Dean's Celebration of Excellence in Research

The Dean's Celebration of Excellence in Research is an annual event highlighting the research being conducted by junior faculty, senior faculty, postdoctoral trainees, and graduate students at the University of Vermont and the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.

The Medical and Graduate Student Research Showcase was held on Monday and Tuesday, September 18 and 19 and provided a venue for developing scientists to share their amazing work and research stories with the Larner College of Medicine Community. Each presenter spoke for twelve minutes or less, followed by three minutes of Q & A. Presentations were awarded first and runner-up prizes in three categories - Medical Student, Junior Graduate Student and Senior Graduate Student. A full list of awards presented during the event can be found below. 

On Monday, September 18, the Research Laureate Lecture, "Erroneous DNA repair, genomic instability, and cancer" was presented by Sylvie Doublié, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. 

On Tuesday, September 19, Andra Stevenson, Ph.D.'01, M.P.H., Senior Director of Global Medical Affairs for Merck & Co., Inc. was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award and presented the Distinguished Alumni Lecture titled, "Unlocking Success Together: Navigating Achievement Through the Power of Mentorship & Collaborative Growth”. 

Watch Dr. Stevenson's Presentation

The first annual Research Rally was held on Wednesday, September 20, where researchers presented seven minute Ted-style talks on various topics from their origin stories to cutting edge research. 

Watch the Research Rally Presentations

The State of Research at the College address and Awards presentation was held on Thursday, September 21 and included a recap of the year's major research accomplishments and the presentation of several research awards. A complete list of award recipients is listed below. 

Watch the State of Research Address and Awards Presentations

View the program and full list of award nominees

The final event of the Dean's Celebration of Excellence in Research was the Stetson Lecture, “From Bog to Bedside: The story behind the first dedicated Phage Therapy Program in North America”, presented by Steffanie Strathdee, Ph.D., M.Sc., Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences and Harold Simon Distinguished Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine.

View Dr. Strathdee's Presentation


2023 Dean's Excellence in Research Award Recipients

Research Showcase Award Recipients

Medical Student

1st place - Samuel Aldous, “Optimizing Infant Perioperative Medicine: Characterization of Awake Infant Spinal Anesthesia Using Surface Electromyography”

Runner-Up - Keira Goodell, “Investigating a Role for the Orphan Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Tie1 in Cellular Metabolism”

Junior Graduate Student

1st place - Ally Morrissey, “Endoplasmic Reticulum moves by hitchhiking on Golgi-derived vesicles”

Runner-Up - Jamie Reulbach, “Effects of Chronic Hypertension and Sex on Spatial Reference and Working Memory”

Senior Graduate Student

1st place - Shannon Prior, “Metabolic rewiring promotes metastatic potential in STK11 null KRAS-driven lung adenocarcinoma”

Runner-Up - Jennifer Oshita, “Communication Disability Accommodation Services in Early Adopting US Healthcare Organizations”

Outstanding Research Publication Award Recipients

Medical Student

Samuel Short, M.D.'23, “Plasma Pro-Enkephalin A and Incident Cognitive Impairment: The Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke Cohort”

Graduate Student

Evan Hoffman, Ph.D.'22, “Human alveolar hydrogels promote morphological and transcriptional differentiation in iPSC-derived alveolar type 2 epithelial cells”


Elizabeth Corteselli, Ph.D., "Structural and functional fine mapping of cysteines in mammalian glutaredoxin reveal their differential oxidation susceptibility" 


Colleen Kerrigan, M.D., "Structural and functional fine mapping of cysteines in mammalian glutaredoxin reveal their differential oxidation susceptibility"

Larner College of Medicine Staff Award Recipients

Clinical Research Coordinator

Kim Luebbers, M.S.H.S., R.N., Director of the Office of Clinical Trials Research and Assistant Dean for Clinical Research Administration

Scientific Research Staff

Nicole Bouffard, Senior Lab/Research Technician, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Imaging & Analysis Specialist, Microscopy Imaging Center

Larner College of Medicine Faculty Award Recipients

Clinical Trials Research Award

Charlotte Teneback, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine

Research Mentor

Chris Berger, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics and Biochemistry and Associate Dean of Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Training

Rising Star New Investigator

Osama Harraz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Sherrie Khadanga, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine

Christian Pulcini. M.D., M.Ed., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Mid-Career Investigator

Noah Kolb, M.D., Associate Professor Neurological Sciences

Research Laureate

Hugh Garavan, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Psychological Science