QSB Annual Retreats

QSB typically hosts annual retreats.

The Annual QSB Fall Retreat features talks by students and postdocs with plenty of opportunities for informal interactions about research among QSB students and faculty over lunch and coffee. The retreat is held either on campus or in downtown Merced. 

The Annual QSB Beautiful Systems Retreat in early Summer is an overnight retreat at the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain resort in Midpines, California. The QSB Beautiful Systems retreat features faculty talks and a student poster session.

Both retreats have awards ceremonies to recognize QSB students and postdocs for their merits and accomplishments.

QSB Beautiful Systems Retreat (Spring, 2014)

In May of 2014, over 60 QSB faculty, postdocs, and grad students gathered at the Yosemite Bug for our spring retreat.  Events included talks by faculty members, a poster session for grad students, and lots of fun discussions over delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Over conference break, students went swimming in the Merced River nearby.

At Beautiful Systems 2014, Joannee Zumkehr (PhD student with Prof. Masashi Kitazawa) won the QSB Outstanding Graduate Student Award and Jiun Chiun Chang (PhD student with Prof. Gabriela Loots), won QSB Beautiful Systems Retreat Best Poster Award. Congratulations to Joannee and Jiun!

QSB Fall Retreat 2014

November 6, 2014, at Gateway Gardens in Downtown Merced.


09:00 am - 09:05 am Welcome by QSB Chair David Ardell
09:05 am - 09:30 am "The Role of Physical Theories in Biology" QSB Faculty Keynote Address by Prof. Ajay Gopinathan
09:30 am - 10:15 am Joint Genome Institute/UC Merced Genomics Distinguished Graduate Internship Program Session (Chair: Miriam Barlow)
— 09:30 am - 09:45 am "Chemotaxis in Pseudomonas fluorescens" by Keedrian Olmstead (Filipp lab with advisement from Axel Visel)
— 09:45 am - 10:00 am "Dominator: The quest for data driven RNA-seq assembly" by Travis Lawrence (Ardell lab with advisement from Zhong Wang)
— 10:00 am - 10:15 am JGI-UC Joint Program Presentation and Certificate Ceremony by QSB Professors Zhong Wang and Axel Visel
10:15 am - 11:00 am QSB Student/Postdoc Poster Session I with Coffee.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm QSB Student/Postdoc Oral Session I. Chaired by Prof. Jennifer Manilay
-- 11:00 am - 11:15 am "Modulating Sost Expression Influences the Progression and Severity of Post Traumatic Osteoarthritis in Mice" by Jiun C. Chang (Loots lab)
-- 11:15 am - 11:30 am "Sost Antibody Treatment Improves Fracture Healing in Type 1 Diabetes" by Cristal S. Yee (Loots lab)
-- 11:30 am - 11:45 am "Neural circuitry underlying motivated food seeking behavior" by Dan Landayan (Wolf lab)
-- 11:45 am - 12:00 pm "Thyroid gland remains responsive to thyroid stimulating hormone with sensitivity increasing with fasting duration in a prolonged fasted mammal" by Bridget Martinez (Ortiz lab)
12:00 pm - 01:30 pm Lunch
01:30 pm - 02:30 pm QSB Student/Postdoc Oral Session II. Chaired by Prof. Michael Cleary
-- 01:30 pm - 01:45 pm "Inhibition of HIV-1 Through Second-Generation Chimeric Peptide Inhibitors" by Anna Ankirskaia (P. LiWang lab)
-- 01:45 pm - 02:00 pm "Adaptive landscapes of resistance genes change as antibiotic concentrations change" by Portia Mira (Barlow lab)
-- 02:00 pm - 02:15 pm "Distinct TGFβ1 Signaling in Vascular Endothelial Sub-phenotypes from Embryonic Stem Cells" by Nicole C. Madfis (McCloskey lab)
-- 02:15 pm - 02:30 pm "Molecular regulation of cell proliferation and tissue repair along the anteropostior axis in the adult body" by T. Harshani Peiris (Oviedo lab)
02:30 pm - 03:15 pm QSB Student/Postdoc Poster Session II with Coffee.
03:15 pm - 03:35 pm QSB Fall Retreat Awards Ceremony and Farewell
Congratulations to the 2014 Fall Retreat Award Recipients!
  • QSB Outstanding Student Oral Presentation Award — Dan Landayan
  • QSB Outstanding Student Poster Presentation Award — Dana Burow
  • QSB Outstanding Postdoc Presentation Award — Kaitlin Maguire
  • QSB Outstanding Research Innovation Award — Devon Davidian
  • QSB Outstanding Presentation for an Interdisciplinary Audience Award — Anna Ankirskaia
Retreat Awards Committee: Prof. Michael Cleary (Chair), Prof. Jessica BloisProf. Clarissa Nobile

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