Welcome letter from the Dean

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I endorse our graduate student symposium, which was conceived and organized by our graduate students.
This symposium will feature both invited speakers and graduate student presentations. The students intend for their symposium to provide educational networking opportunities for our students and other attendees. This symposium will feature presentations highlighting various career tracks for Ph.D. students.
The Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences was founded in 1994 to provide Ph.D. students with unique opportunities to conduct doctoral research in a unique environment that fosters both outstanding basic science and translational research to create new treatments and cures for catastrophic disease such as cancer. Our graduates have gone on to productive careers in academia and industry.
This student organized symposium will showcase our graduate student research intermingled with presentations from distinguished scientists from within and outside of the institution. I enthusiastically encourage all interested students, faculty and staff to attend what is shaping up to be an exciting and educational event.
John J. Rossi, Ph.D.
Helen & Morgan Chu Dean's Chair
of the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences
Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Dean, Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences