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Past Events

ALA XX (2017)

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“The Impact of Tissue Architecture on Cell Signaling During Animal Development”
Michelle Starz-Gaiano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Graduate Program Director of Biological Sciences
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

“Modeling Eye Development, Disease and Regeneration Using Zebrafish”
Jeffrey Gross, Ph.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology & Developmental Biology
E. Ronald Salvitti Chair in Ophthalmology Research, and
Director of the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

“Protecting Totipotency: Germ Line Development in Drosophila” 
Ruth Lehmann, Ph.D.
HHMI Investigator
Director, Skirball Institute
Chair, Department of Cell Biology
New York University School of Medicine

ALA XIX (2016)

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“Complete Change in Research Focus: Academic Equivalent of Jumping off a Cliff”
Isiah M. Warner, Ph.D.
Boyd Professor
Philip W. West Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University System

“An RNA World: Harnessing the Catalytic Power of RNAfor Complex Nano Machines and Therapeutic Innovations”
Paula Grabowski, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Pittsburgh

ALA XVIII (2015)

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“Fighting the War Against Cancer – One Patient at a Time”
Louis M. Weiner, M.D.
Director, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Chair, Department of Oncology, Georgetown University Medical Center

“The Immune System vs. Cancer: winners, losers, and complications”
Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Professor of Biological Sciences
Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Chair of Biochemistry
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

Poster Session: UMBC Faculty Research Posters


ALA XVII (2014)

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“The significance of the novel visual pigment, Melanopsin, in non-image forming vision”
Dr. Phyllis Robinson

“Individual Variability and Robustness in Neuronal Circuits”
Dr. Eve Marder
Brandeis University

ALA XVI (2013)

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“Insights into the Mechanism of HIV-1 Genome Packaging and Assembly”
Dr. Michael Summers

“Opening Doors Worldwide through Medical Science”
Dr. Peter Agre, Nobel Laureate
Johns Hopkins

ALA XV (2012)

“Modeling Prostate Disease to Understand Mechanisms and Develop Therapeutics”
Dr. Charles Bieberich

“GFP: Lighting Up Life”
Dr. Martin Chalfie, Nobel Laureate
Columbia University

ALA XIV (2011)

“Thermodynamic and Kinetic Origins of Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases”
Dr. Carol Hall
NC State University

“Cell-Nanomaterial Interactions: Implications in Anti-angiogenic Therapy”
Dr. Priyabrata Mukherjee
Mayo Clinic

ALA XIII (2010)                 

“Body Building—Designer Gels to Promote Tissue Regeneration”
Dr. Kristi Anseth
University of Colorado, Boulder

“Realizing the Promise of Genomics”
Dr. David Stump
Human Genome Sciences

ALA XII (2008)

“Crawling out of the RNA World”
Dr. Thomas Cech

“Engineering the Next Generation of Protein Therapeutics”
Dr. George Georgiou
University of Texas, Austin

ALA XI (2007)

“Innovation in Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Development”
Dr. James Young

“Biomedical Research in the 21st Century and its Impact on Health”
Dr. Albert Reece
UMD School of Medicine

ALA X (2006)

“New Ways of Thinking About Polymers and Proteins”
Dr. David Tirrell

“History of Stem Cell Research”
Dr. Oliver Smithies
UNC Chapel Hill

ALA IX (2005)

“Chemistry for Controlling Embryonic Stem Cell Fates”
Dr. Laura Kiessling
University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Enzymes as Chemotherapeutics”
Dr. Ronald T. Raines
University of Wisconsin-Madison

ALA VIII (2004)

“Antibiotics: Past, Present and Future”
Dr. Christopher Walsh
Harvard Medical School

“Exploring the Bioengineering Frontiers: Design of Novel Antimicrobial Peptides”
Dr. Gregory Stephanopoulos
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

ALA VII (2003)

“Building Success in Tomorrow’s Pharmaceutical Industry”
Dr. Robert Ruffolo
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

“After the Genome Project: Looking Forward”
Dr. Leroy Hood
The Institute for Systems Biology

ALA VI (2002)

“Living Interdisciplinary Science”
Dr. David Baltimore
The California Institute of Tech

“On Immunity: Thoughts from the Past Century and Ideas for the Next One”
Dr. Polly Matzinger

“The Future of Biochemical Engineering: The Pharmaceutical Industry Perspective”
Dr. Barry Buckland

ALA V (2001)

“The Impact of Genomics on Biology, Medicine and Agriculture”
Dr. Claire Fraser
The Institute for Genomics Research

“Genomics and Bioinformatics: Views from the Trenches and from the Farm”
Dr. Thomas Cech
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

“Informatics in Pharmaceutical Industry: The Next Frontiers”
Dr. Sangtae Kim
Lilly Research Laboratories

ALA IV (2000)

“Visionary Perspective”
Sr. Solomon Snyder
JHU School of Medicine

“The Prospects for Neuroregeneration”
Dr. Craig Smith
Guilford Pharmaceuticals

“Cubes and Tubes, Chips and Tips: The Combinator Revolution in Drug Discovery”
Dr. Anthony Czarnik
Illumina, Inc.

ALA III (1999)

“Approaching the Atomic Struct. of the Ribosome: The 50S Subunit – 5A Resolution”
Dr. Thomas Steitz
Yale University

“Genomic Imprinting: It’s Mechanism & Function”
Dr. Shirley Tilghman
Princeton University

“Decoding the Human Genome”
Dr. Craig Venter
Celera Genomics