College of Medicine postdoc earned 2nd place at symposium

Fifth Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium attracted participants from 15 Texas A&M schools and colleges
October 11, 2021

Six postdoctoral researchers received awards for flash talks or poster presentations during Texas A&M University’s Fifth Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium, which was celebrated during National Postdoc Appreciation Week.

Jaclyn Iannucci, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Lee A. Shapiro, PhD, won 2nd place in the poster competition for her work investigating how an immune peptide may prevent depression following a traumatic brain injury.

The Texas A&M Postdoctoral Association, the Texas A&M Health Science Center Postdoctoral Association and the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Postdoctoral Association organized the virtual event.

More than 37 postdocs presented their research to 106 peers, faculty and staff from 15 colleges and schools.

The symposium awarded honors in two categories:

Outstanding Flash Talk Presentations

  • First place: Lauren Stranahan, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Second place: Ashley Hood, College of Science
  • Third place: Ziying Lei, College of Geosciences

Outstanding Poster Presentations

  • First place: Cameron Manche, College of Geosciences
  • Second place (tie): Jaclyn Iannucci, College of Medicine, and Mayur Doke, College of Pharmacy

“We are very pleased with the broad participation and high number of attendees from across Texas A&M campuses,” said Andreea Trache, faculty advisor for the Texas A&M Postdoctoral Association, and associate professor, College of Medicine and College of Engineering. “This annual event showcases the postdoctoral scholars’ contribution to the research enterprise at Texas A&M, and the quality of the presentations reflected their professionalism.”

Speakers for the symposium included Jack G. Baldauf, interim vice president for research; Amy Waer, dean, College of Medicine; Michael Criscitiello, associate dean for research and graduate studies, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; and keynote speaker Melanie V. Sinche, interim assistant dean for academic affairs, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, Connecticut.

Members of the postdoctoral associations’ executive committees organized and coordinated the symposium. The Division of Research, the College of Medicine Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ Office of Research and Graduate Studies provided administrative support.

Story adapted from an article that originally appeared on the Division of Research’s news site. 

— Christina Sumners