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Schedule for 2018 Annual Career Symposium





Ballrooms A&B

Keynote address: "Blind Men and Elephants – biomedical research from many perspectives”

Lynn Matrisian, PhD, MBA

Chief Science Officer, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network


Ballrooms A&B

Board of Trust

Downstairs 1&2

10:05 -11:00 am

The Role of a Teaching Professor

10 minute talk from each + Q&A


Katie Coate, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics and Director of the Master of Science in Nutrition program, Samford University


Wallace Sharif, Assistant Professor of Biology, Morehouse College


Tom Ekman, Dean of Math and Science, Vol State Community College

The Research-Related Role 

10 minute talk from each + Q&A


Brian Dattilo, Manager of Business Development, Waisman Biomanufacturing


Jeremy Fagan, Research Associate, Montefiore Health System


Sonja Brooks-Fulmer, Guidance Advisor, Office of Policy, Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), Food & Drug Administration


Amicia Elliott, PRAT Fellow, NIH

The Role of a Principal Investigator 

10 minute talk from each + Q&A

Julio Ayala, Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Vanderbilt School of Medicine


Michelle Reniere, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, University of Washington School of Medicine


John Barnes, Research Microbiologist/Team, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

11:05-12:00 pm   The Research-Related Role (Repeat) The Role of a Principal Investigator  (Repeat)
12:00-12:30pm Lunch Pickup (Ballroom C)
12:30-1:45 pm

Ballrooms A&B

Follow the Money: Funding People and Projects
In this panel session, all speakers will describe how people and projects are funded in the respective organizations. Panelists will share where they derive their budgets, describe research or teaching grants they have received, and provide advice for negotiating what you need to be successful. 

  Breakout Session Options (3 rooms)

Ballrooms A&B

Board of Trust

Downstairs 1&2

2:00-2:45 pm Starting a new lab
featuring Drs. Ayala and Reniere

Starting a start-up
featuring Dr. Elliott

Starting a teaching career
featuring Drs. Coate and Sharif
3:00-3:45 pm


From Basic Research to Clinical Research and Public Health

featuring Drs. Fagan and Hacker

Applying for Government Positions

featuring Drs. Barnes, Brooks Fulmer, and Dattilo

Navigating the Community College Application Process

featuring Dr. Ekman

3:50-5:00 pm Networking Reception/Mingler (Ballroom C)