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Quantitative Biology Student Symposium - 2017


Welcome to the 2017 IQ Biology Student Symposium on Systems Biology in the Context of Aging and Disease! We are honored today to be showcasing some of CU’s outstanding bioscience students and postdocs at this unique event. These young scientists will share with us their research stories, scientific vision, and transformative ideas for addressing current interdisciplinary bioscience challenges. The students have designed this symposium so that you can get a variety of perspectives in a setting that is small enough to encourage questions and conversation.

Today promises to be an exciting day of ideas. A major focus area of the IQ Biology program is quantitative biology and collaborative science. Our presenters (including at the poster session) will present ideas from computer science, applied mathematics, engineering, genomics, and chemistry.

This year’s event features scientific presentations by 2016 Butcher Innovation Awards winners, IQ Biology students, and participants from the first BioFrontiers hackathon. I am also looking forward to the keynote address by David Botstein, Chief Scientific Officer of Calico.

We host this event in a great place. The Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building has been our home for just over five years. It houses many talented, collaborative faculty who are proving that combining different academic disciplines creates opportunities to think in new ways and solve daunting problems.

I would like to thank the IQ Biology students for their hard work organizing this event and I look forward to hearing many excellent presentations. I hope you enjoy this symposium!


Thomas R. Cech, Ph.D.
Director, IQ Biology
University of Colorado Boulder


Please visit this link to view the event program!


Symposium Schedule

Morning Session — JSCBB A104
8:30 - 9:00 Registration and breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 Welcoming Remarks, Dr. Thomas R. Cech, Director, IQ Biology, BioFrontiers Institute

9:15 - 10:15 Butcher Innovation Award Recipient Talks 

  • 9:15-9:40 Joshua Wheeler and Thomas Vogler
    “Targeting RNA-protein aggregates in iPSC-derived muscle” 
  • 9:45-10:10 Xinfeng Wang and Daniel Gulbranson 
    “Development of Bivalent Inhibitors Targeting the Interaction of HIV with the Co-receptor CCR5” 

10:15 - 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 - 11:30 IQ Biology Student Talks

  • 10:30 - 10:55 Brian Aguado
    “Serum from Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Patients Reveals Links to Valvular Interstitial Cell Activation” 
  • 11:00 - 11:25 Ryan Langendorf
    “Strange loops in ecology: Identifying causal drivers across the organizational scales of a host-parasite community”

Lunch — JSCBB B115 11:30 - 1:00
Lunch & Professional Development Panel Life beyond the bench...Career Pathways for Scientists!

  • Adam Richards, Instructor and Data Scientist, Galvanize 
  • Ginny Orndorff, Executive Director and CEO, CID4 
  • John Sanderson, Director of Science, The Nature Conservancy

Afternoon Session — JSCBB A104 1:00 - 2:00 Butcher Innovation Award Recipient Talks

  • 1:00-1:25 Jeffrey Moore and Cassi Estrem
    “Flexible Filaments: Modeling a Realistic Cytoskeleton” 
  • 1:30-1:55 Jonathan Rubin and Joseph Azofeifa
    “Determining Gene Networks affected by Chemotherapeutics”

2:00 - 2:30 Hackathon Presentations

  • Mary Allen 
  • Hamidreza Chitsaz 
  • Ivo Georgiev

2:30 - 3:30 Poster Session & Coffee [outside of room A104]

Keynote Address — JSCBB Butcher Auditorium 3:30 - 5:00
Dr. David Botstein, Chief Scientific Officer, Calico
“Understanding Cellular Response at the System Level in Yeast”

5:00 - 6:00 Reception 

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