Day 1
December 16, 2020

1:00 - 1:15pm           Opening Remarks

Rita Colwell, PhD
President, Rosalind Franklin Society

Mary Ann Liebert
Founder, Rosalind Franklin Society

1:15 - 2:00pm

COVID-19 Research: News from the Front 
Angela Rasmussen, PhD
VirologistColumbia Center for Infection & Immunity 

Akiko Iwasaki, PhD
Immunologist, Yale University 

Julianna McElrath, MD, PhD
Senior Vice President & Director (VIDD)
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center 

2:00 - 3:00pm

Put your Mouth Where your Money is
Cassandra Wesselman, MBA
Head of Clinical Solutions & Patient, OnRamp Bioinformatics

Charlotte Owens, MD
Medical Director & Chief Diversity Officer, AbbVie, Inc.

 3:00 - 4:00pm

From PhD to CEO
Molly He, PhD 
CEO and Co Founder, Element Bioscience

Kaja Wasik, PhD 
Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer, Variant Bio

Alice Zhang, PhD 
CEO & Co-Founder, Verge Genomics

Rachel Haurwitz, PhD 
President & CEO, Caribou

4:00 - 5:00pm

Awards: Window or Just Window Dressing?
Alexis Komor, PhD
Genome Writers Guild, Rosalind Franklin Medal
University of California, San Diego

Emily Leproust, PhD
BIO, Rosalind Franklin Award
Twist Bio

Ruth Lehmann, PhD
Vilcek Prize
Whitehead Institute at MIT

Silvi Rouskin, PhD
Vilcek Prize 
Whitehead Institute, MIT

Aviv Regev, PhD
FNIH, Lurie Prize 
Genentech EVP

   Day 2
December 17, 2020
1:00 - 1:15pm Welcome/Recap 

1:15 - 2:00pm

A Worldwide Issue
Dame Jocelyn, Bell Burnell, PhD
Astrophysicist, Breakthrough Prize

Tony Hyman, PhD
(Suzanne Eaton, PhD)
Director, Hyman Lab
Max Planck Institute

Christiane Nüsslein Volhard, PhD
Director, Donor
Max Planck Institute 

2:00 - 2:30pm

NAS Collaborative update
Frazier Benya, PhD
Director, NAS 

Paula Johnson, MD, MPH 

Ashley Bear, PhD 
Senior Program Officer
National Academies

2:30 - 3:00pm

Pipeline/Mentoring: our Future
Bianca Jones Marlin, PhD
Columbia University’s, Zuckerman Institute 

Johnna Frierson, PhD
Asst. Dean for Graduate & Postdoctoral Diversity and Inclusion 
Duke University


How and When to Add Voices
Alexis Stutzman 
Black in Genetics

Raven Baxter 
Founder, STEMbassy
Raven the Science Maven

Michelle McMurry-Heath, MD, PhD
President & CEO


The Potential of Innovation, Entrepreneurs, and Partnerships
Rodney Priestley, PhD
Vice Dean for Innovation 
Princeton University

4:30 - 4:45

Yes, Her Legacy Lives
Rosalind FranklinNiece

Wendy Rheault, PhD, President & CEO 
Rosalind Franklin University

4:45 - 5:00

Closing Remarks
Rita Colwell, PhD 
Mary Ann Liebert