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Baxter Young Investigator Award

2014 Winners

FIRST-TIER WINNERS

Shudipto Dishari
Postdoctoral Fellow
Penn State University
Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Andrew Zydney
Research Title: Understanding Virus Retention Behavior of Virus Filtration Membranes Using Confocal Microscopy for Sterile Bio-therapeutics

Joo Kang
Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard University
Bioengineering
Advisor: Donald Ingber
Research Title: An Extracorporeal Blood-Cleansing Biospleen for Sepsis Therapy

Erkin Kuru
Graduate Student
Indiana University, Bloomington
Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics
Advisors: Michael Van Nieuwenhze & Yves Brun
Research Title: Decorating Bacterial Surfaces by Designer Molecules Advances the Fundamental Knowledge about Bacterial Growth

Pratik Randeria
Graduate Student
Northwestern University, Evanston
Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Chad Mirkin
Research Title: Topically Applied Spherical Nucleic Acid-Gold Nanoparticle Conjugates to Increase the Rate of Wound Healing in Subjects with Diabetes

Hang Ren
Graduate Student
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Chemistry
Advisor: Mark Meyerhoff
Research Title: Electrochemically Modulated Nitric Oxide Release Improves Biocompatibility of Biomedical Devices

Abigail Weaver
Graduate Student
University of Notre Dame, South Bend
Chemistry
Advisor: Marya Lieberman
Research Title: New Analytical Tools for Qualitative Pharmaceutical Analysis in Field Settings

SECOND-TIER WINNERS

Chaitanya Aggarwal
Graduate Student
University of Illinois, Chicago
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Advisor: Michael J. Federle
Research Title: Identification of Streptococcal Communication Signals and Discovery of Signal Blockers to Prevent Biofilm Formation

Aleksandar Antanasijevic
Graduate Student
University of Illinois, Chicago
Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics
Advisor: Michael Caffrey
Research Title: The Characterization and Development of Influenza Entry Inhibitors

Insiya Fidai
Graduate Student
Ohio State University, Columbus
Chemistry
Advisor: James Cowan
Research Title: Inactivation of Sortase A Mediated by Metal ATCUN Complexes

Teklab Gebregiworgis
Graduate Student
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Chemistry
Advisor: Robert Powers
Research Title: Urine Metabolomics: A Potential Approach to Diagnose and Monitor Multiple Sclerosis

Mo Jiang
Graduate Student
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Richard Braatz
Research Title: Exploiting Hydrodynamics in Continuous Crystallization to Control Crystal Size Distribution

Yanxin Liu
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Physics
Advisor: Klaus Schulten
Research Title: Elucidating Structure and Dynamics of Biological Molecules Through the Computational Microscopy

Christa Modery-Pawlowski
Graduate Student
Case Western University, Cleveland
Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Anirban Sen Gupta
Research Title: Platelet-Inspired Synthetic Hemostatic Nanotechnology

Trung Nguyen
Graduate Student Purdue University, West Lafayette
Medicinal Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
Advisor: Mark Cushman
Research Title: DUPA Conjugation of Cytotoxic Indenoisoquinoline Topoisomerase I Inhibitors as a Method for Selectively Targeting Prostate Cancer Cells

Jessica Rabuck-Gibbons
Graduate Student
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Chemistry
Advisor:
Brandon Ruotolo
Research Title: Development of a High-Throughput Screen for Drug Development Using Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry

Yiling Xiao
Graduate Student
University of Illinois, Chicago
Chemistry
Advisor: Ishii Yoshitaka
Research Title: AB (1-42) Fibril Structure Illuminates Cross-Propagation Barrier in Alzheimer’s

Vinita Yadav
Graduate Student
Penn State University
Chemistry
Advisor: Sen Ayusman
Research Title: Bone-Crack Detection, Targeting, and Repair Using Ion Gradients