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3rd Annual Merck-UNC Research Forum and Idea Exchange

October 19, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Please  register for the Merck-UNC Research Forum and Idea Exchange on October 19th, held on the Ground Floor of Murray Hall featuring lectures by Prof. Michael Fitzgerald from Duke and Dr. Jason Cheung from Merck. This will be a unique opportunity to come and present your science with either a lightning talk or poster to over 20 Merck scientists from Research & Development, Discovery Chemistry, Structural Biology, and Manufacturing. These areas encompass all disciplines in Chemistry, Virology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Protein Sciences, Predictive Sciences, Toxicology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Materials Sciences, and more!


Faculty, this will be a low-barrier opportunity to explore collaborative opportunities with Merck scientists at UNC! More details below and in the attached.


Please reach out to Ralph House ( or Patrick Brandt ( with any questions.





Symposium Agenda


3rd Annual Merck UNC Research Forum and Idea Exchange

Thursday, October19, 2023


8:00              Registration and Breakfast

Murray Hall, Ground Floor Lobby

8:30 Welcome Remarks and intro to Merck, Eric Routhier, Executive Director, Biologics and Vaccines Analytics at Merck

Murray Hall, Room G202

9:00              Merck Science Keynote Address – Dr. Jason Cheung – Distinguished Scientist in Biologics R&D 

Murray Hall, Room G202


10:00             Lightning talks from UNC postdocs and grad students
(10-15 min each = 4-6 students)

Murray Hall, Room G202

11:00             UNC Research Poster Session
Murray Hall, Ground Floor Lobby

12:00             Networking Lunch with Merck Scientists

Murray Hall, Three separate ground-floor classrooms, each with 5-6 Merck scientists

1:00              Merck Science Poster
Murray Hall, Ground Floor Lobby * could flip with panel discussion

2:00              Speed Networking

Murray Hall, Ground Floor Lobby

2:30              Academic Keynote Address – Dr. Michael Fitzgerald – Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Duke 

Murray Hall, Room G202

3:30              Panel Discussionon Career Paths and Opportunities in Industry

Murray Hall, Room G202 * could flip with Merck posters

4:30              Closing remarks, Kartik, Executive Director, Merck VAR&D 

Murray Hall, Room G202



Register for the event HERE.


October 19, 2023
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Murray Hall – Ground Floor
101 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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