Biomedical Research Graduate School Symposium Welcome

Welcome letter from the Dean

David Ann of City of Hope

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the seventh Biomedical Research Graduate Student Symposium, organized by the students of the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences. After a period of remote operations due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, I am thrilled to announce that we are reconvening in person for this year's symposium. I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the graduate student committee for their hard work in successfully transitioning this symposium back to an in-person event.

This year's symposium will feature presentations that highlight various career paths for Ph.D. students, address the mental health challenges faced by graduate students, and include a keynote address by Lili Yang, Ph.D., from UCLA. In addition to our distinguished speakers, graduate students from local academic institutions will have the opportunity to showcase their research through oral and poster presentations.

I would like to take this moment to express my gratitude to all participants for joining us today. Your presence not only reflects your dedication to building a collaborative and passionate research community at City of Hope but also demonstrates your resilience in overcoming the hurdles presented by recent circumstances. I hope that the experiences you gain from this symposium will serve as the foundation for enduring collaborations or as a catalyst for inspiration in your future projects. By coming together in events like this, we foster a vibrant community of scholars and contribute significantly to the advancement of knowledge and discovery.

Warm regards,

David Ann, Ph.D.
Dean, Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences