1st CDT Conference – March 2012

Conference in Review

The 1st CDT Conference held in the Petit Science Center on the Georgia State University campus March 31st was a great success. There were 158 attendees and 59 posters exhibited. President Mark Becker gave an engaging talk about GSU partnering with the Center for Diagnostics and Therapeutics as well as the Center for Inflammation, Immunity & Infection.

Our distinguished speakers gave very informative talks followed by a lot of Q&A.

The poster session had 6 winners and 5 Honorable Mentions.

The CDT Conference will be an annual event.  Please continue to check our website for the “save the Date” announcement to add this exciting event to your calendar in 2013.

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Poster Session Winners

Eric Owens, Georgia State – Chemistry
Maged Henary, Advisor
Development of Endocrine Targeting Imaging Agents: Synthesis of Novel Carbocyanine Fluorophores
Chia-Yi Liu, Georgia State – Chemistry
Zhi-Ren Liu, Advisor
Phosphorylation of p68 RNA Helicase Promotes Colon Cancer Metastasis Through Up-Regulating Snail1 Transcription Factor
Nihal Mulla, Mercer – Pharmacy and Health Science
Martin D’Souza, Advisor
Nano/Micro Particulate Vaccines for Oral and Transdermal Delivery: Melanoma/ Breast/ Ovarian/ Prostate Cancer
Shen Tang, Georgia State – Chemistry
Jenny Yang, Advisor
Design and Application of a Class of Sensors to Monitor Ca2+ Dynamics in High Ca2+ Concentration Cellular Compartments
Yan Bai, Emory – Pharmacology
Haian Fu, Advisor
HTS-based Discovery of Small Molecule 14-3-3 Protein-Protein Interaction Inhibitors
Zhenghua Tang, Georgia State – Chemistry
Gangli Wang, Advisor
Control Surface Functionalities of Gold Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications

Honorable Mentions

Hamed Laroui, Georgia State – Biology
Didier Merlin, Advisor
A Novel Approach for Gene Therapy in IBD
Yan Chen, Georgia State – Chemistry
Aimin Liu, Advisor
The Role of Calcium in Metalloenzyme: Effects on the Axial Ligation Geometry and Magnetic Properties of the Catalytic Diheme Center in MauG
Vaishali Pannu, Georgia State – Biology
Ritu Aneja, Advisor
Generation of High-Grade Spindle Multipolarity by Centrosome Hyperamplification and Declustering: A Novel Chemotherapeutic Approach
Krishna Damera, Georgia State – Chemistry
Binghe Wang, Advisor
Base-Promoted Cyclization: Synthesis of Substituted Benzo[b]furans
Morgan Cook, Georgia State – Biology
Julia Hilliard, Advisor
Design Of A Therapeutic Target That Alters p38 Regulation Of Cellular Factors Important For B Virus Infection

Distinguished Speakers

Geert-Jan Boons
University of Georgia – Department of Chemistry

Anthony Chan
Emory University – Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Richard D. Cummings
Emory University – Immunology and Molecular

James Delikatny
University of Pennsylvania – Perelman School of Medicine

Martin D’Souza
Mercer University – College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

M.G. Finn
The Scripps Research Institute

Haian Fu
Emory University – School of Medicine

Patrick Lam
Lam Drug Discovery Consulting, LLC – Formerly Director at BMS

Kelley Moremen
University of Georgia – Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Simon Platt
University of Georgia – College of Veterinary Medicine

Shaomeng Wang
University of Michigan – Comprehensive Cancer Center


Binghe Wang, Ph.D.

Associate Director
Jenny J. Yang, Ph.D.

Suri Iyer, Ph.D.

Didier Martin, Ph.D.

Peng George Wang, Ph.D.

Administrative Assistant
Kathy Meenach


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