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Department of Pharmacology & Physiology Events

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Spring 2021 Seminars

Please note: Presentations will be via Zoom, Tuesdays @ 11 a.m. For more information or Zoom links, please contact Carolann Imbesi (ci25@drexel.edu)

January 12

Stephanie Matt, PhD

Stephanie Matt, PhD – Postdoctoral Fellow, Gaskill Lab, Drexel University College of Medicine
Dopamine-mediated mechanisms regulating neuroinflammation and neuroHIV in myeloid cells
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January 19

Claudia Capparelli, PhD

Claudia Capparelli, PhD – Research Assistant Professor, Department of Cancer Biology, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University
Tumor heterogeneity in melanoma, resistance and therapeutic opportunities
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January 26

Anthony DiNatale

Anthony DiNatale – Senior Pharm/Phys student, Fatatis Lab, Drexel University College of Medicine
Molecular characterization of critical mediators of metastatic disease
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February 2

Brandon Henderson, PhD

Brandon Henderson, PhD – Assistant Professor, Neuroscience and Developmental Biology Research Center Coordinator, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Marshall University
Nicotine flavorants and formulations unique to vaping alter dopamine neurons and impact reward and reinforcement
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February 16

Richa Gupta, PhD

Richa Gupta, PhD – Research Associate, Ajit Lab, Drexel University College of Medicine
Dual and opposing roles of long non-coding RNA XIST in acute and chronic inflammation
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February 23

Jun Zhu, MD, PhD

Jun Zhu, MD, PhD – Professor, Department of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences, South Carolina College of Pharmacy
Unlocking a mystery for neuroHIV: the impact of monoamine transporter on HIV-1 tat regulation of dopamine transmission
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March 16

Francesco Petrelli, PhD

Francesco Petrelli, PhD, Research Associate, Laboratory of Stem Cell Metabolism, University of Geneva
How Mitochondrial Metabolism Controls Glial Cell Behavior
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Fall 2020 Seminars

September 22

Jay McLaughlin, PhD – Professor, Department of Pharmacodynamics, University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Evaluating contributions of HIV-1 Tat protein to neurodysfunction and psychiatric deficits associated with neuroAIDS
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October 6

Laura Giacometti, PhD – Barker Lab, Drexel University College of Medicine
Astrocytic regulation of reward seeking in ethanol-dependent mice
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October 13

Stacia Lewandowski – Senior Pharm/Phys Student, O. Mortensen Lab, Drexel University College of Medicine
In Vivo Studies of the Role of ERK 1/2 Phosphatase MKP3 in Dopaminergic Neurons on Cocaine-Associated Behavior, Dopamine Signaling and Gene Expression
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October 20

Jesse Schank, PhD – Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology, University of Georgia
The Role of the Neurokinin-1 Receptor in Stress-Induced Drug and Alcohol Seeking
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October 27

Shaili Aggarwal, PhD – O. Mortensen Lab, Drexel University College of Medicine
Allosteric Modulation of the Dopamine Transporter: A New Opportunity in Developing Unique and Promising Therapeutics for Cocaine Abuse Disorder
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November 10

Harald Sontheimer, PhD – I. D. Wilson Chair and Professor, Founding Executive Director, Virginia Tech School of Neurosciences, Commonwealth Eminent Scholar in Cancer Research; Director, Center for Glial Biology in Health, Disease & Cancer, Virginia Tech Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
Glial Neuronal Vascular Interactions in Neurological Disease
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November 17

Zachary Campbell, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Texas at Dallas
RNA Control in Pain
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December 8

Emily Nickoloff-Bybel – Senior Pharm/Phys Student, Gaskill Lab, Drexel University College of Medicine
Signaling mechanisms underlying dopamine-mediated increases in HIV entry
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Spring 2020 Seminars

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Please note: All Spring 2020 seminars have been postponed.

Unless otherwise noted, 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.

January 14

Luciano D’Adamio, MD, PhD, Rutgers University
BAD-Glu and Neurodegeneration

January 21

Michael Henderson, PhD, research associate, Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, University of Pennsylvania
Understanding and Developing Therapeutics for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Preclinical Models

January 28

Davide Trotti, PhD, Jefferson Weinberg ALS Center/Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Non-cell Autonomous Pathways of Neurodegeneration in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: An Unconventional Role for the Astroglia Glutamate Transporter EAAT2

Wednesday, February 12, 3 p.m. (note different time)

Conor Liston, MD, PhD, Weil Cornell Medicine-Feil Family Brain & Mind Research Institute
Prefrontal Cortical Circuit Dysfunction in Depression-Like Behavioral States

