Southern Science Symposium: Cell Biology and Careers, Nov 17, Ponce

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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Southern Science Symposium: Cell Biology and Careers (an ASCB one-day local meeting)


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences

(Psychology building)

Ponce, Puerto Rico.


This meeting will provide undergraduate and graduate science students from Ponce and nearby universities, as

well as science department directors, faculty, and the local community, a unique opportunity to:


- Learn aspects of cell biology and hear about the research that is conducted in this region

- Share their research and strengthen networking and collaborative efforts across local colleges

- Inspire future careers in science and learn about the role of biomedical scientists and the importance of their investigations

- Hear from graduate schools in Puerto Rico about their programs and how to better prepare for the graduate school admission process

- Participate in a varied program, which will include one scientific speaker and career plenary, scientific sessions, a scientific career forum, and a poster session and awards.


Scientific session topics: NeuroAIDS, HIV pathogenesis, cancer biology, neurophysiology/Fear Extinction,


Scientific Plenary:

The long road to personalized cancer therapies: it's back to basics

Joaquin Espinosa, Ph.D., HHMI Early Career Scientist, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular

and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder

Co-Leader, Molecular Oncology Program, University of Colorado Cancer Center

Director, The Functional Genomics Facility at UC Boulder


Career Plenary:

Johana Vallejo-Elias, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, Midwestern University


Abstract submission deadline: October 17

Free registration! Deadline: November 9


For complete program, registration and abstract

submission guidelines visit:



Tel: 787-284-2038



Sponsored by: American Society for Cell Biology, Ponce

School of Medicine & Health Sciences RISE and RCMI

Programs and VWR.






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7:30 am - 8:15 am                  Registration, Exhibitors & Breakfast


8:15 am - 8:30 am                  Welcome


8:30 am - 9:30 am                  Scientific Presentations (titles TBA)


  • Neurophysiology/Fear Extinction

Marian Sepulveda, PSMHS


  • NeuroAIDS

Fabian Vazquez, PSMHS


  • Breast cancer

Ivette Suarez, UCC


  • HIV pathogenesis

Freddie Irizarry, PUCPR


9:30 am - 9:45 am                  Coffee Break / Exhibitors


9:45 am - 11:00 am                Scientific Plenary


The long road to personalized cancer therapies: It’s back to basics

Joaquin Espinosa, Ph.D, University of Colorado


11:00 am - 12:00 noon          Career Plenary


From ‘jibara ’to ‘profesora’: A reflection of my life journey

Johana Vallejo-Diaz, Ph.D. Midwestern University


12:00 noon - 1:00 pm            Networking Lunch


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm                 Panel Discussion: To be or not to be a Ph.D.


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm                 Poster Session / Networking Reception


3:30 pm - 4:00 pm                 Awards / Closing Remarks