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BISB Bootcamp Summer PI Talk Series

When we've taught the BISB Bootcamp in the past, we usually allowed BISB faculty to present in 15~30 minute sessions before continuing with the rest of the Bootcamp material. This year, we decided to do a complete overhaul of Bootcamp and host a summer research seminar series featuring BISB and DBMI professors accepting rotation students!

Even though we are catering the talks for incoming students, this event is open to all members of the BISB Program!

WHERE and WHEN will the talks take place?

These talks will take place each Thursday from 12:00 PM PST to 1:00 PM PST over Zoom! They will start on June 24th, 2021, and continue until September 9th, 2021, before the BISB Bootcamp starts the following week.

We plan to send out a flyer to the BISB Program mailing list before each talk to share some information on the week's presenters, along with a password-protected link to the Zoom meeting.

HOW will these talks be formatted?

For each session, we plan to allow two professors to present their research in two 25-minute talks. After each professor presents, we'll move into 10 minutes of guided Q&A. For the Q&A, the moderators will be asking each professor standardized questions about their lab's student-to-postdoc ratio and research rotation expectations before opening up the floor for general research questions.

WHAT's the schedule of presenters for this year?

Date of Presentation Presentations
June 24th, 2021
Flyer, Recording
Genetics and genomics of behavioral and physiological traits in outbred rats
Abraham Palmer, Ph.D.
Characterization of the roles of mitotic associated histone deacetylation patterns
Alon Goren, Ph.D.
July 1st, 2021
Flyer, Recording
Bigger and finer data in molecular oncology translational research
Olivier Harismendy, Ph.D.
Stem Cell Genomics: Applications in Human Development and Conservation
Louise Laurent, M.D. Ph.D.
July 8th, 2021
Flyer, Recording
Computational Approaches to the Understanding and Treatment of Cancer
Jill Mesirov, Ph.D.
scRNA-seq analysis of liver development and liver cancer
Gen-Sheng Feng, Ph.D.
July 15th, 2021
Flyer, Recording
Scalable tools for viral molecular epidemiology
Niema Moshiri, Ph.D.
Revisiting the Origin and Emergence of SARS-CoV-2
Joel Wertheim, Ph.D.
July 22nd, 2021
Flyer, Recording
Building the Mind of Cancer
Trey Ideker, Ph.D.
Discovery of novel regulatory sequences through analysis of tiling CRISPR screens
Graham McVicker, Ph.D.
July 29th, 2021
Flyer, Recording
Genomic Analysis for Precision Cancer Medicine
Hannah Carter, Ph.D.
Talk Title TBA
Benjamin Smarr, Ph.D.
August 5th, 2021
Flyer, Recording
Engineering therapeutics with systems and synthetic biology
Nathan Lewis, Ph.D.
Informatics to support diagnostic safety at UCSD
Robert El-Kareh, M.D. M.P.H.
August 12th, 2021
Flyer, Recording
Discovery of RNA on cell surface and its impact on cell interaction
Sheng Zhong, Ph.D.
Overview of DBMI Research and My Own
Lucila Ohno-Machado, M.D. Ph.D.
August 19th, 2021
Flyer, Recording
Quantitative modeling of cancer evolution and early detection
Kit Curtius, Ph.D.
RNA binding proteins as regulators, drugs and drug targets
Gene Yeo, Ph.D. M.B.A.
August 26th, 2021
Flyer, Recording
Big data computational solutions needed in marine bioacoustics
Simone Baumann-Pickering, Ph.D.
Systems Biology Research into Climate Change Linked Stress Signaling and Drought Tolerance in Plants
Julian Schroeder, Ph.D.
September 2nd, 2021
Flyer, Recording
Genetic approaches to define cell types and genes linked to human diseases
Pandurangan Vijayanand, M.D. Ph.D.
Blockchain-based Biomedical Predictive Modeling
Tsung-Ting Kuo, Ph.D.
September 9th, 2021
Flyer, Recording
Talk Title TBA
Wei Wang, Ph.D.
Profound TET deficiency results in myeloid expansion characterized by heterochromatin dysfunction
Isaac F. López-Moyado, Ph.D. (PI: Anjana Rao)

WILL these talks be recorded?

After confirming with the speakers, we will be recording all of the talks! You can find a link to the collection of all recordings in the following Google Drive Folder:

Additionally, we will also be asking each of the speakers the following set of questions:

1. What's the best way to get in touch with you about rotating in your lab?
2. What research rotation projects do you have in mind for students?
3. What's the current undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral scholar, and research associate (or above!) population in your lab? 
4. (If there's time...) Are there any courses you would recommend that are applicable to your lab's research?

You can find each speaker's answers to these questions, along with some brief notes of their talk, at the following link:

WHO should I contact if I have any questions?

The BISB Bootcamp Summer PI Talk Series is managed by one of our BISB Bootcamp instructors, Cameron Martino ( Please email him if you have any questions or if you are having difficulties accessing this seminar series.