GSI Research Symposium

Welcome to the 15th Annual GSI Research Symposium 
November 16, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
In-Person (L-14 Hiebert Lounge)

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.

Abstract Submissions have closed as of Oct 13, 2023. Please visit:


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Trainees’ Lightning Talks

Dr. Tomoki Motegi
Department of Computational Biomedicine, MED
Assessing local ancestry inference using different sequencing assays and depth of coverage

Andre Krunic
Dept of Pathology and Lab Med and Dept of Pharmacology, Physiology & Biophysics, MED
Integration of DNA Methylation and RNA-Seq Reveals Alzheimer’s Disease-associated Changes in App NL-G-F Mice

Jiachen Chen
Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, MED
Statistical Testing Framework for Structural Difference and Similarity of Multiple Proteomics Networks based on Gaussian Graphical Models

Devin Kenney
Department of Virology, Immunology, Microbiology, MED
Sex shapes lung antiviral immunity upon heterologous viral infection

Joseline Velasquez-Reyes
Program in Bioinformatics, CRC and MED
Identifying evolutionary mutational patterns in immunocompromised patients with persistent SARS-CoV-2 infection

Maryam Dashtiahangar
Department of Biology, CRC
CASCADE – A PBM-based platform to biophysically characterize single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Vendor Show, Lunch & Poster Session

2023 GSI Symposium Poster Map

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Dean’s Address & New Faculty Talks

Dean’s Address:
Dr. Karen Antman
Dean, Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Invited GSI Faculty Talks:
Dr. Michael Wallace
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, MED
Single-cell sequencing in synaptically connected brain regions.

Dr. Adriana Tomic
Department of Virology, Immunology & Microbiology, MED
Using machine learning to decipher human immune responses to vaccines and infectious diseases

Dr. Tuan Leng Tay
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, MED and Department of Biology, CRC
Microglia Fate in Neurodegeneration

Dr. Samuel Beck
Department of Dermatology, Center for Aging Research (CARES), MED
Misexpression of Genes Lacking CpG Islands: Therapeutic Potential in Mammalian Aging

Who else will be there?
Vendor Tables: Representatives from companies providing Genetics and Genomics related products and services will present their latest technology.
Please contact 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 Grand Sequencing Award, 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 10 minutes in length (including questions).  Invited speakers will have 20 minute talks with 2 min questions.

Poster Session

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 at least two weeks prior to the symposium.

Past GSI Research Symposiums

2022 GSI Research Symposium

2021 GSI Research Symposium

2020 GSI Research Symposium

2019 GSI Research Symposium