1st ASP Virtual Poster Symposium 2015

The winners are in!!

Drumrolls please.......

The winners are:

  • Best combined poster and video
    Spectroscopic Studies into the Aggregation of a Photosynthetic Pigment, Lutein.

    Rachel Murkett and Sophie Jackson; Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge

  • Best poster
    DNA- and RNA-Targeting Phototherapeutics Using Sulfur-Substituted Mimics of the Natural Nucleobases

    Marvin Pollum and Carlos E. Crespo-Hernández; Department of Chemistry and Center for Chemical Dynamics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, United States

  • Best video
    The Impact of Tumor-Endothelial Cell Crosstalk on Treatment Response in 3D Ovarian Cancer Models

    Emma Briars, B.A.1; Imran Rizvi, Ph.D.1; Nan Xu, Ph.D MD1; Heather F.M. Gudejko, Ph.D.1; Arnav Chandra1; Sriram Anbil, B.A.1; Jonathan P. Celli, Ph.D.2; William R. Hanna, B.S.2; Dustin P. Jones, B.S.2; and Tayyaba Hasan, Ph.D1; 1 Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA, 2 Department of Physics, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Boston, MA, USA


  • People’s prize overall
    Photodynamic Therapy Based Modulation of Molecular Targets for Enhanced Irinotecan Therapy in Pancreatic Cancer

    Joyce Liu, Huang-Chiao Huang, Srivallesha Mallidi, Chun-Te Chiang, Zhiming Mai, Ruth Goldschmidt, Imran Rizvi and Tayyaba Hasan; Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School


Congratulations to our winners!

Remaining Symposium Entries (in order of entry)

Experimental Evaluation of Detection of 340 nm Direct Solar UVA Irradiances Using a Smartphone.
Dr Damien Igoe, Professor Alfio V. Parisi; University of Southern Queensland


Characterization of Novel Psoralen Derivative Photoadduct Formation Detected by Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS)
Michael J. Crockett, Francis P. Gasparro; Hamden Hall Country Da S


Are Daphnia afraid of the dark? Effects of clonal selection on tolerance to UV experimental and control conditions
Sandra J. Connelly1, James A. Stoeckel2, Robert Gitzen2, Craig E. Williamson3, and Maria J. González3; 1. Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology; 2. School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University, 3 Department of Biology, Miami University of Ohio


Protection mechanisms of the human corneal epithelium against UV-induced neoplasia
Marie Dorr, Justin Mallet, Marie-Catherine Drigeard Desgarnier, Patrick J. Rochette; Axe Médecine Régénératrice, Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec, Hôpital du Saint-Sacrement, CHU de Québec


Impact of UVB chronic low dose on nucleotide excision repair in skin diploid fibroblasts
Marie-Catherine Drigeard Desgarnier1,2, Roxanne Bérubé1,2 and Patrick J. Rochette1,2; 1 Faculté de médecine, Université Laval, Québec, Canada 2Axe Médecine Régénératrice, Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec, Hôpital du Saint-Sacrement, CHU de Québec


Oxidized mitochondrial flavoproteins/NAD(P)H ratio and 8-oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine formation in cornea after ultraviolet-A irradiation
Corinne Zinflou [1.2] and Patrick J. Rochette [1.2.3]; [1] Axe Médecine Régénératrice, Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec, Can ; [2] Centre universitaire d’ophtalmologie, Hôpital Saint-Sacrement, CHU de Québec, Can ; [3] Dpt d’ophtalmologie et d’ORL-CCF, Fac de médecine, Université Laval


Sulfonated-polyethyleneimine for Photosensitizer Conjugation and Targeting
Upendra Chitgupi 1, Yumiao Zhang 1,2, Chi Lo 2, Shuai Shao 1, Sriram Neelamegham 1,2, Jonathan F Lovell 1,2*; 1 Department of Biomedical Engineering and 2 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY 14260, USA


Low-light intensity effect on temperature dependence of oxygen evolution in photosystem II
M. Fragata and V. Viruvuru; University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres


An essential role for NAD(P)H oxidase 2 in UVA-induced calcium oscillations in mast cells
Zhi Ying Li, Wen Yi Jiang, Zong Jie Cui*; Wen Yi Jiang,Zong Jie Cui


