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Retreat 2011

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Center for Neural Circuits and Behavior Auditorium

Thursday, June 16, 2011
9:00 am - 5:30 pm

8:30 am

Coffee and Conversation
8:55 am Welcoming Remarks
9:00 am

Morning Keynote Address:
Inder Verma, Ph.D.
"Cancer: Emperor of Maladies"

Inder Verma is American Cancer Society Professor and holds the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Chair in Exemplary Life Science in the Laboratory of Genetics at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He is widely noted for his seminal contributions to viral genetics, gene therapy, and cancer biology. Dr. Verma is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the European Molecular Biology Organization and is a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Sciences.

10:00 am

Faculty Lecture:
Dan O'Connor, M.D., Professor Medicine and Nephrology
"Emerging role of micro-RNA motif polymorphism in the 3'-UTR of genes contributing to human autonomic function"

10:30 am

Faculty Lecture:
Ben Yu, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor Medicine and Dermatology
"Biology of variation in rare diseases and common traits"

11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:15 am Student Presentation:
Michael Lam, (Christopher Glass lab)
"RevErbs regulate transcription at distal regulatory elements in macrophages"
11:45 am

Faculty Lecture:
Emily Troemel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
"Non-lytic, actin-based exit of intracellular parasites from C. elegans intestinal cells"

12:15 pm

Box Lunch and Poster Session, CMG Lobby

2:00 pm

Student Presentation:
Raphael Gomez-Amaro (Sylvia Evans lab)
"Calcium, T cell development, and lymphoma"

2:30 pm

Faculty Lecture:
Kit Pogliano, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences
"The genetic and chemical basis of predatory behavior in Bacillus subtilis"

3:00 pm

Student Presentation:
Eveline Sun Arnold (Don Cleveland lab)
"Age-dependent motor dysfunction in mice expressing ALS-linked mutations in TAR DNA Binding Protein (TDP-43)"

3:30 pm

Student Presentation:
Morgan Pence (Victor Nizet lab)
"Genetic approaches to understanding antimicrobial peptide resistance mechanisms of pathogens"

4:00 pm Coffee Break
4:15 pm

Afternoon Keynote Address:
Steven Henikoff, Ph.D.
"Histone variants, nucleosome dynamics and epigenetics"

Steve Henikoff is Professor of Basic Science and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. He has won numerous awards for his innovative and ground breaking studies in Genetics, Gene Regulation, and Genomic Biology. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2005. Dr. Henikoff's widely-followed work includes research on epigenetic inheritance, chromosome structure, and centromere evolution and development tools for sequence comparison, in vivo mapping, and functional genomics.

5:15 pm Wrap-up discussion; Student opinions and suggestions for the program

Genetics Retreat Planning Committee: Steven Briggs (Biological Sciences), Joe Ecker (Salk Institute), Evan Snyder (Burnham Institute), Peggy Bonine (UCSD Institute for Genomic Medicine), Joe Gleeson (School of Medicine); Students: Eveline Arnold, Stephanie Bussen, Tom Cohen, Raphael Gomez-Amaro, Morgan Pence.

We gratefully acknowledge the UCSD Institute for Genomic Medicine, Division of Biological Sciences, Department of Reproductive Medicine, the Salk Institute, and Illumina Inc. for their support of this event.