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Third Biennial Symposium

Hosted by the fields of:
Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology
Genetics, Genomics & Development

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Biotechnology Building and Weill Hall,
Cornell University
Dr. Corey Wilson
Corey’s research seeks to engineer novel, non-natural proteins of tailored function for applications like therapeutics and biological devices. His current focus is on engineering enzymes that function under non-physiological conditions (temperature and oxidative stress), scaffolds capable of biological charge transfer, proteins that regulate gene expression networks, and proteins that are structurally and functionally resistant to oxidative stress. Website
Dr. Elaine Mardis
Elaine is interested in applying next-generation sequencing to characterize cancer genomes and transcriptomes, and using these data to support therapeutic decision-making. She is leading efforts to facilitate the translation of basic science discoveries about human genetic diseases into the clinical setting, such as NGS-based diagnostics, decision-support tools and databases, and the use of genomics to design personalized cancer vaccines. Website
Dr. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
Jennifer’s research uses live cell imaging approaches to analyze the spatio-temporal behavior and dynamic interactions of molecules and organelles in cells. Her group has pioneered the use of green fluorescent protein (GFP) technology for quantitative analysis and modeling of intracellular protein traffic and organelle biogenesis in live cells and embryos, providing novel insights into cell compartmentalization, protein trafficking and organelle inheritance. Website
Dr. Michael Snyder
Michael is one of the major participants of the ENCODE project. His laboratory study was the first to perform a large-scale functional genomics project in any organism, and has developed many technologies in genomics and proteomics. These include the development of proteome chips, high resolution tiling arrays for the entire human genome, methods for global mapping of transcription factor binding sites, paired end sequencing for mapping of structural variation in eukaryotes, de novo genome sequencing using high throughput technologies and RNA-Seq. He has also combined different state-of–the-art “omics” technologies to perform the first longitudinal detailed integrative personal omics profile (iPOP) of person and used this to assess disease risk and monitor disease states for personalized medicine. He is a cofounder of several biotechnology companies. Website
Dr. Richard Kriwacki
Richard’s lab studies the molecular basis of regulation of cell division and apoptosis, with special emphasis on the role of tumor suppressor proteins. They apply structural biology and biophysical techniques (NMR spectroscopy, x-ray crystallography, calorimetry, AUC) as well as biochemical and cell biological methods, to study the details of biomolecular mechanisms from the test tube to cells. Of particular interest is the role of intrinsic protein flexibility in regulatory mechanisms. Website
When What Where
8:00 - 9:00 AM Check-In & Breakfast Biotechnology Atrium
Session 1: Seminar
9:00 - 9:05 AM Daniel Barbash (Cornell University) - Opening Remarks Biotechnology G10
9:05 - 9:50 AM Elaine Mardis (University of Washington) - "Clinical translation of cancer genomics" Biotechnology G10
9:55 - 10:40 AM Richard Kriwacki (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital) - "Biological roles of disordered proteins on length scales from Angstroms to microns" Biotechnology G10
10:40 - 11:00 AM Coffee Break Biotechnology Atrium
11:00 - 11:45 AM Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) - "Emerging fluorescence technology to study the spatial and temporal dynamics of organelles" Biotechnology G10
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch** Weill Hall
Session 2: Workshop**
1:15 - 1:45 PM

Workshop 1

Corey Wilson - "Becoming an academic - the minority report"

Michael Snyder - "My experience on setting up a biotech company"


Weill 224

Weill 226

1:50 - 2:20 PM

Workshop 2

Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz - "Looking to the future of cell biology"

Elaine Mardis - "How to have an academic career in team science"

Richard Kriwacki - "Scientific Careers in the Research Hospital Setting"


Weill 226

Weill 224

Weill 121

2:20 - 2:45 PM Coffee Break Biotechnology Atrium
Session 3: Seminar
2:45 - 3:30 PM Corey Wilson (Yale University) - "Goldilocks and the bears: a rational protein design adventure" Biotechnology G10
3:35 - 4:20 PM Michael Snyder (Stanford University) - "Managing health and disease using big data" Biotechnology G10
4:20 - 4:30 PM Tony Bretscher (Cornell University) - Closing Remarks Biotechnology G10
4:30 - 5:30 PM Poster Session and Reception Weill Atrium
** Lunch and Workshops are open only to BMCB and GGD graduate students.
Registration Information

  • The symposium - seminars, and poster session & reception - is open to everyone, and you don't need to register for it.
  • The lunch and workshops are open only to BMCB and GGD graduate students, and registration is required for that (Deadline: September 15, 2016). If you are a BMCB or GGD graduate student, you will receive an email with registration details by the end of August 15, 2016. If you don't, please contact one of the student organizers. The registration to the workshops and poster presentations is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take 5 minutes to register at your earliest possible convenience.
  • The two best posters selected by faculty judges will be awarded prizes.
  • Organizers

    From left: Robert, Tina, Nithya, Zijing, Blaine, Ravi, Jordana, Aaron and Marcus.

    Primary contact:
    bmcb-ggd-symp [at] cornell [dot] edu

    BMCB Student Organizers
    Jordana Bloom (jcb454)
    Aaron Joiner (amj85)
    Tina Tran (tnt39)

    GGD Student Organizers
    Blaine Harlan (bh427)
    Nithya Kartha (nk474)
    Ravi Patel (rkp55)
    Zijing Zhang (zz298)
    Director of Graduate Studies
    Marcus Smolka (BMCB)
    Robert Weiss (GGD)

    Weill Institute
    Scott Emr
    Administrative Advisors
    Rebecca Alguard
    Cathy Ervay
    Robin Lampman

    NIH Training Grant AdvisorsBretscher
    Daniel Barbash
    Funding and Sponsors
    • Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cell Biology (BMCB)

      BMCB in essence is an umbrella program with strengths ranging from biochemistry and structural biology to cell biology and developmental biology and molecular genetics. Research topics include transcription, DNA replication, DNA repair, membrane trafficking, the cytoskeleton, signal transduction, metabolic regulation, enzyme structure and mechanism, organelle function, biophysics of protein-protein and protein-lipid interactions, and virology.

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    • Genetics, Genomics, and Development (GGD)

      The GG&D Field has particular strengths in the following research areas: Genetics; Developmental Biology; Population Structure and Molecular Evolution; Molecular Genetics; Genomics; Computational Biology; and Plant Genetics. Graduate students in the Field of GG&D obtain outstanding training in genomics, genetics and development and acquire analytical tools that enable them to understand the mechanisms of inheritance, development, mutation, gene regulation, and population structure and evolution.

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    • BMCB-GGD Symposium

      The fields of Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology (BMCB) and Genetics, Genomics & Development (GGD) at Cornell University are pleased to announce that the Third Biennial Symposium will be held on October 11, 2016. The symposium will bring together leading scientists and life sciences business leaders from diverse fields to share their forefront research with public seminars and followed by technical workshops. This student-organized symposium is open to the general public and is generously supported by the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics.

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