Carnegie Mellon University

Date

Speaker

Title

Host

1/12

Andy Cameron, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Computational 

Regulatory Genomics, 

Beckman Institute

Sea Urchin Regulome

Veronica Hinman, Ph.D.

2/22

Christine Constantinople, Ph.D.

Princeton University

Two-photon imaging during decision-making in rats

Alison Barth, Ph.D.

2/24

Linda Van Aelst, Ph.D.

Cold Spring Harbor Labs

Mechanisms of Axo-Axonic Synapse Formation in the Neocortex

Sandra Kuhlman, Ph.D.

3/9

Spring Break - No Seminar

3/15

Wei-Chung Lee, Ph.D.
Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School

Functional Neuronal Assemblies for Information Processing

Marcel Bruchez, Ph.D.

3/16

Peggy Cotter, Ph.D.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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

Contact-Dependent Signal Transduction in Burkholderia

Luisa Hiller, Ph.D.

3/23

Kristian Baker, Ph.D.

Case Western Reserve University

RNA Quality Control - novel insights into targeting of substrates to the nonsense-mediated mRNA decay pathway

Joel McManus, Ph.D.

3/30

Sacha Nelson, Ph.D.

Brandeis University

Physiological Genomics of Neuronal Cell Types

Aryn Gittis, Ph.D.

3/31

*10:30 a.m.

Raju Tomer, Ph.D. 

Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University

Rapid high-resolution mapping of intact brains structure and function

Marcel Bruchez, Ph.D.

4/6

Anthony Richardson, Ph.D.

University of Pittsburgh

Immunometabolism and Staphylococcus aureus Skin Infections

Luisa Hiller, Ph.D.

4/13

Hari Shroff, Ph.D.

NIH/NIBIB

High speed biological imaging at and beyond the diffraction limit

Fred Lanni, Ph.D.

4/20

Josh Huang, Ph.D.

Cold Spring Harbor Labs

Genetic dissection of cortical circuit organization and assembly - chandeliers light up pyramids

Alison Barth, Ph.D.

4/27

Charles Sindelar, Ph.D.

Yale University

One tiny step for kinesin, one slightly less tiny step for motor mechanics

David Hackney, Ph.D.

5/4

Xue Han, Ph.D.

Boston University

Tools and Principles to Understand Neural Networks of Parkinson’s Disease

Marcel Bruchez, Ph.D.

5/11

*2:00PM

Matthew Sachs, Ph.D.

Texas A&M University

Gene Regulation Through the Control of Ribosome Movement

Joel McManus, Ph.D.

Date

Speaker

Title

Host

9/2

Maggie Braun, Ph.D.

Department of Biological Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar for Senior Undergraduates

9/9

9/16

Daniel Larson, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute

Regulation of Transcription and RNA Processing in Single Cells: Understanding Heterogeneity in Gene Expression

Bob Murphy, Ph.D.

9/23

Alex Evilevitch, Ph.D.

Department of Physics
Carnegie Mellon University

Biophysics of Herpesvirus infectivity

Aaron Mitchell, Ph.D.

9/30

Jörn Dengjel, Ph.D.

Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies

Proteomic analysis of macromolecular protein complexes in oncogenic cell transformation

Bob Murphy, Ph.D.

10/14

Vaughn Cooper, Ph.D.

University of Pittsburgh

Experimental evolution in bacterial biofilms to understand adaptation during infections

Luisa Hiller, Ph.D.

10/28

Andres Villu Maricq, Ph.D.

University of Utah

A Mobile Signaling Complex Regulates the Kinesin-Mediated Transport of Synaptic AMPARs

Adam Linstedt, Ph.D.

11/4

Kim Lewis, Ph.D.

Northeastern University

Antibiotics from the Microbial Dark Matter

Student-invited Seminar Series

11/11

Ted Dawson, MD, Ph.D

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Unlocking the secrets of Parkinson Disease

Aryn Gittis, Ph.D.

11/18

Don Morrison, Ph.D.

University of Illinois at Chicago

Streptococcus: a genus addicted to genetic transformation(?)

Luisa Hiller, Ph.D.

11/25

Thanksgiving Break

12/2

Julia Sero, Ph.D.

Institute for Cancer Research, London

Function Follows Form: Using high-content image analysis to investigate the relationships between cell morphology and gene expression

Bob Murphy, Ph.D.

