Two IUPUI researchers receive 2016 Research Frontiers Trailblazer Awards

INDIANAPOLIS — Two Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis researchers were named recipients of the 2016 Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award during the IUPUI Research Day earlier this month.

Established in 2010, the Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award recognizes outstanding IUPUI researchers who are showing great promise in becoming nationally and internationally known for their accomplishments in advancing the frontiers of knowledge.

Specifically, the award is for outstanding accomplishments in research and creative activity by an associate professor within the first three years of promotion or appointment in the given rank.

This year’s Trailblazer Award recipients are:

Dr. Carmella Evans-Molina, associate professor, Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of MedicineDr. Carmella Evans-Molina Image

Carmella Evans-Molina is associate director of development of the Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, one of only 16 NIH-funded Diabetes Research Centers in the U.S. Her research focus is islet dysfunction in diabetes. At the IU School of Medicine, Evans-Molina holds two major NIH grants as a principal investigator; a VA Merit Award; and a major grant from JDRF, the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research. She has published more than 40 papers in the highest-quality journals.

The combined syndromes of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus affect nearly 387 million people worldwide. If current trends continue, 1 out of every 3 persons born in the U.S. after 2000 will develop diabetes during his or her lifetime.

“As a physician-scientist and endocrinologist at the IU School of Medicine, I am committed to reversing these trends and improving the health of those affected by diabetes through basic, translational and clinical research,” Evans-Molina said.

“Carmella is a rising superstar, an academic leader and a role model for young trainees. She is actively publishing, gathering exciting data, writing successful grants, and training students and postdoctoral fellows,” said Dr. Anantha Shekhar, Indiana University associate vice president for clinical affairs, in a letter of recommendation. “She represents IUSM and IUPUI on the national and international levels. Carmella is diligent, methodical and careful, but importantly, she is personable. I have no doubt that she will rise to hold significant leadership positions within academic medicine.”

“Carmella’s research has provided novel insights into the common pathways leading to beta cycle dysfunction in Type 1 and 2 diabetes. She pioneered the concept that dysregulation of calcium homeostasis contributes to beta cell dysfunction in both disorders,” said Dr. Stephen R. Hammes, of University of Rochester Medical Center School of Medicine and Dentistry, in a letter of recommendation. “Her work is basic, translational, elegant and unique.”

Evans-Molina holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from West Virginia University and an M.D. degree from Marshall University School of Medicine.

Gavriil Tsechpenakis, associate professor, Department of Computer and InformationDr. Gavrill Tsechpenakis Image Science, School of Science at IUPUI

“Dr. Tsechpenakis is an energetic, visionary and hardworking researcher. His expertise is in computer vision, biomedical imaging and computational biology,” Simon Rhodes, dean of the School of Science and professor of biology, said in a letter of recommendation.

The human brain has an amazing capacity to functionally recover from strokes that damage local neuronal circuitries, but little is known about the principles of such a highly adaptive system, according to Rhodes. Recent advances in imaging and computational technologies allow for visualizing and processing the small insect brain in its entirety; scientists most often use the Drosophia melanogaster, or fruit fly, for such studies.

“Using data acquired with state-of-the-art imaging techniques at two Drosophila neuroscience laboratories, Dr. Tsechpenakis seeks to pattern the detailed morphology and dynamics of individual neurons during development, and reconstruct neuronal circuits and model their changes during brain development,” Rhodes said.

Tsechpenakis received a $573,000 NSF CAREER Award for his “Modeling the Structure and Dynamics of Neuronal Circuits in the Drosophila larvae using Image Analytics” project.

Tsechpenakis’ research focus on the bottom-up reconstruction of a model brain is “an impressive line of research,” said UCLA computer science professor Demetri Terzopoulos. “It goes beyond the application of computer vision methods; it requires knowledge of basic neuroscience and a deep understanding of the biological problem, the data and data-acquisition issues. In this domain, [Tsechpenakis] is already considered a pioneer.”

“Given Dr. Gavriil Tsechpenakis’ scientific curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, research drive, strong work ethic and technical skills as a computer scientist, I am confident that he will continue to have a fruitful academic career at IUPUI, continuing to produce trailblazing research achievements that promise to bring international recognition to your university,” Terzopoulos said in a letter of recommendation.

The IUPUI professor earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.

IUPUI Research Day 2016 | Keynote Presentation by Jon Hamilton, Science Correspondent at NPR News

Jon Hamilton ImageDate: April 8, 2016
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: IUPUI Campus Center

Register here.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research invites you to the 2016 IUPUI Research Day. This is IUPUI’s Open House celebration of its cutting-edge and multifaceted research and scholarly activities.

