The CGRB 2019 Fall conference registration is now open! Please join us for our annual event this September for informative talks, posters and a reception. This year the Fall Conference will also include lighting talks.

Important Information:

  • When: Friday, September 20, 2019
  • Where: CH2M Hill Alumni Center – Oregon State University
  • Registration: here
    • Registration fee: $25 (includes lunch and social hour)
    • NOTE: registration fee is waved for:
      • Undergrads presenting their research poster
      • Lightning talk presenters
  • Deadlines:
    • Lightning Talk Submission: August 15th
    • Poster Registration: September 7th
    • Conference Registration: September 13th (registration fee increases to $35 after Sept 13)

Featured Speakers

Ed Kelly
Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy
University of Washington

Daniel Liefwalker
Research Assistant Professor
Molecular and Medical Genetics
Oregon Health and Science University

Doris Taylor
Regenerative Medicine Research
Texas Heart Institute

Conference Agenda

8:00-8:50Registration & refreshments (Poster & sponsor setup)
8:50-9:15Brett Tyler,
Director, CGRB
Introduction, CGRB update
Hosted By Jaga Giebultowicz
9:15 – 9:40Andrew Annalora,
Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
Exploring Splice Variant Biology in Nuclear Receptor and
Cytochrome P450 Genes
9:40 – 10:30Ed Kelly,
University of Washington
Organs on a Chip – Chips in Space
10:30 – 10:55Break (Poster and Sponsor displays)
10:55 – 11:35Morning Lightning Talks (8 talks) –
moderated by Jeff Anderson
11:35– 12:00Felipe Barreto,
Integrative Biology
Genomics in the Tidepool: Functional and Population
Genetics of Adaptation and Speciation in a
Tiny Crustacean
12:00 – 12:25Kevin Brown,
College of Pharmacy
Adventures in Complex Systems
12:25 – 1:25Lunch (Poster and Sponsor displays)
Hosted By Craig Marcus
1:25 – 1:50Afua Nyarko,
Biochemistry and Biophysics
Selectivity and Specificity in Cancer Regulatory Proteins
1:50 – 2:40Daniel Liefwalker,
Oregon Health and Science University
Therapeutic strategies targeting c-MYC
2:40 – 3:20Afternoon Lightning Talks (8 talks) –
Moderated By Viviana Perez
3:20 – 3:45Break 25 mins (Poster and Sponsor displays)
3:45 – 4:10Morgan Giers,
Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering
Regenerating the Intervertebral Disc: Developing Effective
Therapies in a Nutrient Limited Environment
4:10 – 5:00Doris Taylor,
Texas Heart Institute
Building Solutions for Heart Disease: A 2019 Update
5:00 – 7:30Poster Session / Reception, Sponsor Displays

Call for posters!

Invitation to present a Poster at the 2019 CGRB FALL CONFERENCE (Sept 20, 2019)
Students, Post Docs, Research Staff and Research Faculty are invited to present their research as a Poster. Presenters are strongly encouraged but not required to consider utilizing a revolutionary new trend in poster format:
(Posters in any format displayed at recent meetings are also welcome)
Prizes for Best Posters: $100 (Undergraduate, Graduate and Post Doc Categories).

All fields and research topics welcome. To submit a Poster, please navigate to
DEADLINE Sept. 7, 2019.

Call for lightning talks!

Invitation to present a Lightning Talk at the 2019 CGRB FALL CONFERENCE (Sept. 20, 2019)
Students, Post Docs, Research Staff (FRA, Res. Associates, etc.), and Research Faculty are invited to present their research as a 5-minute Lightning Talk at the annual CGRB Fall Conference, Friday Sept. 20, 2019.
First Prize for Best Lightning Talk = $100
Conference Registration Fee is waivedfor all Lightning Talk Presenters

All fields and research topics welcome. To submit a lightning talk: Please navigate to

Talks are limited to 5 minutes and 5 slides maximum. Please Submit no Later Than: August 15, 2019.
Talks will be selected by the Program Committee and Presenters notified by Aug. 31, 2019.

Committee Members

Thank you to our 2019 Fall Conference Committee:

Jaga Giebultowicz, Department of Integrative Biology
Craig Marcus, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
Jeff Anderson, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Viviana Perez, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

 Program  provisional

8:00Registration & refreshments (Poster setup) 
8:30Brian Wall, Assistant Vice President, Research, Commercialization & Industry Partnerships, Oregon State University
Session 1  Moderator: Joseph McGuire, OSU; Monique Lajeunesse, OSU
8:40Joseph Beckman, Distinguished Professor, Environmental & Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University
Towards curing ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and other neurodegenerative diseases.
9:00Laura Heiser, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Oregon Health Science University
9:20John Bial, CEO, Yecuris
Commercial Translation, taking ideas from theory to practice
9:40Kristina Young, Earle A. Chiles Research Institute
Translational Research: Rational and Relevant Science
10:20Coffee Break 
Session 2  Moderator: Jeff Chang, OSU; Kristof Torkenczy, OHSU
10:50Hilary Ely, Life Sciences Applications R&D Engineer, HP Inc.
Advancing HP Beyond Ink: Applying HP’s technology to life sciences and healthcare
11:10Robyn Tanguay, Distinguished Professor, Environmental & Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University
Integrating the power of the zebrafish model with automation to accelerate scientific discoveries
11:30Sandra Rugonyi, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Oregon Health Science University 
Predicting risks and outcomes in cardiovascular disease. Progress and challenges
11:50Yigit Menguc, Assitant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University
Soft Robotics combining Soft Materials, Mechanisms, and Manufacturing
12:30Lunch and poster session
Session 3   Moderator: Michaele Armstrong, Oregon Bioscience Association; Sigrid Noreng, OHSU
1:30Kyle Ellrott, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Oregon Health Science University 
Big Data and Cancer Genomics
1:50Elain Fu, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, Oregon State University
Paper-based testing for precision health
2:10Matthew Ryder, Research & Development Surface Biochemist, Qorvo
Qorvo Biosensors
2:30Summer Gibbs, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Oregon Health Science University
3:10Coffee Break 
Session 4Moderator: Summer Gibbs, OHSU; Ward Shalash, OSU
3:40Karl Schilke, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, Oregon State University
Bionanoparticles: A versatile platform technology for personalized medicine and bioprocessing
4:00Brian Maloney, Chemical Engineer, Patheon
Patheon Oregon Site Overview
4:20Greg Herman, Professor, Chemical Engineering, Oregon State University
See Through Sensors
5:00Brett Tyler, Director, Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing, Oregon State University
5:10 – 7:00Poster Session and Networking Reception (cash bar)