Porter Takes Top Honors at Research Symposium

Research Symposium winner Haley Porter Haley Porter presents her winning poster to Dr. Rusty Arnold.

April 14, 2016

AUBURN, Ala. – Haley Porter, a Ph.D. candidate in her second year at the Harrison School of Pharmacy, took top honors in the 4th Annual HSOP Research Symposium. Porter was selected as the overall winner for her poster titled “Physiochemical Characterization of Nepafenac by Hydroxypropyl-Beta-Cyclodextrin Complex for Ocular Delivery.”

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Used as a program to showcase the research conducted by undergraduate, professional and graduate students in the Harrison School of Pharmacy, the Research Symposium had more than 30 entries and were judged in five categories: Drug Delivery/Interactions, Neuroscience, Clinical/Implementation Sciences, Cancer, and Cardiovascular.

“It is exciting to see the research that our students are participating in, from the undergraduate level to the Pharm.Ds, and the graduate students,” said David Riese, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Programs. “This event is now in its fourth year and has continued to grow and expand to the point that this year we offered separate divisions for Drug Delivery/Interactions, Neurosciences, Implementation sciences, Cancer and Cardiovascular research. The level of participation and the quality of the work conducted really highlights the quality of the students we have here at all levels.”

While Porter took the overall top honor, a runner-up was selected in each of the categories. Mansour Altkurki, a master’s candidate, (LC-MS Based Approach to Characterize Non-Specific Binding Inhibitors to Mycobacterium tuberculosis Shikimate Kinase (MtSK)) finished runner-up in Drug Delivery/Interactions while visiting scholar Holly Hunsberger (Peripherally Restricted Viral Challenge Elevates Extracellular Glutamate and Enhances Synaptic Transmission in the Hippocampus) took runner-up in Neuroscience.

Anna Plotkina, a third-year pharmacy student, (Comparison of Brand versus Generic Antiepileptic Drug Adverse Event Reporting Rates in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS)) was runner-up in Clinical/Implementation Sciences, while Ph.D. candidate Shravanthi Mouli (The Role of Frataxin in Doxorubicin Mediated Cardiac Hypertrophy) was runner-up in Cardiovascular.

There was a tie for runner-up honors in the Cancer division between a group of chemical engineering students. Richard Cullum, a Ph.D. candidate, (Validation and Inplementation of Screens for Targeted Melanoma Drug Discovery) tied with the undergraduate duo of Connor Dobson and Christina Pickering (Development of Gold-Lipid Nanoparticles for Solid Tumor Theranostics).


