Annual Retreats

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (tentative)
UW-Arboretum Visitor Center


  • 9:30 a.m.
    Registration, Poster Set-Up, Coffee/Bagels
  • 10:00 – 10:05 a.m.
    Welcome & Introductions
    Adnan Elfarra, Training Grant PI


  • 10:05 – 10:20 a.m.
    Thomas Albert, PhD
    UW-Madison, MET Alumnus (2000)
    Vice President, Nimblegen Systems
    TOPIC : Current Job Duties and What Made Me Competitive For VP Position
  • 10:25 – 10:40 a.m.
    Colin Jefcoate, PhD
    UW-Madison, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
    TOPIC : Starting and Sustaining a Research Group in Tough Times
  • 10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
    Vladimir Spiegelman, MD, PhD
    UW-Madison, Dermatology
    TOPIC : How Current Research In Lab is Relevant to Environmental Health

Poster Session & Lunch

  • 11:05 – 11:15 a.m.
    Student Announcements (SLC & Regional SOT)
  • 11:15 – Noon
    Poster Session
    Enjoy coffee while viewing and discussing the research of students funded on Training Grant. (See List Of Posters Below)
  • Noon – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
    Enjoy catered lunch with morning speakers, faculty, and peers
    Lunch: Meat and Veggia Lasagna, Tossed Salad, Dessert, Beverage

Keynote Speaker

  • 12:50 – 1:50 p.m.
    Nancy Kerkvliet, PhD
    Oregon State University
    Environmental & Molecular Toxicology
    Title: TCDD: An Environmental Immunotoxicant Reveals a Novel Pathway of Immunoregulation
  • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Trainees Have Roundtable with Keynote Speaker

Poster Displays

Will be approximately a dozen posters displayed

  • Ashley Brinkman
    • Aminoflavone and the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor : Potential Therapeutic Applications in Breast Cancer
  • Amy Irving
    • A rat model of colon cancer reveals zones of enhancement of tumor multiplicity by vitamin D
  • Adam Mastrocola
    • Defining the Role of FUS in the DNA Damage Response
  • Justin Bushkofsky
    • Diet Coordinately Affects Expression of Multiple Hepatocyte P450 Cytochromes by Processes that are Highly Sensitive to External Cyp1b1
  • Brian Johnson
    • Elucidating the Role of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in Vascular Physiology
  • Monica Yue
    • Exploring sox9a as a potential target for developmental TCDD toxicity in zebrafish
  • Fred Boehm
    • Methods for identification of expression quantitative trait loci in breast cancer
  • Ashley Poenitzsch
    • miR-340; A Tumor Suppressor in Melanoma?
  • Ashleigh Theberge, PhD
    • Microculture enables efficient steroidogenesis assays
  • Taryn James, PhD
    • Molecular Targets of Phytoestrogens in Breast Cancer in Vivo
  • Kristina Blanke
    • Prevalence and Functional Characterization of Non-coding Polymorphisms in the Cytochrome b5 / NADH Cytochrome b5 Reductase Detoxification Pathway
  • Amanda Branam
    • R-spondins Promote Prostatic Bud Formation and Protect Against Budding Inhibition Resulting From TCDD Exposure
  • Shaina Johnson
    • Sox9b plays a role in mediating 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) induced cardiotoxicity in the developing zebrafish embryo