13 at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Research Day is annual event featuring oral and poster presentations from Pathology house staff, graduate students and trainees. The largest and most robust event yet featured 18 oral presentations by Pathology residents, fellows, and Ph.D. students and a juried poster presentation in Flaum Atrium with a total of 48 research projects on display.

Poster topics ranged from osteoarthritis and obesity to the regulation of maturation of embryonic erythroid cells as scientists presented their findings to an audience of peers and mentors alike.

This year's keynote speech was given by Scott J. Rodig, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School's Brigham and Women's Hospital presented, “Novel Tissue-based Biomarkers to Guide Immunotherapy.”

The day-long showcase was followed by an awards dinner recognizing all departing residents and fellows. Special awards included the following:

Department Faculty Awards

Resident Awards

  • First Place, Oral Presentation, Nisha Patel, DO
  • Second Place, Oral Presentation, Dr. Shana Straub, MD
  • Third Place, Oral Presentation, Dr. Chad Hudson, MD, Ph.D.
  • Chief Resident Recognition, Dr. Diana Agostini-Vulaj, DO
  • Associate Chief Resident Recognition, Dr. Sapna Patel, MD

Graduate Program Awards

  • Academic Excellence Award, Cynthia Tang
  • Outstanding Research Publication Award, Allison Li
  • Outstanding Contribution, Zachary Murphy, MS
  • Travel Awards, Irina Lerman, MS, Eric Schott, MS, Melissa Glasner, Chao Xue, MS