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Graduate Program Research Retreat Highlights

Posted: August 29, 2012

2nd Annual Combined Molecular Medicine, Molecular Toxicology, Immunology and Infectious Disease and Pathobiology Graduate Program Research Retreat Highlights Faculty and Graduate Student Research Projects.
Jing Chen, Laura Penny, Liron Bender, Anand Ravindran

Jing Chen, Laura Penny, Liron Bender, Anand Ravindran

Faculty, new and current graduate students and post-docs from these University Park graduate programs spent August 22 at Tussey Mountain Resort listening to a wide range of biomedically oriented research presentations by faculty and graduate students. Speakers included Gary Perdew: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (VBSC) “Selective Ah receptor ligands exhibit anti-inflammatory activity” Douglas Cavener, Biology, “You are what your mother ate: maternal programming of hepatic fat metabolism mediated by the perinatal brain”; Joseph Reese, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) “Regulation of gene expression by stress response pathways” Shan Yu graduate student Hankey Lab, VBSC: “The Ron receptor attenuates the progression of atherosclerosis” Vandana Kalia, VBSC “microRNA-17~92 regulates effector and memory CD8 T cell fates by modulating proliferation in response to infection.”  In the afternoon 17 research posters were presented by graduate students and judged by a faculty committee. The following students were awarded cash prizes for best posters: Anand Ravindran (Glick lab), Laura  Penney (Kalia and Sarkar Labs), Liron Bender (Harvill lab) and Jing Chen(Cantorna lab).   

In addition to being a great forum for current graduate students to show off their thesis research in a collegial environment, the retreat also offers an opportunity for incoming graduate students in the different programs a chance to meet with faculty to plan research rotations, and to meet and discuss science and life at Penn State with current graduate students.