Seminars and Events

January 14           Vijay Lyall, Ph.D., Department of Physiology and Biophysics, VCU School of


                                (Host: Dr. De Felice)

                                Title: TRPV1t: A Candidate Mammalian Salt Taste Receptor


January 21           Edward W. Inscho, Ph.D., Department of Physiology, School of Medicine,

                               Medical College of Georgia

                                (Host: Dr. Pin-Lan Li)

                                Title:Mechanisms of Renal Microvascular Dysfunction in Hypertension


January 28           Sid Simon, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology, Duke University

                                (Host: Dr. Vijay Lyall)

                                Title: The Gustatory System and Multisensory Integration


February 4            Sarah Spiegel, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,

                               VCU School of Medicine

                                (Host: Dr. Diomedes Logothetis)

                                Title: The Ins and Outs of Sphingosine-1-Phosphate


February 11         Linda Boland, Ph.D., Department of Biology, University of Richmond

                                (Host: Dr. Gea-Ny Tseng)

                                Title: Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Inhibition of Fast-Inactivation Potassium Channels


February 18         Jason Rife, Ph.D., Department of Medicinal Chemistry, VCU School of Medicine

                                (Host: Dr. Roland Pittman)

                                Title:KsgA/Dim1 Methyltransferases: Ribosome Biogenesis One Methyl Group at a Time


February 25         Douglas A. Bayliss, Ph.D., Department of Pharmacology, University of Virginia

                              Health System

                                (Host: Dr. Louis De Felice)

                                Title: Regulation of Cellular Excitability by Modulation of Background Channels: 

                                Mechanisms and Physiological Roles


March 4                 No Seminar – Biophysical Society Meeting


March 11              Spring Break


March 18              Shanthi Srinivasan, M.D., Division of Digestive Disease, Emory School of Medicine,

                              Emory University

                                (Host; Dr. Murthy Karnam)

                                Title: Role of Glial Derived Neurotrophic Factor (GDNF) in Diabetic Enteric Neuropathy


March 25              Thirteenth Annual Ramsey Lecturer

                              Evangelia G. Kranias, Ph.D., Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics,

                              University of Cincinnati

                                (Host: Dr. Joseph Feher)

                                Title: Targeting Calcium Cycling as a Therapeutic Modality in Heart Failure


April 1                    Ming-Ming Zhou, Ph.D., Department of Structural & Chemical Biology,

                               Mount Sinai School of Medicine

                                (Host: Dr. Diomedes Logothetis)

                                Title:  Modulating the Modulator: Epigenetic Control Beyond the Histone Code


April 8                    Antonio Abbate, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology,

                               VCU Medical Center     

                                (Host: Dr. Fadi Salloum)

                                Title: Interleukin-1 and Post-Infarction Cardiac Remodeling


April 15                  Iban Ubarretxena, Ph.D., Department of Structural and Chemical Biology,

Cancelled                Mount Sinai School of Medicine

                                (Host: Dr. Diomedes Logothetis)

                                Title: Structural Studies on the Mechanism of Beta-Amyloid Peptide Production by



April 22                  Stuart Sealfon, M.D., Department of Neurology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Cancelled                (Host: Dr. Logothetis)

                                Title: The Glutamate-Serotonin Receptor Complex in Psychedelics and Schizophrenia


April 29                  Brian Duling, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysical Science                                                

                               and Biomedical Engineering,  University of Virginia

                                (Host: Dr. Helena Carvalho)

                                Title: A Role for Voltage Gated Channels in Endothelial Cell Signaling


May 6                     Paul M. Wassarman, Ph.D., Department of Developmental & Regenerative Biology,

                               Mount Sinai School of Medicine

                                (Host: Dr. Diomedes Logothetis)

                                Title: The Egg's Zona Pellucida and Mammalian Fertilization


May 13                   Sergei Noskov, Ph.D., Institute for Biocomplexity and Informatics, Department of Biological

                               Sciences, University of Calgary

                                (Host: Dr. Louis De Felice)

                                Title: Computational Models of Channels and Transporter Function


Please Note:        The following seminars will be given in Sanger Hall, Room 3-016


May 20                   Michael Caterina, Ph.D., Department of Biological Chemistry, Center for Sensory Biology,

                                Johns Hopkins University

                                (Host: Dr. Scott Ramsey)

                                Title: TBA              


                                Twentieth Annual Distinguished Lecturer

May 27                   Wayne Hendrickson, Ph.D., Department of Pharmacology, Columbia University

                                (Host: Dr. Qinglian Liu)

                                Title: Transduction of Biochemical Signals Across Cell Membranes


June 3                   Steven A. Siegelbaum, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience, Columbia University,

                                Howard Hughes Medical Institute

                                (Host: Dr. Lei Zhou)

                                Title: Regulating Memory Storage Through Dendritic Integration


June 10                 Kenton Swartz, Ph.D., NIH/NINDS

                                (Host: Dr. I. Scott Ramsey)

                                Title: Structural Basis of Voltage Sensor Function and Pharmacology in Voltage-Activated

                                Ion Channels


June 17                 Alfred L George, Jr., M.D., Division of Genetic Medicine, Vanderbilt University

                                (Host: Dr. Gea-Ny Tseng)

                                Title: Structure and Function of KCNE Potassium Channel Accessory Subunits


June 24                 Fred S. Lamb, M.D., Ph.D., University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics

                                (Host: Dr. Clive Baumgarten)

                                Title: Distinct Intracellular and Extracellular Pathways of Nox1-dependent IC1 swell Activation: 

                                Novel Targets for the Selective Control of Inflammatory Nox Signaling