The 2nd Annual Student Symposium

RESCHEDULED: The new date is February 29th, 2008!

The Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Association is pleased to open official registration for the second annual GSA Graduate Student Symposium.

The symposium will be held on February 29th, 2008 in the Life Sciences Auditorium on Busch campus, from noon - 5pm. Presenters will be from various departments from both Rutgers and UMDNJ Graduate Schools. It will be a half day symposium, with 10-15 minute talks given by the graduate students, as well as a poster session, vendor show and reception.

This will be a great opportunity for all students to learn to give a short talk or poster in a more informal symposium setting. It will prepare you for large conferences, as well as provide speaking/abstract presentation experience for your CV. It is our goal to provide a comfortable setting for the students to interact, network, exchange ideas, and learn more about the great work that is being done by the students in this program.

The symposium is free of charge, and is open to all students, post-docs and faculty.

12:00pm - 12:45pm Setup and registration
12:45pm - 1:00pm Opening Addresses (Dr. Paul Copeland)
1:00pm - 2:00pm Session 1

1:00 1:15      Arnold Luk, Biomedical Engineering
Spatial quantification of hydration regions in poly(ethylene glycol)-containing tyrosine derived polycarbonates and effects on protein fibrinogen adsorption.

1:15 1:30      Sonia Picinich, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
Signaling events involved in mesenchymal stem cell migration to the tumor microenvironment.

1:30 1:45      Sunanda Baliga, Physiology and Integrative Biology
Neuroprotective effects of acetaminophen in a rat model of cerebral ischemia/reperfusion.

1:45 2:00      Pavel Kuksa, Computer Science
String kernel-based species identification using DNA barcodes.

2:00pm - 2:30pm Coffee Break (Poster session I, Vendor show)
2:30pm - 3:30pm Session 2

2:30 2:45      Prasun J. Mishra, Pharmacology
Dihydrofolate reductase as an oncogene: A novel role for an essential DNA synthesis enzyme.

2:45 3:00      Wei Liu, Biochemistry
Characterization of a new factor in non-canonical Wnt signaling.

3:00 3:15      Henderson D. Marshall, Pharmacology
Deficiency of the dual ubiquitin/Sumo ligase TOPORS results in chromosomal instability and an increase rate of malignancy in mice.

3:15 3:30      Kevin Anton, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
Intercellular signaling in the tumor microenvironment: Macrophage and mesenchymal stromal cell interactions

3:30pm - 4:00pm Keynote speaker: Dr. Costantino Vetriani
Dept. of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Institute of Marine & Coastal Sciences
Microbiology of post eruptive deep-sea hydrothermal vents
4:00pm - 5:00pm Reception (Poster session II, Vendor show)

Molecular Biosciences GSA
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences