Date: Friday, Oct 21st, 2022, 1 PM – 7 PM

Location: Whitaker 100 auditorium and atrium @ Whitaker Hall

Format: fully in-person

Our first conference will focus on providing a multi-functional forum for research exchange, entrepreneurial development, and career navigation in photon, photonics, and imaging-focused fields while encouraging collaborations and introducing new students to our chapter.

Agenda


1:00 -1:15 PM: Welcome and SPECTRA Introduction


1:15 – 2:15 PM: Keynote Talk with Dr. Xiaoyu Shi

Lecture title: Optical, chemical, and computational approaches for super-resolution Microscopy

Xiaoyu Shi, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Developmental and Cell Biology & Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine.

Research Areas: Super-Resolution Microscopy, Cell Biology, Spatial transcriptomics & proteomics, Cell Signaling, Single-Cell Analysis, Biophysics, Structural Biology, Systems Biology, Computational Microscopy.

BIO: Her research group uses optical and chemical approaches to develop super-resolution microscopy and spatial multiomics methods. She uses these cutting-edge technologies to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms of aging and cancers. Prior to UC Irvine, she received training in super-resolution microscopy and nonlinear optics during her postdoctoral research with Dr. Bo Huang at UCSF and her Ph.D. studies with Dr. Cheuk-Yiu Ng at UC Davis. Professor Shi is the recipient of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the NIH Pathway to Independence Award, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Frontiers of Imaging Award, and the Hellman Fellow.


2:30 – 3:30 PM: Entrepreneurship Talks

Lan Yang, PhD
Edwin H. & Florence G. Skinner Professor
Electrical & Systems Engineering
Washington University in St. Louis
Jonathan Silva, PhD
Dennis & Barbara Kessler Career Development Associate Professor, Director of Diversity
Biomedical Engineering Department
Washington University in St. Louis

3:30 -4:00 PM: Career Development Panel Discussion

Christine O’Brien, PhD
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering Department
Washington University in St. Louis

4:10-6:30 PM: Poster Session and Happy Hour (@Whitaker Atrium) (Poster submission link)

Awards, Food, Drinks. In-site booth of professional and soft skills might open


Duration Sessions
1:00 -1:15SPECTRA introduction
1:15 – 2:15Keynote Talk: Xiaoyu Shi, PhD, Assistant Professor
Department of Developmental and Cell Biology & Department of Chemistry
University of California Irvine
2:15 – 2:30Break (refreshments serving)
2:30 – 3:30Entrepreneurship Talks:
Talk 1:
Lan Yang, PhD, Edwin H. & Florence G. Skinner Professor, Electrical & Systems Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis
Talk 2:
Jonathan Silva, PhD, Dennis & Barbara Kessler Career Development Associate Professor Director of Diversity, Biomedical Engineering Department, Washington University in St. Louis
3:30 –
4: 00
Career development panel discussion
Panelist:
Lan Yang, PhD
Jonathan Silva, PhD
Christine O’Brien, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering Department, Washington University in St. Louis
4:00 – 4:10 Closing remark by chapter advisor, Mathew Lew PhD
4:10 – 6:30 Poster session & Happy Hour — award, food, and drinks (poster submission)
In-site booth of professional and soft skills might open

Contact information: Hanru (h.zhang22@wustl.edu) and Dr. Lew (mdlew@wustl.edu)


Conference planning committee: Haini (Hanru) Zhang, Megan Michie, Xiao Zhang, Abby Matt, Annie Hart, Sitai Kou, Alvin Agato, Yiyang Chen, Kiki Bonetta-Misteli, Dr. Matthew Lew