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    Congratulations to our 2018 Graduates!

    Some of our recent graduates attending the 3rd annual GPILS Graduation Luncheon. Graduates pictured from left to right: Dr. Haiwen Chen, Dr. Stephanie Lehman, Dr. Danielle Abraham, Dr. Jimena Dancy, Dr. Megan Moorer, Dr. Paige Studlack, and Dr. Alex Meltzer

Graduate Program In Life Sciences (GPILS)

The Graduate Program in Life Sciences (GPILS) offers cutting edge research training in basic, biomedical, clinical and population sciences. We offer seven Ph.D. granting graduate programs and four M.S. level programs.

Our graduate programs cover the entire range of biomedical research, from the basics of protein structure and molecular biology, through integrative systems physiology, virology and vaccine development up to behavior, cognition, population based genetics, and the impact of the environment on human health. Our programs place a special emphasis on the importance of translational research.

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4:00 PM | Health Science Facility II Auditorium Dr. Lloyd Miller from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine will present on "Differential IL-17 and T Cell Responces in Innate and Adaptive Immunity against Staphylococcus Aureus Skin Infection."
12:00 PM | HH 224 Dr. Peter Hu, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Surgery, University of Maryland, School of Medicine
3:00 PM | Leadership Hall, MSTF Keynote Speaker, Ed Yong, Science Journalist for The Atlantic
9:00 AM | 621 W. Lombard Street, SMC Campus Center, Room 208 This session provides an overview of NIH Career Development K Awards, including the major types of awards (K99, K22, K01, K08, K23, K25).
4:00 PM | Health Science Facility II Auditorium Dr. Blossom Damania from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill will present on "Modulation of Cell Signaling Pathways by KSHV."
4:00 PM | Health Science Facility II Auditorium Dr. Jason Crawford from Yale University will present on "Harnessing Cellular Stress for Metabolite Discovery from the Microbiome."
12:00 PM | HH 224 Dr. Stella Koutros
4:00 PM | Health Science Facility II Auditorium Dr. Rebecca Lamason from MIT will present on "Bacterial Pathogens Hijack Host Machinery to Promote Cell-to-Cell Spread."
9:00 AM | 660 W. Redwood Street, Howard Hall, Room 450 This seminar provides an overview of the systematic review process.
9:00 AM | 621 W. Lombard Street, SMC Campus Center, Room 351 This session addresses some of the most difficult scenarios facing new faculty: when to say “yes� to requests for service, teaching, collaborating, etc., and when – and how- to say “no� to requests
9:00 AM | 621 W. Lombard Street, SMC Campus Center, Room 351 This session will provide an overview of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research funding opportunities.
4:00 PM | Health Science Facility II Auditorium Dr. Michele Swanson from University of Michigan Medical School will present on "The Flint Legionnaires' Disease Outbreaks."
4:00 PM | HSFII Auditorium GPILS/OPS Annual Awards Ceremony to recognize great accomplishments in academia, research, mentoring, teaching, and service.
4:00 PM | Health Science Facility II Auditorium Dr. Kristin Hogquist from University of Minnesota will present "Thymic Selection of Soldiers and Peacekeepers."
8:30 AM | SMC Campus Center, Room 210 (621 W. Lombard Street) This half day workshop is designed as an introduction to grant writing for investigators with little or no experience writing an NIH or other peer-reviewed grant application.

Current News

June 21, 2018
Epidemiology and Human Genetics PhD Candidate, Basant Motawi, awarded Senesh Fellowship

June 15, 2018
Christian Kinney, Molecular Medicine PhD Candidate, pitches his drug platform, "Therapy X"

March 1, 2018
Our own Biochemistry and Molecular Biology student, Anicca Harriot, interviewed by ABC 7 WJLA DC, wants to walk on Mars

February 28, 2018
"Fuel the Kids," co-founded by Biochemistry and Molecular Biology student, Geraldine Ezeka, donates books to Baltimore schools

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University of Maryland School of Medicine, Graduate Program in Life Sciences
655 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

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Meet Christian Kinney

In May, Molecular Medicine Ph.D. student, Christian Kinney, participated in The Grid Pitch where he presented his drug platform, "Therapy X."  "Therapy X" is a ground-breaking drug platform for the treatment of chronic illnesses that typically require multiple injections.  Find out more about "Therapy X" and Kinney's entrepreneurial experiences here on the UMB campus.

Dissertation Announcements

Benjamin Oyler
Program in Toxicology
Monday, September 24, 2018
1:30 pm
IMET, Columbus Center, Multipurpose Room

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