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2015 UCSD-Salk Retreat

Sunday, Sept 20 - Tuesday, Sept 22

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.


Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa

27984 Hwy 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352

Tel: 909-336-1511

Location and Directions

Registration will open in July, 2015.

The Lake Arrowhead Resort can accommodate your family members and dogs. Please contact the Resort directly to make arrangements with them. The Division only handles reservations and payments for those registered for the Retreat.

The Resort 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, 2015
If you cancel after this date, you or your PI may be charged the full amount.

Posters and Abstracts

Abstract Submission Deadline: September 14, 2015

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)
  • Nan Hao (Section of Molecular Biology)
  • Brenda Bloodgood (Section of Neurobiology)
  • Axel Nimmerjahn (Salk Institute)
  • Jennifer Roth (Head Staff Organizer)
  • Cathy Pugh (staff)
  • Masha Evpak (student representative)
  • Eunice Lau (student representative)
  • Bryan Arias (student representative)
  • Alexandra Bortnick (postdoc representative)
  • Amanda Moore (postdoc representative)

Retreat Speakers


Victor Nizet, Professor of Pediatrics in the UCSD School of Medicine

Award for Excellence in Graduate Research

Valentino Gantz


  • Rachel Dutton (MB)
  • Jim Kadonaga (MB)
  • Kit Pogliano (MB)
  • Mark Estelle (CDB)
  • Eduardo Macagno (CDB)
  • Justin Meyer (EBE)
  • Scott Rifkin (EBE)
  • Nick Spitzer (Neuro)
  • Diana Hargreaves (Salk)
  • Graham McVicker (Salk)

Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Heather Bell (EBE)
  • Suhong Xu (CDB)
  • Arthur Prindle (MB)
  • Rea Lardelli (MB)
  • Abby Buchwalter (Salk)

Graduate Students:

  • Cali Tomaszewicz (EBE)
  • James Broughton (MB)
  • Keir Balla (CDB)
  • Naina Kurup (Neuro)
  • James Hung (EBE)
Questions? Email Jennifer Roth at jhroth@ucsd.edu