SLAS2017 Short Courses

Establishing Cell-Based Assays for Screening

This course will describe developing standard procedures for handling cultured cells to set up cell-based assays, techniques for measuring cell health and the pathways leading to cytotoxicity, developing siRNA screening assays, and an overview of various GPCR screening methods.

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Terry Riss
Promega Corporation (Lead Instructor)

Dr. Terry Riss started the Cell Biology program at Promega in 1990 and held several R&D and Project Management positions since. Dr. Riss managed development of cell viability, cytotoxicity, apoptosis, and protease assay systems and also lead efforts to identify and promote multiplexing of cell-based assays to determine the mechanism of cell death. Dr. Riss now serves as Global Strategic Manager, Cell Health involved in outreach educational training activities. Dr. Riss has participated in several NIH study sections reviewing HTS grants and is co-editor of the In Vitro Cell Based Assays section of the Assay Guidance Manual hosted by NIH.

Lisa Minor
In Vitro Strategies, LLC

Lisa Minor is President of In Vitro Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm involved in assay development and screening strategy, technology evaluation and development, and product marketability assessment. Prior to this position, she was a long term employee of J&J. She is experienced in drug discovery including target validation, assay development, high throughput and safety profiling. At J&J, she participated in several technology development and evaluation opportunities resulting in marketed products. Among these are the Seahorse Metabolic profiling instrument, Quantigene mRNA detection and collaborated with MDS Sciex and Corning to validate their cell-based label-free impedance systems for GPCRs. She is a past member of the board for the Society for Biomolecular Sciences (SBS now SLAS), a past member of the Board of Scientific Counsellors for the National Toxicology Program, and a Scientific Advisor for many meetings. She is well recognized in the field of HTS especially for cell-based assays and has published the book Handbook of Assay Development for Drug Discovery.

Geoffrey Bartholomeusz
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Geoffrey Bartholomeusz (Ph.D.) is an associate professor and Director of the Target Identification and Validation Program at the UT M.D.Anderson cancer center, Houston Texas. Dr. Bartholomeusz research is focused on developing 3D models for target identification and validation. Using these models he has identified targets whose silencing sensitizes spheroids to radiation by altering their architecture. Dr. Bartholomeusz's team is now focused on developing 3D cell culture and co-culture models for high throughput siRNA screens with a goal to improve our ability to identify novel targets for the development of effective therapies for cancer. They are also developing complex ex-vivo tumor tissue models from PDX tumor tissue with the goal of identifying cancer patient-specific therapies. Dr. Bartholomeusz is well published in the field of cancer biology and treatment.

Eric N. Johnson
WuXi AppTec

Eric Johnson has extensive experience in the fields of assay development and high-throughput screening. Having worked at GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, and currently WuXi AppTec, he has utilized a wide array of technologies to enable compound profiling and high throughput screening in 384-, 1536-, and 3456-well plate formats. Dr. Johnson acts as the lead biologist on a number of different projects advising both external clients and internal staff as to design and execution of projects. Dr. Johnson has co-authored more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters and has taught courses and tutorials in the use of diverse technologies to study biological systems.