Announcing the winners of the Virtual Faculty of Medicine Research Day Awards

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2020

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The annual Faculty of Medicine Research Day was held online this year, attracting entries from learners in  programs including the Bachelor’s degree in Translational and Molecular Medicine, medical school, residency training, and graduate level research.

Congratulations to this year’s winners in the following categories:

Best Poster

Chantal Pileggi


Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Chantal Pileggi

"Exercise improves body composition and skeletal muscle mitochondrial efficiency in diet-resistant females with obesity"
Roupen Odabashian



Dr. Roupen Odabashian

"Audit of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device Outcomes at a Large Tertiary Care Hospital"
Carlyn Mcneely


Medical Student

Carlyn McNeely

"Tibial Shaft Fracture Management at the Ottawa Hospital."
Ozgun Varol


Graduate Student (Masters)

Ozgun Varol

"Endothelial-derived exosomes protect against angiotensin II-induced oxidative stress in endothelial cells"


Elizabeth Walden
Graduate Student (PhD)
Elizabeth Walden
"Phenomic screen identifies a role for yeast lysine acetyltransferase NuA4 in the control of Bcy1 subcellular localization, glycogen biosynthesis, and mitochondrial morphology"


Amy Dagenais


Honours in Translational and Molecular Medicine Student

Amy Dagenais

"Ready, Aim, Fire:  Investigating the Target Sequence Requirements for Polyphosphorylation in E. coli"





The event presented an opportunity for learners to showcase their outstanding research projects, hone their presentation skills and network virtually with classmates, colleagues and professors. A scientific committee of evaluators, comprised of faculty members, reviewed all abstracts and oral presentations to select  the winners.


Best Oral Presentation 

Heidi Li


Research Symposium A

Heidi Li

"Predictors of false negative sentinel lymph node biopsy in melanoma"
Chisom Okwor


Research Symposium B

Chisom Okwor

"Immunoprofiling of Inhibitory Receptor Expression to Understand NK and Bulk T cell Dysfunction in Chronic HCV patients with Advanced Liver Fibrosis"



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