Basic Sciences Annual Research Symposium

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020,  10:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Sponsor: LLU School of Medicine Basic Sciences Department, Research Affairs

About the 23rd Annual Basic Sciences Research Symposium, held jointly with the Inland Empire Stem Cell Consortium (IESCC) 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 local faculty members to share their research and insight. This year’s symposium theme is “Aging and Stem Cells". The Symposium will begin with a welcome from Drs. Tamara Thomas, Dean of the School of Medicine, and Penelope Duerksen-Hughes, Associate Dean for Basic Science & Translational Research, and Chair of the Department of Basic Sciences.  Our keynote presentation will be presented by Dr. Leanne Jones, PhD, UCLA, who studies age-related changes to stem cells and the stem cell niche; a biography can be found here. There will also be talks by faculty from LLU, UCR, and La Sierra University, as well as student/postdoc talks, and student flash talks. There will be a virtual poster session, where investigators have the chance to present and discuss their recent research in an interactive format. 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 in which students and mentors can interact to discuss potential collaborations.

Abstracts are due by October 8th, 2020. 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 scientific exploration!


Juli Unternaehrer
Chair, 2020 LLU-Basic Sciences Steering Committee
Assistant Professor
Division of Biochemistry
Cancer, Developmental, and Regenerative Biology Program 

Contact Information

Juli Unternaehrer
Phone: 909-558-7691 Ext. 87691
Email: unternaehrer at

For Poster Presentation Information:
Johnny Figueroa
Phone: 909-558-4000 Ext. 81302
Email: jfigueroa at

For Symposium Organization:
Maria Villarreal
Phone: 909-558-7464