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Stem Cell Retreat 2011







The 2011 Retreat was held Saturday, September 17 at La Tourelle Resort, Ithaca, New York. This quaint, off-campus but nearby location "borders Buttermilk Falls State Park and is nestled on 70 beautiful acres in the Finger Lakes Wine Region" providing plenty of ponds and trails to enjoy and explore. This year's keynote speaker was Dr. Anthony Oro, Stanford University (epithelial cancer biology). Please see the retreat schedule below.

Congratulations to Song Eun Lee (Tumbar Lab), Pengcheng Bu (Shen Lab), and Gabriel Balmus and Aaron Oswald (Weiss Lab) the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the retreat poster competition!

Stem Cell Program Retreat 2011 Schedule
9:00-10:00 a.m. Light breakfast Banquet Room
10:00-10:05 a.m.

Opening Remarks:
Alexander Nikitin, Leader, Stem Cell Program
Doina Tumbar, Retreat Committee Chair

Banquet Room
10:05-10:45 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Anthony Oro, Associate Professor, Dermatology, Stanford University
Determinants of Epithelial Morphogenesis during Tissue Regeneration

Banquet Room
10:50-11:10 a.m. Faculty Talk: Doina Tumbar, Associate Professor, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Cornell University
Hair follicle stem cell dynamics and molecular control in adult skin homeostasis
Banquet Room
11:15-11:35 a.m. Faculty Talk: Alexander Nikitin, Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences, Cornell University
Stem cells of the ovarian surface epithelium
Banquet Room
11:40-12:00 p.m. Faculty Talk: John Schimenti, Professor, Biomedical Sciences, Cornell University
Hypersensitivity of germline stem cells to DNA replication defects
Banquet Room
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch and Poster Setup Outdoor Patio
1:00-2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions:
Faculty (Yellow Barn Suite)
Students/Postdocs and Anthony Oro (Banquet Room)
2:00-2:20 p.m. Faculty Talk: Xiling Shen, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University
How do cells make a digital switch for cell fate decisions
Banquet Room
2:25-2:45 p.m.

Faculty Talk: Kelly Liu, Associate Professor, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Cornell University
To be or not to be: lessons learned from the development of the C. elegans postembryonic mesoderm

Banquet Room
2:50-3:10 p.m.

Faculty Talk: Chip Aquadro, Professor, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Cornell University
Germline stem cell genes of Drosophila: What's driving them crazy, so that they evolve rapidly under positive selection

Banquet Room
3:15-3:35 p.m.

Faculty Talk: Mike Kotlikoff, Dean & Professor, Biomedical Sciences, Cornell University
Stem Cells and the Heart: Developmental Limits to Heart Repair

Banquet Room
3:40-4:00 p.m. Afternoon Break  
4:00-4:20 p.m. Faculty Talk: Claudia Fischbach, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
Adipose progenitor cells and their role in breast tumorigenesis
Banquet Room
4:25-4:45 p.m.

Faculty Talk: Vimal Selvaraj, Assistant Professor, Animal Science, Cornell University
Stem cells for myelin regeneration

Banquet Room


4:50-6:20 p.m. Poster Session & Cocktails Banquet Room/Bar
6:20-6:30 p.m. Award Presentation Banquet Room
6:30-8:30 p.m. BBQ Buffet Dinner Banquet Room
7:00-10:00 p.m. Music by DJgourd Banquet Room