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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 2016 (pdf)
Thursdays, 4:00pm
Room 125 Gazes/STB

External Seminar Series


January 7, 2016

Derek Radisky, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Cancer Biology
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
​Jacksonville, FL

Title: “TBD”

Host: Dr. Jen Isaacs
Sponsor: Pharmacology

January 14, 2016

Edward Egelman, PhD
Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Title: “Cryo-EM of Helical Polymers at Near-Atomic Resolution Yields New Insights into Evolutionary Divergence ”

Host: Dr. Shaun Olsen
Sponsor: Biochemistry

January 21, 2016

Timothy McKinsey, Ph.D 
Associate Division Head & Associate Professor For Translational Medicine
School of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver, CO

Title: “Signaling and Epigenetic Control of Cardiac Hypertrophy, Fibrosis and Failure”
Host: Disalvo
Sponsor: MCBP

January 28, 2016

CancelledHost: Pharmacology

February 4, 2016


Sponsor: Pharmacology

February 11, 2016

Julie D. Saba, MD, PhD
Associate Adjunct Professor in Pediatrics
John and Edna Beck Chair in Pediatric Cancer Research
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland Research Institute
University of California-San Francisco

Title: "Dendritic cells are the metabolic gatekeepers of thymic egress"
Sponsor:  COBRE

February 18, 2016

Lance Wells, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

Title: "Unraveling the O-Mannosylation Pathway to Understand Congenital Muscular Dystrophy"

Host: Dr. Peggi Angel
Sponsor:  Pharmacology

February 25, 2016

Philip Auron, Ph.D.
Professor, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA

Title: "A Tale of Two Immediate-early Pro-inflammatory Genes (IL1B and TNF): Transcription Initiation Complexities and Druggability"

Host: Dr. Sakamuri Reddy
Sponsor: MCBP

March 3, 2016

James Hurley, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Title: “TBD”

Host:  Dr. Baerbel Rohrer
Sponsor: MCBP

March 10, 2016

Leemor Joshua-Tor, PhD 
Professor and HHMI Investigator
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Cold Spring Harbor, New York

Title: “TBA”

Host: Dr. Deepak Bastia
Sponsor: Biochemistry

March 24, 2016

William S. Blaner, Ph.D.
Professor of Nutritional Medicine
Columbia University
New York, NY

Title: “TBD”

Host:  Dr. Don Rockey
Sponsor: MCBP

March 31, 2016

Thomas Egelhoff, Ph.D.   
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Title: "TBD"

Host:  Dr. Steve Rosenzweig
Sponsor: Pharmacology


April 7, 2016Pitts LecturesHost: Women’s Science
Sponsor: Sade

April 14, 2016

Donna Driscoll, PhD  
Professor and Vice Chair   Sponsor: Biochemistry
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute
Cleveland, Ohio

Title: "TBA"

Host: Dr. Philip Howe
Sponsor: Biochemistry
April 21, 2016

Richard W. Gross, M.D., Ph.D.
Division Chief, Bioorganic Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri
"Adventures in Shotgun Lipidomics and the Chemical Biology of Diabetes"

Host:  Dr. Ashley Cowart
Sponsor: Biochem/COBRE
April 28, 2016

Satdarshan (Paul) Monga, M.D.
Vice Chair of Experimental Pathology   
Endowed Chair for Experimental Pathology
Professor of Pathology and Medicine
Assistant Dean for the Medical Scientist Training Program
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA


Host:  Dr. Don Rockey
Sponsor: MCBP
May 5, 2016Carol L. Williams, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology
Co-Director, Cancer Biology Program
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
Title: “New Approaches to Regulate the Prenylation and Membrane Locialization of Ras and Rho Family GTPases in Cancer: Signaling Mechanisms and Therapeutic Strategies”
Host: Dr. Paula Traktman
Sponsor: MCBP
May 12, 2016Shirley ShiDu Yan, Ph.D.
Distiguished Professor   
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
Host: Dr. Mariana Pehar
Sponsor: Pharmacology

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