Bay Area Viruses Symposium

3rd Annual Symposium - 2013

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

9am - 4:30pm: Symposium

4:30pm - 6pm: Poster Session and Cocktail Hour

245 Li Ka Shing Center, UC Berkeley

The symposium aims to strengthen interactions among Bay Area scientists who share a strong interest in virology. Chaired by a committee composed of Laurent Coscoy (UC Berkeley), Paul Luciw (UC Davis), Melanie Ott (Gladstone), Peter Sarnow (Stanford), and Philip Norris (Blood Systems Research Institute), this one-day conference will feature presentations by leading Bay Area scientists, as well as a session of postdoc/grad student talks, roundtable discussions, a poster session, and opportunities for networking. 

  Symposium Schedule

8:00am - 9:00am Registratration check-in
9:00am  Introductions and welcome remarks, Steve Martin, Dean Biological Sciences

Jennifer Doudna, UC Berkeley

The fate of viral genomes: folding and detection of viral nucleic acids in cells


Eric Delwart, BSRI

Viral discovery using metagenomics


Usha Lingappa, Prosetta Antiviral

Anti-rabies drug discovery targetting host-virus protein-protein interactions

10:30am  Coffee break
11:00am  Introduction to Rountable Topics

Dennis Hartigan O'Connor, UC Davis

HIV in context: the immunologic foundation of successful vaccination, treatment and eradication


Don Ganem, Novartis

A novel transcriptional program in KSHV infection of primary endothelial cells: implications for the pathogenesis and treatment of Kaposi's sarcoma


Gregory Camus, Gladstone

Diacylglycerol Acyltransferase-1 Localizes Hepatitis C Virus NS5A Protein to Lipid Droplets and Enhances NS5A Interaction with the Viral Capsid Core

Lunch/ Roundtable Discussions

  • Industry Career Roundtable - hear from scientists who have built a career in industry and interact with colleagues working outside the typical academic setting.  
  • Global Health Roundtable -  will explore ways for academic scientists to engage in global health-related research and  explore career opportunities in global health outside academia.  
  • DIYbio (Do-It-Yourself bio) Roundtable -  spark ideas with the East Bay DIYbio network, which is opening a community lab and educational space for all amateur and trained scientists to implement their DIYbio ideas, community projects and teach classes for the community outside industry and academia.

Eric Verdin, Gladstone

Molecular mechanisms for HIV latency


Catherine Blish, Stanford

Defining the human NK cell repertoire for improved antiviral strategies


Lisa Kronstad, UC Berkeley

Dual Upstream Open Reading Frames Control Translation of a KSHV Polycistronic mRNA

3:15pm  Coffee break

George Kemble, 3-V Biosciences

Developing broad spectrum antiviral drugs by inhibiting specific cellular proteins; a FASN-ating case study


Cecilia Sedano, Stanford

Exoribonuclease XRN2 as a Novel Antiviral Factor against Hepatitis C Virus

4:30pm - 6:00pm Poster Session/ Cocktail Hour


Registration is closed.