BUSM Students Present at New England Science Symposium

Five students from BUSM’s Master of Arts in Medical Science Program (MAMS) recently presented at the New England Science Symposium (NESS).

Leighanne Ormston (below) placed third in the 2018 Ruth and William Silen, MD, Award for the Microbiology, Immunology, Genetics, or Molecular Biology Category for her poster presentation Investigating the Impact of Glutamatergic Genes on Hippocampal Structure across the Psychosis Spectrum.


The other student presenters were:

  • Kiranpreet Dhaliwal, Neurobiological Correlates of Soft Neurological Signs in Neuroleptic- Naive First Episode Psychosis;
  • George Ling, Social Cognitive Ability Reflected in Individual Brain Network Topology;
  • Simon Archambault, Investigating the Impact of Social Media on Awareness and Prevention of Diabetic Retinopathy in Young Adults: A Case Study; and
  • Anna Williams, Correlates of Completion Rate and Question Comprehension for a Multi-Ethnicity Online Study of Ovulation and Menstruation Health.

Albert Mondragon’s poster Lysosome Machinery is Utilized by Cells to Induce Cell Death Non-Autonomously was selected for an oral presentation at the symposium. Mondragon is a PhD candidate in the Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry program.

Established in 2002, NESS provides a forum for postdoctoral fellows; medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students (particularly for African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals) to share their biomedical and health-related research activities through oral or poster presentations, to engage in discussions related to career development in the sciences, to exchange ideas and to expand their professional networks.