Allen Laboratory: Award Winning Students

Selected Student Presentations

Armand Meza presenting at the 2015 ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference
  • "Elucidating the Contribution of Negative Regulatory NLRs in Traumatic Brain Injury". Meza, A., Brickler, T., Countermarsh-Ott, S., Theus, M., and Allen,I.C.** Poster Presentation at the 2015 Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science National Conference. Washington, DC. October 29-31, 2015.
  • "NLRX1 attenuates Tumorigenesis Through the Negative Regulation of AKT and NF-κB Signaling". Coutermarsh-Ott, S., Simmons, A., Capria, V., LeRoith, T., Heid, B., Washington, C., Dervisis, N., Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan, V., Hontecillas-Magarzo, R., Bassaganya-Riera, J., Allen, I.C.** Poster Presentation, American College of Veterinary Pathologists Combined Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN. October 17-21, 2015.
  • "Loss of NLRX1 results in increased intestinal pathology and T cell responses in mice with inflammatory bowel disease". Eden, K., Hontecillas, R., Viladomiu, M., Philipson, C., Carbo, A., Leber, A., Philipson, N., Tattoli, I., Girardin, S.E., Allen, I.C., and Bassaganya-Riera, J. American College of Veterinary Pathologists Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN. October 17-21, 2015.
  • "Evaluating the Inflammasome's Role in PAMP Recognition and Cytokine Production in Epithelial Organoids". Aponte-Santiago, L.A., Rothschild, D.E., Allen, I.C.** Poster Presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Seattle, WA. November 11-15, 2015.
  • "Roles for NLRX1, NF-kB, and AKT Signaling in Canine Histiocytic Sarcoma." Coutermarsh-Ott, S., Eden, K., Dervisis, N., Allen, I.C. 2016 Poster presentation at the ACVP and ASVCP Concurrent Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA, December 3-7, 2016.
  • "Lack of NF-κB Inducing Kinase (NIK) Results in Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and Gastric Hyperplasia in Mice: Implications of Noncanonical NF-κB Signaling in Human EoE." Eden, K. McDaniel, D.K., Heid, B., Allen, I.C. Oral and poster presentation at the ACVP and ASVCP Concurrent Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA, December 3-7, 2016.
  • "Enhanced Mucosal Defense in Mice with a potentially compromised negative regulator IRAK-M. Rothschild, D., Zhang, Y., Diao, N., Lee, C., Chen, K., Caswell, C.C., LeRoith, T., Allen, I.C. Poster presentation at the AAI Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., May 15, 2017.
  • "Lack of NF-κB-Inducing Kinase (NIK) Results in Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and Gastric Hyperplasia in Mice: Implications for Noncanonical NF-κB Signaling in Human EoE." Eden, K., McDaniel, D., Allen, I.C. Virginia Tech Graduate Research Symposium, Blacksburg, VA, Mar 29, 2017.
  • "Lack of NF-κB-Inducing Kinase (NIK) Results in Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and Gastric Hyperplasia in Mice: Implications for Noncanonical NF-κB Signaling in Human EoE." Eden, K., McDaniel, D., Allen, I.C. Poster Presentation at Biomedical and Veterinary Science Graduate Research Symposium. March 16, 2017.
  • "Lack of NF-κB-Inducing Kinase (NIK) Results in Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and Gastric Hyperplasia in Mice: Implications for Noncanonical NF-κB Signaling in Human EoE" Eden, K., McDaniel, D., Allen, I.C. Oral presentation at the Experimental Biology Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 22-26, 2017.
  • "Lack of NF-κB-Inducing Kinase (NIK) Results in Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and Gastric Hyperplasia in Mice: Implications for Noncanonical NF-κB Signaling in Human EoE." Eden, K., McDaniel, D., Allen, I.C. Oral and poster presentation at the AAI Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, May 12-16, 2017.

Award Winning Students

  • John Doran - winner of the Ciordia-Stewart-Porter Undergraduate Student Paper Award at the 2015 Southeastern Society of Parasitologists joint meeting with The Helminthological Society of Washington. John's talk was entitled, "The noncanonical NLR inflammasome modulates Toxoplasma gondii recognition and immune response."
  • Armand Meza - selected to represent Virginia Tech and present research at the 2015 ACC Meeting of the Minds conference. Armand is a senior majoring in psychology in the College of Science. His research presentation was titled, "Elucidating the contribution of negative regulatory NLRs in traumatic brain injury." http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2015/03/030515-uged-accmom.html

GRADUATE STUDENT HONORS

  • 2018 - Kristin Eden, VMCVM Nominee for the 2018 National Phi Zeta Research Award in the Basic Science Category
  • 2018 - Sheryl Coutermarsh-Ott, Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine Outstanding Doctoral Student Award.
  • 2017 - Dan Rothschild, AAI 2017 Travel Award. Awards were selected on the basis of the quality of the abstract submitted to the annual international meeting Immunology 2017.
  • 2017 - Kristin Eden, AAI 2017 Travel Award. Awards were selected on the basis of the quality of the abstract submitted to the annual international meeting Immunology 2017.
  • 2017 - Veronica Ringel, Bronze Award for Best Oral Presentation, 33rd Graduate Student Assembly Research Symposium. Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA.
  • 2017 - Kristin Eden, Gold Award for Best Oral Presentation, 33rd Graduate Student Assembly Research Symposium. Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA.
  • 2017 - Daniel Rothschild, Gold Award for Best Poster, 33rd Graduate Student Assembly Research Symposium. Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA.
  • 2017 - Daniel Rothschild, Gold Award, 33rd Graduate Student Assembly Research Symposium. Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA.
  • 2017 - Sheryl Coutermarsh-Ott, VMCVM Nominee for the 2017 National Phi Zeta Research Award in the Basic Science Category
  • 2017 - Kristin Eden, ACVP/ASIP Experimental Biology Travel Award Awards were selected on the basis of the quality of the abstract submitted to the American College of Veterinary Pathologists Annual Meeting.
  • 2016 - Daniel Rothschild, Silver Award, 32nd Graduate Student Assembly Research Symposium. Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA.
  • 2015 - Sheryl Coutermarsh-Ott, 2nd Place in Poster Competition, Experimental Disease Category, American College of Veterinary Pathologists Combined Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN.
  • 2015 - Corren Freeman, 3rd Place Oral Presentation Winner of the 4th Annual Phi Zeta Research Day. Tuskegee University. Tuskegee, AL.
  • 2014 - Dylan McDaniel, Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) Doctoral Scholar Awardee

UNDER GRADUATE STUDENT HONORS

  • 2018 - Kathleen Huie, one of three students selected to present an oral presentation and represent Virginia Tech at the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Meeting of the Minds Conference, Chestnut Hill, MA. April 6-8
  • 2017 - Saman Khan, Denis Dean Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Conference Best Poster Award. February 20-23
  • 2016 - Haleigh Hixson, Best Presentation for at the Virginias Collegiate Honors Council 2016 Spring Honors Conference, Lynchburg VA. April 15-16.
  • 2015 - John Doran, received the Ciordia-Stewart Porter Research Award from the Southeastern Society of Parasitologists for the best undergraduate student paper presented at the annual meeting. April 9-11, 2015
  • 2015 - Armand Meza, one of 10 students selected to present a research project and represent Virginia Tech at the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Meeting of the Minds Conference, April 10-12, 2015