Featuring Scientists of the Future 

The Symposium

A Day of Cutting Edge Science
April 23, 2021
09:45 am

The Buck Student Aging Symposium (BSAS) is an annual research conference hosted by the Graduate Student Society for the students of the Buck to present to the entire Buck community as they would at any other national or international conferences. All Buck researchers and administrators are invited and encouraged to attend, as this event showcases the hard work these students have performed during their stay at the Buck Institute. The day will feature talks by Master's and Doctoral students as well as a poster session open to all students. Each BSAS has featured a keynote speaker at the end of the day’s agenda (Dr. Irina Conboy in 2016, Dr. Daniel Promislow in 2017, Dr. Anne Brunet in 2018,  Dr. Caleb Finch in 2019, and Dr. David Sinclair in 2021.

A subsection of the Graduate Student Society meets weekly for months in advance to make this yearly conference possible. With great help from Molly Susag and Dr. Birgit Schilling and advising from Meagan Moore, Dr. Gordon Lithgow, and Dr. Robin Snyder, the committee works hard to plan the event agenda, find sources of funding, and coordinate with the Buck staff. With everyone’s help and support, BSAS has been able to grow in attendance as well as the activities planned, and the hope is to continue this growth for years to come!

 

The Organizers

Who are the BSAS committee members? 

The Graduate Student Society (GSS) strives to better the educational and social experience of the graduate students at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. The Buck Student Aging Symposium was initiated by the GSS to enrich the student experience at The Buck. All students are invited to provide their suggestions and input, and a subsection of the GSS (the BSAS committee) meets weekly after normal work hours to discuss and act upon the finer details of the event, such as inviting guest speakers, preparing the event agenda, and seeking donations.

This year’s BSAS committee is as follows:

 

Daria Timonina (Verdin Lab)

Edward Anderton (Lithgow Lab)

Angelina Holcom (Lithgow Lab)

Brenda Eap (Newman Lab)

Zoe Du (Furman Lab)

Francesco Neri (Campisi/Schilling Labs)

Courtney Hudson (Garrison Lab)

Tyler Hilsabeck (Kapahi/Brem Labs)

Kenny Wilson (Ellerby/Kapahi Labs)

Molly Susag - Administrative Supporter
Dr. Birgit Schilling - Faculty 
Adviser

Lori Lee - Events Coordinator

 
 

Schedule

9:45AM-10:00AM

Welcome Announcements​

10:00AM-11:00AM

Keynote

Dr. David Sinclair

Department of Genetics and co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School

11:00AM-12:00PM

Lunch

12:00PM-2:30PM

Master's Student Speaker Series

Geoffrey Meyerhof, Kapahi Laboratory (Dominican University of California)

Title: Dietary restriction enhances circadian amplitude and delays visual decline by enhancing phototransduction

Jacob Rose, Benz Laboratory (Dominican University of California)

Title: Modulating ERBB2 mRNA stability by HDACi and p300 HAT inhibition in ERBB2 overexpressing breast cancer cells

Cagsar Apaydin, Jasper Laboratory (San Francisco State University)

Title: Glial and neuronal-derived cytokines promote age-related loss of tissue homeostasis

11:15AM-12:15PM

PhD Student Speaker Series

Taekyu Kang, Brem Laboratory (2nd year, University of Southern California)

Title: Identification of genes involved in natural variation of stress resistance in species of Mus

Angelina Holcom, Lithgow Laboratory (2nd year, University of Southern California)

Title: The effect of tau aggregation on fecundity

Minna Schmidt, Andersen Laboratory (3rd year, University of Southern California)

Title: Diphyllin, a novel HIF1alpha inducer, confers neuroprotective effects in Parkinson's cell and worm models, as well as induces ATP13A2, a protein linked to the young onset form of Parkinson's disease, Kufer-Rakeb Syndrome

Tyler Hilsabeck, Kapahi/Brem Laboratories (3rd year, University of Southern California)

Title: Identifying genetic factors that determine stochastic death and rate of aging

12:15PM-1:30PM

Lunch, Poster Session, Vendor Show

Schedule

9:45AM-10:00AM

Welcome Announcements​

10:00AM-11:00AM

Keynote

Dr. David Sinclair

Department of Genetics and co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School

11:00AM-12:00PM

Lunch

12:00PM-2:30PM

Graduating Dominican Masters Student Talks

 

Michael Broussalian, Lithgow Laboratory

Title: Novel small-molecule modifiers rescue pathology associated with NGLY1 Deficiency in a Caenorhabditis elegans model

Natalie Hill, Kapahi Laboratory

Title: The role of MGO and the TRPA1 channel in inducing astrocyte senescence and neurodegeneration

Charles Lau, Kapahi Laboratory

Title: The role of dietary restrictions in circadian rhythms and retinal degeneration

Sergelen Ariunbaatar, Benz Laboratory

Title: Growth suppression of ERBB2-driven breast cancers by p300/CBP inhibition

Melia Granath, Ellerby Laboratory

Title: Understanding the Role of Protein Kinase C in Huntington’s Disease and Developing a Striatal Organoid Model System

Buay Deng, Andersen Laboratory

Title: Exploring the Relationship between ApoE, Alzheimer’s Disease and Astrocytic Senescence

3:00PM-3:15PM

Break

3:15AM-4:45PM

Graduate Student Talks

Brenda Eap, Newman Laboratory (3rd year, Buck-USC PhD Biology of Aging Program)

Title: Understanding the ketogenic pathway with age

Anne Marker, Verdin Laboratory (1st year, Dominican Masters Program)

Title: MFF deficiency causes progeria like phenotype in mice

Carlos Galicia, Ellerby Laboratory (3rd year, Buck-USC PhD Biology of Aging Program)

Title:  Drugs for Transcriptional Modulation in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Daria Timonina, Verdin Laboratory (3rd year, Buck-USC PhD Biology of Aging Program)

Title: The impact of sleep on cellular senescence

5:15PM-5:30PM

Prizes and Closing Remarks

5:30PM

End of Symposium

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