CPP-UCR Master's Bridges to PhD (B2D) Program

Previous Seminars

Spring 2024

 Ana Zelaya, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology
California State University, San Bernardino         
Presentation Title: Transferring Cultures: My Research Journey from First-Gen Undergrad to First-Gen Faculty
Date: April 19, 2024

Elysse Ornelas-Gatdula
Ph.D. Candidate - Chemical Biology 
Johns Hopkins University
Presentation Title: From the Evolution of Sea Slugs to the Development of an Electrochemical ELISA – An Unconventional Path from CPP to JHU
Date: March 21, 2024

Amy Litt, PhD
Associate Professor and Plant Evolution & Develop Biologist
Botany and Plant Sciences Department
University of California, Riverside

Presentation Title: How many manzanitas? Speciation and adaptation in an iconic chaparral shrub
Date: March 15, 2024

Jesus Preciado, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Cal Poly Pomona, Plant Science Department
Presentation Title: Plant Plasticity & Perspective: The Evolution of a Returning Alumnus - A Cal Poly Pomona Journey from Student to Postdoc
Date: February 16, 2024 

Fall 2023

Rong Hai, PhD
Associate Professor
the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology
Department of Microbiology and PlantPath
University of California, Riverside
Presentation Title: A chimeric SARS-CoV-2 Spike RBD/Flu NP protein vaccine for increased antibody responses to Spike protein
Date: September 15, 2023 

Isis Janilkarn-Urena, PhD
Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics
USC Alfred E. Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Presentation Title: Dihydromyricetin supplementation improves ethanol-induced lipid accumulation and inflammation 
Date: September 22, 2023 

Anthony K. Park, PhD
Staff Scientist
Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences
City of Hope in Duarte, California
Presentation Title: Combination Immunotherapy for the treatment of solid tumors
Date: October 20, 2023

Spring 2023

Erica C. Heinrich, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences
Associate Editor, BMC Biology
University of California, Riverside | School of Medicine 
Presentation Title: Adaptive and maladaptive responses to chronic hypoxia revealed by high-altitude populations 
Date: March 17, 2023

Gus Ramirez, PhD (Former CPP RISE student)
Assistant Professor
Computational Biology and Microbial Ecology
Department of Biological Sciences
California State University, Los Angeles 
Presentation Title: Methane Cycling by Marine Sponge Microbiomes: A new biogeochemical take on an ancient symbiosis
Date: April 21st, 2023

Karine Le Roch, PhD 
University California, Riverside
Professor of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology
Director Center for Infectious Disease and Vector Research
Presentation Tilte: In Search of New Therapeutic Strategies to Combat malaria 
Date: February 3, 2023 


Fall 2022

Declan McCole, PhD 
University California, Riverside
Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Presentation Tilte: Intestinal Barrier Regulation by Epithelial-Macrophage Crosstalk in Health & Disease
Date: October 21st, 2022 IN-PERSON

Sean O’Leary, PhD 
Assistant ProfessorGraduate Advisor for Admissions, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
Presentation Tilte: Single-Molecule Dynamics of Eukaryotic Translation Initiation
Date: October 28th, 2022 IN-PERSON

Ed Wagner, PhD 
Western University of Health Sciences
Professor Basic Medical Sciences
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Chair of FBS COMAT Physiology at NBOME
Presentation Title: The central control of energy balance via homeostatic and hedonic circuits
Date: November 18th, 2022


Spring 2022

Summer Blanco (Former RISE student)
First-year Ph.D. student in the Plant Biology department at the University of Georgia, Athens
Presentation Title: Flower, Bud & Thorn: Reflections on pursuing a PhD in Plant Biology in the middle of a pandemic
Date: March 18th, 2022 IN-PERSON

Meera G. Nair, PhD
Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences
School of Medicine Block 6 Co-director
Associate Editor, PLoS Pathogens
Chair, IACUC
University of California Riverside
Presentation Title: Immunoregulatory mechanisms in parasitic helminth infection
Date: March 11th, 2022 IN-PERSON

Huinan Liu, PhD
Professor of Bioengineering 
University of California Riverside
Presentation Title: Engineering Bioresorbable Materials and Nanostructures for Repairing Tissue and Fighting Infection
Date: February 25th, 2022 IN-PERSON

Monica J. Carson, PhD
S. Sue Johnson Presidential Endowed Chair
Professor and Chair of Biomedical Sciences
Director, Center for Glial-Neuronal Interactions
University of California Riverside, School of Medicine
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Neuroinflammation
Presentation Title: Healthy brain aging or age-associated dementia: The role of genetics, life exposures and chronic inflammation.
Date: February 11, 2022 

Fall 2021

Nicholas Dipatrizio PhD
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences  
University of California Riverside School of Medicine
Presentation Title:  Endocannabinoids and the Gut-Brain Axis
Date: October 22, 2021

Maurizio Pellecchia, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Daniel Hays Endowed Chair in Cancer Research
Director, Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine (molmed.ucr.edu)
UCR School of Medicine
Presentation Title: Targeting pharmacologically viable protein-protein interactions via combinatorial library screening (HTS by NMR) and Lys covalent agents

Emma Wilson, PhD
Associate Dean of Graduate Division
Professor of Biomedical Sciences
University of California Riverside
Presentation Title: The neuroimmune niche of parasites in your brain