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Join us for a day of enlightening presentations and intellectual enrichment featuring faculty, researchers, and students.

Schedule of events
9:00 a.m. | Registration and Continental Breakfast
Vanden Brul Pavilion

9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Main Sessions

Matthew E. Fairbank Lecture
Institute for Human Health and the Environment
B. Paige Lawrence, PhD
Institute Director, Wright Family Research Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine, Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Finding solutions to the 21st Century’s most pressing health issues – including cancer, heart disease, neurodegenerative disorders, and our ability to fight infection – requires a collaborative commitment to research, education, and community engagement related to how the environment influences health across the lifespan. The new UR Institute for Human Health and the Environment (IHHE) integrates programs and expertise across the University of Rochester, fostering new collaborations and approaches to create effective solutions to major issues that are at the intersection of environmental factors and human health. Key areas of transdisciplinary research related to climate change and health, environmental justice, what’s in our water and air and how it impacts our health, and how environmental factors shape health across our whole lifetime.

iGEM Team Rochester
Anne Meyer, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology and iGEM Advisor

Katelyn Freebern ’24, Elizabeth Martin ’25, Catherine Xie ’25
Representing Team Rochester 2023

The iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition is the world’s largest synthetic biology competition, in which over 350 international teams of undergraduate students design and build an engineered biological system using DNA technologies over the course of the summer, competing in the fall. The University has led iGEM projects since 2020, and these multi-disciplinary student-managed teams have tackled problems ranging from non-invasive detection of human diseases to low-cost detection of bad maple syrup.

The 2023 Team Rochester project aims to produce engineered, 3D-printed yeast and bacteria working together to efficiently replicate useful chemicals found in plants endangered by our changing climate; allowing certain medicines and chemicals to be created in the event these threatened plants cease to exist.

12:15 p.m. | Lunch Session
M&T Bank Ballroom
*Presentation details coming soon.

1:00 p.m. | Event End

Complimentary admission to the Memorial Art Gallery is available to all attendees to explore the gallery collections and current exhibitions.

Breakfast and presentations are free of charge, and lunch is $15 per person.

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