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Gulf Coast Consortia Updates - December 23

Dec 23, 2021, 13:38 PM by Melodi Moore

Congratulations to our Trainees!

The NIH-funded, multi-institutional National Library of Medicine (NLM) Training Program in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (T15LM007093, Program Director Dr. Lydia Kavraki, Rice University) has awarded a predoctoral fellowship to Evan Yu, UTHealth, mentors Cui Tao and Kayo Fujimoto, both UTHealth. 


The NIH-funded Training Program in Environmental Health Sciences (TPEHS, T32 ES027801, Program Director Cheryl Walker, Baylor College of Medicine) has awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to Joshua Marcus, Baylor College of Medicine, mentors Jason Lee and Dan Gorelick, both Baylor College of Medicine.

Upcoming Events

Online: Elevator Speech for Research Workshop, Jan. 11

The Elevator Speech for Research is a very brief talk introducing yourself and explaining quickly what you do and why you do it. Having a prepared elevator speech will help you to present yourself credibly and effectively in many situations. This online, 1.5-hour, interactive and informative workshop covers techniques on how to prepare an elevator speech and what not to include. Jan. 11, 10:30-12:00 CST. Registration


Online: 5th Annual Texas Medical Center Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship Conference, Jan. 19-21

Confirmed speakers include: Cesar Arias, Houston Methodist; Dierdre Axell-House, Baylor College of Medicine; Nick Beyda, Univ. of Houston; Roby Bhattacharyya, Harvard Univ.; Karen Bush, Univ. of Indiana; Ashok Chopra, Univ. of Texas Medical Branch; Hana El Sahy, Baylor College of Medicine; Taryn Eubank, Houston Methodist; Anthony Flores, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center Houston; Vance Fowler, Duke Univ.; Kevin Garey, Univ. of Houston; Shruti Gohill, Univ. of California Irvine; Shantanu Guha, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center Houston; Dimitrios Kontoyiannis, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Mihalis Lionakis, NIAID; Wesley Long, Houston Methodist; Alexander Mankin, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago; Monica Mahoney, Harvard Univ.; William Miller, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center Houston; Bruce Mueller, Univ. of Michigan Ann Arbor; Jim Musser, Houston Methodist; Priya Nori, Montefiore Medical Center; Suhyeorn Jane Park, Baylor College of Medicine; Katherine Perez, Houston Methodist; Mariana Gomes de Pinho, Univ. of Lisbon; Eva Preisner, Baylor College of Medicine; George Sakoulas, Univ. of California San Diego; Yousif Shamoo, Rice Univ.; Samuel Shelburne, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Jim Spencer, Univ. of Bristol; Pooja Srinivas, Emory Univ.; Paul Turner, Yale Univ.; David van Duin, Univ. of North Carolina; Audrey Wanger, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center Houston; and Lynn Zechiedrich, Baylor College of Medicine. Conference Website  Registration


Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Conference, Feb. 2

Confirmed speakers include: Chengcheng Huang, Univ. of Houston; Alfonso Renart, Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme; Joseph Francis, Univ. of Houston; Kanaka Rajan, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Valentin Dragoi, UT Health; Cengiz Pehlevan, Harvard Univ.; and Santiago Segarra, Rice Univ. Conference Website


NeuroNex Workshop, Feb. 3
Confirmed speakers include: Santiago Segarra, Rice Univ.; Cengiz Pehlevan, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Kanaka Rajan, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai;  Chengcheng Huang, Univ. of Pittsburgh,  Feb. 3, 10:00am-3:00pm CST. Registration


Save the Date: Regenerative Medicine Workshop, Feb. 15


Save the Date: Diversity, Disparities, and Community Engagement in Healthcare Workshop, March 3

Confirmed speakers: Bettina Beech, Univ. of Houston; Sterling Carter, Sterling Therapy; Kathy Flanagan Payton, Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation; Cassandra Harris, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Jorge Gomez, Texas A&M Univ.; Stephen Sodeke, Tuskegee Univ. More information coming soon.


Save the Date: 2nd Annual Future of Immunology Symposium, March 8-9 

Confirmed speakers: Annelise Barron, Stanford Univ. Julian Naglik, King’s College London and Marco Colonna, Washington Univ. More information coming soon.


Save the Date: Translational Pain Research Conference, April 13-14
Confirmed Speakers: Diana Bautista, UC Berkely and Will Renthal, Harvard Univ. More information coming soon.


Data Science Consulting Clinic, Every Monday and Wednesday

This clinic is free and open to the GCC community. Rice D2K Lab faculty and students provide advice and assistance with any data science challenges you might have. Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm; Online via Zoom (Link); for more information:

Highlighted Shared Core of the Month

The Laboratory Animal Genetic Services (LAGS) core will be relocated in Houston to work side by side with the Genetically Engineered Mouse Facility (GEMF). Both services are supported by the institutional Cancer Center Support Grant (P30 CA16672). LAGS provides investigators with cost-effective, customized genetic analysis for research laboratory animal studies. Polymorphic genetic markers, microsatellites, and SNPs, are used to support speed congenic development, background strain characterization, and genetic quality control for mice and rats (including cell lines). New developments coming soon are: (i) the customized analysis of 10K SNPs from the MiniMUGA microchip for mice and (ii) allele-specific PCR amplification (endpoint fluorescence KASPar technology) for quick genotyping for mutations or gene variants in any laboratory animal species. Director, GEMF: Jan Parker-Thornburg. Co-Director, LAGS: Fernando Benavides.