Annual Retreat


Our annual retreat will be held on May 24, 2017 at the Student Life Center on the Vanderbilt University Campus. The retreat provides CPB students and faculty an opportunity to appreciate the breadth of research being conducted in the Program. For students it helps to gain experience in presenting scientific work in a scientifically critical but personally supportive setting; and it fosters a sense of community within the program. It is our major program-wide event, and attendance is required of all students. The academic program includes poster and oral presentations from each student and a keynote presentation whose research represents one of the four programmatic tracks. 

The speaker for the annual CPB retreat will be Dr. Benjamin Cravatt of the Scripps Institute.  Dr. Cravatt's laboratory specializes in global analysis of enzyme function with the stated purpose of identifying therapeutic targets in human disease.  The Cravatt Lab has been on the cutting edge of both technology development and basic science discovery of the enzymatic regulation of chemical signaling.  Please reserve Wednesday, May 24th, on your calendars for this event! 


The CPB 2016 Annual Retreat was held on June 8th at Featheringill Hall on the campus of Vanderbilt University.  Our keynote speaker this year was, Dr. Roger Craig, from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  The retreat committee this year included:  Sanjay Mishra, Chuck Herring, Christian Myers, James C. Pino, Kevin L. Jagessar and Abigail Searfoss.




The CPB 2015 Annual Retreat was held on May 20, 2015 at Green Door Gourmet in Nashville, TN. Our keynote speaker this year was, Dr. Peter Sorger, Harvard University Medical School and the Department of Biological Engineering and the Center for Cancer Research at MIT.  The retreat committee this year included, BettyAnn Chodkowski, Chuck Herring, Bishal Paudel, James Pino, Abigail Searfoss and Erin Shockley.

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On May 22,2014, the CBP celebrated his annual retreat at Alumni Hall with keynote speaker, Dr. Kathy Ferrara, University of California, Davis.  The retreat was organized by students  BettyAnn Chodkowski, Aliya Gifford, Emily Jones, Sanjay Mishra, Chrystal Starbird, and Yan Xia.




On May 21, 2013, the annual retreat held at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens was kicked off by keynote speaker Dr. George Whitesides, Harvard University.The retreat was organized by students Sonja Brooks, Elizabeth Dong, Lewis Kraft, and Aliya Gifford.



On May 16, 2012, the CPB celebrated its third annual retreat at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens with the company of keynote speaker Dr. Ian Wilson, Scripps Research Institute.  The retreat was organized by students Sonja Brooks, Elizabeth Dong, Stephanie DeLuca, Lewis Kraft, and Gage Matthews.




On April 18, 2011, the annual CPB retreat was held at the Nashville Zoo.  The student organizing committee invited keynote speaker Dr. James Prestegard, University of Georgia.  The retreat was organized by students Julia Koehler, Stephanie DeLuca, Sonja Brooks, Elizabeth Dong, Noelle Holmes, and Jennifer Whisenant.




On April 14, 2010, the first annual retreat was held at the Richland Country Club.  The student-led retreat committee invited Dr. Henry Lester, California Institute of Technology as its keynote speaker for the inaugural event.  The committee was comprised of students Steffen Lindert, Julia Koehler, Emily Rubinson, and Jennifer Whisenant.