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Unless noted, all seminars are held in the Biochemistry Library, Rm. E115 at noon.  All are welcome!

*On a separate note, please scroll down for the listing of the Tri-Institutional Structural Biology Seminar Series.*


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hiro Furukawa, Ph.D.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Title: "How We Tackled Structure and Function of Big Membrane Protein Complexes -

         A Case Study of NMDA Receptors"

Host: Dr. David Eliezer



Thursday, November 17, 2016

Avital Rodal, Ph.D.

Brandeis U.

Title: "The Crossroads of Signaling and Traffic:

          Routing and Remodeling Membranes at Synapses"

Host: Dr. Jeremy Dittman



Thursday, December 15, 2016

Edward Stuenkel, Ph.D.

U. of Michigan

Title: "Regulation on Dynamic Partitioning of Synaptic Vesicle Pools"

Host: Dr. Timothy Ryan



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Catherine Royer, Ph.D.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Title: "Quantitative Mapping of Start Regulator Interactions in Budding Yeast using Fluctuation Microscopy"

Host: Dr. Anant Menon



Thursday, January 19, 2017

Edward Egelman, Ph.D.

University of Virginia

Title: "Cryo-EM of Protein Polymers at Near-Atomic Resolution Yields New Insights into Evolutionary Divergence"

Host: Dr. David Eliezer



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Vytas Bankaitis, Ph.D.

Texas A&M Health Sciences Center

Title: "Lipid Signaling in Neural Stem Cells:

Two Short Stories and Implications for Autism Spectrum Diseases"

Host: Dr. Frederick Maxfield



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Anthony Ferrante, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

Columbia University

Title: "Immunology of Adipose Tissue and Metabolism"

Host: Dr. Timothy McGraw



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Scott Emr, Ph.D.

Cornell - Ithaca

Title: "Sorting Out Membrane Traffic to the Lysosome:

Ubiquitin, ESCRTs and Protein Quality Control"

Host: Dr. Jeremy Dittman



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Joost Holthuis, Ph.D.

U. of Osnabrueck

Title: "Exploring the Dark Site of Sphingolipid Biosynthesis"

Host: Dr. Anant Menon



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ehud Isacoff, Ph.D.

U. of California, Berkeley

Title: "Optical Quantal Analysis of Synaptic Homeostasis"

Host: Dr. Timothy Ryan









COMPLETED Seminar Series

September 3, 2015 - May 12, 2016


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Amira Klip, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist, Professor of Biochemistry & Physiology

The Hospital for Sick Children

Title: "Insulin Action in Muscle and Resistance Induced by Macrophages"

Host: Dr. Timothy McGraw


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tim Levine, Ph.D.

Division of Cell Biology

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Title: "Intracellular Sterol Traffic and Membrane Contact Sites"

Host: Dr. Anant Menon


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Martin Zanni, Ph.D.

Dept. of Chemistry

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Title: "Humans but not Rats?  Cats but not Dogs?  A Study into the Molecular Mechanism of Type 2 Diabetes using 2D IR Spectroscopy"

Host: Dr. David Eliezer


Thursday, April 14, 2016

John D. York, Ph.D.

Natalie Overall Warren Professor

Chair, Dept. of Biochemistry

Vanderbilt University

Title: "Decoding Inositol Phosphate Regulatory Pathways"

Host: Dr. Anant Menon


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Jose Rizo-Rey, Ph.D.

Professor, Depts. of Biophysics, Biochemistry & Pharmacology

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Title: "Reconstitution of Basic Steps Leading to Synaptic Vesicle Fusion"

Host: Dr. David Eliezer


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Elizabeth Rhoades, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

University of Pennsylvania

Title: "Order from Disorder:

Determining a Functional Mechanism for Tau"

Host: Dr. David Eliezer


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Kodi Ravichandran, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair, Dept. of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology

University of Virginia

Title: "Don't Let Death Do Us Part:

The Interplay between Phagocytes and Apoptotic Cells in Health and Disease"

Host: Dr. Anant Menon


Friday, January 22, 2016

Frederick M. Hughson, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of  Molecular Biology

Princeton University

Title: "SM Proteins as Templates for SNARE Assembly"

Host: Dr. David Eliezer


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Benoit Roux, Ph.D.

Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics

U. of Chicago

Title: "Molecular Dynamics Simulations of P-type ATPase Ion Pumps"

Host: Dr. Timothy Ryan


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Lev Becker, Ph.D.

Asst. Professor, Ben May Dept. for Cancer Research

U. of Chicago

Title: "Rethinking the Role of Adipose Tissue Macrophages in Obesity"

Host: Dr. Timothy McGraw


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Janice Robertson, Ph.D.

Asst. Professor, Dept. of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

U. of Iowa

Title: "Merging Microscopic and Macroscopic Approaches to Measure the Energetics of Membrane Protein Associaton in Membranes"

Host: Dr. Timothy Ryan


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Tobias Meyer, Ph.D.

