Life Science Symposium

“Biomedical Sciences: Bridging the Gap from Bench to Bedside.”
October 11, 2017  //  the Morris Inn


The Life Science Symposium is led and organized by graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences. The purpose of this symposium is to provide opportunities for graduate students to interact with prominent scientists and to highlight the cutting-edge research being done on campus in addition to fostering collaborations that had not previously existed. The symposium has been generously supported by the Ar-Hale Family Foundation to promote biological inquiry and professional development of trainees.

The theme of our Inaugural Event, which will be held on October 11, 2017 at the Morris Inn, is “Biomedical Sciences: Bridging the Gap from Bench to Bedside.” The speakers will span a wide range of research topics within the realms of cancer, development, and regeneration.

Updated program information will be forthcoming through early 2017.

Symposium Speakers


Symposium Speaker

Joan S. Brugge, Ph.D.
Louise Foote Pfeiffer Professor of Cell Biology; Director of the Ludwig Center at Harvard Harvard Medical School


Symposium Speaker

Marc Freeman, Ph.D.
Professor, Director, and Senior Scientist Vollum Institute, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)


Symposium Speaker

John E. Dick, Ph.D. FRS
Canada Research Chair in Stem Cell Biology; Senior Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine; University Health Network Professor, Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto


Symposium Speaker

Linda Van Aelst, Ph.D.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL)


Symposium Speaker

Deborah Yelon, Ph.D.
Herbert Stern Professor of Biological Sciences, Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego


Symposium Speaker

Coming Soon
Information coming soon


The Life Science Planning Committee for Fall 2017
  • Mark Andrew Hawk, Ph.D. Candidate and Committee Chair
  • Ian Guldner, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Amanda Marra, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Joshua Mason, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Amanda Yamasaki, Ph.D. Candidate
Faculty Advisors
  • Zachary T. Schafer, Ph.D.
  • Cody Smith, Ph.D.
  • Rebecca A. Wingert, Ph.D.

Please send inquiries about this event to: