Organizers

Co-chairs’ biosketches

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Abbey Solitro graduated with a B.S. in biotechnology and forensic biology from Ferris State University. She is currently a graduate student in Van Andel Institute Graduate School and is conducting research in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey MacKeigan. Abbey’s dissertation work focuses on defining the role of autophagy in cancer and developing improved autophagy inhibitors for the treatment of disease.

 

 

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Nicole Vander Schaaf graduated with a B.S. in biology from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is currently a third-year student and Ph.D. candidate in Van Andel Institute Graduate School. Nicole joined the laboratory of Dr. Peter Laird in March 2015, where her dissertation research aims to understand the epigenetic abnormalities of colorectal cancer.

 

 

 

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Dr. Mary Winn is Van Andel Research Institute’s Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core manager. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at VARI before moving to the manager position in 2013. She also serves as an instructor at Van Andel Institute Graduate School. Winn’s research focuses, in part, on the translation of genomics to the clinic through the development of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers of disease.

 

 

Scientific organizing committee

  • Abbey Solitro, Van Andel Institute Graduate School Ph.D. candidate
  • Nicole Vander Schaaf, Van Andel Institute Graduate School Ph.D. candidate
  • Dr. Mary Winn, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core manager
  • Beth Resau, Scientific meeting planner