2019 Final Program

Our program includes several scientific sessions focused on the main topic of translational cell biology, showcasing how positively impacting patient outcomes starts with understanding fundamental mechanisms in cell biology. The goal of our symposium is to help bridge the gap between basic cell biology and translational research by facilitating discussion amongst students, postdocs, faculty, and clinicians working on important questions in a variety of fields. We therefore invite abstracts covering any topics within the broader scope of basic cell biology, including cell biology of non-mammalian systems, or any aspect of clinical or translational science, from experimental studies all the way to clinical trials. With both poster and oral sessions, where you can hear from faculty, postdocs, and graduate students, along with our keynote lecture from Dr. Samara Reck-Peterson, there will be ample opportunity to learn about the most up-to-date research in various fields within the broader scope of cell biology and translational research. Plus, you can interface with Dr. Zahara Jaffer, Mr. Glenn Ladwig, and Ms. Tamara Mandell, experts in different biotechnology-related fields, during a career development panel discussion. We hope to encourage new collaborations and friendships through networking during these various sessions.


Keynote Speaker

Samara Reck-Peterson, PhD
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA


Dr. Reck-Peterson received her PhD from the Department of Cell Biology at Yale University and did postdoctoral research with Ron Vale at the University of California, San Francisco. She was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School and the Associate Director of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at Harvard Medical School. She joined the UCSD faculty in 2015 and was named an HHMI Investigator in 2018. Her lab is attempting to answer many broad questions about cellular transport systems using a variety of quantitative approaches, including single-molecule imaging and in vitro reconstitution experiments, cryo-electron microscopy, proteomics, and live-cell imaging. Such techniques allow her lab to study in detail how the molecular motor dynein works and how it is regulated. In addition to dynein, they are hoping to elucidate the full list of dynein and kinesin cargos, how the motors link to their cargos, and how a single dynein can transport so many distinct cargos. The Reck-Peterson Lab is at the forefront of understanding microtubule-based transport and we are delighted she has accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker for our 2019 symposium.


Career Development Panel Discussion Leaders

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Zahara Jaffer, PhD
Program Director for Business Development
UF Innovate
Gainesville, FL


Dr. Jaffer focuses on advancing UF’s translational research by building relationships with industry partners to further aligned interests. She brings the experience of having managed intellectual property protection and licensing for UF technologies from various biomedical and other research disciplines, to bridging UF’s relationships with strategic partners. She led the drug discovery programs
for a biopharma startup company where she also managed the company’s research collaborations with academia. She has more than 15 years of biomedical research experience from the academic and industry sectors and significant experience in research program management, grant writing, technology development, and business development.


Glenn Ladwig


Glenn Ladwig, JD, MS
Registered Patent Attorney
Partner of Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Eisenschenk
Gainesville, FL


Mr. Ladwig is a Partner and Registered Patent Attorney with Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Eisenschenk, an intellectual property law firm in Gainesville, Florida. He is Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law by the Florida Bar, and is a Certified Licensing Professional, concentrating his practice in biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent law, including patent prosecution and licensing. His clients include individuals, universities, research institutions, and companies, and he has served as in-house intellectual property counsel for a publicly-traded bio-pharmaceutical company. He is also on the Board of Directors of BioFlorida, the statewide trade association for the bioscience industry.


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Tamara Mandell, MEd
Director for Education and Training
Gainesville, FL


Ms. Mandell has led the development of multi-level education and training programs to provide workforce talent for the bioscience industry. She is active on numerous state and national advisory boards for secondary and postsecondary biotechnology education and direct workforce training with the goals of developing latticed pathways within secondary and postsecondary programs, integrating
knowledge and skill sets specific to regulatory compliance, and developing workforce credentialing opportunities for incumbent workers and new hires. She has 10 years of industry experience and is also Co-Chair of the Northeast Chapter of BioFlorida, the
statewide trade association for the bioscience industry.