Mobile-friendly Agenda

** Remote attendees: look for the Zoom invitation in your email inbox: “Zoom link for the 9th Annual Retreat” **

UC San Diego*
3147 Biomedical Sciences Wy.
La Jolla, CA 92093

*Address note: do not use the main campus address (9500 Gilman Dr.)

Campus map (link)
(see annotated maps at the bottom)

Biomedical Research Facility II (BRF2)

Follow event signage; check-in on the 5th floor.


Friday, October, 27, 2023

All times are Pacific Time Zone

8:00 – 9:00am
and Welcome Breakfast
(Floor 5, Room 5A03)

Lanyard name badges will be displayed inside Room 5A03

9:00 – 10:05am
Session 1
Overview and Cores A-D

Main presentation room:
5A03 (Floor 5)

Zoom-viewing/satellite room:

3A04 (Floor 3-A)

  • 9:00-9:45am – Abraham Palmer – P50DA037844; Overview and RATTACA; Breeding Core (on behalf of Leah Solberg Woods);
    45 min.
  • 9:45-10:05am – Oksana Polesskaya – P50DA037844; Pilot Core, FAIR, REHU summer program (summary over the 10 years, lessons learned);
    20 min.

(a brief Q&A will follow each talk)

10:05 – 10:40am
Break and Posters
(refreshments in 5A03 and 3A04)

10:40am – 12:05pm
Session 2
P50 Projects

  • 10:40-11:00am – Pejman Mohammadi –
    U01 application; 20 min.
  • 11:00-11:25am – Paul Meyer –
    P50DA037844, Project 1 and Project 3; 25 min.
  • 11:25-11:45am – Hao Chen –
    P50DA037844, Project 2; 20 min.
  • 11:45am-12:05pm – Trey Ideker –
    P50DA037844, Project 4; 20 min.

(a brief Q&A will follow each talk)

12:05 – 1:30pm
Lunch Buffet* and Posters
(Floor 4, Room 4103)

Flavors of Morocco Buffet; Pomegranate Chicken and Beef Kebabs, Vegetable Tagine, Saffron Rice, Moroccan Salad, Spiced Pita Chips, and Zaalouk (roasted eggplant and tomato dip)

(Cookies served during the lunch break and afternoon sessions in Rooms 5A03 and 3A04.)

*some items vegetarian/vegan/gluten friendly; please inquire if you have dietary restrictions.

1:30 – 2:50pm
Session 3
GWAS U01s/R01s

  • 1:30-1:50pm – Olivier George –
    U01DA043799 and U01DA044451; 20 min.
  • 1:50-2:10pm – Peter Kalivas –
    U01DA045300; 20 min.
  • 2:10-2:30pm – Tom Jhou –
    U01DA044468; 20 min.
  • 2:30-2:50pm – Suzanne Mitchell –
    U01DA046077; 20 min.

(a brief Q&A will follow each talk)

2:50 – 3:20pm
Break and Posters
(refreshments in 5A03 and 3A04)

3:20 – 4:40pm
Session 4
GWAS U01s/R01s

Please note earlier start times:

  • 3:20-3:40pm – Giordano de Guglielmo –
    R01AA029688 and R01AA030048; 20 min.
  • 3:40-4:00pm – Francesca Telese –
    U01DA050239 and U01DA051972; 20 min.
  • 4:00-4:20pm – Haky Im 
    R01AA029688 and PTRS; 20 min.
  • 4:20-4:40pm – Melissa Gymrek –
    U01DA051234; 20 min.

(a brief Q&A will follow each talk)

If Session 4 ends at 4:40pm, there will be extra time for open discussion (it will start sooner than previously planned).

Please note earlier start times:

4:40 – 5:30pm: Open discussion in Room 5A03


4:40 – 5:30pm: External Advisory Board (EAB) meeting in Room 3A04

The EAB Meeting will be held in a Zoom Breakout Room (“EAB Meeting”) and all EAB members have been pre-assigned to it.


5:30pm: Personal transportation (personal car or rideshare)* to PI dinner at Barbarella restaurant:

2171 Avenida De La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037

*Remember to use the BRF2 address for your rideshare pick-up location:

3147 Biomedical Sciences Wy.
La Jolla, CA 92093

The restaurant is a 10- to 15-minute drive from campus (3 miles); it is within walking-distance to La Jolla Shores Hotel (.25 miles)

See map at the bottom.

6:00pm: Reservation – Dinner at Barbarella Restaurant

(by invitation)


La Jolla Shores Hotel
8110 Camino Del Oro
La Jolla, CA 92037

Phone: (855) 923-8058

See map at the bottom.

Retreat hosts:

Abraham Palmer, PhD – [email protected]

Oksana Polesskaya, PhD – [email protected]

For administrative support: [email protected] (April Jones) – general Retreat/event information, hotel reservations, accounting/reimbursements.

UC San Diego campus map

BRF2/Israni Biomedical Research Facility drop-off: 3147 Biomedical Sciences Wy., La Jolla, CA 92093

Visitor Parking available at the South Parking Structure and the Gilman Parking Structure. Please use the Park Mobile app or a payment station inside the structures.

  • South Parking Structure: 3101 Biomedical Sciences Wy., La Jolla, CA 92093
  • Gilman Parking Structure: 9375 Russell Ln., La Jolla, CA 92093

La Jolla area map

Showing UC San Diego campus, Barbarella restaurant, and La Jolla Shores Hotel.

Walking map – from La Jolla Shores Hotel to UC San Diego/BRF2

Updated October 22, 2023