WMed to welcome Robert Balderas, PhD, in September for Seminars in Investigative Medicine

Robert Balderas, PhD
Robert Balderas, PhD

The medical school will welcome Robert Balderas, PhD, in September as the featured speaker for Seminars in Investigative Medicine.

Dr. Balderas will present “Single-cell Multiomic Approaches Reveal High Parameter Correlation of Protein and mRNA Expression in Individual Immune Cells” from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21, at the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus in downtown Kalamazoo.

The event is free and CE and MEDU credit is available.

If you’re interested in attending the event, please register at

Dr. Balderas has 40 years of leadership experience in both academia and industry. As a Distinguished BD Fellow and the VP of Biological Sciences at BD, he is focused on accelerating the market adoption of new tools and technologies by the Life Science community. He has made numerous contributions within BD Biosciences, most recently being a biology and technology champion of the BD FACSymphony™ Platform.

The presentation by Dr. Balderas will highlight the combined use of high parameter analytical flow cytometry and advanced single cell multi-omic tools (proteomic and genomic) to help define deep functional cell subsets following challenge with poly-IC treatment in a mouse model. The approach will consist of the use of sorting subsets using six sorting streams and fluorescent barcoding, an advanced database of the mouse receptor proteome, a targeted set of RNA probes and an analysis using a devisive tree structure for downstream functional subset analysis.

Seminars in Investigative Medicine is a research seminar series at WMed aimed at bringing together the community of investigators both within – and outside — the medical school. In October, the medical school will welcome Daniel Goldstein, MD, the Eliza Maria Mosher Collegiate Professor in Internal Medicine, research professor in the Institute of Gerontology, and director of the Michigan Biology of Cardiovascular Aging program at the University of Michigan.

In support of improving patient care, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Number of credits subject to change.