Program Highlights, October 2019

The MBM Program started the fall 2019 semester with a bang! We have had a couple of very busy months in September and October. Now that some of the dust has settled, let’s review some highlights from the month of October.

Graham Huesmann gave a Clinical Frontiers in MBM lecture October 2 on “MBM MTS FCD MRE 7T-MRI: Basics of epilepsy, clinical problems with current diagnostic techniques, and some emerging technological solutions and the translational research.”

Graham Huesmann lecture

Gelson Pagan-Diaz was a finalist in the 2019 Research Live! competition at the University of Illinois. He was one of 13 graduate students from across the entire university who were chosen to be finalists, and gave a public presentation of his research on October 22.

Gelson Pagan-Diaz at Research Live 2019

As Pagan-Diaz explains, “Research Live was a unique experience to be able to share my research with a general audience. The feedback from the audience was so enriching and made it such a worthwhile experience. Such events really embrace the importance communicating science in all types of scenarios.”

MBM Trainee Mikhail Kandel published an article titled “Epi-illumination gradient light interference microscopy for imaging opaque structures” in Nature Communications.

Several MBM trainees and faculty attended the 2019 Biomedical Engineering Society meeting October 16-19 in Philadelphia. Trainee Gelson Pagan-Diaz presented his research.

Trainee Amanda Weiss delivered a Molecular and Integrative Physiology departmental seminar October 17 on “Neurochemical and Morphological Comparisons of Motor Neurospheres and Spinal Cord Explants.”

Amanda Weiss

Several MBM trainees and faculty attended the 2019 Society for Neuroscience conference in Chicago October 19-23. Trainees Jorge Maldonado De-Jesus and Brian Baculis presented posters on their research.

Jorge Maldonado De-Jesus

Martha Gillette presented for the Center for Physics of Living Cells, Biological Physics October 25 on “The Clocks that time Us: Dynamics in Brain Metabolism and Sleep.”

Martha Gillette

Liang Gao gave the second Frontiers in MBM lecture October 30 on “High-speed fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy of neuronal activities.”

Liang Gao