Speakers

List of Recent Speakers

Dr. Julie Libarkin – keynote speaker at the SCSE Research Symposium

We had the pleasure of inviting Dr. Julie Libarkin, Professor of Earth and Environmental Studies at Michigan State University, as the keynote speaker at the SCSE 11th Annual Research Symposium on Friday, September 27, 2019. Dr. Libarkin's talk, "Drawing on Science", focused on research that analyzes drawings to understand how people perceive, understand, and make decisions about the Earth. [more...]


MARC Scholars with Guest Speaker Dr. Gustavo Arrizabalaga

Dr. Gustavo Arrizabalaga, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Indiana University School of Medicine, was invited to give a seminar titled “The curious life of the Toxoplasma gondii mitochondrion." The MARC scholars had an opportunity to have lunch with him to discuss science and graduate school application process. February 19, 2019 [more...]


MARC Scholars with Guest Steven Thomas

Steven Thomas, Program Manager at The Graduate School of Michigan State University, came to discuss possibilities at his university to attend their annual  Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP).  January 15, 2019   [more...]


MARC scholars present at the 10th Annual SCSE Research Symposium

MARC scholars did a great job presenting their summer research at the 10th Annual Student Center for Science Engagement (SCSE) Research Symposium on Fri, Sep 21, 2018, an event co-sponsored by the MARC Program for the third year in a row. In addition, new MARC scholars were formally inducted during the Awards Ceremony. They are Natalie Hernandez, Amy Sticha, Moraima Noda, and Sergio Escobar. Also, MARC proudly sponsored the visit of the keynote speaker, Dr. Laura Sanchez, Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy at University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Sanchez' research and career path seminar was titled "Visualizing microbial chemistry in situ". In addition to delivering a great talk, Dr. Sanchez also attended students' podium and poster presentations. Below are some pictures from the event.

The MARC team pictured with MARC-invited keynote speaker, Dr. Laura Sanchez (from left to right: Dr. Joseph Hibdon, Dr. Emina Stojkovic, Natalie Hernandez, Josue Franco, Moraima Noda, Juliet Salivo, Amy Sticha, Andre Herrera, Dr. Laura Sanchez, Dr. Breckie Church, and Sergio Escobar).

Natalie presenting the research she conducted over the summer at Penn State University.

Josue's podium presentation was focused on research he conducted at Michigan State University over the summer.

Andre presented on his summer research project at Michigan State University.

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Dr. Spencer Kelly meets MARC Scholars

Dr. Spencer Kelly, an NEIU alumnus, currently Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Colgate University, delivered a seminar open to the NEIU community titled "Why Gesture? Why study it, and why is it important for understanding the brain?". Dr. Kelly also visited MARC scholars in their labs and met with them over lunch. Pictured below is Dr. Kelly visiting the lab of MARC scholar Juliet Salivo who works on characterizing the structure of  bacterial red light photoreceptors using Atomic Force Microscopy. [more...]


MARC Program invites Dr. Nicole Woitowich

Dr. Nicole Woitowich, an NEIU alumna, currently Director of Science Outreach and Education at the Women’s Health Research Institute, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, joined us for our Holiday Celebration on December 15, 2017.  Dr. Woitowich also delivered a seminar titled "Responsible Research: Consideration of Sex and Other Relevant Biological Variables" where she talked about the importance of incorporating sex as a biological variable in biomedical and preclinical research.  [more...]


Dr. Teresa K. Woodruff

NEIU invited Dr. Teresa K. Woodruff (Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Vice Chair of Research (OB/GYN), Chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine, and Professor of Molecular Biosciences at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, and Director of the Women's Health Research Institute) to give the  first lecture in the series of Brommel-Hahs Lectureship titled “The 3 Breakthroughs That Will Change Our Lives in the Next 10 Years”. The MARC U-STAR Grant and Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative co-sponsored Dr. Woodruff's meeting with MARC scholars and NEIU students. April 13, 2017 [more...]


Dr. Victor Faundez, Emory University

MARC scholars and leadership team with MARC-invited speaker, Dr. Victor Faundez, Professor in the Department of Cell Biology at Emory University, who gave a research lecture on “Polygenic Psychiatric Disorders through the Lens of Simple Cells and Organisms". Dr. Faundez also met with a few MARC scholars in their labs and met over lunch with all of them. March 9, 2017 [more...]


Dr. Clifford Tabin, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Clifford Tabin, Chairman in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, visited NEIU and gave a research presentation that discussed how both physical forces and stem cells play a role in the formation of the vertebrate gut. Dr. Tabin’s presentation was titled “Formation of the Vertebrate Gut: From Physical Forces to Stem Cells.” February 16, 2017 [more...]


MARC Scholars with guest Dr. Yaihara Fortis Santiago

MARC scholars and leadership team with guest speaker, Dr. Yaihara Fortis Santiago, Director of The Science Alliance, New York Academy of Sciences visited NEIU to discuss about having a career away from academia. Her presentation was titled “Finding My Way: From Research to Community and Beyond.” November 17, 2016 [more...]


MARC Scholars with guest Speaker Dr. Julian Hillyer

MARC scholars and leadership team with guest speaker, Dr. Julian Hillyer (pictured 3rd from left, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN) at the 8th Annual Student Center for Science Engagement Research Symposium. His presentation was on “Cooperation and Persistence: Functional Integration of the Immune and Circulatory Systems of Mosquitos.” September 16, 2016 [more...]


