Talent from all Corners: How Immigration Helps Shape Scientific Leadership

04nov3:00 pm6:00 pmTalent from all Corners: How Immigration Helps Shape Scientific Leadership


Searle Auditorium


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Talent From All Corners

Science and discovery thrive in environments that welcome and foster the free exchange of talent and ideas. The United States has for decades been a worldwide leader in science. Its universities and research centers, public and private, have been on the cutting edge of many discoveries that have improved lives and transformed societies.

Immigrants and their descendants have played and continue to play a significant role in making the United States an unrivaled leader in research, science, and innovation. Immigrants and their descendants make impactful scientific discoveries, start new ventures based on their research, and educate and mentor new generations of scientists and innovators.

In this panel discussion on “Talent from all corners: how immigration helps shape American scientific leadership”, a group of prominent and highly promising scientists, led by Nobel Laureate Professor Robert Lefkowitz, will share their own stories as first, second, or third-generation immigrants, their research and its significance, and their perspective on immigration and its role in shaping American scientific leadership.

Refreshments will be made available throughout the symposium.

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Opening Remarks & Keynote Address

3:00 – 3:05: Opening Remarks
Dr. Robert Lefkowitz, JBD Prof of Medicine
3:05 – 3:25:

KEYNOTE: “Immigrant and Refugee Family Origins of America’s Nobel Laureates”

Dr. Lynn Caporale, Drug Discovery Consultant


3:25 – 3:30: Introduction of Speakers
Dr. Robert Lefkowitz
3:30 – 3:45: Dr. Nita Farahany, Professor of Law and Philosophy (Iran)
3:45 – 4:00: Dr. Amit Patel, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Malaysia/East Africa)
4:00 – 4:15: Dr. Samira Musah, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering (Ghana)
4:15 – 4:30: Dr. Guillermo Sapiro, JBD Professor of Engineering (Uruguay)
4:30 – 4:45: Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam, Professor of Biomedical Engineering (India/Malaysia)
4:45 – 5:00: Dr. Fan Wang, Professor of Neurobiology (China)
5:00 – 5:15: Dr. Linda Carime Cendales, Associate Professor of Surgery (Colombia)
5:15 – 5:30: Dr. Ravi Bellamkonda, Dean of School of Engineering (India)


Q&A and Closing Remarks

5:30 – 5:50: Open Q&A and Comments from the Floor
Dr. Robert Lefkowitz, JBD Professor of Medicine
5:50 – 6:00: Closing Comments
Dr. Larry Carin, Vice President of Research



6:00 – 6:30: Reception


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