The annual event features research by PCOM students, faculty and staff.
PCOM’s annual Research Day is an opportunity for students, residents, support staff
and faculty to come together to showcase the breadth of innovative and collaborative
research that has been conducted at PCOM and its affiliated institutions. This year’s
event featured more than 100 posters.
Nicole Fleischer (PsyD ’20), who won the David Miller, DO ’60 Memorial Research Day
Excellence in Research – Psychology Award for her poster “Understanding the Comorbidity
of Asthma and Anxiety in Childhood: Characteristics, Vulnerabilities, and Treatment
Implications,” described the results of her study and spoke about the importance of
research at PCOM and its impact on learning.
“Research facilitates all that we do. While not everyone will go on to pursue research,
it lays the groundwork for the path we choose in the future. PCOM has taught me critical
thinking skills necessary to apply research on a larger scale. My classmates and I
work to understand the nuances of research and apply our findings outside the classroom,”
said Ms. Fleischer.
PCOM’s continued focus on research is particularly noticeable to members of the community
who have seen it flourish over the years.
“It’s amazing to see how much Research Day has grown. I remember being at one of the
first [Research Days], and there were only 10 or 11 posters,” said Brandon Poterjoy,
DO ’02 who has worked with Denah Appelt, PhD, director, dual degree programs and biomedical science professor of neuroscience,
and Brian Balin, PhD, chair, bio-medical sciences; professor, neuropathology, and director of the Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging. Dr. Poterjoy and other alumni returned this year to act as judges for Research Day.
David Miller, DO ’60 Memorial Research Day Excellence in Research – Psychology
Nicole Fleischer (PsyD ’20) “Understanding the Comorbidity of Asthma and Anxiety in Childhood: Characteristics,
Vulnerabilities, and Treatment Implication”
David Miller, DO ’60 Memorial Research Day Excellence in Alzheimer’s Research
Sidra Haque (DO ’21) “Chlamydia Pneumoniae and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Co-Infection Of Human Astrocytes
Alters Host Cell Transcription Of Β-APP Cleaving Enzyme-1 (BACE1) and Neprilysin,
Enzymes Implicated In Alzheimer Disease”
David Miller, DO ’60 Memorial Research Day Excellence in Research – Biomedical Science
Whitney Otto (MS/Biomed ’19) for “Effects of Nutrition and Behavioral Intervention
on Adults Seeking Healthier Lifestyles”
David Miller, DO ’60 Memorial Research Day Excellence in Research
Ryan Moncman, DO, neurosurgery resident, for “Epithelioid Glioblastoma Presenting
as Aphasia in a Young Adult with Ovarian Cancer”
Camille DiLullo, PhD Memorial Awards for Excellence in DO Research
John Spikes II (DO ’22) and Karanveer Johal (DO ’22) “Investigating the Role of Myo/Nog Cells in the Animal Model of Glaucoma”
Excellence in Staff Research
Ellen Scott (Research Assistant I) “Reelin Signaling in Vascular Endothelial Cell Biology”
Excellence in Biomedical Science Capstone Research Award
Molly Martin (MS/ALTCA ’19) “Analysis of the Gut-Brain Axis in Aging: Implications of Alzheimer Disease”
About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands
of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists
who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms.
PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in
applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical sciences, forensic
medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling, non profit leadership
and population health management, organizational development and leadership, physician
assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service
to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care
to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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