2019 Homecoming

Welcome Alumni and Friends!

We'd like to invite you to RSVP to our 2019 Molecular and Cellular Biology Homecoming Weekend (Thurs. October 17th through Sat. October 19th). The link to RSVP can be found here. If you have any difficulty accessing the link or filling out the form, feel free to contact Brady Hughes. If you need to make any edits once you've submitted the form, please contact Brady Hughes at bahughe2@illinois.edu.

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

Location: Room 314 Illini Union

Time Event
5:30pm - 5:50pm Welcome by Tina Knox and Dr. Berkowitz: Overview/History of Program
5:50pm - 6:15pm Buffet dinner served
6:15pm - 6:35pm Address by Kristine Burgess: Role that allied health professionals play in the future of medicine or healthcare
6:35pm - 6:55pm Address by Dr. Holly Rosencranz: Changes in Medical School Education
6:55pm - 7:05pm Questions and Answers, part I
7:15pm - 7:55pm Keynote Address by Dr. Richard Byrne: Innovation in Neurosurgery
7:55pm - 8:05pm Questions and Answers, part II
8:05pm - 8:15pm Break/move to informal break out discussions
8:15pm - 9:00pm Informal alumni discussions (two 20 minute sessions, with a 5 minute break in between)

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

At our Friday afternoon event, you'll be able to receive tours of our new MCB Learning Center for Instruction and Advising, which is located in the old Biology Library space in Burrill Hall. You'll also get to meet some of our outstanding MCB students, whose summer research was funded by alumni like you. Come learn about our new Biology, Experience, Scholarship and Training (BEST) scholarships for high-achieving students and how you can contribute to our recruiting efforts.

Location: Room 101 Burrill Hall

Time Event
3:00pm - 3:30pm Informal food/drink reception and tours of new instructional space
3:30pm - 3:45pm Address by Dr. Bagchi, Director of the School of MCB
3:45pm - 4:00pm Resume receptions and tours
4:00pm - 5:00pm Research poster symposium from undergraduate students

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

  • 9:00am - 11:00am — Pre-game tailgate (exact location TBA)
  • Football game, Illinois vs. Wisconsin.