Conference Highlights

PRISM Attends the ASBMB Experimental Biology Conference in Boston, MA

with signThe ASBMB Experimental Biology (EB) conference is one of the biggest annual biology-based conferences in the country and this year it took place from March 28-April 1 in Boston, MA.  The presentation categories were varied of course, including such topics as DNA replication studies and cancer genetics. Along with presenters and students, vendors from all around the country set up booths to advertise their cutting-edge instrumentation and kits.  In addition to lectures, vendors, and presentations, this conference offers interactive seminars on such topics as “how to write your resume” and also “how to effectively apply for graduate schools.”

This year, PRISM sent two members with mentor, Prof. Artem Domashevskiy, to the EB Conference.  Valentina Aitbakieva presented a poster on her work, “Isolation and Characterization of Different Isoforms of Pokeweed Antiviral Protein (PAP) from Phytolacca americana,”  and David Rodriguez presented a poster on his work, “Studying Interactions Between Pokeweed Antiviral Protein (PAP) and Fluorescently Labeled Tobacco Etch Virus RNA.”  PRISM was also able to send an additional 3 students this year, Karen Conrad, Porfirio Fernandez, and Derek Sokolowski as conference participants even though they did not present their work.

David Rodriguez is a junior student in the PRISM program and for him, this was his first experience presenting at a professional conference.  Below is his account:

Dom and Rod“It was an intimidating experience but an absolute pleasure to attend and present at the 2015 Experimental Biology conference in Boston. The scale of the conference could be felt immediately by the sheer number of people just waiting to get their name badges.  This feeling was amplified further when I entered the grand hall where most of the conference was held. Though a little nervous, my colleagues and I dove right in. We spent the several days talking to other students, top scientists, and vendors from all over the country. One of the most inspiring things I noticed was the variety of research going on. The amount of imagination and intelligence that went into some of the research I learned about is nothing short of amazing. I spent the last day of my visit presenting my own research. I had never presented my research to this point, and I was nervous about my first time being at such a huge conference with so many brilliant people who specialize in biology. Luckily I had been preparing with the help of my mentor, friends, and PRISM. Though nervous. I concentrated and presented my research to quite a few very knowledgeable people. When it was all over, I felt a great sense of accomplishment and was actually excited to present my research and interact with interested people again. I can’t wait until next year.”

PRISM Student Imani Hargett Attends the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Spokane, WA

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is an interdisciplinary conference where students representing universities and colleges from all around the U.S., and internationally, present their research and creative works in oral, poster and performance/visual arts presentations.   This year’s conference took place from April 16-18 in Spokane, WA.  PRISM was able to send Imani Hargett, who presented her a poster on “The Perceived Educational Barriers and Persistence of Minority Students in a STEM Major at John Jay College.”  She works under the mentorship of Prof. Lissette Delgado-Cruzata.

Imani had this to say about her experience..

“The cool thing about it was that it wasn’t an exclusively science conference, so there was work from all disciplines in different forms. There were exhibits of visual art, performances for the performing arts, oral presentations spanning every discipline as well as posters; the poster sessions were all intermingled so you could view a scientific poster as well as a theory of music poster at the same time. There was so much to do that you couldn’t go to everything but the itinerary made it easy to plan out your day and attend anything interesting. They also had a grad school fair, which I attended, that was held for the first two days in the same place as the poster sessions.  I think this conference is good for first time presenters, because it isn’t specific, so it is less intimidating than other conferences specifically science related and it also gives the opportunity for all presenters to publish their research in the conference proceedings publication.” 

PRISM Attends the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Conference in San Diego, CA

The 2015 Society of Toxicology (SOT) Conference was held in San Diego, CA from March 22-26.  The SOT Conference is the largest conference of its kind, bringing together the top toxicologists not only from the country but from around the world.  For our students, it is a unique opportunity to mingle among their field’s leading scientists and share new ideas.

20150325_144436LererSOTThis year, four PRISM students attended and presented posters about their scientific research at John Jay.  These students were Anna Lerer from Dr. Lents’ lab, and Yessenia Lopez, Jiwon Seo, and Jazlene Montes, representing their mentor Dr. Demi Cheng, who accompanied the students to this conference.


Jiwon Seo who attended and presented had this to say about his experience…

“I did a poster presentation on Mancozeb induced cell cycle arrest and senescence via RTP801.  I interacted with other researchers of the field, learning about techniques they used for the assays.  We had especially productive conversation with one research group – Dr. Cheng’s acquaintance – and are even considering exchanging the students over the summer.  I looked at various exhibitions by relevant industries and had them explain the latest technology.  I also visited exhibition by Korean Institute of Toxicology and learned about possible careers in toxicology.  Last but not least, had a great time simply walking and relaxing in San Diego!”

 group SOT
PRISM was also able to send four additional students, Danielle Rouse, Richard Khusial, Shawn Williams, and Shari Yarde, who were able to benefit from the conference experience, even though they were not scheduled to present there this year.


PRISM Attends ABRCMS in San Antonio, TX

The 14th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) was held in San Antonio, Texas earlier this month (November 12-15). Twelve PRISM students attended, presenting posters about their scientific research at John Jay.

ABRCMS is one of the largest undergraduate research conferences in the United States, with more than 1,700 students presenting their research in about twelve fields in biomedical sciences. Our students presented their work in diverse projects (chemistry, toxicology, cellular and molecular biology, environmental sciences, and microbiology), showcasing the diversity of scientific research being performed at John Jay.
Click here for a complete recap of the ABRCMS conference, more pictures, and student accounts.


PRISM Attends the Experimental Biology (EB) Conference in San Diego and the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Conference in Phoenixrozado CEB

Andre Rozado, who works with Dr. Nathan Lents, presented his work, “Regulation of CCN2 and CCN3 in bone marrow through myloid zinc finger-1 and its medical implication in hematopoiesis,” at the EB Conference, April 26-30, 2014.

The Society of Toxicology (SOT) Conference is the largest of its SOT All - Editkind for this discipline.   SOT brings together 6,500 toxicologists from more than 50 countries.   In 2014, it was held March 23-27 in sunny Phoenix, AZ and some of the toxicologists in attendance were our own PRISM students: Christine Ta, Bik Tzu Huang, Jazlene Montes, and Yessenia Lopez, as well as mentor, Dr. Shu-Yuan Cheng. Who better to get the details from than the student attendees themselves?  Click here to read their first hand accounts and for a link to more pictures.


PRISM Attends the AAFS Conference in Seattle, Washington

PRISM students, Stacey Ishmail, Kitty Law and Shoronia Cross and their mentors attended the AAFS Conference in Seattle, Washington, February 17-25, 2014.

Shoronia, who works with Dr. Marcel Roberts, presented a poster, “Electrochemical Detection of Explosives and Their Metabolites in Fingerprint Sweat Using Molecularly-Imprinted Polyaniline Films,” at this prestigious conference.

Professor Peter Diaczuk, who mentors Stacey and Kitty, presented on his work that demonstrates the potential to discriminate between shotgun shell buffer material used in different ammunition types and manufacturers.

Prof. Peter Diaczuk and his two students together at the AAFS conference.

Prof. Peter Diaczuk and his two students together at the AAFS conference.

Shoronia Cross with his poster at the AAFS Conference.

Shoronia Cross with his poster at the AAFS Conference.

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