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Phi Zeta Research Day

2019 Research Day & VMD/PhD Symposium

In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the VMD/PhD Program


2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Penn Vet VMD-PhD program. To celebrate this milestone, our Annual Student Research Day will combine with the VMD-PhD 50th Anniversary Symposium to form a two-day research event at Penn Vet. 

Dates:

  • Thursday, Marcy 21, 2019:  Annual Student Research Day 
  • Friday, March 22, 2019:  VMD/PhD 50th Anniversary Symposium "Penn Vet: Advancing Research and Medical Synergies"

Location: Penn Vet's Hill Pavilion, 131 Billhardt Auditorium, 380 University Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104


Annual Research Day

Thursday, March 21 – Agenda
11:30 am—12:30 pm

Poster Session I and Buffet Luncheon

  • Hill Lobby
12:30 pm—12:40 pm

Opening Remarks: Dean Andrew Hoffman, DVM, DVSc

  • 131 Billhardt Auditorium
Student Presentations (10-min talks & 5 min Q&A)

Introductions by VMD student

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

1:00  - 1:15 pm

1:15 - 1:30 pm

1:30 - 2:15 pm Poster Session III and Break Hill Lobby

Introductions by VMD student

2:20 - 2:35 pm

2:35  - 2:50 pm

2:50 - 3:05 pm

3:05 - 3:50 pm Poster Session III and Break Hill Lobby
3:50 pmIntroduction of Keynote Speaker by Student 
3:55 4:45 pm

The Class of 66 Lectureship

Steven Bensinger VMD PhD

  • Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology
  • University of California—Los Angeles (UCLA)
40-min talk with 10-min Q&A
4:45 pmAwards for Oral Presentations and Best Posters 
5:00 pm Welcoming Reception for the 50th Anniversary participants and all attendees 

VMD/PhD 50th Anniversary Symposium

Penn Vet: Advancing Research and Medical Synergies

Friday, March 22 - Agenda
8:30 am
  • Welcome: Dean Andrew Hoffman, DVM, DVSc 
  • Opening Comments: Lawrence Brass, MD, PhD
  • VMD/PhD Program Director Comments: Michael Atchison, PhD
Session 1: VMD/PhD Alumni Presentations
9:00 am
  • Jaime Modiano, VMD, PhD
9:25 am
  • LaTasha Crawford, VMD, PhD
9:50 am
  • Katie Brinkley, VMD, PhD
10:15 am
  • Coffee Break / Posters
  • Posters from the Vet Student Research day (Thursday March 21) will remain in place in the Hill Foyer throughout the symposium.
10:35 am
  • Director Comments: Dr. Richard Miselis, VMD, PhD
10:45 am
  • Theresa Alenghat, VMD, PhD
11:10 am
  • Alexander Travis, MMD, PhD
11:35 am
  • Comments by Joan Hendricks, VMD, PhD (Dean of Penn Vet, 2006-2018)
11:45 am
  • Lunch Break (Hill Pavilion Foyer)
 

Student–Alumni Networking Lunch

Alumni Participants: All speakers from the morning session as well as alumni from the NIH, industry and government.

 Session 2: Research and Medical Synergies
Chair: Joan Hendricks, VMD, PhD

1:00 pm

Collaborations in Immunotherapy

  • Moderator: Oliver Garden, BVetMed, PhD
  • Speaker 1: Aimee Payne, MD, PhD
  • Speaker 2: Nicola Mason, BVetMed, PhD
1:40 pm

The Microbiome in Human and Animal Disease

  • Moderator: John Wherry, PhD
  • Speaker 1: Robert Baldassano, MD
  • Speaker 2: Daniel Beiting, PhD
2:20 pm
  • Coffee Break/Posters
2:40 pm
  • Director Comments: John Wolfe, VMD, PhD
2:50 pm 

Cancer Center Synergies

  • Moderator: Kenneth Zaret, PhD
  • Speaker 1: Celeste Simon, PhD
  • Speaker 2: Ellen Puré, PhD
3:30 pm 

Student Research

  • Undergraduate Student Research: Jenni Punt, VMD, PhD
  • Graduate Student Research: Kelly Jordan-Sciutto, PhD
4:00 pm 

New Bolton Center Connections

  • Dean Richardson, DVM

Session 3: Keynote Address

4:30 pm
  • Ralph Brinster, VMD, PhD
  • Understanding and Modifying the Mammalian Genome
5:30 pm
  • Closing Comments
6:00 pm
  • Closing Banquet