Research Symposium

Every year since 2006, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Biotechnology Education has held a research symposium where biotechnology students at Johns Hopkins produce academic research through independent projects, fellowships and master’s theses. This annual research symposium in May allows Hopkins to recognize and highlight excellence in research.

Center for Biotechnology Education | 12th Annual Research Symposium

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The Center for Biotechnology Education hosted its 12th Annual Research Symposium on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at the Montgomery County Campus in Rockville, Maryland. The symposium featured an open house where students met and spoke with faculty from all programs within the Center. Guests were then invited to view poster presentations from students within our NCI Fellowship program and Independent Research Project course, as well as high school seniors from Montgomery Country Public Schools.
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After the poster presentations, our keynote speaker, Dr. Sarah Anzick, gave her speech, “A Personal Journey into North America’s Ancient Past.” Her speech coincided with the launch of our new degree program, MS in Individualized Genomics and Health. Her talk gave a short history and description of the Anzick Site, the only known Clovis burial site identified to date, which was found on her family’s property in 1968. Among more than a hundred artifacts, they found fragmentary remains of a sub-adult human. Dr. Anzick discussed the work that was performed to sequence the Anzick child genome along with the results of the sequencing. Her speech explored the challenges of working with ancient DNA, and the peopling of the Americas. Please view the presentation below.

Center for Biotechnology Education | 11th Annual Research Symposium

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Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB Associate Vice President, Precision Health Science, Director, Center for Applied Genetic and Genomic Medicine Director, MD-PhD Program, College of Medicine—Tucson, Professor, Medicine

The Center for Biotechnology Education hosted its 11th Annual Research Symposium on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 at the Montgomery County Campus in Rockville, Maryland. The event featured keynote speaker Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB as well as poster presentations from NCI Fellows, JHU Center for Biotechnology Education’s Independent Research Projects, and thesis students.

About the speaker:
Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB, is associate vice president for precision health sciences at the Arizona Health Science Center, where he is responsible for developing precision health strategies and approaches to health outcomes and health-care delivery

Center for Biotechnology Education | 10th Annual Research Symposium

The Center for Biotechnology Education hosted its 10th Annual Research Symposium on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 at the Montgomery County Campus in Rockville, Maryland. With around a hundred RSVPs, the event began with poster presentations to feature the work of NCI Fellows, Independent Research Project students, and Thesis students in the Center for Biotechnology Education, as well as student research from Montgomery County Public Schools. Guests who viewed the posters were able to talk with the researchers about them, and the faculty of our Biotechnology department was present to talk with prospective, incoming, and current students.

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Following the poster presentations, our featured speaker, Dr. David White, gave a talk entitled “The Need for Cooperative partnerships to Enhance Food Safety,” just in time for the recent launch of our new MS in Food Safety Regulation. Dr. White currently serves as the Chief Science Officer/Research Director in the FDA Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine. He graduated with a PhD from Pennsylvania State University.

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View Dr. White’s talk here.

Center for Biotechnology Education | 9th Annual Research Symposium

On May 13th, 2014, The Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Biotechnology Education hosted its 9th Annual Research Symposium to showcase the research projects of its fellows and graduate students, in addition to the projects of high school students from Montgomery County Public Schools. The symposium took place at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus in Rockville, Maryland. With around a hundred interested participants, it began with a networking reception and poster presentations with posters from NCI, USAMRIID, and Noblis Fellows featuring Independent Research Projects, Theses, Faculty, and MCPS students. Guests who viewed the posters were able to talk with the researchers about them, and many faculty and professors in biotechnology were on hand to answer questions. After the poster preseBiotechnology 9th Annual Research Symposiumntations, the keynote speaker Peter Gabriele gave a presentation entitled “Mummery be Not a Cure: Understanding the Biological Implication of Material Selection to Tissue Regeneration and the Wound Healing Process.” Peter Gabriele is the Vice President, Research and Development at Secant Medical and holds Master of Science degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University. He has over 40 U.S. and foreign patents issued and pending and has published over 30 scientific and trade papers. To view the presentation, please click here.

Center for Biotechnology Education | 8th Annual Research Symposium

The 8th Annual Research Symposium for the Center for Biotechnology Education was held on May 7, 2013 and featured guest speaker CAROL NACY, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sequella Incorporated View Dr. Nacy’s inspiring speech here.

