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Research Seminars

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Seminars are held at 1 p.m. in the Biochemistry Library, New College Building Room 11101, unless otherwise noted

Visit the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology overview page.

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Monday, March 13, 2017 Roberto Dominguez, PhD, Professor in the Department of Physiology, Perelman School of Medicine, UPenn "BAR Domain Proteins: At the Interface Between the Cytoskeleton, Cellular Membranes and Signaling Pathways" Dr. Shae Padrick, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Past 2017 Events

January 9, 2017: "Staring Down the Barrel of a Tube at the Origins of Ovarian Cancer"
Speaker: Ronny Drapkin, MD, PhD, Franklin Payne Associate Professor of Pathology in Obstetrics & Gynecology; director, Gynecologic Cancer Research Center, Basser Center for BRCA; and director, Ovarian Cancer Research Center, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Host: Mauricio Reginato, PhD, professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

 
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Department of Microbiology & Immunology

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology (visit department overview page) supports seminars for faculty, invited speakers and graduate students. The schedule for the Spring 2016 Seminar Series is below.

For more information about upcoming seminars in the current schedule or in future schedules, contact Maryann Mendoza, administrative assistant. A schedule of student seminars will be available in the near future.

Wednesdays at 4 p.m., Queen Lane Auditorium A (unless noted)

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March 22, 2017 Tara Randis, New York University "Pathogenesis of Invasive Neonatal Group B Streptococcal Disease" Alison Carey, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics

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Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy

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T.B.D. T.B.D. T.B.D. T.B.D.

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Department of Pharmacology and Physiology

All seminars take place in the New College Building, 245 N. 15th Street, in the John A. Harvey Conference Room (Room 8312) at 11 a.m.

For more information about upcoming seminars in the current schedule or in future schedules, contact CarolAnn Imbesi.

Visit the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology overview page.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Dennis Kolson, University of Pennsylvania "Brain Heme Oxygenate -1 Deficiency, Oxidative Stress and HIV-Associated Neuro Cognitive Disorders: Potential Therapeutic Targeting"

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Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease

The Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease (visit institute overview page) supports seminars for faculty, invited speakers and graduate students. The schedule for the Spring 2016 Research Seminar Series is below.

For more information about upcoming seminars in the current schedule or in future schedules, contact Maryann Mendoza, administrative assistant.

Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m., New College Building (unless otherwise noted)

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T.B.D. T.B.D. T.B.D. T.B.D.

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2016 Seminar Archive

January 2016

January 4, 2016: "Structural Basis of Bacterial Transcription: A Crystallographic Study of E. Coli RNA Polymerase"
Speaker: Yuhong Zuo, PhD, Yale University
Host: Patrick J. Loll, PhD, Professor
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

January 6, 2016: "BACH1 Involvement in the Immune Response to Influenza Virus Infection"
Speaker: Chris Stairiker, College of Medicine/Erasmus
Host: P. Katsikis
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

January 11, 2016: "Computational Modeling and Biochemical Characterization of Large RNAs"
Speaker: Srinivas Somarowthu, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Yale University
Host: Patrick J. Loll, PhD, Professor
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

January 13, 2016: "Influenza Virus Activated Cell Death Pathways"
Speaker: Siddharth Balachandran, FCCC
Host: A. Vaidya
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

January 20, 2016: "Role of the Plasmodium Falciparum Pir Genes in Malaria Pathogenesis & Immunity"
Speaker: Vandana Thathy, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust
Host: A. Vaidya
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

January 25, 2016: "Streptococcus Pneumoniae and Haemophilus Influenza Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, Immune Response and Novel Vaccines on the Horizon"
Speaker: Michael E. Pichichero, MD
Host: G. Ehrlich
Department: Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease

January 25, 2016: "Antimalarial Mosquitoes: The Complement-Like Immune Response of Anopheles Gambiae"
Speaker: Richard H. G. Baxter, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale University
Host: Patrick J. Loll, PhD, Professor
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

February 2016

February 3, 2016: "Silencing the HIV Reservoir"
Speaker: Susana Valente, Scripps Res. Inst.
Host: M. Nonnemacher
Department: Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease

February 8, 2016: "Functional Dissection of von Willebrand Factor"
Speaker: Biochemistry Faculty Candidate, Andrew Yee, PhD, Research Investigator in the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan
Host: Patrick J. Loll, PhD, Professor
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

February 10, 2016: Defining the Earliest Events in HIV/SIV Mucosal Transmission
Speaker: Thomas Hope, Northwestern Univ.
Host: B. Wigdahl / V. Pirrone
Department: Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease

February 15, 2016: From Fluids to Fibers: Liquid Phase Separation and Aggregation of Disordered Proteins
Speaker: Shana Elbaum-Garfinkle, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University
Host: Patrick J. Loll, PhD, Professor
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

February 17, 2016: "Harnessing T Helper Cell Function for Vaccine Development"
Speaker: Elias Haddad, Drexel/Medicine
Host: B. Bergman / M. Kutzler
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

February 22, 2016: "In Vitro to in Vivo Studies of Histone Acetylation Through Multi-Site Mass Spectrometry Analysis"
Speaker: Ryan A. Henry, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate at the Fox Chase Cancer Center
Host: Todd Strochlic, PhD, Assistant Professor
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

February 23: "Central Glucagon-like Peptide-1 Signaling: A Novel Mechanism Underlying Cocaine Addiction"
Speaker: Dr. Heath Schmidt, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Pharmacology & Physiology

February 24, 2016: Big Data and the Genomic Architecture of Disease: From Neurogenetics to Cancer Genomics
Speaker: Robert Kulathinal, Temple
Host: G. Ehrlich
Department: Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease

February 24, 2016: Synaptic Functions of Psychiatric Disorder Risk Molecules
Speaker: Peter Penzes, PhD, professor, Departments of Physiology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Host: Wen-Jun Gao, PhD, professor
Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy

March 2016

March 2, 2016: "Molecular Mechanism of Persistent Hepatitis B Virus Infection and Therapeutic Approaches Toward a Cure"
Speaker: Ju-Tao Gou, Baruch S. Blumberg Institute
Host: A. Mehta
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

March 7, 2016: "Mechanisms of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Aging and Rejuvenation"
Speaker: Julie Glowacki, PhD, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery & Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Host: Jane Clifford, PhD, Professor and Chair
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

March 9, 2016: Development and Application of Novel Recombinant Aleuria Aurantia Lectin for Detection of Core-Alpha-1,6-Fucose in Liver Cancer
Speaker: Harmin Hererra, College of Medicine
Host: A. Mehta
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

March 15: "Regulation of Arrhythmias by Mitochondrial Ion Channel Complexes"
Speaker: Dr. Fadi Akar, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Department: Pharmacology & Physiology

March 16, 2016: A Novel Role for Formin-Mediated Microtubule Stabilization Pathways in Amyloid-Beta Synaptotoxicity
Speaker: Francesca Bartolini, PhD, Assistant Professor of pathology and cell biology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University
Host: Qiang Liang, MD, PhD, instructor
Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy

March 16, 2016: "Molecular Evolution of Malaria Parasites"
Speaker: Ananias A. Escalante, Temple
Host: A. Mehta
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

March 21, 2016: "Qualifying Metabolism for Development, Disease and Drugs"
Speaker: Nathaniel W. Snyder, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, A. J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University
Host: Mauricio Reginato, Associate Professor
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

March 22, 2016: Tip60/HAT/HDAC Balance Promotes Neuroprotection of Cognitive Function in the Neurodegenerative Brain
Speaker: Dr. Felice Elefant, Drexel University
Department: Pharmacology & Physiology

March 23, 2016: Retroviruses and Motor Neuron Disease
Speaker: Avindra Nath, NIH/NINDS
Host: B. Wigdahl
Department: Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease

March 28, 2016: "Mitochondrial Ion Channels-Molecular Identity and Functional Roles"
Speaker: Harpreet Singh, PhD, Assistant Professor
Host: Marilyn Jorns, Professor
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

March 30, 2016: Targeting extracellular DNA and DNABII proteins for biofilm disruption and resolution of experimental otitis media due to nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae
Speaker: Lauren Bakaletz
Host: G. Ehrlich
Department: Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease

April 2016

April 4, 2016: "Hopping toward new HIV-1 entry inhibitors"
Speaker: Simon Cocklin, PhD, Assistant Professor
Host: Jane Clifford, Professor and Chair
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

April 11, 2016: "Biomaterials for Cell Transplantation and Drug Delivery for Spinal Cord Injury"
Speaker: Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert, PhD, professor of biomedical engineering, Joseph and Florence Farrow Endowment; vice dean for research, School of Engineering Applied Science; co-director, Center of Regenerative Medicine, Washington University
Host: Michael Lane, PhD, Assistant Professor
Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy

April 12, 2016: "Neuromodulatory Signaling in Cognition and Stress: Relevance for PTSD"
Speaker: Dr. Steven Thomas, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Pharmacology & Physiology

April 13, 2016: "Fusion of a Leading Blood-Stage Malaria Vaccine Candidate, MSP2, to a Parasite Specific Carrier Protein to Facilitate Production and Enhance Immunogenicity"
Speaker: Jacqueline Schneider, College of Medicine
Host: J. Burns
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

April 18, 2016: "Nitriles and Isonitriles: Synthetic Strategies to Bioactive Molecules"
Speaker: Fraser F. Fleming, PhD, Professor and Head of Department, Department of Chemistry, Drexel University
Host: Jane Clifford, Professor and Chair
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

April 20, 2016: "Development of novel agents to target Rab geranylgeranylation"
Speaker: Sarah Holstein, Roswell Park
Host: S. Kortagere
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

April 25, 2016: "Culling-Ring-Ubiquitin Ligases (CRLs): Molecular Mechanisms and Biological Relevance in Cell Proliferation"
Speaker: Luca Busino, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology, Department of Cancer Biology, Assistant Investigator, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Host: Mauricio Reginato, Associate Professor
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

April 26, 2016: "Corticolimbic Plasticity in Pain"
Speaker: Dr. Volker Neugebauer, Texas Tech
Department: Pharmacology & Physiology

April 27, 2016: Transformation Medicine: Genomically Informed and Personally Precise
Speaker: Stephen Peiper, Jefferson
Host: G. Ehrlich
Department: Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease

April 27, 2016: "Enhancing Goal-Directed Behavior in Mice"
Speaker: Eleanor H. Simpson, PhD, research scientist VI, New York State Psychiatric Institute; Assistant Professor, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Host: Wen-Jun Gao, PhD, professor
Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy

May 2016

May 4, 2016: "Defining the HIV-1 quasispecies: geno-/pheno- types, diagnostics and provirus excision therapy"
Speaker: Neil Sulllivan, College of Medicine
Host: M. Nonnemacher
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

May 9, 2016: "Hijacking Cereblon for Targeted Degradation"
Speaker: Sirano Dhe-Paganon, PhD, Senior Scientist, Department of Cancer Biology, Dana Farber-Cancer Institute
Host: Tara Davis, Assistant Professor
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

May 11, 2016: Regulation of Microtubule Plus-end Dynamics in Growth Cone Motility
Speaker: Laura Anne Lowery, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Boston College
Host: Peter Baas, PhD, professor
Department: Neurobiology & Anatomy

May 23, 2016: "Magnetic Cell Delivery for Accelerated Healing of Injured Arteries"
Speaker: Boris Polyak, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine
Host: Eishi Noguchi, PhD, Associate Professor
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

May 27, 2016: Antimalarial Lead Discovery: Exploiting Phenotypic Hits
Speaker: F. Javier Gamo, PhD, director, Malaria Discovery Performance Unit, Diseases of the Developing World, Glaxo Smith Kline
Host: Akhil Vaidya
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

June 2016

June 14, 2016: "Linking Structure and Dynamics to Function in a Glutamate Transporter Homologue"
Speaker: Olga Boudker, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Cornell University/Weill Cornell Medical College
Department: Pharmacology & Physiology

June 28, 2016: "The Autisms: A Proving Ground for Drug Discovery in Spectrum Disorders"
Speaker: Robert H. Ring, PhD, former chief scientific officer, Autism Speaks
Department: Pharmacology & Physiology

August 2016

August 31, 2016: "Drugs: targeting a mechanism of artemisinin resistance in malaria and crossing the rubicon"
Speaker: Kasturi Haldar, Notre Dame
Host: A. Vaidya
Department: Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease

September 2016

September 7, 2016: "Deregulated NOTCH Signaling in Adult T-cell Leukemia"
Speaker: Christophe Nicot, University of Kansas Medical Center
Host: P. Jain
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

September 14, 2016: 4th International Symposium on Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease
Cancer and Pathogen Genomics – Prevention, Treatment and Cures
HIV Disease and NeuroAIDS
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

September 19, 2016: "Protein-Lipid Interactions for Lipid Droplet Binding Proteins"
Speaker: Edgar Eduard Kooijman, PhD, director, Biotechnology Program, and Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University
Host: Simon Cocklin, PhD, Assistant Professor
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

September 21, 2016: "Compartmentalization of Metabolism at Physiological and Cellular Levels"
Speaker: Nathanial Snyder, Drexel Autism Institute
Host: S. Kortagere
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

October 2016

October 5, 2016: "Interferon-alpha regulates the transcription and metabolism of hepadnaviral cccDNA"
Speaker: Muhammad Sheraz, Drexel University College of Medicine
Host: J-T. Gou
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

October 10, 2016: "Sp1 and Genomic Stability: An Old Factor With New Tricks"
Speaker: Jane Clifford, PhD, Professor and Chair
Host: Patrick Loll, PhD, Professor
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

October 12, 2016: "Knowledge-Guided Integration of Biological Datasets to Increase Experimental Power"
Speaker: Bernie Daigle, University of Memphis
Host: G. Ehrlich
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

October 17, 2016: "The biophysical features of functionally potent antiviral antibodies"
Speaker: Margaret E. Ackerman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
Host: Simon Cocklin, Assistant Professor

October 19, 2016: "My Journey from DUCOM to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Through Fuels, Immunology, and Images"
Speaker: Alfred H. J. Kim, Washington University
Host: J. Burns
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

October 26, 2016: "Dating species and strain origins"
Speaker: Sudhir Kumar, Temple University
Host: G. Ehrlich
Department: Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease

October 31, 2016: "Analysis and Therapeutic Targeting of Oncogenic Pathways in Lymphoid Malignancies"
Speaker: Yibin Yang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Blood Cell Development and Function Program, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Host: Jane Clifford, PhD, Professor and Chair
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

November 2016

November 2, 2016: "Nutritional Immunity Promotes Pathoadaptation and Persistence of Haemophilus influenzae"
Speaker: Kevin Mason, Ohio State Univ
Host: G. Ehrlich
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

November 9, 2016: "Immunology-themed Research Seminar: Look for future information"
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

November 16, 2016: "Nutraceutical Apigenin regulates DC function in a Rel-B dependent manner during neuroinflammation"
Speaker: Rashida Ginwala, Drexel
Host: P. Jain
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

November 21, 2016: "Understanding and exploiting natural transformation in pathogenic bacteria"
Speaker: Joshua Chang Mell, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology Host: E. Noguchi
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

November 30, 2016
Speaker: Massimo Trucco, Allegheny Health Network
Host: E. Blankenhorn
Department: Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease

December 2016

December 7, 2016: "Characterizing the germinal center response to DNA immunogens"
Speaker: Ebony Gary, Drexel University College of Medicine
Host: M. Kutzler
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

December 14, 2016: "Defective viral genomes as key determinants of antiviral immunity during respiratory viral infections"
Speaker: Carolina B. López, UPenn
Host: A. Carey
Department: Microbiology & Immunology

December 19, 2016: "The Mechanism of Actin Nucleation by the Arp2/3 Complex"
Speaker: Shae Padrick, PhD, Assistant Professor
Host: Jane Clifford, Professor and Chair
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

 
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