2021 GSI Research Symposium

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Welcome to the 13th Annual GSI Research Symposium. 
November 18, 2021
Now Completely Virtual and Online

Registration Link to the Zoom Session 

The Annual GSI Research Symposium is an interdisciplinary event emphasizing research in Genetics and Genomics at Boston University, across both the MEDical Campus and the Charles River Campus. Participation is open to all Boston area researchers with interests that emphasize these disciplines.

Please read our statement of why we had to suddenly go to the zoom format. We apologize for the sudden change of venue.

Current Tentative Schedule

10:20am – 10:30am
Welcome and special tribute
Nelson LauGSI Director

10:30am – 12:00pm
Short “Lightening” Talks ROUND#1

Joseph Kern, Varelas lab
Hippo pathway-mediated epithelial and stromal cues drive basal-like breast cancer progression

Adeline Matschulat, Varelas lab
The Hippo Pathway in Epithelial Homeostasis and Immune Crosstalk

Kritika Karri, Waxman lab
Transcriptomic Landscape of lncRNAs in Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and Liver fibrosis using Single-cell RNA sequencing of Mouse Liver

Ting-Ya Chang, Waxman lab
Condition-Specific Enhancer Identification Using In Vivo Massively Parallel Reporter Assay in Mouse Liver

Allison Tipton, Russek lab
Single nuclei RNA-sequencing reveals large scale transcriptomic changes in excitatory neurons during the prodromal period in the F344-Tg rat model of Alzheimer’s Disease


Hanna Barlit, Labunksyy lab
Role of iron in translational regulation

Megan Snyder, Sherr lab
The Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Leads to Immune Suppression and Tumor Formation in Oral Cancer

William Lynch, Bryant lab
The methamphetamine-induced hnRNP H targetome identifies CACNA2D2 as a downstream mechanistic target underlying behavior: Pharmacological validation with pregabalin

Taylor Matte, Hawkins lab
Defining NKX2-1-Dependent Transcriptomic Signatures in Lung Development

Anna Berenson, Fuxman Bass lab
Comprehensive mapping of heterodimer-DNA binding using a novel yeast-based method

12:05pm – 12:15pm
Boston University Research Computing Services overview
Charles Jahnke, RCS Outreach Director

12:15pm – 12:25pm
Special Remarks -Dr. Karen Antman 
Dean and Provost

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Invited talks from GSI supported initiatives

Jackie Turcinovic, Connor lab
A genomic approach to tracking SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks on a university campus

Adam Hume, Hume lab, Emili lab and Muhlberger lab
Actionable Cytopathogenic Host Responses of Human Alveolar Type 2 Cells to SARS-CoV-2

Ella Zeldich, Zeldich lab
Deciphering transcriptomic dysregulation in Down Syndrome using cortical spheroids.

Jean-Pierre Roussarie, Roussarie lab
Selective Neuronal Vulnerability in Alzheimer’s Disease

1:40pm – 3:00pm
Short “Lightening” Talks ROUND#2

Jacob Beierle, Bryant lab
A reduced complexity cross between BALB/c substrains identifies Zhx2 as a candidate gene underlying oxycodone metabolite brain concentration and state-dependent learning of opioid reward

David Engel, Waxman lab
Fatty liver disease induced by foreign chemical exposure vs dietary factors

Gian Paolo Sepulveda, Grishok lab
Investigating the role of DOT1L in c-Myc driven transcriptional regulation

Aksel Laudon, Lu lab
Parvin-ILK-PINCH (PIP) protein complex is essential for normal kidney podocyte adhesion and protein distributions


Carlos Perea-Resa, Blower lab
Molecular recycling of Cohesin: building cells after mitosis

Dmitry Ketrov, Cifuentes lab
miR-144 orchestrates chromatin condensation during erythropoiesis

Andres Vacas, Afasizhev(a) labs
Spatial coupling of mitochondrial transcription and RNA processing in Trypanosoma brucei

Bharath Sundararaj, Samuelson lab
Roles for full-length and truncated expansins in the assembly and disassembly of the Acanthamoeba cyst wall.

Junming Hu, Zhang lab and Wolozin lab
Identification of circRNA linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Closing Remarks

Please contact gsi@bu.edu with any questions.

Short “Lightening” Talks Presentations for Students/Postdocs/Staff and New BU Genomics/Genetics faculty

Please note there is limited space open for these talks

A select number of abstract submissions from students, postdoctoral fellows and research staff will be chosen for short talk presentations.  If you would like to be a presenter, and you are not interested in being considered for the Free RNA-seq Competition, please indicate so on the Submission Form by selecting the appropriate response from the drop down menu.

  • In addition to recognition from the GSI, short talk presentations will also be eligible for an honorarium award.
  • Lightning talks will be 7 minutes in length (including questions).  Invited speakers will have 13 minute talks with 2 min questions.

Poster Session  Poster Session Postponed Due to COVID room density restrictions

There will be a poster session for students, both undergraduate and graduate, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. Participants may be from any institution and not just Boston University.

To present a poster, please fill out the online Submission Form.

  • Students and postdoctoral fellows who present posters will be eligible for sequencing awards.  These awards will be decided by a poster review committee on the day of the symposium.
  • The preferred poster size is 4ft x 4ft. If you would like to request additional space for your poster, please email gsi@bu.edu at least two weeks prior to the symposium.