PBSE Fall Research Conference


In the fall of each year, PBSE sponsors a research conference at an off-campus location to introduce new predoctoral fellows to our wider research community. Approximately 150 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members from the Departments of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology attend. In addition to feature presentations by new PBSE faculty and an invited keynote speaker (see below), the conference includes numerous short presentations by pre- and postdoctoral fellows. The informal conference format is designed to encourage scientific discussion across disciplines to foster future research collaborations.


2023 PBSE Research Conference
Thursday, September 21, 2023

Location: Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton, CA

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  • Faculty members should register themselves and their lab members to coordinate lab posters/talks.

Deadline to register is September 1, 2023


Keynote Speaker:

Joseph DeRisi, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, UC San Francisco


Dr. Joseph DeRisi is Co-President of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub and a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF. He employs an interdisciplinary approach combining genomics, bioinformatics, biochemistry, and bioengineering to study parasitic and viral infectious diseases in a wide range of organisms, for the purpose of discovering and studying novel or unrecognized biothreats. Early work in his lab contributed to the identification of the SARS coronavirus in 2003. In a parallel effort, Dr. DeRisi studies P. falciparum, the causative agent of the most deadly form of human malaria, in order to develop faster, better therapeutic options. Dr. DeRisi was one of the early pioneers of DNA microarray technology and whole genome expression profiling and is nationally recognized for his efforts to make this technology accessible and freely available.

In 2004, he was chosen for a MacArthur Fellowship. In addition to being a Searle Scholar and a Packard Fellow, Dr. DeRisi has received the Heinz Award in Technology, the Economy and Employment, and was named an Eli Lilly and Company Research Award Laureate. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015, and the National Academy of Sciences in 2016, and the National Academy of Medicine in 2017.

He received a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1992) from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry (1999) from Stanford University prior to joining the UCSF faculty as a Sandler Fellow in 1999. Dr. DeRisi was a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator from 2006-2016, which he left to take on the role of Co-President of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, a non-profit medical research organization affiliated with UCSF, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University. Dr. DeRisi is continuing to pursue efforts toward data-driven diagnostics for infectious disease, and recently, autoimmune disorders as well.

See Dr. DeRisi's website for more information about his research: https://derisilab.ucsf.edu/


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UCSC's graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering is supported by training grants from the National Institute of General Medical Science and the National Human Genome Research Institute.