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Erica Ollmann Saphire and Gavin Rumbaugh Receive Promotions

As part of the September meeting of the Scripps Research Institute Board of Trustees, two faculty promotions were announced.

Erica Ollmann Saphire is now professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbial Science. The Ollmann Saphire lab seeks to understand at the molecular level how certain pathogens overcome and even exploit the human immune system; the research brings together structural and functional studies on viruses such as Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, and LCMV. For additional information about Ollmann Saphire and her work, visit her faculty page and lab website.

Gavin Rumbaugh is now associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience. The Rumbaugh lab is focused on two principal areas: the role of synaptic proteins in memory formation and storage, and the interaction of experience and genetics in triggering development of adult intellectual abilities. Further details on Rumbaugh’s work are available on his faculty page and lab website.

Scripps Florida to Co-Host Regional Networking Event September 20

Scripps Florida will co-host an academic-industry networking event—“Connecting Emerging Leaders in the Life Sciences” (CELLS)—for the South Florida life sciences community on Thursday, September 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM in the Scripps Café. The event is also presented by BioFlorida, Life Science Technology HUB, the Employ Florida Banner Center, and Workforce Alliance. Other local institutions, including the Max Planck Florida Institute, Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute, Florida Atlantic University, and Palm Beach State College, have also been involved in the event’s planning and outreach.

Held in recognition of National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, CELLS will bring together industry, biotech, and academic institutions from the South Florida region to highlight postdoctoral and graduate student talent, and unite the emerging life sciences community, said Mike Matrone, program coordinator in the Scripps Research Career and Postdoctoral Services Office. Another important goal of the event is “to build and retain bioscience talent in Florida,” he added.

The CELLS event will feature an introduction by Scripps Florida’s Senior Director of Scientific Support Operations Dawn Johnson, one-minute speed introductions to bioscience businesses in the region, one-on-one interactions with business representatives in company booths, and opportunities to connect with potential employers in a social setting. Appetizers and beverages will be served.

The event is free with pre-registration by Friday, September 14. Admittance at the door will be $15, cash only.

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Professor Erica Ollmann Saphire (Photo by BioMedical Graphics.)

Associate Professor Gavin Rumbaugh (Photo by James McEntee.)