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Celebrate the holidays with this virtual, invitation-only event on Wednesday, Dec. 9, and enjoy an inspired and festive evening with your fellow Van Andel Institute JBoard members!
Co-chairs Chad Bassett and Rachel Mraz will kick off the mixer, and attendees will hear Institute postdoctoral fellows speak about where they’re from, why they joined VAI and what exciting research they’re conducting right now. An interactive Q&A session will follow the presentations, so you’ll have the chance to ask any questions you may have. You’ll also be able to see and chat with fellow attendees via Zoom throughout the evening.
We’re collaborating with one of our favorite community partners, Aperitivo, to offer you a complimentary, at-home wine-tasting experience during the event. Their wine and cheese experts will guide you through the history and background of each sample while we all taste together from the comfort of our homes. Life may look a little different lately, but we believe it’s important to continue to support the community and our restaurant partners where we safely can.
We’re collaborating with one of our favorite community partners, Aperitivo, to offer you a delicious at-home experience during the event. As part of Aperitivo’s Virtual Happy Hour, two bottles of wine and a three-cheese platter (plus crackers, bread and other fun sides) will be available for pickup at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market for attendees who register by 5 p.m. on December 7. Wine and cheese experts from Aperitivo will guide you through the history and background on everything while we all taste together from the comfort of our homes. Life may look a little different lately, but we feel strongly that it’s important to continue to support the community and our restaurant partners where we safely can.
The access link will be sent to registered attendees on the day of the event.
Dr. Irem Kaymak earned her B.S. in molecular biology and genetics from the Middle East Technical University (in Turkey) and her Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry from the University of Wuerzburg. During her graduate work she studied the function of protein phosphatase 4 (PP4C) in the mammalian circadian clock, before moving on to his doctorate which focused on the identification of metabolic liabilities in 3-D models of cancer. Her technical skills include mass spectrometry, 3-D cell culture models, and functional screening. In 2019, she joined the laboratory of Dr. Russell Jones at Van Andel Institute as a postdoctoral fellow.
Dr. Christopher Tulisiak is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Patrik Brundin at Van Andel Institute. He earned a B.A. in psychology from University of Notre Dame and an Ph.D. in neuroscience from University of Texas at Austin, where he studied in the labs of Drs. R. Adron Harris and Igor Ponomarev. While there, his work focused on the DNA-level epigenetic effects of chronic alcohol exposure on the brain. He has received numerous prestigious awards for his scholarship and research, including two Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards from the National Institutes of Health and the F.M. Jones and H.L. Bruce Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Addiction Biology. His current work in Dr. Patrik Brundin’s laboratory centers on the effects of environmental pollutants on development and progression of Parkinson’s disease-related synucleinopathies in the brain and on repurposing of FDA-approved drugs for treatment of Parkinson’s disease pathology.
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