Retreat audience

Each year, the Biology Department hosts a scientific retreat for its faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to highlight current research. A tradition of the retreat is a poster session that encourages an interactive exchange of research in each lab. The department prides itself in fostering a community that advances research questions of interest. In addition to inviting other Boston College scientific researchers to learn about integrated approaches, the department invites guest speakers from across the country as well. These scientific retreats help to sustain our strong reputation as a research institute and strengthen a scientific community made up of members both inside and outside of the university.

2018 Keynote Speaker


Walther H Mothes, Ph.D.

Walther H Mothes, Ph.D.

Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis, Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Mothes' laboratory is interested in various aspects of viral spread and pathogenesis of HIV-1 and other retroviruses. The lab studies molecular mechanisms and pathogenic processes of retroviral infections through integrated microscopy techniques.

Alumni Guest Speaker


Ozge Ceyhan Birsoy, Ph.D.

Ozge Ceyhan Birsoy, Ph.D.

Assistant Attending Molecular Geneticist at Memorial Hospital
Assistant Member at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

These retreats reflect how everyone in our department—regardless of title, role, or experience level—contributes to the advancement of research and teaching.”

Welkin Johnson, Biology Department Chair

These retreats reflect how everyone in our department—regardless of title, role, or experience level—contributes to the advancement of research and teaching.”

Welkin Johnson, Biology Department Chair