ABRF Lightning Talk Awards

Sponsored by Waters Corporation

Waters Corporation sponsors prizes for the best lightning talks presented at the ABRF Annual Meeting that contain original research. The ABRF Education Committee reviews all talk abstracts submitted to the meeting and selects a limited number of candidates for award consideration. Lead authors of the candidate talks are invited to give a short (3 minute) presentation of their work during a concurrent session at the ABRF Annual Meeting.  The authors of the lightning talks judged to be the best receive the Waters Corporation sponsored Awards during the ABRF Awards Program. In order to be eligible for the competition, the talk's first author must be submit a draft of their talk before the annual meeting, and be available for the judging and the Award Session during the meeting.  Each of the winners receives $500.

Eligible talks focus on the latest scientific research results enabled by advanced life sciences technologies, methods and software tools that facilitate applications, and the latest technology developments in the biotechnology field. Topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

2024 ABRF Lightning Talk Categories:

  • Animal Research in Core Facilities
    Flow Cytometry/Trending
    : Flow Cytometry, Antibodies, Statistics, Bio-IT, Bioinformatics, 3D Printing, All Other
  • Genomics: Single cell, Metagenomics, Sequencing, Gene Editing, CRISPR/CAS, Biomarkers, Microarray, Software, etc.
  • Imaging: Confocal, Light Microscopy, Small Animal Imaging, Electron Microscopy, Developing Applications, etc.
  • Novel Technologies:  New and emerging applications and approaches used in Core facilities
  • Proteomics/Mass Spectrometry: Protein analysis, Protein Sequencing, Metabolomics, Lipidomics, Glycomics, Carbohydrate analysis, Biomarkers, Software, etc.
  • **Note: Core Facility posters should be submitted in the associated topic area. 

    Core Facilities Submission Criteria:  

    Core Facilities lightning talks should be aimed at promoting scientific discovery or enriching the core or laboratory setting. Core Facilities talks must provide data or measurements that support the conclusions. Any abstract focused on marketing a core facility or company (e.g. presenting an inventory of services or equipment)  will not be accepted.

    Recommended Core Facilities topics include:

    1. Development of a novel technique or modification to a previously implemented protocol

    2. Implementation details of a new workflow, protocol or standard operating procedure

    1. A quantitative evaluation of a Core's impact on the institute it serves

      A well written and correctly formatted example of a Core Facilities abstract presented by Johnson et al in
      J Biomol Tech v.24(2); Jul 2013 (doi:  10.7171/jbt.13-2402-003) can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3605922/ (link is external)

Prior Award Winners


Patricia Basta
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Method comparison for circulating free fetal DNA (cffDNA) extraction from plasma samples of women during pregnancy in support of noninvasive
perinatal sequencing for precision medicine prenatal care

Norah Brown
- Stanford University
Increasing Observability of the Phosphoproteome in Brain Tissue

Marie Dinh - NASA Ames Research Center
A Soil Microbial Workflow from DNA Extraction to Amplicon Sequencing


Morgan Coleman
- Morehouse School of Medicine
Thermostability of a Plant Protein MoMo30 using a CFX Real-Time Thermocycler

Charles Farnsworth - Cell Signal Technology
Discovering substrates of PRMT5 and CDK4/6 in human melanoma cells with antibody-based PTM peptide specific enrichment strategies

Laura Lewis-Tuffin
- Mayo Clinic Florida
Preventing damage to shared use slide scanners: A systematic study of factors that affect curing of commercially-available hard set mounting medias
Garvey McKenzie - Stanford University
Promega 6x5 and the SUMS Proteomics Workflow

Mark Ivanov - INEPCP RAS, Moscow
Improving the proteoform inference from bottom-up proteomic data using protein identifications from MS1 spectra
Selene Swanson - Stowers Institute for Medical Research
A multi-omics approach to analyze serum using a liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) platform.
Jian Wei Tay - University of Colorado Boulder
Illuminating Photosynthesis in Single Cyanobacterial Cells

Yamna Khurshid - 
Karachi University
Molecular Characterization and Cytotoxic Activity of McTI, a Novel Cystine-Knot Inhibitor from Momordica charantia
Kathy Schaefer - Howard Hughes Medical Institute
A cytometry-based assay to determine optimal Janelia Fluor dye labelling of Halo and SNAP tags
Jeffrey C. Silva -  Adeptrix Corporation
A Targeted Multiplexed MALDI MS Assay Platform using Affinity-Bead Assisted Mass Spectrometry (Affi-BAMS) for Monitoring Brain and CSF Biomarkers


Uma Aryal – University of Washington and Proteome Software
Analysis of Human Nuclear Protein Complexes by Quantitative Mass Spectrometry Profiling

Eric Chow – University of California, San Francisco
MULTI-seq: Scalable Single-Cell RNA-seq Multiplexing Using Lipid-Tagged Indices​

Yurong Gao – University of Rochester Medical Center
K-means Spectral Unmixing for Multi-channel Imaging and Image Analysis Platform at a Core Facility



Stephanie Archer-Hartmann – University of Georgia
Comprehensive Glycoprotein Analysis at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

David Goerlitz – Georgetown University Medical Center
Comparison of the Performance of two RNA Isolation Protocols and Three Analysis Platforms to Detect Exosome-derived miRNA Expression Profiles

Ryan Leib – Stanford University
Multidimensional Optimization for Deeper FFPE Proteome Profiling

Angel Sampson – University of Florida
Cross-core Collaboration toward the Characterization of AAV-Antibody Complex Structure


Brian Capaldo – University of Virginia
Cyttools: Open Source Pipeline Framework for Cytometry Data Analysis

Alexander Lemenz – Rutgers University
Use of the Open-Sourced Mycroft AI Skills to Create Automated and Voice Activated Pipelines for Core Facility Standard Bioinformatics Analysis

Nicolas Loof  University of Texas Southwestern
New Technique for Sorting Rare Populations of Cells

Samantha Sevilla – National Institutes of Health
Formalin-Fixed-Paraffin-Embedded Extraction Benchmarking Evaluation



Monica DeLay – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Abstract Title: Enrichment of CRISPR-mediated homologous-directed repair in mammalian cells by cell cycle-based flow sorting

Jeanne Geskes – University of Michigan
Abstract Title: Comprehensive Assessment of Custom Targeted Panels for Next Gen Sequencing

Brian Searle – University of Washington and Proteome Software
Abstract Title: A comprehensive analysis of peptide degradation over time

Katia Sol-Church Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital For Children
Abstract Title: Inherited recessive epigenetic and genetic compound heterozygote mutations cause Baratela Scott Syndrome in a subset of patient with rare skeletal dysplasia.