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Annual Bioscience Symposium &
Don Summers Memorial Lectures

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House

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Directions to the Alumni House

The University of Utah research community is invited to the Symposium - Faculty, students, and postdocs across multiple colleges and departments along with our new classes of graduate students!

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (OC Tanner Ballroom)

Welcome & Don Summers Memorial Lecture

Brenda Bass

Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry, University of Utah

"Divergent Roles of Dicer’s Helicase Domain in Antiviral Defense"


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM



Red Session

OC Tanner Ballroom - Left, 2nd Floor 

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Marina Venero Galanterink (Human Genetics)
"From wrappers to drains: Anatomical and Molecular Characterization of the Zebrafish Meninges"

Talia Karasov (Biological Sciences)
"Host-Pathogen Evolution and the importance of genetic diversity" 

Brian Evavold (Microbiology & Immunology)
"Force awakens the dark side of autoimmune T cells"

White Session

OC Tanner Ballroom - Right, 2nd Floor

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Josh Andersen (Oncological Sciences)
"Uncovering the function and regulation of an unusual ubiquitin-binding kinase"

Owen Pornillos (Biochemistry)
"The HIV-1 capsid as a pharmacologic target"

Hannah Burton (Chemistry, Jessica Swanson Lab)
"Predicting the behavior of proteins with a Multiscale Kinetic Model"


2:15 PM - 2:30 PM



Red Session

OC Tanner Ballroom - Left, 2nd Floor

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Phaedra Ghazi (Oncological Sciences, Martin McMahon Lab)
"Inhibition of ULK-mediated autophagy and KRAS G12C control tumor growth in preclinical models of lung cancer"

Jessica Osterhout (Neurobiology)
"The neural basis of sickness behavior”

Tyler Starr (Biochemistry)
"Molecular evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and related bat coronaviruses"

White Session

OC Tanner Ballroom - Right, 2nd Floor

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Tom Cheatham (Medicinal Chemistry)
"From pessimism to promise - recent successes in simulations of nucleic acids"

Martin Golkowski (Pharmacology & Toxicology)
"Targeting Plasticity Networks to Combat Liver Cancer Therapy Escape"

Ryan Looper (Chemistry)

"AMR_geddon and the development of new antibiotics"


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (OC Tanner Ballroom, 2nd Floor)

Closing Don Summers Memorial Lecture

David S. Pellman

Margaret M. Dyson Professor of Pediatric Oncology & HHMI Investigator, Dana Farber Cancer Institute

"Mechanisms driving rapid genome evolution"


5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Poster Session & Social

Posters from graduate students, faculty, and postdocs!

RSVP by Thursday, September 7 to reserve a board and easel. 


Last Updated: 9/6/23