NIGMS Symposium on Catalyzing the Modernization of Graduate Education






8:30 AM

Opening Remarks

Jon Lorsch, Ph.D., Director, NIGMS

9:00 AM

Overview of Landscape: Current Challenges and Opportunities

Voices of Students: Kate Stoll, Ph.D., Senior Science Policy Advisor, MIT Washington Office

Voices of Institutions: Linda Hyman, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Graduate Medical Sciences, Boston University and Division Director, Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, National Science Foundation

Voices of Employers: Allyn Kaufmann, Ph.D., Section Head, Personal Healthcare R&D, The Proctor and Gamble Company, Member, SACNAS Board of Directors

Panel discussion and Q&A

10:15 AM



10:30 AM

Implementing and Assessing Change

International Perspectives: Francois Taddei, Ph.D., Founder and Director, Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity

Assessing Change: Nancy Peleaz, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University

11:30 AM

Lunch (on your own)


12:00 PM

Poster Session

Mini-talks from among the abstracts

1:15 PM

Experiments in Educational Innovation, I


Integrated Curriculum: Lynne Regan, Ph.D., Professor, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and Professor of Chemistry and Director, Integrated Graduate Program in Physical and Engineering Biology, Yale

First Year Curricular Reform: Ann Flower, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Microbiology and Graduate Program Director, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Quantitative, Computational and Data Science: Patricia Kovatch, Associate Dean for Scientific Computing, Associate Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Structural and Chemical Biology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Rigor and Reproducibility: Joey Barnett, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University

2:45 PM



3:00 PM

Experiments in Educational Innovation, II

Diversity and Inclusion: Sherilynn Black, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of the Practice in Medical Education, and Director, Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity, Duke University School of Medicine

Career and Professional Development: Cynthia Fuhrmann, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of Career & Professional Development, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Entrepreneurship & Industry Partnerships: Deepak Vashishth, Ph.D, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Director, Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, and Director, Biomolecular Science and Engineering Training Program, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  

Time to Degree: Leemor Joshua-Tor, Ph.D., Professor and HHMI Investigator, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

4:30 PM

Reflections, Discussion, and Closing Remarks

Alison Gammie, Ph.D., Director, Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity


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