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 early spring, to chase away the blahs of too much winter, the students organize a gala charity social event called the Soiree. Held in a swank venue with good food and drink, the Soiree raises funds through "admission" donations from students and faculty and a silent auction for the students' favorite charity, the Student Run Free Clinic at Community Health Center. It is a fun evening, as evidenced in the photo above.

In August, 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 February, 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.

Tuesday, November 19, 5:30 pm, Research Symposium Oral Presentations: In conjunction with the COM Research Symposium, Nov 20, the MSTP will have a program of student oral presentations. Four current M3s will present highlights of their recent thesis defenses. Here is the schedule for this evening. 6:00pm Sarah Berth-M3, 6:15pm James Frencher M3, 6:30pm Marisa Young M3, and 6:45pm Joseph Zapater M3  

Friday, September 6, 2013, 10:15 am, Thesis Defense: Marisa Young,  Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics: "Scale-up of Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention in Nyanza Province Kenya: Risk Compensation Following Adult Male Circumcision and Introduction of Infant Male Circumcision Services"
 
Monday, August 19, 5:30 pm, Dinner Seminar: Larry Tobacman, MD, and R. John Solaro, PhD, Distinguished University Professor and Head, Department of Physiology & Biophysics: "Molecular Mechanisms and Translational Medicine”
 
Friday, July 22, 2013, 10:15 am, Thesis Defense: Tammy Tamayo,  Department of Physiology & Biophysics: "Role of A2D1 in the efficacy of satellite cell grafts into mdx mice"
 
Friday, June 21, 2013, 10:15 am, Thesis Defense: Ikenna Madueke,  Department of Physiology & Biophysics: "The Roles of Canonical Wnt2 and Wnt10b in Prostate Gland Development and Prostate Cancer Progression"
 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 10:15 am, Thesis Defense: Andrew Czysz,  Graduate Program in Neuroscience: "Dynamic interaction between G proteins and plasma membrane nanodomains: effects of antidepressant and polyunsaturated fatty acids"
 
Tuesday, May 30, 2013, 12:30 pm, Thesis Defense: Joseph Zapater, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics: "Identification of Polysialyltransferase Sequences Required for Substrate Recognition and Polysialylation”
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 12:30 pm, Thesis Defense: James Frencher, Department of Microbiology & Immunology: "Role of Isoprenoid Biosynthesis in Listeria-based Tuberculosis Vaccine Efficacy"
 
Friday, May 24, 2013, 3:00 pm, Thesis Defense: Ryan Carr, Department of Microbiology & Immunology: "Utilizing the Warburg Effect to Enhance TRAIL-Induced Apoptosis in Several Caner Types"
 
Tuesday, May 2, 2013, 12:30 pm, GRAND ROUNDS: Senta Furman, James Frencher:  "Kawasaki Disease: An Etiologic Mystery"
 
Thursday, April 23 2013, 12:30 pm, GRAND ROUNDS: Jennifer Kwan, Tammy Tamayo:  "Metabolism & effects of inflammation on renal transplant survival/function in obese Pts "
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 5:30 pm, Dinner Seminar: Michael Grassi, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences: "Diabetic Retinopathy: From Trans-sphenoidal Hypophysectomy to Leukocyte Endothelial Adhesion, a Work-in-Progress”
 
Tuesday, April 4, 2013, 12:30 pm, GRAND ROUNDS: Joel Fontanarosa, Ryan Lahey:  "Integrative Analysis Strategies for Discovering Genetic Associations with Common Diseases"
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 5:30 pm, Dinner Seminar: Pradip Raychaudhuri, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics: "Fox M1 in Cancer Therapy”
 
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 12:30 pm, GRAND ROUNDS: Thomas Wubben, Ikenna Madueke:  "WNTS and Prostate Cancer Progression: Implications for Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Novel Therapies " 

 

Monday, March 18, 2013, 12:30 pm, Room 303 CSN-Lunch Seminar: Nadim Mahmud, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine: Hematology/Oncology "Epigenetic Regulation of Transplantable Hematopic Stem Cell Fate Choices"

