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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 2014 (pdf)
Thursdays, 4:00pm
Room 125 - Gazes Conference Room
*Room change to BE 112 Bioengineering Building for January 16th and 23rd Seminars

External Seminar Series


January 9, 2014

Marvin Whiteley, PhD
Department of Molecular Biosciences
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Title:  "Microbial Facebook: Probing Bacterial Social Interactions during Disease"

Host: Dr. Yong=Mei Zhang
Sponsor: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

*January 16, 2014

Danny R. Welch PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Cancer Biology
The University of Kansas Medical Center
Associate Director for  Basic Science, KU Cancer Center

Title: “Mitochondrial-nuclear Crosstalk as Contributor to Complex Diseases”

Host: Dr. Dennis Watson
Sponsor: MCBP

*January 23, 2014

P. Christian Schulze, MD, PhD - CANCELLED
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY

Title: “TBA”

Host: Dr. Ashley Coward
Sponsor: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

January 30, 2014

No Seminar

February 6, 2014

Susan Buchanan, PhD
Chief, Section on Structural Biology of Membrane Proteins
National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

Title: “Structural Basis for Iron Piracy by Pathogenic Neisseria”

Host: Dr. Chris Davies
Sponsor:  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

February 13, 2014

David A. Schneider, PhD - CANCELLED
Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemisty and Molecular Genetics
University of Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama

Title: “Surprising Differences Between Closely Related RNA Polymerases”

Host:  Dr. Deepak Bastia
Sponsor:  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

February 20, 2014

Yibin Wang, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology, Physiology and Medicine
Director of the Division of Molecular Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

Title: “Novel Genetic Network in Heart Failure by Systems Genetics”

Host: Dr. Donald Menick
Sponsor:  MCBP and CV Training Grant

February 27, 2014

Kenneth S. Korach, PhD
Principal Investigator and Chief Reproductive & Developmental Toxicology Laboratory
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Title: “Physiologial Evaluation of the Estrogen Receptor Functional Domains”

Host: Dr. Gary Gilkeson
Sponsor: MCBP

March 6, 2014

Joan Boggs, BA, MSc, PhD
Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
Structural Biology and Biochemistry
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

Title:  “Galactosylceramide and Sulfatide Participate in Carbohydrate-Carbohydrate Interactions Between Apposed Membranes and May Form Glycosynapses Between Oligodendrocyte or Myelin Membranes"

Host: Dr. Hiroko Hama
Sponsor: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

March 13, 2014

Burns C. Blaxall, PhD
Director of Translational Science
Heart Institute
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Professor, University of Cincinnati
Department of Pediatrics
University of Cincinnati

Title:  "New Approaches to an Old Disease:  Finding New Targets for Heart Failure"

Host: Dr. Donald Menick
Sponsor: MCBP and CV Training Grant

March 20, 2014

Donald M. Bers, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Chair
Pharmacology Department
UC Davis
Joseph Silva Endowed Chair for Cardiovascular Research
UC Davis School of Medicine

Title: “Calcium and CaMKII in Heart Failure and Arrhythmias”

Host: Dr. Donald Menick
Sponsor: MCBP and CV Training Grant

March 27, 2014

Glyn Dawson, PhD
Department of Pediatrics
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Title: “Sphingolipids:  Small Molecules with a Big Impact”

Host: Dr. Tatyana Gudz
Sponsor:  COBRE

April 3, 2014

Calvin Vary, PhD
Faculty Scientist III
Director, Protein, Nucleic Acid Analysis and Cell Imaging Core
Center for Molecular Medicine
Maine Medical Center Research Institute
Scarborough Maine

Title: "Down-stream BMP9-dependent Functions of Endoglin in Vascular Development and Disease"

Host:  Dr. Demetri Spyropoulos
Sponsor: MCBP

April 10, 2014Nicola C. Partridge, PhD
Professor and Chair
Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology
New York University College of Dentistry

Title: “Parathyroid Hormone Regulation of Transcription by the Osteoblast”
Host:   Dr. Donald Menick
Sponsor: MCBP

April 17, 2014

Mark W. Majesky, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Myocardial Regeneration Initiative
Center for Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Title: “Development and Diversity of Blood Vessels”

Host: Dr. Alexander Awgulewitsch
Sponsor:  MCBP

April 24, 2014

Ana Maria Cuervo, MD, PhD
Departments of Developmental and Molecular Biology, Anatomy and Structural Biology and Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, New York

Title: “TBA”

Host: Dr. Ashley Cowart
Sponsor:  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
May 1, 2014Stephen Bell, PhD
Professor of Biology
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Title: “Single Molecule Studies of Eukaryotic DNA Replication Initiation”
Host: Dr. Deepak Bastia
Sponsor:  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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