Student Life

Retreats, Symposia, Seminars and Journal clubs

The annual Molecular Biosciences retreat is a wonderful opportunity to learn about ongoing research in all the cluster units, and for our students to present their own data in a supportive environment. This is also a retreat to the countryside, in recent years to Eagle Ridge Resort set in rolling hills just outside historic Galena. Of course there is time built into the schedule to go for a hike in the woods or go antique-hunting in Galena. In recent years, the retreat has been held at Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena, Il.



2013 Symposium:
Epigenetics in Development

Jeannie Lee, HHMI/Massachusetts General Hospital
Christopher Payne, Northwestern
Jim Holaska, UChicago
Scott Kennedy, UW Madison
Xinyu Zhao, UW Madison

Hosted by the students of the Developmental Biology Training Program with support from:
The Committee on Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology
The Department of Human Genetics
The Genetics and Regulation Training Program
The Department of Ecology and Evolution

January 11, 2013, 12:45pm to 5:00pm
Gordon Center for Integrative Science, Room W301
Reception at 5:00pm

RSVP to to register.


Previous Symposia

2010 Regeneration Symposium (to view the flyer click here).
The 2010 DRSB Symposium was held on Friday, October 29, 2010. Organized by the students of the Developmental Biology training grant hosted a one-day symposium on regeneration.

Dr. Rex Haydon, PhD, University of Chicago
Dr. Hans-Georg Simon, PhD, Northwestern University
Dr. Phillip Newmark, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Susan Bryant, PhD, University of California, Irvine
Dr. Kenneth Poss, PhD, Duke University


Our seminars are part of the Molecular Biosciences Seminar Series on Tuesday afternoons. Speakers for the series are chosen and invited by the students, who act as their hosts during the visit.

Seminars 2012-2013:

  • 10/16/2012 Marcus Kronforst, PhD, University of Chicago

  • 11/20/2012 Richard W. Carthew, PhD, Northwestern University

  • 02/19/2013 Antonia Montiero, PhD, Yale University

  • 03/19/2013 Cliff Tabin, PhD, Harvard University

  • 04/16/2013 Marius Wernig, MD, PhD, Stanford University

  • 05/21/2013 Claude Desplan, PhD, New York University

  • 06/18/2013 Yingzi Yang, PhD, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH


Our journal/data club is held every other Wednesday. The series alternates between a journal paper discussion, and short research presentations from student or postdoc developmental biologists.


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