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MCBP Seminar Series (MCBP 724)

Students must register for Seminar, MCPB 724, every semester while in the program. The Thursday 4:00 pm MCBP External Seminar Series invites leading scientists from the United States and foreign countries to present their work to both students and faculty in the MCBP Program. These seminars are on a broad range of topics representing each of the six divisions within the MCBP Program. Importantly, students have the opportunity to meet informally with the speakers over lunch. Students must attend two thirds of the Thursday Seminars during the semester. Excused absences must be approved by the MCBP Course Directors.

MCBP External Seminar Series
Spring 2017 (pdf)
Thursdays, 12:00pm
Bioengineering Bldg., Room 112

External Seminar Series


January 5, 2017

Susan Smyth, M.D.
Jeff Gill Professor of Cardiology
Director, Gill Heart Institute
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Title: “Functional Validation of genetic predictors reveals role for lysophospholipid signaling in ischemic heart disease”

Host: Dr. Don Rockey
Sponsor: MCBP

January 12, 2017


Title: “TBD”

Sponsor: Pharmacology

January 19, 2017

Jae-Il Park, Ph.D.
Experimental Radiation Oncology
MD Anderson Cancer Center
University of Texas, Houston, TX

Title: "Dissecting Wnt signaling in regeneration and cancer"

Host: Dr. Je-Hoon Yoon
Sponsor: Biochemistry

January 26, 2017

Jay Kuemmerle, M.D.
Professor Division Head
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
VCU School of Medicine
Richmond, VA

Title: "Genetic, epigenetic and molecular determinants of fibrosis in Crohn's disease"

Host: Dr. Don Rockey
Sponsor: MCBP

February 2, 2017

Sean Palecek, Ph.D.
Milton J. and Maude Shoemaker Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Title: "Engineering Self-Renewal and Cardiac Differentiation Platforms for Human Pluripotent Stem Cells"

Host: Dr. Ying Mei
Sponsor: MCBP

February 9, 2017

Dr. Roberto Civitelli, M.D.
Sydney M & Stell H Schoenberg Professor of Medicine
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Cell Biology and Physiology
Chief Division of Bone and Mineral Diseases
Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis MO

Title: "Modulation of Bone Formation and Wnt Signaling by N-cadherin"

Host: Dr. Sakamuri Reddy
Sponsor: MCBP

February 16, 2017

Keith R. Davis, Ph.D.
Director, Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology
Indiana University Bloomington

Title:  "Lunasin: A Multifunctional Anticancer Peptide
from Soybean"

Host: Dr. Elizabeth Yeh
Sponsor: Pharmacology

February 23, 2017

Ian Blair, Ph.D.
A.N. Richards Professor
Vice Chair, Department of Systems Pharmacology
and Translational Therapeutics
U. Penn, Philadelphia, PA

Title: "Mitochondrial dysfunction and the genetic orphan disease Friedreich's ataxia"

Host: Dr. Perry Halushka
Sponsor: Pharmacology

March 2, 2017

Timothy Block, Ph.D.
President and Director, Baruch S. Blumberg Institute and Pennsytvania Biotechnology Center

Title: “Toward a cure for hepatitis B and liver cancer: be careful what you wish for”

Host:  Dr. Anand Mehta
Sponsor: Pharmacology

March 9, 2017

Elishi Noguchi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Director, Graduate Program in Molecualr & Cellular Biology & Genetics
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Title: "Duplication of genome to combat aging and cancer"

Host: Dr. Deepak Bastia
Sponsor: Biochemistry

March 16, 2017

Dirk Remus, PhD
Assistant Member, Molecular Biology Program
Sloan Kettering Institute, NY NY

Title:  "Chromatin regulation of DNA replication"

Host: Dr. Ashley Cowart
Sponsor: Biochemistry

March 23, 2017

Pilar Alcaide, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dept. of Integrative Physiology and Pathobiology
Tufts University School of Medicine,
Boston, MA

Title: "T Cell immune responses in heart inflammation and failure"

Host:  Dr. Titus Reaves
Sponsor: MCBP

March 30, 2017

Patricia Thompson, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept of Pathology
Stony Brook School of Medicine,
Stony Brook, NY

Title: "TBD”

Host: Dr. Richard Drake
Sponsor: Pharmacology


April 6, 2017
*IN BS402

Chris Glembotski, Ph.D.
Director, SDSU Heart Institute
San Diego State University, San Diego California

Title: "ATF6 is a Novel Link between ER Stress and Oxidative Signaling in the Heart"

Host: Dr. Donald Menick
Sponsor: MCBP

April 13, 2017

Yuan Chen, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular Medicine
Beckman Research Institute
City of Hope, Duarte CA

Title: "Ubiquitin-like modifications as cancer therapeutic targets"

Host: Dr. Shaun Olsen
Sponsor: Biochemistry
April 20, 2017

Petra Fromm, PhD
Professor and Director
The Biodesign Institute, Center for Applied Structural Discovery
Arizona State University

Title: TBA

Host: Dr. Raymond DuBois
Sponsor: Biochemistry
April 27, 2017

Martin Young, DPhil
Professor of Medicine
Vice Division Director of Research
Division of Cardiovascular Research
University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine

Title: "One Step at a Time - Temporal Control of Cardiac Processes"

Host: Dr. Ashley Cowart
Sponsor: MCBP
May 4, 2017

Jennifer Van Eyk, Ph.D.
Director, Advanced Clinical Biosystems Institute
Director, Basic Science Research in the Women's Heart Center
Erika J. Galzer Chair in Women's Heart Health
Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles CA

Title: "Protein-centric Precision Medicine:  insights into biological variability"

Host: Dr. Amy Bradshaw
Sponsor: MCBP
Commencement May 19, 2017

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