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Eleventh Postdoctoral Research Symposium, Wednesday, May 31, 2017



The Jefferson Postdoctoral Association and the Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences (JCBS) Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will host the 11th Jefferson Postdoctoral Research Symposium (PRS) on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The oral presentations and keynote address will be in the Connelly Auditorium in the Hamilton Building (1001 Locust Street) and the poster presentations will be in the Hamilton lobby. The PRS will display the breadth and depth of the research done by postdocs here at Jefferson. The Agenda is available here.

The Keynote Speaker for the 2017 PRS will be Dr. William Kaelin, Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School,  and Associate Director, Basic Science, for the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. He obtained his undergraduate and MD degrees from Duke University and completed his training in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he served as chief medical resident. He was a clinical fellow in Medical Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, during which time he was a McDonnell Scholar.

William G. Kaelin, Jr., MD

Dr. William Kaelin

A Howard Hughes Medical Investigator since 1998, Dr. Kaelin's research seeks to understand how, mechanistically, mutations affecting tumor-suppressor genes cause cancer.  His long-term goal is to lay the foundation for new anticancer therapies based on the biochemical functions of tumor suppressor proteins. His work on the VHL protein helped to motivate the eventual successful clinical testing of VEGF inhibitors for the treatment of kidney cancer. Moreover, this line of investigation led to new insights into how cells sense and respond to changes in oxygen, and thus has implications for diseases beyond cancer, such as anemia, myocardial infarction and stroke.

Dr. Kaelin is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). He recently served on the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors, the AACR Board of Trustees, and the IOM National Cancer Policy Board. He is a recipient of the Paul Marks Prize for cancer research from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Prize from the AACR. In April 2010, Dr. Kaelin was named one of five recipients of the prestigious Canada Gairdner International Award, and he also was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Last year, Dr. Kaelin was awarded the prestigious Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award.

Dr. Kaelin is the former postdoc mentor of Dr. Haifeng Yang, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology, Thomas Jefferson University. Click here for more information about Dr. Kaelin and his lab’s research.

For more information please contact Dr. Lisa Kozlowski at the JCBS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at (215) 503-5750, or