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3rd Annual Program Retreat

Center for Molecular Genetics Auditorium

June 3, 2010

9:00 am – 5:15 pm


8:30 am Coffee and Conversation
8:55 am Welcoming Remarks
9:00 am Morning Keynote Address

Hamilton O. Smith, M.D.

"Building a Synthetic Cell"

Hamilton Smith is Scientific Director of Synthetic Biology and Bioenergy at the J. Craig Venter Institute and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine at UCSD. In 1968, he discovered the first Type II restriction enzyme (HindII) and determined the sequence of its cleavage site. In, 1978 he was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine for this discovery. In the 1990s, he collaborated with The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) to sequence H. influenzae , the first completely sequenced free-living organism. In 1998, he joined Celera Genomics Corporation where he participated in the sequencing of the Drosophila and human genomes. He left Celera to join the newly launched J. Craig Venter Institute where he is currently leading the synthetic biology and biological energy groups. more
10:00 am
Student Presentation

Jason Goode (Montminy Lab)
"Role of CREB Coactivator dTORC in Stress Resistance and Cardiac Function"

10:30 am
Faculty Lecture

Fred H. Gage, Ph.D., Professor and Vi and John Adler Chair for Research on Age-Related Neurodegenerative Diseases, Laboratory of Genetics, The Salk Institute
"Neural Plasticity and Neuronal Divesity"

11:00 am
Coffee Break
11:15 am
Faculty Lecture

Albert La Spada, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, UCSD
"Defining Transcriptional Regulatory Networks in Neurons confronted with Protein Stress"

11:45 am
Faculty Lecture

Amy Kiger, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, UCSD
"Membrane Renovation in Blood and Muscle Cell Remodeling"

12:15 pm
Box Lunch and Poster Session, CMG Lobby
2:15 pm
Student Presentation

Carrie Louie (Gleeson Lab)
"Ciliopathies: Molecular and Genetic Basis for AHI1 in Retinal Degeneration"

2:45 pm
Faculty Lecture

Miles Wilkinson, Ph.D., Professor of Reproductive Medicine, UCSD
"The Rhox Homeobox Gene Cluster"

3:15 pm
Student Presentation

Wendy Alcaraz (Hamilton Lab)
"Zfp423 Controls Precursor Cell Proliferation and Renewal"

3:45 pm
Afternoon Keynote Address

Stephen T. Warren, Ph.D., FACMG

Fragile X Syndrome: Molecular Mechanisms and Therapeutic Implications

Steve Warren Dr. Warren is the William Patterson Timmie Professor of Human Genetics at Emory, where he is also Professor of Biochemistry, Professor of Pediatrics and Professor in the Winship Cancer Institute and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In addition to his profound research impact, Steve's distinguished service to the scientific community has been enormous. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Human Genetics, as President of the American Society of Human Genetics, as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for NIMH, and is the founding Chairman of the Department of Human Genetics at Emory. Among numerous awards and honors, Steve has been recognized as an inaugural inductee to the NIDCHD Hall of Honor, and has received the William Allen Award from the American Society for Human Genetics, the William Rosen Award from the National Fragile X Foundation, and election to the National Institute of Medicine. more
5:00 pm
Wrap-up discussion; Student opinions and suggestions for the program

Genetics Retreat Planning Committee:
Joseph Gleeson (School of Medicine), Steven Briggs (Biological Sciences), Joe Ecker (Salk Institute), Evan Snyder (Burnham Institute), Peggy Bonine (UCSD Institute for Genomic Medicine)


Previous Retreats: 2009 2008