FIU students showcase their work the Annual FIU Biomedical and Comparative Immunology Symposium

The Nineteen Annual FIU Biomedical and Comparative Immunology (BCI) Symposium was held on March 30-31st, 2017, attended by faculty, staff, and students from various universities, as well as high school students from MAST Academy and TERRA Environmental Research Institute.

This annual symposium addresses recent advances in our understanding of diverse biological systems and phenomena. It focuses on cellular and molecular mechanisms of fundamental process that govern organismal development, reproduction, cellular differentiation, disease, growth and survival. Presenters ranged from well-established scientists to assistant faculty to graduate and undergraduate students. As in previous years, the participants and attendees found the plenary speakers and other speaker presentations interesting, informative and stimulating. You can visit the FIU NIGMS RISE Facebook Page to see some of the pictures!

Graduate and undergraduate students mentored by BSI faculty are among the recipients of the awards including ‘Most Promising Science Prize’ in the Oral category sponsored by the Journal of Medical Microbiology and ‘Outstanding Scientific Poster Presentations’ sponsored by the FIU Office of Business Services:

First Place – Undergraduate Oral Presentations Award

Brett Colbert
Biology Major
FIU Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kalai Mathee, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics

Second Place – Undergraduate Oral Presentations Award

Sameer Shaikh
Biology Major (Honors)
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kalai Mathee, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics and Dr. Giri Narasimhan, School of Computing & Information Sciences

First Place – Graduate Oral Presentations Award

Joshua Raji
Ph.D., Biology
FIU Faculty Mentor: Dr. Matthew DeGennaro, Department: Biological Sciences
Second Place – Graduate Oral Presentations Award

Maria Areiza
Ph.D., Molecular Biology
FIU Faculty Mentor: Dr. Fernando Noriega, Department of Biological Sciences

First Place – Undergraduate Poster Presentations Award

Haroldo Rodriguez
Biology & Biochemistry Major
FIU Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kalai Mathee, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics

Second Place (Tie) – Undergraduate Poster Presentations Award

Mariavictoria Lorenzo
Biological Sciences Major
FIU Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kalai Mathee, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics

First Place –Graduate Poster Presentation Award

Jose Chang
Ph.D., Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Second Place (Tie) – Graduate

Kyle Martins
Ph.D.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kalai Mathee, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics

Second Place (Tie) – Graduate

Ruipeng Lei
Ph.D., Biochemistry
FIU Faculty Mentor: Dr. Yuan Liu, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Please join us in congratulating these outstanding students and their mentors!