2021 Conference

The Eighth Annual High School GIDAS Research Conference

This year’s conference is on June 12, 2021; the theme is Genes and COVID-19

Keynote Speaker

Photo Credit: National Institute of Health

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, National Institute of Health

Date: June 12, 2021 (Saturday), 12:15 – 5:15 pm Eastern Time

Location: Online

Open to the public, including middle school students and adults.

     General Attendee fee: $25 (workshops included)
     Conference Presenter fee: $35
     Accompanying Parents: Free ($10 donation suggested)
     Conference Proceedings (abstract booklet): $12
 

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Do you like science and computers?  Are you interested in discovering relationships between genes and diseases?

Come to the High School Students’ Research Conference and find out what other students are investigating.

This conference is designed to provide young students with experience in a research conference setting to promote learning and interest in science and research.

2021 Conference Agenda

12:00 pm Registration
12:15 pm

Workshops

  1. GEO2R and String-db: learn computational resources used in the research process
  2. Transitioning from high school to college: interact with college students to hear their experiences and to ask questions
  3. Pseudo-code: for better coding practice and for first-time coders
  4. Healthy mind: self-knowledge to maintain a positive mindset, even during the pandemic.
1:00 pm Greetings from miRcore President Inhan Lee, Ph.D.
1:05 pm

Student Oral Presentations I

   Session Chair: Kaitlyn Sadtler, Ph.D.

         Earl Stadtman Investigator | Chief, Section for Immuno-Engineering, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (Forbes 30 Under 30 | TED Fellow)

  1. Disha Iyengar, Ava Barbano, Amrita Kondur, Alycia Mann, Eric Li, Kayli Bannon. The Role of OAS1 in the Prognosis and Severity of COVID-19 Infection by Means of the Hepatitis C Receptor Pathway.
  2. Sophia Tesic, Tejaswi Koneru, Rachel Boeke. NF-κB Enrichment Leads to Hyperinflammation in Patients With Severe Coronavirus Infections.
  3. Noah Black, Ashi Jain, Keerthana Danasekaran, Jasmine Wisniewski, Praveena Mohanraj. Impact of SARS Coronavirus on Innate Immune System Compared to Influenza A.
  4. Annaka Saffron, Rebecca Wang. Connections Between the IL-17 Pathway and MERS Infection.
  5. Emily Kang, Niharica Suri Kannan, Annabel Yang, Jeremy Nelson, Zaina Al Habash. Potential Effect of Adhatoda Vasica On Chemokine Signaling and Applications Towards COVID-19.
1:45 pm Break
1:50 pm

Poster Session

   Poster Judges (names will be shown after the conferenece):

      Section chiefs from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

      Faculty members from the University of Michigan

2:50 pm Break
3:00 pm

Keynote Address:

   COVID-19, Health Disparities, and Precision Medicine

   Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

       Director, National Institute of Health

3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm

Student Oral Presentations II

   Session Chair: David Burke, Ph.D.

        Professor of Human Genetics, University of Michigan

  1. Diya Ramesh. Direct RNA Hybridization Probes for Rapid Identification of SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern.
  2. Maria Sicilia, Audrey Gunawan, Azeem Saifee, Shruthi Chakravarthy.Pathology from Envelope Proteins to Heat Shock Response and Cytokine Storms in SARS-CoV-1 and 2.
  3. Himal Bamzai-Wokhlu, Nicole Qian, McKayla Ro, Ellen Hu. Microarray Analysis Of Apoptotic Pathways in SARS-COV-1 versus SARS-COV-1-Δe: Regulation of Inflammation and Necrosis via TNF, IL-17, JUN and others.
  4. Rebecca Wang, Angie Liu. The role of the cytoplasmic pattern recognition receptor in COVID-19
  5. Sahana Ramamurthy, Lauren Smith. Progression of cytokine-mediated signaling pathway activity in the first 24 hours of H1N1 infection.
  6. Noah Black, Abigail Yoo, Grace Chae, Abigail Ahn. Diagnosis of Colorectal Cancer Through Binary Computational Classification Models.
4:45 pm 2020-21 GIDAS Activity Reports and Conference Awards
5:10 pm Closing

 

If you present, you will

– Meet professional scientists and connect with peers who share your interest in science

– Grow in professionalism through researching, writing, and presenting on science topics

– Develop public speaking skills in a larger group setting

– Compete for science presentation awards

Your 2021 conference presentation should address some genetic aspect of COVID-19 (or a related field).

Oral Presentations

We selected 11 oral presentations among abstracts submitted by May 17, 2021. We thank all, abstract judges, for their scoring the abstracts.

   Abstract Judges:

  University of Michigan: A. Bilge Ozel, Ph.D., Jie Liu, Ph.D., Michael Uhler, Ph.D., Ryan Mills, Ph.D., Shelly Flagel, Ph.D., Venkat Keshamouni, Ph.D., Yuanfang Guan, Ph.D.

  University of California at San Diego: Gregory Botta, M.D., Ph.D.

