WID Symposium

The First Annual WID Symposium will feature research talks, hub updates, poster sessions, networking opportunities, and more. This event is integral to being a WIDite, so please make your attendance a top priority and encourage your colleagues to do the same.


The focus of this year’s symposium is the newly formed hubs. As we approach the one-year mark in WID’s Strategic Plan, the hubs are beginning to nucleate campus researchers, hire staff, and provide services. We will hear from leaders in each of the hubs as well as from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers engaged in research in each of the hubs.

The symposium’s second poster session will feature research posters submitted by WIDites. Each WID lab is expected to submit at least one poster for this session. Recycled posters from other meetings are acceptable. Poster boards at the Pyle Center ar 4’x6′.


Tentative schedule:


8:30 am Registration, Light Breakfast
Pyle center Room 325/326
9:00 am Welcome & Expectations
WID Director Jo Handelsman


Session 1: Data Science Hub Focus
9:30 DATA SCIENCE HUB OVERVIEW, Functions & Services
Lauren Michael, Research Computing Facilitator
10:05 Dynamic Regulatory Module Networks for integrative inference of cell type-specific regulatory programs
Deborah Chasman, Postdoctoral Associate
10:25 Data Science Hub Panel Discussion


Posters & Lunch
10:45 Poster Session
Showcasing Labs & Groups at WID
Pyle Center Alumni Lounge (coffee provided)
12:00 pm Lunch & Community Building
WID Community Building Committee
Pyle Dining Room (buffet lunch)


Session 2: Illuminating Discovery Hub Focus
Kevin Ponto, ID Hub Leader
1:20 Small World Initiative
Amanda Hurley, Postdoctoral Associate
1:35 You are what (your bacteria) eat: epigenetics and the microbiome
Sydney Thomas, Graduate Student (Denu Lab), Illuminating Discovery Course Graduate
1:55 Illuminating Discovery Panel Discussion


Session 3: Multi-Omics Hub Focus
Multi-Omics Hub Faculty Member
2:35 Multi-Omics Hub Functions & Services
Sailendharan Sudakaran, Multi-Omics Hub Manager
2:50 Understanding how mitochondrial metabolism controls lifespan and healthspan
Rashpal Dhillon, Postdoctoral Associate (Denu Lab)
3:10 Multi-Omics Hub Panel Discussion


Session 4: Research at WID
3:30 Rethinking the origin of life problem from a chemical ecosystem perspective
Lena Vincent, Graduate Student (Baum Lab)
3:50 Poster Session
Showcasing Research Projects at WID
Pyle Center Alumni Lounge (coffee and snacks provided)
5:05 Fabrication, characterization, and modification of tissue engineered small diameter blood vessels for transplantation
Yiyang Xu, Postdoctoral Associate (Turng Lab)
5:20 WID Trainee Welfare Report
Trainee Group Representatives


5:50 Alumni Address
Carrie Roy, Distinguished WID Alumna
6:15 Closing Remarks
WID Director Jo Handelsman
6:30 Social Hour & Community Building
Pyle Rooftop Terrace (hors d’oeuvres, cash bar)