Upstate’s Student Research Celebration set for Wednesday

Ten Upstate students have been selected to give oral presentations at the annual Charles R. Ross Memorial Student Research Celebration Wednesday April 10 in Weiskotten Hall.

The 15-minute presentations begin at 12:30 p.m. in Room 2231, followed by a keynote address at 4 p.m.; a poster presentation follows in the ninth-floor cafeteria.

SUNY Upstate Student Research Day Charles Ross MemorialThe keynote speaker is David Dean, PhD, professor of pediatrics, neonatology and biomedical engineering at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He’ll discuss molecular considerations for gene therapy.

The students chosen to give oral presentations represent all four colleges at Upstate.

Health Professions: Anne Reilley.

Nursing: Abby Cummings, Marisa Paparo and Thomas Shafer.

Medicine: Raju Chelluri and Auyon Ghosh.

Graduate Studies: Hajime Akada, Jason Gokey, Lei Mi-Mi and Ryan O’Dell. (Ryan is an MD/PhD student representing the College of Medicine as well.)

SUNY Upstate Student Research Day Charles Ross Memorial

Charles Ross, PhD, former Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Student Research Day honors the memory of Dr. Charles Ross, PhD, former Upstate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, Vice President for Research and Professor of Pharmacology. Ross’ 32 consecutive years of funding from the National Institutes of Health put him in an elite group of national researchers whose leadership resulted in tremendous growth in Upstate’s research enterprise.

Ross’ main research interest was in the kidney and how it reacted to drugs. His interests were in kidney transport mechanisms, kidney pharmacology and physiology, aging, membrane properties and nephrotoxicities. His work was published extensively, with more than 80 abstracts and publications.

Ross also was coordinator of curriculum in Upstate’s Department of Pharmacology, which was repeatedly named “the outstanding teaching department” by graduating medical students. Ross died of cancer in 1989 at the age of 58.


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