Upcoming Events, Conferences and Workshops

What's Up Seminar Series - Summer 2017

All seminars will be held at the Center for Comparative Medicine, in Conference Room 1008, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM, unless otherwise noted.

** Lunch will be provided for those who attend**

June 6th, 2017        Ming Lo, GSR, Graduate Group in Comparative Pathology, Department of Center for Comparative Medicine & California National Primate Research Center, University of California, Davis - "Subclinical Herpes Simplex Virus type 2 Infection of Rhesus Macaques After Vaginal Inoculation"

June 13th, 2017      Summer Break begins

What's Up? Seminars will resume in September.  Enjoy the summer break!


Sponsored by the Center for Comparative Medicine

Applied Statistics for Translational Researchers

This seminar will focus on the design of prospective studies with an emphasis on repeated measures and longitudinal studies. We will cover important design considerations such as the number of time points and sample size needed to follow up. For longitudinal studies, drop-out resulting in missing data that creates an unbalanced study can be a significant factor and therefore, we will discuss strategies for addressing drop-out such as with an adaptive study design. Following completion of this seminar, participants will have an understanding of the advantages and challenges of prospective studies vis-a-vis retrospective studies, be able to develop an efficient and appropriate study design, and estimate sample size requirements for repeated measures/longitudinal studies.

Learning objectives:

• Be able to design a prospective longitudinal study

• Understand options for overcoming shortcomings of prospective studies

• Learn to determine how many subjects to recruit for a follow-up study



Sacramento: School of Medicine Education Building,

Room 1204, 4610 X Street, Sacramento

Davis: Veterinary Medicine 3B (VM3B), Room 1105

Please RSVP:

Registration preferred but not required.

Sacramento: http://bit.ly/26Ygzin

Davis: http://bit.ly/1UENx2k

For more information contact:

Kyoungmi Kim, Ph.D., at kmkim@ucdavis.edu; or Sandra Taylor, Ph.D., at sltaylor@ucdavis.edu

HHS – Webinar on National Health Promotion and Disease Objectives for 2030

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the next federal advisory committee meeting regarding the development of national health promotion and disease prevention objectives for 2030. This meeting will be held online via webinar and is open to the public. The committee will discuss the nation’s health promotion and disease prevention objectives and will provide recommendations to improve health status and reduce health risks for the nation by the year 2030.

Contact: Emmeline Ochiai, Public Health Advisor for the HHS, emmeline.ochiai@hhs.gov

Register for June 27, 2017 webinar: click here

For more information on 2030 Objectives: click here

Transitioning into a Non-academic Career – Live Training Event

This workshop explores the skills and best practices for transitioning from an academic environment to one of many non-academic career paths. It introduces strategies for career planning, emphasizing an ongoing process for professional development throughout your career.

Tuesday 6/20/2017 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT | FREE


  • Being strategic in your career planning
  • What skills you need for non-academic jobs and how to acquire these skills while still in the lab
  • Networking as a part of life
  • Crafting your “elevator pitch”
  • How to create a master resume (inclusive of all your skills)
  • Creating position-specific resumes
  • Ample time will be provided for Q&A

Registration and More Information

How to Find the Right Mentor – A New Course from the AAAS Career Development Center

Finding the right mentor early in your career is a valuable exercise that will pay dividends now and in the future. Many professionals try to tackle obstacles in their careers on their own, not realizing that hundreds of other professionals have already overcome those same challenges. Why not draw on their experience for guidance?

How to Find the Right Mentor is a one-hour, on-demand course from the AAAS Career Development Center that will help you develop a clear understanding of your situation and how to find the mentor who is right for your career.

Instructor Anthony Fasano is an experienced career coach who will teach you to:

Identify specific career goals and use them to find the right mentor.

Develop and refine strategies to make the most of your mentoring relationship.

Take the next step by applying what you have learned to become a mentor yourself.

This course will help you, as an early-career professional, identify your perfect mentor and give you strategies to get the most out of your mentor relationship.

Register today!

University of California Davis Summer Short Course in Flow Cytometry

Sponsored by the UC Davis Biotechnology Program and the UC Davis Flow Cytometry Shared Resource. Dates are July 17-21, 2017.

