Department of Biological Sciences

Dodge Hall Rm 375
118 Library Dr
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3550
fax: (248) 370-4225
biology@oakland.edu

Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences offers exciting opportunities to explore the life sciences through diversified coursework, exceptional faculty-led research labs, and real-world experiences. Our undergraduate biology programs include a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. The expansive research interests of our faculty provide ideal opportunities for students in our graduate training programs, the Masters of Arts in Biology, Masters of Science in Biology and the Ph.D. in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Our programs prepare students for graduate study in the life sciences, research in private and government industries, professional careers in health sciences, and education. Our department provides the opportunity to grow a lifelong passion for the biological sciences through committed faculty research, excellent teaching, and engaged student learning.

SAS Day: Data Analytics and COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday, October 2, 2020
8:45 AM to 12:45 PM

Virtual Symposium

Open to the public - Registration Required

8:45 AM



8:50 AM

Welcome Remarks
Vijayan Sugumaran, Distinguished Professor & Chair, Decision & Information Sciences, Oakland University
C. Michelle Piskulich, Interim Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, Oakland University
Ora Pescovitz, President, Oakland University

Session 1

Moderator - Randal Westrick, Biological Sciences, Oakland University

9:00 AM

Garbage in Garbage Out? Lessons from COVID-19 Antibody Testing, Pol-II CHIP and Orphan Pediatric Retinal Diseases
Kenneth P. Mitton, Eye Research Institute, Oakland University

9:30 AM

Medical Image Analytics in Light of COVID-19
Courtney Ambrozic, SAS Institute

10:00 AM

Artificial Intelligence and drug repositioning against COVID-19
Aris Presidis, Biovista, Charlottesville, VA

Session 2

OU Alumni Panel Discussion - Career Opportunities in Analytics

10:30 AM

Mark Guthrie, Director IS&S and CIO, AM General, Auburn Hills, MI
Gene Grabowski, Principal Solutions Architect & Data Scientist, SAS Institute, Inc.
Aswathy James, Data Engineer, FordDirect
Amy Siebert-McKenzie, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Blood Research Institute, Wisconsin 

Session 3

Moderator - Fabia Battistuzzi, Biological Sciences, Oakland University

11:15 AM

Testing Northern Arizona Wastewater for Early Warning of COVID-19 Outbreaks
Crystal Hepp, Northern Arizona University

11:45 AM

Predictions, Role of Interventions in the Crisis of Virus in India: Data Science Call to Arms  
Bhramar Mukherjee, University of Michigan

12:15 PM

Accelerate Vaccine Research with Google AI Pipeline 
Franz Salas, Google

12:45 PM

Closing Remarks
Ravindra Khattree, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Oakland University

Register for Friday, October 2, 2020 Workshop

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