Presenter Title Authors
Haley Porter Physiochemical Characterization of Nepafenac by Hydroxypropyl-Beta-Cyclodextrin Complex for Ocular Delivery Haley Porter
Forrest T. Smith
Eva M. Abarca
Jay Ramapuram
Mansour Alturki LC-MS Based Approach to Characterize Non-Specific Binding Inhibitors to Mycobacterium tuberculosis Shikimate Kinase (MtSK) Mansour Alturki
Douglas C. Goodwin
Madison A. Jarrard
Rene F. Ngouli
Angela I. Calderon
Alexander Kelly Surface Charateristics of Silica Nanoparticles Influence Uptake and Viability Alexander Kelly
Robert D. Arnold
Allan E. David
Mohammed Aldawsari Acyclovir Nanogel Formulation for Human Skin Cadaver Permeation Enhancement Mohammed Aldawsari
Jay Ramapuram
Ahmed Alsaqr Evaluation of Diacetyl Boldine Loaded Microemulsion Formulations for Topical Drug Delivery: Preparation, Characterization, In Vitro Release and Cytotoxicity Studies Shikimate Kinase (MtSK) A. Al Saqr
H. Alrbyawi
RJ. Babu
Holly Hunsberger Peripherally Restricted Viral Challenge Elevates Extracellular Glutamate and Enhances Synaptic Transmission in the Hippocampus Holley Hunsberger
Deshend Wang
Gregory Konat
Mirand Reed
Lauren Woodie Characterization of Recombination-Activating Gene 1 Function in Peripheral Physiology and Hippocampal Synaptic Plasticity Lauren Woodie
Ahmad Alhowail
Jenna Bloemer
Warren Smith
Vishnu Suppiramaniam
Michael Greene
Jenna Bloemer
Warren Smith
Cognitive Deficits and Impaired Long-Term Potentiation in Adiponectin Knockout Mice Jenna Bloemer
Dwipayan Bhattacharya
Subhrajit Bhattacharya
Ahmad Alhowail
Warren Smith
Alisha Chauhan
Robert Judd
Vishnu Suppiramaniam
Sharay Setti Effect of P301L Tau Expression on Learning and Alzheimer's Disease Pathology in the Aged Brain Sharay Setti
Holly Hunsberger
Daniel Weitzner
Carolyn Rudy
Mirand Reed
Ahmad Alhowail Doxorubicin alters Mechanisms of Memory Formation in Ex Vivo and In Vivo Models of Chemobrain Ahmad Alhowail
Subhrajit Bhattacharya
Jenna Bloemer
Lauren Woodie
Murali Dhanasekaran
Robert Arnold
Vishnu Suppiramaniam
Taylor Young PPAR-gamma Activation Helps Clear Insulin Induced Amyloid Beta Taylor Young
Rajesh Amin
Jennifer B. Huynh Evaluation of Adherence to the American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in HIV-Infected Patients Jennifer B. Huynh
Kelly Hester
Natalie Hohmann Medication Dispensing Error Learning Processes in U.S. Community Pharmacies: A Systematic Literature Review as Seen Through the Four Frames Model of Organizational Theory Natalie Hohmann
Mary Joyce Wingler Emergency Department Utilization of Ceftriaxone in a Veterns Healthcare System Mary Joyce Wingler
Spencer Durham
Emily Tsiao
Ryan Wong
Predicting Vancomycin AUC24 Based on Plasma Concentrations: A Simulated Evaluation Emily Tsiao
Ryan Wong
William Ravis
Elise Aucoin Safety and Tolerability of Efavirenz-Based Therapy in a Vetern Population Elise Aucoin
Kelly Mooney
Phillip IM
Spencer Durham
Lindsey Hohmann The Moderating Power of Impulsivity: A Thorough Literature Review Examining the Theory of Planned Behavior Lindsey Hohmann
Kimberly Garza
Caitlin Sullivan The Prevalence and Perceptions of Smoking Among Healthcare Students Caitlin Sullivan
Chris Correia
Kimberly Garza
Paul Paratore Patient Satisfaction with Student Pharmacist Encounters in an Ongoing Faculty-Supervised IPPE Course Paul Paratore
Gladys Ekong
AP Fields
Lori Hornsby
Margaret Williamson
Jan Kavookjian
Ning Cheng Association of Authorized Generic Marketing with Prescription Drug Spending on Antidepressants from 2000 to 2011 Ning Cheng
Tannista Banerjee
Jingjing Qian
Richard A. Hansen
Stephen Gamble
Kathleen Daniell
Melissa Shively
Evaluation of Implementation of a Pain Protocol in Multi-Trauma Patients Stephen Gamble
Kathleen Daniell
Melissa Shively
Kaitlin McGinn
Anna Plotkina Comparison of Brand versus Generic Antiepileptic Drug Adverse Event Reporting Rates in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) Anna Plotkina
Mary Claire Estess
Jonathan Gray
Retrospective Cohort Analysis of Electronic Falg Placement in Pre-Diabetic Patients to Increase Early Diabetes Mellitus Detection Mary Claire Estess
Jonathan Gray
Kristi Snyder
Tessa Hastings Associations Among Student Conflic Management Style and Attitudes Towards Empathy Tessa Hastings
Gladys Ekong
Jan Kavookjian
Leborah Smith Evaluation of Appropriate Cholesterol Management in a Hospital Based Ambulatory Care Clinic Serving Non-Insured Indigent Patients with Access to Medication Therapy Leborah Smith
Takova Wallace
Lori Hornsby
Yasser Alatawi Assessment of Adverse Event Under-Reporting Bias in the U.S. Food Drug Adverse Event Administration Reporting System Yasser Alatawi
Richard Hansen
Lingxin Zhang Identification of a Biased Agonist for P2Y2 Receptor to Supress Pro-Thrombotic Gene Expression in Human Coronary Artery Endothelial Cells Lingxin Zhang
Chuan Wang
Yiwei Liu
Wanshu Ma
Thamer Alqurashi
Jianzhong Shen
Pattanin Yooket Regulation of Thiamine Transprter SLC19A3 by HIF1α: A Possible Potential Therapeutic Inheart Failure Pattanin Yooket
Abdullah Alasmari
Shravanthi Mouli
Manoj Givindarajullu
Murali Dhanasekaran
Robert Arnold
Rajesh Amin
Shravanthi Mouli The Role of Frataxin in Doxorubicin Mediated Cardiac Hypertrophy Shravanthi Mouli
Gayani Nanyakkara
Abdullah Alasmari
Haitham Eldoumani
Ben Nie
Murali Dhanasekaran
Robert Arnold
Rajesh Amin
Andrew Brannen Segmental 360° Bioluminescent Imaging Using the Mouse Imaging Spinner (miSpinner) Shows Potential For Accurate Monitoring of Tumor Development Andrew Brannen
Matthew Eggert
Mary Smith
Mattias Nahrendorf
Robert Arnold
Peter Panizzi
Richard Cullum Validation and Inplementation of Screens for Targeted Melanoma Drug Discovery Richard Cullum
John T. Piazza
Jared I. Sendeld
Logan T. Neel
Ram B. Gupta
Allan E. David
David J. Riese, II
Connor Dobson
Christina Pickering
Development of Gold-Lipid Nanoparticles for Solid Tumor Theranostics Connor Dobson
Christina Pickering
Peter Panizzi
Allan David
Robert Arnold
Kasey Shepp Exploring Genetic Associations Between Hydrocy-Caroxylic Acid Receptors and Hereditary Breast Cancers Kasey Shepp
Stephanie Spina
Madison Chandler
Nancy Merner
Stephanie Spina Studying the Noncoding Genome, Specifically MicroRNAs, to Identify Novel Breast Cancer Genetic Risk Factors Stephanie Spina
Madison Chandler
Nancy Merner
Madison Chandler Breast Cancer Susceptibility Gene Panel Screening Using Next Generation Sequencing Technology in an African American Cohort in Alabama Madison Chandler
Nancy Merner
Hamad Alrbyawi Short-Chain Ceramides for Enhanced Cytotoicity of Liposome-Encapsulated Doxorubicin Toward human Breast Cancer Cells (MDA-MB231) Hamad Alrbyawi
Ebony Jackson Breast Cancer and Genetic Research in Alabama: Strategic Cohort Recruitment of African Americans Ebony Jackson
Madison Chandler
Nancy Merner
Matthew Eggert Distinguishing the Effect of Secretory Phospholipase A₂ Isoforms and PLA₂ Receptor Expression on Responsive Liposome nanoparticle Uptake and Disposition in Prostrate Cancer Matthew W.Eggert
Andrew D. Brannen
Peter R. Panizzi
Brian S. Cummings
Robert D. Arnold
Ben Nie Evaluation Of In Vitro And In Vivo Intracellular Uptake and Degradation Of sPLA₂ Responsive Liposome In Prostrate Cancer By LC-MS/MS Ben Nie
Brian Cummings
Robert D. Arnold

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