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Gulf Coast Consortia Update - April 20

Apr 26, 2022, 10:51 AM by Melodi Moore

Upcoming Events

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:

3rd Annual GCC Innovative Drug Discovery and Development Conference, May 3-4

Confirmed Speakers: Regina Barzilay, MIT; Andrea Carfi, Moderna; Rima Chakrabarti, KdT Ventures; Rez Halse, RA Capital; Gwenn Hansen, Nurix Therapeutics Klaus Hoeflich, Nested Therapeutics; Kristina Howard, FDA; Donna Huryn, U. Penn; Nicola La Monica, Johnson & Johnson Innovation; Nigel Liverton, Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute, Inc.; Barry Morgan, Hitgen; Jay Parrish, Arch Venture Partners; Shamina Rangwala, Pfizer; Joseph Ready, UT Southwestern; Catalina Suarez; Vittorio Sebastiano, Stanford Univ.; Catalina Suarez, Repare Therapeutics; Duxin Sun, Univ. of Michigan; Melissa Vasbinder, Ribon Therapeutics; Jon Weidanz, UT Arlington; Lior Zangi, Icahn School of Medicine Mount Saini; Bissan Al-Lazikani, MD Anderson; Yongying Jiang, MD Anderson; Jin Wang, BCM; Jon Weidanz, UT Arlington. More information coming soon. Conference Website Registration

Virtual AI in Healthcare Symposium, May 18

Confirmed speakers: Ananth Annapragada, BCM/TCH; Souptik Barua, Rice Univ.; Bettina Beech, Univ. of Houston; Marino Bruce, Univ. of Houston; David Buck, Univ. of Houston; Matthias Heinkenschloss, Rice Univ.; Xiaoqian Jiang, UT Health Science Center Houston; Samden Lhatoo, UT Health Science Center Houston; Han Liang, MD Anderson Cancer Centerk  Ezemenari Obasi, Univ. of Houston; Craig Rusin, Baylor College of Medicine; Ila Singh, BCM/TCH; Jack Smith, Texas A&M Univ.; Caesar  Uribe, Rice Univ.; LeChauncy Woodard, Univ. of Houston; Hua Xu; UT Health  Science Center  Houston; Jiajie Zhang, UT Health  Science Center  Houston; Andrew Zimolzak, BCM. Symposium Website Registration

Rigor and Reproducibility Workshop, May 24

1st place winner of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2017 Innovations in Research and Research Education Award, this exciting workshop brings together highly acclaimed experts in rigor and reproducibility in research topics including data analysis, experimental design, resource sharing, publication and reporting, and more.  With speakers and facilitators from all 7 of our GCC institutions, this interactive workshop has proven to be very effective as well as a lot of fun. The workshop will take place from 9:00 am - 3 pm Bioscience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main Street, Room 1003, Houston, TX Registration

Save the Date: 32nd Keck Annual Research Conference and Poster Session, Friday, Oct. 21: In person

Theme: Structural Biology: Past, Present and Future. Confirmed speakers include Edward Egelman, PhD, Univ. of Virgina; Scott Stagg, PhD, Florida State Univ.; Youxing Jiang, PhD, UT-Southwestern; Naoko Mizuno, PhD, NIH/NHLBI; Tom Terwilliger, PhD, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Gabrielle Rudenko, PhD, UT Medical Branch. Co-organizers: Irina Serysheva, PhD, UTHealth; Xiaodong Cheng, PhD, MD Anderson; Mariah Baker, PhD, UTHealth; and Gundeep Kaur, PhD, MD Anderson. Location:  Bioscience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St., Houston. More information coming soon.

Highlighted Shared Core of the Month: Electron Microscopy Center

Electron Microscopy Center (EMC)

The Electron Microscopy Center (EMC) located at Rice University offers state-of-the-art instrumentation and expertise for the study of nanomaterials and nanostructures at an atomic scale. We host a double-Cs corrected, mono-chromate FEI Titan Themis (S)TEM  and a Helios 660 SEM/FIB, along with a Protochip in-situ liquid cell holder, a Protochip heating & electric biasing holder, a ThermoFisher EMPAD detector for 4D-STEM, and an inSEM nanoindenter for FIB.

The EMC’s electron microscopes are open to all qualified users, whether from Rice or outside, for an hourly fee which varies according to the category of user. We offer training for both instruments and special holders/stages/detectors. Paid service work and full technician assistance for untrained individuals is available for an additional service fee. The EMC also offers tours for visitors, classes (MSNE 580/582), and workshops.

Highlighted Technology of the Month: GCC High-throughput Flow Cytometry Program (HtFCP) for Drug Screening

The GCC High-throughput Flow Cytometry Program (HtFCP) for drug screening received a $4.7 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) in August 2019 to establish a state-of-the-art high-throughput flow cytometry core facility to support cancer-related drug discovery research projects in the Texas Medical Center. Our core facility provides expert quantitative flow cytometry-based solutions, library screening-based technologies and informatics with machine learning to support cancer-related screening projects for GCC researchers.  Our team is comprised of dedicated research personnel who are experts in flow cytometry, automated drug screening, and biostatistics. Contacts: Margie Moczygemba, Ph.D.  and Clifford Stephan, Ph.D.