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2018 Vertex Day

March 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Chemistry present:

2018 Vertex Day at UCI

A research symposium featuring Pharmaceutical Sciences & Chemistry students at UCI


Vertex Day at UCI is a one-day annual event made possible courtesy of Vertex Pharmaceuticals. It features short oral presentations by graduate students and postdocs from the Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chemistry to showcase aspects of their current research to an audience of students, faculty, and Vertex scientists.


9:30 AM – Coffee & Registration
10:00 AM – Student Presentations
12:00 PM – Lunch
1:30 PM – Student Presentations
2:30 PM – Closing Remarks

UCI Student Center, Woods Cove ABC

Student Presenters

William Howitz, Past Vertex Scholar
“Predicting NLRP3 Inflammasome Activation by Mediating Lysosomal Rupture Using Structured Control of Dendronized Polymers

Luiz F. M. Passalacqua
“Allosteric Modulation of Faecalibacterium prausnitzii HDV–like ribozyme by glucosamine 6–phosphate: The substrate of the adjacent
gene product”

Cailen M. McCloskey
“TNA synthesis by enzymatic ligation”

Kalistyn H. Burley, Current Vertex Scholar
“Enhancing Sidechain Rotamer Sampling Using Non-Equilibrium Candidate Monte Carlo”

Margaret Lugin
“Hybrid Gene Carriers for Multi-Modal, Targeted, and Versatile Therapy”

Eric Yik
“XNA Polymerase Evolution and Screening Approaches”

Henry Farhoodi
“Mesenchymal Stem Cells in the Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases”

Eric Samuels
“Rational Design of CYP3A4 Inhibitors as Pharmacoenhancers”

Past Vertex Scholars

The Vertex Scholarship Program helps support students in Pharmaceutial Sciences and Chemistry graduate programs and allows the departments to honor high achieving students in their programs. Congratulations to our past scholars:

Mandy Loo
Ben Kohn
Matthew Perry
Nicholas Sizemore
Jennifer Pitzen
Amanda William
Kevin Chen
Mona Oumais
Sarah Nainar
William Howitz


March 8, 2018
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Student Center Woods Cove ABC
311 W Peltason Drive
Irvine, CA 92697 United States
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