Dr. Beronda Montgomery, Michigan State University

Dr. Beronda Montgomery from Michigan State University was invited to give a research seminar at the Biology Luncheon for graduating Biology students. The title of Dr. Montgomery research seminar was “Color Vision and Developmental Acclimation in Cyanobacteria.” May 5, 2016 [more...]


Marc Scholars with guest speaker Dr. Antonio Giraldez (Apr. 2016)

MARC scholars and leadership team with guest speaker, Dr. Antonio Giraldez (pictured 5th from right), Professor of Genetics and Director of Graduate Studies in the Genetics Department at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Giraldez presentation was titled “Identifying New Codes in the Genome During the Maternal to Zygotic Transition.” April 14, 2016 [more...]


Dr. Ernesto Bongarzone, University of Illinois at Chicago

MARC scholars and leadership team with guest speaker, Dr. Ernesto Bongarzone (pictured 6th from left), Associate Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. His presentation was titled “Moving a Therapy Forward for Krabbe disease (Lessons from Being Persistent).” February 11, 2016 [more...]


Nicole Woitowich, PhD. Candidate, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine. Founder of WISDOM

MARC scholars and leadership team with NEIU alumna, Nicole Woitowich (front row, third from left), PhD Candidate at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science as well as Founder and Co-Director of Women in Science Discovery or Medicine (WISDOM). Her presentation was on “To the Bench and Beyond.” December 3, 2015 [more...]


Dr. Geraldine Cochran, Rochester Institute of Technology

Guest speaker, Dr. Geraldine Cochran (left), Associate Director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Success at Rochester Institute of Technology, and Dr. Emina Stojkovic (right), MARC Program Director, addressing MARC scholars. Dr. Cochran presentation was titled “Home is Where Chicago is: My Academic Journey in Physics Education Research.” December 1, 2015 [more...]


Marc Scholars with Guest Speaker Dr. Ahna Skop (Nov. 2015)

MARC scholars and leadership team with guest speaker, Dr. Ahna Skop (pictured 6th from left), Associate Professor of Genetics & Life Sciences Communication at University of Wisconsin Madison. Her presentation was titled “Too Creative for Science.” November 19, 2015 [more...]


Dr. Melissa Simon, Northwestern University

Dr. Melissa Simon is the Vice Chair of Clinical Research for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor of Clinical Gynecology, and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Simon did a talk discussing “Moving Beyond the Single Story: Charting Your Career in the 21st Century.” September 10, 2015 [more...]


Dr. Wolfgang Gartner , Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion

Guest speaker, Dr. Wolfgang Gartner who is the Principal Investigator for the Max Planck Society at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion from Mulheim Germany came to give a talk on “Biological Photoreceptors–Basics and Modern Applications.” March 26, 2015 [more...]


Dr. Heather Pinkett, Northwestern University

Dr. Heather Pinkett is an associate professor from Northwestern University from the Molecular Biosciences department. Dr. Pinkett was a guest speaker who discussed “Shuttling Nutrients and Toxins Across Membranes.” March 12, 2015 [more...]


Dr. Gustavo Arrizabalaga, Indiana University

Dr. Gustavo Arrizabalaga, guest speaker, is an associate professor from Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Arrizabalaga came to talk with the MARC scholars and leadership team about “Bursting Out: How the Human Parasite Toxoplasma gondii uses a Unique Kinase to Exit its Host Cell.” February 19, 2015 [more...]


Dr. Saul Villeda, University of California San Francisco

MARC scholars and leadership team with guest speaker, Dr. Saul Villeda, from the University of California San Francisco came to speak with our scholars about “A Systemic Approach for Rejuvenating the Aging Brain.” November 20, 2014 [more...]


September 22, 2017 – Dr. Gentry Patrick, Professor of Neurobiology, Director of Mentorship and Diversity, Division of Biological Science; Associate Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA. Title of talk: “Becoming a Neuroscientist: The Impact of Mentorship & Advocacy”

April 13, 2017 – Dr. Teresa Woodruff, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Chief of Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine, and Professor of Molecular Biosciences at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northewestern University, Chicago, IL. Title of talk: “The 2 Breakthroughs That Will Change Our Lives in the Next 10 Years”

March 9, 2017 – Dr. Victor Faundez, Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Director of Graduate Studies Neuroscience Program, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Title of talk: “Polygenic Psychiatric Disorders through the Lens of Simple Cells and Organisms”

February 16, 2017Dr. Clifford Tabin, Professor and Chairman, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Title of talk: “Formation of the Vertebrate Gut: From Physical Forces to Stem Cells”

January 26, 2017 – Steven Thomas,  Program Manager of NSF-AGEP (National Science Foundation Alliances for Graduate Education and Professoriate), NSF-CAFFE (National Science Foundation Center for Academic and Future Faculty Excellence), SROP (Summer Research Opportunity Program), The Graduate School, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Presentation on Summer Internships and Graduate Programs at Michigan State University.

 November 17, 2016 – Dr. Yaihara Fortis Santiago, Director of the Science Alliance at The New York Academy of Sciences, New York NY. Title of talk: “Finding My Way: From Research to Community and Beyond”

 October 31, 2016 – Dr. David Lubaroff,  Professor of Urology, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa; Director of The CURE Cancer Research Summer Training Program, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

September 16, 2016Dr. Julian Hillyer, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Title of talk: “Cooperation and Persistence: Functional Integration of the Immune and Circulatory Systems of Mosquitos”