Seminars and Events


Spring 2015 Seminar Series

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

January 14

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

Kevin J. Tracey, M.D., Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine
Title: TBA
(Hosts:  Dr. Andrew Larner, Dr. Charles Chalfant)
January 22 Matthew O. Fraser, Ph.D., Duke University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Urology
Title: Novel insights into the physiology of the lower urinary tract
(Host:  Dr. Liya Qiao)
January 29 Roger J. McCarter, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, Department of  Biobehavioral Health
Title: Testing Mechanisms of Aging
(Host:  Dr. Diomedes Logothetis)
February 5 Raj R. Rao, Ph.D., VCU, Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering
Title: Propagation systems and selection models for reduction of genomically altered human pluripotent stem cells
(Host: Dr. Srinivasa Karnam)
February 12
Joan-Ramon Daban, Ph.D., Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Title: Chromatin Structure in Metaphase Chromosomes
(Host: Dr. Montserrat Samso)
February 19 David M. Raizen, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Department of Neurology
Title: Using the worm to catch Z's: sleep studies in C. Elegans
(Host: Dr. Leon Avery)
February 26
Y.S. Prakash, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic, Department of Physiology and  Biomedical Engineering, Department of Anesthesiology
Title: Sex, Steroids and Lung Disease
(Host: Dr. John Grider)
March 5 
Asa Gustafsson, Ph.D., San Diego State University, BioScience Center
Title: Recycle of Die: Mitochondrial Quality Control in the Myocardium
(Host: Dr. Fadi Salloum)
March 11
The Dean's Biomedical Research Seminar - 3:30-4:30 P.M.

J. Silvio Gutkind, Ph.D., NIH, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Title: Targeting the PI3K-mTOR and Hippo Oncogenic Signaling Circuitries: 
A Bridge from Bench to Clinic
(Host:  Dr. Andrew Larner)
March 19 Wei Yang, Ph.D., NIH, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Title: Chemistry of DNA transactions
(Host: Dr. Qinglian Liu)
March 26
19th Annual Ramsey Lecturer in Physiology

Eduardo Rios, Ph.D., Rush University, Department of Molecular Biophysics and Physiology, Section of Cellular Signaling
Title: Calsequestrin, supporter of structure, enabler and controller of function in skeletal and cardiac muscle
(Host:  Dr. Jose Miguel Eltit)
April 2
William Atkins, Ph.D., University of Washington, Department of Medicinal Chemistry
Title: Promiscuous Enzymology and Chemical Detoxication
(Host: Dr. John Hackett)
April 9 Physiology's 2014 - 2015 Distinguished Lecturer

H. Peter Lu, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, Department of Chemistry
Title: NMDA Receptor Ion Channel Dynamics in Living Cells by a Novel Single-Molecule Patch-Clamp FRET Microscopy: Revealing the Multiple Conformational States Associated with a Channel at Its Electrical Off State
(Host: Dr. Louis De Felice)
April 16
Jonathan Javitch, M.D., Ph.D., Columbia University, Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology
Title: Single-molecule imaging of GPCR organization in living cells: the agony and the ecstasy
(Representative of students hosting Dr. Javitch: Amr Ellaithy)
April 23 Tricia Serio, Ph.D., University of Arizona, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Title: Prion Biology: Understanding the Intersection of Protein Misfolding with Its Cellular Environment
(Host: Dr. Qinglian Liu)
April 30
Satinder K. Singh, Ph.D., Yale University, Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Title: Structure-Activity Relationships of Paroxetine Binding to and Inhibition of the Serotonin Transporter
(Host: Dr. Louis De Felice)
May 7 Adam R. McQuiston, Ph.D., VCU, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
Title: Forebrain networks involved in theta rhythm generation
(Host: Dr. Lei Zhou)
May 21 Laura Ellwein, Ph.D., VCU, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Title: Patient-specific modeling of cardiovascular and respiratory dynamics during hypercapnia
(Host: Dr. Roland Pittman)
May 28 Shayn Peirce-Cottler, Ph.D., University of Virginia, Department of Diomedical Engineering
Title: Combining Experiments with Computational Models to Understand and Manipulate Microvascular Growth and Remodeling
(Host: Dr. Roland Pittman)