Welcome letter from the Dean

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I endorse our first 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

Welcome letter from the organizing committee

We are pleased to welcome you to City of Hope’s inaugural graduate symposium.
This symposium brings together biomedical scientists from the Southern California area to share their research and build their professional networks. As graduate students, we strive to optimize our work and to enrich our scientific and professional capabilities. To honor this drive, our committee has focused this symposium on professional development. By offering insights into careers in academia and industry, we hope that students can picture themselves in their future roles in the scientific community.
We are on the frontlines in the battle for data. Now, we can also take charge of our career development.
We would like to thank our keynote speaker, Dr. Roy Parker, as well as our panelists and career experts for their time and advice. It has been an honor planning this event for our peers, and we hope that you learn something new, expand your network and enjoy your time with us!
Alexandra Ciminera
Graduate Symposium Director