MGM Departmental Retreat – September 11-13, 2015

The 2015 Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology’s annual retreat will again be held at the Blockade Runner Resort in Wrightsville Beach on September 11-13, 2015.

For a complete schedule of the event click here.

This year’s Joklik lecturer is Dr. Lynn Enquist, the Henry L. Hillman Professor in Molecular Biology at Princeton University. Lynn is an outstanding virologist known for his pioneering work studying the entry, movement, replication, and reactivation of herpesviruses in primary neuronal cultures. His research sits at the interface of virology, cell transport, neurobiology, and genetics and thus will be of broad interest to our department. Lynn has also made substantial contributions to scientific training and professional leadership as a winner of the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Princeton, a Past President of the American Society for Virology, and Editor-in-Chief of the Annual Review of Virology. Lynn is also an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Nels Elde, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah, will be joining our retreat as an invited guest to give a talk entitled “Evolutionary battles over water.” Nels is one of the nation’s promising early-career researchers in evolutionary and cellular biology, working on both viruses and bacterial pathogens. His research aims to understand human evolution at the cellular and molecular levels by studying the constant battle between cells and pathogens as each constantly adapts and changes to outsmart the other and survive. Nels was named a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences in 2012 and an Ann Palmenberg Junior Investigator Award from the American Society of Virology in 2015.

In addition to speaking at the retreat, Dr. Elde will be presenting in the Thursday Seminar Series prior to the retreat (Sept 10, “How pathogens shape host cell biology”).

We look forward to having both Dr. Enquist and Dr. Elde join us at the Departmental Retreat at Wrightsville Beach.

RSVP has been set a bit earlier this year in an effort to assign cottages sooner and provide housing information to the attendees. If your attendance is tentative as of August 7th please RSVP to Annette Kennett ( so we can consider that housing for you might be needed. If you have questions about the scientific talks, contact Drs. Stacy Horner, Lawrence David, David Tobin, and Dong Yang who are coordinating the talks.  Details regarding housing assignments and other logistics will follow as plans are finalized.