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The Unseen Majority: Microbes in Health and Disease

DATE: Friday, October 23, 2015 Import to your calendar
TIME: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Feinberg Pavilion
Conference Center, 3rd floor
251 East Huron Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60611

The 13th Annual CBC Symposium, will take place on Friday, October 23, 2015, at Northwestern University downtown campus.  This all day event is organized by Nancy Freitag (UIC), Laimonis A. Laimins (NU) and Howard Shuman (UChicago).  The meeting will also include a poster session. The event is free of charge but pre-registration is required.

Stay tuned for updates about the 13th Annual CBC Symposium 2015!


ATTENTION: Due to space constraints, we are unable to accept any more registrations and/or abstract submissions.

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(Order of speakers subject to change.)

9:00 AM Registration, Continental Breakfast and Poster set-up (Main Auditorium Lobby)
9:45 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks by Katie Stallcup, CBC Executive Director
and Laimonis A. Laimins, Northwestern University (Main Auditorium)

  Session I Moderator:  Laimonis A. Laimins, Northwestern University (Main Auditorium)
10:00 AM Charles RICE, Rockefeller University
"Hepatitis C: From Discovery to Cure"
10:45 AM Coffee Break (Main Auditorium Lobby)
11:15 AM Robert Lamb, Northwestern University
"Understanding Paramyxovirus-Mediated Membrane Fusion"
12:00 PM Lunch and Poster Session (Main Auditorium Lobby and Hall A)
  Session II Moderator:  Nancy Freitag, University of Illinois at Chicago (Main Auditorium)
1:30 PM Ruth LEY, Cornell University
"The Gene-Microbe Link"
2:15 PM Michael FEDERLE, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Microbial Wikileaks: Deciphering Microbial Conversations for the Intent to Disarm"
3:00 PM Coffee Break (Main Auditorium Lobby)
  Session III Moderator:  Howard Shuman, The University of Chicago (Main Auditorium)
3:30 PM Julie SEGRE, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH
"Microbial Genomics: Tracking Multi-Drug Resistant Bacterial Pathogens and Human Skin Microbiome
4:15 PM Tatyana GOLOVKINA, The University of Chicago
"New Mechanism of Resistance to Retroviruses"
5:00 PM Closing remarks by Howard Shuman, The University of Chicago (Main Auditorium Lobby) and Reception (Hall A)
6:15 PM Adjourn


Ruth Ley Ruth Ley
Cornell University
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 Michael Federle Michael Federle
University of Illinois at Chicago
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Charles Rice Charles Rice
Rockefeller University
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  Tatyana Golovkina

Tatyana Golovkina
The University of Chicago
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Julie Segre Julie Segre
National Institute of Health
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  Bob Lamb Robert Lamb
Northwestern University
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» 12th Annual CBC Symposium
   Protein Engineering: From Computers to Cells to Clinic

DATE: Friday, October 17, 2014
LOCATION: University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
UIC Forum, Main Hall C
725 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608

“Protein Engineering: From Computers to Cells to Clinic” was the topic of the 12th Annual CBC Symposium which took place on Friday, October 17, 2014, at the UIC Forum.  The symposium provided a thorough overview of the current status, challenges and exciting prospects in the field of protein engineering.  Over 220 students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, staff and research scientists attended the all day event. 

The organizers of the symposium, Brian Kay (UIC CBC Scientific Director), Tony Kossiakoff (UChicago) and Keith Tyo (NU) recruited seven outstanding scientists working at the forefront of protein engineering.  Four out-of-town speakers, Germaine Fuh (Genentech), Lynne Regan (Yale), Jim Wells (UCSF) and Dane Wittrup (MIT) joined three CBC university scientists, Michael Jewett (NU), Shohei Koide (UChicago) and Jie Liang (UIC). The presentations (for titles of talks click here) spanned a range of topics from computational predictions of protein properties to designer proteins that control protein interactions to engineered enzymes that interrogate signaling pathways.  Ways to utilize these discoveries to develop the next generation of protein-based therapeutics were discussed and provided excellent fodder for the question and answer period following each presentation.

In addition to the presentations by the seven stellar keynote speakers, the symposium included an interactive poster session.  The symposium concluded with a reception where attendees were able to meet the symposium speakers, discuss research ideas and initiate new collaborations.

