Research Retreat




 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration
 9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. Welcome
John Byrne, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Research, Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
 9:05 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Remarks from the Dean
Barbara J. Stoll, M.D.  H. Wayne Hightower Distinguished Professor in the Medical Sciences and Dean McGovern Medical School
9:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. Breakthrough Discovery Symposium I
Chaired by Theresa Koehler, Ph.D. Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
“Insights into language from cortical recordings”

Nitin Tandon, M.D.  Professor, Department of  Neurosurgery

“Genetic dissection of brain dysfunction in obesity development”

Qingchun Tong, Ph.D.  Associate Professor, Center for Metabolic and Degenerative Disease

“Age related dysbiosis and stroke outcome”

Louise McCullough, M.D., Ph.D. Professor and Chair Department of Neurology

 10:35 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Break
10:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Keynote Address
Introduction by Dean Barbara Stoll, M.D.
Dean McGovern Medical School at UTHealthPaul Offit, M.D.
Director of the Vaccine Education Center
Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Infectious Diseases
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
“Vaccine Wars”
11:50 a.m. – 12:35 p.m Postdoctoral Symposium
Chaired by Consuelo Walss-Bass, Ph.D. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
“A novel role for smooth muscle α-actin in the nucleus of smooth muscle cells”

Callie Kwartler, Ph.D., Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Genetics

“Bacterial outer membrane vesicles provide an alternative pathway for trafficking of type III-secreted effectors into epithelial cells”

Natalie Sirisaengtaksin, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics


  “Inhibiting sphingosine kinase 2 mutant-Huntingtin-induced neurodegeneration in neuron models of Huntington disease”

Jose Felix Moruno-Manchon, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy

12:35 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. Graduate Student Education Committee Poster Session and Lunch (Willerson Discovery Hall)
2:35 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Breakthrough Discovery Symposium II
Chaired by Mandy Hill, DrPH, MPH, Department of Emergency Medicine
“Electrocardiographic QT interval: From GWAS to molecular mechanisms”

Ashish Kapoor, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Human Genetics

“The noncoding regulome in human health and disease”

Wenbo Li, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

“Gut-brain axis in relation to amyloid-β aggregation”

Bhanu Priya Ganesh, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

3:55 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Winners of Graduate Student Education Committee Poster Competition Announced