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2023 Medical and Molecular Genetics Symposium

September 19, 2023 | IUPUI Campus Center

Welcome to the 2023 Medical and Molecular Genetics Symposium!

We are so happy to hold our annual department symposium again this year. Our inaugural event was in 2019 and we look forward to our next event on September 19th, 2023 at the IUPUI Campus Center. While we would love to open this to others outside of our organization, due to the growth of our department and space constraints only current Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics primary faculty, staff, and students are able to attend.



                                                                     MMGE Symposium
                                    Tuesday, September 19th 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
                                               IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450

8:00 – 8:15          Welcome - Stephanie and Overview/Instructions - Laurie

8:15 – 9:15           Room 405:  Poster Session 1 (odd numbers)

                                Room 409:  Professional Development Session 1:  Multigenerational                                                               Workplace - Tiffany Lemons


9:15 – 10:15         Room 450: DEI/Education Updates - Brittney-Shea Herbert, PhD &
                                                       Austin Anderson, PhD

10:15 – 11:15        Room 405:  Poster Session 2 (even numbers)
                                Room 409:  Professional Development Session 2:                                                                                                  De-escalation - Tiffany Lemons      

11:15 – 12:15         Keynote Speaker Presentation
                                 "From Genetics to Genomics:  Embracing Change and the Impact on                                       Genetic Testing"

                                  Emily Farrow, PhD, GCG

                                  Children's Mercy, Kansas City

                                  Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City                                    School of Medicine;

                                  Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Kansas School of                                            Medicine

12:15 – 1:15          Lunch & Awards Presentation

1:15 – 1:30           "Clinical Trials: Where We've Been, Where We Are and Where We Are                                       Going"      

                                 Missy Lah, MD 

1:30 – 1:45          “From Gene Variant to Phenotype: Human Pluripotent Stem Cell                                               Models to Study the Genetic Basis of Neurodegeneration”

                                 Jason Meyer, PhD

1:45 – 2:00          “Conditional Knockouts of Sucla2 in Mouse Brain and Muscle are                                              Models of Mitochondrial Disease”

                                  Brett Graham, MD, PhD

2:00 – 2:15           "Don't Count Cytogenetics Out Just Yet”

                                   Amy Breman, PhD

2:15 – 2:30          “Evolution Pattern of SARS-CoV-2 Mutations” 

                                   Jun Wan, PhD

2:30 – 2:45         “Undiagnosed Rare Disease Clinic: Intersection of Clinical Care,                                                Research, and Education”

                                  Erin Conboy, MD 

2:45 – 3:30          Fast Fire Presentations

                                 1)  "Cell Type-Specific Changes in the Caudate Nucleus of Human                                                  Postmortem Brains Induced by Alcohol Use Disorder" 
                                        Nick Green

                                 2)  "Diversity Agonistic Genome-Wide Association Study: 5-                                                               Flourouracil Toxicity in Colorectal Cancer Patients"

                                         Tayler Brierre Smith

                                 3)  “Generation of Novel APBB2 SNP iPSC Lines to Study Increased                                               Risk for Glaucoma Unique to Individuals of African Ancestry”

                                         Melody Hernandez

                                 4)  “Identifying Gene Variants in Those with Parkinson’s Disease: PD                                             Generation, A North American Study”

                                          Lola Cook

                                 5)  “Zmiz1-Abl1 Fusion: An Uncommon Molecular Event with Clinical                                               Implications in Pediatric Cancer”

                                         Kevin TA Booth, PhD

                                 6)  “Detection of Dicarboxylic Acylcarnitine Biomarkers for Diagnosis                                           of Peroxisomal Biogenesis Disorders: A NICU Case Report”

                                         Carolina Luna & Reynold Ly (Li Presenting)

                                 7)  “Identifying Non-Coding Causes of Congenital Heart Defects:                                                     Abnormal RNA Splicing with Multiple Novel Isoforms as a                                                           Mechanism for Heterotaxy”

                                         John Wells

3:30 – 5:00          Reception: 4th Floor Lobby & Terrace

Registration closed

Registration for the 2023 Medical and Molecular Genetics Symposium is now closed.