Buck Student Aging Symposium

Annual symposium organized by Buck graduate students

The Buck Student Aging Symposium (BSAS) is an annual internal research conference organized and run by the Graduate Student Society (GSS). This conference takes place in the spring here at Buck Institute for Research on Aging. The day is filled with oral and poster presentations given by our Dominican Master’s and Biology of Aging students. All Buck researchers and administrators are invited and encouraged to attend, as this event showcases their research during their time at Buck.

In 2022, the BSAS keynote was renamed the Arnold J. Kahn Memorial Lecture. We are deeply grateful to Arnie's relatives: Dr. and Mrs. C. Ronald Kahn and Dr. Jane Carey Kahn who have committed to support the future BSAS keynotes as we are able to invite pioneers of aging research to come inspire the future generations of scientists at Buck.

Every year we are grateful to everyone’s help and support. For some, BSAS is their favorite research conference of the year! Ever since the first BSAS in 2016, the conference has grown in attendance as well as the activities planned, and we hope it continues to grow for years to come with the continued support from Buck, Navigage Foundation, and the Kahn Family.

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8:30am-9:00am Breakfast
9:00am-9:15am Opening Remarks
9:15am-10:15am Arnold J. Kahn Memorial Lecture

10:15am-11:15am

 

 

USC-Buck Biology of Aging PhD talks Part I

  • Edward Anderton (5th year PhD Student, Lithgow Lab)
  • Daria Timonia (5th year PhD Student, Verdin Lab)
11:15am-11:25am Coffee Break

11:25am-12:25pm

 

 

USC-Buck Biology of Aging PhD talks Part II

  • Zoe Du (4th year PhD Student, Winer Lab)
  • Alan Tomusiak (2nd year PhD Student, Verdin Lab)
12:25pm-2:00pm Lunch and Poster Session
2:00pm-3:00pm Buck Alumni Career panel
3:00pm-3:10pm Coffee Break 

3:10pm-4:40pm

 

 

 

Dominican Biological Sciences Masters talks

  • Theron Niel (Benz Lab)
  • Lizbeth Enriquez (Kapahi Lab)
  • Lauren Haky (Verdin Lab)
4:40pm-4:50pm

Prizes and Closing Remarks

4:50pm-6:00pm

Reception in Atrium

Who are the BSAS committee members? 

The Graduate Student Society (GSS) strives to better the educational and social experience of the graduate students at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. The Buck Student Aging Symposium was initiated by the GSS to enrich the student experience at The Buck. All students are invited to provide their suggestions and input, and a subsection of the GSS (the BSAS committee) meets weekly after normal work hours to discuss and act upon the finer details of the event, such as inviting guest speakers, preparing the event agenda, and seeking donations.

This year’s BSAS committee is as follows:

GSS Committee 
Brenda Eap (President of GSS, PhD Student, Newman Lab)
Sidharth Madhavan (VP of GSS PhD Student, Newman Lab)
Ariel Floro (Secretary of GSS, PhD Student, Verdin Lab)
Zoe Du (Treasurer of GSS, PhD Student, Winer Lab)
Kirsten Chui (Social Chair, PhD Student, Newman Lab)

Ana Escalante (Masters Student, Benz Lab)
Ling Hsuan Sun (PhD Student, Hansen Lab)
Lizbeth Enriquez (Masters Student, Kapahi Lab)
Karishma Patel (Masters Student, Kapahi Lab)
Doyle Lokitiyakul (PhD Student, Tracy Lab)
Ivy Wong (Research Associate, Tracy Lab)
Cristina Alexandru (PhD Student, Verdin Lab)
Alan Tomusiak (PhD Student, Verdin Lab)
Lauren Haky (Masters Student, Verdin Lab)
Wendy Jara (Masters Student, Verdin Lab)
Dr. Birgit Schilling – Faculty Adviser
Lori Lee – Events Coordinator

Check out the previous events and committee members below.

