Doctors-to-be and Yale Nobel laureate to discuss their work at Student Research Day

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The School of Medicine cancels all classes and conferences so community members can attend Student Research Day.

Yale School of Medicine students will showcase their fledgling research and Yale professor James E. Rothman will discuss the groundbreaking discoveries that earned him a Nobel Prize during this year’s Student Research Day on Wednesday, May 7.

For nearly 175 years, the Yale School of Medicine has required that graduating students write a thesis based on original research, and today it is the only medical school where a M.D. thesis is mandatory, according to Dr. John N. Forrest Jr., director of student research.

Student Research Day has become a spring tradition at the School of Medicine. All classes and conferences are closed for the day, so faculty and students can attend the scientific poster session and the Farr Lectureship that follows. The public is invited.

The events will take place in the Anlyan Center (TAC), 300 Cedar St.

Graduating students will present the results of their research from noon to 2 p.m. in the center’s lobby. The top six students will give oral presentations about their work from 2 to 4 p.m. in the TAC auditorium. The following is a list of year’s presenters, their degree program and department, and the titles of their projects.

Jessica Berger (M.D.), pediatrics: “Impact of Early Extubation and Reintubation on the Incidence of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in Neonates.”

Nicholas Downing (M.D.), internal medicine: “Speed, Standards and Innovation at the Food and Drug Administration.”

Stephanie Meller (M.D.), internal medicine: “Role of Embolic Protection in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Results from the Deflect I Study.”

Asiri Ediriwickrema (M.D.), biomedical engineering: “Multi-Layered Nanoparticles for Combination Gene and Drug Delivery to Tumors.”

Brooks Udelsman (M.D.), surgery and biomedical engineering, “Characterization of the Biomechanical Properties of Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts Implanted in the Arterial Circulation.”

Nichole McNeer (M.D./Ph.D.), biomedical engineering, “Nanoparticles and Oligonucleotides for Genome Engineering.”

Farr Lecture
James E. Rothman

James E. Rothman, the Fergus F. Wallace Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Yale, will present the 27th annual Farr Lecture at 4:30 p.m. in the TAC auditorium.

The Yale scientist was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on how molecular messages are transmitted inside and outside of our cells. He shared the prize with Randy Schekman of the University of California-Berkeley and Thomas Südhof of Stanford University.

Rothman came to Yale in 2008 and is also director of the Nanobiology Institute on West Campus, chair of the Department of Cell Biology, and professor of chemistry.

Rothman graduated summa cum laude from Yale College in 1971 with a degree in physics. He earned a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from Harvard Medical School in 1976. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Harvey F. Lodish, a preeminent biochemist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 1978, Rothman moved to the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford School of Medicine as an assistant professor. He continued his research at Princeton University from 1988 until 1991, when he became the founding chair of the Department of Cellular Biochemistry and Biophysics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and vice chair of the Sloan-Kettering Institute. He subsequently joined Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was a professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, the Clyde and Helen Wu Professor of Chemical Biology, and director of the Columbia Genome Center before come to Yale.

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