Welcome to Nerd Nite Los Angeles!

We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 20-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. It’s like the Discovery Channel… with beer.

The next Nerd Nite:

Tuesday, October 14
Doors open at 7 p.m. – Presentations start at 7:45 p.m.

The Mint
6010 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035


November 19 – Tickets

Stay in touch through the links below.






PRESENTATION #1: A Technique to Discover New Biomarkers in Prostate and Lung Cancer
by Shirley Lomeli*

Cancer biomarkers, molecules associated with cancer that are found in blood or other tissues, serve an important role for cancer detection. For example, blood tests for prostate specific antigen (PSA) are widely used to screen men for prostate cancer. However, PSA levels may be elevated in both cancerous and non-malignant cases which often results in confusion or misdiagnosis. Therefore, more reliable biomarkers are needed to consistently detect cancer in its early stages and save lives. In this vein, a new technique we developed to detect promising new biomarkers will be presented.

Bio: Shirley is a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA. Her work is on exploring biomarkers for prostate and lung cancer.

PRESENTATION #2: Introduction to Lockpicking
by Robert Tran

Everyone relies on their locks to keep things secure. From front doors to filing cabinets, they give us the sense of security that no one else can get inside without the proper key. However, most locks can be picked trivially without any evidence of exploitation. You will learn how and why lockpicking works as well as what manufacturers have done to protect against such shenanigans.

Bio: Robert Tran is an IT security professional by day, but in his spare time he picks locks and teaches the topic at various conferences. He got into lockpicking in a bar in Philadelphia, PA and is an active member of the Open Organization of Lockpickers. The mission of the Open Organization of Lockpickers is to advance the general public knowledge about locks and lockpicking. By examining locks, safes, and other such hardware and by publicly discussing our findings we hope to strip away the mystery with which so many of these products are imbued.

PRESENTATION #3: It’s all about HIV
by Anjie Zhen*

With the success of anti-retroviral therapy, HIV infection has become from a death sentence to a manageable chronic disease. However, it is still an incurable disease and HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to affect US and around the world. This talk will give an overview of recent findings on HIV/AIDS research, why the infection is so difficult to eliminate, how we can utilize what we learned from the virus for gene therapy and the story of the unluckiest and luckiest patient that is cured of HIV.

Bio: Dr. Zhen is a Postdoctoral Scholar at UCLA AIDS Institute. She graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and studied HIV basic virology and innate immunity as a PhD student. Now she is researching on various gene therapy strategies to treat HIV infection using humanized mice model at UCLA.

*Speakers brought to you in collaboration with the Society of Postdoctoral Scholars at UCLA – http://www.postdoc.ucla.edu/