Seminars and Events

Spring 2014 Seminar Series

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

January 23


M. Imad Damaj, Ph.D., Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, VCU

Title: New Insights on the Role of Neuronal Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in Drug Reward and Dependence

(Host: Dr. Vijay Lyall)

January 30 Hamid I. Akbarali, Ph.D., Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, VCU

Title: Mechanistin Insights on Morphine Action in Enteric Neurons

(Host:  Dr. John Grider)
February 6
Robert T. Dirksen, Ph.D., Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, University of Rochester

Title: Store-operated Ca Entry and Muscle Fatigue:  Mice Run Better with SOCCs

(Host:  Dr. Jose Eltit)


February 12

The Dean's Biomedical Research Seminar - MSB Auditorium: 3:30-4:30 P.M.

Peter Wagner, M.D., Departments of Medicine and Bioengineering,  University of California-San Diego

Title: The Determinants of Maximal Oxygen Consumption (VO2max)

(Host: Dr. Roland Pittman, Departement of Physiology and Biophysics))


February 20

18th Annual Ramsey Lecturer in Physiology

Eric Olson, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Title: The Molecular Networks of Heart Development, Disease and Regeneration

(Host: Dr. Rakesh Kukreja)

February 27

Youngjai You, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, VCU

Title: Oocyte Arrest Signal

(Host: Dr. Leon Avery)

March 6 Rebecca Heise, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering, VCU

Title: TBA

(Host: Dr. Scott Ramsey)

March 27

Joseph Reiner, Ph.D., Department of Physics, VCU

Title: Nanoparticle enhanced single molecule nanopore detection

(Host: Dr. Lei Zhou)

April 3

Kimberly Jefferson, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology and Immunology, VCU

Title: The pathogenesis of preterm birth

(Host: Dr. Louis De Felice)

April 17

Distinguished Lecturer in Physiology, 2013

Martin Chalfie, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University

Title:  Touch Sensing in C. elegans: Transduction and Modulation

(Host:  Dr. Leon Avery)

April 22

Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., School of Engineering, VCU

Title: Role of ERa36 in membrane Associated Signaling by Estrogen

(Host: Dr. Diomedes Logothetis)

April 24

Cynthia Cornelissen, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology and Immunology, VCU

Title: Iron Piracy: A Successful Survival Strategy Employed by Neisseria gonorrhoeae

(Host: Dr. Montserrat Samso)

May 1

Hee Cheol Cho, Ph.D., Department of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute

Title: The Biology and Engineering of Cardiac Pacemaker Cells

(Host: Dr. Diomedes Logothetis)

May 8

Feng Qin, Ph.D., Department of Physiology and Biophysics, State University of New York - University of Buffalo

Title: Temperature-dependent gating of ion channels

(Host: Dr. Diomedes Logothetis)

May 22

Cameron Mura, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia

Title: Recent Structural and Biochemical Studies of the RNA-associated Sm Superfamily

(Host: Dr. Qinglian Liu)