Virtual Coffee Connection Event


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Virtual Coffee Connection Event

August 4 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Join us on Aug. 4 for a virtual event designed exclusively for members of the Van Andel Institute Board of Governors and JBoard, as well as the Purple Community Cabinet, event hosts and volunteers.

Top scientists and educators at VAI will share exciting research initiatives and K–12 education programs that are making our world a healthier and more hopeful place. It’s a great chance to learn more about the groundbreaking work taking place on Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile — without leaving the comfort of your home!

Attendees will receive a link to join the event at the email address provided during registration. 


Please note, this event is invitation only.

Please RSVP by Friday, July 30th




8:30 a.m.

Welcome remarks

Speaker introductions

Amanda Burmeister, Ph.D.

Jamie MacPherson

Josh Jang, Ph.D.

9:15 a.m.

Q&A session with audience

9:30 a.m. Closing remarks

Amanda Burmeister, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Lena Brundin Laboratory
Dr. Amanda Burmeister investigates the role certain infections may play in triggering the biological changes that lead to Parkinson’s disease. She earned her Ph.D. in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she studied the immune system’s role in brain inflammation.

Jamie MacPherson
Jamie MacPherson is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher with 13 years of experience teaching in the elementary classroom. Since joining VAI in August of 2018, Jamie has had the opportunity to work closely with teachers and develop content that helps build classrooms where curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking thrive.

Josh Jang, Ph.D.
VAI Fellow
Dr. Josh Jang investigates how the immune system responds to cancer, with a focus on new epigenetic and immunotherapies. He joined VAI in 2020, and works with the Van Andel Institute –Stand Up To Cancer Epigenetics Dream Team under the mentorship of Drs. Peter A. Jones and Dr. Stephen Baylin.

Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information or to become an event sponsor.


August 4
8:30 am - 9:30 am
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