12/9

Joseph Reese, Ph.D.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,

The Pennsylvania State University

From start to finish: the remarkable functions of the Ccr4-Not complex in the control of gene expression

Joel McManus, Ph.D.

12/16

Robert Froemke, Ph.D.

NYU School of Medicine

Oxytocin, social behavior and excitatory-inhibitory balance

Alison Barth, Ph.D.

Date

Speaker

Title

Host

1/26

*Monday

Kassandra Ori-McKenney, Ph.D.

University of California, San Francisco

Building a Neuron: Mechanisms Regulating the Cytoskeleton during Development and Function

Adam Linstedt, Ph.D.

1/28

Richard McKenney, Ph.D.

University of California, San Francisco

Multiplex Regulation of Cytoplasmic Dynein Controls Intracellular Transport

Adam Linstedt, Ph.D.

2/4

Ivo Spiegel, Ph.D.

Harvard University

Regulation of excitatory-inhibitory balance in cortical circuits by sensory-induced gene programs

Adam Linstedt, Ph.D.

2/11

Won-Suk Chung, Ph.D.

Stanford University

The phagocytic role of astrocytes in synapse elimination

Adam Linstedt, Ph.D.

2/18

Sandeep Robert Datta, M.D., Ph.D. 

Department of Neurobiology

Harvard Medical School

Sensorimotor coupling in the olfactory system

Alison Barth, Ph.D. & Nathan Urban, Ph.D.

2/25

Bruce Herring, Ph.D.

University of California, San Francisco

The role of guanine nucleotide exchange factors at the synapse

Adam Linstedt, Ph.D.

3/2

*Monday

Jason Aoto, Ph.D.

Stanford University

Neurexin-3 alternative splicing: insights into the synaptic function of neurexins

Adam Linstedt, Ph.D.

3/4

Roy Parker, Ph.D.

University of Colorado, Boulder

Life, Death and Mid-life Crises of Eukaryotic mRNAs

Joel McManus, Ph.D.

3/11

Spring Break

3/18

Eric Harvill, Ph.D.
Penn State University

Competition between Invading Pathogens and Resident Microbiota

Luisa Hiller, Ph.D. & Joel McManus, Ph.D.

3/25

William Hancock, Ph.D.

Penn State University

The role of kinesin-2 motors in bidirectional transport and cytoskeletal rearrangements in neurons

David Hackney, Ph.D.

4/1

Rob Knight, Ph.D.

University of California, San Diego

Dynamics of the Human Microbiome
*The Margaret Ottie, MM'28 Undergraduate Lecture Series in Biological Sciences

Luisa Hiller, Ph.D. & Dannie Durand, Ph.D.

4/10

*Friday

Andrew Fire, Ph.D.

Stanford University

Opportunistic RNAs and Acquisitive Genomes

Student-invited Seminar Series

4/15

Robert Edwards, M.D.

Cahill Professor of Neurology and Physiology

University of California, San Francisco

Formation of the Regulated Secretory Pathway

Manoj Puthenveedu, Ph.D.

4/22

James Casanova, Ph.D.

University of Virginia

Arf family GTPases in the control of neuronal and non-neuronal endocytic pathways

Manoj Puthenveedu, Ph.D.

4/29

Mario Roederer, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator, ImmunoTechnology

The Genetic Architecture of the Immune System

Bob Murphy, Ph.D.

5/6

5/13

John Rinn, Ph.D.

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University

Regulatory Roles of Repeat RNA

Joel McManus, Ph.D.

Date

Speaker

Title

Host

8/27

Carrie Doonan & John Woolford

Making the Most of Your Senior Year

9/3

Justin Fay, Ph.D.

Washington University's School of Medicine

Domestication and Diversification of Wine Yeast

Joel McManus, Ph.D.

9/10

No seminar this week

9/17

Qian-Quan Sun, Ph.D.

University of Wyoming

Bad Sleep in Activity-Dependent BDNF Mutant Mouse: A Window into Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Alison Barth, Ph.D

9/24

Neil Hukriede, Ph.D.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine,

Department of Developmental Biology

Kidney Development, Regeneration and Small Molecules

Brooke McCartney, Ph.D.

10/1

John Murray, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Using the C. elegans Lineage to Decode Development

David Hackney, Ph.D

10/8

Ruben L. Gonzalez, Jr., Ph.D.

Columbia University Department of Chemistry

The Structural Dynamics of Translation Initiation

Marcel Bruchez, Ph.D.

