NSCRC & CS 2015

NSCRC 2015




The conference is being hosted by the Department of Chemistry at Tufts University. The welcome and registration table will be in the main entrance of the Pearson Chemistry Lab Building at 62 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA 02155

Elevator Speeches

Communicating scientific research effectively to the larger community is very important. For this reason NSYCC would like to  give attendees at the NSCRC an opportunity to present their research in an "elevator speech" .  Presenters will have a chance to promote their research prior to the poster and the seminar sessions, which could increase the attention that they get during throughout the rest of the conference. Each speaker will get 2 minutes maximum with no additional materials. The the best "elevator speech" will be awarded with a prize and recognition.

Those who expressed their interest to give a pitch in their abstract submission will receive more information on their presentation soon!




Dr. Michael Pollastri, Northeastern University from The Laboratory for Neglected Disease Drug Discovery


PhD, Brown University, Providence, RI
MS, Duke University, Durham, NC
AB, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Research Interests

Prof. Pollastri’s primary research focus is on discovery of new therapeutics for neglected tropical diseases, using a “parachute” or “repurposing” approach. In this approach, he identifies parasitic targets of importance that have been previously biochemically validated, with a further focus on those targets with human homologs that have been pursued in human drug discovery. Prof. Pollastri’s lab then prepare known ligands previously reported against the human homolog for assessment against the parasite target, and then pursue an optimization program from that starting point. His lab’s first project is focused on trypanosomal phosphodiesterases, enzymes that have ~30% homology to human PDE4 and 5. Other projects focus on trypansomal TOR, Aurora kinases, dihydrofolate reductase, and HDACs.

Prof. Pollastrli’s secondary area of focus is on chemical technologies. Projects in this category include diversification of lead compounds using reaction screening approaches, applications of flow chemistry, and Green Chemistry.



The 2015 Career Symposium on Sunday, April 19th. The event will take place at Tufts University’s Department of Chemistry. Please join us as successful chemists discuss the paths which lead them to their fruitful careers. Register here for the symposium and/or the conference.

If you have questions regarding the event, please email careers@nsycc.org.


Academic & Teaching Careers Panelists

·         Dr. Doris Lewis, Professor Emerita, Suffolk University

·         Dr. Sergiy Kryatov, Senior Lecturer, Tufts University

·         Dr. Marietta Schwartz, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston

Careers in Industry Panelists

·         Dr. Phil Snyder, Senior Scientist, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

·         Dr. Michael Tarselli, Chemistry Information Systems Co-Lead, Novartis Institute of BioMedical Research

·         Cara Barnes, Research Scientist, Diagnostics For All

·         Heather Flick, Research Scientists I, Alkermes, Discovery Research & Biologics

Alternative Careers in Chemistry Panelists

·         John de la Parra, Owner of Vine Research and Consulting

·         Dr. Sara Paquette, Sr. Specialist, Medical Writing & Scientific Communications, Surgical Solutions

·         Dr. Greg Pawin, West Coast Sales Manager, Oxford Instruments Omicron NanoScience

Post-Doc Advice Panelists

·         Dr. Timothy Lawton, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Natick Research Laboratory

·         Dr. Pranoti Navare, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Alkermes, Inc, Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Formulation

Grad School Advice Panelists

·         Amanda Aldolus, PhD Candidate, Chemistry, Tufts University

·         Jessica Weaver, PhD Candidate, Biology, Northeastern University

·         Kyle Cole, PhD Candidate, Chemistry, Boston College

Workshop #1: Resume Tips, Cover Letter Strategies, and Inverviewing Techniques

ACS Career Consultants will lead networking and resume building workshops focusing on the needs of the audience

Workshop #2: Ethics in Publishing

Do you know how to properly integrate your references? Do you know the criteria for authorship? Did you know you can plagiarize yourself?! As a burgeoning scientist, one of the most important things you can do for your career is to publish as much as possible; but there are some simple errors that can lead to big consequences. This workshop will address the process of publishing and your concerns to ensure you're publishing and producing work in an ethical manner.


The conference is being hosted by the Department of Chemistry at Tufts University. The welcome and registration table will be in the main entrance of the Pearson Chemistry Lab Building at 62 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA 02155 (shown on the map below)

Tufts is located along the Red Line, a 5-10 minute walk from Davis Square Station. Follow College Avenue and then make a left onto Talbot Ave. The Pearson Chemistry Building (pictured below) will be on the left side of the road just past the Tufts Art Gallery  and across from the Campus Bookstore.


There will be no parking restrictions or payment required at Tufts during the weekend of April 18th & 19th. There is ample parking in front of the Pearson Chemistry Building on Talbot Avenue or in the parking lot at the corner of Talbot and College Avenue.

Networking Reception

The daylong event will end with a social event at Orleans in nearby Davis Square, where participants can practice their newly developed networking skills over a drink.