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The 32nd Annual Genetics Day Symposium

The 32nd Annual Genetics Day Symposium will be held on Monday, May 24, 2021, 12 noon – 4:30 pm. Genetics Day is an annual UCIS-sponsored symposium showcasing genetics research. Due to the COVID epidemic this year, this event will be held in a virtual format. The symposium includes a keynote presentation, three invited talks by UR faculty, a presentation on imaging resources, a virtual talk/poster competition, and six short talks by the winners of the competition.

The keynote event, the endowed Fred Sherman Lecture, will be delivered by Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Ph.D. from the Janelia Research Campus. Her talk is entitled:

“Navigating the Cellular Landscape with New Imaging Technologies”

Staying with the theme of Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz’s lecture, the four invited talks will showcase research using advanced light microscopy and imaging methods:

  • David I. Yule, Ph.D., Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, will present“Computational Modeling of Salivary Secretion: Insight from in vivo Measurements of Intracellular Calcium Signaling Events in Submandibular Glands”
  • James McGrath, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering, will present, “Silicon Nanomembranes as an Enabling Platform for Modeling and Imaging of Barrier Tissues”
  • Daniel Bergstralh, Ph.D., Department of Biology, will present,“Depth, not Breadth: How Do Epithelial Cells Organize in Z?”

Short Talk Competition Details

A short talk competition will replace the familiar poster presentation session. This competition will occur virtually before the symposium, with submissions due on Friday, April 23rd. The short talk submissions will be posted for viewing during the week of May 3rd- May 7th (website link will be announced).

All members of the University research community, including undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, staff and faculty, are invited to submit short talks that are genetics-related in the broadest sense or use genetics methodology. Submissions should either be in the form of a PowerPoint presentation (10 slides maximum) or a Zoom recorded mp4 file not to exceed 7 minutes. Maximal file size is 32 MB. A short abstract/summary of your presentation, not to exceed 250 words, will also be required, in pdf format.

Selection Process and Prizes

Short talk submissions will be evaluated before the symposium both by faculty judges and by all the registered attendees. The six winning submissions will be invited to present their talks live as part of the Genetics Day program and will receive a $500 prize each. The submission that receives the highest number of votes from registered attendees will be awarded the Fan Favorite designation. The remaining winners will be determined by the faculty judges.

During the Symposium, the live audience will have the opportunity to vote for one the 6 short talks. The winner will receive an additional $300.

Short Talk Submission Form

Please submit all of the short talk presentations here:  

The deadline for short talk submissions is 11:59 pm on Friday, April 23, 2021. Submissions received after this date will not be judged. If you have any questions about the short talk competition, or have issues submitting, please reach out to Michael Powers, .

32nd Annual Genetics Day Symposium Registration

Please register to attend the symposium by April 30, 2021:

Monday, May 24 at 12:00pm to 4:30pm

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