HCS 2017 Speaker Profiles

Jin-Zhang.jpgJin Zhang Ph.D. attended Tsinghua University for her undergraduate studies, and pursued her graduate studies in Chemistry at the U. Chicago.  After completing her postdoctoral work at the U. California, San Diego, she joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2003. She was promoted to Professor of Pharmacology, Neuroscience and Oncology in 2013. In 2015 she moved back to University of California, San Diego and is currently a Professor of Pharmacology, Director of the Bio-optical Probe Advancement Center (BioPAC), and member of the Moores Cancer Center at UCSD. Research in her lab focuses on developing enabling technologies to probe the active molecules in their native environment and characterizing how these active molecules change in diseases including cancer. Professor Zhang is a recipient of the American Heart Association National Scientist Development Award (2005), the Biophysical Society Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award (2009), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Pioneer Award (2009), the John J. Abel Award in Pharmacology from American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) (2012), the Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry from American Chemical Society (2012), and National Institute of Cancer Outstanding Investigator Award (2015). She was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2014.

weigert-pic.JPGRoberto Weigert, Ph.D. is a Senior investigator in the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology (LCMB), at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Center for Cancer Research (CCR) and Chief of the Intracellular Membrane Trafficking Section in the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Weigert got his B.Sc. in chemistry in 1992 at the University of Catania (Italy). He joined the Department of Cell Biology at the Mario Negri Institute (Dr. Alberto Luini), where he studied the mechanism of formation of transport intermediates from the Golgi apparatus. He received his Ph.D. in 2000 from the Open University of London and in 2001 joined the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at NIH as a research fellow in the Laboratory of Cell Biology (Dr. Julie Donaldson). During his fellowship, Dr. Weigert studied the machinery regulating clathrin-independent endocytic pathways. In 2006, he joined the NIDCR as principal investigator, where he pioneered subcellular intravital microscopy to study various aspects of membrane remodeling during trafficking events in live animals. He was tenured in 2014 and in 2015 he joined LCMB at NCI.


Larina-pic.jpgIrina Larina, Ph.D. received an MS degree in Physics from the Saratov State University in Russia and in 1996, a PhD degree in Physiology and Biophysics and Bioengineering from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In 2005 she completed postdoctoral training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at the Baylor College of Medicine and a co-director of the Optical Imaging and Vital Microscopy Core. Her research focuses on development of novel methods for intravital, optical imaging and analysis of reproductive and developmental events in mouse models, and using these methods to understand normal development and the nature of congenital defects in humans.  Dr. Larina is an author of 38 peer-reviewed publications and 8 book chapters. She is a recipient of Arthur V. Simmang Academic Scholarship for Excellence in Academic Achievement, Ralph and Mary Spence Centennial Scholarship for Superior Academic Performance, High Personal and Professional Ethics, Values and Standards, Katherina Siebert Award for Excellence in Oncologic Research, Louis C. Sheppard Award, postdoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association named in honor of Paula McCann-Harris and a finalist for the Burrows Wellcome Fund Award at Scientific Interface.
Yvonne-6.jpgYvonne A. Reid, Ph.D. is a Manager/Scientist, Standard Resource Center at the American Type Culture Collection. She joined ATCC in 1980 where her research focused on the use of DNA hypervariable probes for the intraspecies identification of human cell lines. The evolution of this work has led to the implementation of routine screening of all human cell lines by STR analysis. She co-chaired ATCC SDO committee on the Development of a Consensus Standard for the Authentication of Human Cell Lines:  Standardization of STR profiling.  Dr. Reid has more than 30 years of experience in cell biology, immunology and molecular biology. As Collection Scientist for the Cell Biology Program for 10 years, she was responsible for acquisition of new animal cell lines and hybridomas into the Cell Biology General Collection. Dr. Reid has served on more than a dozen scientific committees, including serving as an ad hoc member of the Comparative Medicine Review Committee, National Center for Research Resources (NIH); Chairperson, ad hoc advisory committee for the National Cell Culture Center, Minneapolis, MN and member of the 2005-2010 USP Fetal Bovine Serum Advisory Panel. In addition, Dr. Reid has served as principal investigator on six government and nongovernment contracts. She has been invited to speak, convene and/or chair sessions at several scientific conferences (including the Bioanalysis Thinkshop sponsored by the NIST and IRMM, Geel, Belgium and Faculty member for a cell culture training course sponsored by UNESCO, Beijing, China).  In 2016, Dr. Reid was awarded the SIVB Distinguished Lifetime Achievement award for her contributions in the field of cell culture.  For over 36 years, Dr. Reid has mentored and taught scientists, through webinars and wet-workshops, on best practices in cell culture and cell banking.

Stephen M. Hewitt, M.D., Ph.D., is a Clinical Investigator within the Laboratory of Pathology, National Cancer Institute and serves as head of the Experimental Pathology Laboratory. Stephen received his BA from the Johns Hopkins University, and his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. He completed his residency in Anatomic Pathology at the NCI.  Dr. Hewitt is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry. Dr Hewitt has co-authored over 250 articles and servers on the editorial board of four peer-reviewed journals.

denis.pngDenis G Baskin, PhD. is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Biological Structure at the University of Washington School of Medicine and former Senior Career Research Scientist with the Department of Veterans Affairs. He received his doctoral degree from the University of California Berkeley and postdoctoral training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. A past president of the Histochemical Society, Dr. Baskin served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry for 10 years and presently is Executive Editor of the Journal. His research and publications have emphasized the use of histochemical techniques to understand the physiology and neuroendocrinology underlying body weight regulation, obesity, and diabetes.


anderson.jpgKurt I. Anderson is a cell biologist with a long-standing interest light microscopy. Following his doctoral work on actin dynamics in cell migration with Vic Small at the Institute for Molecular Biology in Salzburg, he completed a short post-doc with Rob Cross at the Marie Curie Cancer Research Institute (Oxted) examining the adhesion dynamics of fish keratocytes. Dr. Anderson then moved to the newly formed Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, where he set up the light microscopy facility. In Dresden he continued to work on actin dynamics, and demonstrated in 2005 that the leading edge is a lipid diffusion barrier. The same year he was recruited to the Beatson Institute in Glasgow, where he has pioneered the use of advanced fluorescence imaging techniques such as FRAP and FLIM-FRET to study the molecular dynamics of disease and response to therapy in pre-clinical cancer models. In 2011 Dr. Anderson was awarded tenure and promoted to Professor of Tumor Cell Biology at the University of Glasgow. The following year he was the first recipient of the Royal Microscopical Society Life Sciences Medal for outstanding achievements applying microscopy in the field of cell biology. In early 2016 he moved to the Francis Crick Institute in London to lead the Crick Advanced Light Microscopy Facility (CALM).