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AUG 6 - 8 2020

2020 Beckman Symposium

The Beckman Symposium is a three-day event where Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation program awardees present their newest research findings as poster or oral presentations. Attendees are given opportunities to network, learn about a broad range of research topics from their peers, and discuss career tips with invited experts from academia, industry, and medicine.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, this year’s event is being presented in a virtual space. The agenda for our first-ever virtual Symposium has been carefully composed to feature a combination of live webinars and pre-recorded content that showcases our Beckman Young Investigators, Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows, Beckman Scholars and Cryo-EM Instrumentation Grantees, along with a research poster hall, program booths, Q+A chats and networking lounge. (And don’t forget to explore every aspect of the event to accumulate points for a chance to win prizes.)

The newest additions to our Beckman Symposium guest list represent local high school science students from the CubeSat program and the inaugural year awardees and mentors of our Orange County Beckman Legacy Program. To all attendees: This space was developed to promote sharing of scientific knowledge and to foster collaboration. As a friendly reminder: The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation is committed to providing a safe, productive and welcoming environment for Symposium guests. All participants are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct when spending time online with other Foundation awardees, colleagues in your field, distinguished scientists from across the United States, and other guests of the Foundation. The guidelines are intended to ensure that all participants have a pleasant and productive virtual event, free from disruptions.

We hope you enjoy the 2020 Beckman Symposium!

  • To see a slideshow video recap of last year’s Symposium, see video below.
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Speakers

  • Marco Allodi, PhD
    Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago
    Biography

      Dr. Allodi is a 2017 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship awardee and is currently pursuing his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago investigating how quantum mechanical process in natural photosynthetic organisms can be used to design next generation photovoltaic materials. He received his PhD in Chemistry with a minor in Physics from Caltech and a BA summa cum laude in Chemical Physics from Hamilton College. Dr. Allodi has won many awards such as the DARPA riser postdoctoral award, the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship at Caltech, a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, and a Goldwater Scholarship. His thesis received the McCoy thesis prize from Caltech in 2015.  

    • Kumar Ashtekar, PhD
      Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale School of Medicine
      Biography

        Dr. Ashtekar is a 2017 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship awardee and is a postdoctoral associate at Yale School of Medicine. His research interests are in Synthetic and Bioorganic Chemistry. Dr. Ashtekar received his PhD in Chemistry from Michigan State University, MS in Chemistry at the University of Pune, and BS in Chemistry from N.M Wadia College.

      • Jesse Isaacman-Beck, PhD
        Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
        Biography

          Dr. Isaacman-Beck is a 2017 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship awardee who received his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania and BS in Chemistry from Haverford College. He is a postdoctoral fellow in Neurobiology at Stanford University with the goal of translating basic neurobiological research to clinical outcomes. In his brief career at the bench, he has made important discoveries related to HIV infection, nerve regeneration, and the molecular mechanisms of neuronal signaling. More recently, he has developed and optimized a new genetic tool that is reshaping how molecular neuroscience is done. He credits Arnold Beckman and the Beckman foundation with inspiring and facilitating this work, which he will detail in this presentation. Dr. Isaacman-Beck is also passionate about developing social justice in STEM. He loves mentoring people from different backgrounds at all levels of scientific literacy and passing on his enthusiasm for scientific research to the general population. He also fights for equity for all trainees and scientists by making local policy changes to support these constituencies. In this vein he's been really excited to work with Catrina Bryant to find ways to ensure that Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows are most successful in their fellowships and chosen careers.

        • Jonathon Bower
          Student
          Biography

            Jonathon Bower is an incoming high school senior and the lead of the Beckman Avionics team of the Irvine CubeSat STEM Program. Jonathon is interested in Electrical Engineering and computer science, and outside of CubeSat, he competes on a VEX robotics team.

          • Gabriela Schlau-Cohen, PhD
            Associate Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institution of Technology
            Biography
              Gabriela Schlau-Cohen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research group uses single-molecule spectroscopy and ultrafast spectroscopy to explore the energetic and structural dynamics of biological and bio-inspired systems. In particular, she has developed and applied tools to uncover the conformational and photophysical mechanisms of photosynthetic light harvesting and its regulation. She joined the faculty of MIT in 2015. Prior to MIT, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Center for Molecular Analysis and Design at Stanford University, where she worked with Prof. W.E. Moerner. Dr. Schlau-Cohen received her PhD in Physical Chemistry in 2011 from the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked in the lab of Prof. Graham Fleming as an AAUW American Fellow. She received a B.S. with honors in Chemical Physics in 2003 from Brown University. She is the recipient of a NIH Director's New Innovator Award, the Beckman Young Investigator Award, the Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research, the Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry and she was selected as a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar.
            • Sarina Doshi
              Student
              Biography

                Sarina Doshi will be entering her senior year at Beckman high school, as well as her second year as a member of Cubesat’s Avionics team. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine or biomedical engineering and enjoys teaching classes in Biology & Biochemistry.

              • Carmen Drahl, PhD
                Freelance Science Journalist
                Biography

                  Carmen Drahl is a freelance science journalist whose work has appeared in Forbes, Science News, and Scientific American. She's covered the search for the origins of life on Earth, explained how shrimp shells could become biodegradable plastics, and revealed the scientific principles that lead to crispy Thanksgiving turkey skin. At Chemical & Engineering News, Dr. Drahl covered organic and medicinal chemistry and later helped direct and edit the magazine's weekly coverage. At C&EN she catalyzed social media initiatives and co-launched the award-winning YouTube series "Speaking of Chemistry". She has also worked on the communications team for Michelin-starred Chef José Andrés, a lecturer at Harvard's Science and Cooking course. Carmen earned her Ph.D. in bioorganic chemistry with Erik J. Sorensen at Princeton University. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

