2nd Annual Immunobiology Student Symposium

Sterling Hall of Medicine

Friday, September 20, 2013

On behalf of the graduate students in the Department of Immunobiology, we are proud to announce the Second Annual Graduate Student Symposium to be held on Friday, September 20, 2013. This symposium serves as an opportunity for students to invite prominent scientists to speak about recent breakthroughs and the future trajectory of their field. The event will feature a panel of leading scientists selected by our student body and spanning the fields of virology, neurobiology, and cancer biology. In addition to graduate students, faculty, and post-doctoral fellows within the greater Yale community, we encourage members of other institutions to attend as well. The symposium will be held in Harkness Auditorium (333 Cedar St).

Joann Roskoski
Ph.D from Yale University, Deputy Assistant Director for the NSF Directorate of Biological Sciences Directorate, has been at the NSF since 1989, and has held numerous positions throughout the Environmental Biology and Biological Sciences divisions.

David Hafler   
Gilbert H. Glaser Professor and Chair of Neurology at Yale University, Professor of Immunobiology at Yale, and Neurologist-in-Chief at Yale-New Haven Hospital, member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, The American Neurological Association, and the Alpha Omega Society.

Wendy Garrett
B.S., M.D., and Ph.D from Yale University, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Immunology, and Infectious Disease at Harvard Medical School, research interests focus on gut microbiota and the influence of gut inflammation on the development of cancer.

James Noonan
Professor of Genetics at Yale Medical School, research interests focus on human developmental regulatory regions using a combination of computational and in vivo techniques to develop an understanding of what makes us human.

Mikael Pittet
Associate Professor of Radiology Harvard Medical School, research interests focus on the use and development of novel in vivo imaging strategies to better understand host immune responses to infection and cancer.

Carl Zimmer
B.A. from Yale University, Fellow and Lecturer of scientific writing at Yale University, Scientific Columnist at the New York Times, described by the New York Times Book Review as, “as fine a science essayist as we have,” host of the blog The Loom, and winner of numerous scientific awards including the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Journalism Award, which he received three times.

Friday, September 19th, 2013Order of Events
Harkness Auditorium
333 Cedar St
9:45 -10:15Coffee, Tea, and Water, Harkness Lobby
10:00-10:15Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:15-10:50Joann Roskoski, Assistant Deputy Director, NSF BIO Directorate
11:00-11:45David Hafler, Yale University
12:00-12:45Wendy Garrett, Harvard University
1:00 - 2:00Luncheon and Vendor Displays, Harkness Ballroom
2:15 - 2:45James Noonan, Yale University
3:00 - 3:45Mikael Pittet, Harvard University
4:00 - 4:45Carl Zimmer, Science Columnist, New York Times
5:00 - 5:15Closing Remarks
5:15 - 7:30Happy Hour and Reception, Harkness Ballroom



To provide a graduate student forum for the discussion of frontier research presented by a panel of leading scientists selected by our student body


  • To have experts from immunology and related disciplines discuss recent scientific advances and present on the current state and future of their fields
  • To have our student body select invited speakers based on their scientific, academic, and career interests
  • To create an environment conducive to the generation of new ideas, particularly to application of fundamental principles from other disciplines to our own individual areas of research
  • To encourage and foster graduate student interaction with scientific leaders and experts in both professional and social settings
  • To provide a platform for established scientists and professors to discuss their past, present and future impressions of the state of academic science, translational research, clinical medicine and industry
  • To strengthen the immunology graduate student community in this country by providing a fun and creative atmosphere to network, establish connections and collaborations, and to share ideas at this formative stage of our careers
  • To host Yale Immunobiology alumni who are now leaders in the field to discuss their scientific trajectories and accomplishments
  • To promote Yale Immunobiology graduate student involvement with the greater scientific community
  • To highlight our presence, ideas, and scientific/academic goals to the Yale campus and the greater scientific community
  • To host a unique and fun scientific symposium and provide an enjoyable and memorable atmosphere for graduate students, faculty, and invited speakers
  • To have our inaugural Yale Immunbiology Graduate Student Symposium pave the way for future symposia of bigger scope


From I-95 North or South: Take exit 47 to Route 34 west to exit 2. Turn left onto College street and continue onto Congress St. Turn right onto Cedar st. Harkness Auditorium is located at the Sterling Hall of Medicine at 333 Cedar St.

From I-91 South: Take Exit 2 onto Frontage road. Follow directions as above.

Parking: The Air Rights Garage has 24/7 parking available for hourly and daily rates. It is located between North and South Frontage roads, on York St. The Howard Avenue Garage has visitor parking available from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm. It is located at the corner of Howard and Congress streets.

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2013 Immunobiology Graduate Student Symposium Committee

Kachiko Hayashi (kachiko.hayashi@yale.edu)

William Ruff (william.ruff@yale.edu)

Asu Erden (asu.erden@yale.edu)

Robert Amezquita (robert.amezquita@yale.edu)

Jessica Wang (jessica.k.wang@yale.edu)

Corey Martin (corey.martin@yale.edu)

Faculty advisors

Dr. Martin Kriegel (martin.kriegel@yale.edu)

Dr. David Schatz (david.schatz@yale.edu)

2012 Symposium

Ira Mellman 

Ira Mellman

Former chair of Cell Biology at Yale, Vice President of Research Oncology at Genentech, Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Jonathan C. Kagan 

Jonathan C. Kagan

Ph.D. from Yale University, Assistant Professor at Harvard University Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

Linda R. Watkins 

Linda R. Watkins

Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Colorado President’s Teaching Scholar, Director of the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Ph.D. Program.

Diane Mathis 

Diane Mathis

Professor of Microbiology and Immunobiology, and Director of the JDRF Center on Immunological Tolerance in Type-1 Diabetes at Harvard Medical School.

Ian Lipkin 

Ian Lipkin

Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity, John Snow Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and Professor of Neurology and Pathology at College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, Director of the Northeast Biodefense Center

Shelly Kagan 

Shelly Kagan

Clark Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and the former Henry R. Luce Professor of Social Thought and Ethics.

The 2012 Inaugural Immunobiology Graduate Student Symposium Committee

Tian Su (tian.su@yale.edu)

Padmini Pillai (padmini.pillai@yale.edu)

Jeremy Jacox (jeremy.jacox@yale.edu)

Edward Schmid (edward.schmid@yale.edu)

Faculty advisor

Dr. Susan Kaech (susan.kaech@yale.edu)

Director of Graduate Studies

Peter Cresswell (peter.cresswell@yale.edu)