Spring 2011 Departmental Research Seminar-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Spring 2011 Departmental Research Seminar

Seminars are held in the Conference Room of the Mellon Institute at
3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays unless otherwise indicated.






(Monday, 12:30 p.m. in the Mellon Institute Social Room)
Ilana Witten, Ph.D., Stanford University
The Neuromodulatory Control of Reward: an Optogenetic Investigation
Alison Barth, Ph.D.
1/19 DJ Kleinbaum (CMU Biological Sciences '05) and Brian Frezza (CMU Computational Biology '05), Emerald Therapeutics
Liquid Information Processors as Next Generation Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
Maggie Braun, Ph.D.
(Monday, 12:30 p.m.)
Co-sponsored by the CNBC
Spencer Smith, Ph.D., The Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, University College London
Maps in Neocortex
Alison Barth, Ph.D.
Bernardo Lemos, Ph.D., Harvard University Heterochromatin and Population Genomics: Y Variants Tip the Chromatin Balance
A. Javier Lopez, Ph.D.
2/2 John Pool, Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Population Genomic Insights into Natural Selection and Altitude Adaptation

A. Javier Lopez, Ph.D.
Praveen Sethupathy, Ph.D., NIH/NHGRI
Integrative Genomic Approaches for Mapping the cis-regulatory Landscape of Human Pancreatic Islets A. Javier Lopez, Ph.D.
2/16 No Seminar due to Bioimaging Day

(Thursday, Mellon Institute Social Room)
Co-sponsored by the CNBC
Kevin Bender, Ph.D., Oregon Hearing Research Center/Vollum Institute, Oregon Health & Science University
A Novel Role for Calcium in Neuronal Signaling
Alison Barth, Ph.D.
Jesse Gray, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
How do Transcriptional Networks Rewire Neuronal Circuits?
A. Javier Lopez, Ph.D.
(Monday, 12:30 p.m.)
David Margolis, Ph.D., Brain Research Institute, University of Zurich
Stability and Plasticity of Cortical Circuit Dynamics
Alison Barth, Ph.D.
William Costerton, Ph.D., Allegheny-Singer Research Institute, West Penn Allegheny Health System Microbial Biofilms in Nature and Disease
Aaron Mitchell, Ph.D.
Mark Histed, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
Connecting Cortical Representations to Behavior
Alison Barth, Ph.D.
Jian Lu, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University Function and Evolution of Small RNA Targeting A. Javier Lopez, Ph.D.
Wah Chiu, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine

Visualizing Chaperonin in Different Functional States by Cryo-EM

Russell Schwartz, Ph.D.
Joel McManus, Ph.D., University of Connecticut Health Center
Evolution of Gene Regulatory Networks in Drosophila A. Javier Lopez, Ph.D.
Eric Ahrens, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
In vivo Cytometry: An MRI-based Approach to Quantitatively Study Cell Trafficking and Function


Co-sponsored by CMU Biomedical Engineering

Shermali Gunawardena, Ph.D., The State University of New York at Buffalo

Deadly Pile-ups on Neuronal
Highways: Investigating Axonal
Transport Defects in
Ge Yang, Ph.D.

The Margaret Ottie, MM'28 Undergraduate Lecture Series in Biological Sciences

Tony Harris, Ph.D., Department of Cell & Systems Biology, University of Toronto
Regulation of Epithelial Polarity by the PAR Complex Brooke McCartney, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert Langer, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT
The Future of Regenerative Medicine, Tissue Engineering and Controlled Drug Delivery
Student Representative: Amy Wang