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Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics (MCBG) Events

MCBG/Cancer Bio Graduate Programs
Seminar Series Spring 2022

  • Every Thursday at 1 p.m. (unless noted)
  • External speakers and first two weeks will be Zoom only. All other seminars will be hybrid (in person & Zoom)
  • In person seminars will be held in NCB, Geary A Auditorium and also videoconferenced to Queen Lane Room C9
  • All students must attend seminar. Only allowed to miss three seminars per year

Contact Eishi Noguchi, PhD at for meeting ID and password.

January 6, 2022
Zoom only

Konstantin Budagyan, MCBG student (Chernoff Lab)

January 13, 2022
Zoom only

Rebecca Holton, MCBG student (Berkowitz Lab)

January 20, 2022

Alexa Cannon, MCBG student (Chernoff Lab)

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 (Note day change)
Zoom only

Priscilla K. Brastianos, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Mass General Cancer Center
Student host: Lorela Ciraku

February 3, 2022

Allison Yankey, MCBG student (Somarowthu Lab)

February 10, 2022
Zoom only

Harry Taylor, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Upstate Medical University
Student host: Jill Lawrence

February 17, 2022
Zoom only

Martin McMahon, PhD, Cumming-Presidential Chair of Cancer Biology, Co-Leader of the Experimental Therapeutics Program, University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute
Student host: Alexa Cannon

February 24, 2022

Manali Potnis, MCBG student (Sell Lab)

March 3, 2022
Zoom only

Francesca Duncan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
Student host: Rebecca Holton

March 10, 2022

Theodore Gurrola, MCBG student (Nonnemacher Lab)

March 17, 2022

Tara Fortino, MCBG student (Lane Lab)

March 24, 2022
(Seminar at 9 am, with meetings after)
Zoom only

Johanna Joyce, PhD, Professor, University of Lausanne, Member, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
Student host: Lorela Ciraku

March 31, 2022

Andrea Rosenkranz, MCBG student (Bouchard Lab)

April 7, 2022
Zoom only

Ping Wang, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Student host: Allison Hess

April 14, 2022

Anna Lilly, MCBG student (Golemis/Astaturov Lab)

April 21, 2022

Shih-Chun Shen, MCBG student (Muller Lab)

April 28, 2022

Emily Esquea, MCBG student (Reginato Lab)

May 5, 2022

Rotation Talks A: Bulhassan, Hyatt, Lynch, Wallace, Charania, Ramakrishnan

May 12, 2022

Rotation Talks B: Do, Joyner, Webber, Sanders, McUmber, White

May 19, 2022

Rotation Talks C: Koser, DAngelis, Torres, Brinckman, Larson-Pollock, El Naggar

MCBG Student-Organized Seminar Series Committee:
Jill Lawrence, Rebecca Holton, Lorela Ciraku, Alexa Cannon, Allison Yankey, Mitchell Parker
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mauricio Reginato; Email:

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Fall 2021 Seminars

September 2, 2021

Carly DeAntoneo, MCBG student (Balachandran Lab)

September 9, 2021

Priscila Sato, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology, Drexel University College of Medicine
Student Host: Lorela Ciraku

September 16, 2021

Dorothy Benton, MCBG student (Chernoff Lab)

September 23, 2021

James Shorter, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania
Student Host: Jill Lawrence

September 30, 2021
Zoom only

Kevin Gardner, PhD, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, The City College of NY
Student Host: Allison Hess

October 7, 2021

Ariel Gordon, MCBG student (Mell Lab)

October 14, 2021
Zoom only

Diana Cittelly, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Student Host: Lorela Ciraku

October 21, 2021

No Seminar: Discovery Day

October 28, 2021

John Chojnowski, MCBG student (Strochlic Lab)

November 4, 2021
Zoom only

John Schimenti, PhD, Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Cornell University
Student Host: Rebecca Holton

November 11, 2021

Mitchell Parker, MCBG student (Golemis Lab)

November 18, 2021

Jill Lawrence, MCBG student (Nonnemaker Lab)

November 25, 2021

No Seminar: Thanksgiving

December 2, 2021

Rotation Talks A: Do, Webber, McUmber, Joyner, Gestiada, Hyatt, Brinkman (First year PhD & MS students: TBA)

December 9, 2021

Rotation Talks B: White, El Naggar, Larson-Pollock, DeAngelis, Koser, Torres (First year PhD & MS students: TBA)

December 16, 2021

Rotation Talks C: Lynch, Sanders, Wallace, Charania, Ramakrishnan, Bulhassan (First year PhD & MS students: TBA)

Student-Organized Seminar Series Committee: Jill Lawrence; Rebecca Holton; Lorela Ciraku; Alexa Cannon; Allison Yankey; Mitchell Parker
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mauricio Reginato; Email:

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Spring 2020 Seminars and Student Talks

All of the events listed take place at 1 p.m. in Geary Hall A, unless otherwise noted. Student talks will be teleconferened to Queen Lane Room C9. (Non-student talks will not be teleconferenced.)

Faculty Adviser

MCBG Student-Organized Seminar Series Committee

  • Kris Raghavan
  • Kritika Hanamshet
  • Lorela Ciraku
  • Sam Flashner
  • Megan Meuser
  • Margaret O’Connor

January 2020

January 9
Sam Flashner, MCBG student (Clifford Lab)

January 16
Diane Kambach, PhD, team leader, Field Applications Scientists, BioTek Instruments, Inc.
Student host: Lorela Ciraku

January 23
Kritika Hanamshet, MCBG student (Mazin Lab)

Wednesday, January 29 (note change of day)
David Pellman, professor of cell biology, Harvard Medical School
Student host: Sam Flashner

February 2020

February 6
Joshua Jackson, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology, Drexel University College of Medicine
Student host: Lorela Ciraku

February 13
Alessandro Gardini, PhD, assistant professor, Gene Expression & Regulation Program, The Wistar Institute
Student host: Lorela Ciraku

February 20
Lina Maciunas, Biochemistry student (Loll Lab)

February 27
Melody Smith, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Student host: Margaret O’Connor

March 2020

March 5
Margaret O’Connor, MCBG student (Haddad Lab)

March 12
Kristie Augustyn, Biochemistry student (Jorns Lab)

Sharon Cantor, PhD, associate professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Student host: Kritika Hanamshet

Danielle Piazza, MCBG student (Mell Lab)

April 2020

April 2
Sandra Ryeom, PhD, associate professor, Department of Cancer Biology, University of Pennsylvania
Student host: Lorela Ciraku

April 9
Lindsay Steele, MCBG student (Polyak Lab)

April 16
Priscila Sato, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology, Drexel University
Student host: Lorela Ciraku

April 23
, Jasmine Peake, MCBG student (Noguchi Lab)

April 30
Andrea Rosenkranz, MCBG student (Bouchard Lab)

May 2020

May 7
Rotation Talks A: First-year students: Shen, Cunanan, Al-Aloosi, De Souza, Balkhair, Sarfaraz

May 14
Rotation Talks B: First-year students: DiDemenico, Yeakle, Karadsheh, Dhameliya, Alruiwaili

May 21
Rotation Talks C: First-year students: Lilly, Ritts, Oleksak, Kantner, Shimpi, Esquea


A Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics program graduate student working in a laboratory at Drexel University College of Medicine.