We are very excited to announce that 3 AWESOME top notch Bay Area postdocs will be presenting their research at a BALT event hosted in downtown San Francisco (profiles below). For those of you that have been there, no explanation is necessary! The scene is fantastic, the people are awesome, and the food is delicious!
We have at arranged for at least 3 sponsors for this event to provide amazing food (dim sum) and drink (beer and wine) and please make sure you thank the reps from Cell Signaling Technology, Corning, and Medline at the event for their support!
Agenda - 5:30-6:30 Networking, 6:30-7:30 Speakers, 7:30-?? More Networking
Speakers (15 min each):
Frank Bos, PhD - Cardiovascular Research Institute, UCSF
"True Blood Production"
Frank Bos studied Biomedical Sciences at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. He obtained his PhD degree in the field of ‘Cancer Genomics and Developmental Biology’ at the Erasmus Medical Centre in collaboration with the Hubrecht Institute for Stem Cell research. As of 2012, Frank is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California San Francisco. He is currently exploring the biology of blood stem cells in order to generate patient specific blood for future clinical use.
Gaia Skibinski, PhD - Gladstone Institutes, UCSF
"Human cellular models of Parkinson's disease using Longitudinal Survival Analysis"
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder. The underlying mechanisms of PD are progressive and complex, making searching for disease-modifying treatments a challenge. Focus is shifting towards more physiologically relevant cellular models, including primary neurons and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell technology. In parallel“systems” biology approaches that create predictive, quantitative multivariate cell models of PD are emerging. Longitudinal survival analysis enables single neurons to be followed over the course of neurodegeneration, capturing the dynamic cellular events that occur along the way. Quantitative models can then be used to determine the role and importance of the events during cell death, yielding unique insights and potentially novel therapeutic strategies for PD and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Aniek Janssen, PhD - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley
''Live imaging of the DNA damage response''
Aniek Janssen is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Gary Karpen in the Life Sciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley. She is studying the effects of DNA damage on chromatin dynamics in the model organism Drosophila Melanogaster (fruitfly). Last december she obtained her PhD at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. During her PhD she worked in the lab of Prof. Dr. Rene Medema at the UMC Utrecht and the Netherlands Cancer Institute (Amsterdam) and studied the effects of drugs that perturb cell division and their potential in anti-cancer treatments.