Annual MCB Graduate Program Retreat

What is the MCB Graduate Program Retreat?

A full-day retreat is held at the Haffenreffer Estate of Mount Hope, a thirty-minute drive from campus, each year during the week before the start of the fall semester. This forum provides an opportunity to reconnect and exchange ideas across the program. New students and faculty members are introduced to the community at the beginning of the retreat. The morning session consists of research seminars delivered by both faculty members and students. In the afternoon, all students not speaking in the morning session are expected to present a poster on their work. Faculty members serve as judges in a poster contest, in which prizes are awarded. The students presenting the three “top” posters are invited to present their work in oral format at the retreat the following year. Scientific sessions are interspersed with meals and opportunities for social interaction, including a much-anticipated annual volleyball tournament.

Our 26th Annual Retreat was held 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


Directions to the Haffenreffer Museum From Providence

Take Route 195 E to Exit 2 in MA (Warren/Newport exit). Follow Route 136 S about 7.5 miles (through Warren and into Bristol). Turn left onto Tower St. (there are Haffenreffer Museum signs on both sides of Rte 136 at Tower St.) and follow the road about 1 mile onto the Haffenreffer property. (Approaching the Tower St. turnoff, you pass the King Philip Inn and the Riviera Restaurant on your right. Rte. 136 interesects Franklin St. on your right, and Tower is the 3rd left after the Franklin St. intersection.)