News & Events



At the USF Morsani College of Medicine Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, we are committed to supporting our students and faculty with a myriad of educational, community-building, and recreational events. This graduate and postdoctoral News & Events page is designed to help you keep up with the latest student events, activities, and news happening within the Master’s and PhD communities.


The Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs and offices across the USF campus host a variety of events every semester for current and prospective students. 

If you are looking for a way to build your leadership skills and engage with the USF Health community apply today for the USF Health Executive Student Leadership Board (ESLB)Applications are due by July 7. 

  • Open Houses & Recruitment Events

    Prospective students are invited to meet us and learn more about our programs at these upcoming events. 

    Check back in August to view our Fall recruitment events. 

  • Workshops & Other Events

    No events currently scheduled. 

  • Seminars

    Faculty and students present their current research projects.

    Bioscience Seminars

    Bioscience seminars have concluded for the Spring term. They will resume in Fall. 

    STRAP-Mediated Oncogenic Signaling in Colorectal Cancer: A Targeting Opportunity
  • AMSGS Events

    Join our student organization for a variety of upcoming social and professional development events. 

    Student Development Events

    Thursday, June 20 - Current Topics in Suicide Risk Assessment 

    Dr. Steven Gunther and Dr. Adam Fusick will conduct the seminar on "Current topics in suicide risk assessment". Lunch will be provided. All are welcome.

    12:00 PM
    MDL 1037B

    Journal Clubs

    Journal clubs provide students with the opportunity to practice their public speaking skills and prepare for CQEs and defenses by presenting their research (or a piece of work they find interesting) to fellow students.

    Journal Clubs are held from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM in MDL 1031 unless otherwise noted. 

    No Journal Clubs currently scheduled. 


  • Defenses & CQEs

    Defenses and CQEs are open to the public. 

    Dissertation Defenses

    Upon successful completion of a dissertation defense, these students will graduate with a PhD in Medical Science.

    Tuesday, June 25 - Emily Palumbo

    “Targeting PTEN for Therapy in Cancer and PTENopathies”
    Pathology & Cell Biology
    1:00 PM
    MDL 1003B

    Wednesday, June 26 - Udoka Okaro

    “A Small RNA and DNA Binding Protein Contributes to Biofilm Development in Bartonella henselae
    Allergy, Immunology, & Infectious Diseases
    9:00 AM
    MDL 1003B


    Friday, June 28 - April Darling

    “Protein Liquid-Liquid Phase Transitions in Neurodegenerative Diseases”
    Molecular Medicine
    10:00 AM
    MDL 1003B


    Wednesday, July 3 - Drew Rideout

    “Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Attenuates Obesity-Related Liver Injury”
    Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology
    9:00 AM
    MDL 1003B

    Comprehensive Qualifying Exams

    Upon successful completion of a CQE, these students will be formally admitted into candidacy for a PhD and begin their dissertation research. 

    Tuesday, July 16 - Ashley Lui

    Molecular Medicine
    9:00 AM
    MDL 1003B

    Tuesday, July 16 - Michael Sacco

    Molecular Medicine
    3:00 PM
    MDL 1003B

    Fall 2018 CQEs

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Program News

four students with two dogs

Before finals week, the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs hosted two certified Therapy Dogs from Pet Partners to provide a little stress relief for students and staff! 

See the photos here

current phd students in construction area wearing hardhats

This Spring, five of our current PhD students had the opportunity to tour the new USF Health Morsani College of Medicine & Heart Institute on Water Street. Scheduled to open in late 2019, the 13 story building will be home to labs, classrooms, study spaces, and more. 

View more photos from the tour here

Pictured (left to right): Sandy Hornung, Prisca Lin, Jiajia Yang, Mariana Burgos-Angulo, and Kara Snyder.