Spring 2021 Biotechnology Virtual Symposium: Viruses, Vaccines & Biotech

Engage with representatives from Montgomery College, Frederick Community College, and UMBC as well as local biotechnology industry leaders though our Training & Employment in Biotechnology virtual symposium!

This semester-long symposium will take place online (via Zoom) from 4:00 – 4:45 pm on select Monday afternoons throughout the spring semester. Sessions will focus on a variety of topics related to the intersection of viruses, vaccines, and the biotech industry.

Please click on the RSVP button below to register for the sessions you would like to attend, as well as further information regarding specific session topics and details as they become available throughout the semester.

Registration is now closed.

Spring 2021 Biotechnology Symposium Topics

February 8: Introduction to Vaccines

An introduction to vaccines and how they work. Types of vaccines and Covid-19 vaccines. Careers in vaccines.
Presented by David Koelle, M.D., Professor, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Washington.

February 15: Push Through: Using Networking, Allyship, and Mentoring for a Successful Bench Career

With a focus on the underrepresentation of women and minorities as bench level scientists and supervisors, and how to obtain the skills both hard and soft by leveraging organizations like WIB, NSBE, and other organizations.
Presented by Kaneal Oliver Keels, CEO and Founder, Immunovation.

February 22: How To Win The Interview With Biotechnology Companies

Learn how to best prepare for your interview and land the job. Topics covered will include tips for preparation, questions to ask, how people usually strike out during interviews, and thank you notes.
Presented by Jillian Mahoney and Kristina Warwick, Life Science Recruiters, Aerotek.

March 1: Biotechnology Advising: What classes should I take, and to where should I transfer?

Advising webinar for Montgomery College biotechnology majors and students interested in biotechnology.
Presented by Dr. Lori Kelman, Professor of Biotechnology, Montgomery College.

March 8: All Viruses Big and Small…or maybe All Viruses Deadly or Not

The coronavirus pandemic has created lots of questions. When can we go back to school or how does “herd immunity” work? Perhaps you’d like to learn more about other viruses such as smallpox, influenza, or ebola. To answer your questions, we’ve invited a virologist to chat about all things viral.
Presented by Natalie Leach Stringer, Technical Customer Trainer, Miltenyi Biotec, Inc.

March 22: The Translational Life Science Technology (TLST) Program at UMBC

Take a virtual tour of the new TLST laboratory facilities and find out how a BS degree in applied biotechnology can work for you.
Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Friar, Program Director of TLST at UMBC-Shady Grove.

March 29: Antibody Expression in E. Coli

E. coli is a common platform for recombinant protein expression. An interesting observation regarding translation initiation was made while expressing an antibody.
Presented by Zvi Kelman, Director BL2, NIST.

April 5: Many Rivers to Cross: The Companies, Connections & Careers Needed for Producing mRNA Vaccines

When we read about vaccines in the news, it sounds like a handful of companies are doing everything. As it often happens, the real story is more complicated. Both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines rely on large networks of suppliers and manufacturers for successfully producing, tracking, and distributing doses. In this talk, we’ll follow the path and explore the different careers for the people and companies working to protect us from COVID-19.
Presented by Dr. Sandra Porter, Presidency, Digital World Biology, InnovATEBIO leadership team.

April 12: Apprenticeships Available at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Exciting things are happening at GSK and we want you to be part of them. Learn about awesome and challenging apprenticeships located near you available to high school seniors and college freshman. Are you up for the challenge?
Presented by Williams Ochoa and Nancia Razakanjohary.

April 19: Brush Up On Human Oral Health: Salivary Flow and the Human Oral Microbiome

First, a brief introduction to Dr. Proctor’s career arc as a first-generation college student who failed out of a regional university before studying at several community colleges prior to completing a PhD at Stanford University. Then, a discussion regarding the role that salivary flow plays in shaping human oral health, introducing students to the use of phylogenetic marker genes to characterize the composition of the microorganisms that inhabit the human body.
Presented by Dr. Diana Proctor, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Human Genome Research Institute.

April 26: Rapid Development and Manufacturing of Vaccines

FDA’s current regulatory framework assures highest safety standards for vaccines but drives a vaccine development to commercial delivery timeline of on average of 6-7 years from initial clinical study start. Some extraordinary events such as bioterrorism threats or pandemics can expedite the process. The speaker will discuss real-world experience with urgent development and stockpile of the smallpox vaccine.
<em>Presented by Dr. Jeff Wells Head of Corporate Development VaLogic LLC.</em>

Presented By

Montgomery College logoUMBC -Shady Grove logoFrederick Community College logo