MBID Retreat

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Please join us for this two-day, hybrid Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases (MBID) Research Retreat designed to foster communication and collaboration among molecular pathogenesis researchers in Texas! All faculty, students, fellows (research or clinical), and staff interested in pathogenesis and infectious diseases are welcome to attend. The event’s host is Theresa Koehler, Ph.D. and cohost is Michael Lorenz, Ph.D.

Thursday & Friday, January 6-7, 2022
Thursday: TBA*; Friday: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
(Career Development Panel for trainees: 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM)
In-person poster session on Thursday (tentative*); virtual retreat on Friday via Zoom
*More details forthcoming. Please continue to check this page as event gets closer.

Registration: Registration opens 11/1/2021

Abstract Submission: Submission opens 11/1/2021

Keynote Speakers

  • Morning Keynote:
  • Afternoon Keynote:
    Barbara Trautner, M.D.

    Professor and Director, Clinical and Health Services Research, Baylor College of Medicine
    “Talk Title TBA”

Career Development Panel (Featuring former TMC trainees):

  • Kimberly Busiek, Ph.D.
    Senior Manager, Product Management, Illumina
    Ph.D. with William Margolin, M. D. Anderson/UTHealth Graduate School
  • Yi Liu, Ph.D.
    Business Development Manager, RareStone Group
    Ph.D. with Danielle Garsin, M. D. Anderson/UTHealth Graduate School
  • Alex Hoffmaster, Ph.D.
    Microbiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Ph.D. with Theresa Koehler, M. D. Anderson/UTHealth Graduate School
  • Malik Raynor, Ph.D.
    Senior Scientist, General Dynamics Information Technology
    Walter Reed Army Institute of Research/In vitro Section Lead for the Combatting Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Team
    Ph.D. with Theresa Koehler, M. D. Anderson/UTHealth Graduate School
  • Nickolas Agathis, M.D., MPH
    Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

More about the retreat
The MBID Annual Retreat was instituted in 2008 and is organized by the MBID T32 Training Grant Program Directors (Dr. Theresa Koehler, Director and Dr. Michael Lorenz, Co-Director) and current trainees. With an average attendance of 150 scientists, the retreat serves the MBID faculty and students as well as investigators and students in the Greater Houston area, including: UTHealth Houston, University of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A&M – College Station, UT Medical Branch at Galveston, Houston Methodist Research Institute, University of Houston – Downtown, Houston Community College, and others. The day begins with a Career Development Workshop, often featuring graduates of participating institutions, and keynote speakers who are locally- and nationally-recognized experts in infectious diseases. Oral and poster presentations are selected from submitted abstracts, and awards are given for exceptional graduate student and postdoctoral fellow presentations. Selected abstracts will be made available to registrants prior to the retreat so they can select the posters they would most like to visit “in person” during the event’s poster portion.

Read about 2021’s virtual event!

Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Poster Awards: 1st place student and postdoc – $200 each! 2nd place student and postdoc – $100 each!

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Agurcia-Parker.