2019 Homecoming

Welcome Alumni and Friends!

Keep an eye on this site, as we’ll be posting more details about our October gathering as we get closer to the event. Please email Brady Hughes at bahughe2@illinois.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

If you would like to donate to the MCB Pre-Health and Professional Mentorship Program Scholarship Fund, please click here and select "School of Molecular and Cellular Biology Enhancement Fund.

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Celebration of the 10th anniversary for our MCB Pre-Health and Professional Mentorship Program at the Illini Union

There will be several presentations:

  • "The Changing Role of the Allied Health Professional in Our Healthcare System" - Kristine Burgess
  • "Our Medical Education Paradigm: The Past, The Present and Where We’re Headed" – Dr. Holly Rosencranz
  • "Update on the Value of Mentorship Programs…How Are We Doing?" – Dr. Richard Berkowitz
  • "Innovation in Neurosurgery" – our keynote presentation by Dr. Richard Byrne

Our presentations will be followed by dinner with our speakers and our students.

Keynote Speaker - Richard W. Byrne, MD

Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery and Medical Director
The Roger C. Bone, MD, Presidential Professor of Rush University

Richard W. Byrne, MD, completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois in 1987 and received his medical doctorate at Northwestern University Medical School in 1991. Byrne graduated from the neurosurgical residency training program at Rush University Medical Center in 1997 and joined the faculty after additional training in epilepsy and brain tumor surgery.

Dr. Byrne is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in surgical treatment for epilepsy, skull base and brain tumor surgery, pituitary surgery, trigeminal neuralgia and radiosurgery. He has been actively involved in a number of epilepsy and brain tumor surgery trials, basic science research in epileptogenesis and brain tumor genetics and has authored more than 100 manuscripts, book chapters and two textbooks on these subjects.

There will be opportunities for you to host informal chats with students regarding your chosen profession on both Thursday and Friday.

Friday, October 18th, 2019

  • Tours of our new MCB Learning Center for Instruction and Advising, which is located in the old Biology Library space in Burrill Hall.
  • Poster symposium highlighting research projects from our undergraduate students.
  • Meet some of our outstanding MCB students, whose summer research was funded by alumni like you.
  • Learn about our new Biology, Experience, Scholarship and Training (BEST) scholarships for high-achieving students and how you can contribute to our recruiting efforts.

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

  • MCB tailgate near Memorial Stadium
  • Football game, Illinois vs. Wisconsin.

More information on this to come!