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Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics (MCBG) Events

MCBG/Cancer Bio Graduate Programs
Seminar Series Fall 2021

  • Every Thursday at 1 p.m.
  • Seminars will be hybrid (in person & Zoom) or Zoom-only
  • 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

Zoom info: Meeting ID: 873 9983 8128
Contact Eishi Noguchi, PhD at for password.

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:

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.