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Biology & Biological Engineering Annual Retreat

Friday, September 27, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
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2013 Annual Retreat
Division of Biology and Biological Engineering

Lake Arrowhead Resort       September 27 - 29, 2013

During the fall term, the Caltech Biology and Biological Engineering Division Faculty, postdocs,
and graduate students gather for an annual retreat.   The Biology Retreat provides an opportunity
for new faculty and new graduate students to meet, socialize and familiarize themselves with the
diverse research taking place in various labs and assists the grad students in selecting their
rota- tion labs. In addition, many collaborations begin as a result of talks and conversations
that take place during the three-day event.

Retreat Speakers

  • Judy Campbell, Professor of Chemistry and Biology TBA
  • Raymond Deshaies, Professor and Exec. Officer of Biology "Mechanisms, regulation, and function of Cullin-RING ubiquitin ligases"
  • Ben Deverman, Postdoctoral Fellow in Paul Patterson Lab TBA
  • Michael Elowitz, Professor of Biology and Bioengineering "Cell signaling at the single-cell level"
  • Mitch Guttman, Assistant Professor of Biology "Mechanisms of large non-coding RNA localization to and regulation of chromatin architecture" 
  • Jared Leadbetter, Professor of Environmental Microbiology "New Insights into Termite Gut Microbiology"
  • Elliot Meyerowitz, Professor of Biology "Chemical and mechanical signaling in a plant stem cell niche"
  • Richard Murray, Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering "Biomolecular Breadboards for Prototyping and Debugging Synthetic Biocircuits"
  • Dianne Newman, Professor of Biology and Geobiology "The biology of stasis: understanding microbial survival in chronic infections"
  • Lulu Qian, Assistant Professor of Bioengieering "Molecular programming with synthetic nucleic-acid systems"
  • Shu-ou Shan, Professor of Chemistry "ATPase and GTPase tangos during intracellular protein targeting"
  • Paul Sternberg, Professor of Biology "Molecular Systems Neuroscience: C. elegans sleep and sex"
  • Erik Winfree, Professor Computer Science, Computation & Neural Systems, and Bioengineering "Chemistry as an Information Technology"
  • Changhuei Yang, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering and Medical Engineering "Self-imaging Petri dish"
  • Kai Zinn, Professor of Biology TBA
For more information, please contact Patricia Mindorff by phone at (626) 395-4998 or by email at