HOBI Education Day showcases student success

Held for the first time in Malachowsky Hall, HOBI Education Day was a great success. We appreciate the organizers and many graduate students who contributed. During the full-day event, HOBI graduate students showcased research presentations, shark tank pitches, and posters and participated in a mentoring workshop and keynote address by visiting professor, Kenzie A. Cameron, PhD, MPH, FACH.

The afternoon of Education Day featured students presenting scientific posters to faculty members and other attendees.
The afternoon of Education Day featured students presenting scientific posters to faculty members and other attendees.

Visiting from Northwestern University, Kenzie Cameron guided HOBI graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty to reconsider the role of mentors and to develop more flexibility in networking that would engage a suite of mentors instead of relying on a single contact.  

Deyi Li points to his winning poster for Biomedical Informatics.
Deyi Li points to his winning poster for Biomedical Informatics.

Nearly 30 students and faculty members participated. “I was impressed by the community of scholars that is growing within HOBI. We had undergraduates, graduates, and post-docs all sharing their participation in the research process,” said Matt Mitterko, Assistant Director for HOBI Education and Training Programs.

Mitterko co-organized the event with Carma L Bylund, PhD, Associate Chair of Education, and Mei Liu, PhD, Associate Director of Graduate Education.

Following the morning session, five students presented research from both education divisions, Biomedical Informatics, and Health Outcomes and Implementation Science. Presenters included:

Dima Bteddini
Dima Bteddini, HOIS, PhD Program
  • Ho Yin Chan, BMI, Post-doctoral Fellow
    AKI Sub-Phenotyping Using Temporal Rule Mining
  • Dima Bteddini, HOIS, PhD Student
    Tailoring Smoking Cessation Interventions for Social and Cultural Context: A Qualitative Study of Cigarette and Waterpipe Smokers in Lebanon
  • Chang Wang, BMI, PhD Program
    Effect of Eligibility Criteria on Patients’ Serious Adverse Events in Colorectal Cancer Drug Trials
  • Naomi Parker, HOIS, Post-doctoral Associate
    Educating Hematology-Oncology Fellows About How to Communicate About Clinical Trials: A Needs Assessment
  • Yongqiu Li, BMI, PhD Program
    Impact of Cancer Screening on Advanced-Stage Diagnosis and Mortality among ADRD Patients
Aman Pathak, Biomedical Informatics, MS Program
Aman Pathak, BMI, MS Program

The afternoon became more competitive as two Biomedical Informatics graduate students inaugurated HOBI’s version of the hit TV show “Shark Tank,” where ideas are pitched in hopes of gaining support. Aseel Al-Omary was bested by Aman Pathak, who impressed the judging panel with a new app to support decision-making by clinicians.  

The poster session was judged by division, with the following students awarded for best posters:

Biomedical Informatics

  • Winner | Deyi Li
    Subphenotyping AKI stage 1 by SCr trajectories
  • Runner-up | Akshita Gupta
    Automated pipeline for peritubular capillary inflammation scoring
Faith Heeren presents a winning research poster.
Faith Heeren presents a winning research poster.

Health Outcomes and Implementation Science

  • Winner | Faith Heeren
    Reaching Adolescent Bariatric Patients: Community Engaged Recruitment versus Other Recruitment Channels
  • Runners-up (tied) | Bairu Zhao
    Using the HEXAD Framework to Study Gaming Personality and Game-based interventions in Adolescent Tobacco Prevention
  • Runners-up (tied) | Miranda Reid
    Characterizing interventions to reduce disparities in lung-cancer screening uptake by state Medicaid expansion status: A scoping review

We anticipate continued success from all of the HOBI students as they build upon their current accomplishments in research.    

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