The 36th Annual Graduate Research Day - virtual event 

March 25/26, 2021

Congratulations to everyone for an outstanding 36th Annual Graduate Research Day (GRD). This year we offered a unique opportunity to engage with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members, as well as, members of the graduate community at large, in a virtual platform.  Each year, GRD is a celebration of the hard work and dedication of our graduate trainees and this year was an extra celebration of their added perseverance, resilience and accomplishments in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants had the opportunity to present their research through oral presentations. We were honored to have Dr. Bruce A Beutler, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine, as our keynote speaker.  He shared his outstanding research, experience and insights with our junior scientists in an outstanding presentation.

Thanks to the Graduate Research Day Committee members and judges for their hard work, enthusiasm, and support. A very special thanks to Graduate Research Chair Dr. Rudolf Lucas, for his dedication, passion and coordination to make this a meaningful event for the participants and attendees.

GRD Schedule

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GRD Speakers

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GRD Goes Virtual

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GRD Information

Questions? Contact:

Jennifer Sullivan, PhD
Interim Dean
The Graduate School 

Rudolf Lucas, PhD
Graduate Research Day Chair

36th Annual Graduate Research Day (Virtual)

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Postdoctoral Oral Presentations (Virtual) 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The top 6 highest scored Postdoctoral Fellows and Medical Resident abstract submissions will be selected for a 15 minute oral presentation  (10 - 12 minute talk with 3-5 minutes of questions) 

Friday, March 26, 2021

Concurrent Moderated "Poster" Sessions (Virtual)  (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Concurrent moderated "poster" sessions will be held on March 26, where GRD participants will present their work in a 5-minute (pre-recorded) oral presentation followed by 2 - 3 minutes of questions.  A panel of judges will score all presenters in their session.

Keynote Address (Virtual) 
(12:30 - 1:45)
photo of Bruce Beutler, MD

Bruce Beutler, MD

  • Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Regental Professor
  • Director, Center for the Genetics of Host Defense
  • Raymond & Ellen Willie Distinguished Chair in
  • Cancer Research
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Title: Creating New Diseases and Suppressing Old Ones with Random Germline Mutagenesis

 Graduate Student Q&A Session with Dr. Bruce A. Beutler (Virtual) (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

GRD Committee

Graduate Research Day Chair:  Rudolf Lucas, PhD, Vascular Biology 


Julie Zandisky, PhD

Bill Andrews, MA, CMI, FAMI
Medical Illustration

Wendy Bollag, PhD

Sabina Widner, PhD 

Baban Babak, PhD
Oral Biology 

Jennifer Sullivan, PhD, FAHA
Interim Dean, The Graduate School

Patricia Cameron, PhD
Vice Dean, The Graduate School