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2014 UCSD-Salk Retreat

Sunday, Sept 28 - Tuesday, Sept 30

The annual retreat in Lake Arrowhead brings together the UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences and the Salk Institute  researchers, faculty, and grad students to share their work and foster a sense of community.


UCLA Conference Center at Lake Arrowhead
850 Willow Creek Road
Lake Arrowhead, CA

Phone (909) 337-2478


Retreat Schedule (PDF)

Retreat Abstract Book (PDF)

Registration is now closed.

Contact Jennifer Roth at jhroth@ucsd.edu to ask to be put on the waiting list in case there are cancellations.

Attendance is limited, so no family members can be accommodated.

No smoking or use of any tobacco product is allowed at the Conference Center. 
The conference center will provide lunch and dinner on Sunday, all meals on Monday, and breakfast on Tuesday, as well as a cocktail hour each evening.


The deadline for retreat registration cancellation with a refund is: August 15, 2014
If you cancel after this date, you or your PI may be charged the full amount.

Posters and Abstracts

Abstract Submission Deadline: September 14, 2014

Late abstract submissions will not be eligible for poster judging and will not be included in the abstract book. Find out more about abstract guidelines and the poster session.


Retreat Committee Members

  • Emily Troemel, Chair (Section of Cell and Developmental Biology)
  • Scott Rifkin (Section of Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution)
  • Jose Pruneda-Paz (Section of Cell and Developmental Biology)
  • Jens Lykke-Andersen (Section of Molecular Biology)
  • Brenda Bloodgood (Section of Neurobiology)
  • Axel Nimmerjahn (Salk Institute)
  • Jennifer Roth (staff)
  • Tom Tomp (staff)
  • Cathy Pugh (staff)
  • Arjana Pradhan (student representative)
  • Keir Balla (student representative)
  • Alexandra Bortnick (postdoc representative)

Retreat Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Kelsey Martin (UCLA)


  • Senyon Choe (Salk)
  • Janelle Ayres (Salk)
  • Kenta Asahina (Salk)
  • Rick Firtel (CBD)
  • Alisa Huffaker (CDB)
  • Eric Schmelz (CDB)
  • Takaki Komiyama (Neuro)
  • Yimin Zou (Neuro)
  • Elina Zuniga (MB)
  • Stephen Mayfield (MB)
  • Kees Murre (MB)
  • Carolyn Kurle (EBE)
  • Justin Meyer (EBE)


  • Sattar Taheri (MB)
  • Jintao Liu (MB)
  • Mark Brandon (Neuro)
  • Edmund Hollis (Neuro)
  • Heather Bell (EBE)

Graduate Student

  • Alexa Clemmons (CDB)--winner of the Award for Excellent in Graduate Research
  • Spencer Diamond (MB)
  • Anthony Phan (MB)
  • Vanessa Mondol (MB)
  • Shea Gillet (Neuro)
  • Jon Hetzel (Salk)
Questions?Questions? Email Jennifer Roth at jhroth@ucsd.edu