2015 Combined Degree Retreat

Thursday, August 6, 2015 (full day)
Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Featuring keynote speaker:

Dr. Christopher Vakoc
"Chromatin regulators as cancer dependencies"

To learn more about Dr. Vakoc and his work, visit: 

The Combined Degree Retreat is required for all MD-PhD students.

Faculty and Staff interested in attending should RSVP anytime between now and Friday, July 24.

As is our tradition: dress code casual

Click here for the Agenda.

Many thanks to this years planning committee:

  • Robyn Allen
  • Bailey Baumann
  • Dana Bellissimo
  • Leilani Chirino
  • Robert  Dilley
  • Melody Esmaeili 
  • Piotr Kopinski
  • Jason Liu
  • Elizabeth Loy
  • Esteban Luna
  • Sneha Narasimhan
  • Ian Penkala
  • Gregory Sousa
  • Mike Werner

Below is the transportation information to Villanova’s campus. The retreat will take place in the Connelly Center (#9 on the Campus Map)

By Car:
Please click on the following link to access directions and a map to Villanova’s campus

Attendees are to park in the Main Lot (the one on Lancaster Ave, enter off S. Ithan Ave) and use the Guest Parking permit for access.

Public transportation:
Take SEPTA’s Regional Rail Paoli/Thorndale Line to Villanova Station – directly on campus.

Directions to Connelly Center after exiting the train:
The Connelly Center is about a 5 minute walk from the train. When exiting the train you’ll need to go to the other side of the tracks via the pedestrian tunnel at the station. You will then see a building straight ahead, Mendel Science Center #36, which has an archway. Walk under the archway, then turn left onto the first road, proceed to the first road on the right and turn right. Follow that road which bends around to the left and brings you to pavement. Dead ahead is a large, black and white (3-disc) sculpture, "The Oreo". The Connelly Center is the building directly behind the Oreo, and the entrance to the upper level is another 40 yds at the front of the building. Registration will be downstairs on the lower level of the Connelly Center.