Congrats to the winners, Sai Vemula and Johnathon Anderson.
Here are their winning entries.
Editor, SSSCR-International, UC Berkeley, Molecular and Cell Biology B.A.
This forum provides a unique opportunity to get a glimpse of the field from national and global perspectives and lets me go beyond the science and learn about various economical, regulatory and policy related issues. As an undergraduate I have been an instructor for a stem cell class, outreach educator and an advocate. Meetings like these offer me a platform to forge new connections with researchers from multiple disciplines to better develop my understanding, as I form the next steps in my career. In particular I am interested in learning about drug development process and designing of clinical trials.
Johnathon D. Anderson
I’m eminently interested in developing novel therapeutics, a spark of passion that was perhaps flamed by my mother’s passing from cancer some years ago. I’m attempting to marry my high-throughput sequencing and molecular biology backgrounds into characterizing and high-jacking a recently elucidated new cell to cell communication system that all mammalian cells, including stem cells appear to use (exosomes, microvesicles). I work in a translational lab on adult stem cells and I would absolutely love that opportunity to talk science and the future of the field with some of the great minds that will be there.