Seminars and Events

Spring 2012 Seminar Series

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

January 19

Filippo Mancia, Ph.D., Department of Physiology and Cellular BiophysicsColumbia University Medical Center

(Host: Dr. Diomedes Logothetis)
Title:  The Crystal Structure of CysZ Reveals a Sulfate Transporter with Remarkable Architecture

January 26

Igor Efimov, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

(Host: Dr. Gea-Ny Tseng)
Title:  Electrophysiological Remodeling of Failing Human Heart

February 2

Anna Greka, M.D.,  Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

(Host: Dr. Diomedes Logothetis)
Title: Regulation of Actin Dynamics and Cell Motility by TRPC5 and TRPC6 Channels


February 7

23rd Distinguished Lecturer in Physiology and Biophysics in conjunction with The Dean’s Biomedical Research Seminar – MSB Auditorium: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Brian Kobilka, M.D., Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology       Stanford University School of Medicine

(Host: Dr. Diomedes Logothetis)

Title: Structural Insights into the Dynamic Process of G Protein Coupled Receptor Activation

February 16

Jeffrey S. Diamond, Ph.D., Synaptic Physiology Section, NINDS

(Host: Dr. Louis De Felice) 
Title:   Specialized Synapses Compute Visual Contrast in the Retina

February 23

C. Ron Yu, Ph.D., Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City

(Host: Dr. Lei Zhou) 
Title: Whatever It Takes: A Unique Ionic Signaling Mechanism of Pheromone Sensing in the Mouse Vomeronasal Organ

March 1

Eitan Reuveny, Ph.D., Department of Biological Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

(Host: Dr. Diomedes Logothetis)
Title: SARAF, a Novel Regulator of the Store Operated Calcium Entry Machinery

March 8

Jeffrey J. Lysiak, Ph.D., Department of Urology, University of Virginia Health System

(Host: Dr. Liya Qiao)
Title:  Apoptotic Cell Clearance: Lessons from the Testis


March 14

The Dean’s Biomedical Research Seminar – MSB Auditorium: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Jeffrey V. Ravetch, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard Wagner Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Immunology, The Rockefeller University

(Host: Dr. Paul B. Fisher)
Title: Mechanisms of Antibody Action: The Role of the Fc Domain

March 22

Baron Chanda, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin

(Host: Dr. Scott Ramsey) 
Title: Molecular Mechanisms of Voltage-Transduction in Voltage-Dependent Sodium Channels

March 29

Charles H. Lang, Ph.D., Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology      Hershey Medical Center

(Host: Dr. Jack Grider) 
Title: Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Spesis-Induced Muscle Wasting

April 5

Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

(Host: Dr. Qinglian Liu) 
Title: Selective Autophagy: “Lysosomes Become Picky”


April 11

The Dean’s Biomedical Research Seminar – MSB Auditorium: 3:30 – 4:30 P.M.

Jack E. Dixon, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer Howard Hughes Medical Institute

(Host: Dr. Sarah Spiegel)
Title:  TBA

April 19

Charalabos Pothoulakis, M.D., Division of Digestive Diseases David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

(Host: Dr. Liya Qiao) 
Title: Neuropeptides, Mesenteric Fat and Intestinal Inflammation

April 26

David Yue, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins University

(Host: Dr. Lei Zhou) 
Title: Movements of Calmodulin and Ca2+ within the Ca Channel Nanodomain


May 2

The Dean’s Biomedical Research Seminar – MSB Auditorium: 3:30 – 4:30 P.M.

Mary Jeanne Kreek, M.D., Head of The Laboratory of the Biology of Addictive Diseases The Rockefeller University, Senior Physician, The Rockefeller University Hospital

(Host: Dr. William Dewey) 
Title: TBA

May 3

Satinder K. Singh, Ph.D., Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Yale University

(Host: Dr. Louis De Felice) 
Title:   Inhibition of a Neurotransmitter Sodium Symporter
May 17

Student Seminar

Mei Hong, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University

(Host: Soumya Ramesh, Ph.D. Candidate) 
Title:Elucidating the Structure and Dynamics of the Influenza M2 Proton Channel     Using Solid-State NMR

May 24

Paul B. Fisher, Ph.D., Department of Human & Molecular Genetics, VCU School of Medicine

(Host: Dr. Diomedes Logothetis) 
Title: TBA

May 31

Grant E. DuBois, Ph.D., Research Fellow, The Coco-Cola Company, Atlanta, GA

(Host: Dr. Vijay Lyall) 
Title: Innovation in the Replication of Sugar Taste without Calories

June 7

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

(Host: Dr. Carlos Escalante) 
Title: TBA


June 13

The Dean’s Biomedical Research Seminar – MSB Auditorium: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

John C. Cambier, Ph.D., Department of Immunology University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and National Jewish Health

(Host: Dr. Dennis Ohman) 
Title: TBA

June 21

Fadi G. Akar, Ph.D., Cardiovascular Research Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

(Host: Dr. Diomedes Logothetis) 
Title: TBA

June 28

Teresa Fernandes-Alnemri, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry & Molecular BiologyJefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University

(Host: Dr. Carlos Escalante) 
Title: TBA