Biochemistry Summer Seminar Series begins July 20, 2018

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Hosted by the Graduate Biochemistry Student Association (gBSA), series features alumni career talks & research talks by postdocs & PhD students.

Starting July 20, 2018, the seminars will take place every Friday afternoon from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Mol Sci 3440. Each seminar will be followed by a social hour with refreshments. (There will be no seminar on August 31 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.) The last seminar of the summer will be held on September 14, 2018.  A PDF of the series schedule can be viewed here. All are invited to attend. 

Four biochemistry Ph.D. alumni will return to UCLA to give talks about their careers after graduate school. Students and postdocs will be given the opportunity to sign up to meet and dine with the alumni speakers to ask them questions and learn more about their career paths. 

Six current graduate students and postdocs will present their current research and the August 3 seminar will be a special “Amateur Hour” where incoming graduate students will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and present the research.

2018 Speakers
Biochemistry Ph.D. alumni speakers – Edward Hsieh, Tina Miranda, Ethan Weiner, and Arun Divakaruni.

This year’s alumni speakers are:

July 27 – Edward Hsieh (Ph.D. ’06 Cathy Clarke), Senior Scientist at Amgen in San Francisco (formerly at Merck)

Aug 17 – Tina Miranda (Ph.D. ’04 Steven Clarke), Health Analyst from the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD

Aug 24 – Ethan Weiner (Ph.D. ’11, Rob Clubb; J.D. ’14 from Berkeley), an IP lawyer in patent prosecution in genomics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals

Sept 14 –

Arun Divakaruni

(Ph.D. ’07, Jim Gober), Executive Vice President in scientific communications for a PR firm

Research talks by current graduate students and postdocs are:

July 20 – postdocs Lucia Fernandez del Rio (Cathy Clarke group) and Denise Tran (Joe Loo group)

August 10 – postdoc Ken Ellis-Guardiola (Robert Clubb group) and graduate student Keaton Barr (Guillaume Chanfreau group)

Sept 7 – graduate students Jessica Davis (Sri Kosuri group) and Alex Bradley (Margot Quinlan group)

The UCLA Graduate Biochemistry Student Association (gBSA) is a student-run organization whose goal is to “promote camaraderie between students, share knowledge, and offer opportunities to better prepare ourselves for future careers.” For more information about the series or gBSA, contact Joseph Ong at