M.D.-Ph.D. Program’s 29th Annual Student/Faculty Retreat

October 15-16, 2011
Waterville Valley Resort
Waterville Valley, NH

MD-PhD 29th Annual Retreat – Waterville Valley, New Hampshire – Schedule

Saturday, October 15, 2011
6:30am Charter buses arrive at Vanderbilt Hall
7:00am Charter buses depart from Vanderbilt Hall
9:00am Arrival & Breakfast Buffet
10:00am Welcome & Inroductions
Dr. Stephen C. Blacklow

Session I - Student Oral Presentations
Sonia Cohen
(Mentor: Michael Greenberg, Ph.D.)
Genome-Wide Activity-Dependent MeCP2 Phosphorylation in Nervous System Development and Function
Athar N. Malik (Mentor: Michael Greenberg, Ph.D.)
Fos transcription factors amplify stimulus-specific transcriptional responses by activating enhancers throughout the genome
Craig H. Mermel (Mentor: Matthew Meyerson, M.D., Ph.D.)
The systematic analysis of cancer genomes
11:00am BREAK (10 minutes)
  Elizabeth J. Rossin (Mentor: Mark Daly, Ph.D.)
Using protein-protein interaction data to interpret genetic associations to disease
Takahiro Soda (Mentor: Li-Huei Tsai, Ph.D.)
DISC1 modulates Gene Transcription
Arvind Ravi (Mentor: Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D.)
Viability of a Mouse Sarcoma in the Absence of MicroRNAs
Iahn Cajigas Gonzalez (Mentor: Emery Brown, M.D., Ph.D.)
Methods towards understanding the cortical control of locomotion
12:45-2:00pm Group Photo & Buffet Lunch
2:00-3:00pm Transitions Workshop (Drs. Steve Blacklow, Roz Segal & Thomas Michel & student Alex Bick)
3:00-4:00pm Break for Hotel Check-in & Poster Session set-up
Distribution of keys for Town Square Condos will be at the registration desk in the conference center.
4:00-5:30pm Introduction to Eva Neer Lecture by Dr. Stephen Blacklow
Annual Eva Neer Memorial Lecture
A Developmental Neurobiologist’s Approach to Brain Tumors
Rosalind A. Segal, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Neurobiology, DFCI
5:30-7:30pm Poster Session and Reception
Held in the Osceola Room located on the lower level of the conference center
Saturday Evening
7:30-9:30pm New England Clam Bake Dinner/Special Prizes & Entertainment
Organized game by Athar Malik
9:30pm After Dinner Party in Conference Center Speakeasy
Music & Karaoke Provided by D.J. Sean O’Brien


Sunday, October 16, 2011
7:00-8:30am Breakfast Bufet
8:30am Welcome & Introductions - Dr. Stephen C. Blacklow
Student Oral Presentations - Session II
Moderated by: Athar Malik
Vincent C. Auyeung (Mentor: David Bartel, Ph.D.)
Sequence determinants of pri-miRNA recognition and processing
Devarati Mitra (Mentor: David Fisher, M.D., Ph.D.)
Why red-heads are at increased risk of melanoma: A novel BRAF mutant mouse model
Amy J. Xu (Mentor: Timothy Springer, Ph.D.)
Force Sensitivity of von Willebrand Factor Size Regulation
9:30am Break (15 minutes)
9:45-10:45am Town Hall Meeting chaired by Dr. Stephen Blacklow
11:00-12:30pm Group Hike & Recreational Activities
Welch and Dickey hike led by Erika Williams
12:00pm Town Square Check out (luggage can be stored at conference center) Keys returned to Town Square front desk
12:30-1:00pm Bag Lunch
12:45pm Golden Eagle Check-out
1:00pm Charter buses depart outside of WV Conference Center

Student Retreat Committee: Year 1: Amy Li, Jack Li, Winston Yan; Year 2: Stephen Allsop, Alexander Bick, Anthony Nguyen; Year 3: Ryan Dosumu-Johnson, Anna Garza, Priya Srikanth, Jennifer Yeh; Year 7: Athar Malik.


Past Events

MD-PhD Retreat 2011

MD-PhD Retreat 2010

MD-PhD Retreat 2009

MD-PhD Retreat 2008