This comprehensive flow cytometry course is enhanced with interactive laboratory sessions using many of our UC Davis cytometers as well as new instrumentation and software to teach you to a variety of established and new approaches in cytometry. Special guest speakers will introduce new trends in flow cytometry and explain the physical and electronic concepts in light collection and signal processing. Thanks to many generous sponsors, lunches and coffee breaks are provided to promote opportunities for interaction with the instructors and cytometry specialists. Please make plans to join us this summer for another fun week of flow education. For registration details and fees, please go to the Biotechnology Program’s summer courses page at: http://www.biotech.ucdavis.edu/SummerCourses.html

        Course objectives:

  • Learn the fundamental concepts of how flow cytometers work
  • Discuss best practices in sample preparation for flow cytometry
  • Describe standard assays and techniques
  • Introduce new cutting edge technologies and applications for single cell analysis and genomics
  • Demystify multicolor cell staining, compensation and analysis

Laboratory sessions include:

  • UC Davis LSRII: Software setup for successful multicolor acquisition and analysis
  • UC Davis Astrios Cell Sorter: Cell sorting fundamentals using the Beckman Coulter Astrios
  • Cytometer setup and quality control for consistent performance on the Cytek Athena cytometer
  • Multispectral imaging flow cytometry using the Amnis FlowSight Imaging Cytometer
  • Multiparameter analysis of cell surface markers, cytokines and transcription factors
  • FlowJo basic and advanced flow cytometry data analysis and panel design wizard
  • And more!

Special guest speakers:

  • Holden Maecker, Ph.D., Director, Stanford University Human Immune Monitoring Core
  • Jolene Bradford, Associate Director Flow Cytometry Systems, Molecular Probes, a Division of Invitrogen with ThermoFisher Scientific
  • Marty Bigos, Director, Stanford Shared Flow Cytometry Laboratory
  • Marcia Mednick, Senior Applications Support Scientist, Takara Bio

Call for Abstracts - 11th Annual Spotlight on Junior Investigators - A Cancer Research Mini-Symposium

When: Thursday, June 29, 2017; 1-5 PM
Where: Comprehensive Cancer Center Auditorium
Format: Oral presentations + posters given by students, post-docs, research staff and residents/fellows.
Emphasis: Any area of cancer research

Abstract submission: If you would like to submit an abstract:

  • Please email your abstract to: hs-cancer.research@ucdavis.edu by June 12th
  • In your email, note whether you would like to be considered for a poster or oral presentation (a select number will be chosen for oral presentation)

Registration required: Registration is free!  Please use the link to register and find additional instructions on submitting your abstract. http://juniorspotlight11.eventbrite.com

Got questions? Please email hs-cancer.research@ucdavis.edu

2017 Biomedical and Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy

The Biomedical + Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy (BMEA) is the premier academic program for commercializing science and engineering innovations. It is a springboard for moving research out of the lab and into the world.

This three-day intensive program integrates lecture, exercises and individual projects to help participants learn to identify, design and validate market opportunities for their research.

The 2017 academy is a collaboration co-sponsored by the UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Department, School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, Office of Research and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The School of Medicine is sponsoring this academy as a part of their FUTURE program, an NIH fund initiative aimed at facilitating career exploration for biomedical graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

The academy is taught by investors, entrepreneurs, university faculty and industry experts who serve as mentors and guest speakers. You’ll gain the knowledge and networks needed to develop the commercial potential of your research or idea.

The academy includes:

  • A three-day intensive on exploring the market opportunities surrounding your ideas and your research;

  • Daily seminars and interactive sessions taught by leading industry executives, investors, and entrepreneurs;

  • The tools to communicate the broader potential of your research and develop a presentation pitch about your idea;

  • Mentoring sessions with industry executives and investors in the biomedical engineering arena;

  • The opportunity to develop a network of professionals in the biomedical and bioengineering fields who can help mentor and connect you as you move forward with your career or new venture.

Visit : http://gsm.ucdavis.edu/biomedical-and-engineering-entrepreneurship-academy for more information.

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Cancer on a Chip Workshop

UCDCCC and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory invite you to the “Cancer on a Chip” workshop on August 22nd at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA. The workshop will be held from 8:30 am – 3 pm.

