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2017 COS Research Conference Schedule of Events

October 6, 2017  |  UTSA Main Campus

 

All events are scheduled in the Convocation Center and on the first and second floors of the HEB University Center (HUC) and University Center North (UC) on the UTSA main campus.

 

Registration
HUC Ballroom Galleria
7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Poster Setup
Convocation Center
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Welcome
Bexar (HUC 1.102)
8:30 am - 8:45 am
Oral Presentations
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Retama (UC 2.02.02)
Chair: Zachary Tonzetich, Ph.D.
  • Kathryn Mayer, Ph.D., UTSA
    Plasmonic Biosensors Based upon Gold Nanoparticles
  • Francis Yoshimoto, Ph.D., UTSA
    Exploiting Chemistry and Biology to Serve Humanity: Elucidation of the Final Endoperoxide-Forming Biosynthetic Step of Artemisinin, the Anti-Malarial Natural Product from Artemisia annua
Computer Science and Cyber Security
Harris (HUC 2.212)
Chairs: Rajendra Boppana, Ph.D.  •  Jianwei Niu, Ph.D.
  • Dr. Ray Bateman and Kristin Schweitzer, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
    Cybersecurity Research for the Department of Defense
  • Ravi Sandhu, Ph.D., UTSA
    UTSA's New Center for Security and Privacy Enhanced Cloud Computing (C-SPECC)
Infectious Diseases and Immunology
Ballroom 1 (HUC 1.106)
Chairs: Astrid Cardona, Ph.D.  •  Janakiram Seshu, Ph.D.
  • Ricardo Carrion, Jr., Ph.D., Texas Biomedical Research Institute
    Ebolavirus Disease: Progress Towards Effective Vaccines and Therapies
  • Chiung-Yu Hung, Ph.D., UTSA
    Search for Novel Therapeutic Drugs and Preventive Vaccines against Fungal Infections
Neurobiology
Ballroom 2 (HUC 1.104)
Chairs: Alfonso Apicella, Ph.D.  •  Isabel Muzzio, Ph.D.
  • Lindsey Macpherson, Ph.D., UTSA
  • Claire Stelly, Ph.D., UTSA
    The Role of the Nucleus Accumbens Lateral Shell in the Modulation of Pavlovian Learning by Stress
Physics & Astronomy and Nanotechnology
Denman (UC 2.01.28)
Chairs: Lorenzo Brancaleon, Ph.D.  •  Nicolas Large, Ph.D.
  • Amanda Bayless, Ph.D., Southwest Research Institute
    New Developments in Astrophysics at SwRI
  • Elizabeth Sooby Wood, Ph.D., UTSA
    Materials Science in Extreme Environments: Developing the Next Generation of Nuclear Fuels
Regenerative and Molecular Medicine
Pecan (UC 2.01.26)
Chairs: Brian Hermann, Ph.D.  •  Christopher Navara, Ph.D.
  • Asif Maroof, Ph.D., UTSA
    In Vitro Modelling of Neurodegenerative Disease Progression Using Differentiated Human Pluripotent Stem Cells
  • Pei Wang, Ph.D., UT Health San Antonio
    Novel Model for Studying Pancreatic Cancer Tumorigenesis
Water, Energy, and Environment
Bexar (HUC 1.102)
Chairs: Jeff Jackson, M.S.  •  Marina Suarez, Ph.D.
  • Alison Bray, Ph.D., Texas Lutheran University
    Arsenic and Rice: Small School Experiments for a Global Predicament
  • Brian Laub, Ph.D., UTSA
    The Ends Don't Prove the Means: Incorporating Watershed Processes into River Restoration Planning
Poster Session 1 (odd numbered posters)
Convocation Center
10:15 am - 11:30 am
Lunch
HUC Ballroom Galleria
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Informational Sessions
 
