2024 Research Symposium 

The Research Symposium is one of KCU's premier collaborative academic events, which brings together the different colleges to showcase the University’s innovative research and scientific discoveries. The symposium also hosts distinguished physicians and scientists from within and outside the KCU community. Next year's symposium is set for April 1-4, 2025.  

Award Winners

KCU Student Research Symposium Award

Kimberley Beier – KC-COM ‘26

Podium Presentation

“A Depressing Duet: 3-Hydroxyanthranilic Acid and the Neuronal Plasma Membrane Ca2+ ATPase in the Pathogenesis of Major Depressive Disorder”

Madeline Meyer – KC-BIOS ‘24

Poster Presentations

“Innovative pharmaceutical treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy”

Jessica Gerczynski – KC-COM ‘26

Poster Presentation

“Identifying Biomarkers for Critical Illness-Related Corticosteroid Insufficiency (CIRCI)”

Samuel Kalmus – KC-PsyD ‘27

Poster Presentation

“The Effects of Teaching Emotional Granularity through Emotion Words on

Well-being, Emotional Regulation, and Emotional Perception”

Mahan Hadjian – KC-COM ‘26

Podium Presentation

“The Usual Suspects: A candidate-based screen of E3 ligases in STING-mediated K63


Makayla Swancutt – Anatomy Fellow KC-COM ‘26

Podium Presentation

“A Characterization of the Posterior Femoral Cutaneous Nerve for

Autologous Breast Reconstruction: A Cadaveric Study”

Yale U. Castlio, DO, Prize for Research

Takara Newsome-Cuby – KC-COM ‘25

Podium Presentation

“Increased Survivability and Improved Kidney Function in Septic Shock Patients Treated with Phospholipid Nanoparticles (VBI-S)”

KCU Research Symposium Chair Award

Emily Woolhiser – KC-COM ‘25

Poster Presentation

“Utilizing the Visia Camera for Analyzing 5-Flurouracil Treatment Efficacy”

GME Award Winners

1st – Vaccines and Dermatology 2.0: The Next Frontier of Public Health

Primary Author: Charles Dunn, MD, KCU/ADCS-Orlando Dermatology Residents

Primary Author: Joseph Alexander Intriago, MD, KCU/Reid Health Family Medicine Resident

Primary Author: Victoria Dukharan, MD, KCU/ADCS-Orlando Dermatology Resident