Keynote Speakers

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Prof. Carrie Partch

UC Santa Cruz

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About Me

I graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics, where I worked with Aziz Sancar to study the molecular basis of circadian rhythmicity. I went to the 'dark side' for my postdoctoral fellowship, training in biophysical techniques including solution NMR spectroscopy at UT Southwestern Medical Center. I worked with Kevin Gardner to identify novel structural regulatory motifs on the hypoxia-inducible transcription factor, HIF, and with Joe Takahashi, to study the related bHLH-PAS transcription factor that drives circadian rhythmicity, CLOCK:BMAL1. In our lab, we strive to address these questions: How do animals measure time and use it to control biology on a daily basis?

About My Research

Many organisms have molecular clocks that synchronize their physiological processes into rhythms that coincide with the solar day, providing enhanced evolutionary fitness by optimizing energy utilization and coordinating timing of integrated biochemical processes.

Disruption of circadian rhythms in mouse models causes adverse effects by influencing the etiology of psychiatric disorders, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.  By developing a deeper mechanistic understanding of how clocks function at the molecular level, we hope to capitalize on the temporal regulation of physiology to develop new and innovative strategies to treat a broad spectrum of diseases.

 
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Prof. Adam Veige

University of Florida

About My Research

Our research group is primarily interested in the design, synthesis, isolation, and characterization of novel inorganic molecules.  Our efforts are concentrated towards building new complexes that either model or affect new small molecule transformations relevant to the industrial sector.  We undertake detailed mechanistic studies in order to uncover subtle details of catalytic processes in hopes of buildingupon or challenging current models of molecular structure, periodic trends, reactivity, and bonding.

About Me

I graduated from the University of Western Ontario and went on to Cornell University where I did my PhD with Prof. Pete Wolczanski. I then did a post-doctoral fellowship with Prof. Dan Nocera at MIT before joining the faculty at the University of Florida. 


Career Panelists

Dr. Ben Gardner; UTC Aerospace Systems- Deputy Chief Scientist

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Dr. Janine Tom; Amgen- Scientist, Process Chemistry

 

 

 

Dr. Samantha Page; 

Dr. Emily Sylak-Glassman;  IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), Research Staff Mamber

Dr. Sandra Rodriguez-Cruz; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Southwest Laboratory, Senior Research Chemist