Game Changers: Technologies That Are Rewriting the Future of the Life Sciences

Saltiel Life Sciences Symposium

September 15, 2017
Forum Hall, Palmer Commons

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In 2016, the annual LSI symposium was named the Saltiel Life Sciences Symposium thanks to an endowment made possible by the generous support of the LSI's faculty, Leadership Council, Scientific Advisory Board and friends. The name recognizes the leadership and scientific contributions made by former LSI Director Alan R. Saltiel during his thirteen-year tenure.


  • 8:30 a.m. | Welcome by U-M President Mark Schlissel

  • 8:40 a.m. | Brief retrospective on the life sciences at U-M
  • 9:10 a.m. | Introduction of the Mary Sue and Kenneth Coleman Life Sciences Lecturer
    Alan R. Saltiel, Ph.D.
    Director, Comprehensive Diabetes Center, Professor, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine; Director, Life Sciences Institute 2002-2015

  • 9:15 a.m.Mary Sue and Kenneth Coleman Life Sciences Lecture: Nature’s gift: how the discovery of structural principles in a microbial protein helped illuminate the pathophysiology of psychiatry 
    Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
    D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

  • 10:10 a.m. | Morning break

  • 10:30 a.m. | Single molecules and single cells: probing chemistry and biology at their fundamental limit
    David R. Walt, Ph.D.
    Core faculty member, Wyss Institute at Harvard University; Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor; Founder of Illumina, Inc. and Quanterix Corp.

  • 11:30 a.m. | Whole-animal imaging with high spatiotemporal resolution
    Philipp Keller, Ph.D.
    Group Leader, Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus

  • 12:30 p.m. | Lunch break

  • 1:45 p.m. | Probing the molecular organization of cells and organelles using cryo-electron microscopy
    Daniela Nicastro, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Biophysics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

  • 2:45 p.m. | LSI labs poster session (Great Lakes Rooms)

  • 4:00 p.m. | Engineering sub-nm, organs & ecosystem
    George Church, Ph.D.
    Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • 4:55 p.m. | Closing remarks