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The last decade has seen an explosion of digital profiling techniques on the molecular scale. The next decade will see a similar explosion in digital profiling of phenotypic outputs driven by advances in imaging and robotics. Recent advances have allowed phenotypes to be measured quantitatively and in high throughput, enabling model based analysis and the derivation of real biological knowledge. The Danforth Center’s 15th Annual Fall Symposium will highlight cutting-edge science that has led to real biological understanding in a wide range of organisms. Below is a summary a few of our distinguished presenters. Be sure to check in throughout this month for Symposium updates and learn more about our other presenters.
Dr. Shital Dixit PhenoFab/KeyGene
Dr. Dixit is the Manager of Business Development at PhenoFab®, a joint facility of KeyGene and LemnaTec providing digital plant phenotyping services worldwide. She identifies and drives new projects in PhenoFab, brings innovation to its product pipeline, and offers client-driven solutions. She has a Ph.D. in the area of plant molecular genetics from Wageningen University- The Netherlands where she researched on abiotic stress resistances in crops. She worked as a scientist at KeyGene N.V. where she, with her team, developed non-destructive protocols on HTP phenotyping platforms to make High-Tec plant images and data analysis and extracted and exploited invaluable information with the genetic data resources, bridging the gap between genotyping and phenotyping.
Dr. Todd M. DeZwaan Monsanto Company Dr. DeZwaan's research interest is in high-throughput phenotyping for the discovery of agricultural products. He is currently the Strategy Lead for the Monsanto Automated Greenhouse, a facility that provides plant trait physiological characterization for Monsanto's Biotechnology product pipeline. He has a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, and has worked for 15 years in the Ag-Biotech industry, developing and leading in vitro and controlled environment screening efforts focused on crop improvement. Dr. Mikhail Berezin Assistant Professor of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, Missouri Dr. Berezin is focusing on novel mechanisms for optical imaging in medicine. His research interests lie in the design of fluorescent probes with high specificities to a variety of diseases for diagnostics and image-guided treatment. Current projects include the design of optical molecular and nanothermometers for measuring thermal fluctuations in vivo and controlling thermal ablation of cancer, synthesis of ROS/RNS nanoprobes for imaging injuries and developing novel optical imaging modalities in the extended near-infrared spectral range.
Dr. Anne Carpenter Director, Imaging Platform, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts Dr. Carpenter directs the Imaging Platform at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. She leads a team of biologists and computer scientists to develop image analysis and data mining methods and software that are freely available to the public through the open-source CellProfiler project. She collaborates with dozens of biomedical research groups around the world to help identify disease states, potential therapeutics, and gene function from microscopy images. Carpenter is a Massachusetts Academy of Sciences fellow, an NSF CAREER awardee, and has also been funded by the NIH, Human Frontiers in Science, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Learn more about our additional speakers.
Registration is now open and FREE to grad students; deadline is September 18, 2013.
For information or questions about the Fall Symposium,
Please contact Kathleen Mackey
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone: 314-587-1203
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
975 North Warson Road
Saint Louis, Missouri 63132
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