                • Christopher am Ende, PhD
                  Associate Research Fellow, Pfizer, Inc.
                  Biography
                    Dr. Christopher W. am Ende is an Associate Research Fellow at Pfizer Inc., where he leads a team focused on chemical biology and drug discovery in the Internal Medicine group. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Delaware, conducting undergraduate research as a Beckman Scholar with Professor Neal J. Zondlo, designing lanthanide-binding peptides. Chris then pursued his graduate studies at Stony Brook University working with Professor Peter J. Tonge, where he developed long residence time inhibitors of InhA, the enoyl reductase in M. tuberculosis. After completion of an M.S. in Chemistry, he began his career in the Neuroscience Medicinal Chemistry group at Pfizer in Groton, CT. In this role, he contributed to several projects across the portfolio, helping to advance a γ-secretase modulator clinical candidate for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Concurrent with his work at Pfizer, Chris earned his Ph.D. at Stony Brook University under the direction of Kathlyn A. Parker, completing the first total synthesis of the natural product bisabosqual A. He has published more than 55 articles and patents, as well as presented at numerous symposia and invited seminars. Chris also serves as a steering committee member of the New York Academy of Sciences Chemical Biology Discussion Group, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Connecticut College and was named an American Chemical Society Young Investigator.
                  • Yiyang Gong, PhD
                    Assistant Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Neurobiology, Duke University
                    Biography
                      Dr. Gong is a 2016 Beckman Young Investigator awardee and an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Neurobiology at Duke University. His research interests are understanding brain function using a combination of genetically encoded sensors and optical techniques. Dr. Gong received his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and BS In Electrical Engineering at Caltech.
                    • Ming Chen Hammond, PhD
                      Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Utah
                      Biography
                        Dr. Ming Chen Hammond is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and part of the leadership at the Henry Eyring Center for Cell & Genome Science at the University of Utah. Her research group was one of the first to develop RNA-based fluorescent biosensors to study signaling and metabolism in living cells, and her research interests span the fields of chemical biology, synthetic biology, and microbiology. She received her B.S. in chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, Ph.D. in bioorganic chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and performed postdoctoral training in molecular biology at Yale University. She is the recipient of the BWF Career Award at the Scientific Interface and the NIH Director's New Innovator Award. She currently serves as Co-Director of the UoU Beckman Scholar Program and the NSF REU Program in Chemistry at University of Utah, is an Editorial Board member of FEMS Microbiology Reviews, and is co-editor of the Molecular Imaging section of Current Opinion in Chemical Biology.
                      • Jennifer M. Heemstra, PhD
                        Associate Professor of Chemistry, Emory University
                        Biography
                          Dr. Heemstra is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Research at Emory University. Her lab, the Heemstra lab, is focused on harnessing the molecular recognition and self-assembly properties of nucleic acids for applications in biosensing and bioimaging. She received a BS in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine where she discovered her love for supramolecular chemistry. She went on to earn her PhD at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and pursued her postdoctoral research at Harvard University.
                        • Eric Ho
                          Student
                          Biography

                            Eric Ho is a junior at Arnold O. Beckman High School and is the software lead for Beckman's CubeSat Program. Eric is also a member of Beckman's Chamber Orchestra and Math Club. He is interested in electrical engineering and computer science and enjoys working on his side projects outside of school.

                          • Anne Hultgren, PhD
                            Executive Director, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
                            Biography

                              Dr. Hultgren joined the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation in 2015 as Executive Director and CEO. Previously, she was at the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, working in chemical and biological defense technologies.

                            • Kaylee Kim
                              Student
                              Biography

                                Kaylee Kim is an incoming junior at Beckman High School, and is a second-year member of the Irvine CubeSat program's Avionics subteam. She enjoys learning about computer science, and is interested in game development.

                              • Terrance T. Kummer, MD, PhD
                                Director of Neurotrauma ICU, Barnes Jewish Hospital, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine
                                Biography
                                  Dr. Kummer is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, a clinical neurointensivist, and the Director of Neurotrauma ICU at Barnes Jewish Hospital. His research focuses on identifying and measuring key loci of cellular damage in traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer's disease, and seeking factors that explain the connections between these conditions. He is particularly interested in developing tools that help to unravel the complex neural networks that give rise to behavior and lead to neurological disability when injured, and on translational technologies that connect lab-based science with patients in the physiology laboratory of the intensive care unit. Dr. Kummer received his MD and PhD from Washington University in St. Louis and completed clinical training in Neurology and Neurocritical Care at Harvard Medical School.
                                • Markita Landry, PhD
                                  Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
                                  Biography
                                    Markita Landry is an assistant professor in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a B.S. in Chemistry, and a B.A. in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics and a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and completed an NSF postdoctoral fellowship in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her current research centers on the development of synthetic nanoparticle-polymer conjugates for imaging neuromodulation in the brain, and for the delivery of genetic materials into plants for plant biotechnology applications. The Landry lab exploits the highly tunable chemical and physical properties of nanomaterials for the creation of bio-mimetic structures, molecular imaging, and plant genome editing. She is also on the scientific advisory board of Terramera, Inc, and on the scientific advisory board of Chi-Botanic. She is a recent recipient of 18 early career awards, including awards from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, The Parkinson's Disease Foundation, the DARPA Young Investigator program, the Beckman Young Investigator program, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is a Sloan Research Fellow, an FFAR New Innovator, and is a Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator.
                                  • Chen Li, PhD
                                    Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
                                    Biography
                                      Chen Li is a Beckman Young Investigator. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, and is a faculty member of JHU's Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics. His research focuses on creating terradynamics to advance understanding of animal and robot locomotion in complex terrain. As a PhD student, he created the first terradynamics of legged locomotion on flowable ground such as sand. His current research focuses on expanding terradynamics into complex 3-D terrain. Dr. Li received his BS in Physics from Peking University in Beijing, China and PhD in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He did his postdoc research in Integrative Biology and Robotics at UC Berkeley as a Miller Fellow. Besides a BYI award, Dr. Li also won a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface and an Army Research Office Young Investigator Award. He has also won five paper awards at top journals and conferences.
                                    • Francisco Luongo, PhD
                                      Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology
                                      Biography

                                        Dr. Luongo is a 2017 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship awardee and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech. He studies the neural mechanisms underlying object segmentation in the visual cortex. Dr. Luongo received a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco and a BS in Biology/Biological Sciences from Stanford University.

