The 36th Annual Graduate Research Day

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 Award Winners

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GRD Goes Virtual

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GRD Presenters

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GRD Event Schedule

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GRD Information

Questions? Contact:

Jennifer Sullivan, PhD
Interim Dean
The Graduate School 

Rudolf Lucas, PhD
Graduate Research Day Chair

GRD Keynote Speaker

Bruce Beutler

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 at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

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

GRD Committee


Rudolf Lucas, PhD (Chair)
Vascular Biology 

Bill Andrews, MA, CMI, FAMI
Medical Illustration

Baban Babak, PhD
Oral Biology 

Wendy Bollag, PhD

Patricia Cameron, PhD
Vice Dean, The Graduate School 

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

Sabina Widner, PhD 

Julie Zandisky, PhD