Seminars and Events

Spring 2013 Seminar Series

Thursdays at 4:00 P.M., Sanger Hall, Room 3-016 (except as noted)


January 9
(Wednesday)

The Dean's Biomedical Research Seminar - MSB Auditorium: 3:30-4:30 PM  Terry Magnuson, Ph.D., Department of Genetics, University of Carolina School of Medicine

(Host: Dr. Paul Fisher - Department of Human and Molecular Genetics))
Title:  Epigenetics, Chromatin Remodeling, and Development

January 17 

Ganesan Kamatchi, Ph.D., Department of Biology, Norfolk State University

(Host: Dr. Senthil Rajagopal and Physiology Postdoctoral Researchers))
Title:  All in the 'sites': Protein Kinase C (PKC) Isozyme Targetting of Voltage-Gated Calcium (Cav) Channels.


January 24


Andrei Ivanov, Ph.D., Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, VCU

(Host: Dr. Diomedes Logothetis)

Title:  Molecular Engines that Build and Break Epithelial Junctions

January 31

Martha E. O'Donnell, Ph.D., Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology, University of California, Davis 

(Cancelled)

(Host: Dr. Clive Baumgarten)

Title: Cerebrovascular Endothelial Na Transporters in Hypoglycemis: Why Do Diabetics Fare Worse in Stroke?

February 7

Christopher Ahern, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, University of Iowa

(Host: Dr. Scott Ramsey) 
Title: Using Synthetic Biology to Scout New Experimental Horizons in Membrane Biophysics

February 13
(Wednesday)

The Dean's Biomedical Research Seminar - MSB Auditorium: 3:30-4:30 PM 

Steven McKnight, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry,University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

(Host: Dr. Sarah Spiegel, - Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Title: Involvement of Low Complexity Polypeptide Sequences in the Formation of RNA Granules

February 21

Tamas Ordog, M.D., Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering and Enteric Neuroscience Program, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

(Host: Dr. Liya Qiao)
Title: The Epigenetic Control of ICC Turnover in Health, Motility Disorders, and Cancer

February 28

Paul B. Fisher, Ph.D., Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, VCU

(Host: Drs. Diomedes Logothetis and Louis J. De Felice)
Title: MDA-9/Syntenin: Novel Pro-Metastatic Gene and Cancer Therapeutic Agent

March 7

No Seminar - Spring Break
March 13
(Wednesday)

The Dean's Biomedical Research Seminar - MSB Auditorium: 3:30-4:30 PM

Arturo Casedevall, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine 

(Host: Dr. Dennis Ohman - Department of Microbiology and Immunology) 
Title: Thoughts into the Origin of Microbial Virulence

March 21

Rakesh Patel, Ph.D., Department of Pathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

(Host: Dr. Roland Pittman) 
Title: Emerging Mechanisms for Controlling Nitric Oxide Function in Health and Disease: Roles of Hypoxia, Nitrile, and Heme

March 28

David Arnosti, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University

(Host: Dr. Carlos Escalante) 
Title: Molecular Analysis of Transcriptional Repression

April 4

Michael Meredith, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, Florida State University

(Host: Dr. Richard Costanzo) 
Title:  Olfactory and Vomeronasal Stimuli Analyzed by Amygdala Circuits?

April 10
(Wednesday)

The Dean's Biomedical Research Seminar - MSB Auditorium: 3:30-4:30 PM

Bonnie Bassler, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University

(Host: Dr. Dennis Ohman, Department of Microbiology and Immunology)) 
Title: Manipulating Quorum Sensing to Control Bacterial Pathogenicity

April 18

Wei Liu, Ph.D., The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA

(Host: Dr. Qinglian Liu) 
Title: New Fusion Partners for GPCR Crystallization

April 25 Zhou Wang, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

(Host:  Dr. Liya Qiao)
Title:  Androgen Action in Prostatic Diseases
May 2 17th Annual Ramsey Lecturer in Physiology

John R. Solaro, Ph.D., Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Illinois, Chicago

(Host:  Dr. Diomedes Logothetis)
Title:  Heart Failure and Signalling to and from Cardiac Sarcomeres

May 10
(Friday)
The Dean's Biomedical Research Seminar - MSB Auditorium: 3:30-4:30 PM

Kodi S. Ravichandran, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology, University of Virginia

(Host:  Dr. Leon Avery, Department of Physiology and Biophysics)
Title:  Clearance of Dying Cells: Implications for Health and Disease
May 16 Mary Ellsworth, Ph.D., Department of Pharmacological and Physiological Science, St. Louis University

(Host:  Dr. Roland Pittman)
Title:  The Secret Life of the Erythrocyte and Why You Should Care
May 23 Hector Valdivia, Ph.D., Department of Molecular and Integrative  Physiology

(Host: Dr. Jose Miguel Eltit)
Title:  Marching to the Drum of the Calcium Beat: Ryanodine Receptors as Generators of Cardiac Arrhythmias
May 30 Harley Kurata, Ph.D., Cardiovascular Research Group, Vancouver, BC, Canada

(Host:  Dr. Scott Ramsey)
Title:  Into the Belly of the Iceberg:  New Approaches to Derive Functional Insights from Silent Ion Channel Mutants
June 6 Alexander Sobolevsky, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry, Columbia University Medical Center

(Host: Dr. Lei Zhou)
Title:  Crystal Structure, Asymmetry, and Mechanism of an AMPA-subtype Glutamate Receptor
June 12
(Wednesday)
The Dean's Biomedical Research Seminar - MSB Auditorium: 3:30-4:30 PM

Piero Anversa, Ph.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

(Host:  Dr. Rakesh Kukreja, Department of Physiology and Biophysics)
Title:  Human Cardiac Stem Cells and Chronic Heart Failure
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