NERIC 2017 Speakers
Benjamin King, PhD
Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory/University of Maine
B.S. (1994) Boston University
M.S. (1996) Boston University
Ph.D. (2016) University of Maine
Systems Biology of Stress Responses
Many aspects of human health can be traced to the ability of cells to sense and respond to infection, injury or other environmental changes. Cells orchestrate these essential biological processes through complex networks of genes, proteins and metabolites. The focus of my laboratory is to utilize genomic and computational approaches to understand the mechanisms of stress responses. Increased understanding of how these networks normally function will inform the development of therapies that restore their function when needed.
Within these networks, genes function together with multiple layers of genetic regulation that include both protein coding and non-coding genes. Network models provide a powerful framework to predict the regulatory roles of genes. Current projects involve using genome-level data to build and analyze these networks. A specific focus is on non-coding RNAs, including microRNAs and long non-coding RNAs, that have important regulatory roles in heath and disease.
- King BL, Yin VP. A conserved gene regulatory circuit is dynamically controlled during limb/appendage regeneration in three vertebrates. PLoS ONE. 2016.1(6):e0157106. Featured in Science Shot on June 29, 2016 DOI: 10.1126/science.aag0632.
- Tarver JE, Sperling EA, Nailor A, Heimberg AM, Robinson JM, King BL, Pisani D, Donoghue PC, Peterson KJ. miRNAs: small genes with big potential in metazoan phylogenetics. Mol Biol Evol. 2013 Nov;30(11):2369-82.
- King BL, Davis AP, Rosenstein MC, Wiegers TC, Mattingly CJ. Ranking transitive chemical-disease inferences using local network topology in the comparative toxicogenomics database. PLoS One. 2012;7(11):e46524.
Agenda(Information subject to change)
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 (Emerald Promenade)|
|6:00 - 6:15 PM||Welcoming Remarks (Emerald I-III Ballrooms) Ralph Budd, MD, Director, Vermont Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases, UVM College of Medicine, Judith Van Houten, PhD, Director, Vermont Genetics Network, UVM President Thomas Sullivan and UVM Provost David Rosowsky, PhD|
|6:15 - 7:30 PM||Plated Dinner (Emerald I-III Ballrooms)|
|7:30 - 9:00 PM||Poster Session I (Undergraduate students and Cores) (Emerald Promenade)|
Thursday, August 17thCOBRE/INBRE Business Grant Managers Meeting with Arina Kramer, Grants Specialist at the Center for Research Capacity Building, NIGMS (Carlton Boardroom)
|7:00 AM - 5:30 PM||Registration Desk Hours of Operation (Diamond Foyer)|
|7:00 - 8:15 AM||Breakfast, Career Tables for interested students, Poster Session II Set-up
|8:30 - 9:15 AM||Opening Remarks
(Emerald I-III Ballrooms)
|9:30 - 10:00 AM||Break and Refreshments (Emerald Promenade)|
|10:00 - 12:00 PM||Concurrent Sessions
|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||Lunch and Networking
VGN Baccalaureate Partner Institution Meeting (Carlton Boardroom)
|1:30 - 3:30 PM||Concurrent Scientific Sessions (solicit themes from PIs and from abstracts received).
Development/Genetics (Emerald I Ballroom) Chair,
|3:30 - 3:45 PM||Break and Refreshments (Emerald Promenade)|
|3:45 - 4:45 PM||Keynote Lecture I
(Emerald III Ballroom)
|4:45 - 6:00 PM||Poster Session II (Graduate students and Postdoctoral Fellows) (Emerald III Ballroom)|
|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)
|10:00 - 12:00 PM||Concurrent Scientific Sessions
Neuroscience (Emerald I Ballroom) Chair, Judith Van Houten, PhD
Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems (Emerald III Ballroom) Chair, Bruce Stanton, PhD
Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Complex Systems (Emerald II Ballroom) Chair, Cathy Wu, PhD, Edward G. Jefferson Chair of Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, University of Delaware
|12:00 - 1:00 PM||Lunch and Networking Box lunches (G's Restaurant)|
|1:00 PM||Conference Concludes|