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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
Fall 2014 (pdf)
Thursdays, 4:00pm
Basic Science Building, Room 402

External Seminar Series


August 28, 2014

Yongna Xing, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin

Title: “Structural Mechanisms Underlying Tight Control of PP2A Holoenzyme Biogenesis and Activity”

Host: Dr. Besim Ogretment
Sponsor: COBRE

September 4, 2014

Haifan Lin, Ph.D.
Professor of Cell Biology, Genetics and
Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive
Director, Yale Stem Cell Center
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut

Title:  “Linking Major Constituents of the Genome:
Regulation of mRNAs and lncRNAs by Transposons and Pseudogenes via piRNAs”

Host: Dr. Vamsi Gangaraju
Sponsor: Biochemistry

September, 11, 2014

Arthur R. Arnold, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

Title: “Sex Differences in Physiology and Disease: Role of Sex Chromosomes”

Host: Dr. Lou Guillette, MBES Director
Sponsor: MCBP

September 18, 2014

Mariana Nikolova-Karakashian, Ph.D.
Professor of Physiology
Saha Cardiovascular Research Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Title: “The Sphingolipid Component of Interleukin 1b Signaling Pathway: Role in Aging and Inflammation”

Host: Dr. Stefanka Spassieva
Sponsor: COBRE

September 25, 2014


October 2, 2014

Paul E. DioCorleto, Ph.D.
Institute Chair
The Sherwin-Page Chair
Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Cleveland, Ohio

Title:  “Coincident Receptor Signaling in Endothelial Cell Activation”

Host:  Dr. Philip Howe
Sponsor:  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

October 9, 2014

Joshua H. Lipschutz, M.D.
Nephrology Division Director
Professor of Medicine and Arthur V. Williams Chair

Title: “The Role of the Exocyst in Ciliogenesis and Cytogenesis”

Host: Dr. Don Rockey
Sponsor:  MCBP

October 16, 2014



October 23, 2014

Gerard C. Blobe, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, North Carolina

Title:  “Targeting TGF-β Superfamily Receptors in the Tumor Microenvironment”

Host: Dr. Philip Howe
Sponsor: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

October 30, 2014

David M. Guidot, MD
Jeffrey R. Pine Professor of Medicine
Director, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, &
Critical Care Medicine
Director, Emory Alcohol and Lung Biology Center
and Training Programs
Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta, Georgia

Title:  "When the Nrf2-ARE defenses fail: insights from studies of HIV and the alcoholic lung"

Host: Dr. Donald Menick
Sponsor: MCBP

November 6, 2014

Jack A. Gilbert, B.Sc., Ph.D
Environmental Microbiologist
Argonne National Laboratory
Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolution
University of Chicago

Title: “The Microbiome Revolution”

Host: Dr. Harold May
Sponsor: MCBP

November 20, 2014

John Cavanagh, Ph.D.
William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor Sponsor: Biochemistry Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry
North Carolina State Raleigh, North Carolina

Title: "Overcoming Bacterial Resistance"

Host:  Dr. Chris Davies
Sponsor:  Biochemistry


December 4, 2014

Joseph C. Wu, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute
Professor, Department of Medicine/Cardiology & Radiology
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California

Title:  “Cardiac iPS Cells for Disease Modeling and Drug Discovery”

Host:  Dr. Donald R. Menick
Sponsor: MCBP
December 11, 2014Julian G. Hurdle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
University of Texas at Arlington

Title: “Advances in the Therapeutic and Research Concepts for Clostridium Difficile”
Host:   Dr. Chris Davies
Sponsor: Biochemistry

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