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Baxter Young Investigator Award - 2014 Winners

Baxter Young Investigator Award - 2014 Winners

To celebrate and promote innovative research, Baxter sponsors an annual award program open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The 2014 winners are listed below:

FIRST-TIER WINNERS

Shudipto Dishari
Postdoctoral Fellow 
Penn State University 
Chemical Engineering 
Advisor: Andrew Zydney 
Research Title: Understanding Virus Retention Behavior of Virus Filtration Membranes Using Confocal Microscopy for Sterile Bio-therapeutics

Joo Kang 
Postdoctoral Fellow 
Harvard University 
Bioengineering 
Advisor: Donald Ingber 
Research Title: An Extracorporeal Blood-Cleansing Biospleen for Sepsis Therapy

Erkin Kuru 
Graduate Student 
Indiana University, Bloomington 
Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics 
Advisors: Michael Van Nieuwenhze & Yves Brun 
Research Title: Decorating Bacterial Surfaces by Designer Molecules Advances the Fundamental Knowledge about Bacterial Growth

Pratik Randeria 
Graduate Student 
Northwestern University, Evanston 
Biomedical Engineering 
Advisor: Chad Mirkin 
Research Title: Topically Applied Spherical Nucleic Acid-Gold Nanoparticle Conjugates to Increase the Rate of Wound Healing in Subjects with Diabetes

Hang Ren 
Graduate Student 
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 
Chemistry 
Advisor: Mark Meyerhoff 
Research Title: Electrochemically Modulated Nitric Oxide Release Improves Biocompatibility of Biomedical Devices

Abigail Weaver 
Graduate Student 
University of Notre Dame, South Bend 
Chemistry 
Advisor: Marya Lieberman 
Research Title: New Analytical Tools for Qualitative Pharmaceutical Analysis in Field Settings

SECOND-TIER WINNERS

Chaitanya Aggarwal
Graduate Student 
University of Illinois, Chicago 
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 
Advisor: Michael J. Federle 
Research Title: Identification of Streptococcal Communication Signals and Discovery of Signal Blockers to Prevent Biofilm Formation

Aleksandar Antanasijevic
Graduate Student 
University of Illinois, Chicago
Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics 
Advisor: Michael Caffrey
Research Title: The Characterization and Development of Influenza Entry Inhibitors

Insiya Fidai
Graduate Student
Ohio State University, Columbus 
Chemistry 
Advisor: James Cowan 
Research Title: Inactivation of Sortase A Mediated by Metal ATCUN Complexes

Teklab Gebregiworgis 
Graduate Student 
University of Nebraska, Lincoln 
Chemistry 
Advisor: Robert Powers 
Research Title: Urine Metabolomics: A Potential Approach to Diagnose and Monitor Multiple Sclerosis

Mo Jiang 
Graduate Student 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Chemical Engineering 
Advisor: Richard Braatz 
Research Title: Exploiting Hydrodynamics in Continuous Crystallization to Control Crystal Size Distribution

Yanxin Liu 
Postdoctoral Fellow 
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 
Physics 
Advisor: Klaus Schulten 
Research Title: Elucidating Structure and Dynamics of Biological Molecules Through the Computational Microscopy

Christa Modery-Pawlowski 
Graduate Student 
Case Western University, Cleveland 
Biomedical Engineering 
Advisor: Anirban Sen Gupta 
Research Title: Platelet-Inspired Synthetic Hemostatic Nanotechnology

Trung Nguyen
Graduate Student Purdue University, West Lafayette 
Medicinal Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology 
Advisor: Mark Cushman 
Research Title: DUPA Conjugation of Cytotoxic Indenoisoquinoline Topoisomerase I Inhibitors as a Method for Selectively Targeting Prostate Cancer Cells

Jessica Rabuck-Gibbons 
Graduate Student 
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 
Chemistry 
Advisor: Brandon Ruotolo 
Research Title: Development of a High-Throughput Screen for Drug Development Using Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry

Yiling Xiao
Graduate Student
University of Illinois, Chicago
Chemistry 
Advisor: Ishii Yoshitaka 
Research Title: AB (1-42) Fibril Structure Illuminates Cross-Propagation Barrier in Alzheimer’s

Vinita Yadav
Graduate Student 
Penn State University 
Chemistry 
Advisor: Sen Ayusman 
Research Title: Bone-Crack Detection, Targeting, and Repair Using Ion Gradients