MCB Retreat

Friday, September 6th, 2019
I-Hotel and Conference Center

The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology is proud to announce the first ever MCB Retreat to be held on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 8:00am to 5:30pm at the I-Hotel and Conference Center. This is an opportunity for the entire school to learn about the pioneering research being conducted in all four departments and form lasting connections.

Registration Information

Registration is open to everyone in the School of MCB.

  • Deadline for abstracts is Friday, August 9
  • Deadline for general registration is Friday, August 23
  • Register here

Research Presentations

Graduate students, postdoctoral students and research scientists are encouraged to present a poster and/or a talk. Abstracts can be uploaded during the registration process.

  • There are three distinct opportunities to present:
    1. Poster (The bulletin boards are 8’x 4’. We recommend your poster size be either 48″x 32″ or 48″x 42″)
    2. 3-minute flash talk (2 slides, 3 minutes, presentation should be for a general audience)
    3. 15-minute research talk (selection priority will be given to graduate students, but all interested parties are encouraged to apply)
  • Abstracts need to be uploaded in the .doc/.docx format, and should adhere to a word limit of 250 words (excluding authors). Research abstracts should be submitted in the following format:


    A Scandal in Bohemia

    Presenting author: Please use this format Name, (affiliation1), (affiliation2)

    Irene Adler, (Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), (Department of Molecular Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

    Presenting author’s email address:

    All authors in order: (one author per line using the formatting described above)

    Irene Adler, (Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), (Department of Microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

    Sherlock Holmes, (Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

    John Watson, (Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology), (Department of Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

    Abstract: (250 words limit)

    Dr. Watson recounts an adventure that started on 20 March 1888. While the currently married Watson is paying Holmes a visit, a masked visitor arrives, introducing himself as Count Von Kramm, an agent for a wealthy client. Holmes quickly deduces that the visitor is in fact Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein and the hereditary King of Bohemia. Realizing Holmes has seen through his guise, the King admits this and tears off his mask.
  • Individuals selected to give talks will be notified via email.
  • Awards for poster presentations and 15-minute research talks will be presented for the recipients in 1st ($300), 2nd ($200), and 3rd ($100) place. One top award ($200) will be presented for the 3-minute flash talk.

Keynote speakers

Dr. Andrew Belmont
Chromatin and Nuclear structure

Dr. Cari Vanderpool
Microbial Systems Initiative

Retreat Schedule

Time Event
8:00 AM Check-in/Refreshments
8:45 AM Welcoming Remarks
9:00 AM Student Oral Presentations - Session 1
10:00 AM Poster Session 1
11:00 AM Spotlight Faculty Talks
11:30 AM Keynote Presentation
12:00 PM Lunch
1:15 PM Director's Remarks
1:30 PM Rapid Fire/Blitz Talks
2:00 PM Student Oral Presentations - Session 2
3:00 PM Poster Session 2
4:00 PM Spotlight Faculty Talks
4:30 PM Keynote Presentation
5:00 PM Closing Remarks/Awards

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