(Symposium program)
(Speakers' bios)
(Symposium flyer)

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» 11th Annual CBC Symposium
   Exploring Human Biology with Small Molecules

DATE: Friday, October 11, 2013
LOCATION: Ida Noyes Hall, The University of Chicago Campus
1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637

The 11th Annual CBC Symposium, “Exploring Human Biology with Small Molecules,” took place on Friday, October 11, 2013, at The University of Chicago’s Ida Noyes Hall.  The all day event was organized by Shohei Koide, the UChicago CBC Scientific Director, and by recipients of the 2009 CBC Lever Award, “Chicago Tri-Institutional Center of Excellence in Chemical Methodologies & Library Development”: Sergey A. Kozmin (UChicago), Karl A. Scheidt (NU), and Jie Liang (UIC).  

Almost 300 students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, staff and research scientists attended the symposium.  Attendees from the CBC universities were joined by their colleagues from Rush, Loyola, Midwest University, IIT, area hospitals and medical centers and local biotechnology companies including SynChem, Jasin Discovery Solution Inc. and AbbVie.  In addition to featuring research presentations by three outstanding scientists from the CBC universities and four from other U.S. institutions, the symposium also included a poster session and ample time for networking.  Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows presented 38 posters, and the interactive lunchtime session provided an excellent venue to describe their current research and obtain feedback from multiple scientists.   The symposium concluded with a well-attended reception where research ideas were discussed and potential collaborations were initiated.

The first speaker of the morning session, Kevan M. Shokat, University of California San Francisco and University of California Berkley, gave a talk on “New Chemical Approaches for Treating Neurodegeneration and Cancer:  Activators of the PINK1 Kinase and Inhibitors of K-Ras.”   Stephen J. Kron, UChicago, presented the second morning talk, “Targeting Metabolism and Immortality in Cancer.”  Following a networking coffee break, Gregory R. J. Thatcher, UIC, gave a talk entitled “Beyond the Probe: From Protein Post-translational Modifications to Function,” and was followed by Paul J. Hergenrother, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discussing “Natural Products as an Engine for Biological Discovery.”   The afternoon session opened with Richard B. Silverman, Northwestern University, presenting “CaV1.3-Selective L-Type Calcium Channel Antagonists to Slow the Progression of Parkinson’s Disease.”  Virginia W. Cornish, Columbia University, spoke about “Expanding the Synthetic Capabilities of Yeast.”  The last speaker of the meeting was Stuart L. Schreiber, Harvard University and a Founding Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.  Dr. Schreiber concluded with a talk titled “Human Biology, Chemical Biology & The Science of Therapeutics,” in which he discussed his own research and recapitulated the main points of the meeting.

(symposium program)

(speakers' bios)

(symposium announcement)

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» 10th Annual CBC Symposium

10th annual CBC symposium announcementDATE: Friday, October 12, 2012
TIME: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Northwestern University
Norris University Center, McCormick Auditorium
1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

Scientific leaders in the field of Epigenomics presented their research at the 10th Annual CBC Symposium: Epigenomics, which was held on Friday, October 12, 2012, at the Norris University Center on the Northwestern University Evanston campus. The scientific organizers of this event were Jason Brickner (NU), Alex Ruthenburg (UChicago), Tom Diekwisch (UIC) and Shohei Koide (UChicago CBC Scientific Director). The organizers recruited 6 outstanding speakers, 3 from the CBC universities and 3 from external institutions.

Shohei Koide, CBC Scientific Director at UChicago, gave the introductory remarks and opened the meeting. The outside speakers included Steve Henikoff, a Howard Hughes Investigator from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institution in Seattle, Washington. The title of Steve’s talk was “High resolution mapping of epigenome dynamics.” Tom Misteli, a senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute, gave an eloquent talk on “Genome function beyond genome sequence.” The meeting concluded with a talk entitled “Epigenetic regulation of the stem cell fate” by Joanna Wysocka, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Systems Biology at Stanford University. The symposium also featured talks by exceptional scientists from the three CBC universities. Jonathan Licht, a Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University, presented his research on “Disorders of histone methylation in hematological malignancy.” A talk entitled, “Reversible methylation of DNA and RNA in mammalian cells,” was given by Chuan He, a Professor of Chemistry at UChicago. UIC researcher Qun-Tian Wang, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, presented her work on “Epigenetic regulation of the stem cell fate.”

