24th Annual Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group Symposium

We're excited to invite the CAMB community to our virtual symposium on October 21st from 2pm-4pm and October 22nd from 9am-8pm.

Please see our program below for the virtual links and schedule information! You will need to log in with your PennKey to view/download. If you have any questions, please contact the CAMB Office.

2021 Program

The registration and poster submission deadline was Friday, October 8th 2021.

Our symposium will be hosted virtually this year, though we are hopeful that circumstances will permit an in-person outdoor closing reception on October 22nd, following best practices for COVID-19. Please see the schedule laid out below with our great list of speakers, and our program* for the virtual links and more detailed information.
*You will need to log in with your PennKey to view/download.

Thursday October 21st - Alumni Career Panels

2:00pm-3:00pm Career Panel Group A
Careers in Academia; Careers in Industry I; Public Health, Law, & Government

3:00pm-4:00pm Career Panel Group B
Careers in Industry II; Communications, Outreach, & Non-Profits; General Career Paths

Friday October 22nd - Student Speakers, Keynote Talks, Poster Sessions, and Closing Reception

9:00am-10:00am Opening Remarks, followed by Student Speakers Prioty Sarwar and Duo Zhang

10:00am-11:00am Poster Session A

11:15am-12:00pm Racial Equity and Action Keynote: Shawn Bediako, PhD
Peculiar: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Mythical Science of Race

1:15pm-2:05pm Student Speakers Aileen Ren and Maxwell Chappell

2:05pm-3:05pm Poster Session B

3:15pm-4:05pm Student Speakers Yeqiao Zhou and Elizabeth Howell

4:15pm-5:15pm Alumni Keynote: Scott Hensley, PhD
Viral Immune Escape: Lessons learned by a former CAMB student

5:15pm-5:30pm Closing Remarks and Announcement of Poster Prize Winners

6:00pm-8:00pm Reception on Penn Commons
Please bring Penncard and Green OpenPass



Alumni Keynote Speaker

Scott Hensley, PhD

Scott Hensley, PhD
Professor of Microbiology
University of Pennsylvania

Viral Immune Escape: Lessons learned by a former CAMB student


Racial Equity and Action Keynote

Shawn M. Bediako, PhD

Shawn M. Bediako, PhD
Professor of Psychology
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Peculiar: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Mythical Science of Race
Faculty Webpage


Student Speakers

Maxwell Chappell

Maxwell Chappell
GTV Program
Stefano Rivella's lab

A severe mouse model of alpha-thalassemia to study abnormal iron metabolism, erythropoiesis, and development of a gene therapy approach for its treatment

Elizabeth Howell

Elizabeth Howell
DSRB Program
Nancy Speck's lab

Re-specification of endothelium towards the hematopoietic lineage by RUNX1

Aileen Ren, PhD

Aileen Ren, PhD
CPM Program
Alum from Mark Kahn's lab

Investigating the role of PI3K Signaling in Cerebral Cavernous Malformations

Prioty Sarwar

Prioty Sarwar
MVP Program
Paul Planet's lab

Comparative Genomics of Prevotella including Cystic Fibrosis Isolates 

Duo Zhang

Duo Zhang
CB Program
Yi Fan's lab

Rewire endothelial metabolism for glioblastoma immunotherapy

Yeqiao Zhou

Yeqiao Zhou
G&E Program
Babak Faryabi and Warren Pear's labs

Notch-mutated cancer genomes in 3D


Many Thanks to our Sponsors!