Research Symposium 2013

When Oct 04, 2013
from 12:30 PM to 06:30 PM
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Contact Phone 919-962-9873
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We would like to invite everyone in the Department to the Inaugural Cell Biology & Physiology Research Symposium, held Friday, October 4 and the times below. The event is shaping up nicely and will have something for everyone.

To represent our diverse interests, we’ve selected a theme of “Decision Making at the Cellular and Organismal Levels” with two keynote speakers who are conducting ground-breaking research.

We’ll have Dr. Ravi Iyengar, Dorothy H and Lewis Rosentiel Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine give the first talk on how regulatory networks control subcellular functions. Immediately following will be Dr. Brian Hare, Associate Professor, Duke University, with his talk about what goes on inside the mind of dogs, featured in his New York Times bestselling book, “The Genius of Dogs”.

A poster session and reception will follow, showcasing the outstanding research being done in our Department.


12:30 PM – 1:00 PM: Refreshments (Bioinformatics Lobby)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: 1131 Bioinformatics Building

“Functional Organization of Mammalian Cells”

Ravi Iyengar, PhD

Dr. Ravi Iyengar’s talk will focus on how regulatory networks function to control subcellular functions in response to receptor signals. The roles of cell shape, spatial organization within the cell, and mutual chemical selectivity between cellular components in controlling the dynamic topology of regulatory networks will be discussed. From this analysis he will attempt to draw conclusions of how the topology of regulatory networks enables the cell to coordinate multiple subcellular functions required for cell-level responses.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: 1131 Bioinformatics Building

“The Genius of Dogs”

Brian Hare, PhD

We have learned more in the past decade about the mind of the dog than we had in the previous century. Dr. Brian Hare will discuss his own research that unlocked the genius of dogs. He will also discuss our new citizen science approach to address long unanswered questions regarding breed differences in canine cognition. The audience will leave with an understanding of the revolution that is occurring that will forever change how we understand dogs.

3:30 PM- 5:00 PM: Poster session (MBRB, 2nd Floor Lobby)

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Reception for registered attendees (MBRB, 2nd Floor Lobby)

Please register online at Registration is free and enables us to provide sufficient refreshments and abstract booklets for all who attend.

*Department members are invited to present a poster—please indicate you will present a poster when you register. Abstracts will be due by September 16th. Additional information and instructions are available here:

Contact Janice Warfford ( ; 919-962-9873) with questions.