P r o g r a m


Southern Science Symposium: Cell Biology and Careers
Saturday, November 17th, 2012

 



Preliminary Program
 

7:30 am
 
Registration, Exhibitors and Breakfast
 
8:30 am
 
Welcome & Opening Remarks

Olga Rodriguez de Arzola, M.D.
Interim President & Dean
Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Jose A. Torres- Ruiz, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Program
Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 
8:45 am Scientific Sessions
  • CD16+ Monocyte Subset as a Reservoir of HIV in Patients Receiving Suppressive Antiretroviral Therapy
    Freddie Irizarry, B.S. candidate
    Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
     
  • Effects of Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) in inflammatory breast cancer
    Ivette Suarez-Arroyo, Ph.D. candidate
    Universidad Central del Caribe
     
  • Effects of HIV-1 env BaL and cocaine on human astrocytes
    Fabian Vazquez-Santiago, Ph.D. candidate
    Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences
     
  • Metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 activation is necessary for synaptic plasticity in the infralimbic cortex during fear extinction
    Marian Sepulveda-Orengo, Ph.D. candidate
    Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences
     
9:45 am Coffee Break & Exhibitors
9:55 - am - 11:00 Scientific Keynote
  • The long road to personalized cancer therapies: it's back to basics
    Joaquin Espinosa, Ph.D., University of Colorado
11:00 am - 12:00 noon Career Keynote
  • From “Jibara” to “Profesora”: A reflection of my Life Journey
    Johana Vallejo-Elias, Ph.D., Midwestern University
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
 
Networking Lunch
 
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
 
Panel : To be or not to be a Ph.D.
  • Vanessa Rivera, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences
     
  • Lynnette Ruiz, Ph.D., Post-doctoral/Adjunct Professor
    Caribbean Primate Research Center
    University of Puerto Rico
     
  • Mariano Colon-Caraballo, B.S.
    Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences
     
  • Elinette Albino-Rodriguez, Ph.D. candidate
    Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences
     
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Poster Session & Networking Reception
 
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Awards, closing remarks and raffle

Richard J. Noel, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences