Chemistry and Biology Departments co-sponsoring Life Sciences Symposium Oct. 18

Western's Chemistry and Biology Departments are co-sponsoring a Life Sciences Symposium on Friday, Oct. 18. This event is an opportunity for PhD graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to present their research and be involved in early career panels with the undergraduates and Master's students at Western. The goals of this symposium are to unite biochemistry and molecular biology research at WWU; provide access and networking opportunities for students at WWU to PhD students and postdocs in biomedical and life sciences; allow PhD students and postdocs to give research talks at an outside institution; and bring together biomedical and life sciences research in the Pacific Northwest.

The event concludes with a "How to Get Into Grad School" presentation by the University of Washington's Rich Gardner.

The schedule is as follows:


2019 Life Sciences Symposium

Western Washington University

Hosted by the Chemistry and Biology departments

October 18, 2019



9:30 – 10:00 am: Coffee and breakfast                                                                                       CF 115


10:00 – 10:10 am: Welcome by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jeanine Amacher                     CF 115


10:10 am – 11:45 am: Session I                                                                                                 CF 115

            10:15 am – 10:30 am: Sam Witus (Klevit lab, University of Washington)

            10:30 am – 10:45 am: Warren Anderson (Rawling lab, Seattle Children’s Research Institute)

            10:45 am – 11:05 am: Dr. Kelly Hvorecny (Kollman lab, University of Washington)

            11:05 am – 11:25 am: Dr. Pearl Magala (Klevit lab, University of Washington)


11:45 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch and networking round-tables                                                           SL 140

Tentative table themes –

            Tips for Applying to Graduate School


            Deciding Where to Go to Graduate School and/or What to Do after College

            Communication and Interviewing Skills

            Diversity & Inclusion

            Science Writing (including funding!)

            Work/Life Balance (i.e., maintaining mental health!)


1:15 pm – 3:10 pm: Session II                                                                                                   SL 140

            1:15 pm – 1:30 pm: Hayley Waterman (Hamerman lab, Benaroya Research Institute)

            1:30 pm – 1:45 pm: Lincoln Lewerke (Dandekar lab, University of Washington)

            1:45 pm – 2:05 pm: Dr. Mitchell Lee (Promislow lab, University of Washington)

            2:05 pm – 2:20 pm: Ellie Labuz (Theriot lab, University of Washington)

            2:20 pm – 2:40 pm: Dr. Ping Mamiya (UW Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences)

            2:40 pm – 3:00 pm: Dr. Tim Mackie (Gardner lab, University of Washington)


3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Break


3:15 pm – 4:25 pm: Session III                                                                                                  SL 140

            3:15 pm – 3:30 pm: Hannah Ledvina (Mougous lab, University of Washington)

            3:30 pm – 3:45 pm: Joseph Harman (Harms lab, University of Oregon)

            3:45 pm – 4:05 pm: Dr. Katherine Reiter (Klevit lab, University of Washington)

            4:05 pm – 4:25 pm: Dr. Kristine Deiber (Baker lab, UW Institute for Protein Design)


4:30 pm – 6 pm: Western Washington University Research Poster Session                                  SL lobby

            “How to get into grad school:” Dr. Rich Gardner (University of Washington), SL 140

            Informal Q&A about biotech industry: Dr. Aaron Moss (Certera), SL lobby