The CMB Program in conjunction with the Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) sponsors a one-day retreat for all students and faculty at an off-campus location in August. The Retreat provides an opportunity for everyone to learn more about the research going on in the CMB and NGP community by listening to an invited keynote speaker, selected UVM speakers and joining in the group discussions.

2023 Retreat - Wednesday, August 23rd

CMB Retreat Planning Committee:
Bay Vagher
Shannan Prior
Dr. Matthew Poynter
Dr. Anthony Morielli
Amber Goerner
Lillian Russo-Savage
Elaine Holman
Pattie McNatt

Past Retreats

Year in Review

Our "Year in Review" has become a tradition in documenting our students and their successes. It is put together each year by a student member of the Retreat Planning Committee and highlights recent graduates and publications by current CMB and NGP students.

2020-2021 Year in Review (PDF)

2019-2020 Year in Review (PDF)

Virtual Retreat 2020

Retreat 2020 was held virtually, giving us the opportunity to revisit the highlights well after the event. The keynote address was delivered by Raven Baxter, "Raven the Science Maven". We thank everyone for attending and and revisit the words of wisdom spoken from our Keynote and from alumni during the event.

Keynote Speaker: Raven Baxter
Nationally Acclaimed Science Communicator & Molecular Biologist
“Self-Advocacy and Resiliency in your STEM Journey”

Messages from Alumni, August 2020

CMB/NGP alumni reach out to our current students during our annual Retreat with their post-grad wisdom.


Check out photos from the 2019 Retreat! (Click the arrows to navigate)

CMB/NGP Retreat 2019

Previously invited speakers:

  • 2020 Retreat: Raven Baxter, award-winning and internationally acclaimed science educator and molecular biologist
  • 2019 Retreat: Jay Hosler, PhD, from the department of Biology at Juniata College, PA
  • 2018 Retreat: Kathleen "Kate" Rubins, PhD, NASA Astronaut. Read all about it>>
  • 2017 Retreat: Ryoma “Puck” Ohi, PhD, from the department of Cell and Developmental Biology, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University
  • 2016 Retreat: Peter Bove, PhD, Director of Respiratory Disease Research at Nivalis Therapeutics, Inc., and CMB alumnus
  • 2015 Retreat: Giovanni Bosco, PhD, from the department of Genetics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, NH
  • 2014 Retreat: David Schatz, PhD, from the department of Immunology at Yale University, CT
  • 2013 Retreat: Matt Bogyo, PhD, from the department of Pathology at Stanford University, CA
  • 2012 Retreat: Matt Redinbo, PhD, from the department of Chemistry at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • 2011 Retreat: John M. Burke, PhD, from the department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at UVM