January 31, 2018

Dr. Jerry Menon Retirement Symposium

Join us on April 20, 2018 for Dr. Menon's Retirement Symposium!

Dr. Jerry Menon will be retiring soon and the Biological Chemistry Department along with the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department would like to celebrate his stellar 48-year academic career at the University of Michigan on April 20th, 2018 with a symposium.



Jairam Menon, Ph.D., Professor, Biological Chemistry and Obstetrics & Gynecology

Jerry Menon Career Celebration Symposium

                          April 20th, 2018


COFFEE & PASTRIES - Rackham Assembly Hall

8:00-8:20 am



8:20-10:00 am

Introductory comments from Dr. Bishr Omary, Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Fenner, Chair OB/GYN, University of Michigan and Dr. Goldman, Interim Chair, Biochemistry, University of Michigan

Research Talks:
John Kash, Ph.D. NIAID, NIH, “Evasion of Host Defenses and Immunopathogenesis: lessons from 1918 influenza and Ebola viruses”

Peter Davies, Ph.D. Professor Queens University, Canada, "Antifreeze Proteins"

Qing Yu Zhang, Ph.D. Professor, University of Arizona, “Function and Regulation of Intestinal Metabolism”


COFFEE BREAK - Rackham Assembly Hall

9:45-10:05 am



10:20-11:50 am

Research Talks:

Salman Azhar, Ph.D. Assoc. Dir. Research, VA Palo Alto & Stanford University, “Cholesterol-rich Lipoproteins and Adrenal and Gonadal Steroidogenesis”

Miyuki Harada, M.D., Ph.D. University of Tokyo, Japan, “Emerging Roles of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in the Ovary”

C.V. Rao, Ph.D. Professor, Florida International University, “Reminiscing our 46 years of friendship and the evolution of my


LUNCH - Rackham Assembly Hall

11:50-1:00 pm


Career Development Panel

1:00-2:30 pm

Introductions by Jerry Menon

Debra Thompson, Ph.D., Professor, University of Michigan

Deborah Lu, Ph.D., J.D., Vedder Price, NY

Senait Fisseha, M.D., J.D., Professor, Buffet Foundation

Faye Bradbury, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Chamberlain University, College of Nursing



2:30-3:30 pm

Research Talks:

T. Rajendra Kumar, Ph.D., Professor, University of Colorado, "Gonadotropin Re-Routing and Ovarian Function"

 Noritoshi Kawate, D.V.M., Ph.D., Professor, Osaka University, Japan, "Two years experience in Menon's lab and now -- From bovine reproduction through biochemistry to bovine reproduction--"


COFFEE BREAK - Rackham Assembly Hall

3:40-4:00 pm



4:00-4:45 pm

Dr. Jerry Strauss, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine - "Signal Transduction and Ovarian Function: Homage to Jerry Menon and His Research Contributions"



915 E. Washington St.

Ann Arbor, MI. 48109


Please join us in this celebration of Dr. Menon's dedicated service to the University of Michigan!

For additional information, please contact Kelly Studer at kstuder@umich.edu.


Dr. Menon would like to express his gratitude to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the Department of Biological Chemistry for their continued support of his career and this symposium. For more information about Dr. Menon and his works at University of Michigan, please see this program


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Guests can also book a room reservation at THE GRADUATE Ann Arbor by calling 800-666-8693 or through the front desk at 734-769-2200 and mention the group name "UM Obstetrics Menon Celebration".

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Ann Arbor, MI. 48104