Young Investigator Keynote Seminar Series

The ASIP Young Investigator Keynote Seminar Series is a virtual forum for trainee members of the ASIP to showcase their research through full-length seminars. This new seminar series enables ASIP trainee members to get to know each other’s research, complimenting their social and networking interactions. This seminar series also enables regular members of the ASIP to participate in the professional development of our trainee members, and learn about the research of their colleagues in the field of experimental pathobiology.

All Keynotes are at 12:00 PM EST

June 16, 2021

Integrating metabolic reprogramming and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT): Insights from the retina

Daisy Y. Shu, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Schepens Eye Research Institute
Harvard Medical School
Boston MA

July 21, 2021

Gut dysbiosis and cardiac inflammation: New mechanisms in heart disease

Francisco Carrillo-Salinas, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Immunology
Tufts University
Boston, MA

August 18, 2021

High powered viruses: How rotavirus exploits host signaling to induce pathogenesis

Kristen A. Engevik, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

September 15, 2021

Role of RhoA in Physiological and Pathological Angiogenesis: Molecular Pathways and Compensatory Mechanismseting

Fatema Zahra, MPharm
PhD Candidate
Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Science
Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Lubbock, TX

October 20, 2021

Intestinal mucosal glycosylation patterns are altered during Giardia duodenalis infection

Elena Fekete 
PhD Candidate
Department of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

November 17, 2021

The role of transcription factor EB in alcohol-associated liver disease

Xiaojuan Chao, MSc
PhD Candidate
Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS

December 15, 2021

Mast cells regulate bile acid signaling via modulation of
farnesoid X receptor/fibroblast growth factor 15 during cholestasis

Vik Meadows
PhD Candidate
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

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Featured Speakers & Topics

Monday, April 26, 2021
1:00 pm EST

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1:10 to 1:25 pm

Social Media: Fighting Impostor Syndrome to Build a Research Career

Elmira Vagapova, MS
PhD Candidate
Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology
Russian Academy of Sciences
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

1:25 to 1:40 pm

A Twitter Bot for Science

Debayan Dasgupta, PhD
Research Associate
Center for Nanoscience and Engineering
Indian Institute of Science
Co-founder and CEO of Theranautilus

1:40 to 1:55 pm

Visualize Your Success: Judging a Paper by Its Cover

Francisco Carrillo-Salinas, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Tufts University

1:55 to 2:10 pm 

ASIP Social Media Testimonials

Marina Anastasiou, MSc
PhD Candidate
Tufts University


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What to read if you’re a scientist

It’s 2021 and if you’re anything like me and enjoy setting New Year’s Resolutions, then you might have “Read more books” on your list. As scientists, we already have a tonne of articles to read but it’s nice to take our mind off our own science for a while and immerse ourselves in another scientific topic. Who knows, it might even inspire some new hypotheses 🙂

Here’s some books that I’ve either read or that have been recommended by other scientists!

  1. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  2. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  3. Her-2: The Making of Herceptin, a Revolutionary Treatment for Breast Cancer by Robert Bazell
  4. Lifespan: why we age and why we don’t have to by David A. Sinclair and Matthew LaPlante
  5. Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen
  6. The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman by Richard P. Feynman
  7. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard P. Feynman
  8. The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe by Stephen Hawking

Daisy Y. Shu @eyedaisyshu on Twitter/Instagram

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Combating LIEbraries With Scientific Truth

using media to communicate science

To comment that digital trends and media technology are affecting the general public, is the understatement of the century. Every aspect of our lives can likely get traced back to delicious, little cookies stored in our browsers. What we buy, what we end up liking, who we know; the list is endless. Though this new media reality has redefined consumer culture, using media to communicate science-related content has been oftentimes overlooked. 

troubling statistics

In this timely announcement for an initiative called The Vaccine Project, the authors mention that 1 in 3 U.S. citizens would not take a vaccine for COVID19 if it were available now, according to a Gallop poll. Furthermore, they mention that 1 in 5 Americans get their news from social media.

These are exactly the issues that Tomorrow.Life is trying to address. As the Director of Tomorrow.Life, Dr. Samira Kiani, Associate Professor in School of Medicine and Pittsburgh Liver Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh is ready to get to work outside her lab as well.

Scientists are meeting these depressing statistics with optimism

Harnessing the power of videography and social media to effectively allow bench scientists and medical experts to communicate the scientific truth is both critical and possible. puts emphasis on diversity

Tomorrow.Life is connecting scientists, filmmakers, and community influencers from all over the world to convert vetted scientific narratives into easily communicable stories.

