The MSTP hosts a variety of academic events throughout the year to which the UIC faculty and student community is cordially invited. These events include various seminar series every year: a bi-weekly Lunch Seminar, a monthly Dinner Seminar (reservations required), a series of student Grand Rounds at various times throughout the year, and student Thesis Defense seminars.

In June, the student body travels to an off-site resort for a 2-day Retreat filled with intellectual stimulation provided by a distinguished keynote speaker and interactive break-out sessions, as well as recreation and relaxation. In November, the MSTP student participate in the annual all-COM Student Research Form to which they append their own Research Symposium featuring talks by several of the advanced students. The calendar below will be updated as new events become scheduled.

Friday, January 30, 2015, 3:00 pm, 3175 COMRB - Grand Rounds - In conjunction with the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Topic "PCOS: Then and Now"
Clinical Presentation: Ikenna Madueke, M4 , defended doctoral thesis June 21, 2013 in the Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics on "The Roles of Canonical Wnt2 and Wnt10b in Prostate Gland Development and Prostate Cancer Progression" (advisor: Gail Prins, PhD)
Research Presentation: Sarah Baumgarten, 4th year Graduate Student, Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics (advisor: Carlos Stocco, PhD)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 5:30 pm CSN, Dinner Seminar: Mark Rosenblatt, MD, PhD - , Professor and Head, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences; new Associate Director, MSTP: "Corneal Regenerative Medicine : A Surgeon-Scientist's Attempts to Do Translation Research".

Thursday, November 20, 2014 5:30 pm, Research Symposium Oral Presentations: In conjunction with the COM Research Symposium, November 20: a program of student oral presentations highlighting their recent thesis defences by Christine Haddad, David McMullen and Cody Rutledge

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 5:30 pm, Dinner Seminar: Joanna Burdette, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences and Department of Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacology "Getting serious about ovarian cancer".

September, 22, 2014, 5:30 pm, Dinner Seminar: Randal Dull, MD, PhD, Professor and Associate Head for Research, Department of Anesthesiology: "Lung vascular mechanotransduction: novel mechanism(s) leading to pulmonary edema.


September, 22, 2014, 5:30 pm, Dinner Seminar: Alexander Mankin, PhD
, Professor and Director, Center for Biopharmaceutical Technology and Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy: "New Modes of action of old and new antibiotics"

August 1, 2014, Thesis Defense: Jacob Choi, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, (Advisor: Lester Lau, PhD): "Matricellular Protein CCN1 Regulates Colitis, Colitis-Associated Cancer, and Neutrophil Mobilization"


July 25, 2014, Thesis Defense: Ryan Lahey
, Department of Physiology & Biophysics (Advisor: E. Douglas Lewandowski, PhD): "Long Chain Fatty Acid Storage Dynamucs and Nuclear Receptor Activation in Failing Hearts"

June 11, 2014, Thesis Defense: David McMullen, Department of Microbiology & Immunology (Advisor: Nancy Freitag, PhD), "Factors of the bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes which influence niche acquisition within hosts"


June 5, 2014, Thesis Defense: Cody Rutledge
, Department of Physiology & Biophysics (Advisor: Samuel Dudley, MD, PhD): "Regulation of Cardiac Connexin43 by Reactive Oxygen Species"

May 16, 2014, Thesis Defense: Christine Haddad, Department of Microbiology & Immunology (Advisor: Bellur Prabhakar, PhD): "Divergent Effects of OX40L on Regulatory T Cell Phenotype and Function: Implications for Type 1 Diabetics Therapy"

May 20, 2014, 5:30 pm, Dinner Seminar: Gail Prins, PhD, Micheal Reese Professor of Physiology and Urology, Director, Andtology Lab, Department of Urology: "The Endocrine Disruptor Bisphenol A (BPA) Reprograms Human Prostate Stem Cells and Increases Prostate Cancer Susceptibility"

May 8, 2014, 5:30 pm, Graduation Banquet Seminar, Uzma Samadani, MD, PhD (UIC 1999)
Chief Neurosurgeon, New York Harbour Health Systems, Co-Director, Steven & Alexandra Cohen Veterans Center for PTSD and TBI; Assistant Professor, Departments of Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Phsiology & Neuroscience, NYU School of Medicine: "Development of an Eye Tracking Biomarker for Concussion"