Medical Laboratory Sciences and Molecular Genetics Symposium

Welcome to the first annual Medical Laboratory Sciences and Molecular Genetics Symposium!

Please join us for the first annual Medical Laboratory Sciences and Molecular Genetics Symposium on September 26-28, 2019!  The symposium is to raise awareness to the community about the medical laboratory sciences.  The keynote speaker is Dr. Marty Soehnlen, Director of Infectious Disease Division, at Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  Additional presenters include faculty, alumni and students from Northern Michigan University, Lake Superior State University, and Michigan Technological University as well as professionals from Mayo Clinic, Marshfield Clinic and UPHS-Marquette.  NMU has applied for approval as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.  Registration deadline is September 20, 2019.

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Event Itinerary

Thursday, September 26, 2019         Location:  Northern Center, Ball Room III and IV

9:15 a.m. Key Note Speaker - Marty Soehnlen, PhD, Director of Infectious Disease Division, Bureau of Laboratories, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on "Molecular Diagnostics in the Laboratory - A Constant Path of Change"
10:30 a.m. NMU, LSSU, MTU University Program Director Presentations
12:00 p.m. Buffet Style Luncheon
12:30 p.m. Norther Michigan University Faculty Presentation - Matthew Jennings, PhD on "Clinical Applications of a Novel AuNP/PNA (Gold Nanoparticle/Peptide Nucleic Acid) Colorimetric Method for Detection of Nucleic Acids"
1:00 p.m. Lake Superior State University Faculty Presentation - Barbara Evans, PhD, on "Prevalance of hemochromatosis-associated HFe mutations in the Easter Upper Peninsula, Mich."
1:30 p.m. Michigan Technological University Faculty Presentation - Ebenezer Tumban, PhD, on "A Broadly Protective Thermostable Next Generation HPV Vaccine Based on a Concatemer Peptide and a Consensus Peptide of L2 Displayed on Bacteriophage Virus-like Particles:
2:30 p.m.  Amy Groszbach, Mayo Clinic, on "Discovery Careers in Medical Laboratory Science Laboratories and Genomics-Molecular Technology Laboratories"
3:00 p.m. Jason Yuhas, Mayo Clinic, on "An Introduction to Cytogenetic Technologies"
3:30 p.m. Polly Hockberger, UPHS-Marquette, on "Laboratory Relocation: Large Scale Change Control"
4:00 p.m. Julie Seehafer, Marshfield Clinic, on "Lab Staffing and Student Programs: One Lab's Experience in Balancing the Two"

5:30 p.m. -
6:30 p.m. 

Poster Viewing/Welcome Reception with cash bar and heavy hors d'ouevres
6:30 p.m. 

Alumni/Graduate Presentations
1. Aaron Lewkowicz, NMU Alumnus on "Building Novel Animal Models of Neurotropic Viruses"
2. Alanna Hamel, NMU Graduate Student, "Making Science Relevant: Connecting Rural and Disadvantaged Students to Increasing Career Opportunities in the Biomedical Field"
3. Claire Danielson, MLS(ASCP), MTU Alumna


Friday, September 27, 2019

  Location:  Whitman Hall, Commons Room
12:00 p.m. Poster Viewing and Buffet Style Luncheon  
  Location:  Jamrich Hall, Room 1320
1:00 p.m. Sarah LewAllen, BS, MLS, Michigan Tech, "Decentering and Arterial Stiffness in Young Adults"
1:30 p.m. Celina Malcolm, LSSU Undergraduate Student, on "The Anti-Staphylococcal activity of the 3, 4-Dihydroquinazolines"
2:00 p.m. Casey Juntil & Jordan Wallace, NMU Alumni, "Research Leading to a Rapid Method to Assess and Isocitrate Dehydrogenase Mutation Status in Glioblastoma using Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification and Peptide Nucleic Acids"
2:30 p.m. NMU, MTU, & LSSU Student Quiz Bowl
5:00 p.m. Social hour with cash bar and hors d'oeuvres at the Ore Dock Brewing Company


Saturday, September 28, 2019     Location:  West Science, Room 2902

9:00 a.m. - noon Molecular and Cytogenetic Workshops for high school students and parents; Amy Groszbach and Jason Yuhas, Mayo Clinic Education Coordinators, on "Get a Clue: The DNA Mystery of the Missing Tiara (Actually, Techniques Utilized in a Molecular Laboratory)"


Lodging Information

Country Inn and Suites of Marquette
2472 US 41 West
(906) 225-1300

Days Inn of Marquette                  
2403 US 41 West
(906) 225-1393

Comfort Suites of Marquette
2463 US 41 West
(906) 228-0028


Northern Michigan University and Marquette Information

We'd like to welcome you to Northern Michigan University and Marquette! Marquette provides multiple opportunities for outdoor exploration and a vibrant downtown to spend time exploring when not attending the Medical Laboratory Sciences and Molecular Genetics Symposium. To learn more about things to do in Marquette, visit Travel Marquette

Northern Michigan University is also home to a variety of events and opportunities. A full listing of events happening on-campus can be found at NMU Events. View the most recent NMU campus map for information about parking and building locations.