A “Data Blitz” featuring short talks by selected poster presenters concluded the morning session. The selected speakers were Michael Beshiri (UIC, graduate student in Elizaveta Benevolenskaya Lab), Kara Foshay (UChicago, post-doc in Brian Lahn Lab), Gokul Gopinath (UIC, post-doc in Tom Diekwisch Lab), Takamitsu Hattori (UChicago, post-doc in Shohei Koide lab), William Light (NU, post-doc in Jason Brickner lab) and Zhaolin Zhang (NU, post-doc in Ann Harris lab).

The symposium also included an interactive poster session. Thirty posters were presented during the session and provided an excellent forum for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to discuss their current research. The meeting was attended by 249 attendees and concluded with a networking reception at which cake was shared to celebrate the 10th Annual CBC Symposium.

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» 9th Annual CBC Symposium
   Engineering Biology: From Tools to Insights

9th CBC Symposium - PosterDATE: Friday, October 21, 2011
TIME: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
LOCATION: University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
UIC Forum, Main Hall C
725 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608

The Ninth Annual CBC Symposium, Engineering Biology: From tools to insights, took place on Friday, October 21, 2011, at the UIC Forum. David Eddington (UIC), Lonnie Shea (NU), and Joel Collier (UChicago) have collaborated to organize this scientific event. The organizational committee recruited three outstanding external keynote speakers: Christopher Chen (University of Pennsylvania), Douglas Lauffenburger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Melody Swartz (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland). The symposium also featured talks by exceptional Chicago-area scientists: David Eddington (UIC), Joshua Leonard (NU) and Dorothy Sipkins (UChicago).

Brian Kay, CBC Scientific Director at UIC gave the introductory remarks and opened the meeting.

The symposium also included a poster session, which yet again proved to be extremely popular and interactive. The poster session, which provides an excellent forum for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to present their current research, gathered 60+ posters this year! The majority of posters were presented by scientists from the three CBC universities, but the session also included posters from Illinois Institute of Technology, Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago, Iowa State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The symposium was attended by over 200 participants. In addition to attendees from all three CBC schools, this year's symposium attracted attendees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rush University Medical Center, Baxter, Agilent Technologies, Illinois Institute of Technology, Children's Memorial Hospital of Chicago, Iowa State University, DePaul University, Argonne National Laboratory, Tel Aviv University and Wollenterprises.

The CBC is grateful for the additional sponsorship funding provided by Agilent Technologies and Baxter Healthcare Corporation. The majority of sponsorship funding comes from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.

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» 8th Annual CBC Symposium
   Protein Folding and Misfolding in Health and Disease

8th CBC Symposium - PosterDATE: October 29, 2010
TIME: 9:00 AM - 5:45 PM
LOCATION: Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago Campus
1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

The 8th Annual CBC Symposium took place on October 29, 2010 within the beautiful surroundings of Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago campus. This year’s symposium focused on "Protein Folding and Misfolding in Health and Disease" and aimed to address both the basic biology of protein folding in cells, and perturbations of the process, or protein misfolding, and the role that misfolding plays in aging and the development of neurodegenerative disorders (such as Huntington's, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).

As one of the symposium attendees put it, this year’s symposium featured “a stellar line-up and important topics.”  Indeed, the lectures were presented by four outstanding guest speakers:
Ana Maria Cuervo, MD, PhD
Professor, Departments of Developmental and Molecular Biology and of Medicine; Co-director, Einstein Institute for Aging Studies, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Recipient of P. Benson Award in Cell Biology (2005), Keith Porter Fellow in Cell Biology (2005/8), Nathan Shock Memorial Lecture Award (2006), and Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star in Aging Award (2008)
Steven Finkbeiner, MD, PhD
Associate Director and Senior Investigator, Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease; Director, Taube-Koret Center for Huntington’s Disease Research; Professor of Neurology and Physiology, University of California, San Francisco
Judith Frydman, PhD
Professor, Biology, School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University
Randal J. Kaufman, PhD
Warner-Lambert/Park-Davis Professor of Medicine; Professor, Departments of Biological Chemistry and Internal Medicine, University of Michigan; Recipient of Distinguished Investigator Award from Michigan Hemophilia Society (2000), Van Wezel Prize (2003), and an American Association for the Advancement of Science Award (2007),
and two Chicago-area based scientists:
Scott T. Brady, PhD
Professor and Head, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago,
and a CBC Scientific Director Richard I. Morimoto, PhD
Bill and Gayle Cook Professor of Biology; Professor of Molecular Biosciences; Director, Rice Institute for Biomedical Research, Northwestern University; Recipient of American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award; Dreyfus Distinguished Young Faculty Award; NIH Merit Award; Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Huntington Disease Society of America, Award for Excellence in Medicine.