March 3

Mitchell Lazar, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 
Transcriptional Regulation of Circadian Rhythms and Metabolism

POSTPONED: March 17

Gonzalo Torres, PhD, CUNY School of Medicine
G Protein Regulation of the Dopamine Transporter and the Actions of Amphetamine

POSTPONED: March 24

David Clark, MD, PhD, Stanford University & VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Persistent Postoperative Pain: Mechanisms and Modulators

POSTPONED: March 31

Jesse Schank, PhD, University of Georgia
The Role of the Neurokinin-1 Receptor in Stress-Induced Drug and Alcohol Seeking

POSTPONED: April 14

Douglas Tilley, PhD, Temple University School of Medicine
Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Regulation of Cardiac Health and Disease

POSTPONED: May 5

Jun Zhu, PhD, University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy
Unlocking a Mystery for NeuroHIV: The Impact of Monoamine Transporter on HIV-1 Tat Regulation of Dopamine Transmission

POSTPONED: May 12

Harald Sontheimer, PhD, Virginia Tech
TBA

Fall 2019 Seminar Schedule

Monday, September 16, 11:30 a.m.

Atom Sarkar, MD, PhD, professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Drexel Neurosciences Institute
Human Brain Tumors: Molecules and Models

October 8

Kathryn J. Reissner, PhD, associate professor, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
A Role for Astrocytes in the Development of Cocaine Addiction

October 15

Allison M. Andrews, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Pathology, Temple University
Brain Endothelial Extracellular Vesicles (EVs): Biomarkers, Immune Regulators and Pathological Contributors

October 29

John D. Imig, PhD, professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Medical College of Wisconsin
Eicosanoid Drugs: Prospects for Treating Human Diseases

Friday, November 15, 1 p.m.

Jeffery D. Molkentin, PhD, professor, Division of Molecular & Cardiovascular Biology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Can Adult Stem Cells Really Regenerate the Damaged Heart?

November 26

Ashley M. Kopec, PhD, assistant professor, Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics, Albany Medical College
Sex-Specific Immune Mechanisms Guide Adolescent Brain and Behavioral Development

December 3

Srinivas Malladi, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Pathology, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Metastatic Latency – A Veiled Threat

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 Seminar Schedule

September 18

Dr. Yesim Eralp, Istanbul University
Advances in Personalized Medicine and Immunotherapy in Oncology

October 9

Dr. Jacqueline Barker, Drexel University
Regulation of Flexible Behavior by Glutamatergic Circuits

October 16

Dr. Heidi Ford, University of Colorado
Tumor Heterogeneity, EMT and Metastasis

November 27

Dr. Tricia Burdo, Temple University
HIV-Associated Atherosclerosis and Myocardial Fibrosis

December 4

Dr. Eduardo Candelario-Jalil
University of Florida-Gainesville
Neurovascular Protection by Adropin in Experimental Ischemic Stroke

January 29

Dr. Priscila Sato, Drexel University
GRK2 in Mediating Metabolism

February 5

Dr. Ashani Weeraratna, The Wistar Institute
A Wrinkle in TiME: How the Aged TME Affects Tumor Progression

March 5

Dr. Jonathan Geiger, University of North Dakota
An "Iron-ic" Story About Endolysosomes and HAND Pathogenesis

March 26

Dr. Jonathan Javitch, Columbia University
A Tale of Two Substrates: an Allosteric Mechanism for Neurotransmitter: Sodium Symporters

April 2

Dr. Stanley Thayer, University of Minnesota
Adaptations to HIV Neurotoxins Change the Pharmacology of Synapses

April 30

Dr. Levi Beverly, University of St. Louis
Studying Mechanisms of Cancer Progression, Therapeutic Response and Detrimental Therapy-Related Side Effects

May 7

Dr. Cagla Akay Espinoza, University of Pennsylvania
Unintended Consequences: Adverse Effects of Antiretroviral Compounds in the CNS

May 21

Dr. Matt Wanat, University of Texas, San Antonio
Mesolimbic Dopamine Circuits in Positive and Negative Reinforcement

Fall 2017 – Spring 2018 Seminar Schedule

September 19

Norman J. Haughey, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Stimulus-Dependent Cargo Inclusion of Astrocyte Shed Extracellular Vesicles Regulates the Target's Response

October 10

Pietro P. Sanna, MD, The Scripps Research Institute
Lessons From the Transcriptome: Gene Network Dysregulations in NeuroAIDS and Substance Abuse

October 16

Priscila Sato, PhD, Temple University School of Medicine
Faculty Candidate Seminar: From Ion Channels to Cardiac GPCR-Signaling: In Search of New Therapeutic Targets

Monday, October 30 at 3 p.m.

