Friday, April 7, 2017
FUSION 2017: A Biodesign Scientific Retreat
Carefree Resort & Conference Center
Saguaro Ballroom

The Fusion 2017 Scientific Retreat is an opportunity for the Biodesign Institute research community to come together to learn about the growing depth of science at Biodesign and connect with colleagues. Our discussion, activities and poster session will focus on the vision and future direction of the Biodesign Institute, charting our ambitious future to 2020 and beyond.

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7:30 – 9:00 am Check-In and hearty Breakfast Buffet
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and opening remarks | Josh LaBaer
9:10 – 10:30 Hot New Science
15 minute presentation with 5 minutes for questions and answers
  Peiming Zhang: Recognition Tunneling Nanopores as a Universal Platform for Detection and Sequencing of Biomolecules
Biodesign Center for Single Molecule Biophysics
  Brenda Hogue: Viroporins-Targets for Antiviral Therapeutic and Vaccine Development
Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy
  Chris Diehnelt: Peptide Microarrays as a Ligand Discovery Platform Technology 
Biodesign Center for Innovations in Medicine
  Marco Mangone: Dissecting RNA-based regulatory networks
Virginia G. Piper Biodesign Center for Personalized Diagnostics
10:30 – 10:40 Mid-Morning Break
10:40 – Noon Carlo Maley: Classifying the Evolution and Oncology of Tumors
Virginia G. Piper Biodesign Center for Personalized Diagnostics
  Lih-Fen Lue: The Race is On: Developing Alzheimer’s Core Disease Constituents for Blood Biomarkers
ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center
  Matthew Scotch: Surveillance of RNA viruses using discrete Bayesian phylogeography
Biodesign Center for Environmental Security
  Arvind Varsani: Towards unravelling viral dynamics in Antarctic ecosystems
Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics
12:00 – 1:00 Chuckwagon picnic lunch and entertainment
1:00 – 2:30

Mid-Day Break:  Resort Activities & Retreat Clinics

Resort Activities: Benefit from collaborative group discussions and fun with colleagues to enjoy resort amenities (informal and self-assembled)

  • Billards & Board Games: Visit the Red Horse Saloon game room
  • Nature Walks:  Self-guided walking trails and paths in and around resort
  • Bike Riding: Complimentary bicycle rental from front desk for self-guided bike rides
  • Relax in lounge chairs around the heated pool
  • Resort game – “Pickle”:* (like table tennis with paddles and wiffle ball.)  Complimentary racquet and ball rental
  • Tennis:* Complimentary racquet and ball rental
  • Nature and Wildlife photography:  Self-guided walking trails – bring your own camera! 
Retreat Clinics: Meet and greet your colleagues!  Drop by the Saguaro Ballroom from 1:30 – 2:30 for open advising in a variety of hot topics. Enter your name in a drawing to win a prize!
  • Biodesign ROAD: Curious to know about grant opportunities and the resources provided by our Research Opportunity Advancement and Development (ROAD) team?  See Robyn Merchant
  • Biodesign CORE facilities:  Want to learn more about Biodesign’s core facilities?  See Mike Gaskin for drop-in advising from 1:30 – 2:30
  • Biodesign Imaging CORE:  Come see Honor Glenn for some important new updates!
  • CRYO-EM:  Prepared to be blown away by ASU’s $4M investment in the Cryo-Em electron microscope.  Po-Lin Chiu will share details about the new facility and first results of molecular pictures!
  • Federal Funding Opportunities:  Meet with Rachel Levinson from ASU’s DC campus to explore insights from our nation’s capital
  • Human Resources: Visit with Carolyn Lofgren and Yolanda Anderson.  Our HR team is your go-to source for faculty recruitment, visas, professional development and so much more

*To reserve/enjoy these amenities, please contact the hotel concierge, Diane Schure at (480) 488-5300 ext. 3838 or contact the front desk at (480) 488-5300 ext. 3000

2:30 – 3:00 Rapid Fire – 2-minute Poster Preview Session (15 presenters)
3:00 – 4:30

Poster Session & Reception

• Odd numbered posters (3:00 – 3:45)
• Even numbered posters (3:45 – 4:30)

4:30 – 5:00 Award Ceremony and Closing Remarks