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The 2018 Biochemistry and Biophysics research retreat was held at the beautiful Graylyn International Conference Center in Winston-Salem on October 4 and 5th.

Research Retreat collage Oct4.5.2018GraylynEstate

There were excellent department talks and posters, and a host of team building activities that made this year’s retreat an engaging and exciting event.  Dr. Zhijian ‘James’ Chen from Southwestern University gave the keynote talk.

photo of research retreat award winners
Award winners shown here from Left top to bottom: Reem Hakeem (Bear lab), Dorsaf Ghalloussi (Bergmeier lab), Gabby Dardis (Parise lab). Top right: Alexsandra Skrajna (McGinty lab). Bottom right: Aspen Gutgsell (Neher lab)

Congratulations to our award winners, Gabby Dardis for the amazing t-shirt design, best postdoc talk by Dorsaf Ghalloussi, student talk by Reem Hakeem, postdoc poster by Aleksandra Skrajna, and student poster by Aspen Gutgsell.

Schedule of events


Many thanks to the retreat organizing committee: Pengda Liu and Rob McGinty as faculty leaders along with staff, Jamie Desoto, Susan Sarvis, and Lynn Ray, postdoctoral fellows Dorsaf Ghalloussi, Aleksandra Skrajna and graduate students Cathy Anderson and Gabrielle Budziszewski.