                                      • Vennela Mannava
                                        Undergraduate Student, University of Chicago
                                        Biography
                                          Ms. Mannava is a 2019 Beckman Scholar awardee and a rising senior studying Chemistry at the University of Chicago. She is a research assistant in the Anderson Lab, has a published paper in the Organometallics journal of the American Chemical Society, and is a 2020 Goldwater Scholar. Her goals in the future are to obtain her PhD with a focus on inorganic chemistry and to conduct research at a national laboratory developing sustainable methods for energy conversion, such as green battery materials or carbon capture and utilization.
                                        • William H. May
                                          Chairman of the Board of Directors, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
                                          Biography

                                            Mr. May has served on the Board of Directors of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation since 2001, and most recently as Chairman of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation since 2017.

                                          • Bri McWhorter, MFA
                                            Founder & CEO of Activate of Captivate
                                            Biography

                                              Ms. McWhorter is the Founder and CEO of Activate to Captivate where she teaches communication techniques from an actor's point of view. She specializes in public speaking, scientific communications, interview skills, and interpersonal communications. She has taught workshops for Fortune 500 companies, privately coached CEOs, and taught communication certificate programs at universities.

                                            • Silas Miller
                                              Undergraduate Research Assistant, Whitman College
                                              Biography
                                                Mr. Miller is a 2019 awardee of the Beckman Scholar Program. He is an undergraduate student at Whitman College majoring in Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology. His research focuses on the plant hormone auxin and biosensor development funded through the Beckman Scholar Program. Mr. Miller's long-term goals are to pursue teaching and research within his fields of study.
                                              • Jeffrey S. Moore, PhD
                                                Beckman Institute Director, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Stanley O. Ikenberry Endowed Chair, Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering, HHMI Professor
                                                Biography
                                                  Dr. Jeff Moore is the director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Stanley O. Ikenberry Endowed Chair, a professor in the departments of chemistry and materials science & engineering, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor, and the head researcher of the Moore Group at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He has received awards for both teaching and research and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the American Chemical Society. Dr. Moore received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering and B.S. in chemistry from UIUC and was previously an NSF postdoctoral fellow at Caltech and an assistant professor at the University of Michigan.
                                                • Mike Morrison
                                                  User Experience Designer, Graduate Student, Michigan State University
                                                  Biography
                                                    Mr. Morrison is a former User Experience (UX) designer who quit his tech career to become a PhD student in Work Psychology. He's trying to bring User Experience design principles to science, to help disseminate knowledge faster and more efficiently among scientists, while still continuing his separate (but related!) psychological research on abstract and concrete processing (like, how and when people tend to 'zoom out' on the forest or 'zoom-in' on individual trees).
                                                  • Kira Mosher, PhD
                                                    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
                                                    Biography

                                                      Dr. Mosher is a 2017 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship awardee and a postdoctoral fellow at in a NIH-supported lab at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford University and a BA in Neuroscience and Behavior from Vassar College.

                                                    • Freddy Nguyen, MD, PhD
                                                      Pathology Resident, Mount Sinai Hospital, Research Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Co-Director of MIT COVID-19 Challenge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                                                      Biography

                                                        Dr. Freddy T. Nguyen, MD, PhD, is an Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Medical Engineering and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Pathology Resident at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is the co-director of the MIT COVID-19 Challenge and former co-director for MIT Hacking Medicine. Dr. Nguyen currently serves on the MIT Committee on Assessment of Biohazards & Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight.

                                                        He was the In Vivo Microscopy Fellow at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his M.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his B.S. in Chemistry and B.A. in Mathematics from Rice University.

                                                        His current research interests lie in the development and translation of optical imaging techniques, targeted particle development, nanoscale sensors, and informatics particularly in their applications to the fields of oncology, cardiology, gastroenterology, and transfusion medicine both in the diagnostics space and in the treatment monitoring space. His prior work focused on spectroscopic techniques such as intrinsic fluorescence, Raman, diffuse reflectance, and light scattering for the detection and diagnosis of cancer as well as evaluate tumor responses to chemotherapeutics.

                                                        Dr. Nguyen has been a strong advocate for trainees throughout his career. He was the founder, president, and chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA). He was recognized by the Excellence in Medicine Award from the American Medical Association Foundation. He represented his peers on the Associate Member Council of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and on the Council of Student Members for the American College of Physicians (ACP).

                                                      • Zachary Pincus, PhD
                                                        Assistant Professor, Departments of Biology and Genetics, Washington University School of Medicine
                                                        Biography
                                                          Dr. Pincus is a 2016 Beckman Young Investigator awardee and an Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology and Genetics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His ultimate research goal is to understand inter-individual variability in living systems such as the origins of biological individuality. He was a postdoctoral fellow in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology at Yale University and received his PhD in Biomedical Informatics and BS in Biology at Stanford University.
                                                        • Liela Romero, PhD
                                                          Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Baylor University
                                                          Biography
                                                            Dr. Romero is a 2019 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship awardee. She has recently been named a CPRIT awardee and joined Baylor University as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. She is interested in developing highly selective chemical reactions with the goal of advancing chemical synthesis and drug recovery. Dr. Romero completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received her PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and BS In Biochemistry at Baylor University.
                                                          • Massa Shoura, PhD
                                                            Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
                                                            Biography
                                                              Dr. Shoura is a 2017 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship awardee. She is a postdoctoral research fellow in pathology at Stanford University and her research projects are focused on understanding the fundamentals of how multicellular organisms process information and respond to genetic and environmental change. Dr. Shoura received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering and Molecular Cell Biology & Biophysics, MS in Molecular and Cell Biology, and BS in Cell Biology & Biophysics from the University of Texas at Dallas.
                                                            • Shameema Sikder, MD
                                                              Director of the Center of Excellence for Ophthalmic Surgical Education and Training, Johns Hopkins Hospital Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins Medicine
                                                              Biography

                                                                Dr. Sikder is an opthalmologist who specializes in corneal disorders and is interested in surgical treatments for corneal diseases as well as surgical education. She is also the director of the Center of Excellenece for Ophthalmic Surgical Education and Training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Sikder received a MD and BS in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry from the University of Arizona.