The Research Day events begin in the morning with presentations by the 2016 Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award winners, followed by the keynote presentation by Jon Hamilton, Science Correspondent at NPR News. The poster sessions will feature undergraduate, graduate and professional student poster presentations coordinated by the Center for Research and Learning. Faculty research poster presentations highlight the groundbreaking research conducted on the IUPUI campus.

Faculty are invited to participate in Research Speed Networking and the Networking Lunch Conversations. Lunch will be provided so register soon as reservations are first come/first served.

Research Day provides an opportunity for the IUPUI faculty, staff, and students, and their academic, industrial, governmental partners, and the broader community, to come together and learn more about the research enterprise at IUPUI, explore new collaborations, and lay the foundation for new partnerships.

Other Research Day activities include poster sessions featuring faculty, postdoctoral fellow, professional student, graduate student, and research staff poster presentations that highlight the groundbreaking research conducted on and beyond the IUPUI campus. The deadline for abstract submissions is March 21st. Research Day attracts hundreds of attendees both internal and external to the campus, and thus would be a great way to promote your research endeavors. For poster abstract guidelines and submission instructions, see this website.

For more information contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at 274-1020 or email ovcr@iupui.edu.

 

Announcement | Call for 2015 IUPUI Research Day Poster Abstracts

Research Day, April 8, 2016, provides an opportunity for the IUPUI faculty, staff, and iupui logostudents, along with their academic, industrial, governmental partners, and the broader community, to come together and learn more about the research enterprise at IUPUI, explore new collaborations, and lay the foundation for new partnerships.

Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, professional students, graduate students, and staff are eligible to submit poster presentations. More info here.

Abstract Submission

  • Abstracts are due Monday, March 21, 2016 by 11:59pm.
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their submission after March 28, 2016.

Presenters will be asked to select:

Category

  • Arts and Humanities; Public and Environmental Affairs; Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Informatics, Engineering and Technology; Physical Sciences; Life and Health Sciences; or Imaging

Poster Presentation Session

  • 11:10am to 12:40pm; 1:10pm to 2:40pm; or they can indicate that either session is acceptable

Status

  • Undergraduate Student; Graduate Student; Professional Student; Post Doc Fellow; Faculty; Staff

Center for Research and Learning program or affiliate

  • UROP, MURI, DSRP, ITEC, RISE, URM, IPREP, or None

More details can be found here.
If you have any questions, please contact Alicia Gahimer at algahime@iupui.edu.

 

Call for 2015 IUPUI Research Day Poster Abstracts

imagesResearch Day, April 17, 2015, provides an opportunity for the IUPUI faculty, staff, and students, and their academic, industrial, governmental partners, and the broader community, to come together and learn more about the research enterprise at IUPUI, explore new collaborations, and lay the foundation for new partnerships.

Faculty, post doctoral fellow, professional student, graduate student and staff poster presentations are coordinated by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

Guidelines

  • Abstracts will be competitively selected for poster presentation on the basis of scholarship, research and creative activity
  • There is no limit on the number of abstracts you may submit, but only one will be accepted
  • Accepted abstracts will be published as received on the Research Day website unless specified otherwise on the submission page. Ensure you have permission to publish!
  • Poster sessions are 90 minutes
  • Presenters are responsible for setting up and taking down posters at designated times
  • Posters may be landscape or portrait and approximately 36” x 60”. Backer boards 40”x 60” are provided, as are easels and push pins
  • Display tables and electrical outlets are available for select presenters and must be pre-approved
  • Have 2-3 minutes of talking points prepared to “present” your work as attendees view your poster

Abstract Format
Title
Authors
Affiliations
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

  • No limit on title length
  • List authors and their affiliations in the style appropriate for your discipline
  • Center justify the heading
  • The abstract should be no more than one page

These abstracts are due March 23, 2015. Applicants will be notified of the status of their submission after March 27, 2015.

Submit your abstract here

Save the Date: 2013 IUPUI Research Day: APRIL 5, 2013

Save the Date: 2013 IUPUI Research Day: APRIL 5, 2013

On April 5, 2013 the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research will host the 2013 IUPUI Research Day. This open house celebrates the cutting-edge and multifaceted research and scholarly activities of IUPUI. This full day event will be held at the IUPUI Campus Center.

Research Day provides an opportunity for the IUPUI faculty, staff, and students, their academic, industrial, and governmental partners, and the broader community, to come together and learn more about the research enterprise at IUPUI, to explore new collaborations, and to lay the foundation for new partnerships.

Click here to register. More details will be announced in upcoming Research Enterprise issues.