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Biology Graduate Programs
Ballroom 1 (HUC 1.106)
Chemistry Graduate Programs
Retama (UC 2.02.02)
Computer Science Graduate Programs
Harris (HUC 2.212)
Environmental Science Graduate Programs
Bexar (HUC 1.102)
Geological Sciences Graduate Programs
Ballroom 2 (HUC 1.104)
Mathematics Graduate Programs
Mesquite (UC 2.01.24)
Physics Graduate Programs
Denman (UC 2.01.28)
Poster Session 2 (even numbered posters)
Convocation Center
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Oral Presentations
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Retama (UC 2.02.02)
Chairs: Zachary Tonzetich, Ph.D.
  • Doug Hanson, UTSA/SwRI
    Electrochemical Substrate and Assay for Esterolytic Activity of Human White Blood Cells
  • Andrea Kelley, UTSA
    A MALDI-TOF MS-Based Analysis of Senile Plaques from Alzheimer's Disease Patients
  • Reid Tarpley, UTSA/CIDD
    Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Novel Small Molecules as Broad Range Anti-Schistosomal Agents
Computer Science and Cyber Security
Harris (HUC 2.212)
Chairs: Rajendra Boppana, Ph.D.  •  Jianwei Niu, Ph.D.
  • Eric Ficke, UTSA
    Modeling and Characterizing Attack Tactics in the Attack Lifecycle
  • Ridwan Rashid Noel, UTSA
    Taming Performance Hotspots in Cloud Storage with Dynamic Load Redistribution
  • Sam Silvestro, UTSA
    FreeGuard: A Faster Secure Heap Allocator
  • Sergio Zamarripa, Ph.D., UTSA
    Relaxed Consistent Digital Line Segments
Infectious Diseases and Immunology
Ballroom 1 (HUC 1.106)
Chairs: Astrid Cardona, Ph.D.  •  Janakiram Seshu, Ph.D.
  • Natalia Castro, UTSA
    Fungal Eicosanoids: A Potential Drug Target for Cryptococcal Infections
  • Carol Chase Huizar, UTSA
    Identification of Differentially Expressed Proteins during Progression in the Mouse Model of Multiple Sclerosis
  • Isabella Garcia, University of the Incarnate Word
    Screening of NIH Clinical Collection Library for Compounds with Candida albicans Anti-Biofilm Activity
  • Jonathon Keck, UTSA
    Host Immune Response to Chlamydia muridarum Pulmonary Infection is Dependent on MicroRNA
Neurobiology
Ballroom 2 (HUC 1.104)
Chairs: Alfonso Apicella, Ph.D.  •  Isabel Muzzio, Ph.D.
  • TBD
Physics & Astronomy and Nanotechnology
Denman (UC 2.01.28)
Chairs: Lorenzo Brancaleon, Ph.D.  •  Nicolas Large, Ph.D.
  • Jason Giuliani, UTSA
    Template Assisted Electrochemical Deposition on Substrates, Wires, and Tapes for Nanotechnology Applications
  • Tara Gray, UTSA
    Simulation-Based Optimization of Gold Nanoparticles for Enhanced Radiation Therapy Treatments
  • Emil Penafiel, UTSA
    Morphological Effects on the Plexcitonic Interaction in Au@MoSe2 Nanodisk Dimers
  • James Powell, UTSA
    The Bekenstein Entropy Bound Path to the Cosmological Singularity
Regenerative and Molecular Medicine
Pecan (UC 2.01.26)
Chairs: Brian Hermann, Ph.D.  •  Christopher Navara, Ph.D.
  • Keren Cheng, Ph.D., UTSA
    Epigenetically Regulated Differential Gene Expression Associated with Foundational Spermatogonial Stem Cells in the Prepubertal Mouse Testis
  • Frank DeLuna, UTSA
    Development of Drug Cardiotoxicity Bioassay via Photonic-Crystal Biosensor
  • David Sanchez, University of Texas
    SOX2 is Required for Tumor Development in Mouse Model of Lung Squamous Cell Cancer
Water, Energy, and Environment
Bexar (HUC 1.102)
Chairs: Jeff Jackson, M.S.  •  Marina Suarez, Ph.D.
  • Kevin Eddy, UTSA
    How Does Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentration Affect Plant Competition?
  • Gisella Lamas-Samanamud, Ph.D., UTSA
    Is There Harmful Algal Bloom in Texas Surface Waters?
  • Duc Phan, UTSA
    Impact of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles on Wastewater Nitrification
Closing Remarks and Awards Ceremony
 
Denman (UC 2.01.28)
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm