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Molecular Cellular Sciences Seminar Series
Molecular and Cellular Sciences Seminars
The Molecular and Cellular Sciences Seminar Series hosts speakers who are distinguished scientists from all biomedical fields, including several Nobel Laureates. All students and faculty in the SGPS participate in these activities. The MCS Seminars will be held on the second Wednesday of each month, between September and May.* Seminar receptions begin at 3:30 p.m. followed by seminars at 4:00 p.m. in the Centennial Room, RWCLC 2.068*.
*Unless otherwise noted.
2023-2024 Series Dates
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
"Utilizing iPSC technologies to investigate disease mechanisms in ALS"
Evangelos Kiskinis, PhD - Northwestern University
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
"Social determinants and brain health in older adults"
Lisa Barnes, PhD, FGSA - Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
Wednesday, November 15, 2023*
"Monocyte derived APC, TNF superfamily ligands and signal 4 for T cell activation"
Dr. Tania Watts - University of Toronto
Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Daniel A. Peterson, PhD - Rosalind Franklin University
Wednesday, February 21, 2024*
"Neurobiology of suppressed social motivation during inflammation"
Dr. Amiel Rosenkranz - Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Wednesday, May 8, 2024
2022-2023 Series Dates
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
"Social synchronization of fear in mice"
Alexei Morozov, PhD - Virginia Tech
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
"Neural circuitry of social bonding, social loss and empathy: Implications for autism"
Larry Young, PhD - Emory University
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
"Making New Neurons to Treat Neurodegenerative Diseases"
Xiang-Dong Fu, PhD - University of California - San Diego
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
"CRISPR for cure of HIV disease"
Kamel Khalili, PhD - Temple University
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
"Role of immune factors in uterine endometrium"
Svetlana Dambaeva, MD/PhD - Rosalind Franklin University
TUESDAY, March 7, 2023
"New genomic technologies to deconstruct and control cell identity"
Samantha A Morris, PhD - Washington University
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
“Antisense Modulation of RNA Splicing for Rare-Disease Therapy"
Adrian R. Krainer, PhD - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
2021-2022 Series Dates
Join a 2021-2022 seminar via Zoom
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
"Brain capillary angioplasticity in health and disease".
Dr. Joseph LaManna, Case Western Reserve University
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
"Perturbations Reveal that Degenerate Circuits Hide Cryptic Individual Variability "
Eve Marder, PhD, Brandeis University
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
"The histone locus body: cell cycle-regulated gene expression coordinated by a phase separated nuclear body"
Bob Duronio, PhD, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
"Cardiovascular Disease Associated with SARS-CoV-2 and HIV Infections"
Xuebin Qin, MD, PhD, Tulane University
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
"Myocardial Protection during Resuscitation from Cardiac Arrest"
Raúl J. Gazmuri MD, PhD, FCCM, Rosalind Franklin University
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
"Functional precision medicine for the identification of novel druggable targets within and beyond the tumour margins"
Georgios Giamas, PhD, University of Sussex, UK
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
"Uterus transplant, changing the pregnancy environment"
Liza Johannesson, M.D., Ph.D., Baylor University
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
"Neuropeptidergic modulation of the BNST activity and fear behavior - a trio by oxytocin, vasopressin, and CRF"
Joanna Dabrowska, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
"Making New Neurons to Treat Neurodegenerative Diseases."
Xiang-Dong Fu,, University of California, San Diege
2020-2021 Series Dates
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Negative Regulation of Inflammation
Jae Jung, PhD, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Astrocytes, Victim or Perpetrator in HIV-associated Neurological Disorders?
Johnny J. He, PhD, Professor & Chair, Discipline of Microbiology & Immunology. Director, RFUMS Center for Cancer Biology, Immunology & Infection
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
A Rosalind Franklin MCS Centennial Speaker
Multiscale Mechanobiology of TGF-beta Signaling in the Skeleton
Tamara Alliston, PhD, University of California, San Francisco – San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Regulation of inflammatory T cell function by TLR2
Joseph Reynolds, PhD, RFUMS Discipline of Microbiology & Immunology RFUMS, Center for Cancer Biology, Immunology and Infection
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Switch Genes, Pathways and Potential Therapies for Neurodegeneration: How to Mine Vast Gene Expression Databases.
