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Dear MSBSS Members:

The MSBSS Executive Committee will be highlighting hosting a webinar on the research conducted by our 2017 Postdoctoral Fellow Research Award recipient, Dr. Sarah Lacher (University of Minnesota) and Paper of the Year Award recipient, Dr. Marpe Bam (University of South Carolina).

Date and Time: Thursday, February 1, 2018 from Noon to 1:00 pm Eastern Time

Title: MSBSS Award Webinar Series: Postdoctoral Fellow and Paper of the Year Award Recipients

Dr. Lacher will discuss how the interactions between the master regulatory of the transcriptional response to oxidative stress, NRF2, and the genome regulate gene expression to mediate redox homeostasis, metabolism, and proteostasis. She will also discuss the influence of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on NRF2-ARE binding and thus disease risk and how the experimental methods that she has developed can be applied to understand the broader relationship between SNPs and transcription factor binding. Dr. Bam will present his paper titled, “Dysregulated Immune System Networks in War Veterans with PTSD is an Outcome of Altered miRNA Expression and DNA Methylation,” which was published in Scientific Reports. He will discuss the identification of differences in DNA methylation and miRNA profiles associated with immune system biology in peripheral leukocytes in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients and the role of epigenetic mechanisms in PTSD. These two presentations will highlight the exceptional research being conducted by young investigators in the molecular and systems biology specialty section.

The webinar is free to all attendees. 

Registration is required.

Past Events

Webinar: Accepted! - Preparing a Successful Graduate School Admissions Package

This webinar is a timely offering for students who are preparing graduate school applications and for mentors who are assisting students with this important career step.

Friday, November 10, 2017 12:00 pm
Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Link to Recording

Presentation Slides

Sponsored by: Molecular and Systems Biology Specialty Section, Education Committee, Undergraduate Education Subcommittee, and Career Resources and Development Committee

The biomedical sciences offer a broad range of exciting and engaging prospects to pursue graduate training in cutting-edge research science. However, taking part in these opportunities requires a well-refined and impactful graduate school admissions application package. This interactive webinar will include short presentations on key aspects of the graduate school application from graduate program directors and admission committee members at leading graduate institutions. Then presenters will answer attendee questions in a live discussion.

  • Dr. Aaron Bowman, Associate Professor in Pediatrics, Neurology, and Biochemistry, and Director of the Training Program in Environmental Toxicology, at Vanderbilt Universitywill provide an overview of the graduate admissions process and perspectives on how admissions committees review applications, invite applicants for interviews, and make decisions on admissions offers. He will also discuss the role of GRE scores and grades.

    Predicting Admission to the Ivory Towers: Grades, Scores, and Other Flowers: Overview of the Admissions Process—Aaron Bowman, Vanderbilt University [slides]

  • Dr. Dana Dolinoy, Associate Chair of Nutritional Sciences and Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences & Nutritional Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, will discuss how to select the best degree program for you and how to craft an impactful research statement.

    Selecting the Best Degree Program For You and Crafting an Impactful Research Statement—Dana Dolinoy, University of Michigan [slides]

  • Dr. Lauren Aleksunes, Associate Professor and Director of the Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology at Rutgers University, will provide insight on how to write a meaningful personal statement that can help your application stand out.

    Personal Statements: Where to Start and What to Include—Lauren Aleksunes, Rutgers University [slides]

MSBSS Webinar: 2017 Graduate Student Award Webinar

The first Annual MSBSS Graduate Student Award recipient webinar

Friday, November 17th at 12:00 Eastern time.

This webinar will highlight cutting-edge molecular and systems biology research that is currently being conducted by the recipients of the 2017 Molecular and Systems Biology Specialty Section's Graduate Student Research Award. The presentations will cover the molecular mechanisms of chemoresistance in non-small cell lung carcinoma, the role of non-coding RNAs in aryl hydrocarbon receptor-mediated exposure effects, and the use of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to identify genes associated with susceptibility to toxic exposures. These fields of research have broad implications across toxicology and would be of broad interest in SOT. Further, given the timely nature of the research that will be presented relative to the state of molecular biology as a whole, these presentations will also be of interest to audiences outside of the Society and will be a good opportunity to highlight the high-quality impactful research being conducted in the field of toxicology.

Recording Not Available

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