CHHS announces 2023 Research Showcase winners

On Friday, March 3, graduate students from the departments of Human Development & Family Science and Nutrition & Integrative Physiology participated in the 2023 Research Showcase hosted by the CHHS Department of Research and Graduate Studies.

The event spotlighted exciting research taking place at the College of Health and Human Sciences. More than 20 graduate students presented their research in eight minutes apiece, followed by a two-minute Q&A period for each presentation. You can see a full program of presentations on the Research Showcase webpage. A recording of most presentations will be available on the CHHS YouTube channel in the coming days.

Each year, a group of faculty judges name the best of the best presentations in each category.

The judges this year were:

  • HDFS: Jonathan Kimmes, Ph.D., and Thomas Ledermann, Ph.D.
  • NIP: Ravinder Nagpal, Ph.D., Qinchun Rao, Ph.D., and Joseph Watso, Ph.D.

Human Development & Family Science winners were:

  • First Place: Ruth Rodriguez
    Doctoral student
    Major professor: Melinda Gonzales-Backen, Ph.D.
    “The Role of Depression and Role Overload on Academic Achievement Among Latinx Adolescents”
  • Second Place: Valentina Iturriaga
    Doctoral candidate
    Major professor: Melinda Gonzales-Backen, Ph.D.
    “Acculturative Stress and Latine Adolescent Adjustment: The Moderating Role of Parental Involvement and Ethnic-Racial Socialization”
  • Third Place: Deziah Bermudez
    Doctoral candidate
    Major professor: Melinda Gonzalez-Backen, Ph.D.
    “Acculturative Stress and Risky Behaviors: The Possible Moderating Roles of Parental Monitoring and Gender”

Nutrition & Integrative Physiology winners were:

  • First Place: Kirsten Dunlap
    Doctoral candidate
    Major professor: Bradley Gordon, Ph.D.
    “The Development of Glucocorticoid Myopathy Alters the Response of Skeletal Muscle to Resistance Exercise”
  • Second Place: Yaqi Zhao, doctoral candidate
    Doctoral candidate
    Major professor: Qinchun Rao, Ph.D.
    “Immunodetection of the Allergenic Finfish Residues”
  • Third Place (tie): Gwoncheol “Ian” Park
    Doctoral student
    Major professor: Ravinder Nagpal, Ph.D.
    “Integrated Multi-Omics and Machine-Learning Analyses to Disentangle Diet-Microbiome-Brain Interactions in a Preclinical Model of Alzheimer’s Disease”
    Third Place (tie): Abigail “Abby” Tice
    Doctoral candidate
    Major professor: Jennifer Steiner, Ph.D.
    “Chronic Alcohol Consumption Impairs Aerobic Exercise-induced Adaptations to Skeletal Muscle”

CHHS extends a warm congratulations to all the winners, and a thank you to everyone who participated in or contributed to the event!