NERIC 2017 Speakers

Elizabeth Ambos, PhD

Elizabeth Ambos, PhD

Elizabeth (Beth) L. Ambos became CUR’s fourth Executive Officer in May 2012, after a career in higher education that always included undergraduate research. As an undergraduate student at Smith College, she found the undergraduate research paradigm one of the best ways to learn, and when she later became a geology professor at California State University, Long Beach, she actively sought ways to establish and expand undergraduate research opportunities for her students.

She was attracted to CUR first as a faculty member, because of the opportunity to interact with like-minded faculty who were passionate and practiced in their approaches to embedding research into student learning.  As she transitioned to administrative positions, she continued and deepened her relationships within CUR, through publishing in CUR Quarterly, and connections to the NSF CCLI II Regional workshop programs, and then to the CCLI III Systems and Consortia project.  Now, as Executive Officer, her deep commitment to and appreciation for the dynamic and rapidly evolving CUR organization and its essential mission have grown! The great staff and volunteer leaders; CUR’s high-quality programs, publications, and advocacy; and the promise of expanding, sustaining, and realizing the full potential of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities, are CUR’s vital attributes.

From 2006-2012, immediately prior to becoming CUR’s Executive Officer, Beth Ambos served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Initiatives and Partnerships for the 23-campus California State University system. Before her appointment at the CSU system level, Ambos held several administrative appointments at California State University, Long Beach, including Associate Vice President for Research and External Support, Graduate Dean and Associate Dean in the College of Natural Sciences in Mathematics. She has helped obtain and/or manage more than $60M in grant and contract funds over the past two decades, has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers, and made over 100 presentations at professional society meetings.

Beth Ambos received her AB in Geology from Smith College (magna cum laude), and her MS and PhD degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in marine geology and geophysics. She held post-doctoral appointments at the U.S. Geological Survey (National Research Council fellow) and University of Southern California, served as a summer faculty fellow at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and has held an IPA appointment as a NSF program officer.

Agenda

Wednesday, August 16th

2:00 - 9:00 PM Registration Desk Hours of Operation
(Diamond Foyer)
5:00 - 6:00 PM Reception and Poster Session I Setup
(Promenade)
6:00 - 6:15 PM Welcoming Remarks
(Emerald I-III Ballrooms)

6:15 - 7:30 PM Plated Dinner
(Emerald I-III Ballrooms)
7:30 - 9:00 PM Poster Session I (Undergraduate students and Cores)
(Promenade)

Thursday, August 17th

7:00 AM - 5:30 PM Registration Desk Hours of Operation
(Diamond Foyer)
7:00 - 8:15 AM Breakfast, Career Tables for interested students (Exhibition Hall), Poster Session II Set-up
(Promenade)

  • Tim Hunter, MS, Biotek and Yolanda Nesbeth PhD, Celdara Medical
    "Biotech Career"
  • Corine Farewell, DVM, MBA UVM Innovations
    "Technology Transfer"
  • Charles Irvin, PhD, UVM College of Medicine, Director, Vermont Lung Center, and Ralph Budd, MD, UVM College of Medicine, Director, Vermont Center for Immunology & Infectious Diseases
    "Academic Career"
  • Yanping Liu, MD, PhD, NIH, NIGMS
    "Scientific Careers in Government"
  • Daniel Kolker, PhD, United States Patent and Trademark Office
    “Patent Assessment”
  • Karen Spach, PhD, Senior Medical Writer, Envision Pharma Group
    "Scientific Careers in Government"
8:30 - 9:45 AM Opening Remarks
(Emerald I-III Ballrooms)

NIGMS staff:

  • Yanping Liu, MD, PhD Program Director, NIGMS
    “Overview of Programs in the Center for Research Capacity Building”
  • Arina Kramer, Grants Specialist at the Center for Research Capacity Building, NIGMS
    “IDeA Post Award Management”
9:45 - 10:00 AM Break and Refreshments
(Promenade)
10:00 - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Core Presentations of Resources Available to NERIC Investigators
    (Emerald III Ballroom) Chair, Ralph Budd, MD, University Distinguished Professor of Medicine, The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

    • Eric Kmiec, PhD, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, Newark, DE
      "CRISPR-based Gene Editing in Biomedical Research"
    • Youngwook Ahn, PhD, Brown University Transgenics and Gene-Targeting Facility
      “CRISPR/Cas9 Mouse Preparation”
    • Bongsup Cho, PhD, Coordinator INBRE and Professor, The University of Rhode Island
      "Expanding Bioinformatic Core: 3D Printing of Molecules and Viruses!”
    • Nagib Ahsan, PhD, Brown University
      "Proteomics Core Facility"
    • Calvin Vary, PhD, Maine Medical Research Institute
      "Lipidomics"
    • Dwight Matthews, PhD, University of Vermont
      "Metabolomics and 13C-labeling"
  2. Entrepreneurship Workshop: "How to Turn Your Innovative Ideas Into Reality"
    (Emerald II Ballroom)