Professor & Chairman, Dept. of Chemical & Systems Biology

Stanford University Medical Center

Title: "The Molecular Basis of Cell Polarity in Collective Migration and Chemotaxis"

Host: Dr. Timothy Ryan


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Jenny E. Hinshaw, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Cell & Molecular Biology

National Institutes of Health

Title: "Dynamin on the Brink of Fission"

Host: Dr. Frederick Maxfield


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Jen Liou, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology

Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Title: "Molecular Mechanisms Underlying the Regulation and Functions of ER-Plasma Membrane Junctions"

Host: Dr. Anant Menon


Thursday., September 24, 2015

Daniel Colon-Ramos, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Yale School of Medicine

Title: "Glycolytic Enzymes Dynamically Localize to Neuronal Synapses to Meet Local Energy Demands"

Host: Dr. Jeremy Dittman


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Evan Rosen, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Endocrinology

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Harvard Medical School

Title:  "An Epigenomic and Transcriptional Basis for Insulin Resistance"

Host: Dr. Timothy McGraw


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Cole Haynes, Ph.D.

Associate Member, Cell Biology Program

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Title: "Adaptions to Mitochondrial Dysfunction by Inter-organelle Communication"

Host: Dr. Jeremy Dittman



Completed Seminar Series

September 25, 2014 - May 7, 2015

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tobias Baumgart, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Chemistry

U. of Pennsylvania

Title:  Curvature Coupling of Peripheral Membrane Proteins



Thursday, October 9, 2014

J. Troy Littleton, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Dept. of Biology


Title: Imaging Single Synaptic Vesicle Fusion Events at Individual Release Sites



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chad Rienstra, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor of Chemistry

U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Title: Solid-State NMR of Biological Complexes:

          Synuclein Fibrils and the Amphotericin-Sterol Sponge



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Peter Novick, Ph.D.

Professor of Cellular & Molecular Medicine

UC Berkeley

Title:  Organizing Membranes on the Secretory Pathway



Thursday, December 18, 2014

James Shorter, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics

U. of Pennsylvania

Title:  Potentiated Protein Disaggregases to Counter Neurodegeneration



Thursday, January 8, 2015

Joshua Kaplan, Ph.D.

Professor, Dept. of Neurobiology

Harvard Medical School

Title:  Using C. Elegans to Study Psychiatric Disorders



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Adam Frost, M.D., Ph.D.

Asst. Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry

U. of Utah

Title:  DOG mas, CAT tails, and a Structural Surprise:

           How the RQC Recognizes and Rescues Recalcitrant Ribosomes



Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thomas Clandinin, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Neurobiology

Stanford U.

Title:  Using Drosophila to Dissect Visual Computation at the Cellular and Molecular Level



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Jihong Bai, Ph.D.

Basic Sciences Div.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Title:  A New Look at the Molecular Machinery for Synaptic Vesicle Endocytosis



Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wayne Lencer, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics

Harvard Medical School

Title:  Innate Sensing of a Bacterial Protein Entering the ER of Host Cells by IRE1 and RIG-I



Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sergio Grinstein, Ph.D.

Sr. Scientist, Dept. of Cell Biology

The Hospital for Sick Children

Title:  Imaging Phagocytosis:  Receptors, Signal Transduction and the Cytoskeleton



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Catherine Tomasetto, Ph.D.

French NIH and Medical Research Staff Scientist, Dept. of Functional Genomics & Cancer

INSERM, IGBMC, Illkirch, France

Title:  The Lipid Transfer Protein STARD3:  An Architect from Inside the Cell


Thursday, April 23, 2015

John Blenis, Ph.D.

Asst. Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology


Title:  Integration of Cell Signaling and Metabolism in Cancer



Thursday, May 7, 2015

David Chan, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Biology, Dept. of Biology & Biological Engineering


Title:  Metabolic Control of Mitochondrial Dynamics



Thursday, May 21, 2015

John Hanover, Ph.D.

Sr. Investigator, Laboratory of Cell & Molecular Biology


Title:  A Little Sugar Goes a Long Way:  O-GIcNAc in Signaling and Epigenetics













Unless noted, all seminars are held in the Weill Auditorium, 2nd Fl., Rm. C200 at 4p.  All are welcome!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

David Baker, Ph.D.

Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry

U. of Washington

Title:  TBA



Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - Uris Auditorium

Dr. Wolfgang Baumeister


The Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry

Title:  Electron Cryomicoscopy:  From Molecules to Cells



Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - Uris Auditorium

Jaime Williamson, Ph.D.


The Scripps Research Institute

Title:  Dynamics of Bacterial Ribosome Assembly in Cells



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Joseph Puglisi, Ph.D., Chair

Professor, Dept. of Structural Biology

Stanford U.

Title:  TBA



Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Eva Nogales, Ph.D.

Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

HHMI Investigator

UC Berkeley

Title:  TBA



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

David Shaw, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist

Columbia U.

Title:  Long Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Proteins:

           Progress, Promise & Challenges



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ted Jardetsky, Ph.D.

Professor, Dept. of Structural Biology

Stanford U.

Title:  Breaking Up is (Not So) Hard To Do:

           Dissociating Receptor Complexes to Block the Allergic Response



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dr. Christian Spahn


Charite Universitatsmedizin

Title:  TBA



Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Dorothy Kern, Ph.D.

Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry

HHMI Investigator

Brandeis U.

Title:  Separated at Birth, The Evolution of Kinase Dynamics over a Billion Years

           Reveals Gleevec's Selectivity