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Thank you to those who attended the V-CoM Research Social.  Next event in February 2023!

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Save the date for a RESEARCH SOCIAL on Friday, January 20th, 2023

12:30-1:30pm  Free Lunch! / Intro for graduate student and postdoc trainees

1:30-3:30pm    Speed Research Match: discover peer research collaboration opportunities

3:30-4:30pm    Wine and Cheese 

Location: Alumni Hall 202 Memorial Hall

Learn what peers in other V-CoM departments are researching to jumpstart trainee-led, collaborative, cross-school proposal opportunities! This event is to facilitate proposal developement in the interest of The Vanderbilt Center of Mechanobiology funding multiple grants in the $5,000 - $20,000 range. Proposal opportunity details to be provided at the event.

RSVPs due to V-CoM's NEW Center Coordinator, Kate McAllister ( by MONDAY, JANUARY 9. 


Thank you to everyone who make the inaugual V-CoM retreat a great success! We're reenergized to see what we can accomplish together.

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Vanderbilt Center on Mechanobiology Inaugural Retreat
Monday, August 15, 2022

Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center, Nelson Andrews Leadership Lodge, 3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch, TN 37013


9:00am – 9:15am            Welcome Address                                 

9:15am – 10:30am          Session I (Chaired by Beth Lawrence, Postdoc, Zanic Lab (CDB))

  • Professor Matt Lang, Dept of Chemical and Molecular Engineering, 30-minute talk
  • Nikki Rodgers, Zanic Lab (Cell and Developmental Biology) Graduate Student, 15-minute talk
  • Steven Walker, Olivares Lab (Biochemistry) Graduate Student, 15-minute talk
  • Jenna Mosier, Reinhart-King Lab (Biomedical Engineering), Graduate Student, 15-minute talk

10:30am – 10:45am        Coffee Break                        

10:45am – 12:00pm        Session II (Chaired by Katie Young, Postdoc, Reinhart-King Lab (BME))

  • Professor Dave Merryman, Dept of Biomedical Engineering, 30-minute talk
  • Joshua Greenlee, King Lab (Biomedical Engineering) Graduate Student, 15-minute talk
  • Deronisha Arceneaux, Lau Lab (Cell and Developmental Biology) Graduate Student, 15-minute talk
  • Caitlin McAtee, Research Instructor (Cell and Developmental Biology), 15-minute talk

12:00pm – 2:30pm          Lunch / Outdoor Activities / Free Time     

2:30pm – 3:45pm            Session III (Chaired by Andy Rolong, Postdoc, Lau Lab (CDB))

  • Professor Andrea Page-McCaw, Dept of Cell and Developmental Biology, and Professor Shane Hutson, Dept of Physics and Astronomy, 30-minute talk
  • Tian Zhu, Rafat Lab (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) Graduate Student, 15-minute talk
  • Wenjun Wang, Reinhart-King Lab (Biomedical Engineering) Graduate Student, 15-minute talk
  • Gillian Fitz, Tyska Lab (Cell and Developmental Biology) Graduate Student, 15-minute talk

3:45pm – 4:00pm            Coffee Break                                                  

4:00pm – 5:30pm            Catered Poster Session                       

5:30pm – 6:30pm            Dinner                                                        

6:30pm – 7:00pm            Closing Remarks and Awards  


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