2020 CCIB Annual Retreat
Monday, December 14, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. 

Our retreat venue is through Gather.town, which is a virtual world that allows you to move around from room to room. Room Map is below.  (best used with Chrome web browser)

Join CCIB Virtual Retreat Gather.town by visiting https://gather.town/app/f53giMbzgzHxozlC/CCIB
Password is required. You must register, above, to gain access to the venue. 



Monday, December 14, 2020


CCIB Retreat Meet–N–Greet

Location: Lobby

Explore CCIB Retreat and Greet Others.





Interim Chancellor, Rutgers-Camden – Dr. Margaret Marsh

Rutgers-Camden Provost – Dr. Michael Palis

Associate Dean, Graduate School Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden – Dr. Michelle Meloy

Chief Executive Officer, Board of Governors, Joint Health Science Center – Ms. Dana Redd

Director, CCIB – Dr. Nir Yakoby

Location:  Main Auditorium






PANEL DISCUSSION: Biomimetic/Biomaterial

Moderators: Dr. Jinglin Fu and Dr. David Salas de la Cruz

  1. Novel molecular scaffolds
  2. Biomimetic assembly and their functions
  3. Large-scale production of biomaterials

Location: Main Auditorium


Post-Doc Professional Development – PROF 101

Moderator: Dr. Nir Yakoby

Panel Members: Dr. Anthony Geneva, Dr. Bill Whitlow, Dr. Iman Dehzangi, Dr. Kwangwon Lee, Dr. Suneeta Ramaswami

Location: Workshop Space






Grant Applications for Faculty

Moderator: Dr. Maria Solesio

Panel Members: Dr. Eric Klein (NSF), Dr. Jinglin Fu (DOD)

Presentation: Dr. Thomas Cheever, Program Director at the Division of Neurodegeneration at NINDS, NIH

Location:  Main Auditorium

Scientific Presentations for Students

Moderators: SOC Board

Presentation: Dr. Nathan Fried

Location: Workshop Space



Student Poster Session 

Location:  Hallway to Posters



PANEL DISCUSSION: “An interdisciplinary conversation about temperature.”

Moderator: Eric Klein

Panel Members: Angelica Gonzalez, Dan Shain, Grace Brannigan, Guillaume Lamoureux, David Salas-De La Cruz


  1. The definition of temperature and thermal equilibrium
  2. The role of entropy on the intensity of increased temperature
  3. The effect of temperature on rates and kinetics.
  4. Capturing temperature within computational models
  5. Temperature effects on cells, organisms, and ecosystems
  6. Some interesting phenomenon caused by thermal excitation

Location: Main Auditorium



General Discussion and Q & A Town Hall

Moderator:  Dr. Nir Yakoby

Location: Main Auditorium

Tuesday, December 15, 2020


Best Student Paper Presentation

Speaker: Liam Sharp, CCIB Ph.D. Student, Brannigan Lab

Title: Boundary lipids of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor in model and native membranes

Abstract: The nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are pentameric ligand-gated ion channels (pLGICs) responsible for conducting cations across the neuronal plasma membrane and stimulating an action potential throughout mammalian nervous systems. nAChRs are modulated by their local lipid composition (the boundary region) and require a specific boundary composition for function. One modulating lipid is cholesterol.  Significant research has gone into understanding exactly what boundary lipids are crucial for nAChR function: do the boundary lipids have a neutral or anionic charge? What are the highest acyl-chain affinity: saturated or unsaturated? We hypothesize twenty occupancy sites, with complex boundary compositions, rich in cholesterol and PUFAs. We analyze both model and quasi-neuronal membranes to try and characterize boundary composition and specific protein-lipid occupancy sites. First, using simulations of model domain and non-domain forming polyunsaturated (PUFA) rich ternary membranes, we analyze whether nAChR resides in a liquid order or disorder domain, and potential specific lipid occupancy sites. Second, using the bacterial protein, Erwinia ligand-gated ion channel, a pLGIC of the same family, we analyze the preferential occupancy of neutral and anionic lipids. Finally, bringing all of the previous studies together, we embed nAChR within a quasi-native neuronal membrane and calculate the protein occupancy affinity for our previously predicted lipid occupancy sites from model systems.

Location: Main Auditorium



Alumni Discussion and Q & A:  How to get the job YOU want?

Location: Main Auditorium



Presentation: STEM Graduate School Demystified: A Session for Friends and Family

Location: Main Auditorium



CCIB Social

Location: The Lounge


CCIB Retreat Gather.town Map




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