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The BIO5 Institute brings together interdisciplinary researchers to tackle grand challenges in health.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2024 4:30-7 P.M.


Meet researchers behind the collaborations that forge innovative solutions for evolving disease, nutrition, water, and food safety challenges impacting Arizona and beyond. Not only do we make discoveries and create better technology, but we also transfer those innovations from the labs to our community.

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Register for a Tour at the event
(space is limited)
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Listen to fireside chats with UArizona researchers from 5-6:30 p.m.
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Enjoy the KEYS Alumni Showcase 

Fireside Chats

Elevate your understanding of diverse scientific disciplines during our fireside chats, scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. inside the Keating Building (Room 103). No registration required.

Immerse yourself in captivating discussions led by BIO5 member researchers that will cover a wide range of research impacting the Arizona community. 

Fireside Chat Duration: Each fireside chat will last less than 10 minutes. We encourage you to come from one, two, or all the the chats! You are welcome to come and go between our fireside guest chats to explore the other aspects of Behind BIO5 (poster presentations, research demonstration tables, and tours).

Opportunity for Questions: Our fireside chat guests will step outside the room to provide you an opportunity to ask questions one-on-one.

5 p.m. Jennifer Barton, PhD Biomedical engineer developing optical imaging techniques for early cancer detection  
5:10 p.m.     Anita Koshy, MD  Physician-scientist studying a common human parasite to better understand our brain and immune system 
5:20 p.m.   Barbara Fransway, PSM, MB(ASCP)CM  Genomics researcher supporting services that drive innovation and discovery 
5:30 p.m.   Kenneth Wilund, PhD Nutritional science and kinesiology researcher taking a holistic approach to health and wellness 
5:40 p.m.   Joel Cuello, PhD  Biosystems engineer focused on feeding the world with sustainable agriculture
5:50 p.m. Intermission 
6:00 p.m. Bonnie Hurwitz, PhD Computational biologist leveraging data science to answer questions about microbes and the environment  
6:10 pm. Christopher Frost, PhD  Chemical ecologist exploring plant-based remedies in agriculture and medicine 
6:20 p.m. Physiology Major, 2021 KEYS Alumni Undergraduate brain science researcher discovering a career path in science through the BIO5 Institute's KEYS Research Internship 


KEYS Alumni Showcase

Meet over 20 alumni from the BIO5 Institute's KEYS Research Internship program in the breezeway of the the Keating Building. They will be presenting posters of their research and sharing their individual experiences. 

Hear the personal story of 2021 KEYS alumni, Moses Foiryolo, now a physiology major and undergraduate researcher at the University of Arizona, at the 6:20 p.m. fireside chat.

The Keep Youth Engaging in Science (KEYS) Research Internship program epitomizes our commitment to nurturing the next generation of scientific leaders. Through a transformative 7-week summer experience, interns engage in real-world bioscience research mentored by UArizona faculty, many of whom are esteemed members of the BIO5 Institute.


Parking is free in all UArizona surface lots after 5 p.m. on weekdays. The closest easily accessible hourly parking is located at Highland Avenue Garage (located at 1420 E Helen Street); hourly rates also apply after 5 p.m. More visitor parking information for the garage can be found here.