August 11, 2015

Chemistry-Biology Conference continues at Student Life Center

 Nearly 100 chemical biology graduate students from throughout the mid-South and mid-West have gathered at the Student Life Center this week for a conference on career paths hosted by Vanderbilt University.

The third annual Midwestern Regional Chemistry-Biology Interface (CBI) Development Conference, sponsored in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), features a wide range of career sessions and mentoring, from Dow Agrosciences to the FBI.

Keynote speakers are Stephen Fesik, Ph.D., the Orrin H. Ingram II Professor of Cancer Research at Vanderbilt, and Anabella Villalobos, Ph.D., head of Neuroscience Medicinal Chemistry at Pfizer Neuroscience in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Fesik and Villalobos are among 45 mentors participating in the conference. Others are Miles Fabian, Ph.D., program director at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the NIH; and Catherine Goodman, Ph.D., senior editor at Nature Chemical Biology.

Vanderbilt faculty mentors include Cynthia Brame, Ph.D., Brian Bachmann, Ph.D., Billy Hudson, Ph.D., Sean Seymore, J.D., Ph.D., Gary Sulikowski, Ph.D., Michelle Sulikowski, Ph.D., and Steven Townsend, Ph.D.

Those attending the three-day conference, which ends Wednesday, are welcome to attend the 2015 Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology Student Research Symposium on Thursday at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville.

Guest speaker at that event is Wilfred van der Donk, Ph.D., Richard E. Heckert Endowed Chair in Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

For more information about the CBI conference, visit or contact Amanda Renick-Beech in the Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) office at

For more information about the VICB symposium, visit or call 615-322-0907.