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TUSM Graduate Student Research Showcased at 13th Annual Dawn Marks Research Day

June 13, 2014dawn marks research day


One day each year, graduate students at Temple University School of Medicine(TUSM) have an extra special opportunity to show off their research talents.

Student researchers produced 32 poster exhibits and executed eight oral presentations to more than 200 visitors during the 13th annual Dawn Marks Research Day, which was held on June 12 in the Medical Education and Research Building.

“Temple offers a supportive educational environment for graduate students, and this day provides students the chance to share their accomplishments with their peers,” said Taylor Gentile, Graduate Student Association (GSA) President and one of the event’s organizers. GSA members Alana Vagnozzi, Deryck Pearson, Justin Ingram, and Mitali Ray also assisted in organizing the day’s events.


Following the presentations, Dale Haines, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Associate Professor in the Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology, was recognized with the Dawn Marks Memorial Award for his dedication to mentoring first- and second-year graduate students. Each year, a faculty member is nominated and voted for by TUSM graduate students for the award.


“Dr. Haines is a vibrant professor who cares for our students and consequently they all admire and respect him. They appreciate his enthusiasm, his scientific rigor and the knowledge that he is always available for advice,” said Scott Shore, PhD, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. “During the Biomedical Science Program’s second year, he plays a key role in the PhD candidacy process – directing the grant writing course and organizing the study section that reviews and scores student proposals,” Dr. Shore added.


The Research Day is held each year in honor of Dr. Dawn Marks, who was a full-time faculty member in Biochemistry for 31 years and served as Assistant Dean for Graduate Education from 1984 to 1998. She retired in 1999 and was a Professor Emeritus until her passing. During her tenure at Temple, Dr. Marks co-authored the still widely-used textbook, Basic Medical Biochemistry: A Clinical Approach.


View the day’s winners below:


Oral Presentations
Danielle Feather-Schussler (Biochemistry)
Francesca De Simone (Neuroscience)
James Michael (Anatomy and Cell Biology)


Poster Presentations
Kaitlin Collura (Biomedical Sciences: Neuroscience Cluster)
Nicholas Hoffman (Biochemistry)
Thais Acquafreda (Biochemistry)


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Award winners, from left: Kaitlin Collura, Thais Acquafreda, Nicholas Hoffman, Danielle Feather-Schussler, Francesca De Simone, and James Michael


Image (top): Dale Haines, PhD