Program

Monday, April 29

8:30 a.m.

Conference Registration

9:00 a.m.

Welcome

Arthur S. Levine, MD
Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh


Yigong Shi, PhD
Dean, School of Life Sciences and Executive Vice Dean, School of Medicine
Tsinghua University

 

9:30 a.m.

SESSION 1NEUROSCIENCE

Moderator: Karl Kandler, PhD
Professor of Otolaryngology
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

 

9:30 a.m.

Kexin Yuan, PhD
Principal Investigator, Neural Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Tsinghua University School of Medicine

Cortical Plasticity:  From Young to Adult

 

10:00 a.m.

Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Underlying Cellular Mechanisms of Tinnitus

 

10:30 a.m.

Q&A

 

10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break

 

11:00 a.m.

SESSION 2—STRUCTURAL, COMPUTATIONAL,
AND SYSTEMS BIOLOGY

Moderator: Yigong Shi, PhD
Dean, School of Life Sciences and Executive Vice Dean, School of Medicine
Tsinghua University

Nieng Yan, PhD
Professor of Basic Medical Science
Principal Investigator, Center for Structural Biology

Tsinghua University

Structural Investigations of Voltage-Gated Sodium Channels

 

11:30 a.m.

James Conway, PhD
Associate Professor of Structural Biology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Understanding the Evolutionary Connection between Tailed Phages
and Animal Viruses

 

12:00 noon

Q&A

 

12:15 p.m.

Lunch Buffet

 

1:00 p.m.

Tsinghua Student Poster Session

 

2:30 p.m.

SESSION 3—IMMUNOLOGY

Moderator: Fadi G. Lakkis, MD
Frank and Athena Sarris Professor of Transplantation Biology
Professor of Surgery, of Immunology, and of Medicine
Scientific Director, Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute

University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine


Hai Qi, PhD
Professor of Basic Medical Science
Principal Investigator, Center for Immunology

Tsinghua University

Crossing Boundaries:  Lymphocyte Interactions, Cell Trafficking, and the Formation of the Germinal Center

 

3:00 p.m.

Eric Lagasse, PharmD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Organogenesis of Ecotopic Tissue in Lymph Nodes

 

3:30 p.m.

Q&A

 

3:45 p.m.

Refreshment Break

 

4:00 p.m.




SESSION 4—INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Moderator: Donald S. Burke, MD
Dean, Graduate School of Public Health
Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health
Jonas Salk Professor of Global Health
Director, Center for Vaccine Research

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Gong Cheng, PhD
Principal Investigator, Center for Infectious Diseases Research
Department of Basic Medical Science

Tsinghua University

Mosquito C-Type Lectins Facilitate Flavivirus Infection

 

4:30 p.m.

Elodie Ghedin, PhD
Associate Professor of Computational and Systems Biology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Deep Sequencing in Tracking Viral Emergence and Transmission

 

5:00 p.m.

Q&A

 

5:15 p.m.

Adjournment

 

Tuesday, April 30

8:00 a.m.

Conference Registration

8:30 a.m.

Keynote Address

Yigong Shi, PhD
Dean, School of Life Sciences and Executive Vice Dean, School of Medicine
Tsinghua University

From Membrane Transporter to Cancer Cell Survival


9:00 a.m.

SESSION 5—EPIGENETICS AND CANCER

Moderator: Nancy E. Davidson, MD
Director, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Hillman Professor of Oncology
Professor of Medicine
Associate Vice Chancellor for Cancer Research

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Zhijie Chang, PhD
Professor of Medicine and
Professor of Life Sciences

Tsinghua University

CREPT Promotes Cyclin D1 Expression Oppositely to Its Homologue p15RS

9:30 a.m.

Adrian V. Lee, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Tumor Evolution and Heterogeneity

 

10:00 a.m.

Q&A

 

10:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

 

10:30 a.m.

SESSION 6—REPRODUCTIVE AND STEM CELL BIOLOGY

Moderator:  Lan Xie, PhD
Visiting Research Scholar
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Tsinghua University School of Medicine


Kehkooi Kee, PhD
Professor of Basic Medical Science
Principal Investigator, Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Tsinghua University

Functional Roles of RNA Binding Proteins during Human Germ Cell Development

 

11:00 a.m.

Yoel Sadovsky, PhD
Elsie Hilliard Hillman Professor of Women’s Health Research
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and
of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Scientific Director, Magee-Womens Research Institute
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Placental Function and Adaptation to Injury

 

11:30 a.m.

Q&A

 

11:45 a.m.

SESSION 7—PHARMACOLOGY AND DRUG DISCOVERY

Moderator:  D. Lansing (Lans) Taylor, PhD
Allegheny Foundation Professor of Computational and Systems Biology
Director, Drug Discovery Institute
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Yu Rao, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Tsinghua University

Developing New Heterocycle Chemistry for Early Drug Discovery

 

12:15 p.m.

Peter Wipf, PhD 
University Professor
Professor of Chemistry
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of Pharmacy
Associate Director, Drug Discovery Institute

Better Mitochondria through Imine Addition Chemistry

 

12:45 p.m.

Q&A

 

1:00 p.m.

Concluding Remarks

Yigong Shi, PhD
Dean, School of Life Sciences and Executive Vice Dean, School of Medicine
Tsinghua University

Arthur S. Levine, MD
Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

 

1:15 p.m.

Buffet Lunch