HPU students, alumni, and faculty presented at this year's Biomedical and Health Science Research Symposium (pictured left to right: Stanley Harms, Elizabeth Milner, David Horgen).
HPU student Allison Nims and Brenden Holland presented their research at the symposium.
HPU students presented their research at the symposium.
HPU alumnus Blaise Babineck and David Horgen presented their research at the symposium.
HPU student Princess Paradise Pascua and Edna Magpantay-Monroe presented their research at the symposium.
An impressive compilation of scientific research was presented by HPU students, alumni, and faculty members at this year’s HPU’s Biomedical and Health Science Research Symposium held on December 1, 2023, at Hawaii Loa Campus. The HPU Undergraduate Infrastructure Student Research Center (HUI SRC), along with HPU’s INBRE grant, hosted the symposium that featured a special keynote presentation from Baylor University Schotts Professor of Chemistry Daniel Romo, Ph.D.
HPU students from various specializations and backgrounds attended the symposium to share information on their incredible research that includes findings on SARS-CoV-2, the influence on youth vaping behaviors, the synthesis of a bioresorbable antibiotic, and historical trauma, houselessness, and perceived stress in native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander youth.
The symposium convened some of the most impressive academic minds from across the state, uniting them to exchange cutting-edge insights in biomedical and health science. This event served as a platform for sharing the latest developments, fostering inspiration, and cultivating a landscape of knowledge.
HPU student Tessa Palafu presented her research at the symposium.
In attendance was HPU alumnus and 2023 spring valedictory speaker Blaise Babineck, who worked with HPU Chemistry Professor David Horgen, Ph.D., on research titled, “Quantifying the Retention of Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) in Polyethylene Pellets of Various Photooxidation Stages.”
Elizabeth Milner, a member of the honors program at HPU, was also present at the symposium. Milner presented on two posters, the first titled, “Evaluation of Antiviral Activity Against SARS-CoV-2 Found in Natural Hawaiian Marine Extracts,” and the second, “Synthesis of a bioresorbable antibiotic for use in medical devices.”
HPU student Tessa Palafu received a prestigious HUI SRC grant in 2022 for her research on the effects of houselessness and historical trauma on the psychological well-being of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) transition-aged youth. She showcased her research at the symposium, a collaborative effort with HPU faculty members. Additionally, Palafu shared findings from another study on a second poster titled, “GeoVapeImpact: Analyzing Vape Store Proximity and its Influence on Youth Vaping Behaviors,” co-authored with HPU faculty members.
HPU faculty members who attended the symposium and collaborated with HPU students and alumni on research papers included Associate Professor Brenden Holland, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Nursing Professor Edna Magpantay-Monroe, Ed.D., and Professor David Horgen, Ph.D.
Below is a comprehensive list of research posters showcased at this year’s symposium:
Biodiversity of the Mid-Pacific Blue Zone: Examination of Pelagic Micro-gastropods from Hawaii
Allison Nims and Brenden Holland
Detection and Sequencing of Brucella Ceti Insertion Sequence IS711 and Omp2a Gene in Hawaiian Cetaceans
Aspen Pawlowski, Allison Nims, Idessa Vess, Saige Ranon, Jessica Jacob
Evaluation of Antiviral Activity Against SARS-CoV-2 Found in Natural Hawaiian Marine Extracts
Elizabeth Milner, Stanley Harms, Mallory Wilson, Jin Hyuk Pak, Jessie Nguyen, Saguna Verma, F. David Horgen
Development of a Natural Products Library from Tropical Plant Collections in Hawaii
Camille Cook, Leigha Dick, Ellen Groenvall, Emily Nguyen, Brianna Young, Olivia Honaker, Jessie Nguyen, Simone Duran-Nyers, Elena Polizotto, Kosuke Ohgo, Thomas Null, Naomi Hoffman, and F. David Horgen
GeoVapeImpact: Analyzing Vape Store Proximity and its Influence on Youth Vaping Behaviors
Tessa Palafu, Alexa Rodriguez, Megan Kaleipumehana Cabral, Danielle L. Carreira Ching, Scott Okamoto, Kelsie H. Okamura
Effects of Kavain as an Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor
Yongli Chen, Zoe E. Patton
Quantifying the Retention of Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) in Polyethylene Pellets of Various Photooxidation Stages
Blaise Babineck, Kosuke Ohgo, Nathan Dawson, Michale Crescimanno, David Hyrenbach, and F. David Horgen
Synthesis of a bioresorbable antibiotic for use in medical devices
Elizabeth R. Milner, Shawn Gubler, Paul B. Savage
A Universal Purification Method for SARS-CoV-2 Variant Spike Antigens
Isabelle E. Yazel Eiser, Axel Lehrer, Albert To, Troy Odo, Ludwig Mayerlen
How Environmental Policy Shapes the Aquarium Trade: Potter’s Angelfish (Centropyge potteri) Larval Growth and Improved Culture Methods
Isolation of Extracts Active for Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Activity
Keona Loftis, Elizabeth Milner, Stanley Harms, Mallory Wilson, Jin Hyuk Pak, Jessie Nguyen, Jonatan Fierro Nieves, Stefanos Giannakopoulos, Kosuke Ohgo, Saguna Verma, F. David Horgen
Investigation of Poxvirus in 16 Cetacean Species in Hawaii
Maya Maxfield-Villard, Aspen Pawlowski, Allison Nims, Amelia Thompson, Idessa Vess, Jessica Jacob
Comparison of the perceived experiences of the immigrant-born versus domestic-born Filipino-Americans experiences in their cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) in adulthood
Princess Paradise Pascua, Edna Magpantay-Monroe
Historical Trauma, Houselessness, and Perceived Stress in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Youth
Tessa Palafu, Danielle L. Carreira Ching, Veronica M. Acosta, Scott Okamoto, Kelsie H. Okamura
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