QBI - Symposium

2nd Annual Full Circle of Native and Indigenous Scientists in Quantitative Biology



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Organized by Willow Coyote-Maestas in collaboration with UCSF students, faculty, and staff, QBI presents the 2nd annual “Full Circle of Native and Indigenous Scientists in Quantitative Biology” symposium on November 17 and 18, 2022. The symposium will highlight Native and Indigenous scientists across the United States, and provide them with professional development and community building opportunities. Our long term goal is to build a welcoming community of Native scientists at UCSF. This event represents the full circle of career stages for Native scientists, including learners, faculty, and faculty emeritus. 

The purpose of the “Full Circle of Native and Indigenous Scientists in Quantitative Biology” symposium series is to create an opportunity for North American Native and Indigenous scientists to share their research, meet other scientists, and work toward building a safe and supported community.

The symposium will take place over two days at the UCSF Mission Bay campus in San Francisco. It will include scientific talks from students, postdocs, and faculty as well as panel discussions on Native and Indigenous topics.

We are looking for undergrad, grad student, & postdoc Native & Indigenous speakers! For learners, our priority is to provide you with meaningful opportunities at UCSF, a world-class biomedical research institution, that will help advance you on your career journey. Some of these opportunities include: connecting undergraduates to post-baccalaureate and graduate program coordinators, and connecting graduate students to potential postdoc faculty mentors. We hope that you will apply so you can share your amazing scientific and personal stories and also meet other Native researchers from across the country. 


David Burgess PhD | Professor of Biology, Boston College

Katrina Claw PhDAssistant Professor of Medicine-Bioinformatics, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Lucas Cheadle PhD | Assistant Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Yanabah Jaques | PhD Candidate, Neuroscience, UC Berkeley

Leana King | PhD Candidate, Neuroscience, UC Berkeley

James Letts PhD | Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, UC Davis

Katelyn McKown PhD | Lecturer, Stanford COLLEGE Program, Stanford University

Kristy Red-Horse PhD | Associate Professor of Biology, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Krystal Tsosie PhD, MPH, MAAssistant Professor, Arizona State University

Kristy Carpenter | PhD Candidate, Biomedical Informatics, Stanford University

Wilfred F. Denetclaw PhD | Associate Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, San Francisco State University

Faith Bowman | PhD Candidate, Biochemistry, University of Utah

Carissa Adora Sherman | PhD Student, Human Medical Genetics and Genomics, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Jaime Fuentes | PhD Candidate, Genetics, University of Michigan


Day 1 - November 17

10:00-10:15AM: Introductory Remarks by QBI Fellow Willow Coyote-Maestas, PhD 

10:15 AM Leana King | Transcriptomic contributions to the development of the human cerebral cortex

10:35 AM Yanabah Jaques | Neural mechanisms underlying psychedelic effects on stress-induced impulsivity

10:55 AM Lucas Cheadle, PhD | Non-neuronal mechanisms of experience-dependent plasticity

11:15 AM Kristy Carpenter | Using the Protein Microenvironment for Computational Cryptic Pocket Prediction

11:35 AM James Letts, PhD | Emerging understanding of eukaryotic respiratory diversity

11:55-12:55PM: Lunch

12:50-1:50PM: Panel - The importance of mentorship on NA persistence in STEM

Panelists: David Burgess, Wilfred F. Denetclaw, Kristy Red-Horse

1:50-2:20PM Post-Panel Discussion

2:20-3:30PM: Break

2:30 PM Kristy Red-Horse, PhD | Development, regeneration, and repair of blood vessels in the heart

2:50 PM Carissa Adora Sherman | Identifying Ways Genetic Research Could Impact Existing (NNHRRB) Projects: A Survey of Principal Investigators

3:10 PM Jaime Fuentes | Mechanisms of co-existence between a symbiotic human gut bacteria and bacteriophages

3:30-3:40PM: Break 

3:40 PM Krystal Tsosie, PhD, MPH, MA | IndigiGENEius: Indigenous Ingenuity, AI Innovation, and DNA.

4:00 PM Katrina Claw, PhD | Diné perspectives on research and the academy

4:20-4:35PM: Day 1 Closing Remarks by organizer QBI Fellow Willow Coyote-Maestas, PhD

Day 2 - November 18

10:00 AM Faith Bowman | Characterizing FOXN3 in Glucagon Receptor Antagonist (GRA)-mediated Cardioprotection

10:20 AM Wilfred F. Denetclaw, PhD | Stretch-induced nitric oxide formation patterns the ectoderm in paracrine signaling in the chicken embryo

10:40 AM Katelyn McKown, PhD | Extracurricular roles and divergent regulation of FAMA in Brachypodium and Arabidopsis stomatal development

11:00-11:20AM: Break 

11:20-12:20PM: Panel - The future of Indigenous and Native American Scholars in STEM

Panelists: Lucas Cheadle, Katrina Claw, James Letts, Krystal Tsosie

12:20 PM David Burgess, PhD | Two Paths: Cell Biology and Advocacy

12:40-12:50PM: Closing Ceremony

12:50-12:55PM: Day 2 Closing Remarks by QBI Fellow Willow Coyote-Maestas, PhD

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