MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

G&E Spring Career Symposium

The Genetics and Epigenetics (G&E) Spring Career Symposium will be an exciting, informative day filled with seminars, panels, workshops, virtual roundtables and networking. Guest speakers from academia, industry, tech transfer, scientific writing, law and more will provide valuable insight and guidance during this highly interactive day.  

Program: 2021 Symposium Program
Symposium Date:
April 23, 2021

Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Format: 100% virtual over Zoom - Link to be provided to all registered attendees. 

For information about the program, please contact the organizing committee chairs, Jovanka Gencel Augusto (jgaugusto@mdanderson.org) or Melissa Frasca (mnfrasca1@mdanderson.org); for registration information, contact Elisabeth Lindheim (elindheim@mdanderson.org). The organizing committee is listed at the end.

SYMPOSIUM HIGHLIGHTS

KEYNOTE LECTURES
10:00am: William Sellers MD, Director, Cancer Program & Core Member, Broad Institute and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
The discovery of context specific paralog dependence in cancer through combinatorial CRISPR screens"

5:00pm: Melissa Moore PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Platform Research, Moderna Therapeutics
"
From Academia to Industry: What Moderna has taught me”. 

11:45a - 12:30p: THREE CAREER PATH PANELS (in simultaneous breakout rooms)
#1: Academia Panel
Joy McDaniel PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Lozano Lab, Genetics Department, MD Anderson
Kevin Morano PhD, Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department, and VP-Faculty Affairs & Dev., UTHealth
Michelle Steiger PhD, Assoc. Professor, Chemistry Department, University of St. Thomas
Margot Williams PhD, Asst. Professor, Molecular & Cell Biology, Center for Precision Environ'l Health, Baylor College of Medicine

#2: Industry Panel
Aundrietta Duncan PhD, Associate Director, Non-clinical development, Salarius Pharmaceuticals

Elizabeth Jaworski PhD, CEO, ClickSeq Technologies and BioDesign Fellow, TMC Innovation
William Sellers MDDirector, Cancer Program & Core Member, Broad Institute and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School andDana-Farber Cancer Institute

#3: Scientific Management, Grant Writing & Law Panel
Susan Evans PhD, Staff Scientist, Genetics Department, MD Anderson. Previous Founder of “Next Step” grant writing start-up

Jillian Losh PhD, Program Project Manager, Houston Methodist Research Institute
Jane Wu PhD,JD, Assistant Director, Resource Management, City of Houston Information Tech. Department 

1:15 - 1:55p: ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS WITH PANELISTS (in self-selected breakout rooms)

2:00 - 3:00p: REAL COLORS WORKSHOP FOR PRE-REGISTERED G&E STUDENTS ONLY
Dustin Bennett, BA,
 Training Specialist, Leadership Institute, MD Anderson 

2:00 - 3:00p: GETTING READY FOR A FACULTY SEARCH
Yejing Ge PhD, Assistant Professor, Cancer Biology Department, MD Anderson
Ambro van Hoof PhD, Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department, UTHealth

3:15p - 4:00p: CV’s and RESUMES WORKSHOP
Raquel Salinas PhD, Assistant Director of Career Development, GSBS

4:00 - 4:45P: HOW TO GET AN INTERNSHIP & ABMGG CLINICAL MOLECULAR GENETICS FELLOWSHIPS WORKSHOP
Roxsan Manshouri PhD, Technology Commercialization Analyst, MD Anderson (Internships)

Marco Leung PhD, Clinical Director & Asst. Prof., Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State Univ. (ABMGG Fellowships)

5:00 - 6:00P: KEYNOTE LECTURE by Melissa Moore, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Platform Research, Moderna Therapeutics 
"From Academia to Industry: What Moderna has taught me”.

Symposium Organizers
Jovanka Gencel Augusto (Dr. Gigi Lozano's lab), Co-Chair
Melissa Frasca (Dr. Francesca Cole's lab), Co-Chair
Ahmed Emam (Dr. Bin Wang's lab)
Celine Kong (Dr. Jichao Chen's lab)
Dr. Timothy McDonnell
Dr. Ambro van Hoof
Elisabeth Lindheim
Rebecca Deen