Advanced Biotechnology Studies | 7th Annual Research Symposium

On May 9th, 2012, The Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Biotechnology Education hosted its 7th Annual Research Symposium to showcase the research projects of the fellows, graduate students, as well as high school students from Montgomery County Public Schools.  The symposium took place at Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus in Rockville, Maryland.  The event was well attended by over a hundred interested participants and the evening began with a networking reception as well as the poster presentation that included over twenty posters.  Guests viewed these posters and were given time to interact with the researchers who created the posters.  Many of the biotechnology faculty and professors were on hand to answer questions as well.

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Participants in the poster session from the Center for Biotechnology Education included:

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI) fellows in the Molecular Targets and Drug Discovery Technologies concentration of the Master of Science in Biotechnology degree
  • United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) fellows in the Biodefense concentration of the Master of Science in Biotechnology degree
  • A Noblis, Inc. fellow in the Master of Science in Bioinformatics degree
  • Students who have completed research projects in bioscience and bioinformatics as part of their degree requirements for the Master of Science in Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, and Regulatory Science degrees

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Following the poster presentations and reception, Dr. Jonathan Pevsner outlined “Bioinformatics approach to understanding childhood brain disorders” in a formal presentation in Gilchrist Auditorium.  Dr. Pevsner is an Associate Professor at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and holds a primary faculty appointment at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  View his presentation. Read below for highlights on last year’s Research Symposium.

Advanced Biotechnology Studies | 6th Annual Research Symposium

On May 11th, 2011, The Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Biotechnology Education hosted its 6th Annual Research Symposium to showcase the research projects of the fellows and graduate students as well as high school students from Montgomery County Public Schools. The event proved extremely successful and was attended by over a hundred interested participants.

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The evening began with the student poster presentations and a networking reception. Guests viewed the more than 35 poster presentations on display and were given time to interact with the researchers who created the posters. Following the poster presentations Dr. Yves Pommier gave a presentation on “Molecular target identification for translational medicine: the anticancer topoisomerase I inhibitors.” Watch the video of the speech. poster_presentaions

Participants in the poster session from the Center for Biotechnology Education included:

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI) fellows in the Molecular Targets and Drug Discovery Technologies concentration of the Master of Science in Biotechnology degree
  • United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) fellows in the Biodefense concentration of the Master of Science in Biotechnology degree
  • A Noblis, Inc. fellow in the Master of Science in Bioinformatics degree
  • Students who have completed research projects in bioscience and bioinformatics as part of their degree requirements for the Master of Science in Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, and Regulatory Science degrees

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National Cancer Institute fellow, Lara Mittereder discusses her project, Identification of Novel Targeted Therapies for Human Basal-type Breast Cancer with Dr. Jonathan Wiest, the Director for Training and Education at NCI. Lara conducted her research with Christine Tomlinson, Christina Bennett, and Jeffrey Green. Nathan_Grubaugh

USAMRIID fellow, Nathan Grubaugh, presented his research project, Development of a Portable DNA Microarray for the Simultaneous Detection of Arbovirus, Blood-meal, and Arthropod Species in the Field. He conducted his research with Lawrence Petz, Sarah Pisarcik, Vanessa Melanson, Monica O’Guinn, Lewis Long, and John Lee. Julie_Costantino Julie Ann Costantino presented her research project, The Role of Kinases During Alphavirus Infection. She conducted her research with Darran Wigelsworth, Loreen Lofts, Patrick Reid, Krishna Kota, Dutch Boltz, Brian Peyser, and Sina Bavari. Olukemi_Abolude

Olukemi Abolude presented her research project, An Evaluation of Non-coding RNA Prediction Tools. She conducted her research with Kevin Galens. In addition to the graduate research posters twelve Montgomery County Public high school students participated in the research symposium. They completed research projects as a part of their internships. The internship program gives highly motivated students an opportunity to participate in authentic research. Nick_Shah_HS

Montgomery County high school student, Nick Shah discusses his research project, Into the Secrets of Strokes with Meredith Safford the Coordinator for the Center for Biotechnology Education. Montgomery County high school student, Justin Muste presented his research project, Synonymous Mutation Val107Val Impacts Expression and Function of Coagulation Factor IX.

Montgomery County high school student, Justin Muste presented his research project,Synonymous Mutation Val107Val Impacts Expression and Function of Coagulation Factor IX. Ives_Pomier

The keynote speaker was Yves Pommier, MD, PhD, Chief, Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology at the Center for Cancer Research, NCI. He addressed “Molecular target identification for translational medicine: the anticancer topoisomerase I inhibitors.” The Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology explores possible connections between molecular biology alterations that drive malignant cell proliferation and potential avenues for therapy. Watch the video of the Dr. Pommier’s speech.