DSAC Student Research Symposium 2013

Division Student Advisory Council (DSAC) Annual Research Symposium

The 10th Annual DSAC Research Symposium was held on Friday, January 11, 2013 at the Emory University School of Medicine Education BuildingClick here to download the event program and abstracts.

Welcome & Special Thanks

I know you will enjoy viewing the presentations of the interesting and exciting research of our talented GDBBS students. This year we will listen to 22 talks and view 68 posters. Judges will determine who among our presenters will receive special honor. The participation of the research community is vital to the success of this endeavor. This is an opportunity for the presenters to gain valuable experience and receive feedback on their work. All of us in the audience will learn new things that will help enrich our own research endeavors.

Let me extend my heartfelt thanks to the 2012-13 DSAC members. This event is spearheaded and hosted by this group of motivated students. They are:

Julie Fritz, BCDB
Jasmine Miller-Kleinhenz, CB
Nita Sharma-Jegadeesh, GMB
Gopi Mohan, IMP
Elizabeth Ohneck, MMG
Erica Bizzell, MMG
Sherry Adesina, MSP
Sindhu Lakkur, NHS
Katherine Reding, NS
Amanda Pierce, PBEE

I am sure that you will join me in encouraging and supporting all of the students who have worked so hard to showcase their work today.

Keith D. Wilkinson, PhD
Director, GDBBS
Professor and Vice Chair, Biochemistry


1st Place - Bree Szostek Barker, MMG
2nd Place - Kathryn Shepard, NS
3rd Place - Tim Sampson, MMG
1st Place - James Cordova, MSP
2nd Place - Sharon Soucek, BCDB; James Burkett, NS
3rd Place - Kathryn Williams, BCDB; Sherry Adesina, MSP; Philip Zakas, MSP; Kathryn Bryant, NS
Image Contest
1st Place - Brooke Napier, MMG
2nd Place - Paul Evans, Jr., NS
3rd Place - Jill Seladi-Schulman, MMG

Keynote Speaker


Stephen T. Warren, PhD
William Patterson Timmie Professor of Human Genetics
Charles Howard Candler Chair in Human Genetics
Chairman of the Department of Human Genetics
Chief, Section of Human Genetics, The Emory Clinic
Professor of Biochemistry and Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Steve Warren received his PhD in Human Genetics from Michigan State University in 1981 and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.  While at the University of Illinois, Dr. Warren also spent time as a visiting scientist at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg.  In 1985 he was recruited to Emory as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry with a joint appointment in the Department of Pediatrics.  Currently, Dr. Warren is William Patterson Timmie Professor of Human Genetics, Charles Howard Candler Chair in Human Genetics, Associate Director of the Baylor-Emory National Fragile X Research Center, the Founding Chair of the Department of Human Genetics, and Chief of the Section of Human Genetics in the The Emory Clinic.  He also continues to hold secondary appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics and Biochemistry.  He is a Founding Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and a Diplomat of the American Board of Medical Genetics with specialty certification in both clinical cytogenetics and clinical molecular genetics.