GSBS 50th Anniversary — Welcome

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
cordially invites you to the

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
50th Anniversary Celebration & Alumni Symposium

50th Anniversary Celebration & Alumni Symposium

  • Schedule Overview

    Friday, October 18, 2019

    3 pm - 7 pm – GSBS Registration & Packet Pickup

    UTMB Campus – William C. Levin Hall Foyer, 2nd Floor
    1006 Market Street, Galveston, Texas

    4 pm - 7 pm – GSBS Alumni Symposium Keynote Speaker, Reception, and Alumni Showcase

    UTMB Campus – William C. Levin Hall Main Auditorium and Foyer, 2nd Floor
    1006 Market Street, Galveston, Texas

    Alumni, faculty, students, and guests are invited to a special keynote presentation
    featuring 1969 GSBS graduate Dr. Mary Guinan. A reception and opportunity to
    network with alumni will follow in the Levin Hall Foyer.

    4 pm - 5:30 pm – Keynote Address

    Mary Guinan, MD, PhD

    Founding Dean Emerita
    School of Public Health
    The University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    Topic: Strengthening Science for a New Age


    5:30 pm - 7 pm – GSBS Dean’s Reception & Alumni Showcase

    Saturday, October 19, 2019

    8:30 am - 3:30 pm – GSBS Alumni Symposium

    UTMB Campus – Health Education Center
    301 11th Street, Galveston, Texas

    Alumni, faculty, students, and guests are invited to a series of panels, break-out sessions, and networking opportunities featuring alumni from all five decades of the GSBS and representing diverse career fields including biotech, government, education, and more.

    Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    6:30 pm - 10 pm – 50th Anniversary Dinner and Celebration

    Please join alumni, faculty, student leaders, and special guests for a
    celebration of fifty years of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

    The Tremont House
    2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row, Galveston, Texas

    6:30 pm – Reception - Davidson Annex
    7 pm – Dinner & Program - Tremont Ballroom

    Cocktail attire. Valet and street parking available.
    Celebration continues until 10 pm

  • Saturday Symposium
    8:30 am Breakfast, Welcome, Instructions and Introductions
    8:45 am Panel Session: Biotech/Pharma Careers - Similarities & Differences?
    9:30 am Panel Session: Government Careers - Research, Regulatory, Policy and Beyond
    10:15 am Coffee & Networking
    10:45 am Breakout Sessions: Careers in ...
      Commercial NGO/Non-Profit Entrepreneurship/Business
    11:30 am Lunch & Address
    1:15 am Panel Session: University - A Spectrum of Careers
    2:15 am Snacks, Networking & Salons
    3:15 am Closing
  • Participating Speakers
    Dr. Andrew Russo Dr. Karen Alexander
    Dr. Ashley Grant Dr. KarryAnne Belanger
    Dr. Carla Kantara Dr. Lavanya Rajagopalan
    Dr. Christine Livingston Dr. Marty Wasserman
    Dr. Christof Straub Dr. Mary Guinan
    Dr. Efrain Siller Dr. Paul Laurienti
    Dr. Elizabeth Jaworski Dr. Payal Sheth
    Geraldine Schott* Dr. Robert Patrick Clayton
    Dr. Heather Stevenson-Lerner Dr. Rumolo de Castro
    Dr. J. Michelle Edwards Dr. Samantha Nava
    Dr. Jeremy Bechelli Dr. Sarah Woodson
    Dr. Joseph (Russ) Carmical Dr. Shannon Langford
    Dr. Julianna Dean Dr. Vicente Santa Cruz
    Dr. Julie Kutac Dr. Wesley Scott Long

    *PhD candidate

  • Registration

    Online registration is available at Please register by October 1, 2019.

    For specific dietary needs, accommodations for visitors with disabilities, or questions, please contact Claiborne Fant at (409) 772-8145 or Denise Reed at (409) 772-5840.

  • Campus Parking and Map

    UTMB campus parking will be available for GSBS alumni and guests in Parking Garage #3 located at 1015 Market Street. The garage gate will be open starting at 2:00pm on Friday, October 18th until 6:00pm on Saturday, October 19th.

    The UTMB Campus Map may be accessed at

  • Dinner Parking and Map

    Saturday evening’s 50th Anniversary Dinner will be held in the Davidson Building across the street from the Tremont House. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Davidson Annex on the first floor. Dinner will follow at 7:00 p.m. in the Tremont Ballroom on the second floor.

    Valet parking is available at The Tremont House, 2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row. Street parking is also available. For more information, please visit

  • UTMB Homecoming

    For additional information about the UTMB Homecoming events and hotel room blocks, please visit