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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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8:00 AM | Hosick Lecture Hall, Bressler Research Bldg Come learn from a panel of 6 phenomenal people and one great facilitator on how Social Media and Personal Interactions can affect branding, marketing, and advertising.
4:00 PM | Health Science Facility II Auditorium Speaker: Dr. Adrian Erlebacher from University of California San Francisco Topic: “Immunology and Epigenetics of the Maternal-Fetal Interface�
4:00 PM | Dental School Lecture Hall, Room G205 Speaker: Dr. Charles David Allis from The Rockefeller University Topic: “When Genetics and Epigenetics Collide: Insights Gained into Human Cancer�
9:00 AM | 660 W. Redwood Street, Howard Hall, Room 224 This seminar focuses on tips for writing scientific research papers with a primary emphasis on clarity and editing. The session makes use of examples to reflect common errors in scientific writing,
9:00 AM | 621 W. Lombard Street, SMC Campus Center, Room 351 This session focuses on identifying strategies to managing your research program and other professional demands, while also leaving time for family life and personal interests.
1:00 PM | 621 W. Lombard Street, SMC Campus Center, Room 351 This seminar will introduce participants to the many types of grant applications available through the VA, including eligibility requirements, tips for applying, and insights into the review process.

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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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January Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Recurs every Never until

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
BRB 10-033

Our research combines immunology and biomaterials to i) understand the interactions between synthetic materials and immune tissues, and ii) to design more selective therapeutic vaccines for cancer and autoimmunity. This presentation will highlight our most recent efforts toward these goals using materials science tools, primary cell culture, animal models, and samples from human patients. Recent studies confirm many biomaterials exhibit intrinsic physiochemical features that activate, suppress, or modulate immune pathways, even in the absence of other immune signals. I will discuss our work to characterize how these immunological interactions change as common polymeric vaccine carriers degrade in immune cells and in lymph nodes - tissues that coordinate immune response. Understanding how the immunological profile of biomaterials evolves during delivery could enable design of carriers that also help actively direct immune response. Toward this goal, I will highlight our lab's efforts to self-assemble immune signals into modular nanostructures. This approach allows programmable activation of the combination and relative levels of immune pathways triggered by these constructs. Controlling these pathways could improve the efficacy and efficiency of new immunotherapies. Last, I will discuss our work to understand how the local concentrations of drugs in lymph nodes impacts the development of immune cells expanding and differentiation in these sites. In particular, our data reveal that different types of T cell responses – effector, memory, regulatory – can be produced against the same antigen by locally altering metabolism in lymph nodes during T cell expansion. As translational examples, I will discuss our work to exploit this idea using immune-modulatory small molecules to enhance responses for cancer vaccination, or conversely, to combat autoimmunity by regulating T cell function. 

Organized by Dr. Xuefang Cao

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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

Gregory Conway
Molecular Medicine
March 15, 2019 at 8:30 am
Howard Hall, Room 450

Courtney Chandler
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
March 15, 2019 at 10:00 am
HSFII Auditorium

John Reiser
Molecular Medicine
March 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm
HSFII Auditorium

Nidhi Pamidimukkala
Molecular Medicine
March 25, 2019 at 10:00 am
BRF, Room 102

Master's Thesis Defense Announcements

Biraj Shrestha
Cellular and Molecular Biological Science
March 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm
HSFII, Room S431


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