                                                              • Lois Smith, MD, PhD
                                                                Clinican Scientist Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
                                                                Biography

                                                                  Dr. Smith is a Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and specializes in eye research. She has had a long standing interest in eye diseases particularly retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), diabetic retinopathy (DR), and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and in the mechanisms behind these diseases, particularly the underlying causes of neovascularization and the interactions between neurons and vessels. Many pathways that she has found have been translated into clinical trials, including replacement of IGF-1 in preterm infants and treatment of AMD with anti-VEGF antibodies in which she was the first to show the benefit of blocking VEGF in a mouse model of retinopathy. She has shown the importance of omega 3 and 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the development of retinopathy, again translated into a clinical trial of lipid replacement in ROP. More recently she has been interested in metabolic function in photoreceptors, particularly with respect to lipids. Photoreceptor metabolic dysfunction causes central vision loss in retinal degenerative diseases (including ROP) but is also implicated in age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Suppressed glucose uptake in VLRLR-/- mice through FFAF1 leads to decreased cone photoreceptor metabolism; If lipid metabolic dysregulation of photoreceptors can be controlled safely with drugs blocking FFAR1, vision could be maintained in ROP as well as NV AMD and DR. Her work has been recognized by the Friedenwald Award, the Bressler Prize, the Heed-Gutman award, the Cless prize and the Silverman Award.

                                                                • Sabrina Spencer, PhD
                                                                  Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder
                                                                  Biography
                                                                    Dr. Spencer is a 2016 Beckman Young Investigator awardee who specializes in cell signaling research at the single-cell level. She is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Spencer has received many awards, including an NIH Director's New Innovator award in 2018. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University and received her PhD in Computational and Systems Biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
                                                                  • Eric Strobel, PhD
                                                                    Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University
                                                                    Biography

                                                                      Dr. Strobel is a 2017 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship awardee, a current postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University and a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University. He received his PhD in Microbiology from Cornell University and BS in Biology from St. John's University. He will begin his appointment as an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo in August 2020.

                                                                    • Michaela TerAvest, PhD
                                                                      Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michigan State University
                                                                      Biography
                                                                        Dr. TerAvest is a 2018 Beckman Young Investigator awardee. She is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Michigan State University and was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. TerAvest received her PhD and MS in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Michigan State University.
                                                                      • Kirk Wangensteen, MD, PhD
                                                                        Physician, Penn Medicine, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Medicine in Genetics, University of Pennsylvania
                                                                        Biography

                                                                          Dr. Wangensteen is a practicing physician at Penn Medicine and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He specialized in internal medicine and gastroenterology and has his own research lab that focuses on the genetics of liver repopulation and hepatocellular carcinoma. Dr. Wangensteen completed his MD/PhD at the University of Minnesota and went on to complete his residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center and specialized in Internal Medicine. Afterward, he completed his fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and specialized in Gastroenterology. He became faculty and opened his lab at Penn in 2018.

                                                                        • Catherine Weibel
                                                                          Undergraduate Student, University of Arizona
                                                                          Biography
                                                                            Ms. Weibel is a 2019 Beckman Scholar awardee and an undergraduate studying Physics and Applied Math at the University of Arizona. She works as a research assistant in the Masel Lab on bioinformatics and protein evolution with a focus on time-directional trends in protein evolution. She intends to purse her PhD in Mathematical Biology or Biophysics.
                                                                          • Jing-Ke Weng, PhD
                                                                            Associate Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                                                                            Biography
                                                                              Dr. Weng is a 2016 Beckman Young Investigator awardee, an Associate Professor of Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a member of the Whitehead Institute. His research focuses on addressing fundamental questions regarding the origin and evolution of chemodiversity in plants. Dr. Weng received his PhD in Biochemistry from Purdue University and BS in Biotechnology from Zhejiang University.
                                                                            • Shoshana Williams
                                                                              Graduate Student, Stanford University
                                                                              Biography

                                                                                Shoshana Williams is a 2019 Beckman Scholar awardee in the laboratory of Rachel Austin. She recently graduated Barnard College summa cum laude with an AB in Chemistry and a minor in Religion. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and received a student award from the American Institute of Chemists as well as the Grace Potter Rice Fellowship for students who show promise of distinction in graduate studies. She has performed research in inorganic biochemistry since her first year of undergrad. In 2018, she was selected as an Amgen Scholar at Washington University, where she studied developmental biology in the Kornfeld lab. This fall, Ms. Williams will begin her PhD in chemical biology at Stanford University. She intends to pursue an academic career.

