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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
Fall 2015 (pdf)
Thursdays, 4:00pm
Room 125 Gazes/STB

External Seminar Series


August 27, 2015

Serge Fuchs, M.D., Ph.D.   
Professor of Cell Biology   
Department of Biomedical Sciences
University of Pennsylvania

Title: “Tumor microenvironment and cell autonomous role of cytokine signaling alterations in malignant melanoma”

Host: Dr. Alan Diehl
Sponsor: Biochemistry

September 3, 2015

Joseph Hill, M.D., Ph.D.   
Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine, 
Division of Cardiology, and Molecular Biology
Director, Harry S. Moss Heart Center
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Title: “Cardioprotection:  Tale of Two Mechanisms”

Host: Dr. Don Rockey
Sponsor: MCBP

September 10, 2015

Victor Corces, Ph.D.   
Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor  
Department of Biology
Emory University

Title: “On the three-dimensional organization of the genome”
Host: Dr. Deepak Bastia
Sponsor: Biochemistry

September 17, 2015

Andrew Larner, M.D., Ph.D.   
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 
Virginia Commonwealth University

Title: “The role of the Jak/Stat pathway n energy balance”
Host: Dr. Phil Howe
Sponsor: Biochemistry

September 24, 2015

Alan Daugherty, Ph.D., DSc, FAHA   
Senior Associate Dean of Research, College of Medicine
Director, Saha Cardiovascular Research Center
Gill Foundation chair of Preventive Cardiology
Professor of Medicine and Physiology
Editor-in-Chief, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Title: “Development of Aortic Aneurysms: Complexity of Angiotensin II, Transforming Growth Factor Beta, and LRP-1”

Host: Dr. Jeff Jones
Sponsor: MCBP

October 1, 2015

Allessandra d’Azzo, Ph.D.    
Member and Endowed Chair   
Department of Genetics
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Title: "Regulation of Lysosomal Exocytosis and its Role in Human Disease"
Host:  Dr. Tammy Nowling
Sponsor:  Biochemistry

October 8, 2015

Lynda Chin, M.D.   
Scientific Director   
Institute of Applied Cancer Science Initiative
MD Anderson Center

Title: TBD

Host: Dr. Melissa Cunningham
Sponsor:  MUSC Women Scholars

October 15, 2015

Michael Sehorn, Ph.D.   
Associate Professor   
Department of Genetics and Biochemistry
Center for Optical Materials and Science & Engineering Technologies
Clemson University

Title: TBD 

Host: Dr. Alan Diehl
Sponsor: Biochemistry

October 22, 2015

Mark Sussman, Ph.D.   
Distinguished Professor of Biology   
SDSU Heart Institute
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA

Title: “Cardiac Stem Cells: Coping With Their Existential Crisis”

Host:  Dr. Donald Menick
Sponsor: MCBP

October 29, 2015

Merry L. Lindsey, Ph.D.   
Professor of Physiology and Medicine   
Director, Jackson Center for Heart Research
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, Mississippi

Title: “Strategies to identify extracellular markers of myocardial infarction”

Host: Dr. Donald Menick
Sponsor: MCBP

November 5, 2015

Dale Abel, M.D.Ph.D.  
Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry  
John B. Stokes III Chair in Diabetes Research
Director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Diabetes Research Center
Director of the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine
University of Iowa

Title: “Regulation of Cardiac Autophagy by Insulin Signaling”

Host:  Dr. Ashley Cowart
Sponsor: Biochemistry

November 19, 2015

Paula Traktman, Ph.D.   
Dean, College of Graduate Studies   
Hirschmann Endowed Chair
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Title: "A new protagonist in the kinase kingdom: VRK1, a regulator of nuclear architecture, cell proliferation, cell migration, and oncogenesis"

Host:  Dr. Don Menick 
Sponsor: MCBP


 THANKSGIVING BREAK November 26-27, 2015 

December 3, 2015

Alessia Fornoni, M.D., Ph.D   
Professor of Medicine   
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension and Diabetes Research Institute
Director and Chair, Peggy and Harold Katz Family Drug Discovery Center
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

Title: "Sphingolipids and cholesterol in glomerular disease"

Host: Dr. Samar Hammad
Sponsor: MCBP
December 10, 2015

Qing (Robert) Miao, Ph.D.   
Associate Professor   
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Host:  Dr. Julie Chao
Sponsor: Biochemistry
 CLASSES END December 11, 2015 
December 17, 2015  Stephen Duncan, Ph.D.   
  Smartstate Chair in Regenerative Medicine 
  Professor and Chairman
  Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology
  Medical University of South Carolina
  Charleston, SC
Title: “Using human induced pluripotent stem cells for the study of   liver disease.”
Host: Dr. Donald Menick
Sponsor: MCBP

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