Biomedical PhD Student Organization

BPSO Mission 

The Biomedical PhD Student Organization (BPSO) aims to build and strengthen the community among PhD programs at BUMC; to foster personal and professional relationships between students faculty, alumni , and administrators; to promote interdisciplinary research at BU; and to cultivate camaraderie among Biomedical Science PhD students.

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BPSO Officers 2021 – 2022

President: Jhon Henao Vasquez

Vice President: Devin Kenney

Academic Liaison: Margaret Downs

Treasurer: Emily Lewkowicz

Secretary: Anna Smith

BPSO September Business Meeting

Wednesday, September 29th at 6PM in K103

We are kicking off our monthly business meetings next Wednesday, September 29th at 6PM in K103. All PhD students are welcome to attend! The purpose of business meetings is to provide updates on what’s going on around campus related to PhD students. They also serve as an avenue for students to interact with one another and address student concerns so that we may relay them back to faculty.

BPSO Newsletter


Fireside Chat with Drew Weissman, M.D. Ph.D – October 7th, 4-5PM, Virtual

Evan’s Day guest speaker Dr. Drew Weissman, M.D., Ph.D. has generously offered his time to host a fireside chat with trainees after his talk. Dr. Weissman’s laboratory focuses on the study of RNA and innate immune system biology and the application of these findings to vaccine research and gene therapy. Dr. Weissman is also an alumni of BUSM’s MD/PhD program (1987). This discussion will be held virtually via Zoom from 4:005:00PM on October 7th, 2021 RSVP here.

Women in Neuroscience—Looking for mentors!

Women In Neuroscience are looking for women graduate students to mentor and guide other women undergraduates. If interested, please join their virtual speedfriending event on October 7th at 7PM.

Sign up here.

WPDC Professional Headshots last hour rain check date

Due to the rain, the last hour of the professional headshot event is pushed to this Thursday, September 30th 11AM12PM.

If you haven’t had a chance to receive a professional headshot, now’s your chance! Go to Talbot Green dressed to impress! Message for more details or instructions on where to go.

Congratulations, Doctor!

Lisa Kretsge—Neuroscience

Distinct VIP interneurons in the cingulate cortex encode anxiogenic and social stimuli

Upcoming Defenses

Nathan Kingston—Biochemistry

Roles for hippo pathway effectors TAZ and YAP in fibrosis and cancer

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 at 1:00PM K103