The meeting opened with introductory remarks by Sangram (Sam) S. Sisodia, PhD, Thomas Reynolds Sr. Family Professor of Neurosciences, and Director of the Center for Molecular Neurobiology, University of Chicago.

Over 200 scientists actively participated in this year’s symposium. All three CBC universities were well-represented among the symposium attendees, who also included scientists from Rosalind Franklin University, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, Chicago State University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Rush University Medical Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, among others. In addition, the symposium presented a popular poster session that this year gathered a record number of posters (28) in the history of the CBC annual symposia.

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(see commentary: Folding Failures and Brain Diseases, Science Life, Nov. 10, 2010)

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» 7th Annual CBC Symposium
   The Biology of Non-Coding RNAs: Old Molecules, New Actions

7th CBC Symposium - PosterDATE: October 30, 2009
TIME: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Feinberg Pavilion Conference Center, 251 East Huron, Chicago, Illinois, 60611

One of the most amazing discoveries in the last decade is the realization that non-coding RNAs perform a wide variety of cellular functions. The days are long gone when RNAs were only considered as information carriers of DNA. Today, we know RNA molecules control many cellular processes including chromatin organization, splicing, translation, and viral defense. Functional non-coding RNA molecules range from hundreds in bacteria to possibly tens of thousands in humans.

"The Biology of Non-Coding RNAs: Old Molecules, New Actions" was the topic of the Seventh Annual Chicago Biomedical Consortium Symposium held Friday, October 30, 2009 at the Feinberg Pavilion Conference Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Each year CBC annual symposia focus on a specific research area featuring outstanding guest speakers and highlighting local researchers. This year’s symposium brought together speakers who are at the forefront of non-coding RNA research:

Jennifer Doudna, PhD
Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California Berkeley; Winner of 2000 Alan T. Waterman Award
Gisela Storz, PhD
Head of the Section on Environmental Gene Regulation, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
John Rinn, PhD

Assistant professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
Richard Carthew, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology, Northwestern University
Alexander Mankin, PhD
Professor, Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Manyuan Long, PhD
Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago.

The topics ranged from regulatory and functional RNAs in bacteria to small and large non-coding RNAs in eukaryotes.

Close to 200 participants attended this year's symposium. The day also included a morning poster session and a closing reception. Nicholas Reiter from the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology, Northwestern University, received first prize for his poster titled: Structural studies of an RNase P/tRNA ternary complex.

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» 6th Annual CBC Symposium
   Frontiers in Molecular Imaging: From Promise to Practice

6th CBC Symposium - PosterDATE: October 31, 2008
TIME: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: UIC Forum, University of Illinois at Chicago

The Sixth Annual Chicago Biomedical Consortium Symposium, Frontiers in Molecular Imaging: From Promise to Practice, was held Friday, October 31, 2008 at the UIC Forum. CBC annual symposia feature outstanding guest speakers and also highlight local researchers, focusing on a specific subject area.

This year’s symposium included distinguished guest speakers Christopher Contag, PhD (Stanford University), winner of the Society for Molecular Imaging Achievement Award; Robert S. Balaban, PhD, Scientific Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute intramural program; and Michael Phelps, PhD (UCLA), recipient of multiple accolades including the Enrico Fermi Presidential Award presented by President Clinton. Local researchers highlighted in the program include Thomas Meade, PhD, Northwestern University; Chin-Tu Chen, PhD, The University of Chicago; and Keith Thulborn, MD, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Approximately 200 people attended the 2008 Symposium. Along with informative presentations, opportunities for networking at this daylong event were offered during lunch and at a closing reception. Twenty-four posters prepared by researchers at Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and The University of Chicago were presented during the poster session. Two were selected as best poster and the authors received an IPod.