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 12:30 pm, Room 303 CSN-Lunch Seminar: Ao Ma, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Bioengineering " building a multiscale systems understaind of the microtuble assembly machinery"

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 12:30 pm, Room 303 CSN-Lunch Seminar: Bin He, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology " Innate immunity: virus-mediated mechanisms" 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 10:15 am, Thesis Defense: Sarah Hatch Berth,  Graduate Program in Neuroscience: "The contribution of impaired fast axonal transport to HIC neuropathies"

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 12:30 pm, GRAND ROUNDS: Janai Carr, Jacob Choi:  "Cardiac Regeneration, the Future of Myocardial Infarction Treatment? " 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 5:30 pm, Room 303 CSN- Dinner Seminar: Rick Kettles, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Associate Director of the Cancer Center, Director of Institute of Human Genetics " The Use of Genetic Ancestry to understand Health Disparities"

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 12:30pm, Room 303 CSN-Lunch Seminar: Deepak Shukla, PhD, Associaye Professor, Dept. of Opthalmology & Visual Sciences "Herpes Simplex Virus: Entry into Cells can be Targeted for New Treatments Against the Virus"

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 12:30pm, Room 303 CSN-Lunch Seminar: Larry Tobacman, MD, Senior Assoc. Dean for Research, COM; Professor of Medicine and Director, MSTP " Cardiac Troponin Dynamics, the Ca2+ On-Off Switch of Muscle Contraction, and Inherited Cardiomyopathy "

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 12:30pm, Room 303 CSN-Lunch Seminar: Joanna Burdette, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy "3D organ culture to study ovarian cancer"

June 10-14, M3 PrepCourse

Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 12:30 pm, Room 303 CSN- Lunch Seminar: E. Douglas Lewandowski, PhD, Director, Center for Cardiovascular Research, Professor, Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics " Dynamics of Metabolic Remodelling in the Energy Starved and Failing Heart"

Thursday, Novemeber 29, 2012, 5:30pm, Room 303 CSN-Dinner Seminar: Howard Ozer, MD. PhD, Heidrick Professor, Director, U of I Cancer Center "Building your career and targeting opportunities"

Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 12:30pm, Room 303 CSN- Lunch Seminar: Yves Lussier, MD, Professor of Medicine and Bioengineering, Departmentof Medicine " Personal Genome interpretation and omics mechanism-anchored classifiers of clinical outcome"

Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 12:30 pm, Room 303CSN-Lunch Seminar: Seungpyo Hong, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences "Bionimetic nanotechnology to tackle cancer "

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 12:30 pm, Room 303 CSN-Lunch Seminar: Hayat Onyuksel, PhD, Professor of Pharmaceutics, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences "Target Nanomedicines for Rheumatoid Arthritis"

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 12:30 pm, Room 303CSN-Lunch Seminar: John Hetling, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Bioengineering, "Developing new technology for early detection of glaucoma"

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 12:30 pm, Room 303CSN- Lunch Seminar: Jaehyung(Gus) Cho, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology and Anesthesiology " Protein disulfide isomerase: A novel regulator of thrombus formation and vascular inflammation "

Monday, September 24, 2012, 5:30 pm, Room 303 CSN- Dinner Seminar: Bellur Prabhakar, PhD, Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology and Immunology " Induction of immune intolerance to treat autoimmune diseases"

Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 12:30 pm, Room 303 CSN - Lunch Seminar: John O' Bryan, PhD Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology " Compartmnetalized signalling and tumorigenesis: new lessons from intersectin "

Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 12:30 pm, Room 303CSN- Lunch  Seminar: Marlene Bouvier, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology "Molecular studies of antigen presentationand viral immune evasion mechanisms"

Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 12:30 pm, Room 303 CSN - Lunch Seminar: Thomas Royston, PhD, Head, Dept. of Bioengineering Professor, Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering " Research Activities in the Dept. of Bioengineering (now part of COM) "