                                                                              • Weiwei Xie, PhD
                                                                                Professor of Chemistry, Louisiana State University/Rutgers University
                                                                                Biography
                                                                                  Dr. Xie is a 2018 Beckman Young Investigator awardee. She is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University and has a research lab that focuses on experimental and theoretical solid-state materials. Dr. Xie has won many awards such as the NSF Career Award and the Rainmaker Emerging Scholar for Research and Creative Activity from LSU. She received her PhD in Chemistry from Iowa State University and BS in Chemistry from Nankai University in Tianjin, China.
                                                                                • Ke Xu, PhD
                                                                                  Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
                                                                                  Biography
                                                                                    Dr. Xu is a 2016 Beckman Young Investigator awardee, an Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and a Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator at the University of California, Berkeley. His research involves developing new experimental tools to interrogate biological, chemical, and materials systems at the nanoscale level. Dr. Xu completed his postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, received his PhD in Chemistry from Caltech, and BS in Chemistry from Tsinghua University.
                                                                                  • Xiaoji Xu, PhD
                                                                                    Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Lehigh University
                                                                                    Biography
                                                                                      Dr. Xu is a 2018 Beckman Young Investigator awardee. He is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Lehigh University and his research focuses on developing methods and instruments for chemical measurement and imaging at nanoscale levels. Dr. Xu has previously won awards such as the NSF CAREER Award and Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of British Colombia and BS In Chemistry at Peking University.
                                                                                    Agenda
                                                                                    • Part I: Dual Degrees and Dual Careers -- The Interface between Neurology and Neuroscience
                                                                                      AUG 07, 2020 12:00 PM PDT
                                                                                      Part I: Dual Degrees and Dual Careers -- The Interface between Neurology and Neuroscience
                                                                                      Terrance T. Kummer, MD, PhD
                                                                                      Director of Neurotrauma ICU, Barnes Jewish Hospital, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine
                                                                                    • Part II: From Oil Refineries to Cataract Surgeries: My Life through Process Flow Diagrams
                                                                                      AUG 07, 2020 12:00 PM PDT
                                                                                      Part II: From Oil Refineries to Cataract Surgeries: My Life through Process Flow Diagrams
                                                                                      Shameema Sikder, MD
                                                                                      Director of the Center of Excellence for Ophthalmic Surgical Education and Training, Johns Hopkins Hospital Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins Medicine
                                                                                    • Part III: The physician scientist track: long trajectory and worth it
                                                                                      AUG 07, 2020 12:00 PM PDT
                                                                                      Part III: The physician scientist track: long trajectory and worth it
                                                                                      Kirk Wangensteen, MD, PhD
                                                                                      Physician, Penn Medicine, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Medicine in Genetics, University of Pennsylvania
                                                                                    • Part IV: How to be a sane clinician scientist - a timeline
                                                                                      AUG 07, 2020 12:00 PM PDT
                                                                                      Part IV: How to be a sane clinician scientist - a timeline
                                                                                      Lois Smith, MD, PhD
                                                                                      Clinican Scientist Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
                                                                                    • AUG 08, 2020 11:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Appreciation Award Presentation and Closing Remarks
                                                                                      Anne Hultgren, PhD
                                                                                      Executive Director, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
                                                                                      William H. May
                                                                                      Chairman of the Board of Directors, Arnold and Mabel Be...
                                                                                    • Self‐care is Not the Enemy of Performance
                                                                                      AUG 08, 2020 9:30 AM PDT
                                                                                      Self‐care is Not the Enemy of Performance
                                                                                      Jennifer M. Heemstra, PhD
                                                                                      Associate Professor of Chemistry, Emory University
                                                                                    • Part I: Adventures in Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery
                                                                                      AUG 07, 2020 10:30 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part I: Adventures in Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery
                                                                                      Christopher am Ende, PhD
                                                                                      Associate Research Fellow, Pfizer, Inc.
                                                                                    • Part II: From the Ivory Tower to the Newsroom: Careers in Science Communication
                                                                                      AUG 07, 2020 10:30 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part II: From the Ivory Tower to the Newsroom: Careers in Science Communication
                                                                                      Carmen Drahl, PhD
                                                                                      Freelance Science Journalist
                                                                                    • Part I: The Team, the Generalist, and Seeing Through Blind Spots
                                                                                      AUG 07, 2020 9:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part I: The Team, the Generalist, and Seeing Through Blind Spots
                                                                                      Jeffrey S. Moore, PhD
                                                                                      Beckman Institute Director, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Stanley O. Ikenberry Endowed Chair, Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering, HHMI Professor
                                                                                    • Part II: Adventures in Molecular Recognition
                                                                                      AUG 07, 2020 9:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part II: Adventures in Molecular Recognition
                                                                                      Ming Chen Hammond, PhD
                                                                                      Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Utah
                                                                                    • Part I: How To Promote Your Science And Talk To Reporters Like A Pro
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 11:30 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part I: How To Promote Your Science And Talk To Reporters Like A Pro
                                                                                      Carmen Drahl, PhD
                                                                                      Freelance Science Journalist
                                                                                    • Part II: How to Create the Ultimate Scientific Poster with User Experience Design
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 11:30 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part II: How to Create the Ultimate Scientific Poster with User Experience Design
                                                                                      Mike Morrison
                                                                                      User Experience Designer, Graduate Student, Michigan State University
                                                                                    • Part IX: Unraveling the interplay between transcription and RNA folding
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part IX: Unraveling the interplay between transcription and RNA folding
                                                                                      Eric Strobel, PhD
                                                                                      Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University
                                                                                    • Part VIII: The "Real" Nuclear Physics: Tracking Genome Dynamics in Time and Space
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part VIII: The "Real" Nuclear Physics: Tracking Genome Dynamics in Time and Space
                                                                                      Massa Shoura, PhD
                                                                                      Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
                                                                                    • Part VII: From biochemical nanosensors to imaging to informatics to COVID-19 convalescent plasma - developing diagnostics and therapies for clinical medicine
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part VII: From biochemical nanosensors to imaging to informatics to COVID-19 convalescent plasma - developing diagnostics and therapies for clinical medicine
                                                                                      Freddy Nguyen, MD, PhD
                                                                                      Pathology Resident, Mount Sinai Hospital, Research Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Co-Director of MIT COVID-19 Challenge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                                                                                    • Part VI: Dissecting Cell Signaling Networks That Regulate Adult Neural Stem Cell Functions
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part VI: Dissecting Cell Signaling Networks That Regulate Adult Neural Stem Cell Functions
                                                                                      Kira Mosher, PhD
                                                                                      Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
                                                                                    • Part V: Mechanisms for perceptual organization in the rodent visual cortex
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part V: Mechanisms for perceptual organization in the rodent visual cortex
                                                                                      Francisco Luongo, PhD
                                                                                      Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology
                                                                                    • Part IV: SPARC - A method to genetically manipulate precise proportions of cells
