Each year the Biology Department scientific retreat is held at Boston College's Connors Learning Center in Dover, Mass.
Each year the Biology Department hosts a scientific retreat for its research faculty and graduate students. The retreat features presentations by both professors and graduate students highlighting their research as well as a poster session for the graduate students to present their own projects.
This year's retreat hosted keynote speaker Dr. Abhiskek Chaterjee, Professor in the Boston College Chemistry Department. Dr. Chaterjee spoke on his work studying the interaction between Chemistry and Biology. For more information about Dr. Chaterjee as well as the other featured speakers and posters presented please read the descriptions featured in the Retreat Booklet.
Best Poster is awarded based on the criteria of thoroughness, scientific content, and presentation of both the poster itself and the student. This year's award was given to Vincent Primo from Professor Marc-Jan Gubbels Lab. His poster displayed his most recent project, entitled "Mapping the genetic basis of Taxoplasma gondii virulence traits through in vitro lab adaptation."
The award for best speaker was renamed the Father Plocke Award in honor of the late former Chair of the Biology Department. Rev. Donald J. PLocke, S.J. was a member of the Boston College Biology Department for forty-three years, and served as the Chairperson the Department from 1971 to 1980. His research activities focused on the biological role of metal ions—especially zinc—and cellular responses to toxic levels of metals. His research was published in numerous scientific journals, including Biochemistry, Methods in Enzymology and Analytical Biochemistry.
This year's Father Plocke award was given to Alexander Auld from Professor Eric Folker's Lab for his presentation on his most recent project etntitled "Nucleus-dependent sarcomere assembly is mediated by the LINC complex"
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