Research Retreat


  8:45 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 Michael Blackburn, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President & Chief Academic Officer, UTHealth Houston and Dean of Research, ad interim, McGovern Medical School,
and Dean, MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  9:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. Breakthrough Discovery Symposium I
Chaired by Rodrigo Morales, Ph.D., Department of Neurology
“Breaking barriers in central nervous system drug delivery”

Rachel Sirianni, PhD., Associate Professor, Department of  Neurosurgery

“Fungi of the human gut microbiota: Roles and significance”

Christian Perez, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

“Complement system, stress and neurobehavior

Anilkumar Pillai, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

 10:35 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Break
 10:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Keynote Address/Ernst Knobil Distinguished Lecture
Introduction by: Holger Eltzschig, M.D., Ph.D., Chair Department of Anesthesiology

Gregg Semenza, M.D., Ph.D.
2019 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
C. Michael Armstrong Professor of Genetic Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
“Hypoxia-inducible factors in physiology and medicine”

11:50 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. Postdoctoral Symposium
Chaired by Funlola Are, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
“Gut metabolites: How the microbiota regulate host immunity and behavior in aging and after stroke”

Juneyoung Lee, Ph.D., Department of Neurology

“Antibody immunotherapy of infection and cancer”

Zhiqiang Ku, Ph.D., IMM Texas Therapeutics Institute

  “A distinct population of heterogeneously color tuned neurons in macaque visual cortex”

Sunny Nigam, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy

12:35 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. Graduate Student Education Committee Poster Session and Lunch
  2:35 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Breakthrough Discovery Symposium II
Chaired by Holly Holmes, M.D., MS, AGSF., Division of Geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine
“Periviable birth: The enormous challenge of medicine’s smallest patients”

Matthew Rysavy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology

“A high-resolution window on the regulation of gene transcription”

Kuang-Lei Tsai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

“To beat or not to beat: Regulation of the cardiac conduction system”

Jun Wang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pediatrics Research Center

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