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 28th Annual Retreat will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at the Haffenreffer Grant of Mount Hope, Bristol

9:00-9:30   Breakfast  

9:10-9:15     Opening Remarks   Ashley Webb, Retreat Committee Chair

9:15 – 9:25  Elizabeth Harrington, Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies  

9:25 - 9:30   John Sedivy, Molecular Biology of Aging

9:30-9:40    John Davenport – Brown Institute for Brain Science (BIBS)

9:40- 12:15        Research Talks

9:40-10:00   Brian Jones – “A somatic piRNA pathway in the Drosophila fat body suppresses transposable elements ensuring metabolic homeostasis and normal lifespan”

10:00--10:15   Amanda Jamieson – “Stress Management: Understanding Host Resilience to Infection”

10:15--10:35       Stephanie Post – “Investigating redundant and disctinct functions of Drosophila insulin-like peptides”

10:35-10:50  Christopher de Graffenried – “Cytoskeletal Morphogenesis in Trypanosoma brucei” 

10:50-11:05        Coffee Break 

11:05-11:25   Emily Kaye – “The X-factor: GA-repeat density on the X-xhromosome recruits the CLAMP transcription factor”

11:25-11:40  Eric Morrow – “Novel Human Neurogenetic Syndromes and Cellular Mechanisms in Brain Disease”

11:40-12:00  Christine Scaduto – “Rewiring the signaling architecture between two epigenetic states in a human fungal pathogen”

12:00-12:15   Emily Petruccelli - “Formation of alcohol memories through a Fibrinogen-Notch pathway”

12:15-12:20   Student Service Award/ Faculty Mentor Award (Amy Sinclair-Davis and William Jordan)

12:20-12:30  Introduction of New Students (Mark Johnson)

12:30-12:35  Group Photo                  

12:35-1:30         Lunch

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

1:00 – 2:00   Recreation

2:00-3:00      Poster Session A 

3:00-4:00      Poster Session B

4:00-4:15       Poster Awards and Closing remarks   Co-chair, Louis Lapierre 

4:15 -                Volleyball Tournament