The Rising Stars in Cell Biology Symposium

rising stars symposium

The Rising Stars in Cell Biology Symposium

April 22, 2023
Registration: 8:00-9:00am
Symposium: 9:00am-6:00pm
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
East Baltimore Campus
Baltimore, MD
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The Rising Stars in Cell Biology Symposium will provide an opportunity for early career scientists (undergraduates, post baccalaureates, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows) from diverse backgrounds within the greater Baltimore area to present their research and network with peers. This symposium will include talks and poster sessions for trainees to exchange ideas and feedback with peers and senior scientists.

Applicant Information

Abstract Guidelines

  • Abstract must contain: Title, Keywords (5 max), Presenting Author
  • Main text should include background, methods, results, and impact
  • Main text character limit: 2000 characters (including spaces)

If you do not have research experience and would like to apply, you will be asked to describe how you will benefit from attending the symposium.

Example Abstract

Example Annotated Abstract

Registration deadline: March 30, 2023 @ 11:59pm 


  • Keynote speech
  • 3 trainee talk sessions
  • 2 poster sessions
  • Lunch and Networking session

Please find the program for the event here.

Keynote Speaker

JoAnn Trejo, PhD, MBA is a professor of Pharmacology in the School of Medicine, UC San Diego. She completed her postdoctoral training at UC San Francisco and was appointed assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2000. She was recruited to UC San Diego as a tenured faculty in 2008 and promoted to full professor in 2012. In 2014, she was appointed vice chair of the Department Pharmacology. Dr. Trejo is best known for her discoveries of how cellular responses are regulated by G protein-coupled receptors in the context of vascular inflammation and cancer. She has made numerous novel discoveries related to the regulation of cell signaling in endothelial dysfunction and breast cancer progression. Her work has been published in >100 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Trejo is a leader in the scientific community and was elected by her peers to serve on Council of the American Society for Cell Biology and American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,

In addition to her tremendous contribution to science, Dr. Trejo is held in high regard as a mentor, educator and leader engaged in numerous initiatives aimed at enhancing inclusive excellence. She has trained 85 scientists, 53 are women and 44 are underrepresented racial / ethnic trainees and all have transitioned to excellent positions in science. Additionally, She received the UC San Diego Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring in 2014, the American Society for Cell Biology Inclusive Excellence Award in 2020 and was elected as 100 Inspiring LatinX/Hispanic Scientists by Cell Press.