Laufer Center 2015 Spring Retreat


April 20, 2015 
The Old Field Club 
86 West Meadow Road 
East Setauket, New York, 11733 
8:30 AM – 6:30 PM




Check-in & Continental Breakfast     8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Program Opening and Introductions     9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

 9:00        Dr. Ken A. Dill, Opening remarks and Center Overview

 9:45        Drs. Sasha Levy & Gábor Balázsi, Introductions

Oral Session I:     10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 10:00      Markus Seeliger, Ph.D.

  Department of Pharmacology, Stony Brook University

  Role of protein kinase dynamics for signaling and drug development

 10:30      Jamie Blundell, Ph.D. (advisor:  Sasha F. Levy)

  Postdoctoral Fellow, Laufer Center for Physical & Quantitative Biology

  Quantifying epistasis and the benefit of recombination

 10:45      Kevin Farquhar (advisor:  Gábor Balázsi)

                Genes and Development Ph.D. program, The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston

  Phenotypic Impact of Gene Expression Variability in Cancer Biology

 11:00      Adam de Graff, Ph.D. (advisor:  Ken Dill)

                Laufer Jr. Fellow, Laufer Center for Physical & Quantitative Biology

 The Ins and Outs of Aging

 11:15      F. William Studier

  Biological, Environmental & Climate Sciences Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory

                Escherichia coli genome evolution


Lunch     12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Oral Session II:     1:00 PM - 2:45 PM

 1:00        Michael Schatz, Ph.D.

                Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

  Single cell and single molecule approaches to studying the structure of cancer

  1:30       Justin Gardin (advisor:  Bruce Futcher)

  Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Ph.D. program, Stony Brook University

  Sequence Matters: The Hidden mRNA Code and How it Regulates Protein Levels

 1:45        Jason Wagoner, Ph.D. (advisor:  Ken Dill)

                Laufer Jr. Fellow, Laufer Center for Physical & Quantitative Biology

  Efficiency of molecular motors and cell cycles

 2:00        Daniel Charlebois, Ph.D. (advisor: Gábor Balázsi)

  NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Laufer Center for Physical & Quantitative Biology

  Theoretical Investigations on the Development of Nongenetic Drug Resistance

 2:15        Steven Skiena

  Computer Science Department, Stony Brook University

  Optimizing the Design of Coding Sequences


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

-          Coffee break

-          Poster set-up (ballroom)

-          Free Time (Students & Postdocs)

-          Laufer Center Self-Evaluation (Faculty. Meeting room)


Reception & Poster Session     4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Poster presenters should be available to answer questions.  


Pizza Dinner & Poster Prizes Awarded     5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Prizes will be awarded to Grad Students for 1st and 2nd place.


Retreat organizers:  Gábor Balázsi and Sasha Levy

 For more information or to request a special accommodation,

contact Nancy Rohring at 631-632-5400 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Check  out our Laufer Center 2015 Spring Retreat T-shirt!