Evans Center For Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research
Retreat: For and By Faculty and Trainees
Monday, March 9, 2015; 12:00- 5:00 pm
Hiebert Lounge; BU School of Medicine
12:00:12:30- Light refreshments/Networking
12:30-12:40: Welcoming notes: Drs. Katya Ravid and David Coleman
12:40-1:40 ARC Directors/Trainees- Highlights of Discoveries (from metabolic to cancer)
[Dr. Julia Xu: “Mechanisms of Metabolic Health in Morbidly Obese Humans; ” Dr. Paul Pilch:
“Adiporedoxin, an upstream regulator of ER oxidative folding and protein secretion in adipocytes;” Dr. David Sherr: “Computational THEN Cancer Biology; Putting the horse before the cart;” Dr. Xaralabos (Bob) Varelas: “Deregulated Signaling Networks in Oral Cancer; “ Drs. Victoria Herrera/Joyce Wong/Mark Grinstaff:” Nanotheranostics approaches to tissue targeting and drug delivery”] (1:40-1:55: questions/Answers)
2:00-2:45: David T. Scadden, Jr., MD
Gerald and Darlene Jordan Professor of Medicine, Co-chair, Harvard Stem Cell Institute
& Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, MGH
“Stem cells, their niches and oncogenesis”
2:45-3:15: Coffee Break and Networking
3:15-3:30–Linda Hyman, PhD, Associate Provost, Graduate Medical Sciences &
William Cruikshank, PhD, Director, MTM Graduate Program
“Introduction of BEST”
3:30-4:15: Lakshmi Amaravadi, Ph.D.
Sr. Director, Translational Medicine, BiogenIdec, Cambridge, MA-USA
“ Research Life in Biotech and Case Studies: As Focus on Discovery & Application of Biomarkers in Drug Development and Personalized Medicine”
4:15-5:00: Festive Reception followed by/along with
Trainees-focused Round Table Discussion: Research Life in Biotech
Moderators: Drs. Barbara Corkey (forum co-chair), Katya Ravid, David Center (BU CTSI), Orian Shirihai (forum co-chair); Lakshmi Amaravadi (BiogenIdec), and representatives form trainees and BU office of Technology Development
Address inquiries to Ms. Erin McCarthy Erin.McCarthy@bmc.org
Congratulations to all our masters and doctoral graduates!
Scholars Day 2014 will take place on Tuesday, April 15th in the George Sherman Union with abstract submissions due 4/6.
The abstract submission form for Scholars Day 2014 will be available between March 17-31 (starting and ending at noon on those dates) at http://www.bu.edu/provost/scholars-day-2014/. Advisors will be asked to approve student abstracts by Sunday, April 6th. Students whose abstracts are not approved by the deadline will not have a designated location at the event.
All graduate students in a degree-granting program at Boston University who are also engaged in research in any area of study are invited to participate. Postdoctoral researchers are also welcome, but are not eligible for awards.
This event is intended to honor and celebrate research by our graduate students and has been held at Boston University for nearly two decades. Originally, the event focused on science and engineering research, but was expanded in recent years to include the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Over time, the number and quality of presentations has grown enormously, as has the number of awards presented by schools, college, centers and institutes. The judging forms used by schools and colleges provide feedback to students from faculty reviewing the work.
This year, we hope to further encourage submissions from the arts and humanities by including panels, the conventional format for presenting research in these disciplines. Panels will be built around scholarly areas that emerge from the abstracts submitted.
Those students presenting posters will be asked to set up beginning at 9:30 a.m. Poster judging will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please plan to be present during as much of this time as possible, as you may need to assist the judges in their understanding of your work. Panel judging will take place during the sessions themselves, which will be scheduled in advance.
If you are a graduate student or post-doc, we hope you will consider participating (Post-docs are not eligible for awards). If you are a member of the faculty, we hope you will consider volunteering to judge and provide feedback, encouraging your graduate students to become involved, and persuading your undergraduate students to attend.
The Master of Arts in Medical Sciences is hosting an Open House on Friday, January 17, 2014 from 3-6PM at Boston University School of Medicine, Room L-211.
The Master of Arts in Medical Sciences (MAMS) Program introduces students to a broad range of topics in the medical sciences while strengthening their academic credentials for admission to medical and other professional schools. It is a 32-credit program, with a required thesis, that can be completed in one or two calendar years. All coursework is taken in the first year but many student elect to use the second year to gain valuable research and volunteer experience at Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center or off-campus.