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part IV: SPARC - A method to genetically manipulate precise proportions of cells
                                                                                      Jesse Isaacman-Beck, PhD
                                                                                      Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
                                                                                    • Part III: Exploring the inhibition of Alk2 kinase and dimerization of EGFR kinase
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part III: Exploring the inhibition of Alk2 kinase and dimerization of EGFR kinase
                                                                                      Kumar Ashtekar, PhD
                                                                                      Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale School of Medicine
                                                                                    • Part II: Extracting Photochemical Design Principles from Biological Systems in vivo
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part II: Extracting Photochemical Design Principles from Biological Systems in vivo
                                                                                      Marco Allodi, PhD
                                                                                      Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago
                                                                                    • Part I: Scientific Storytelling
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part I: Scientific Storytelling
                                                                                      Bri McWhorter, MFA
                                                                                      Founder & CEO of Activate of Captivate
                                                                                    • Be 'System'atic: Creating Lab Culture and Training Environment Through Lab Policies
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 8:30 AM PDT
                                                                                      Be 'System'atic: Creating Lab Culture and Training Environment Through Lab Policies
                                                                                      Jennifer M. Heemstra, PhD
                                                                                      Associate Professor of Chemistry, Emory University
                                                                                    • A novel superconducting family by design: how can we make superconductivity and magnetism coexist in one material?
                                                                                      A novel superconducting family by design: how can we make superconductivity and magnetism coexist in one material?
                                                                                      Weiwei Xie, PhD
                                                                                      Professor of Chemistry, Louisiana State University/Rutgers University
                                                                                    • An optical brain-machine interface through the development of protein, microscope, and deep learning tools
                                                                                      An optical brain-machine interface through the development of protein, microscope, and deep learning tools
                                                                                      Yiyang Gong, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Neurobiology, Duke University
                                                                                    • Carbon dioxide utilization in plastic production: Development of a nickel catalyst
                                                                                      Carbon dioxide utilization in plastic production: Development of a nickel catalyst
                                                                                      Vennela Mannava
                                                                                      Undergraduate Student, University of Chicago
                                                                                    • Causes and consequences of rapid cancer cell adaptation to therapeutic drugs
                                                                                      Causes and consequences of rapid cancer cell adaptation to therapeutic drugs
                                                                                      Sabrina Spencer, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder
                                                                                    • Copper Hydride Catalysis for the Synthesis of Axially Chiral Allenes
                                                                                      Copper Hydride Catalysis for the Synthesis of Axially Chiral Allenes
                                                                                      Liela Romero, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Baylor University
                                                                                    • Engineering electroautotrophy
                                                                                      Engineering electroautotrophy
                                                                                      Michaela TerAvest, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michigan State University
                                                                                    • From biochemical nanosensors to imaging to informatics to COVID-19 convalescent plasma - developing diagnostics and therapies for clinical medicine
                                                                                      From biochemical nanosensors to imaging to informatics to COVID-19 convalescent plasma - developing diagnostics and therapies for clinical medicine
                                                                                      Freddy Nguyen, MD, PhD
                                                                                      Pathology Resident, Mount Sinai Hospital, Research Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Co-Director of MIT COVID-19 Challenge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                                                                                    • Heterogeneous ultrafast relaxation in photosynthetic light-harvesting proteins
                                                                                      Heterogeneous ultrafast relaxation in photosynthetic light-harvesting proteins
                                                                                      Gabriela Schlau-Cohen, PhD
                                                                                      Associate Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institution of Technology
                                                                                    • Irvine CubeSat STEM Program
                                                                                      Irvine CubeSat STEM Program
                                                                                      Eric Ho
                                                                                      Student
                                                                                    • Irvine CubeSat STEM Program
                                                                                      Irvine CubeSat STEM Program
                                                                                      Jonathon Bower
                                                                                      Student
                                                                                    • Irvine CubeSat STEM Program
                                                                                      Irvine CubeSat STEM Program
                                                                                      Kaylee Kim
                                                                                      Student
                                                                                    • Irvine CubeSat STEM Program
                                                                                      Irvine CubeSat STEM Program
                                                                                      Sarina Doshi
                                                                                      Student
                                                                                    • Liquid phase Peak Force Infrared Microscopy: Super-resolution Infrared Microscopy in the Aqueous Phase
                                                                                      Liquid phase Peak Force Infrared Microscopy: Super-resolution Infrared Microscopy in the Aqueous Phase
                                                                                      Xiaoji Xu, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Lehigh University
                                                                                    • Mechanistic basis for the evolution of eukaryotic specialized metabolism
                                                                                      Mechanistic basis for the evolution of eukaryotic specialized metabolism
                                                                                      Jing-Ke Weng, PhD
                                                                                      Associate Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                                                                                    • More Exquisitely Adapted Species Have Higher Structural Disorder in Vertebrate Protein Domains
                                                                                      More Exquisitely Adapted Species Have Higher Structural Disorder in Vertebrate Protein Domains
                                                                                      Catherine Weibel
                                                                                      Undergraduate Student, University of Arizona
                                                                                    • Nanomaterials Engineering to Probe and Control Living Systems
                                                                                      Nanomaterials Engineering to Probe and Control Living Systems
                                                                                      Markita Landry, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
                                                                                    • Neuromechanics of Locomotor Transitions on Energy Landscapes of Complex Terrain
                                                                                      Neuromechanics of Locomotor Transitions on Energy Landscapes of Complex Terrain
                                                                                      Chen Li, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
                                                                                    • Prevalence and reactivity of fused-rubredoxin AlkBs
                                                                                      Prevalence and reactivity of fused-rubredoxin AlkBs
                                                                                      Shoshana Williams
                                                                                      Graduate Student, Stanford University
                                                                                    • Probing (intracellular) physicochemical environments at the nanometer scale, one molecule at a time
                                                                                      Probing (intracellular) physicochemical environments at the nanometer scale, one molecule at a time
                                                                                      Ke Xu, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
                                                                                    • SPARC - A method to genetically manipulate precise proportions of cells
                                                                                      SPARC - A method to genetically manipulate precise proportions of cells
                                                                                      Jesse Isaacman-Beck, PhD
                                                                                      Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
                                                                                    • ShadowAuxin: Optimization of Quenching FRET Pairs for a Fluorescent Auxin Biosensor
                                                                                      ShadowAuxin: Optimization of Quenching FRET Pairs for a Fluorescent Auxin Biosensor
                                                                                      Silas Miller
                                                                                      Undergraduate Research Assistant, Whitman College
                                                                                    • Systematic, organism-wide gene regulation drives individual lifespan in C. elegans
                                                                                      Systematic, organism-wide gene regulation drives individual lifespan in C. elegans
                                                                                      Zachary Pincus, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor, Departments of Biology and Genetics, Washington University School of Medicine
