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Organized by Willow Coyote-Maestas, QBI presents "A Full Circle of Native and Indigenous Scientists in Quantitative Biology" on November 18 and 19, 2021. 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 basic scientists at UCSF and this is the first step towards achieving that goal. This event represents the full circle of career stages for Native scientists, including learners, faculty, and faculty emeritus. 


Day 1: Thursday, November 18th

9:30AM PT Intro Remarks by Willow Coyote-Maestas, HHMI Hanna Gray & UCSF QBI Fellow, University of California San Francisco

9:45AM PT Opening Ceremony led by Kanyon "Coyote Woman" Sayers-Roods, Co-Founder - CEO, Kanyon Konsulting, LLC

10:00AM PT Aaron Benjamin Clarke, Graduate Student, Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology, University of California Santa Cruz

"The Role of PPIs on the Growth and Redistribution of H. pylori in Murine Gastric Glands"

10:15AM PT Matt Maxwell, Graduate Student, Biological Sciences, The University of California San Diego

"The Role of the ARID1A Tumor Suppressor in Anti-Tumor Immunity"

10:30AM PT Matt Anderson, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Microbial Infection & Immunity, Ohio State University

"Empowerment through Autonomous Research and Data Management Capacity"

11:00AM PT One Hour Break

12:00PM PT Angel-Grace C Leslie, Undergraduate Student, Neuroscience, Haskell Indian Nations University

"A Novel mas Receptor Agonist for the Treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis"

12:15PM PT Cera Hassinan, Graduate Student, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Washington

"The development and regulation of rhythmic behavior"

12:30PM PT Andrea Gomez, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, University of California Berkeley

"Alternative splicing choices for synaptic function"

1:00PM PT Lori Begaye, Post-Bacc Student, Nutrition & Integrative Physiology, University of Utah

"Strength of Skin"

1:15PM PT Khalyd Clay, Graduate Student, Neuroscience, Scripps Research Institute

"Kinship, Caretaking, and C. Elegans: The Chemical Biology of Aging "

1:30PM PT Krissy Lyon, Postdoc, Salk Institute for Biological Studies 

"Dopamine receptor D2 expression in serotonergic neurons: sex differences and role in behavioral modulation"

1:45PM PT Break

2:00PM PT Applying to Grad School with Tracy Knight, Jaysón Davidson - Black Excellence in STEM, UCSF Chapter

2:00PM PT Applying for Postdocs with Rachel Care, Michael Matrone, Naledi Saul - UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development

2:45PM PT Panel Discussion moderated by Patrick V. Naranjo, Executive Director of the American Indian Graduate Program, University of California Berkeley

"Building Supportive Communities for Native and Indigenous Scientists in Academia"

Panelists: Clifton A. Poodry, Judith Simcox, Margaret Werner-Washburne

3:30PM PT Break

3:45PM PT Keynote Speaker, Margaret Werner-Washburne, Regents' Professor of Biology, University of New Mexico

4:45PM PT Closing Remarks by Willow Coyote-Maestas

5:00PM PT Social


Day 2: Friday, November 19th

9:00AM PT Allyssa Joe, Undergraduate Student, Biomedical Research, Dine College

"Mas receptor agonist drug treatment on 5XFAD mice with Alzheimer’s Disease”

9:15AM PT Leana King, Graduate Student, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California Berkeley

"Natives in Neuroscience: How I got into human neuroanatomy and genetics and the implication of this intersection on human cognition and development"

9:30AM PT Shane Boomer, Graduate Student, Basic Biomedical Sciences, University of South Dakota

"Cardiac Sympathetic Afferent Reflex on the PVN and Cardiovascular Function"

9:45AM PT Jesse Holt, Graduate Student, Biophysics, University of California Irvine

"PIEZO1: Wound, Move, Heal"

10:00AM PT Keolu Fox, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of California San Diego

"Data as Power: The Next 100 Generations of Indigenous Data Sovereignty"

10:30AM PT Rosanna Alegado, Associate Professor, Center for Microbial Oceanography, University of Hawaiʻi

"Ecology & equity: Insights from community-embedded microbiology in Indigenous spaces"

11:00AM PT Judith Simcox, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin

"Harnessing Diversity to Strengthen Diabetes Biomarkers with Mass Spectrometry"

11:30AM PT One Hour Break

12:30PM PT Panel Discussion moderated by Leandrew Dailey, Graduate Student, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, University of California San Francisco

"Integrating Indigenous and Native Identity into Scientific Research and Activism"

Panelists: Rosie Alegado, Matt Anderson, Keolu Fox, Andrea Gomez

1:30PM PT Break

1:45PM PT Keynote Speaker, Clifton A. Poodry, Courtesy Professor, University of Oregon; Emeritus Professor, University of California Santa Cruz

"Three Secrets"

2:45PM PT Closing Ceremony led by Kanyon "Coyote Woman" Sayers-Roods, Co-Founder - CEO, Kanyon Konsulting, LLC

3:00PM PT Closing Remarks by Willow Coyote-Maestas, HHMI Hanna Gray & UCSF QBI Fellow, University of California San Francisco

3:15PM PT Social



Rosanna Alegado, University of Hawaii

Matt Anderson, Ohio State College of Medicine

Lori Begaye, Health Sciences Center, University of Utah

Shane Boomer, University of South Dakota

Aaron Benjamin Clarke, University of California Santa Cruz

Khalyd Clay, The Scripps Research Institute

Leandrew Dailey, University of California San Francisco

Keolu Fox, University of California San Diego

Andrea Gomez, University of California Berkeley 

Cera Hassinan, University of Washington

Jesse Holt, University of California Irvine

Allyssa Joe, Diné College

Leana King, University of California Berkeley

Angel-Grace C Leslie, Haskell Indian Nations University

Krissy Lyon, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Matthew Maxwell, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Patrick V. Naranjo, University of California Berkeley

Clifton A. Poodry, University of Oregon, University of California Santa Cruz

Kanyon "Coyote Woman" Sayers-Roods, Kanyon Konsulting, LLC

Judith Simcox, University of Wisconsin

Margaret Werner-Washburne, University of New Mexico

This event will also feature undergraduates, post-baccalaureates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers, who will share their scientific and personal stories and meet other Native researchers from across the country. A list of participating trainees will be announced soon.

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