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Graduate Education Office (GEO) Newsletter

December 2, 2020
in this issue: 

1.  BGSO Announcements
2. Launching the Start-Up: The Nuts and Bolts of Company Formation
3. HCG- Information Session Agenda: Enhancing Research and Industry Career Horizons Today
4. Intersection Science Fellows Symposium
5. View "Seeds of Discovery" PhD White Lab Coat Ceremony on Youtube
6. Upcoming Seminars


BGSO Announcements


BGSO First-Year Coordinator

The BGSO is looking for a new first year coordinator for the incoming class of BSTP students (starting in February). The role of the first year coordinator is to welcome the incoming BSTP first years to Case Western and to help them have a smooth transition into grad school. This includes providing resources such as housing information, coordinating events (hopefully in person next year), and organizing student panels to inform students about rotations and how to choose a mentor. You also attend BGSO exec board meetings, gaining experience in leadership and student advocacy. Reach out to the BGSO ( if you’re interested!  

General Assembly Meeting

Hello all! BGSO will be hosting its December General Assembly meeting December 3rd at 7PM. Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 944 6356 9069
Passcode: 166541


BSTP Recruitment Volunteer Opportunities

Calling all current PhD students!

BSTP recruitment is quickly approaching--the first virtual interview day is earlier than usual, December 18--and we rely on current students to be the warm and welcoming faces of the School of Medicine. 

Since interviews are entirely virtual this year, the opportunities to be involved in recruitment are slightly different. Here is the link to a sign-up sheet for the various volunteer positions, and here is the link to each job description. There will be four interview “weekends,” one in December, January, February, and March. Jobs include:

- Zoom happy hour/social hour with candidates

- Q&A session about the program, Case, and Cleveland

- recording a “tour” of your apartment

- point of contact for candidates pre- and post-interviews

- on call with Debbie Noureddine to host candidates whose interviewers didn’t show 

Please sign up for as many as you are interested in and could possibly volunteer for. We will not schedule you for all of the slots you sign up for, but it helps us to have multiple options.

 As we iron out the schedule for each activity, we will update the Google spreadsheet and email those who have signed up for the particular duties.

Thank you in advance for your participation! We are grateful for your availability and willingness to give back to the incoming class during what is a tumultuous, uncertain time.


We so appreciate your help!



Brianna Busscher & Rachael Gowen

BGSO Recruitment Chairs

2021 Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium (BGSS)

After a successful 2020 Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium (BGSS), we're ready to plan next year's event! If you are interested in being a member of the organizing committee, please fill out the attached google form. Those interested will meet early 2021 to transition in the new subcommittees.


Upcoming Events & Announcements

Launching the Start-Up:
The Nuts and Bolts of Company Formation

Join us on Dec. 3 at 2:30 p.m. via Zoom for a Veale Skills Lab Workshop on Launching the Start-Up: The Nuts and Bolts of Company Formation with Starlyn Priest.

How can you set your startup up for success? From splitting the initial equity among your founders to incorporating your organization, there’s a lot to consider while forming a startup. In this workshop, we’ll be covering the nuts and bolts of company formation, giving aspiring entrepreneurs the tips needed for setting up a business entity.

This workshop will be taught by Starlyn Priest, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Veale Institute.

Click here for zoom link.

Click here to download flyer.

Intersection Science Fellows Symposium

 We are very proud to support the Intersection Science Fellows Symposium together with many other outstanding institutions (follow web-link below).

The Symposium will be held virtually on January 6 – 8. Please save the date.

The main goals of this cross-institutional symposium are to showcase the outstanding research of postdocs in the biological sciences, including those from backgrounds historically underrepresented in academia, and to support the scientific and professional development of the next generation of academic faculty.  Head to for more details.

For postdocs:
·         Review the eligibility criteria (via the website) and consider applying!
·         Register to attend the Symposium (via the website)
·         Forward to fellow postdocs to help spread the word about this important initiative.
·         Consider volunteering to serve on the selection, programming and advertising committees - please direct inquiries to


Click here to view Youtube video.

Open EnRICH Internships

Computational Biology Internship (25% office, 75% remote), Trailhead Biosystems, open to all.

Proof reader (remote position), CWRU Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics, open to all.

Part time Research Contractor (remote position), Newry, open to all.

Contact for further details and more opportunities.


The Huddle provides news and information about our interprofessional education and collaborative practice efforts within and beyond Samson Pavilion and the dental clinic.  Click here to read the latest issue.

Upcoming Seminars

Thursday, December 3rd

Dermatology and Skin Cancer Research Institute Seminar
Akihiro Yoshida, PhD
Instructor, Department of Biochemistry
Case Western Reserve University 
"The efficacy and resistance mechanisms of CDK4/6 inhibitors in melanoma"

8a Zoom

Biochemistry Seminar
Rong Xu, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Founding Director, Center for AI in Drug Discovery
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

"Develop data-driven AI technologies to enable translational biomedical research"
12p Zoom

Neurosciences Seminar 
Gabriella Wolff, PhD
Research Scientist, University of Washington
Assistant Professor, Biology, CWRU (starting January 2021)
"Dopamine Neuromodulation and Differential Learning Across Mosquito Species"

12p Zoom
Friday, December 4th

Cancer Center Seminar
Adam Bass, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cellular and Molecular Oncology
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
"Translating the Genome in Gastroesophageal Cancer"

12pm Zoom

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

Angelica Cruz-Lebron,
Molecular Biology and Microbiology Dissertation Defense
Thursday, December 3rd
1:00pm – 3:00pm

"Study of the gut microbiome in human gastrointestinal diseases: Chronic opioid use and inflammatory bowel disease"
Kristin Allan,
Molecular Medicine Dissertation Defense
Thursday, December 10th
10:00am – 12:00pm

"Exploring the Roles of Muller Glia and Activated Leukocyte Cell Adhesion Molecule A in Zebrafish Retinal Regeneration"
Greg Learn
Biomedical Engineering Dissertation Defense
Monday, December 14
1:00 – 3:00pm

"Towards Development of Affinity Polymer-Based Adhesion Barriers for Surgical Mesh Devices"

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