Judith Potashkin, PhD, RFUMS Discipline of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Center for Neurodegeneration and Therapeutics
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Can you See a Thought? Neuronal Ensembles as Emergent Units of Cortical Function
Rafael Yuste, MD, PhD, Professor of Biological Sciences Co-Director Kavli Institute for Brain Science, Columbia University, NYC
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 (3:00 PM CST)
A Rosalind Franklin MCS Centennial Speaker
Alternative RNA Splicing Defects in Cancer: Molecular and Therapeutic Insights From Model Systems
Olga Anczuków-Camarda, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
2019-2020 Series Dates
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Stem Cell Based Approaches to Age-related Neurodegenerative Disease
Dr. Sally Temple, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University at Albany School of Public Health. Dr. Temple is the Scientific Director, Principal Investigator, and Co-Founder of the Neural Stem Cell Institute, Rensselaer, New York.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Signaling from and to Orai calcium channels
Mohamed Trebak, PhD, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
On the Road to Resilience: Neuropeptide Y, Neuroplasticity and Motherhood
Janice H. Urban, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Discipline of Physiology and Biophysics and Director of the Center for the Neurobiology of Stress Resilience and Psychiatric Disorders at the Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
Wednesday February 12, 2020
Social Influences on the Neural Circuits of Emotion.
Amiel Rosenkranz, PhD, Professor in the Department of Foundational Sciences and Humanities/Discipline of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Director of the Brain Science Institute/Member of the Center for the Neurobiology of Stress Resilience and Psychiatric Disorders at the Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - CANCELLED
Unraveling gut-microbiota brain interactions in neurological disorders
Mauro Costa-Mattioli, PhD, Professor at the Department of Neuroscience, and Director of the Memory and Brain Research Center (MBRC), at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
2018-2019 Series Dates
Wednesday October 18, 2018 - CANCELLED
Organ on Chip Combined with iPSC Technology to Model Neurological Disease
Dr. Clive Svendsen - Director of the Board of Governor Regenerative Medicine Institute and the Kerry and Simone Vickar Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Regenerative Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Modeling human enteroids to study innate epithelial immunity
Nicholas Zachos - Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Hopkins Conte Digestive Disease Basic and Translational Research Core Center and Director of the Integrated Physiology Core, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Mitochondria control physiology and disease: beyond ATP
Dr. Navdeep S. Chandel - David W. Cugell Professor of Medicine and Cell Biology, Department of Medicine and Cell/Molecular Biology, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Treating Disease with Antisense Technology
Michelle Hastings - Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy and Director of the Center for Genetic Diseases at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Why in the world haven't we cured Alzheimer's disease by now? And what is being done about it?
Beth Stuzmann - Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease and Therapeutics at Rosalind Franklin University
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - RESCHEDULED TO DECEMBER 12, 2019
Signaling from and to Orai calcium channels
Dr. Mohamed Trebak - Professor, Departement of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Penn State Cancer Institute Cancer Institute, Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Mitochondrial Dynamics in Health and Disease
Gyorgy Hajnoczky - Director, MitoCare center for Mitochondrial Imaging Research and Diagnostics, Professor, Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology, Thomas Jefferson University
2017-2018 Series Dates
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Rethinking sodium metabolism
Jens Marc Titze, MD - Vanderbilt University
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Alzheimer’s disease pathology is determined by APOE genotype and sex: Evidence from a unique mouse model
Mary Jo LaDu, PhD - Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
The fine line between anemia and rust
Caroline Enns - Oregon Health & Science University
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Structural and functional studies of multidrug transporters
Dr. Min Lu - Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Rosalind Franklin University
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Regulation of host lipid metabolism by hepatitis C virus
Dr. Gulam Waris - Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Rosalind Franklin University
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 CANCELLED
Stem cell based approaches to age-related neurodegenerative disease
Dr. Sally Temple - Professor at the Albany Medical College and Scientific Director of the Neural Stem Cell Institute
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
The role of central and peripheral inflammation in age-related neurodegenerative disease
Malú G, Tansey, PhD - Emory University School of Medicine
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Neuroinflammation as a therapeutic target of CNS disorders
Dr. Linda J. Van Eldik - Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Kentucky
2016-2017 Series Dates
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Inflammasome activation in the pathogenesis of juvenile Batten disease
Tammy Kielian, PhD - Univ of Nebraska Med Center, Omaha, NE
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Oncofertility: From bench to bedside to babies
Teresa Woodruff, PhD - Women’s Health Institute, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
T cell migration and function during the anti-tumor response
Thorsten Mempel, MD, PhD - Mass General/Harvard Medical school MA
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Aging and cognition: What is normal and what is not
Geoffrey G. Murphy, Ph.D. - Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute (MBNI), University of Michigan
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Timing is everything when Cannabinoids meet your frontal lobe
Kuei Tseng, PhD - Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Rosalind Franklin University
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Functional expression of connexin hemichannels and calcium-activated chloride channels in mouse lens fiber cells
Lisa Ebihara, PhD - Department of Physiology & Biophysics, Rosalind Franklin University
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
More than Velcro: Cadherin Signaling Goes Terrestrial
Kathleen Green, PhD - Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Wednesday, April 08, 2017
Injury and Arthritis: A Molecular Approach
Linda Sandell, PhD - Washington University
Wednesday, May 08, 2017
Environmental Effects on Immunity and Atopy/Asthma Risk: Lessons from Amish and Hutterite Farm Children
Anne I. Sperling, PhD - University of Chicago