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PROGRAM - Speakers


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Dr. Mark Gerstein
Area of Speciality: Bioinformatics

Dr. Mark Gerstein is a leader in his field as the Co-Director of the Yale Center for Biomedical Data Science, Albert L Williams Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, and Professor of Computer Science at Yale University.


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Dr. Monica Arienzo
Area of Speciality: Microplastics

Dr. Monica Arienzo is an Assistant Research Professor in the Division of Hydrologic Sciences at the Desert Research Institute

photo of speaker Dr. Nastaran Meftahi
Area of Speciality: Solar Cell Machine Learning

Dr. Nastaran Meftahi is a Research Fellow in the Physics Department of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

photo of speaker Dr. Kathyrn D. Huff
Area of Speciality: Sustainability

Dr. Kathryn D. Huff is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering and a Blue Waters Assistant Professor with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Area of Speciality: Oceanography

Dr. Raffaele Ferrari is a Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography and Director of the Program in Atmosphere, Oceans, and Climate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Area of Speciality: Mathematics

Dr. Jordan Ellenberg is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

PhD PANEL: “The Do’s and Don'ts of Graduate School and Research”

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Area of Speciality: Genetics and Genomics

Dr. Jake Reske is a PhD student in the Genetics and Genome Sciences program and research fellow of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Michigan State University under Dr.Ronald Chandler.

photo of speaker Mr. Benjamin Negrete, Jr.
Area of Speciality: Hypoxia Research

Mr.Benjamin Negrete is a first-generation, Latinx, LGBTQIA+ marine scientist based on the Gulf of Mexico in Port Aransas, TX. He works in the lab with Dr. Andrew Esbaugh to study the physiological, behavioral, and genomic responses of fish to environmental stresses.

MEDICAL SCHOOL PANEL: “Navigating a Career Path in Medicine”

photo of speaker Dr.Gary Simmonds
Area of Speciality: Neurology

Dr.Gary Simmonds is a Carilion Neurosurgeon and Professor of the School of Neuroscience at Virginia Tech. He is collaborating with researchers from VTCRI and Virginia Tech College of Neurosciences to help advance care of neurological diseases.

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Area of Speciality: Neurology

Megan Harrigan is a graduate of Virginia Tech and a current medical student at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

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