With storytelling at the core of the human experience, we are evolutionarily wired to be responsive to it. Additionally, the immersive engagement coming from visual effects can allow scientists present a story in a graphical manner without plots and graphs. 

Placing emphasis on scientific expertise and international collaboration, a diversity of voice is heard. Furthermore, Tomorrow.Life creators summarize and address the social, ethical, cultural and regulatory implications of each scientific topic.

The end game of Tomorrow.Life is to provide an informed picture on vaccination and gene editing amongst other topics. But Tomorrow.Life is not about scratching the surface. One topic per year is set to be the focus. This year, Tomorrow.Life is focusing on “the Vaccine Question” with a series of short, condensed clips, powered by Filmstacker.

Dr. Samira Kiani is set to present in the PISA2020 session titled Navigating the Socialsphere: A How-to Guide for Promoting Your Scientific Career Online, on Wednesday.

Write the Tweet You Need in Academia

by Marina Anastasiou and Francisco Carrillo-Salinas

With Twitter’s popularity increasing, particularly within the scientific communities, early-stage researchers may be missing out on harnessing the power of this platform. And others may be missing out on what you have to say. Write the Tweet you need in academia!

At a loss? Start here

We put together a set of resources to help anyone interested in becoming more active on Twitter.

Join those academic circles, and receive potentially carrier-boosting opportunities from Twitter-hosted networking.

What’s the hype all about?

A personal favorite reason for using an Academic Twitter is the super-informative threads senior researchers share to provide feedback and wisdom from experience.

Tools such as @storify, mentioned here can help save and archive interesting conversations by really smart people that engage with the community and want to “pay-if-forward”.

learn from the experts

From difficult experiences and inequality to imposter syndrome and the nuances of the lifelong mentor-mentee relationship, one can gain real insights directly from their scientific role models. How cool is that!

But before all that, you can take advantage of all those resources you need to start with a step-by-step guide, a protocol.

The article, “Ten simple rules for getting started on Twitter as a scientist”, recently published Plos Computational Biology, covers all the basics and is, therefore, an excellent resource to get your feet wet in the Twitter ocean.

start sharing

Now you have your account set up and you are ready to share scientific accomplishments (yes! share that paper you just co-authored!) or perspectives based on your experience. But share with whom?

Start by finding your community

No matter the career stage you are in, there is a place for you in the Twitter-sphere. Too scared to talk about actionable steps on promoting mental health during your graduate years? Follow @phd_balance and get creative suggestions on how to cope. 

promote your science

article citations positively correlate with tweets about the article

 Using social media to promote academic research: Identifying the benefits of twitter for sharing academic work 

If you are not convinced yet about the benefits of sharing your work on social media, the article “Using social media to promote academic research: Identifying the benefits of Twitter for sharing academic work”, published in Plos One, shows evidence that article citations positively correlate with tweets about the article. So, don’t wait to see what others can do for you, take a step forward, and promote your science for your benefit!

But, even if you are not ready to share the content yourself or read about scientists as individuals, there is still so much benefit in using Twitter. Just to keep up with the science news and conferences alone is reason enough to join. This is especially critical about arXiv articles as this article mentions here.

Curate your content

Still unsure if becoming involved in the Twitter-based academic communities is for you? Consider spending a day curating the content that reaches your screen. In a world where nearly every aspect of our lives is influenced by search engine optimizations, a curated academic Twitter can be a lifeboat in a sea of constant waves of misinformation and fake news. Additionally, consider using @TweetDeck to cancel out the “white noise” as suggested by this article here and make the most out of your precious decompressing time.

network: your future self will thank you

Are you already semi-involved in Linkedn and you cannot possibly think how more time spent on social media is not a waste of time? It is not.

It is an investment in your future. Currently, most companies use LinkedIn and social media as the first filter for applications in their search for candidates. To summarize, the more interactive you are, the more chances you have for getting the job of your dreams!

Subthreads on academia and industry

Think back on all those you complained about not being exposed to leaders in your field. 

Try to remember how nervous you were before your first postgraduate job interview because you did not know what to expect. Reminisce on how isolated you felt analyzing negative data in year 3 of your PhD while thinking that you cannot possibly be worth the opportunities and trust your advisor gives you.

Guess what! There are AWESOME Twitter subthreats on all those topics!

Get that help! It is free and available to you. People want to help if you let them. ASIP has organized a seminar on that exact topic! Click here to register.

What are you waiting for?