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Presidential Scholar Forums and Seminars
January 30, 2017

Guest speaker:
Linsey Yeager, PhD
Grant Editor
Institute for Human Infections & Immunity
Topic: "Preparing Your NIH Biosketch"

Student Presentation:
Brandon Trent
Experimental Pathology Graduate Program
Topic: "The Upregulation of Endothelial and Inflammatory micro RNAs during Scrub Typhus"

November 29, 2016

Guest speaker:
David S. Schneider, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Stanford University
Topic: "Become your poster; how to print and wear your data stylishly"

Student Presentation:
David Briley
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Topic: "Preserved Neurogenesis in non-demented individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease neuropathology"

June 28, 2016

Guest speaker:
Brian Mann, PhD
Presidential Scholar Program Alumnus, 2014
ASM/CDC Postdoctoral Fellow
Topic: "Adaptation to a novel professional environment: Initial transition to a governmental post-doc in infectious disease"
Federal/Public Health Fellowships Reference Document

Student Presentation:
Krista Versteeg
Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program
Topic: "Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship"

March 28, 2016

Guest speaker:
José M. Barral, MD, PhD
University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor
Dr. Leon Bromberg Professor for Excellence in Teaching
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for Operations, Neuroscience & Cell Biology
Topic: "GSBS Curriculum Reform"

Student Presentation:
Grace Thaxton
Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program
Topic: "Malnutrition and Immunity"

January 27, 2016

Guest speaker:
Gracie Vargas, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Scientist, Center for Biomedical Engineering
Topic: "Tour of Imaging Capabilities at UTMB"

Student Presentation:
Ashley Nilson
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Topic: "Tau oligomers, Inflammation, and propagation"

October 28, 2015

Guest speakers:
David Niesel, PhD
Vice President and Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Chief Research Officer

Thomas Green, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Topic: "Building Momentum in Your Career"

Student Presentation:
Rob Buschmann
Population Health Sciences Graduate Program
Topic: "Neighborhoods, Perceived Stress, and Allostatic Load in Texas City"

June 24, 2015

Guest speaker:
Michael Laposata, MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman
Department of Pathology
Topic: "Personalized Medicine and the Amazing Progress toward Life-saving Treatments for Patients with Cystic Fibrosis"

Student Presentation:
Erica Fletcher
Medical Humanities Graduate Program
Topic: "Mad Together in Technogenic Times: A Multi-Sited Ethnography of The Icarus Project"

April 28, 2015

Guest speaker:
Melodi Moore
Funding Specialist
Research Education - Research Services
Topic: "Influent: Moving UTMB forward through Advanced Collaboration System"

Student Presentation:
David Briley
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Topic: "The Role of Neurogenesis in the Preservation of Cognitive Ability in Alzheimer's Disease"

February 26, 2015

Guest speakers:
Mardelle Susman, MA
Instructor, Microbiology and Immunology
Grant Administration, Editor
Topic: "NIH Biosketches"

Gracie Vargas, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Scientist, Center for Biomedical Engineering
Topic: "Spectrum of Possibilities in Imaging at UTMB"

Student Presentation:
Stephanie Moya
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
Topic: "TP508, a novel radiosensitizer for treating brain cancers"

November 24, 2014

Guest speakers:
Larry Denner, PhD
Professor, Division of Endocrinology
Associate Director of Research, Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Diabetes Center

Mark Hellmich, PhD
Professor, Surgery and Physiology & Biophysics
HPTM Graduate Program Director

Topic: "Career Paths for PhDs"

Student Presentation:
Julia Gerson
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Topic: "Formation of Toxic Tau Protein in Traumatic Brain Injury and Neurodegenerative Disease"

September 25, 2014

Guest speaker:
Giulio Taglialatela, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair of Research
Director, Mitchell Center of Neurodegenerative Diseases
Topic: "The inside view of NIH fellowship grant applications"

Student Presentation:
Barbara Rolls
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
Topic: "Effects of Carbon Monoxide of Smooth Muscle Research Update"

July 21-22, 2014

Guest speaker:
Janet Yamamoto, PhD
Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases & Pathology
College of Veterinary Medicine,
University of Florida
July 21st Topic: "Academic Career in Basic to Translational Research"
July 22nd Topic: "Human (HIV-1) and feline (FIV) immunodeficiency viruses: FIV-cat model for developing an effective HIV-1 vaccine"

May 29, 2014

Guest speaker:
Rebecca Hester, MA, PhD
Assistant Professor
Institute for the Medical Humanities
Topic: "Biometrics in Health Care"

Student Presentation:
Meghan Hermance
Experimental Pathology Graduate Program
Topic: "Powassan Virus Research Update"

March 27, 2014

Guest speaker:
Kathryn Cunningham, PhD
Director, UTMB Center for Addiction Research
Topic: "Networking and Mentoring"

Student Presentation:
Joseph L. Sáenz
Preventive Medicine and Community Health
Topic: "Socioeconomic Position and Disability Research Update"

March 18, 2014

Presidential Scholars Seminar Series Event

Guest speaker:
Nathan Wolfe, MA, DSc
Founder and CEO, Metabiota
Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University
Author, The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age
Topic: “Global Surveillance for the Emergence of Novel Viruses”

January 23, 2014

Guest speaker:
Dana Buschmann, JD
Patent Management Attorney
Topic: "Intellectual Property"

Student Presentation:
Sarah Swinford-Jackson
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Topic: "Cocaine Addiction Research Update"

November 25, 2013

Guest speaker:
Raul Reyes
Director of Media Relations
Topic: "Media Relations and Communications"

Student Presentation:
Krista Versteeg
Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program
Topic: "Nipah Virus Vaccine Research Update"

September 26, 2013

Guest speaker:
Dennis Bente, DVM, PhD
Assistant Professor
Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Internal Medicine
Topic: "Market your science"

Student Presentation:
Brian Mann
Experimental Pathology Graduate Program
Topic: "West Nile Virus Research Update"