BSAS 2022

Committee Members:
Daria Timonina (Verdin Lab)
Edward Anderton (Lithgow Lab)
Angelina Holcom (Lithgow Lab)
Sidharth Madhavan (Newman Lab)
Zoe Du (Furman Lab)
Lauren Haky (Verdin Lab)
Doyle Lokitiyakul (Tracy Lab)
Kirsten Chui (Tracy Lab)
Tyler Hilsabeck (Kapahi/Brem Labs)
Molly Susag – Administrative Supporter
Dr. Birgit Schilling – Faculty Advisor
Lori Lee – Events Coordinator

BSAS 2021

Committee Members:
Daria Timonina (Verdin Lab)
Edward Anderton (Lithgow Lab)
Angelina Holcom (Lithgow Lab)
Brenda Eap (Newman Lab)
Zoe Du (Furman Lab)
Francesco Neri (Campisi/Schilling Labs)
Courtney Hudson (Garrison Lab)
Tyler Hilsabeck (Kapahi/Brem Labs)
Michael Broussalian (Lithgow Lab)
Kenny Wilson (Ellerby/Kapahi Labs)
Molly Susag – Administrative Supporter
Dr. Birgit Schilling – Faculty Advisor
Lori Lee – Events Coordinator

BSAS 2019

Committee Members:
Kenny Wilson (Kapahi Lab)
Serban Ciotlos (Melov Lab)
Jacob Rose (Benz Lab)
Andrew Cruz (Verdin Lab)
Tyler Hilsabeck (Kapahi Lab)
Angelina Holcom (Lithgow Lab)
Jesse Simons (Ellerby Lab) – alumnus of Dominican University
Cagsar Apaydin (Jasper Lab)
Stephen Scheeler (Ellerby Lab)
Molly Susag – Administrative Supporter
Dr. Birgit Schilling – Faculty Advisor
Lori Lee – Events Coordinator

BSAS 2018

Committee Members:
Kenny Wilson (Kapahi Lab)
Megumi Mori (Haghighi Lab)
Jessica Ramirez (Kapahi Lab)
Tyler Hilsabeck (Kapahi/Brem Labs)
Devin Humpal (Brem/Garrison Labs)
Stephen Scheeler (Ellerby Lab)
Jesse Simons (Ellerby Lab) – alumnus of Dominican University
Lakshika Madushani (Ellerby Lab)
Molly Susag – Administrative Supporter
Dr. Birgit Schilling – Faculty Advisor

BSAS 2017

Committee Members:
Kenny Wilson (Kapahi Lab)
Megumi Mori (Haghighi Lab)
Renuka Sivapatham (Zeng Lab)
Stephen Scheeler (Ellerby Lab)
Jesse Simons (Kapahi Lab)
See Yang (Kapahi Lab)
Joshua Kramer (Lamba/Jasper Labs)
Mauricio Ortega (Benz Lab) – alumnus of Dominican University
Molly Susag – Administrative Supporter
Dr. Birgit Schilling – Faculty Advisor

BSAS 2016

Committee Members:
Renuka Sivapatham (Zeng Lab)
Kenny Wilson (Kapahi Lab)
Megumi Mori (Haghighi Lab)
Elizabeth Chao (Lithgow Lab)
Mauricio Ortega (Kapahi Lab)
Molly Susag – Administrative Supporter

Thank you for your interest in supporting BSAS and our students!

Sponsorship options:

  • Silver Package  $100-$299

    Your contribution will help make BSAS 2022 an even greater symposium! Your name or company logo will be included in our official programs and website.

  • Gold Package  $300-$999

    Most popular option by vendors, this package includes a table during the vendor shows to promote your company/organization. Vendor shows run throughout the day, giving your representatives a chance to speak with scientists attending the symposium. There are three breaks included in the symposium schedule for the vendors to showcase their products. Your company logo will be included in promotional items for BSAS 2022, including official programs, fliers, and website. For companies, this package will allow you a booth at during the lunch session for meeting students who will soon be seeking careers in science.

  • Platinum Package  >$1000

    Your contribution will fund an award to further enrich a student’s academic experience. We award students demonstrating exceptional science communication skills at the Symposium with a Travel Award, which provides an opportunity for the students to network and present their research at national or international conferences. Awardees are selected by the Award Selection Committee, comprised of advanced researchers and faculty members. An award will be named after you or your company, and a representative will be invited to present the award at the ceremony. You will have the option to have a booth during the vendor show, which runs throughout the day. Your logo will be included in promotional items for BSAS 2022, including official programs, fliers, and website.

    The awards given out in previous years are as follows:

    • PhD Best Presenter Award

    • Master’s Best Presenter Award (Navigage Travel Award)

    • PhD Poster Award (GSS Travel Award)

    • Master’s Poster Award (BioMarin Travel Award)

  • Contact Us:

    Please email us with your interest in sponsoring BSAS and indicate the package option you are interested in. You can also donate here in addition to, or in lieu of, sponsorship. After following the link, please click the blue “Donate online” button,  under designation select ‘Graduate Student Account’, and please leave a comment specifying that this donation is for BSAS.

    Thank you for your interest in supporting the graduate students at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging!

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