2014 Conference

 2014 High School GIDAS Research Conference


Theme: Genes and Alzheimer’s Disease


This conference is designed to provide young students to real scientists’ experience in a conference setting so to promote learning and interests in science. Directly interact with a keynote speaker. Hands-on workshops will add fun for the day.


Date: June 14, 2014 (Saturday)


Location: Undergraduate Science Building (Plaza level, main floor), University of Michigan

Registration: Open to the public, including middle school students.


      General Attender fee: $10 (workshops included)
     Conference Presenter fee: $25
      Accompanying parents: Free


Abstract submission: if you wish to present at the conference, please submit an abstract following the format by June 2nd, 2014. Selection of oral presentation will be notified by June 5th, 2014.


Late-breaking poster presentations: Abstracts received by June 5th may be included in the conference proceedings. Additional poster presentation may be considered if space is available.

Conference Proceedings

2014 Conference Proceedings

Tentative Agenda


  • 12:01 pm –
Registration (poster setup)
  • 12:30 pm –
Greetings from miRcore President
                  Inhan Lee, Ph.D.
  • 12:35 pm –

Keynote Address

                 Sami Barmada, M.D., Ph.D.
                 Assistant Professor of Neurology, University Of Michigan

 An Overview of Alzheimer’s disease genetics

Questions and Answers

Topic: Career path to a physician and an academic researcher

  • 1:35 pm –

Student Oral Presentation I  (7 min each)

   Marianne Cowherd, 11th grade, Community High school, Ann Arbor, MI
     Downregulation of GTP binding in APP mutation-related sporadic Alzheimer’s disease
   Grace Ganzel, 12th grade, Huron High school, Ann Arbor, MI
     DLG4 in Synaptic Plasticity
   Sanjana Sathrasala, 9th Grade, Canton High School, Wayne, MI
      Transolcator Protein (TSPO) as a biomarker of Alzheimer’s disease in its upregulated role in neurosteroid production and neuroinflammatory processes in severe case patients
  • 2:00 pm –
Break (poster setup; snacks availalbe throughout poster session)  
  • 2:15 pm –
Student Poster Session (all poster presenters at their posters)

All: discussion and idea sharing

  • 2:50 pm –
  • 3:00 pm –
Student Oral Presentation II (7 min each)
   Jungwoo Chang, 11th grade, Huron High School, Ann arbor, MI
     Phosphorylation of p53 Protein Causing Brain Cell Death
   Anurima Kumar, 10th grade, Community High School, Ann Arbor, MI,
     Increased amounts of SUMO2 gene expression causes apoptosis in Alzheimer’s Disease
   Lorna Barron, 12th Grade, Huron High School, Washtenaw County, MI
     Disease Diagnosis by Listening to Sound Created from Genetic Data
  • 3:25 pm –
Break to workshop  
  • 3:30 pm –
Workshops (each runs simultaneously for two 45 min sessions) – middle school students are welcome
    session I. Computer Research Workshop (at computer lab room 2230)
                                                     By Craig Peters and Ryan Ptashkin
              Designed for people with no or little experience in computational biology. Will learn how to use computational resources to find gene names, structure, and interactions. It’s hands-on.
    session II. Genes Expression Game Workshop
                                                      By Jonathan Tao
               You will change gene expressions by various activities (exercise, food, brain usage, rest) and compete with others how fast to make disease expressions to normal ones.
               Sorry we have only Starburst as food substitutes. Sudoku is one of the brain activities – learn it in advance.
  • 5:10 pm –
2013-14 GIDAS report
    Community, Farmington, Huron, Milan, Pioneer, Skyline High School GIDAS
  • 5:30 pm
    GIDAS students will be available to answer how to start one at your school



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