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2023 Early Career Researcher Symposium

This annual meeting is held for the cohort of Center Junior Researchers, the winning Interdisciplinary Opportunity Award teams, and other invited young researchers to report their research progress, exchange ideas among different center projects, and enhance interactions among young researchers.

The 2023 CMCF Early Career Symposium hosts a keynote speaker, scientific communication skill workshop, career panels, and research presentations, including poster sessions and research progress talks from the winning Interdisciplinary Opportunity Award teams. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about different interdisciplinary research done at UCI, and interact with other researchers. Junior researchers in interdisciplinary science are encouraged to attend this event.

Symposium locations:

ISEB 1010: Talk Presentations, Career Panel,  and Scientific Communication Workshop

ISEB Lobby: Poster Session

ISEB 4F Terrrace: Reception/Dinner

Symposium Schedule

09:00AM – 10:30AM – Scientific Session 1 (oral presentations)

09:10AM – 09:30AM – Melisa J. Andrade and Suhas Sureshchandra, “Elucidation of Human Liver Development in vitro Using Hipsc-Derived Vascularized Hepatic Organoids”

09:30AM – 09:50AM – Lorenzo Scipioni and Stephenson Chea, “Live-, Single-Cell, in vivo Imaging of Aberrant Phenotypes in Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Through Space and Time”

09:50AM – 10:10AM – Alex Moshensky and Rachel Sousa, “Macrophages and Tumors: A Plastic Relationship”

10:10AM – 1030AM – Guanao Yan, Zhiqian Zhai and Chaorong Chen, “Joint inference of cell temporal states and underlying gene-gene associations from gene expression space”

10:30AM – 11:00 AM – Coffee Break (Poster Setup)

11:00AM – 12:00PM – Career Panel

Dr. Matt Rose (School of Medicine, UCI)

Dr. Quinton Smith (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UCI)

Dr. Theresa Loveless (BioSciences, Rice University)

Dr. William Sherman (Metron Inc.)

Dr. Tessa Morris (Novartis)

12:00PM – 01:00PM – Lunch

01:00PM – 02:00PM – Scientific Communication Workshop – Dr. Daniel Whiteson (Physics, UCI)

02:00PM – 03:00PM Scientific Session 2 (oral presentations and lightning talks)

02:00PM – 2:20PM: Emmanuel Dollinger, “Towards the Identification of Critical State Transitions in scRNAseq Data.”
02:20PM – 02:40PM: Dr. Theresa Loveless, “Continuous recording of cell history into DNA”
02:40Pm – 3:00PM: Spotlight Poster Talks


03:00PM – 04:00PM – Poster Session and Coffee Break

04:00PM – 05:00PM – Keynote Presentation Dr. Rob Phillips (Biophysics and Biology, Caltech)

05:00PM – 06:30PM – Reception/Dinner