The role of carnosol in UVB-induced skin damage
Lingying Tong, Shiyong Wu; Edison Biotechnology Institute, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701


Antimicrobial blue light inactivation of gram-negative pathogens in biofilms: in vitro and in vivo studies
Yucheng Wang, Ximing Wu, Jia Chen, Clinton K. Murray, Mark S. Vrahas, Michael R. Hamblin, Ying Gu, Tianhong Dai; Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital; Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School


Monitoring of photodynamic therapy tumor response using ultrasound-guided photoacoustic imaging
Dmitriy Timerman, Srivalleesha Mallidi, Kohei Watanabe, David Schoenfeld, Tayyaba Hasan; Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114


Photodynamic elimination of malignant melanoma cells using the tryptophan photoproduct 6-formylindolo[3,2-b]carbazole (FICZ) as a nanomolar UVA- and visible light-activated photosensitizer
Rebecca Justiniano, Sophia L. Park, Georg T. Wondrak; College of Pharmacy and The University of Arizona Cancer Center, University of Arizona


The American Society for Photobiology is pleased to announce their inaugural Virtual Poster Symposium.

The goal of the Virtual Poster Symposium it to provide ASP Associate members and those interested in being Associate members, a platform to promote their research in an online environment and be reviewed by their research peers.

Participants will need to initially submit an abstract (no more than 300 words) and if their application is successful, will be invited to submit a technical poster, and an optional short video clip (no more than three minutes) that explains with minimal technical jargon the main aim of their research.

The call for abstracts is open now and will close on April 12, 2015.

Notification of Abstract acceptance will be announced on 19 April, 2015.

Final Poster and video clips must be submitted by 24 May, 2015. Late submissions will not be considered.

The Virtual Poster Symposium will open on the 9th of June, 2015.

1st Prize: Best Combined Poster and Video

  • $150 cash
  • Invited talk at the 2016 American Society for Photobiology Biennial Meeting
  • Complimentary ASP Conference 2016 meeting registration
  • Invited solicitation for peer-reviewed submission to Photochemistry and Photobiology

    2nd Prize: Best Poster
  • $75 cash
  • Invited solicitation for peer-reviewed submission to Photochemistry and Photobiology
  • Complimentary ASP Conference 2016 meeting registration

    2nd Prize: Best Video
  • $75 cash
  • Invited talk at the 2016 American Society for Photobiology Biennial Meeting
  • Complimentary ASP Conference 2016 meeting registration

    3rd Prize: People's Prize (as voted on by all Virtual Poster Symposium applicants)
  • $75 cash

    Submission Guidelines:

    Abstract submission.

    The abstract should be no longer than 300 words.

    Poster submission.

    The poster will be hosted online through the ASP website. By entering the competition, each applicant grants ASP the right to display the poster to its members and other participating applicants to the Virtual Poster Symposium for the duration of the year following the symposium (usually concluded by the Biennial Congress of the American Society for Photobiology in even numbered years). The poster should be in a format that is able to be resized for ease of reading and judging. Acceptable formats are .ppt, .pptx, .pdf, Applicants may be asked to convert their formats to a smaller compression size should the file sizes become too large.

    Applicants are encouraged to be a specific as possible about their research, but are reminded that other students and researchers will be reading the information supplied, that may not have as strong as understanding of that research topic. Therefore the language of the poster should be aimed accordingly.

    Students who may have copyright issues with their research should ensure they have the appropriate permission from their supervisor to be able to submit their poster. Applicants will be asked as a part of the terms and conditions of the symposium to acknowledge they have the copyright permissions to publish the poster online.

    Applicants should carefully review the poster submission instructions which will be provided after a submitted abstract has been accepted.

    Video submission

    Applicants are asked to provide a video that complements their poster. Videos are optional, however a video will provide additional points to the final winners and therefore applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a video presentation.

    Applicants are encouraged to NOT just simply read their poster, but instead, provide a video in which the topic of the poster is explained so that a member of the public can understand without requiring extensive technical knowledge. This video will be not be password protected, and will available to public access. The video should not exceed three minutes, and applicants are encouraged to use visual aids within the video to support their explanation, if necessary. Videos will be required to be hosted by a devoted video hosting website (eg., youtube, vimeo and tumblr) which will be linked to, by the ASP website. Applicants should carefully review the video submission instructions which will be provided after a submitted abstract has been accepted.

