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Annual Bioscience Symposium &
Don Summers Memorial Lectures

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House

Please Register Here

Directions to the Alumni House

The University of Utah research community is invited to the Symposium - Faculty, students, and postdocs across multiple colleges and departments along with our new classes of graduate students!

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (OC Tanner Ballroom, 2nd Floor, via remote broadcast)

Welcome & Don Summers Memorial Lecture

Leonard Zon

Grousbeck Professor of Pediatric Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

"Stem Cell Clonality and the Niche"


12:00 - 1:00 PM

Box Lunches at the Alumni House


Red Session

OC Tanner Ballroom, 2nd Floor

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Daniel Leung (Microbiology & Immunology, Internal Medicine)
"MAITs for B cells: a potential target for mucosal vaccines"

Nathan Clark (Human Genetics)
"Losing to Win: How gene loss can contribute to species adaptations"

Jim Heys (Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering)
"Neural clocks: how the brain keeps track of time"

White Session

Henriksen Room, 1st Floor

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Andrew Roberts (Chemistry)
"Synthesis of bioactive natural product-inspired cyclic peptides"

Yue Lu (Molecular Pharmaceutics)
"Digital Pharmaceutics: From Smart Drug Delivery to Systems Biology"

Jeffrey Mensah (Pharmacology & Toxicology, Wilcox Lab)
"Development of Clinical Relevant Combination Therapy Paradigms for Dravet Syndrome"


2:15 - 2:30



Red Session

OC Tanner Ballroom, 2nd Floor

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Qian Xue (Biochemistry, Roh-Johnson Lab)
"Environmental control of cell-matrix interaction during single cell migration"

Katie Basham (Oncological Sciences)
"Understanding the role of sex hormones in anti-tumor immune surveillance”

Anna Beaudin (Microbiology & Immunology, Hematology)
"Defining developmental origins of health and disease:  a (hematopoietic) stem cell perspective"

White Session

Henriksen Room, 1st Floor

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Tamara Bidone (Biochemistry, Molecular Pharmaceutics)
"Understanding the relationship between protein motions and conformation through the development of bottom-up coarse-graining approaches"

TingTing Hong (Pharmacology & Toxicology)
"T-tubule Membrane Remodeling in the Heart – from Mechanisms to Therapy Development for Chronic Heart Failure"

Peter Shen (Biochemistry)
"How cells unfold proteins"


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (OC Tanner Ballroom, 2nd Floor)

Closing Don Summers Memorial Lecture

Ruma Banerjee

Vincent Massey Collegiate Professor of Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan Medical School

"A mitochondrial paradigm for sulfide signaling"


5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Poster Session & Social (In-Person)

Posters from graduate students, faculty, and postdocs!

RSVP by Tuesday, September 6th to reserve a board and easel. 


Last Updated: 8/31/23