                                                                                    • Tracking Genome Dynamics in Time and Space
                                                                                      Tracking Genome Dynamics in Time and Space
                                                                                      Massa Shoura, PhD
                                                                                      Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
                                                                                    • Bio-Chem
                                                                                    • SPARC - A method to genetically manipulate precise proportions of cells
                                                                                      SPARC - A method to genetically manipulate precise proportions of cells
                                                                                      Jesse Isaacman-Beck, PhD
                                                                                      Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
                                                                                    • Neuromechanics of Locomotor Transitions on Energy Landscapes of Complex Terrain
                                                                                      Neuromechanics of Locomotor Transitions on Energy Landscapes of Complex Terrain
                                                                                      Chen Li, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
                                                                                    • Carbon dioxide utilization in plastic production: Development of a nickel catalyst
                                                                                      Carbon dioxide utilization in plastic production: Development of a nickel catalyst
                                                                                      Vennela Mannava
                                                                                      Undergraduate Student, University of Chicago
                                                                                    • ShadowAuxin: Optimization of Quenching FRET Pairs for a Fluorescent Auxin Biosensor
                                                                                      ShadowAuxin: Optimization of Quenching FRET Pairs for a Fluorescent Auxin Biosensor
                                                                                      Silas Miller
                                                                                      Undergraduate Research Assistant, Whitman College
                                                                                    • Copper Hydride Catalysis for the Synthesis of Axially Chiral Allenes
                                                                                      Copper Hydride Catalysis for the Synthesis of Axially Chiral Allenes
                                                                                      Liela Romero, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Baylor University
                                                                                    • Tracking Genome Dynamics in Time and Space
                                                                                      Tracking Genome Dynamics in Time and Space
                                                                                      Massa Shoura, PhD
                                                                                      Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
                                                                                    • Engineering electroautotrophy
                                                                                      Engineering electroautotrophy
                                                                                      Michaela TerAvest, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Michigan State University
                                                                                    • More Exquisitely Adapted Species Have Higher Structural Disorder in Vertebrate Protein Domains
                                                                                      More Exquisitely Adapted Species Have Higher Structural Disorder in Vertebrate Protein Domains
                                                                                      Catherine Weibel
                                                                                      Undergraduate Student, University of Arizona
                                                                                    • Prevalence and reactivity of fused-rubredoxin AlkBs
                                                                                      Prevalence and reactivity of fused-rubredoxin AlkBs
                                                                                      Shoshana Williams
                                                                                      Graduate Student, Stanford University
                                                                                    • A novel superconducting family by design: how can we make superconductivity and magnetism coexist in one material?
                                                                                      A novel superconducting family by design: how can we make superconductivity and magnetism coexist in one material?
                                                                                      Weiwei Xie, PhD
                                                                                      Professor of Chemistry, Louisiana State University/Rutgers University
                                                                                    • Liquid phase Peak Force Infrared Microscopy: Super-resolution Infrared Microscopy in the Aqueous Phase
                                                                                      Liquid phase Peak Force Infrared Microscopy: Super-resolution Infrared Microscopy in the Aqueous Phase
                                                                                      Xiaoji Xu, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Lehigh University
                                                                                    • From biochemical nanosensors to imaging to informatics to COVID-19 convalescent plasma - developing diagnostics and therapies for clinical medicine
                                                                                      From biochemical nanosensors to imaging to informatics to COVID-19 convalescent plasma - developing diagnostics and therapies for clinical medicine
                                                                                      Freddy Nguyen, MD, PhD
                                                                                      Pathology Resident, Mount Sinai Hospital, Research Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Co-Director of MIT COVID-19 Challenge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                                                                                    • BYI Final Presentation
                                                                                    • An optical brain-machine interface through the development of protein, microscope, and deep learning tools
                                                                                      An optical brain-machine interface through the development of protein, microscope, and deep learning tools
                                                                                      Yiyang Gong, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Neurobiology, Duke University
                                                                                    • Nanomaterials Engineering to Probe and Control Living Systems
                                                                                      Nanomaterials Engineering to Probe and Control Living Systems
                                                                                      Markita Landry, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
                                                                                    • Heterogeneous ultrafast relaxation in photosynthetic light-harvesting proteins
                                                                                      Heterogeneous ultrafast relaxation in photosynthetic light-harvesting proteins
                                                                                      Gabriela Schlau-Cohen, PhD
                                                                                      Associate Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institution of Technology
                                                                                    • Systematic, organism-wide gene regulation drives individual lifespan in C. elegans
                                                                                      Systematic, organism-wide gene regulation drives individual lifespan in C. elegans
                                                                                      Zachary Pincus, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor, Departments of Biology and Genetics, Washington University School of Medicine
                                                                                    • Causes and consequences of rapid cancer cell adaptation to therapeutic drugs
                                                                                      Causes and consequences of rapid cancer cell adaptation to therapeutic drugs
                                                                                      Sabrina Spencer, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder
                                                                                    • Mechanistic basis for the evolution of eukaryotic specialized metabolism
                                                                                      Mechanistic basis for the evolution of eukaryotic specialized metabolism
                                                                                      Jing-Ke Weng, PhD
                                                                                      Associate Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                                                                                    • Probing (intracellular) physicochemical environments at the nanometer scale, one molecule at a time
                                                                                      Probing (intracellular) physicochemical environments at the nanometer scale, one molecule at a time
                                                                                      Ke Xu, PhD
                                                                                      Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
                                                                                    • CubeSat
                                                                                    • Irvine CubeSat STEM Program
                                                                                      Irvine CubeSat STEM Program
                                                                                      Eric Ho
                                                                                      Student
                                                                                    • Irvine CubeSat STEM Program
                                                                                      Irvine CubeSat STEM Program
                                                                                      Jonathon Bower
                                                                                      Student
                                                                                    • Irvine CubeSat STEM Program
                                                                                      Irvine CubeSat STEM Program
                                                                                      Kaylee Kim
                                                                                      Student
                                                                                    • Irvine CubeSat STEM Program
                                                                                      Irvine CubeSat STEM Program
                                                                                      Sarina Doshi
                                                                                      Student
                                                                                    • Lab Policy Workshop
                                                                                    • Be 'System'atic: Creating Lab Culture and Training Environment Through Lab Policies
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 8:30 AM PDT
                                                                                      Be 'System'atic: Creating Lab Culture and Training Environment Through Lab Policies
                                                                                      Jennifer M. Heemstra, PhD
                                                                                      Associate Professor of Chemistry, Emory University
                                                                                    • Beckman Briefings Workshop
                                                                                    • Part I: Scientific Storytelling
