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25th Annual RowanSOM Research Day

Virtual Event: Thursday, May 6, 2021

RowanSOM Research Day highlights the groundbreaking research at RowanSOM, GSBS, and the collaborations with our academic, clinical, and corporate partners. For more than 20 years, we have celebrated the efforts of faculty, staff, interns, residents, fellows, and students as they work toward improving patient care through research.

RowanSOM is pleased to announce that the 25th Annual Stratford Campus Research Day Virtual Event will be held on May 6, 2021.

  • Attendee registration form - If you are attending Research Day, and not presenting a poster or a pre-recorded video, the deadline for submitting the form for attendance only is May 6, 2021.
  • Instructions - Access the Virtual Event on your mobile device (via app) and web.


25th Annual RowanSOM Research Day

9:00 a.m.: Introductory Remarks by Adarsh Gupta, D.O.

9:10 a.m.: Welcome from Carl E. Hock, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Research & Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

9:20 a.m.: Thomas A. Cavalieri, D.O., M.A.C.O.I., F.A.C.P., Dean

9:45 a.m.: Keynote Speaker: David J. Adinaro, M.D., M.Eng., F.A.C.E.P.
Deputy Commissioner, Public Health Services
Serves as Chair of the NJ State COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force
Lecture Title: COVID Continuum of Response: “NJDOH’s Role in the Pandemic.”

11:00 a.m.: Paola Leone, Ph.D.
Lecture Title: “Targeted Gene Therapy of White Matter Disease.”

11:20 a.m.: Danielle Arigo, Ph.D.
Lecture Title: “Investigating Psychological Determinants of Health: Focusing on Within-Person Processes to Improve Health Behavior Interventions.”

11:40 a.m.: Elizabeth West, Ph.D.
Lecture Title: “Unraveling the Neural Circuitry Mediating Behavioral Flexability.”

12:00 p.m.: Awards Presentation

12:15 p.m.: Kenneth J. Friedman, Ph.D.
Lecture Title: “Introduction to ME/CFSA’s Medical Scholar Program.”

1:00 p.m. Joshua Coren, D.O.; Anne Tomassello; Knad Mukherjee, D.O.
Lecture Title: “Operation Save Lives: Research In Action.”

1:20 p.m.: Daniel Manvich, Ph.D.
Lecture Title: “Neuroactivational and Behavioral Correlates of Psychosocial Stress-Induced Cocaine Seeking.”

1:40 p.m.: Valerie Carabetta, Ph.D.
Lecture Title: “Deciphering a histone-like code in bacteria.”

2:00 p.m.: Venkateswar Venkataraman, Ph.D.
Lecture Title: “Neurocalcin Delta and S100B: EF Hands that Lead From Bench to Bedside.”

2:20 p.m.: Ronald Ellis, Ph.D.
Lecture Title: “Mistakes in Sex Determination can Cause Severe Developmental Defects.”

2:40pm: Vincent Beachley, Ph.D.
Lecture Title: “Engineering Polymer Nanofibers with Enhanced Mechanical Strength for Regenerative Medicine Applications.”

3:00 p.m.: Benjamin D. Rood, Ph.D.
Lecture Title: “Neurobiology of Social Behavior: The Vasopressin Social Behavior Network.”

3:20 p.m.: Richard Jermyn, D.O.
Lecture Title: “Overview of Substance Use Research Projects at the NeuroMusculoskeletal Institute (NMI).”

Submission Instructions

Event Submissions

Poster submissions from all campuses at Rowan University are welcome. Please use the appropriate hyperlink below to register for Research Day!


Participants will present their work in multiple ways:

  • e-Poster (PDF)
  • 10-15 minute presentation (pre-recorded video playable in-app)
  • All presenters must provide an abstract. This will allow for increased opportunities for collaboration among Rowan Campuses. 

Instructions for creating both an e-Poster (PDF) and pre-recorded video.

IRT SOM Educational Media Department services price list (help with poster design.)

Poster Template.

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding Research Day, please contact the Office of the SOM Senior Associate Dean for Research at