Petri Dishes: From the Immediate Past-Director: August 2019 Issue

A Note From the Immediate Past-Director

With the summer coming to an end, we wish the BRI ORC summer undergraduate interns the best of luck. The interns showcased their summer work in presentations marking the end of the program earlier this month.
The advent of the fall season means that Discover Brigham is fast approaching. But there is still time to submit a poster abstract; the deadline is September 11th!
Have you seen the Did You Know research campaign rotating on the flat screens throughout the hospital? Now they will have a permanent location on the BRI’s website where you can read about our remarkable investigators at your convenience.
I hope you enjoy our BWH Research Paper of the Month feature. We are pleased to have the opportunity to highlight the work and accomplishments of our researchers
Lastly, I want to remind everyone that the deadline to activate a LabArchives account is Oct 1. This electronic lab notebook platform should help streamline laboratory record keeping and I urge all members of the BWH research community to activate their accounts.


Elizabeth Petri Henske, MD


Another Successful Summer for the BRI Summer Interns

The BRI Summer Research Program provides students with a focused and challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge science laboratory. It is a great opportunity for them to enhance their understanding of research as well as develop strong intellectual and professional partnerships. The program also encourages the eight interns to pursue a career in biomedical research at the Brigham or HMS. Congratulations to these students on their final presentations!


William Allen, Bowdoin College
Mentor: Jessica Harder, MD
Salicylate Augmentation in Depression

Brian Q. Hou, Vanderbilt University
Mentor: Ali Tavakkoli, MD, Eric Sheu, MD, PhD
Quantification and Identification of Mitochondria post-Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass Surgery

Renee Karchere-Sun, Skidmore College
Mentor: Damien Croteau-Chonka, PhD
Replicating a Genetic Association with Asthma Risk at the ORMDL3 Locus
Gabrielle Martin, UMass Amherst
Mentor: Natasha Frank, MD
The role of bone morphogenic protein 2 in corneal epithelial cells
Shanelle Mendes, Johns Hopkins University
Mentor: Mark Feinberg, PhD
Role of IncRNA MARS in atherosclerosis and macrophage apoptosis
Aaron Sheppard, Louisiana Tech University
Mentor: Julie Glowacki, PhD
Effects of “Lifespan-Increasing” Agents on Cell-Cycle Regulation and Inflammatory Mediators in Elderly Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Jonathan Scher, University of Michigan
Mentor: Annette Kim, MD, PhD
Using a model MDS cell to test novel therapeutics that can reverse the MDS phenotype
Wufan Zhao, Davidson College
Mentor: Alexander Lin, PhD
Multi-Metabolite Monitoring of Brain Tissue in Low-Grade Glioma Patients

Submit Your Poster for Discover Brigham!

Want to highlight your research at Discover Brigham? Abstracts on any type of research are eligible. Visit the BRI website for the submission form and other requirements.
Participation and eligibility will be limited to 90 poster presenters, the applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis if they meet eligibility criteria.
Deadline to Submit an Abstract: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Are you a BWH or Partners employee interested in volunteering at Discover Brigham? Click here to register as a volunteer!

Do you Know What Our Scientists are Working On?

January of 2019 marked the beginning of the Did You Know research campaign. The series is highlighted on the rotating flat screens around the hospital throughout each month. In addition to this, it will now have a permanent location on the BRI’s website so that anyone can visit this page and look through these historical milestones, breakthroughs, and the most current research being done at the Brigham.

Click here to view this new archive!


Research Paper of the Month

Jie Hu, MD, PhD
Research Fellow in Medicine
Department of Medicine
Division of Women’s Health

Dr. Hu’s findings were recently published in Circulation Research. Dr. Hu helped to conduct the first-ever study to evaluate the impact of the new ACC/AHA guidelines for hypertension in non-pregnant adults on detecting gestational hypertension. “Incorporating the 2017 ACC/AHA guidelines into prenatal care practice could improve detection of high blood pressure during pregnancy and the efforts to reduce adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes in the perinatal period that are related to gestational hypertension,” said Hu.
Read the full article here.

Activate Your LabArchives Account!

The deadline for PIs to activate their accounts ad begin using LabArchives is October 1st, 2019. Please be sure to use your Partners username and password to activate your account. Click here to activate your account today! You can also view the Partners Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) Policy here.

You can also view all past Quick Tips here.