2023 Conference

The Tenth Annual High School GIDAS Research Conference

This year’s conference is on March 25, 2023; the theme is Autoimmune Diseases.

Keynote Speaker

Photo Credit: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Lindsey A. Criswell, M.D., M.P.H., D.Sc.

Director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Date: March 25, 2023 (Saturday), 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm Eastern Time | 9:00 am – 2:30 pm Pacific Time

Location: In Person at the University of Michigan, Undergraduate Science Building Room 1230; Online

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

     General Attendee fee: $30 (workshops included)
     Conference Presenter fee: $40
     Accompanying Parents: Free ($10 donation suggested)
     Conference Proceedings (abstract booklet): $12


To register, first use the button above before paying below.

The GIDAS Support Committee has put together a short video walkthrough on how to register for the conference, as well as how to submit an abstract and “about me” profile. The video is linked here. Please send this link to your GIDAS members if they have trouble!

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Student Name:

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.

2023 Conference Agenda

12:00 – 12:15 pm ET

(9:00 – 9:15 am PT)


12:15 – 1:00 pm ET

(9:15 – 10:00 am PT)


  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. Talk with parents, led by Inhan Lee, Ph.D.: miRcore and High School Students

1:00 – 1:05 pm ET

(10:00 – 10:05 am PT)

Greetings from miRcore President Inhan Lee, Ph.D.

1:05 – 1:55 pm ET

(10:05 – 10:55 am PT)

Student Oral Presentations I

Session Chair: Michael Uhler, Ph.D.

1. Grace Lee, Tanay Panja, Alyson Dai, Tessa Dilney, Puja Ravi, Saanvi Mishra. KEGG Analysis of S. Aureus on Multiple Sclerosis.

2. Meha Koul, Katherine Ma, Hajune Kim, Heewon Kim. The role of the growth hormone and STAT3 pathway in Multiple Sclerosis.

3. Vishal Surya, Seaha Kim, Stephanie Liu, Harshita Ganga, Naiya Sapra, Lindsey Shereda. Connections Between IL-17 and Response to Muramyl Dipeptide Pathways and Development of Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis.

4. Bhuvankumar Ashokkumar, Devarshi Dalal, Brenda Mao, Joyoti Saha, Yanchen Zhu. Targeting USP33 in multiple sclerosis: linking deubiquitination to immune activation and demyelination.

5. Nishka Karam, Aisha Khan, Nikita Kolatkar, David Liss, Claire Li, Sri Jayakumar, Noah Black. Integrin and Collagen Gene Dysregulation in Multiple Sclerosis Tissue Suggests Possible Mechanism for Gender Differences.

6. Amoli Agarwal, Kelly Park, Charvi Rayarapu, Tanisha Senthil, Bhavya Yanamandra, Stephanie Kaziyeva, Aadya Lal, Shreya Mishra. Downregulation of TLR2/4 in Leishmaniasis and Type 1 Diabetes.

7. Anura Deshpande. Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Oxidative Stress in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Late-Onset Schizophrenia.

1:55 – 2:10 pm ET

(10:55 – 11:10 am PT)


2:10 – 3:10 pm ET

(11:10 am – 12:10 pm PT)

Poster Session

3:10 – 3:30 pm ET

(12:10 – 12:30 pm PT)


3:30 – 4:15 pm ET

(12:30 – 1:15 pm PT)

Keynote Address:

Accelerating Research on Autoimmune Diseases

Lindsey A. Criswell, M.D., M.P.H., D.Sc.

Director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

4:15 – 4:30 pm ET

(1:15 – 1:30 pm PT)


4:30 – 5:15 pm ET

(1:30 – 2:15 pm PT)

Student Oral Presentations II

Session Chair: Jun Li, Ph.D.

1. Alexandra Ulery, Kartikeya Nukala , Luis Carlos Avalos Medina. Inflammasome Activation in African American SLE Patients.

2. Anura Deshpande, Lana Smith, Annaliese Figurski, Ally Wang, Akshara Sankar. Downregulation of CD74, CD3E, and CCR7 in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Defective T-Cell Selection.

3. Atharv Murthy, Ananyaa Srivatsan, Avanti Ganesan, Victoria Li, Christine Wong, Jen Bai. The role of cholesterol management in Crohn’s Disease.

4. Amelia Saffron, Jayashree Swaminathan, Sinit Habtemariam, Rishabh Mahale, Jasmine Chow, Stephanie Han. Downregulation of HSP90B1 in Crohn’s Disease as a Potential Target for Precise Treatment.

5. Yamen Fargaly, Srishti Vadya, Rohit Sarnaik, Kamryn Chan, Anan Nuengchana. The Role of B Cell Activation in the Pathogenesis of Multiple Sclerosis.

6. Helen Kucinski, Zandra Curley. Upregulation of kinetochore microtubule genes in type 1 diabetes patients.

5:15 – 5:40 pm ET

(2:15 – 2:40 pm PT)

2022-23 GIDAS Activity Reports and Conference Awards

5:40 pm ET

2:40 pm PT



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 2023 conference presentation should address some genetic aspect of Autoimmune Diseases (or a related field).

Oral Presentations

We select 10-12 oral presentations among abstracts submitted by March 5, 2023. We thank all, abstract judges, for their scoring the abstracts. Certificates will be given to the best three presenters/groups based on their scores.

Poster Presentations

All poster presenters (including Honorable Mention) should prepare a six-minute (maximum) presentation to pitch their research to conference attendees (flexible format; simply deliver the content in an engaging way). 

For physical poster to present at the University of Michigan, our recommended poster size is 32″ (width) X 40″ (height). However, we can accommodate other sizes upto 48″ (width).
Please check in with your poster and set up by 12:00 pm.

  Poster Judges

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 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 designed by 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 March 5, 2023 (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 9pm, Thursday, March 23, 2023 to be considered for a poster presentation (judge assigned).

Abstract Submission

Abstract Guidelines:

You can find them here.

File Submission: Submit your abstract and About Me at the links provided below.


About Me


Online Poster Guidelines:

Please prepare a presentation (suggested in less than 10 slides in length not including the title and ending slides), aiming for a presentation time of about 6 minutes.




Past Year Conferences

Click here to view the booklets from past conferences.

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

2022 Conference

2021 Conference

2020 Conference

2019 Conference

2018 Conference

2017 Conference

2016 Conference

2015 Conference

2014 Conference