Forum for Discovery

Join us for our annual half-day conference as we celebrate our rich history and look forward to a bright future. The Jackson Laboratory leadership will share how a new multi-dimensional, data-driven platform the Laboratory is developing will revolutionize the way that biomedical researchers around the world make discoveries. The ultimate goal? Predictive biology for a disease-free life and discover how JAX is shaping the future of precision medicine and accelerating new prevention, treatments, and cures for diseases like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, immune disorders and more. 

We look forward to gathering with you to reflect on our past and share what the role of big data means for JAX, for the global scientific community, and for the future of human health.

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Thursday, July 11
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The Jackson Laboratory
600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609


8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM Welcome & Introduction
Gregory R. Leet, M.N.p.S., Vice President for Advancement
9:10 AM State of the Laboratory
Edison T. Liu, M.D., President and CEO
9:30 AM Our History: The First 90 Years
Muriel Davisson, Ph.D.
10:00 AM Our Foundation: The JAX Mammalian Model
Elissa Chesler, Ph.D.
11:00 AM Our Present: Tuning in to the Inner Ear
Basile Tarchini, Ph.D.
11:30 AM Our Future: The Role of Data in Mapping a Disease-Free Life
Edison T. Liu, M.D., President and CEO
Madeleine Braun, MBA, P.h.D., Chief, Presidential Initiatives
Gregory Carter, Ph.D.
12:30 PM Luncheon & Short Program


Ed LiuEdison T. Liu, M.D., President and CEO 
Dr. Liu came to JAX after founding and leading the Genome Institute of Singapore. His scientific research focuses on the functional genomics of human cancers, investigating gene regulation on a genomic scale that modulates cancer biology. His laboratory investigates the expression signatures in breast cancers that define biochemical and genetic perturbations as well as the transcriptional regulation of estrogen receptors. Dr. Liu's work spans cancer biology, genomics, human genetics and molecular epidemiology.



Madeleine BraunMadeleine Braun, MBA, Ph.D., Chief, Presidential Initiatives
Bruan is the Chief, Presidential Initiatives leading The Jackson Laboratory's strategic institutional scientific initiatives. She previously served as Chief Information Officer; as Senior Director, Genotyping and Reproductive Sciences; and as Business Unit Manager for JAX Breeding Services. Prior to joining the Laboratory in 2007, Braun held Scientist positions at Seattle Genetics and Corixa Corporation. Braun holds a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University, a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Washington, Seattle, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.



Gregory LeetGregory R. Leet, M.N.p.S., Vice President for Advancement
Leet leads development, strategic communications and trustee relations for The Jackson Laboratory. He has more than 25 years of advancement experience, including senior leadership and frontline positions at research universities such as UC Irvine, Arizona State University and Creighton University. He holds a masters degree in nonprofit studies from Arizona State University. 



Muriel DavissonMuriel Trask Davisson, Ph.D., A.B.,
Faculty Emeritus
Davisson was born and raised on Mount Desert Island. She obtained an A.B. cum laude in zoology from Mount Holyoke College in 1963 and a Ph.D. in genetics from The Pennsylvania State University in 1969. She was a student in The Jackson Laboratory college student summer program in 1962 and returned as a research assistant at the Laboratory's Hamilton Station campus in 1963-1964. She joined the Laboratory as a faculty member in 1971. Davisson's major area of research was developing mouse models of human genetic disorders using natural mutations occurring in the Laboratory's large Animal Resources breeding colonies where she developed a mouse model for Downs Syndrome, which is still the most used model for this condition. Davisson retired in April 2012 and now splits her time between New Orleans, LA and Bass Harbor, ME where she has become a vegetable gardener.

Greg Carter, Alzheimer's research, Computational biologyGregory Carter, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Carter received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Minnesota and held postdoctoral positions at the Niels Bohr Institute, Stony Brook University, and the University of Washington. Drawn by the promise of data-driven biomedicine, Carter transitioned to the Institute for Systems Biology in 2003 to apply his mathematical modeling expertise to genomic analysis. He joined The Jackson Laboratory faculty in 2010, where he develops new analytical frameworks to determine how multiple genetic and environmental factors interact to cause Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and autoimmune disorders.

Elissa Chesler    Elissa Chesler, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    Chesler, is an interdisciplinary scientist developing integrative genetics and genomics methods for the challenges of alcohol and substance use. She            received a BS from University of Connecticut, a P.h.D. from the University of Illinois and was a post-doc at the University of Tennessee. She was               group leader for Mammalian Genetics at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and currently leads the NIDA Center of Excellence for Systems                             Neurogenetics of Addiction at The Jackson Laboratory. 



Basile TarchiniBasile Tarchini, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Tarchini obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Geneva in Switzerland and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the IRCM in Canada. Currently an assistant professor at The Jackson Laboratory, he uses mouse genetics to study hearing and deafness by researching how the sensory cells of the inner ear form their motion-sensing compartment to detect sound.



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