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Past Retreats: 2018 Agenda

Friday, April 20, 2018
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Registration & Coffee
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Welcome
Erin Walsh, PhD, Chair, 14th Annual Retreat Steering Committee
Constantine A. Stratakis, MD, D(med)Sci, Scientific Director, NICHD
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Keynote Address (Rasmuson Theater)
Moderator: Laura Gorrell
Dr. Yvette Seger
Director of Science Policy
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
“Pipettes to Police: Transitioning Skills Learned at the Bench into a Career Advocating for Science”
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Career Speaker Introductions
Moderator: Jeremy Weaver, PhD
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch & Networking with Career Speakers
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Career Focus: Round Tables (Room 4018/4019)
Moderator: Jeremy Weaver, PhD
  1. Science Communication
    • Abby Robinson, PhD (University of Maryland)
  2. Medical Science Liaison
    • Christopher McNabb, PhD (Bayer U.S., LLC)
  3. Consulting
    • Samantha Crowe, PhD (Evalia Consulting)
  4. Grants Management
    • Erin Gray, PhD (NIMH)
  5. Science Education/Technology Transfer
    • Robert Walker, PhD (NIAMS)
  6. Academe/Research
    • Dylan Burnette, PhD (Vanderbilt University)
  7. Industry
    • Jyothsna Visweswaraiah (Pandion Therapeutics)
  8. Academe/Teaching
    • Stephanie Justice-Bitner, PhD (King’s College)
  9. Academe/Teaching
    • Matthew Hemm, PhD (Towson University)
  10. Industry
    • Nikki Keasey, PhD (vivoPharm LLC)
2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Sweet-Time Break (Room 4025)
Light dessert fare
2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Quick Tips for Career Success (Rasmuson Theater)
Moderator: Erin Walsh, PhD
Dr. Philip Ryan
Deputy Director
Graduate Programs and Student Services
NIH Graduate Partnerships Program
Office of Intramural Training & Education
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Fellows Oral Presentations (Rasmuson Theater)
Moderator: Karen Plevock Haase, PhD

Gernot Wolf, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Macfarlan Lab
“Megabase-scale genetic deletions of mouse-specific epigenetic repressors lead to reactivation of genomic parasites”

Marina Venero Galanternik, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Weinstein Lab
“Studying the origin and function of novel brain vascular-associated cells”

Joshua Pemberton, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Balla Lab
“Establishing a molecular toolbox to study the distribution and functions of phosphatidylinositol within intact cells”

Danfeng (Dani) Cai, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Lippincott-Schwartz Lab
“Phase Separation of YAP Regulates its Nuclear Localization and Transcription”


3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Poster Sessions with Refreshments (Patrons' Lounge & Room 4025)
Session 1: Numbers 1-37
Session 2: Numbers 38-73