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College of Graduate Studies


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 2015 (pdf)
Thursdays, 4:00pm
Basic Science Building, Room 402

External Seminar Series


January 8, 2015

Emmanuel Skordalakes, Ph.D.  
Associate Professor  
Gene Expression & Regulation Program
The Wistar Institute
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Title:  “Telomerase Structure Function and Cancer Therapies”

Host: Dr. Besim Ogretmen
Sponsor: Biochemistry

January 15, 2015

Lynn M. Schnapp, M.D.   
Professor of Medicine   
Director, Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy
and Sleep Medicine Division
“Scarred for Life?  Mechanisms of Lung Injury and Repair”

Host: Dr. Donald Menick
Sponsor: MCBP

January 22, 2015

Jonathan A. Dranoff, M.D.  
Host: Dr. Don Rockey

January 29, 2015

S. Michal Jazwinski, Ph.D.  
Professor of Medicine  
Director, Center for Aging
Neuroscience Program
Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana

Title: "Metabolic Compensation and Healthy Aging in Yeast and Human"

Host: Dr. Deepak Bastia
Sponsor: Biochemistry

February 5, 2015

Andrew Koff, Ph.D.  
Director of Graduate Studies
Weill Cornell Medical College
Full Member, Molecular Biology Program
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY

Title: "Back through the revolving door:  Clinical observation to basic science discovery.  A tale of CDK4 inhibitor response and senescence"

Host: Dr. Alan Diehl
Sponsor: Biochemistry

February 12, 2015

Blanche Capel, Ph.D.  
Professor of Cell Biology  
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, North Carolina

Title: "The Battle of the Sexes"

Host:  MBES (Guillette/McCoy)
Sponsor:  MCBP

February 19, 2015

Mary L. Kraft, Ph.D.  
Associate Professor of Chemical &  
Biomolecular Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois

Title:  “Effects of Cholesterol, the Cytoskeleton, Time and Transport on Sphingolipid Organization in the Plasma Membrane” 

Host: Drs. Cowart/Ogretmen
Sponsor:  COBRE

February 26, 2015

Erica Lyndrup Herzog, M.D., Ph.D.  
Associate Professor of Medicine   
Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Director, Translational Lung Research Program
Director, Interstitial Lung Disease Center of Excellence
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut

Title:  "Translational Studies of Lung Involvement in Systemic Sclerosis"

Host: Dr. Lynn Schnapp
Sponsor: MCBP

March 5, 2015

Gerald R. Fink, Ph.D.
Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor
American Cancer Society
Professor of Genetics
Member, Whitehead Institute

Title:  :  “DNA àRNA; what happens after transcription?”

Host:  Dr. Deepak Bastia
Sponsor: Biochemistry

March 12, 2015

Rebecca G. Wells, M.D.  
Associate Professor of Medicine  
Division of Gastroenterology and
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Title:  “The Importance of Mechanics in Fibrosis”

Host: Dr. Don Rockey
Sponsor: MCBP

March 19, 2015

Zsolt Bagi, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Vascular Biology Center, CB3712
Medical College of Georgia
Georgia Regents University
Augusta, Georgia

Title:  “Caveolar Control of Microvascular Reactivity in Health and Disease”

Host:  Dr. Monika Gooz
Sponsor: MCBP

March 26, 2015



April 2, 2015

Jonathan A. Dranoff, M.D.
Director, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Jerome S. Levy Professor of Medicine
University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences
Little Rock, Arkansas

Title:  “The Adenosine/IL-6 Axis in Liver Injury”

Host: Dr. Don Rockey
Sponsor: MCBP
April 9, 2015

Karen E. Knudsen, Ph.D.

Sponsor: Biochemistry
April 16, 2015SPEAKER TBAHost:
Sponsor: MCBP
April 23, 2015

Elizabeth Murphy, Ph.D.  
Senior Investigator  
Laboratory of Cardiac Physiology
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Title:  “Role of Mitochondrial Calcium in Cardiomyocyte Cell Death”

Host: Dan Herr/Dr. Don Menick
Sponsor: MCBP

April 30, 2015

Andrew J. Morris, Ph.D.
Director, Small Molecule Mass Spectrometry
Core Laboratory
Ashwini Anand Professor of Cardiology
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Title:  "Bioactive Lysophospholipids and Cardiovascular Disease Risk"

Hosts: Dr. Ashley Cowart
Dr. Richard Drake
Sponsor: Biochemistry
May 7, 2015

Robert A. Sclafani, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Program Director of Cell Biology in the Cancer Center
Molecular Biology Graduate Program Director
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Title:  "Exploitation of DNA Replication Stress and Repair Mechanisms for Cancer Chemoprevention”


Host: Dr. Deepak Bastia
Sponsor: Biochemistry
May 21, 2015

Nicholas R. Silvaggi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Title:  TBA

Hosts: Dr. Ashley Cowart
Dr. Chris Davies
Sponsor: Biochemistry

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