The annual Pharmacology Graduate Program Retreat is held each spring at a site outside of New York City and features talks by 3rd and 5th year graduate students and a poster session for other students and postdocs. The 2006 retreat was held on May 19-20 at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY. Justin Potuzak won the award for best talk with his presentation on the diversity-oriented synthesis of spiroketal libraries for use in chemical biology and drug discovery research.
Photos courtesy Prof. Lorraine Gudas

Lake Mohonk, diversity oriented synthesis, rational drug design, and chemical biology research

The Mountain House overlooks beautiful Lake Mohonk on Shawangunk Ridge in the Hudson River Valley

Poker, diversity oriented synthesis, rational drug design, and chemical biology research

Justin Potuzak warms up for his award-winning talk on diversity-oriented synthesis of spiroketal libraries by cleaning up at the poker table on Prof. Luca Cartegni, Prof. Lonny Levin, Jimmy Rotolo (Kolesnick Lab), and Prof. Francis Lee

Rich Derek Jeanne, diversity oriented synthesis, rational drug design, and chemical biology research

Prof. Rich Kolesnick discusses the finer points of pharmacology and dance with Derek and Jeanne Farrell (Levin/Buck Lab)

Carrie Derek, diversity oriented synthesis, rational drug design, and chemical biology research

Carrie Garceau (Gross Lab) tells Derek a good joke about the first-years!