SJSU to share research at CSU Biotechnology Symposium

More than 60 SJSU students and faculty will join colleagues from 21 other California State University campuses to present research on genes, proteins, cancers and more at the 23rd annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium Jan. 7 and 8 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County.

Two SJSU graduate students are finalists for the Don Eden Graduate Student Research Award. Kelli Benedetti and Mehrdad Pourfathi will present their research at the symposium. Benedetti worked with Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Miri VanHoven, while Pourfathi worked with Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Mallika Keralapura.

With roughly 500 CSU students and faculty joining nearly 100 industry professionals, community college representatives and elected officials, the symposium is the major annual event dedicated to developing emerging and future biotechnology researchers in California.

The symposium will also feature expert panels of scientists, engineers and journalists addressing healthcare solutions for the developing world, public understanding of human DNA analysis, and the commercialization of life-science innovations. 

The CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology coordinates and supports biotechnology efforts throughout the CSU and serves as the CSU’s primary liaison to industry and academic partners in the realm.

Read more on the Eden Award.

Read a CSU news release on the symposium.