Graduate Group Meetings

Presenter RBC Research Collective 2023/2024

List of presenters – Fall 2023

Weekly on Thursdays

Meet and greet students

Speaker: Taylor Hillhouse
MENTOR: West Lab

Speaker: Jessica Rui
CHAIR: Taylor Hillhouse
MENTOR: Mortensen Lab

Speaker: Jayshree Samanta
CHAIR: Jessica Rui
MENTOR: Samanta Lab

Speaker: Yaochao Zheng
CHAIR: Jayshree Samanta

Speaker: Junior Ametepe
CHAIR: Yaochao Zheng 
MENTOR: Mortensen Lab

Speaker: Shanmathi Ramasubramanian 
CHAIR: Junior Ametepe
MENTOR: Karumbaiah Lab

Speaker: Lisa Renzi Hammond
Title: Director, Institute of Gerontology Co-Director, Cognitive Aging Research and Education (CARE) Center

Speaker: Nathan Gonsalves
CHAIR: Shanmathi Ramasubramanian  
MENTOR: Karumbaiah Lab

Speaker: Xian Wu
TITLE: ECU Research Assistant Professor Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, former graduate of the Stice Lab

Speaker: Charles Easley
TITLE: Associate Dean for Research
College of Public Health | Environmental Health Science, Co-Director, Frontiers in Environmental Science and Health (FrESH) ,Co-Director, Frontiers in Stem Cells and Regeneration (SCARE)

Speaker: Marzan Sarkar
CHAIR: Nathan Gonsalves 
MENTOR: Stice/Karumbaiah Lab

Speaker: Sarah Schantz
CHAIR: Marzan Sarkar 
MENTOR: West Lab

Speaker: Jinghui Gao
CHAIR: Sarah Schantz 

ADSC 8888 – Graduate Seminar Series In Regenerative Medicine UGA Fall 2023

Course Objective

In this seminar series, titled RBC Research Collective 2023, students will select, present and lead discussions on current research projects in the areas of cell to cell free therapies and other topics under the purview of regenerative medicine. The Collective provides an opportunity for graduate students to develop skills in presentation and discussion of regenerative research topics in an academic multidisciplinary forum.

Class Format

The forum will include RBC faculty members and students, and often times affiliate partnerships of the RBC. Graduate students must be prepared to build a presentation acceptable to all audience members, regardless of their familiarity with the topic. Each assigned presenter will lead the discussion of their research project having prepared several powerpoint slides. Meetings will be held once a week, in-person, on Thursday’s at the Dan Daniels conference room, 425 River Rd., sharply at 4pm, ending at 5pm. Contact Dr. Franklin West for more info westf (at)

Student Responsibilities

  • Presenters should plan on giving a timed presentation about their projects, and then open it up for discussion, within the course time of one hour. Presenters will need to take complex science ideas and present them in a way that is appealing to a large multidisciplinary audience. Outside of presenting, students will be expected to make substantive comments on the presentations of others by having some discussion questions ready prior to each Thursday.
  • On the students assigned presentation day, students will be required to present:
    • An introduction to the area or topic of research
    • Hypothesis
    • Review of methodology
    • Discussion of results
    • Summary, conclusions, and recommendations
  • Designated Student Chair. Each week there will be one designated student chair in addition to a speaker. The student chair will briefly introduce the speaker and then lead discussion afterwards, which would include having at least one question for the speaker should the audience not have any. The student chair will also be expected to recruit classmates in advance, for participation in Q&A, and to create broader conversations.


  • There are three required components to obtain a passing grade:
    • Regular attendance at seminar presentations as monitored by the Lead RBC Faculty organizer
    • Participation in the both oral presentation and weekly audience participation. Students will be expected to come to the meeting with questions and/or comments about the research topic being presented.
    • Successful completion of the required oral presentation as approved by your faculty mentor.

RBC Research Collective 2020/21, sign-up.

  • Please note the class format has been changed back to an in-person meeting
  • Class sign-up use Athena – CRN 55603 View class on Athena

Dr. Franklin West is the lead Faculty and instructor for the RBC Research Collective 2023