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5th CBC Symposium - PosterDATE: October 19, 2007
TIME: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Illinois Science + Technology Park, Skokie, IL

The Fifth Annual Chicago Biomedical Consortium Symposium, "Where Science Goes Next: Translation of Basic Discovery for Human Health", was held Friday, October 19, 2007 at the Illinois Science + Technology Park in Skokie, IL. The CBC welcomed Keynote speakers John Kessler, MD (NU); Mark Ratain, MD (UC); and Anna Barker, PhD (National Cancer Institute).

The afternoon programming included a panelist discussion, "BioScience, Industry and Academic Collaborations: Today and Tomorrow", with moderator Michael Rosen, Senior Vice President, New Business Development, Science & Technology Group, Forest City Enterprises, Inc. and panelists Norbert Riedel, PhD (Baxter), Gary Gordon, MD, PhD (Abbott), Mark Weinberg, MD (Takeda), and Michael Flavin, PhD (Advanced Life Sciences).

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» 4th Annual CBC Symposium
   Infrastructures for Systems Biology

4th CBC Symposium - PosterDATE: September 29, 2006
TIME: 8:30 AM - 3:45 PM
LOCATION: Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago

The CBC held the Fourth Annual Symposium on September 29, 2006. Speakers included:

Ken Buetow, PhD
Director, Center for Bioinformatics, and Chief of Laboratory for Population Genetics, National Cancer Institute, winner of The Editor’s Choice Award from Bio-IT World (2008);
Leroy Hood, MD, PhD
President, Institute for Systems Biology, Winner of Lasker Award and Kyoto Prize;
Kevin White, PhD
Director, Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory.

The all day event also included a poster session and a CBC Infrastructures Panel discussion with the Proteomics/Informatics Advisory Board.

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» 3rd Annual CBC Symposium
   Proteomics and Informatics

3rd CBC Symposium - PosterDATE: April 22, 2005
TIME: 12:45 PM - 4:30 PM
LOCATION: McCormick Auditorium, Norris Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL, Northwestern University

Nobel Laureate Aaron Ciechanover, PhD delivered the keynote address at a free public symposium, “Proteomics and Informatics,” on Friday, April 22, sponsored by the Chicago Biomedical Consortium.

The CBC acquired a Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometer (FTMS), the world’s most powerful tool for studying the structures of proteins and other biomolecules. The special symposium focused on how researchers can take advantage of the new technology and related analytic techniques when addressing the basic questions of proteomics (the study of proteins and their functions).

Ciechanover, who, together with two others, received the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of a key way cells destroy unwanted proteins, spoke on “Proteomics and the Future of Medicine.” Ciechanover, Distinguished Professor at the Rappaport Family Institute for Research in the Medical Sciences at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), Haifa, was visiting professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Following Ciechanover’s address, Richard Carthew, PhD, professor of biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology at Northwestern, spoke on “Proteomics and RNA Mediated Regulation of Gene Expression.” Dr. Carthew's talk was followed by Alexander Schilling, PhD, Director, Proteomic and Informatics Services Proteomic Services Facility, UIC. The event concluded with a panel discussion entitled “How the CBC Will Change Your Proteomics/Informatics Life.”

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» 2nd Annual CBC Symposium
   Proteomics Day

DATE: April 17, 2004
TIME: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Molecular Biology Research Building, UIC

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DATE: September 2, 2002
TIME: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Adler Planetarium, Chicago, IL

The first symposium was the initial CBC organizational event which brought scientists from the three CBC institutions together in order to promote interest in planning large-scale regional initiatives.

Speakers included:

Andrzej Joachiemiak, PhD
Director of the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Lab
Janet Rowley, MD
Professor of Medicine, U. Chicago; Winner of Lasker Award and National Medal of Science; 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom
Milan Mrksich, PhD
Professor Chemistry, University of Chicago
Robert Grossman, PhD
Professor of Math and Director, Laboratory for Advanced Computing, UIC
Thomas Meade, PhD
Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern University

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