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Thank you for attending!

Thank you for attending the Stanford Immunology Postdoc Symposium 2023. Click below for pictures from the Symposium.

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Stanford Immunology Postdoc Symposium 2023

We invite all Stanford postdocs, graduate students, faculty, and staff to join and participate in this year’s Stanford Immunology Postdoc Symposium!

WHAT?      Stanford Immunology Postdoc Symposium (with Poster Session)
WHEN?     Wednesday, April 26, 2023
WHERE?    Chem-H Rotunda (Chem-H Courtyard)
WHO?        All postdocs, graduate students, faculty, and staff interested in immunology

This one-day in-person event is on Wednesday, April 26th, at Chem-H Rotunda, Stanford University. Stanford Postdocs from all departments are welcome to present, share and discuss their work.

The symposium will feature amazing keynote speakers and panel discussions highlighting and celebrating work from early career researchers and industry experts. Check out the preliminary program here. The subsequent Poster Session provides opportunities for networking and discussions. Food and refreshments will be provided for registrants.

This event is sponsored by Stanford Immunology and is free for all Stanford affiliates.

Please, register here until April 20th to attend.

The submission deadline for your abstract (talk and/or poster) is extended to Saturday, April 15, 2023. Please submit your abstract (max. 250 words) here: submit abstract!

Attendees will have the opportunity to discover new areas of research, connect with future collaborators, and expand your network in the research community. Come join us!

For any queries etc., please feel free to contact us at immunology-postdoc-committee@stanford.edu


Looking forward to seeing you there!

Your Stanford Immunology Postdoc Committee





8:30-9:00 AM


9:00-9:15 AM

Opening: Olivia Martinez, PhD, Professor of Surgery | Director of Graduate Program, Immunology IDP | Director of Stanford Immunology

9:15-10:15 AM

Keynote: Christopher Barnes, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology

10:15-10:25 AM


10:25-11:15 AM

Session 1: Pablo Domizi, PhD, Instructor of Pediatrics

11:15AM-12:55 PM

Lunch and Poster Session

1:00-2:00 PM

Keynote: Christina Curtis, PhD, MSc, Professor of Medicine, Genetics and Biomedical Data Science 

2:00-2:45 PM

Session 2: Postdoc talks

2:00-2:15 PM

Nick Chamberlain, Postdoctoral Scholar, Eric Meffre Lab

2:15-2:30 PM

Ru Wen, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, James Brooks Lab

2:30-2:45 PM

Colwyn (Coco) Headley, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Phillip Tsao Lab

3:00-4:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Nima Aghaeepour, PhD, Sean Bendall, PhD, Berenice Mbiribindi, PhD, and Varnesh Tiku, PhD

4:00-4:15 PM

Vote of thanks: Betsy Mellins, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Chair of Stanford Immunology Postdoctoral Committee

4:15-5:30 PM



Stanford ChEM-H Building
290 Jane Stanford Way, John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Rotunda, E241
Stanford, CA 94305

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290 Jane Stanford Way, John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Rotunda, E241
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Christopher Barnes, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology


Dr. Christopher Barnes is an Assistant Professor of Biology and Sarafan ChEM-H Institute Scholar whose research leverages interdisciplinary approaches to address fundamental principles of viral-host interactions for therapeutic benefit. Before arriving at Stanford, Dr. Barnes earned degrees in Psychology (BA) and Chemistry (BS, MA) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (G. Pielak), and completed his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Pittsburgh (G. Calero). Following this training, he completed postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology, where he combined biophysical methods with in vivo approaches to understand how viruses such as HIV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 infect host cells and elicit specific humoral immune responses (P. Bjorkman). Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, he has made significant contributions to our understanding of antibody-spike interactions through in-depth structural analysis that detail the specificities and mechanisms of how monoclonal neutralizing antibodies bind spike to prevent infection. His work in structure-guided approaches to the treatment of infectious disease has earned him several awards, including recognition as a Rita Allen Foundation Scholar, an HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellow, and appointment as a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub investigator. Now, the Barnes laboratory investigates viral-host interactions and translates knowledge of the structural correlates of antibody-mediated neutralization of viruses into the rational development of highly protective antibodies. The long-term goal of this work will be structure-based design of potent and stable immunogens for vaccination against emerging and re-emerging zoonotic viruses.

Christina Curtis, PhD, MSc, Professor of Medicine, Genetics and Biomedical Data Science 


Dr. Christina Curtis is an Endowed Professor of Medicine and Genetics at Stanford University where she leads the Cancer Computational and Systems Biology group. Dr. Curtis also serves as the Director of Breast Cancer Translational Research and Co-Director of the Molecular Tumor Board at the Stanford Cancer Institute. Dr. Curtis’s laboratory leverages computational modeling, high-throughput molecular profiling and experimentation to develop new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Her research has helped to redefine the molecular map of breast cancer and led to new paradigms in understanding how human tumors evolve and metastasize.

Dr. Curtis is the recipient of numerous awards, including those from the V Foundation for Cancer Research, STOP Cancer and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). She received the National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award in 2018, the Stanford Prize in Population Genetics and Society (2020) and was named an In vivo Rising Leader in the Life Sciences (2021) and the Julius B. Kahn Visiting Professor in the Dept of Pharmacology, at Northwestern University (2020). In 2022 she received the AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Basic Science. Dr. Curtis is also Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, a Susan G. Komen Scholar and a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator.

Dr. Curtis serves as a scientific advisor to multiple academic institutes and biotech and was elected to the AACR Board of Directors in 2022. She also serves on the editorial board of journals spanning computational biology to precision oncology.


Pablo Domizi, PhD, Instructor, Pediatrics – Hematology & Oncology at Stanford University

Pablo Domizi, PhD is an Instructor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Stanford School of Medicine, working with Dr Kara Davis. Dr Domizi holds a PhD in molecular biology from National University of Rosario, Argentina. In 2018, Dr. Domizi joined Dr. Kara Davis’ lab as a postdoc, where he gained expertise in single cell technologies and B cell development. Currently, his scientific interests combine transcriptional regulation and antigen modulation in B cell malignancies. His research has unraveled new roles for IKAROS in CD19 modulation and CART19 failure, identifying it as a potential prognostic target.