    Virtual Poster Symposium Requirements

    As a part of the Symposium, applicants are required to answer questions from judges and/or fellow applicants that can be posted to the page where their poster and video is hosted. During the specified Symposium dates, consisting of a preliminary round and final round of judging, the applicants should ensure that questions are answered within 48 hours so that judges can make appropriate decisions regarding final awards. Applicants who are selected for the final round will be required to answer any questions within 48 hours of the notification that they have been selected as a finalist. Unanswered questions will be taken into consideration when selecting finalists of the Virtual Poster Symposium.

    Applicants are also expected to take part in the selection of the People’s Prize. Specifically each applicant is required to vote for the poster that they believe meets the People’s Prize criteria the best. The People’s prize cannot be received if another Poster prize has been awarded to that finalist.

    Judging criteria

    The Virtual Poster Symposium has two separate sections: the poster and the video presentation. Applicants should aim to provide technical work in their poster and general overviews in their videos. Both entries should aim to be standalone (one does not require to watch the video to understand the information provided in the poster and vice versa). The following criteria will be used by judges to select the best entries.


    1. Poster is legible with appropriate resizing if necessary. The information in the poster should be self-contained and preferably should not require further reading of other material although references are expected of related work.
    2. Students should aim to produce a poster that is scientifically and technically explained, but should attempt to provide explanations that a person not in the specific field should be able to understand. Therefore some definitions of key terms and processes should be included if necessary. Applicants are encouraged to include a “glossary box” if necessary.
    3. The judges will be using the following criteria to select the finalists:
      1. Design
      2. Clarity
      3. Importance of research
      4. Quality of research
      5. Written and Visual communication of concepts and research


    Applicants are required to deliver an optional video presentation explaining their research. However the applicants should adhere to the following criteria:

    1. Videos should be no longer than three minutes.
    2. It is not necessary for the presenter to be in the visual frame for the whole three minutes, but it preferable to view the presenter for at least a short period of the video.
    3. Audio narration with diagrams or animations is allowed.
    4. The video should be aimed to a non-technical audience.
    5. Specific terms should be defined.
    6. Creativity in the video is encouraged.

    7. The following criteria will be used by the judges to select the finalists:

      1. Ability to explain their topic to a non-scientist or alternatively a scientist in an unrelated field.
      2. Adherence to the guidelines above.
      3. Entertainment factor (was it enjoyable to watch?).

    People’s choice Award

    The following criteria should be used in voting for the People’s choice:


    1. Readability

    2. Communication

    3. Relevance


    1. Communication of concepts

    2. Entertainment factor (was it easy to watch?)

    3. Understanding (did you understand what they said?).

    Please note self-nomination will NOT be accepted for the People’s Prize.

    The selection of the people’s choice award will be conducted using an online survey. Each applicant will be asked to answer a brief series of questions about their chosen people’s choice awardee. The questions to be answered will be provided closer to the time of the Symposium.

    After the main award winners have been identified and removed from the Peoples Prize candidates, a winner will be identified by selected the candidate with the highest number of votes.

    If there results in a tie between two or more candidates, the judges will be asked to provide the final judged scores of the candidates to provide an outcome.

    Only one People’s prize will be awarded per Symposium offering.


    The judging process will involve several judges in a preliminary round. Each judge will be assigned a number of posters and videos to view. The judges will mark each poster and video according to the criteria provided above. A sample of the forms’ the judges will use will be provided. Given that not all judges will be able to view all posters, a second round of judging will occur, by taking the three (subject to change depending on number of applicants to the symposium) highest scored posters and videos per judge to be collated into a final round.

    Depending on the number of final round applicants, judges will be asked to either review and score all final round participants, or will be allocated a second round of posters and videos to review and score. The final results will be determined by the final round of judging.

    Applicants who have been selected to be in the final round of judging will be notified and asked to answer any final questions of the judges within 48 hours of the notification of their finalist status.

    Abstract Submission Form

    Now open at http://photobiology.org/virtual2015/abstracts/index.php. Deadline: April 12