UCDCCC and LLNL researchers will present the following topics (agenda and map attached):

  • Overview of the Tumor Microenvironment
  • iCHIP
  • Bioprinting
  • Micro Fluidics
  • Nanopores
  • Instrumentation Biomarker
  • Nanomedicine, Exosomes, and Sensing Probe Development

A van carpool (limited seating) will be available for attendees.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Beatrice Le at beale@ucdavis.edu by July 15th. Along with your RSVP and to comply with LLNL regulations, please provide a copy of your CV and your country of citizenship (if you do not hold a U.S. citizenship).

Careers in Science Policy for Graduate and Undergraduate Students Course

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is offering a course for those interested in a career in science policy, with information and resources presented in Careers in Science Policy for Graduate and Undergraduate Students. This one-hour course, the follow-up companion to Engaging in Science Policy, introduces science-policy career opportunities and how to pursue them.

Enroll today in Careers in Science Policy for Graduate and Undergraduate Students to take the first steps toward a fulfilling science-policy career.

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Grant Writing Office Hours

The Interdisciplinary Research Support team holds biweekly Grant Writing Office Hours to help you find funding and develop a proposal. 

Spring/Summer Office Hours: June 28, July 5, & July 26 from 11:00am - 12:00pm in 3053 Wickson Hall.

For questions, please contact Bridget Gruber.

2017 Data Intensive Biology Summer Institute at UC Davis

From June 19 to July 21, 2017, the DIBSI be running several different computational training events UC Davis – a two-week workshop for biologists to learn basic bioinformatics and high performance computing, a week-long instructor training in how to reuse our materials, and several other focused workshops. Everyone is welcome, from everywhere! Grad students, postdocs, faculty, staff, industry, non-profits, teachers, journalists, and grant managers may all find these workshops useful.  Each workshop costs between $350 and $500, and on-campus room & board will be approximately $400/week for non-local attendees. For more information visit http://ivory.idyll.org/dibsi/

Registration Now Open for Upcoming OSP Workshop NIH Guidelines: Honoring the Past, Charting the Future

In honor of the recent 40th anniversary of the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) as well as the emergence of new technologies in the life sciences, it is an opportune time to examine the current biosafety oversight framework, and discuss the future direction of biosafety oversight. In the decades since scientists gathered at Asilomar, there has been considerable evolution in molecular biology, our understanding of risk and safety, and biosafety oversight. While recombinant DNA has become ubiquitous, new emerging technologies – ranging from new genome editing tools to novel RNA applications – are presenting interesting challenges to our current biosafety framework.

With this in mind, the NIH Office of Science Policy will be hosting an upcoming workshop that will ask, if the Asilomar Conference were held today, what would the NIH Guidelines look like? Where would they fit within the current policy and regulatory landscape? What would be the role of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC)?

This workshop will be held on July 18 -19, 2017, in Rockville, MD.  For additional details and to register please visit the workshop website.

Questions about the workshop may be sent to NIHGuidelines@od.nih.gov

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) 2016-2017 Sessions

Join Us to Satisfy Your Federally-Mandated Training Requirement:
The UC Davis Research Compliance and Integrity Unit is once again offering a comprehensive research ethics program for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, staff and NSF funded undergraduate students. This program may also be used to satisfy NIH(http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-019.html) and NSF(http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/rcr.jsp) training grant requirements for responsible and ethical conduct of research training programs.

This program also satisfies the research ethics training requirements for NIFA funded projects.
The 60 minute lecture-discussion sessions will be offered at both the Davis and Sacramento campuses. Sessions will consist of a lecture by a guest speaker, followed by a question and answer session. Participants must attend a minimum of eight sessions in order to meet the federal requirements and to receive a certificate of completion for the Responsible Conduct of Research program.  
The Davis and Sacramento Schedule of RCR Sessions are attached as well as on the RCI Webpage (http://www.research.ucdavis.edu/rcr).
For more information please visit the UC Davis RCR website: http://www.research.ucdavis.edu/rcr  or email Mieko Chambers myokoishelton@ucdavis.edu or ORRCI@ad3.ucdavis.edu

-Schedule of FY 16-17 Sessions-