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Exploring Current Research

Azusa Pacific’s Department of Biology and Chemistry hosts the 39th annual West Coast Undergraduate Biological Sciences Research Conference on April 12, 2014, which brings together undergraduate students from schools across the West Coast and beyond to present original research. More than 150 oral and poster presentations will take place, and prizes are awarded for the best presentations. The event also includes a keynote address by renowned neurogeneticist, Pat Levitt, Ph.D.

We invite you to submit abstracts and register for the conference.

The deadline for abstract submissions is Monday, March 10.

Early registration ends Tuesday, March 24, for $35.

Late registration from March 25-April 10, for $45.

Conference History

The West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference began in 1975 with a focus on undergraduate research in the biological sciences. Other universities that have hosted the conference include Santa Clara University, Loyola Marymount University, and Point Loma Nazarene University. Historically, participants from more than 30 universities have attended the WCBSURC from California, Washington, Colorado, Nebraska, Montana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Connecticut.

Keynote Address

Pat Levitt, Ph.D.

"From Human Gene Discovery to Basic Mechanisms of Neurodevelopmental Disruptions"

Pat Levitt, Ph.D.Levitt is the inaugural director of Developmental Neurogenetics Program at the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the W.M. Keck Chair in Neurogenetics at the Keck School of Medicine, and the director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Southern California. An international expert in autism and other neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders, Levitt and his lab have ongoing research programs on the role of genes and the environment on the developing brain.

Levitt received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, his doctorate from the University of California, San Diego, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. He has previously held faculty, fellow and/or directorial positions at Yale University, The Medical College of Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt University, the University of Southern California, and Harvard University. In addition to his active research program, which has received continuous NIH funding since 1983 and resulted in over 250 peer-reviewed journals, Levitt retains a strong commitment and passion for undergraduate and graduate education in the sciences, as well as public advocacy on the clinical implications of scientific research.