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26 - 27 June 2019, Keble College, Oxford


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Workshop flyer Guest speakers booklet Student abstracts
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Timetable Poster themes


The workshop (including accommodation) will be held at Keble College

Useful links:


26 June
10.30 - 10.50 Registration Douglas Price Room
10.50 - 11.00 Welcome and introduction

Oxford Director (outgoing)
Professor Sarah Rowland-Jones

O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
11.00 - 11.30 Genetics, diabetes and metabolism
Chair: Professor Sarah Rowland-Jones
Guest speaker: Professor Anna Gloyn O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
11.30 - 12:45 Student presentations
Chair: Associate Professor Hal Drakesmith
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
11:30 - 11:45 Defining the Molecular Mechanisms of Transcription-Associated Interstrand Crosslink Repair William Nathan
11:45 - 12:00 Molecular and topological reorganization in mitochondrial architecture interplay during Bax-mediated steps of apoptosis Nicholas Ader
12:00 - 12:15 Meningeal humoral immunity during homeostasis and neuroinfectious disease Zachary Fitzpatrick
12:15 - 12:30 How to TRIAGE your screen hits: What Napoleon’s doctor can teach us about big data interpretation and analysis Samuel Katz
12:30 - 12:45 Microglia Suppress Tau Propagation in Late Stage Tauopathies Hannah Mason
12.45 - 13:30 Lunch Dining Hall
13.30 - 15:00 Career pathways and career breaks
Chair: Professor Sarah Rowland-Jones
Panel session O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
Career breaks: Challenges Opportunities Dr Cynthia Wright Drakesmith
Science communication Dr Charvy Narain
Doctoral medical track Dr Melody Duvall
Avidea Technologies Dr Andrew Ishizuka
15.00 - 15:30 Refreshments Douglas Price Room
15.30 - 16:00 Publishing - life as an editor Guest speaker: Andrew Jermy O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
16.00 - 17:30 Poster session Arco Building

Town Hall

  • Welcome to the new class of 2019
  • Discussion of yearly progress reports
  • What can the program do better?
  • Open time for questions
Douglas Price Room
19.30 Student event: buffet and pub quiz at Keble Bar College Bar
27 June
08:45 - 08:55 Registration Douglas Price Room
08:55 - 09:00 Welcome and introduction

Oxford Director (incoming)

Professor Mike Dustin

O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
09:00 - 09:30 Beyond vulnerability: Ethical research in developing countries
Chair: Professor Mike Dustin
Guest speaker: Associate Professor Maureen Kelley O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
09:30 - 10:45 Student presentations
Chair: Professor Mike Dustin
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
09:30 - 09:45

An aptamer-based assay for the detection of antimalarial drugs

Erin Coonahan

An orthotopic xenograft model for studying reirradiation and glioblastoma evolution

Joseph McAbee

Human interleukin-2 receptor β mutations associated with defects in immunity and peripheral tolerance

Zinan Zhang

RNA granules hitchhike on lysosomes for long-distance transport, using annexin A11 as a molecular tether

Michael Fernandopulle

Identification of Rasa3 as a novel PI3K effector protein in T cell adhesion and homeostasis

Kristoffer Haurum Johansen

10:45 - 11:15 Refreshments Douglas Price Room
11:15 - 12:45 Entrepreneurship and business spinouts

Panel session with Q&A

Chair: Tom Heyman

David Norwood

Jonny Thomson

Dr Andrew Ishizuka

Associate Professor Sumi Biswas

Dr David Llewelyn

O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
12.45 - 13:30 Lunch Executive admin meeting (Room 2) Dining Hall
13:30 - 14:00 The design of experiments: How NOT to ruin a perfectly good idea
Chair: Professor Simon Draper
Guest Speaker:
Dr Manuel Berdoy
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
14:00 - 15:00 Student presentations
Chair: Professor Simon Draper
15.00 - 15:30

The characterization of DNA topoisomerase VI from Methanosarcina mazei using single molecule and ensemble methods

Shannon Jane McKie

Visualization of Innate Immune Cell Dynamics During Early Stage Glioblastoma Development

Nicole Mihelson

Immunity and Memory Against Malaria: An Atlas of the
Mosquito Immune System at Single-Cell Resolution

Gianmarco Raddi

Impaired lysosome transport to distal axons contributes to autophagic stress in the neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorder Niemann-Pick Type C

Joseph Roney
15.30 - 16:00 Refreshments Douglas Price Room
16:00 - 17:00 Parkinson’s in a dish: from molecular mechanisms to target discovery Guest Speaker:
Professor Richard Wade-Martins
O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
17:00 Poster session Arco Building
18:45 Close O'Reilly Lecture Theatre
19:15 Drinks reception College Bar (cash bar open from 18:30)
19:30 Group photograph Liddon Quad
19:30 Gala Dinner and prize giving Welcome address:
Professor Gavin Screaton
Dining Hall
28 June - Oxford visit day
10:00 - 11:00 MD Track discussion session looking at learning plans for current students on this track Carter Van Waes, M.D., Ph.D. Gibbs Room
11:00 - 12:00 Q & A session: A chance for new students to ask academic and administrative questions about studying in Oxford Members of Oxford University faculty and administrative staff Gibbs Room
Afternoon Free for meetings with supervisors / lab visits etc

Please note that all information presented here is subject to change.

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