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Basic Sciences Annual Research Symposium

Date: Thursday, October 31, 2019
Location: Centennial Complex - 4th Floor
Sponsor: LLU School of Medicine Basic Sciences Department

About the 22st Annual Basic Sciences Research Symposium

The Loma Linda University Basic Science Research Symposium is held every fall and is generally organized around a central theme. Based on this theme, we invite external speakers as well as several LLU faculty members to share their research and insight. This year’s symposium theme will be “Road to Career Advancement," where we will focus on how to build career advancement paths for graduate students. The Symposium will begin with a welcome from Drs. Penelope Duerksen-Hughes, Associate Dean for Basic Science & Translational Research, and Chair of the Department of Basic Sciences and Tamara Thomas, Dean of the School of Medicine.  A group of successful professionals in industry, academia and medicine will participate in a panel discussion, sharing their knowledge, experience and insight regarding potential career progression plans. This will be followed by student flash talks and poster presentation sessions, where students and LLU investigators present and discuss their recent research. The presentations and poster sessions also provide an excellent opportunity for incoming students to be exposed to the local research environment and provide a forum for which students and mentors can interact to discuss potential collaborations. In the afternoon, there will be an Academic Skills Workshop. We have invited three LLU accomplished investigators to share their insights and professional skills regarding how best to effectively prepare for academic success. There will be opportunities for interaction with the speakers. Finally, we are privileged to have two distinguished speakers. Dr. Chengyu Liu from the NIH. His talk is titled: “Using CRISPR and other genome engineering methods to create animal models for biomedical research.” A mini–biography can be found here. The second speaker is Dr. Kenton Abel from Bonti, a biotechnology company that focuses on drug development. Dr. Abel’s talk is titled: “Failure and the Entrepreneurial Mindset.” A mini-biography can be found here.

Abstracts are due by October 11th, 2019. Awards will be given to the top three most outstanding student posters. Registration is required for all participants, so please be sure to sign up. Register here.

We hope you will join us for a day of discussion and exploring!


Xiao Wen Mao
Chair, 2019 LLU-Basic Sciences Steering Committee
Division of Biomedical Engineering Sciences (BMES)
LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY | Department of Basic Sciences

Contact Information

Xiao Wen “Vivien” Mao
Phone: 909-558-8373 Ext. 88373
Fax: 909-558-4083
Email: xmao@llu.edu

For Poster Presentation Information:
Erik J. Behringer
Phone: 909-651-5334
Fax: 909-558-0119
Email: ebehringer@llu.edu

For Symposium Organization:
Maria Villarreal
Phone: 909-558-7464
Email: mvillarreal@llu.edu