Agenda for March 9, 2023 (Open to the Public)


8:00: Call to Order and Opening Remarks by Dr. Martin Schiller, NIPM Executive Director (5 mins)

8:05: State of the Institution

  • Dr. Martin Schiller, NIPM Executive Director (10 mins)

8:20: Special Messages

  • Dr. David Hatchett, UNLV Interim Vice President of Research (10 mins)
  • Dr. Zachary Miles, UNLV AVP Economic Development (10 mins)

SESSION 1: COBRE RESEARCH (Facilitator: Dr. Edwin Oh)

8:45 – 9:05 (20 mins): RESEARCH PROJECT #3, Jingchun Chen, MD, PhD: Classification of Complex Diseases by Leveraging Genetic Data and Artificial Intelligence, focusing on Major Psychiatric Disorders and Alzheimer’s disease

9:10 – 9:30 (20 mins): RESEARCH PROJECT #5, Qian “Chris” Liu, PhD: A novel approach to detect the boundaries of topologically associated domains

9:35 – 9:55 (20 mins): RESEARCH PROJECT #6, Prasun Guha, PhD: Role of Inositol Signaling In Cellular Functions

10:00 – 10:15am Break / Poster Viewing


10:20 – 10:40 (20 mins): FACULTY RESEARCH by Edwin Oh, PhD: Functional genomic solutions for human diseases

10:45 – 11:00 (15 mins): TRAINEE RESEARCH by Michael Moshi [Oh Lab]: Wastewater surveillance for respiratory pathogens

11:05 – 11:20 (15 mins): STUDENT RESEARCH by CJ Giacoletto [Schiller Lab]: Most synonymous mutations in Tat are not silent

11:25 Break / Poster Viewing

11:45 Group Photo

12:00 Lunch buffet

SESSION 3: PLENARY SESSION (Facilitator – Dr. Michael Nasiak)

12:15 – 1:30pm: KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Wayne W. Grody, MD, PhD, Professor in the Departments of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics, and Human Genetics at the UCLA School of Medicine.

Title: Twelve Years of Clinical Genomic Testing at UCLA – Successes, Challenges, and Ethical Controversies

1:30 – 1:40pm Break / Poster Viewing

SESSION 4: FACULTY RESEARCH (Facilitator – Dr. Prasun Guha)

1:45: – 2:30pm (45 mins): Marty Schiller, PhD: Precision Medicine Insights from a high throughput functional genomics assay

2:35 – 2:55pm (20 mins): Mira Han, PhD: Learning the effect of 3D chromatin on gene expression

3:00 – 3:20pm (20 mins): Fatma Nasoz, PhD: Facial Expression Recognition from Images Using Convolutional Neural Networks and Generative Adversarial Networks

3:25 – 3:45pm (20 mins): Van Vo, PhD: Developing an iPSC model to investigate a rare neurodevelopmental disease

3:50 – 4:00pm Break / Poster Viewing

SESSION 5: TRAINEE RESEARCH (Facilitator – Dr. Qian Liu) [10 mins + 5 min Q&A]

4:05 – 4:20: RESEARCH by Graduate Student, Davis Cammann [Chen Lab] (15-mins): Genetic Determinants of 90 Blood Plasma Proteins and their Association with Late- Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

4:25 – 4:40pm: RESEARCH by Postdoc Scholar, Houssemeddine Derbel, PhD [Liu Lab] (15-mins): Accurate prediction of transcriptional activity of single missense variants in HIV Tat with deep learning

4:45 – 5:00pm: RESEARCH by Postdoc Scholar, Sujan Chatterjee, PhD [Guha Lab] (15-mins): IPMK is essential for Class I HDAC activation

5:00pm END