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College of Graduate Studies

Ernest E. Just Symposium

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Ernest Just Scientific Symposium
February 24, 2017

Located in the Drug Discovery Auditorium

Part 1: Introduction

8:00-8:30 amRegistration and Breakfast - Entrance to Auditorium

8:30-8:40 am

Opening:  Lisa K. Saladin, PT, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Provost
Medical University of South Carolina

Greetings: Donna Kern, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, College of Medicine
Medical Univeristy of South Carolina

Paula Traktman, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Medical University of South Carolina


8:45-9:05 am

Stephen P. Ethier, Ph.D.,
Professor and Director Center for Genomic Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina

Title:  "Genomics and Genetics in the Era of Precision Medicine"

Impact Lecturer

9:10 - 9:35 am

William Richard Jeffery, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
University of Maryland
College Park, Marlyland

Title:  "E. E. Just: Establishing the Axis of Symmetry During Embryonic Development"

Part II: Role Models


Graduate Presenter

9:40-9:55 am

LaShardai BrownBrown, PhD Candidate
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina

Title: "Macrophages contribute to auditory nerve refinement by regulating glial cell numbers in the postnatal mouse cochlea"

Undergraduate Presenters

10:00-10:15 am



Erica Williams

Title: "Desmoplakin controls p38 MAPK-mediated cancer Cell Migration"

10:15-10:30 am

Janeala Morsby

Title:   "Directed Evolution of β-glucosidase from Paenibacillus Polymyxa"  

10:30-10:40 am


Keynote Lecture

10:40-11:25 am


Charles Modlin M.D., MBA
Center Director, Minority Men's Health
Department of Urology
Cleveland Clinic

Title:  "The Making of an African American Kidney Transplant Surgeon & Urologist Dedicated to Substantively Innovating Ways to Improve Health Outcomes in Minority Populations"

11:30am-12:00 pm
Honorable James E. Clyburn, United State Congressman, 6th Congressional District Representative

Title: "Education and Health Initiatives"

EE Just Lecture

12:00-1:00 pm
Bioengineering Bldg, Room 112

Christine Garcia, M.D., Ph.D.
Kern and Marnie Wildenthal President's Research Council
Professorship in Medical Science
Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development
Internal Medicine UT Southwestern Medical Center

Title: "Genetics of Pulmnary Fibrosis, Repeating the Telomere Theme"

Campus tour for visiting students, Undergraduate Advisors meet with MUSC College Admissions Officers 


Table Discussions
3:00-4:00 pm
Drug Discovery Bldg. Lobby

Facilitator will be at each table to move things forward as the Students discuss among themselves on the subjects below:

  • How to choose a mentor in science and medicine careers
  • Personal statement (what not to include)
  • Public health issues
  • Professional ethics
  • Applying to graduate/professional School 
Bioengineering Bldg. Lobby

(refreshments will be served)





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