Training Environment

Alejandro Lab Meeting

Mentoring is a priority for Dr. Alejandro. She has an open door policy and she meets one-on-one once a month or weekly with her trainees (undergrads, post-baccaluareate, graduate students, and post-docs) to discuss research progress and career development.

We have weekly lab meetings, during which at least two individuals presents current research or experimental methods.  Monthy, we discuss new journal articles from a variety of scientific journals that apply to our research area or are of general interest. The Alejandro Lab also participates with weekly meetings of Dr. David Bernlohr's group. Joint meeting with Dr. Haibin-Ruan's group four times a year.

Integrated Biology And Physiology Seminars

During the school year, the department hosts a biweekly seminar in which invited faculty present their work. In the summer, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows present their work. When Dr. Alejandro host a visiting faculty, her team meets one-on-one or as a group with speaker to discuss science and career development.

 

IBP Seminar on Islet Biology and on O-linked Glycosylation:

2016-2017 Drs. James D. Johnson, Aleksey Matveyenko, Carmela Evans-Molina, and Orian Shirihai.

2017-2018: Drs. Roland Stein (September 13, 2017), George Gittes (February 7, 2018), Maureen Gannon (March 1, 2018),  Gary Hart (April 11, 2018), Henry Dong (May 2, 2018), Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi (September 13, 2018), Theresa Powell (October 2018), John Hanover (October 2018) and Raphael Scharfmann (October 17, 2018).

Pancreas Interest Group 

Twice during the school year, multiple laboratories interested in all aspects of pancreas and beta cell biology get together to present and discuss current research that is being performed in their laboratories. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and PIs present.

Cityide Endocrine: Diabetes, Endocrinology, & Metabolism  

During the school year, this weekly meeting offers a variety of seminar topics, ranging from basic science to clinical topics.  Presenters include physicians and PIs.

Stem Cell Institute 

During the school year, the institute hosts a weekly seminar in which invited faculty present their research. During the summer, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows present their work.

Regional and National Conferences

All members of the lab (undergrads, post-baccaluareate, graduate students, and post-docs) are encouraged to attend local, regional and national conferences. Dr. Alejandro encourages trainees at all levels to submit abstracts to the Midwest Islet Club, American Diabetes Association, EASD and Keystone Meetings.

Postdoc and predoc trainees are encouraged to secure funding from ADA, NIH (F32, F31, T32), JDRF and HA.