Please RSVP to:
Dr. Gwynneth Offiner
Join us for a seminar entitled Authorship Credit: Avoiding and Resolving Differences will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014 12 noon– 1 pm BUSM L110. This is open to all BUMC faculty, researchers, students and post-docs,
See Authorship Credit flyer for more details
The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences hosted the 4th annual summer research symposium on Thursday, August 1, 2013 showcasing research projects conducted by visiting students. Jasmin Alves (Westminster College), Carolina Amorim (Weidner University), Lynisha Farrell (University of Virgin Islands), Norma Hernandez (Georgia State University), Victor Otano-Rivera (University of Puerto Rico), Carlo Quintanilla (San Diego State University), Mayara Lorena de Souza (Washington and Jefferson University), Igor Rodrigues Ramos (Washington and Jefferson University) and Charmonix Williams (Jackson State University) presented their projects to 60 attendees from the medical campus research community. Dr. Karen Antman, Dean, Boston University School of Medicine, welcomed attendees and thanked them for contributing to the success of the program.
What is SURP? The summer research program (SURP) is a pipeline program initiated by Dr. Linda Hyman, Associate Provost, to offer exceptional basic science research opportunities to academically talented students traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Students in the program aspire to professional careers as medical scientists and other important roles within the research enterprise. The progression of SURP from pilot program to competitive summer internship for underrepresented (URM) students began in the summer of 2010 with ten students from Xavier University (Louisiana). Over four years, under the leadership of Linda Zimmerman, Program Manager, SURP increased the number of URM applicants by 200%. The remarkable increase in applications was due to conscientious marketing and outreach activities implemented by faculty and staff.
Key components of SURP include: daily, mentored scientific research under the guidance of a faculty mentor and lab community; weekly professional development activities and journal club; cohort-based housing on the Boston University campus; social activities focused in Boston and led by a peer group leader; and an end-of-program symposium. Graduates of SURP are encouraged to present their research at national meetings such as the Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and Advancing Hispanics, Native Americans and Chicanos in Science (SACNAS), and to continue pursuing career interests in medical research and health care.
The following is a list of student presenters and abstract titles with full abstracts available in the Program Booklet.
- Jasmin Alves (Farmer Lab): Gelsolin Expression is Regulated during Brown and White Adipogenesis and is more prominent in White compared to Brown Adipose Tissue
- Carolina Amorim (Genco Lab): Regulation of small RNA in Neisseria Gonorrhoeae.
- Lynisha Farrell (Corkey Lab): Alterations in Extrecellular Redox States Affect Pancreatic Beta-Cell Insulin Secretion Levels
- Norma A. Hernandez (Wolozin Lab): Protein translation inhibitor reduces TDP-43 inclusion formatio
- Mayara Lorena de Souza (Cruikshank Lab): Cockroach allergen changes the balance between ciliated and secretory cells in the respiratory epithelium
- Victor Otano-Riviera (Sherr Lab): Role of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in Human Breast Cancer Cell Chemo-Resistance
- Carlo Quintanilla (Zhdanova Lab): Age-Related Differences of Adult Neurogenesis in Zebrafish
- Igor Ramos (Garcia-Marcos Lab): GIV regulates integrin signaling pathways upon Extra Cellular Matrix stimulation
- Charmonix Williams (Bullitt Lab): Is Erythrocyte Spectrin really 190nm in Length?
Congratulations to our GMS faculty Drs. Cathy Costello and Vickery Trinkaus Randall. For more information see Biochemistry.
Congratulations to Catherine E. Costello for her appointment as a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, which was just announced by President Brown! This is major university honor, recognizing Cathy’s superlative scientific accomplishments and scholarly contributions. This is the first time the professorship has been awarded to a faculty member whose primary appointment is at the medical school. Additional information Professorship.
Congratulations to Dr. Vickery Trinkaus-Randall who was recognized with the GMS Faculty Recognition Award for her years of tireless efforts on behalf on all of the students of GMS. Dr. Trinkaus-Randall has served as the Director of Graduate Studies for the CMB Program, taking each student under her wing from the date of matriculation to the day of graduation. In addition, Dr. Trinkaus-Randall has been instrumental in creating the Foundations in Biomedical Sciences curriculum and one of the newest GMS initiatives, the Program in Biomedical Sciences.