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Three CRS trainees received awards at the 2019 Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day

The Center for Reproductive Science would like to congratulate Farners Amargant, PhD, Vania Vidimar, PhD, and Yaqi Zhang, MS for receiving awards at the 2019 Lewis Landsberg Research Day.

The Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day is a campus-wide event to promote faculty and trainee development through the sharing of exciting research and conversation with colleagues. This event showcases the diverse, innovative research taking place within the Feinberg School of Medicine. Each year, Research Day participants compete for awards in basic science research, clinical research, public and social science research and women’s health research by submitting their work in poster format for review and judging. We are excited to announce that three CRS trainees were recipients of awards this year.  

 img_4010.jpgFarners Amargant, PhD, was the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Women’s Health Research, Basic Science. The title of her poster was, The ovarian hyaluronan network is dysregulated with advanced reproductive age.”Dr. Amargant is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Duncan Lab. Dr. Amargant earned a Master’s in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biomedicine from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and her industrial doctorate in Biomedicine from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. In the Duncan Lab, her research focuses on understanding several mechanisms underlying reproductive aging, specifically in the stroma and in the oocyte.

 Vania Vidimar, PhD, received first place within the Basic Science Research poster competition. The title of her abstract was, RAS processing as a strategy to inhibit RAS-driven tumors." Dr. Vidimar is a CRS alumnus who formerly worked as a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Julie Kim’s Lab. She previously worked in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Northwestern and joined the Satchell Lab in the Microbiology-Immunology Department in 2017. Dr. Vidimar is currently a post-doctoral research fellow. Dr. Vidimar is honored to receive this award, stating, “I am very happy that I received this award, which is the result of my work as well as of a team effort that involved everyone in the Satchell Lab.”

 Yaqi Zhang, MS, was awarded third place for Basic Science Research with her poster titled “Dot1L is a new target of ovarian cancer stem cells.”Dr. Zhang joined the Woodruff Lab in 2016, and she received her master’s degree in Biotechnology from Northwestern in 2017. Previously, Dr. Zhang worked as a Research Assistant at Northwestern and focused on evaluating the efficiency and molecular mechanism of chemical antagonist in cell and animal models for muscle atrophy therapy. Currently, Dr. Zhang is a DGP student working in the Matei Lab.