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The Graduate Program in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry (MCB) is a truly interdisciplinary, interdepartmental Program that offers students of superior ability and motivation excellent preparation for a career that includes research in biological and medical sciences. The Program draws faculty trainers from: five departments within the Program in Biology (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry; Molecular Microbiology and Immunology; Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology; and Neuroscience); four departments within Alpert Medical School Brown Medical School (Medicine; Pathology; Orthopaedics and Pediatrics), and from the Chemistry, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics departments. 

26th Annual MCB Graduate Program Retreat

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

9 AM - 6 PM

Haffenreffer Grant of Mount Hope, Bristol, RI

9:00-9:30           Breakfast

9:15-9:25           Opening Remarks   Rob Reenan, Retreat Committee Chair

9:25 – 9:35        Elizabeth Harrington, Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (Brenda Slaney)

9:35- 12:05        Research Talks

9:35-10:00         Alexandra Deaconescu - – “Stories on DNA motors, tubulin rings, tubes and ribbons”

 10:00--10:20       Takahiro Ito  - “Reduced EZH2 triggers cellular senescence through H3K27me3-independent and H3K27me3-dependent pathways”

 10:20-10:45        Ashley Webb - “Identification of transcription factor networks regulating adult neural stem cell homeostasis”

 10:45-11:00        Coffee Break  

 11:00-11:25        Louis Lapierre - “Conserved mechanisms for longevity: Autophagy, lysosomes and beyond”

 11:25-11:45        Jennifer Forcina - “When 2 become 1: Molecular mechanisms of gamete fusion in Arabidopsis”

 11:45-12:05        Samantha Jeschonek - “Drawing a Blue print for a cell plarity: Novel components of an mRNA anchoring complex in Xenopus laevis oocytes”

12:05-12:10        Student Service Award/ Mentor Award

 12:10-12:20        Introduction of New Students- Richard Freiman

 12:20-1:30         Lunch

 1:00-1:30           Program Faculty Meeting (Faculty only)

 1:00 – 2:00        Recreation

2:00-4:00           Poster Sessions

4:00-4:15           Poster Awards and Closing remarks

4:15 -                Volleyball Tournament