2015 Retreat

Human Biology Division

2015 Retreat

The Human Biology Retreat was a two-day event this year, held on September 10-11, 2015 at scenic Islandwood on Bainbridge Island, Washington. It was well attended with over 165 participants including faculty, postdocs, lab and administrative staff, and current and incoming graduate students.

Photos of Retreat

Venue - IslandWood, Bainbridge Island

IslandWood Great Hall

Left to right: Lisa McFerrin, Nola Klemfuss, Jalle Gebisa, Andrea Brocato, Rachel Galbraith


Welcome Center at IslandWood

Welcome by Retreat Committee Chair, Cyrus Ghajar

Introduction of incoming MCB Students

Keynote address by Zena Werb

Talk by Eric Holland

Docent-led hike

Docent-led hike

Docent-led hike

Docent-led hike

From left to right: Sujatha Jagannathan, Amy Campbell, Jun Wen Zhong and Michael Ortego

IslandWood grounds

Afternoon break

From left to right: Liem Nguyen, Olga Chen and Cathy Lin

Kristy Lastwika from the Paul Lampe lab presenting her poster

Kamya Rajaram from the Beronja lab presenting her poster

Christine Levesque from the Peter Nelson lab presenting her poster

MCB students

This year's poster session winner, Katie Semmens, will have her name engraved on the Galloway Cup

From left to right: Candice Grzelack, Andrea Lim, Nolan Ericson and Mark Gregory

Ferry ride return to Seattle

View of Seattle on ferry ride

The format of the majority of talks at the retreat differed from previous years with lab postdocs, graduate students and PI’s all presenting together their research interests and accomplishments. Retreat participants also had the opportunity to hear a talk from a new solid tumor faculty member, Kevin Cheung, MD, and a divisional overview focusing on collaborations from the Division Director, Eric Holland, MD, PhD. There were two keynote speakers, Zena Werb, PhD from the University of California, San Francisco and Rick Horwitz, PhD, the new Executive Director of the Allen Institute for Cell Science. The Werb Lab is currently focused on a functional genomic approach to elucidating the in vivo substrates of the MMPs and other proteases in these physiologic and disease processes. Rick Horwitz joined the Allen Institute this year after spending the past 15 years as Harrison Distinguished Professor in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Virginia.

The first day of the retreat included talks, a docent-led hike of the IslandWood grounds and a poster session/reception showcasing over 35 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. Each attendee had the opportunity to vote on his or her favorite poster.

The retreat concluded in the early afternoon of the second day where the poster winners were announced. The first place winner was awarded the Galloway Cup, a trophy that will reside in the winner’s lab until the next year’s retreat. Katie Semmens from the Geballe Lab was awarded first prize, and Cristina Wittkopp from the Emerman Lab and Chad Toledo from the Paddison Lab were awarded prizes for second and third place.

Poster Winners: