Human Biology Division

Retreats and Events

2013 Retreat

The Human Biology retreat was held on September 23, 2013 at the Westin Downtown Seattle, WA. The event was very well attended with over 100 participants including faculty, postdocs, current and incoming graduate students, as well as administrative staff who were invited to learn about the current research focus of the faculty they support.


Eric Holland presenting on his research.

Chris Kemp and Nina Salama asking a question to the presenter.

David MacPherson presenting on his research.

Oliver Fregoso presenting his poster to Nina Salama (foreground), Eric Holland and Denise Galloway.

Gerald Mbara having a poster presented to him.

Poster Session 

Yuchi Honaker presenting her poster to Slobodan Beronja.

Matthew Daugherty presenting his poster.

Michael Emerman and David MacPherson.

David Boyd, Denise Galloway, Dara Lehman, Nina Salama, Julie Overbaugh.


Julie Overbaugh, Eric Holland and Raquel Sanchez

Antonio Bedalov and Stephen Tapscott  

Raquel Sanchez and Desert Horse-Grant  

Denise Galloway and Eric Holland  

The day started with a welcome and state of the division update from Associate Director, Denise Galloway, PhD. This was followed by faculty talks, two guest speakers, a poster session, and a talk by the new Division Director, Eric C. Holland, MD, PhD, which focused on his research interests of mouse models of glioma and his move from NYC to join Fred Hutch. Holland expressed his commitment to keeping the division’s current diversity in research focus while building solid tumor research in the common years.

Eight faculty members gave updates on the accomplishments of their labs in their diverse areas of human biology research and two invited speakers shared their research interests. The first, Cyrus Ghajar, PhD, from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has recently joined as faculty in the Public Health Sciences division. The goal of Ghajar's research program is to understand how microenvironments within distant tissues regulate dormancy and growth of disseminated tumor cells (DTCs), and whether these niches convey chemoresistance to dormant DTCs. The second, Sunil Hingorani, PhD, from the Translational Research Program in the Public Health Sciences. Hingorani’s research focuses on the molecular and cellular origins of pancreas cancer primarily through the use of genetically engineered mouse models. Both speakers were very well received and sparked interesting questions.

Poster session included more than 40 posters

A poster session was held in the afternoon and showcased over 40 posters from primary and secondary human biology labs. The session was filled with seminar attendees and gave them a chance to learn about the research happening in other labs. Everyone voted on his or her favorite posters; with the top three awarded a small prize.

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