Dr. Shubha Gururaja Rao, Drexel University
Role of Mitochondrial Structure and Function in Cell Physiology

December 5

Dr. Kevin Foskett, University of Pennsylvania
Molecular Mechanisms and Physiological Roles of Ca2+ Crosstalk Between ER and Mitochondria

January 9

Dr. Peter Gaskill, Drexel University
Mechanisms of Dopamine Mediated Increase in HIV Infection of Macrophages

February 20

Dr. Andreia Mortensen, Drexel University
Positive Allosteric Modulation of Glutamate Transporters for CNS Disorders

March 6

Please note that Dr. Levine's seminar has been rescheduled for May 22.
Dr. Jon Levine, University of California-San Francisco
Persistent, Chronic and Analgesic-Induced Pain

April 3

Dr. Sergi Ferre, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Pre-coupling of Receptor Oligomers and Signaling Molecules: Challenging Classical Pharmacology

May 1

Dr. Qiufu Ma, Harvard University
Mapping Spinal Circuits and Revisiting "Pain” Measurement in Mice

May 15

Dr. Devasena Ponnalagu, Drexel University
Mitochondrial Chloride Channels: A Newbie in the Family

May 22

Dr. Jon Levine, University of California-San Francisco
Persistent, Chronic and Analgesic-Induced Pain

May 29

Dr. Paul M. Mathews, NYU School of Medicine, Nathan Kline Institute/Center for Cognitive Neurology
Regulation of the Endosomal Pathway by Amyloid Precursor Protein Fragments: Implication for Alzheimer’s Disease and Neurodegeneration

Fall 2016 – Spring 2017 Seminar Schedule

October 18

Dr. Joan Berman, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Mechanisms of Neuroinflammation and Toxicity: Critical Roles in NeuroAids

November 8

Dr. Habibeh Khoshbouei, University of Florida
Sigma-1 Receptor Regulation of Dopamine Neurotransmission: Beyond the Surface Membrane

November 29

Dr. Fadi Akar, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Arrhythmia Mechanisms and Therapies in Large Animal Models of Advanced Heart Failure

January 17

Dr. Dennis Kolson, University of Pennsylvania
Brain Heme Oxygenase -1 Deficiency, Oxidative Stress and HIV-Associated Neuro Cognitive Disorders: Potential Therapeutic Targeting

January 24

Dr. Daniel Marenda, Drexel University
Flying in the Face of Disease: Using Drosophila to Identify Drugs for Alzheimer's Disease

February 7

Dr. Phil Wedegaertner, Thomas Jefferson University
Gβγ Regulation of Golgi Function and Structure

February 9

Faculty Candidate Seminar: Bradley K. Taylor, PhD, Department of Physiology, University of Kentucky
Trauma Establishes an Opponent Process of Latent Pain Sensitization and Mu Opioid Receptor Constitutive Activity

February 21

Dr. Elizabeth Heller, University of Pennsylvania
Elucidating the Function of Epigenetic Remodeling in Reward Pathology

March 21

Dr. Mohamed Trebak, Penn State University College of Medicine
STIM-ORAI Mediated Ca2+ Signaling in Disease: Lessons from Smooth Muscle

March 28

Dr. Marco Cosentino, University of Insubria, Italy
Adrenergic and Dopaminergic Pathways in the Nervous and Immune System as Opportunities for Novel Therapeutics

April 11

Dr. Yuan-Xiang Tao, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School
Epigenetic Mechanisms of Neuropathic Pain

April 18

Dr. Ru-Rong Ji, Duke University School of Medicine
Pain and Autism: Peripheral Regulation

April 19

Faculty Candidate Seminar: Jacqueline M. Barker, PhD, postdoctoral fellow, Department of Neuroscience, Medical University of South Carolina
Arbitration Between Actions and Habits by the Prefrontal Cortex

May 2

Dr. Jean-Pierre Vilardaga, University of Pittsburgh
Endosomal and Mitochondrial GPCR Signaling

May 9

Faculty Candidate Seminar: Giulio Agnetti, PhD, FAHA, assistant professor, Department of Medicine/Division of Cardiology; director, Center for Research on Cardiac Intermediate Filaments (CRCIF), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
What Do Intermediate Filaments Really Do? A Lesson from the Heart

June 6

Dr. Dionna Williams, Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins

June 14 (Wednesday)

Dr. Joseph Baker, The College of New Jersey
Biomolecules in Motion: Molecular Modeling and Simulation of Biomolecular Systems

 
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