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2020 Genetics & Epigenetics Program Retreat
November 6-7, 2020 

Retreat Registration
Retreat Abstract Submission

All members of G&E Program labs, and first year graduate students, are invited to participate.

Registration and abstract submission are on separate forms via the links above.
Deadline to register and submit your abstract has been extended to September 14, 2020. 

ABOUT THE RETREAT
The Genetics and Epigenetics program (G&E) retreat is an annual off-site event that is organized to promote scientific and social interactions in a relaxed setting among students, faculty, postdocs and other researchers in G&E program labs. Originally scheduled to be held in Galveston, the 2020 retreat will be held virtually this year due to the Coronavirus. We look forward to welcoming everyone, including new graduate students, to this new online format. Meeting highlights include keynote address by Daniel Jarosz PhD, Associate Professor of Systems and Chemical Biology and of Developmental Biology, Stanford University, poster sessions, trainee platform talks, breakout sessions, and time for scientific and social exchange. 

POSTERS
Detailed information about the virtual poster sessions will be provided later. 

RETREAT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2020

1:00p:    WELCOME & PLATFORM SESSION #1
                Rachel Dittmar (S. Sen Lab)
                Ruth De Paula (J. Tainer Lab)
                Jovanka Gencel Augusto (G. Lozano Lab)
                Han Bit Baek (S. Arur Lab)

 2:30p:     KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Daniel Jarosz, PhD, Stanford University
                "Mapping Biochemical Drivers of Phenotypic Change"

4:00p:    POSTER SESSION #1 - Odd Numbers

5:00p:    Virtual Cookie Decorating Contest and Hands-On Origami Demo

7:30p:    Optional Evening Social in Themed Breakout Rooms (Happy Hour; Fun in Houston; Board Games)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2020

9:30a:    PLATFORM SESSION #2
                Parijat Chakraborty, PhD (F. Cole Lab)
                Amelie Albrecht (X. Shen Lab)
                Celine Kong (J. Chen Lab) 
                Jace Aloway (R. Behringer Lab)

10:45a:  POSTER SESSION #2 - Even Numbers

11:45a:  Interactive Virtual Group Activity (Science Scattergories & Family Feud)

1:30p:    CAREER BREAKOUT SESSION (Select one)
               Panel #1: Learn About Two Core Facilities @ MD Anderson -- Epigenomic Profiling Core and Microscopy Core
               Panel #2: Effective Interviewing: Drs. Ashish Kapoor, Gigi Lozano, Rachel Miller and Amanda Wasylishen
               Panel #3: Long-Term Career Success Panel: Dr. Neal Copeland and Dr. Nancy Jenkins; moderated by Dr. Richard Behringer

2:45p:    PLATFORM SESSION #3
                Safia Eissen
(G. Eisenhoffer Lab)
                Mabel Perez-Oquendo
(D. Gibbons Lab)
                Alex Blackburn (R. Miller Lab)

3:45p:    Awards Presentation & Closing Remarks

RETREAT QUESTIONS
For questions about the retreat program, please contact the retreat co-chairs, G&E students Amelie Albrecht and Jace Aloway: aalbrecht@mdanderson.org; jace.aloway@uth.tmc.edu. For all other questions, please contact Elisabeth Lindheim or Rebecca Deen. rdeen@mdanderson.org; elindheim@mdanderson.org