  Unversity of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston: Xiaoyong Bao, Ph.D.

Certificates will be given to the best three presenters/groups based on their scores.

2021 Oral Presenters

Data analysis was more difficult this year due to time series data for most viral studies. We excluded from oral presentation all abstracts with studies that accidentally included 0 hr control samples in both control and infection groups even though the abstracts may have been well-written.

All oral presenters should submit their final presentation materials by 9 pm (ET) on June 11, 2021 to the miRcore official email (which sent your file submission forms) with subject line “Oral Presentation.”

Presenter(s)

Project Name

Annaka Saffron, Rebecca Wang “Connections Between the IL-17 Pathway and MERS Infection”
Disha Iyengar, Ava Barbano, Amrita Kondur, Alycia Mann, Eric Li, Kayli Bannon “The Role of OAS1 in the Prognosis and Severity of COVID-19 Infection by Means of the Hepatitis C Receptor Pathway”
Diya Ramesh “Direct RNA Hybridization Probes for Rapid Identification of SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern”
Emily Kang, Niharica Suri Kannan, Annabel Yang, Jeremy Nelson, Zaina Al Habash “Potential Effect of Adhatoda Vasica On Chemokine Signaling and Applications Towards COVID-19”
Himal Bamzai-Wokhlu, Nicole Qian, McKayla Ro, Ellen Hu “Microarray Analysis Of Apoptotic Pathways in SARS-COV-1 versus SARS-COV-1-Δe: Regulation of Inflammation and Necrosis via TNF, IL-17, JUN and others”
Maria Sicilia, Audrey Gunawan, Azeem Saifee, Shruthi Chakravarthy “Pathology from Envelope Proteins to Heat Shock Response and Cytokine Storms in SARS-CoV-1 and 2”
Noah Black, Ashi Jain, Keerthana Danasekaran, Jasmine Wisniewski, Praveena Mohanraj “Impact of SARS Coronavirus on Innate Immune System Compared to Influenza A”
Rebecca Wang, Angie Liu “The role of the cytoplasmic pattern recognition receptor in COVID-19”
Sahana Ramamurthy, Lauren Smith “Progression of cytokine-mediated signaling pathway activity in the first 24 hours of H1N1 infection”
Sophia Tesic, Tejaswi Koneru, Rachel Boeke “NF-κB Enrichment Leads to Hyperinflammation in Patients With Severe Coronavirus Infections”

Research method applicable to future disease research, including COVID-19

Noah Black, Abigail Yoo, Grace Chae, Abigail Ahn “Diagnosis of Colorectal Cancer Through Binary Computational Classification Models”

   Honorable Mention

Ally Wang, Asmita Tuladhar “The Role of Inflammatory Cytokines in MERS-CoV Infection”
Bianca Done, Siya Goel, Shalin Kakasani, Audrey Zhang “Promoting the Regulation of Metabolic Processes Pathway to Increase Resistance to SARS-CoV-2”
Dhivya Bala, Cindy Xue, Ella Vogel “Stress Response and TLR3 in MA-15 SARS Coronavirus”
Sana Sami, Elliott Besirli “Downregulation of Nucleic Acid Binding Genes in the Measles Pathway Found in Patients Vaccinated for Influenza”

 

Poster Presentations

All poster presenters (including Honorable Mention) should prepare a five-minute (maximum) presentation to pitch their research to conference attendees (flexible format; simply deliver the content in an engaging way). All poster presenters should submit their final presentation materials by 7 pm (ET) on June 11, 2021 to the miRcore official email (which sent your file submission forms) with subject line “Poster Presentation” to be assigned to judges.

  Poster Judges

This year, the poster judges will be genetic, infectious disease, immune, and bioinformatics research professionals from the University of Michigan and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (National Institute of Health). These professionals will engage each poster presenter in discussion about their research and provide feedback.

  Popular votes

The general audience will also vote on poster presentations.

  Certificates

Certificates will be given to the best three poster presenters/groups as graded by the judges; the three most popular posters, as selected by conference attendees, will also receive certificates.

Conference Proceedings

Cover design: Stephanie Prechter

If you want to publish your abstract in the conference proceedings, please submit your research abstract and your “About Me” with your picture in Word format by May 25, 2021 (refer to “Abstract Submission”).

Even if you miss the deadline to publish, you can still bring in your research poster and compete for the poster presentation award. However, you should submit your poster abstract content to us by June 6, 2021 to be considered for a poster presentation (judge assigned).

Abstract Submission

Abstract Guidelines:

You can find them here.

File Submission: Registered presenters will be contacted for the file submission.

Poster

Poster Guidelines:

Due to the coronavirus, the conference will be online. Please prepare a presentation no more than 10 slides in length (not including the title and ending slides), aiming for a presentation time of about 5 minutes.

 Sponsors:

WISE

Past Year Conferences

Here you can find information about the conferences from past years.

2020 Conference

2019 Conference

2018 Conference

2017 Conference

2016 Conference

2015 Conference

2014 Conference