NIH OxCam Scholars' Annual Workshop

26 - 27 June 2019, Keble College, Oxford


Workshop flyer
Guest speakers booklet
Student abstracts
Poster themes

The workshop (including accommodation) will be held at Keble College 

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26 June

10.30 - 10.50 Registration   Douglas Price Room
10.50 - 11.00 Welcome and introduction

Oxford Director (outgoing)
Professor Sarah Rowland-Jones

O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
11.00 - 11.30 Genetics, diabetes and metabolism
Chair: Professor Sarah Rowland-Jones
Guest speaker: Professor Anna Gloyn  O'Reilly Lecture Theatre

11.30 - 12:45

Student presentations
Chair: Associate Professor Hal Drakesmith


 O'Reilly Lecture Theatre

11:30 - 11:45 Defining the Molecular Mechanisms of Transcription-Associated Interstrand Crosslink Repair

 William Nathan  
11:45 - 12:00 Molecular and topological reorganization in mitochondrial architecture interplay during Bax-mediated steps of apoptosis  Nicholas Ader  
12:00 - 12:15 Meningeal humoral immunity during homeostasis and neuroinfectious disease  Zachary Fitzpatrick  
12:15 - 12:30 How to TRIAGE your screen hits: What Napoleon’s doctor can teach us about big data interpretation and analysis  Samuel Katz  
12:30 - 12:45 Microglia Suppress Tau Propagation in Late Stage Tauopathies  Hannah Mason  
12.45 - 13:30 Lunch   Dining Hall

13.30 - 15:00

Career pathways and career breaks
Chair: Professor Sarah Rowland-Jones

Panel session

O'Reilly Lecture Theatre

  Career breaks: Challenges Opportunities Dr Cynthia Wright Drakesmith  
  Science communication Dr Charvy Narain  
  Doctoral medical track Dr Melody Duvall  
  Avidea Technologies Dr Andrew Ishizuka  
15.00 - 15:30 Refreshments   Douglas Price Room
15.30 - 16:00 Publishing - life as an editor Guest speaker: Andrew Jermy O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
16.00 - 17:30 Poster session   Arco Building
17.30 Town Hall
  • Welcome to the new class of 2019
  • Discussion of yearly progress reports
  • What can the program do better?
  • Open time for questions
  Douglas Price Room
19.30 Student event: buffet and pub quiz at Keble Bar   College Bar

27 June

08:45 - 08:55 Registration   Douglas Price Room
08:55 - 09:00 Welcome and introduction Oxford Director (incoming) O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
    Professor Mike Dustin  
09:00 - 09:30

Beyond vulnerability: Ethical research in developing countries
Chair: Professor Mike Dustin

Guest speaker: Associate Professor Maureen Kelley  O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
09:30 - 10:45 Student presentations
Chair: Professor Mike Dustin
   O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
09:30 - 09:45 An aptamer-based assay for the detection of antimalarial drugs Erin Coonahan  
09:45 - 10:00 An orthotopic xenograft model for studying reirradiation and glioblastoma evolution Joseph McAbee  
0:00 - 10:15 Human interleukin-2 receptor β mutations associated with defects in immunity and peripheral tolerance Zinan Zhang  
10:15 - 10:30 RNA granules hitchhike on lysosomes for long-distance transport, using annexin A11 as a molecular tether Michael Fernandopulle  
10:30 - 10:45 Identification of Rasa3 as a novel PI3K effector protein in T cell adhesion and homeostasis Kristoffer Haurum Johansen  
10:45 - 11:15 Refreshments   Douglas Price Room
11:15 - 12:45  Entrepreneurship and business spinouts  Panel session with Q&A O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
    Chair: Tom Heyman  
    David Norwood  
    Jonny Thomson  
    Dr Andrew Ishizuka  
    Associate Professor Sumi Biswas  
    Dr David Llewelyn  
12.45 - 13:30 Lunch  Executive admin meeting (Room 2)  Dining Hall
13:30 - 14:00 The design of experiments: How NOT to ruin a perfectly good idea
Chair: Professor Simon Draper
Guest Speaker:
Dr Manuel Berdoy
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
 14:00 - 15:00 Student presentations
Chair: Professor Simon Draper
  The characterization of DNA topoisomerase VI from Methanosarcina mazei using single molecule and ensemble methods Shannon Jane McKie  
  Visualization of Innate Immune Cell Dynamics During Early Stage Glioblastoma Development Nicole Mihelson  
  Immunity and Memory Against Malaria: An Atlas of the
Mosquito Immune System at Single-Cell Resolution

Gianmarco Raddi  
  Impaired lysosome transport to distal axons contributes to autophagic stress in the neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorder Niemann-Pick Type C Joseph Roney  
15.00 - 15:30 Refreshments   Douglas Price Room
15.30 - 16:00 Parkinson’s in a dish: from molecular mechanisms to target discovery Guest Speaker:
Professor Richard Wade-Martins
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
16:00 - 17:00 Poster session   Arco Building
17:00 Close   O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
18:45 Drinks reception   College Bar (cash bar open from 18:30)
19:15 Group photograph    Liddon Quad
19:30 Gala Dinner and prize giving Welcome address:
Professor Gavin Screaton
Dining Hall

28 June - Oxford visit day

10:00 - 11:00 MD Track discussion session looking at learning plans for current students on this track Carter Van Waes, M.D., Ph.D. Gibbs Room
11:00 - 12:00 Q & A session: A chance for new students to ask academic and administrative questions about studying in Oxford Members of Oxford University faculty and administrative staff Gibbs Room
Afternoon Free for meetings with supervisors / lab visits etc    

Please note that all information presented here is subject to change.

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