Call for Poster Contest Submissions

The Center for Inflammation & Mucosal Immunology (CIMI) invites graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty to participate in the Research Poster Session during our 3rd Annual Research Retreat.  Award plaques will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the contest. Contestants must register for the Retreat and MUST BE PRESENT during the Research Poster Session from 12pm to 1:30pm to be eligible to win. The Research Poster Session will be held on Friday, November 13, during an extended midday lunch in the lobby of the UF Straughn Center.

Those interested in participating in the Poster Contest should complete the following form in order to receive the instruction packet. Submissions should follow the guidelines set out in the instructions.  Please submit completed Poster Abstract Submission Form by email to Casey Willits ( by October 30, 2015.  All questions regarding the contest should be directed to Casey Willits.


Last year’s winners:

1st Place Tyler Culpepper, Postdoctoral Associate, Food Science & Human Nutrition, for “Lactobacillus gasseri KS-13, Bifidobacterium bifidum G9-1, and Bifidobacterium longum MM-2 ingestion Induces a Less Inflammatory Cytokine Profile and a Potentially Beneficial Shift in Gut Microbiota in Older Adults

2nd Place Meena Easwaran, Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Periodontology, for “Role of Periodontal Pathogens in Induction of Atherosclerosis in LDLRnull Mice

3rd Place Priya Lakshmi, Biological Scientist, UF Diabetes Institute, for “Functional Evaluation of PTPN22 Modulation in Human T cells