The University of Florida’s Chemistry-Biology Interface, or CBI, Mini-Symposium brought together a community of more than 100 faculty and graduate students to share their research and explore new collaborations in the biomedical sciences, especially focusing on drug discovery and chemical biology. This second annual CBI Mini-Symposium took place on Oct. 14 at Scott Family Hall on UF’s Gainesville campus.
The morning session featured presentations from four current trainees in the UF Chemistry-Biology Interface Predoctoral Training Program, while the afternoon activities included a poster session and oral presentations from graduate students in the UF College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the College of Pharmacy. Matthew Disney, Ph.D., an institute professor at The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation and Technology, delivered the keynote presentation on the sequence-based design of small molecules targeting RNA.
UF’s CBI Predoctoral Training Program was established in 2020 to build the foundation for a greater understanding of chemistry and biology among young scientists and the UF CBI community. The program is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, or NIGMS, to support second- and third-year Ph.D. students to enhance their graduate studies in the biomedical sciences.