The IYRC features keynote speakers that are passionate about research. Academics, industry professionals, and educators share insights from their field through engaging presentations.
IYRC Fall 2021 Keynote Speakers
Dr. Daniel Owens
Saturday, October 16th at 1:00 pm EDT
Daniel K. Owens earned a BSc degree with a concentration in biochemistry from East Tennessee State University where he first began research into natural products and flavonoid metabolism by developing a novel assay system for flavanone-3-hydroxylase. He continued working with flavonoids in the lab of Brenda Winkel at Virginia Tech and was awarded his PhD for examining the labile dioxygenase enzymes involved in flavonol biosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana with a particular focus on the flavonol synthase isozyme family. He then began a postdoctoral position in the lab of Cecilia McIntosh where glucosyltransferase enzymes with the potential to influence flavor chemistry and other aspects of metabolism in Citrus species were identified and thoroughly characterized. Subsequently, he moved to a plant physiologist postdoctoral position with the USDA-ARS Natural Product Utilization Research Unit in Oxford, MS where natural products were investigated as herbicide leads and herbicide resistant crop plants were characterized in the labs of Franck Dayan and Stephen Duke. Daniel is currently an assistant professor in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering at the University of Hawaii - Manoa in Honolulu, HI where his lab is investigating the potential of flavonoid enzymes to interact within a metabolon in citrus as well as agricultural, nutritional, and pharmaceutical applications of plant natural products.
Dr. Christopher Winfree
Sunday, October 17th at 12:00 pm EDT
Dr. Winfree grew up in Jupiter, Florida, and attended Dartmouth College, where he graduated with High Honors in Chemistry. After completing medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, he joined the Department of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University as a resident. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in peripheral nerve surgery in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then a second fellowship in functional and stereotactic neurosurgery in Portland, Oregon. Currently, Dr. Winfree is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City where he specializes in peripheral nerve surgery, peripheral nerve cancer surgery, nerve and muscle biopsies, pain neurosurgery, and spasticity. His research interests include the use of peripheral nerve transfers to treat spinal cord injury, and the use of neurostimulation to treat chronic pain disorders. He is a member of several different professional organizations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), American College of Surgeons (ACS), New York State Neurosurgical Society, North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), Neurosurgical Society of America (NSA), New York Presbyterian Society of the Alumni, Society of Neurological Surgeons (SNS) Boot Camp Committee, and the CNS Self Assessment in Neurological Surgery (SANS) Editorial Board. He recently completed his term as President of the AANS / CNS Joint Section on Pain.