Annual CLIMB UP Lecture

Each summer during the CLIMB Undergradaute Program (UP), the Annual Distinguished CLIMB UP Lecture is presented by a role model dedicated to inspiring the next generation of scientists and health professionals.

Previous Lecturers


Dr. Nancy Nielsen.

Dr. Nancy H. Nielsen

The 2019 CLIMB UP Lecture was presented by Dr. Nancy H. Nielsen, Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy and Clinical Professor in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. Throughout her career, Dr. Nielsen has advocated for health care policy reforms, including Medicare for all, Medicare and Medicaid regulations as well as fraud and abuse provisions, patient safety initiatives and the need for collaboration and transparency in the health care industry. Currently, Dr. Nielsen is an instrumental member of a local task force tackling the opioid epidemic in Western New York.


Dean Seneca.

Dean Seneca, MPH

"Challenges Around the World in Public Health" was presented by Dean Seneca, MPH, former Senior Health Scientist at the Centers for Control and Prevention.



Dr. Laura E. O'Dell.

Dr. Laura E. O'Dell

"Neural mechanisms that promote tobacco use in vulnerable populations: Findings from animal models"  was presented by Dr. Laura E. O'Dell, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), El Paso, TX.


Dr. Luis A. Colón.

Dr. Luis A. Colón

"Opportunity is Knocking, Be Ready" was presented by Dr. Luis A. Colón, Professor of Chemistry at University at Buffalo, who recently received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring at the White House (June 2015).  


Dr. Marino De León.

Dr. Marino De León

"Keeping Your Eyes on the Goal" was presented by Dr. Marino De León, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology and founding director of the Loma Linda University School of Medicine Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine.



Dr. Clifton A. Poodry.

Dr. Clifton A. Poodry

"Anything’s Possible" was presented by Dr. Clifton A. Poodry, former Director of the Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health. UB Honorary Doctorate in Science


Dr. Shubhik DebBurman.

Dr. Shubhik DebBurman

"Yeasts and Undergraduates help Understand Parkinson’s Disease Pathology" was presented by Dr. Shubhik DebBurman, Professor of Biological Sciences at Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL.