March 24, 2023, noon to 5:00 p.m.


Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA  24016

  • The oral presentations will be held in-person in the M203 auditorium
  • The poster presentations will be held in-person in Riverside 4 in rooms G101 and G102

Contact info

Leslie LaConte leslie.laconte@vt.edu


Nine members of the class of 2023 will give oral presentations as a culmination of their four-year research projects. In addition, poster sessions will be held for all members of the class.

Attendees may watch the livestream below for the research mentor award, oral presentations, and student awards at the times indicated in the below schedule.  


The Research Mentor Award, Oral Presentations, and Student Awards will be presented via Livestream. If you have any questions during a student presentation, please post them in the comments section on YouTube.

Posters will also be shared on the livestream.


  • 12-12:50 p.m. - Poster session 1 (Riverside 4, G101 and G102)
  • 1-1:20 p.m. – Presentation of Research Mentor Award (M203)
  • 1:20-2:00 p.m. – Oral presentations group 1  (M203)
    • Ultrasound-Guided Histotripsy for Canine Brain Tumor Ablation through a Biocompatible, Sonolucent Cranial Implant
      Maya Langman (Mentor: Eli Vlaisavljevich, PhD)
    • Investigating the Role of Cx43 mRNA Localization on Protein Translation Regulation during Hypoxia
      Ellen Shrontz (Mentor: James Smyth, PhD)
  • 2:00-2:20 p.m. - Rapid fire presentations group 1 (M203)
    • Focused Ultrasound Biofilm Ablation: Investigation of Histotripsy and Particle-Mediated Histotripsy for the Treatment of Catheter-Based Medical Device Biofilms
      Kendal Carter (Mentors: John Tuttle, MD and Vincent Wang, PhD)
    • Pericyte Heterogeneity Identified by 3D Ultrastructural Analysis of the Microvessel Wall
      Kyle Nolan (Mentor: John Chappell, PhD)
  • 2:30-3:20 p.m. – Poster session 2 (Riverside 4, G101 and G102)
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. – Oral presentations group 2 (M203)
    • A Mixed Methods Approach to Informing the Development of a Lifestyle Modification Program for Endometrial Cancer Survivors: a RE-AIM-Based Brainwriting Premortem
      Katie Brow (Mentors: Shannon Armbruster, MD, MPH and Samantha Hardin, PhD)
    • Ultrastructural Effects of Modulating Calcium Handling in the Cardiac Intercalated Disc
      Kathryn Hardin (Mentors: Steven Poelzing, PhD and Greg Hoeker, PhD)
    • Development of a Model for the Simulation of and Participant Performance Evaluation in Opioid Overdose Response and Naloxone Administration
      Allison Strauss (Mentor: Sarah Parker, PhD)
  • 4:30-4:50 p.m. - Rapid fire presentations group 2 (M203)
    • Interactions Between Connexin 43 and β-tubulin Isotypes in Glioma Stem Cells
      Chukwuemeka Uwakaneme (Mentor: Samy Lamouille, PhD)
    • Histotripsy for the Treatment of Uterine Leiomyomas: A Feasibility study in ex vivo Uterine Fibroids
      Tony Anzivino (Mentors: Eli Vlaisavljevich, PhD and Christopher Reynolds, MD)
  • 4:50-5:00 p.m. – Awards

Statement about accessibility and accommodation

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is committed to creating an inclusive and accessible event. All virtual events will have automated captions. Recorded events will have edited captions available soon after the event. If you desire live captioning or a sign language interpreter, please contact the organizer two weeks before the event. 

For in-person events, the main VTCSOM building at Riverside 2 is wheelchair accessible from the elevators inside the parking garage. Blind or visually impaired users may need assistance finding the elevators under the building, or using the stairs in front of the building.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to attend an in-person event, please contact the organizer of the event. All reasonable accommodation requests should be made no less than 2 weeks before the event. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date but cannot guarantee they will be met.