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part I: Scientific Storytelling
                                                                                      Bri McWhorter, MFA
                                                                                      Founder & CEO of Activate of Captivate
                                                                                    • Part II: Extracting Photochemical Design Principles from Biological Systems in vivo
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part II: Extracting Photochemical Design Principles from Biological Systems in vivo
                                                                                      Marco Allodi, PhD
                                                                                      Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago
                                                                                    • Part III: Exploring the inhibition of Alk2 kinase and dimerization of EGFR kinase
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part III: Exploring the inhibition of Alk2 kinase and dimerization of EGFR kinase
                                                                                      Kumar Ashtekar, PhD
                                                                                      Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale School of Medicine
                                                                                    • Part IV: SPARC - A method to genetically manipulate precise proportions of cells
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part IV: SPARC - A method to genetically manipulate precise proportions of cells
                                                                                      Jesse Isaacman-Beck, PhD
                                                                                      Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
                                                                                    • Part V: Mechanisms for perceptual organization in the rodent visual cortex
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part V: Mechanisms for perceptual organization in the rodent visual cortex
                                                                                      Francisco Luongo, PhD
                                                                                      Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology
                                                                                    • Part VI: Dissecting Cell Signaling Networks That Regulate Adult Neural Stem Cell Functions
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part VI: Dissecting Cell Signaling Networks That Regulate Adult Neural Stem Cell Functions
                                                                                      Kira Mosher, PhD
                                                                                      Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
                                                                                    • Part VII: From biochemical nanosensors to imaging to informatics to COVID-19 convalescent plasma - developing diagnostics and therapies for clinical medicine
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part VII: From biochemical nanosensors to imaging to informatics to COVID-19 convalescent plasma - developing diagnostics and therapies for clinical medicine
                                                                                      Freddy Nguyen, MD, PhD
                                                                                      Pathology Resident, Mount Sinai Hospital, Research Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Co-Director of MIT COVID-19 Challenge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                                                                                    • Part VIII: The "Real" Nuclear Physics: Tracking Genome Dynamics in Time and Space
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part VIII: The "Real" Nuclear Physics: Tracking Genome Dynamics in Time and Space
                                                                                      Massa Shoura, PhD
                                                                                      Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
                                                                                    • Part IX: Unraveling the interplay between transcription and RNA folding
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 10:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part IX: Unraveling the interplay between transcription and RNA folding
                                                                                      Eric Strobel, PhD
                                                                                      Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University
                                                                                    • Communicating Science Workshop
                                                                                    • Part I: How To Promote Your Science And Talk To Reporters Like A Pro
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 11:30 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part I: How To Promote Your Science And Talk To Reporters Like A Pro
                                                                                      Carmen Drahl, PhD
                                                                                      Freelance Science Journalist
                                                                                    • Part II: How to Create the Ultimate Scientific Poster with User Experience Design
                                                                                      AUG 06, 2020 11:30 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part II: How to Create the Ultimate Scientific Poster with User Experience Design
                                                                                      Mike Morrison
                                                                                      User Experience Designer, Graduate Student, Michigan State University
                                                                                    • Profiles in Science: Academia Careers
                                                                                    • Part I: The Team, the Generalist, and Seeing Through Blind Spots
                                                                                      AUG 07, 2020 9:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part I: The Team, the Generalist, and Seeing Through Blind Spots
                                                                                      Jeffrey S. Moore, PhD
                                                                                      Beckman Institute Director, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Stanley O. Ikenberry Endowed Chair, Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering, HHMI Professor
                                                                                    • Part II: Adventures in Molecular Recognition
                                                                                      AUG 07, 2020 9:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part II: Adventures in Molecular Recognition
                                                                                      Ming Chen Hammond, PhD
                                                                                      Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Utah
                                                                                    • Profiles in Science: Industry Careers
                                                                                    • Part I: Adventures in Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery
                                                                                      AUG 07, 2020 10:30 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part I: Adventures in Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery
                                                                                      Christopher am Ende, PhD
                                                                                      Associate Research Fellow, Pfizer, Inc.
                                                                                    • Part II: From the Ivory Tower to the Newsroom: Careers in Science Communication
                                                                                      AUG 07, 2020 10:30 AM PDT
                                                                                      Part II: From the Ivory Tower to the Newsroom: Careers in Science Communication
                                                                                      Carmen Drahl, PhD
                                                                                      Freelance Science Journalist
                                                                                    • Profiles in Science: Medicine Careers
                                                                                    • Part I: Dual Degrees and Dual Careers -- The Interface between Neurology and Neuroscience
                                                                                      AUG 07, 2020 12:00 PM PDT
                                                                                      Part I: Dual Degrees and Dual Careers -- The Interface between Neurology and Neuroscience
                                                                                      Terrance T. Kummer, MD, PhD
                                                                                      Director of Neurotrauma ICU, Barnes Jewish Hospital, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine
                                                                                    • Part II: From Oil Refineries to Cataract Surgeries: My Life through Process Flow Diagrams
                                                                                      AUG 07, 2020 12:00 PM PDT
                                                                                      Part II: From Oil Refineries to Cataract Surgeries: My Life through Process Flow Diagrams
                                                                                      Shameema Sikder, MD
                                                                                      Director of the Center of Excellence for Ophthalmic Surgical Education and Training, Johns Hopkins Hospital Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins Medicine
                                                                                    • Part III: The physician scientist track: long trajectory and worth it
                                                                                      AUG 07, 2020 12:00 PM PDT
                                                                                      Part III: The physician scientist track: long trajectory and worth it
                                                                                      Kirk Wangensteen, MD, PhD
                                                                                      Physician, Penn Medicine, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Medicine in Genetics, University of Pennsylvania
                                                                                    • Part IV: How to be a sane clinician scientist - a timeline
                                                                                      AUG 07, 2020 12:00 PM PDT
                                                                                      Part IV: How to be a sane clinician scientist - a timeline
                                                                                      Lois Smith, MD, PhD
                                                                                      Clinican Scientist Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
                                                                                    • Mental Health in the Sciences
                                                                                    • Self‐care is Not the Enemy of Performance
                                                                                      AUG 08, 2020 9:30 AM PDT
                                                                                      Self‐care is Not the Enemy of Performance
                                                                                      Jennifer M. Heemstra, PhD
                                                                                      Associate Professor of Chemistry, Emory University
                                                                                    • Closing Remarks
                                                                                    • AUG 08, 2020 11:00 AM PDT
                                                                                      Appreciation Award Presentation and Closing Remarks
                                                                                      Anne Hultgren, PhD
                                                                                      Executive Director, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
                                                                                      William H. May
                                                                                      Chairman of the Board of Directors, Arnold and Mabel Be...
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