    • Mercedes Rincón, PhD,   University of Vermont
      "Welcome to the I-Trep program for IDeA states"
    • Keynote speaker, Mathew Portnoy, PhD, Overall HHS SBIR/STTR Program Manager, NIH Program Manager, NIH Office of Extramural Programs
    • Pitch presentations
      • Voot Yin, PhD, MDI Biological Laboratory
      • Qian Chen, PhD, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital
    • Round tables (20 minutes each, choose three)
      • Daniel Kolker, PhD, Supervisory Patent Officer, USPTO, and MaryDilys Anderson, PhD, Esq, Finch & Maloney PLLC)
        “Assessing your Invention and Intellectual Property”
      • Samantha Roach-Gerber, VCET, and Erik Monsen, PhD, University of Vermont
        “How To Pitch-How to Sell Your Idea”
      • Cairn Cross, Fresh Tracks Venture
        “Funding Through VC, Angels”
      • Mathew Portnoy, PhD, NIH SBIR Program, and Yolanda Nesbeth, PhD, Celdara Medical
        “Funding Through SBIR/STTR”
      • Sarah O'Connell Kalil, COO, Boston Microfluidics, and Tanya Kanigan, PhD, COO, Genomic Expression Inc.
        “Setting Up Your Startup”
      • Tina Thornton, PhD, University of Vermont
        “I-Trep Program Opportunities”
  3. INBRE Program (Emerald I Ballroom)
    • 10:00 - 11:00 AM - Sharon O'Connor, MS, MBA, Internal Evaluation Manager, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire INBRE
      "INBRE Program Evaluation"
    • 11:00 - 12:00 PM - Elizabeth Ambos, PhD, Executive Officer, Council on Undergraduate Research
      "PM Council on Undergraduate Research Presentation"
10:30 - 11:30 AM COBRE/INBRE Business Grant Managers Meeting with Arina Kramer, Grants Specialist at the Center for Research Capacity Building, NIGMS (Carlton Boardroom)
12:00 - 1:30 PM U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (Exhibition Hall)

Lunch and Networking
(Exhibition Hall)
VGN Baccalaureate Partner Institution Meeting
(Carlton Boardroom)
1:30 - 3:30 PM

Concurrent Scientific Sessions
Development/Genetics (Emerald I Ballroom) Chair, Bruce Stanton, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth

  • Featured Speaker: Vicki Losick, PhD, MDI Biological Laboratory
    “Wound Healing the Fruit Fly Way”
  • Featured Speaker: Jodi Camberg, PhD, University of Rhode Island
    "Remodeling protein architectures leads to big changes in cell physiology"
  • Santina Snow, MDI Biological Laboratory
    “The Role of Specific Tissues in Coordinating Changes in Organismal Growth, Longevity and Resilience to Stress in Response to Reduced mRNA Translation in C. Elegans”
  • Aaron Brown, PhD, Maine Medical Center Research Institute
    “A Novel Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Model of Beige Adipogenesis for Development of Anti-Obesity Therapies”
  • Larissa Williams, PhD, Bates College
    “The Transcription Factor, Nuclear Factor, Erythroid 2 (Nfe2), is a Regulator of the Oxidative Stress Response During Danio Rerio Development”
  • Michaela Reagan, PhD, Tufts University
    “3D Tissue Engineered Design of Bone Marrow Adipose Tissue to Investigate the Influence of Myeloma on Adipocytes and Adipogenesis

Cancer (Emerald III Ballroom) Chair, Mercedes Rincon, PhD, Professor of Medicine, The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

  • Featured Speaker: Patrycja Dubielecka, PhD, Brown University
    “Beyond JAK/STAT: Signaling Pathways Contributing to the Pathogenesis of Myeloproliferative Neoplasms”
  • Sonali Barwe, PhD, Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children
    “Disseminated Patient-Derived Xenograft Models for Preclinical Testing of New Drugs for Pediatric Leukemia”
  • Mark Perfetto, University of Delaware
    “ADAM9 Cleaves EphrinB1 to Regulate Canonical Wnt Signaling and Colorectal Cancer Cell Migration”
  • Con Sullivan, PhD, University of Maine
    "A Role for the Tumor Necrosis Factor-Alpha-Induced Protein 8-like 1 Gene in Cancer and Inflammation"
  • Sigrid Langhans, PhD, Nemours/Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children
    “Beta-Hairpin Peptide Hydrogels as Scaffolds for 3D High-Throughput Screening in Drug Discovery”
  • Andrea Villanti, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Vermont Center on Behavior and Health, Department of Psychiatry, University of Vermont
    “Characteristics of Young Adult Cigarette Smokers in the U.S.: Findings from the 1st Wave of the PATH Study, 2013-2014”

Infectious Diseases and Immunology (Emerald II Ballroom) Chair, William Green, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth

