Alumni Symposium | 05.04.19, UC Berkeley, Li Ka Shing (LKS) Center

Program Agenda

8:30am-9:00am Registration & Continental Breakfast, LKS Lobby
9:10am-9:30am Welcome | MCB Faculty Gloria Brar (MCB BA 2002) & Matthew Welch (MCB PhD 1993)
Session 1 Chair: Russell Vance
9:30am-10:00am Raymond Deshaies | Senior Vice President for Global Research at Amgen | Biochemistry PhD 1988, Schekman lab
10:00am-10:30am Janelle Ayres | Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences | MCB BA 2002, Postdoc Vance lab
10:30am-11:00am Break, LKS Lobby
Session 2 Chair: Gloria Brar
11:00am-11:30am Rachel Haurwitz | President and Chief Executive Officer of Caribou Biosciences | MCB PhD 2012, Doudna lab
11:30am-12:00pm Hunter Fraser | Associate Professor of Biology at Stanford | MCB PhD 2005, Eisen lab
12:00pm-12:30pm Victor Holmes | Senior Scientist at Amyris Biotechnologies | MCB PhD 2001, Cozzarelli lab
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch, LKS Lobby
Session 3 Chair: Justin Zhang
1:30pm-2:00pm Michael Gilman | Chief Executive Officer of Arrakis Therapeutics | Biochemistry PhD 1983, Chamberlin lab
2:00pm-2:30pm Lisa Dennison | Director of Research Development Communications at UT–Southwestern and Founder and Director of Science Sketches | MCB PhD 2012, Scott lab
2:30pm-3:00pm Ed Lein | Investigator at the Allen Institute for Brain Science | MCB PhD 1998, Shatz lab
3:00pm-3:30pm Break, LKS Lobby
Session 4 Chair: David Drubin
3:30pm-4:00pm Rachel (Zunder) Fraser | Director of Research at Impossible Foods | MCB PhD 2011, Rine lab
4:00pm-4:15pm Closing: David Drubin | MCB Faculty Co-Chair | Biochemistry BA, 1983
4:15pm-5:30pm Reception, LKS Lobby
5:30pm-TBD Join alumni and current graduate students for an informal evening out at Triple Rock Brewing 


Planning Your Visit


There are several hotels close to campus, including:

Hotel Shattuck Plaza
2086 Allston Way

Bancroft Hotel
2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
The Graduate Berkeley Hotel (formerly Hotel Durant)
2600 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
The Faculty Club 
On campus



The Li Ka Shing Center is located on the west side of the UC Berkeley campus close to downtown Berkeley (see map). It is accessible via Downtown Berkeley Bart (~7 minute walk) or public parking is available on non-restricted campus lots (check posted signs for rates and times).