Spring 2006 Departmental Research Seminar-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Spring 2006 Departmental Research Seminar

Seminars are held in the Conference Room of the Mellon Institute at
12:30 on Wednesdays unless otherwise indicated.





Wei Cheng, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley "Breaking an RNA "ladder" - molecular mechanisms of the hepatitis C virus NS3 helicase" Woolford
Mark Macbeth, Ph.D., University of Utah "Structural and functional characterization of the inositol hexakisphosphate requirement of adenosine deaminases that act on RNA" Woolford
1/18 Susan Rosenberg, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine Women in Science Seminar Series
"Three tales of genome instability: regulation of evolvability, spontaneous DNA Breakage, and a new paradigm for RecQ helicases"
Christine Wang
Nicole LaRonde-LeBlanc, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute at Frederick "Structural studies of the RIO kinases, essential proteins required for ribosome biogenesis" Woolford
1/25 Gloria Culver, Ph.D., Iowa State University "Studies of 30S ribosomal subunit architecture: conformational changes and chaperones" Woolford
Andrew Feig, Ph.D., Indiana University "Understanding Hfq: a central player in Bacterial RNA metabolism" Woolford
2/6 Melanie Ohi, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School "Structural analysis of the spliceosome by cryo-electron microscopy" Woolford
2/8 Hideki Aihara, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School "A structural basis for allosteric control of DNA recombination by lambda integrase" Woolford
2/15 Fernando de La Torre, Ph.D., The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University "Component analysis for classification, clustering and modeling high dimensional data" López
2/22 Christopher Langmead, Ph.D., School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon "Towards formal verification of biological models"  
3/15 Spring Break - No Classes
3/22 David Drubin, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley "Harnessing actin dynamics for membrane trafficking events" Woolford
David Drubin, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley "Formation of a dynamic kinetochore-microtubule interface through assembly of the Dam1 ring complex" Woolford
3/29 Karl Kandler, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh "Development and plasticity of sound localization circuits" Crowley
4/5 The Margaret Ottie Lecture Series Speaker
Paul Worley
, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
"Immediate-early genes and synaptic plasticity" Barth
3:30 p.m.
The Margaret Ottie Lecture Series Speaker
Dan Kiehart, Ph.D., Duke University
"Biophysical and genetic analysis of morphogenesis" Minden
4/19 Erin Schuman, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology "Local protein synthesis and degradation at neuronal synapses" Roger Clem
4/26 David Lewis, M.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center "The neurobiology of cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia: dissecting the disease process" Barth
(Friday,12:30 p.m.)
Oliver Smithies, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill "Simple computer solutions to complex biological problems" Byron Ballou