  • Featured Speaker: William Landesman, PhD, Green Mountain College
    “Drivers of Variation in theIxodes Scapularis Microbiome”
  • Jason Shapiro, MD, Alpert Medical School, Brown University
    “Immunoglobulin-A Coated Bacteria Represent a Unique Subset of the Microbiome in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease”
  • Md Mahmudul Hasan, University of Vermont
    “Motility of E. Histolytica Through Host Extracellular Matrix: Involvement of Invadosome-like Actin Structures”
  • Rajiv Jumani, University of Vermont
    “Identification and Pharmacokinetic-Pharmacodynamic Modeling of a Piperazine-Based Drug Lead for Cryptosporidiosis”
  • Hacene Boukari, PhD, Delaware State University
    “Tracking HIV Viruses in Human Cervical Mucus”
  • Victoria DeVault, University of Vermont
    “Natural Genetic Variation within a 0.1Mbp Genetic Interval on Chromosome 1 Regulates NKT Cell Development and Function”
3:30 - 3:45 PM Break and Refreshments
(Promenade)
3:45 - 4:45 PM Keynote Lecture I
(Emerald III Ballroom)

  • Jason McLellan, PhD, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
    “Developing New Therapeutic Interventions to RSV Infection by Inhibiting the Metamorphosis of the RSV Fusion Glycoprotein”
4:45 - 6:00 PM Poster Session II (Graduate students and Postdoctoral Fellows)
(Promenade)
5:30 - 6:30 PM NIH COBRE and INBRE PI Meeting
(Universal Amphitheater)
6:00 PM Dinner on your own in Burlington

Friday, August 18th

8:00 - 9:00 AM Breakfast
(Exhibition Hall)
9:00 - 10:00 AM

Cool ideas from IDeA programs (Emerald III Ballroom) Chair, Charles Irvin, PhD, Professor of Medicine, The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

  • Bruce Stanton, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth
    “Leveraging COBRE Resources with Philanthropy”
  • Marie Stuart, MD, PI of SCD COBRE Program, Director of Hematology Research A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children
    “Single Disease Centered COBREs…A Novel Approach”
  • W. Kelley Thomas, PhD, Professor, Dept. Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences, University of New Hampshire
    “Early Undergraduate Experiences in Bioinformatics”
10:00 - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Scientific Sessions

Neuroscience (Emerald I Ballroom) Chair, Melissa A. Harrington, PhD, Associate VP for Research, Delaware State University

  • Matthew E. R. Butchbach, PhD, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
    "Characterization of Small Molecule Neuroprotectants for Spinal Muscular Atrophy”
  • Featured Speaker: Andrew Kennedy, PhD, Bates College
    "Targeting the Tet Enzymes to Enhance Cognition"
  • Neal Mecum, University of New England
    “Lacrimal Gland Excision in Male and Female C57BL/6 Mice Causes Pain- and Anxiety-like Behavior”
  • Michael Dash, PhD, Middlebury College
    “Synaptic Depotentiation Reduces Sleep Need”
  • Leslie Johnson, PhD, Johnson State College
    “More than Just ‘Baby Weight’: Perceived Postpartum Weight Bias and Well-Being in First-Time Mothers”


Infectious Diseases and Immunology II (Emerald III Ballroom) Chair, Ralph Budd, MD, University Distinguished Professor, Medicine, University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

  • Michael Secinaro, University of Vermont
    “Glycolysis Primes Effector T Cells for Death Through the Induction of Caspase-3 Activity”
  • Melissa Maginnis, PhD, University of Maine
    “Characterization of Cellular Factors Required for JC Polyomavirus Invasion of Host Cells”
  • Abbas Raza, University of Vermont
    “Sex-Specific Regulation of CNS Autoimmunity by the Signal Lymphocytic Activation Molecule (Slam) Locus”
  • Danielle Dube, PhD, Bowdoin College
    “Discovery of Genes Required for Glycoprotein Biosynthesis in the Gastric Pathogen Helicobacter Pylori”
  • Scott Rusin, Dartmouth College
    “Identification of Candidate CK2 Substrates in Mitosis by Quantitative Phosphoproteomics”

Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Complex Systems (Emerald II Ballroom) Chair, Cathy Wu, PhD, Edward G. Jefferson Chair of Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, University of Delaware

  • Featured Speaker: Benjamin King, PhD, University of Maine

    "microRNA co-expression network dynamics of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in the zebrafish, Danio rerio"
  • Featured Speakers: Dr. Malcolm D’Souza and Dr. Derald Wentzien from Delaware INBRE Wesley College
    “Undergraduate Data Science Research Projects Form an Integral Component of the Wesley College Science and Mathematics Curriculum”
  • Shawn Polson, PhD, University of Delaware
    “Markers to Metagenomes and Back Again: Bioinformatics advances toward understanding microbial viruses”
  • Edward Lyman, PhD, University of Delaware
    “Computational Approaches to GPCR Drug Discovery: The Membrane as a Therapeutic Target”
  • Cathy Wu, PhD, University of Delaware
    “Big Data to Knowledge: Integrative Literature Mining and Panomics Analysis for Kinase Cancer Drug Analytics”
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch and Networking
Box lunches
(G's Restaurant)
1:00 PM Conference Concludes