10/15

Nicole Calakos, Ph.D.

Duke University School of Medicine

To Do Or Not To Do: Striatal synaptic and circuit contributions to repetitive “OCD-like” behaviors

Aryn Gittis, Ph.D.

10/22

Dennis Kostka, Ph.D.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Department of Developmental Biology

Analyzing gene regulation across evolution, development, and differentiation

Veronica Hinman, Ph.D.

10/29

Jian Yu, Ph.D.

Department of Pathology and Radiation Oncology,

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine,

University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute 

A Journey into Death Mechanisms of Intestinal Stem Cells

Brooke McCartney, Ph.D.

11/5

Nina Salama, Ph.D.

University of Washington

Bacterial Adaptations to Life in the Stomach

Luisa Hiller, Ph.D.

11/12

James Casanova, Ph.D.

University of Virginia

*cancelled

Arf family GTPases in the control of neuronal and non-neuronal endocytic pathways

Manoj Puthenveedu, Ph.D.

11/19

Chris Amemiya, Ph.D.

Benaroya Research Institute

Comparative Genomics and the Evo-Devo of Innovation

Veronica Hinman, Ph.D.

11/26

Thanksgiving Holiday

12/3

Catherine Dulac, Ph.D.

Harvard University

Molecular and Cellular Architecture of the Mouse Social Brain

Student-invited Seminar

12/10

Nicholas Priebe, Ph.D.

The University of Texas at Austin

The Private Lives of Neurons

Sandra Kuhlman, Ph.D.

Date

Speaker

Title

Host

1/15

Dr. Shipra Vaishnava

Immune regulation of host-microbial interactions in the gut

Aaron Mitchell, Ph.D.

1/29

Dr. Gretchen Diehl

*Rescheduled to 1/29 at 3:30 p.m.*

The integration of microbiota-derived signals to regulate intestinal immunity

Aaron Mitchell, Ph.D.

1/29

Andrew Ewald, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Collective invasion in breast cancer requires a conserved basal epithelial program

Robert Murphy, Ph.D.

2/5

David D. Boehr, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Dynamic amino acid networks in enzyme catalysis

Gordon Rule, Ph.D.

2/12

Robert Lee, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Bitter taste receptors are sentinels of innate immunity

Aaron Mitchell, Ph.D.

2/19

Samuel Young, Ph.D., The Max Planck Florida Institute

Uncovering the molecular mechanisms that regulate the availability and resupply of synaptic vesicles for information transfer

Alison Barth, Ph.D.

2/26

Michael Behnke, Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine

Mapping and characterizing virulence factors in the parasite Toxoplasma gondii

Aaron Mitchell, Ph.D.

2/28

Kevin Fox, Ph.D., Cardiff University

Functional dichotomy in experience-dependent plasticity among cellular subtypes of cortical layer V

Sandra Kuhlman, Ph.D.

3/5

Women in Science Seminar: Marina Picciotto, Ph.D., Yale University

Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and behavior: distinct cholinergic mechanisms underlying regulation of food intake and corticothalamic development

Student-invited Seminar Series

3/12

No Seminar due to Spring Break

3/19

Dr. Sarah Gaffen, Univeristy of Pittsburgh

Out of the mouths of babes (and mice): Interleukin-17 signal transduction and fungal immunity

Aaron Mitchell, Ph.D.

3/26

Chris Lowe, Ph.D., Stanford University

New perspectives of animal body evolution from hemichordate developmental biology

Veronica Hinman, Ph.D.

4/2

Erica Stone, Ph.D., University of California San Diego

Regulation of helper T cell differentiation and function by FOXO1, a key metabolic transcription factor

Aaron Mitchell, Ph.D.

4/9

Alan Russell, Ph.D., Highmark Distinguished Career Professor, The Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, Carnegie Mellon University

Polymer-based Protein Engineering 

4/16

Manuel Llinás Ph.D., Penn State University

Transcriptional Regulation and Metabolism in Malaria Parasites 

Luisa Hiller, Ph.D.

4/23

Victor Faundez, M.D., Ph.D., Emory University

Endosome Mechanisms of Schizophrenia Susceptibility Genes 

Manojkumar Puthenveedu, Ph.D.

4/30

Jim Surmeier, Ph.D., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Impaired TrkB receptor signaling underlies corticostriatal dysfunction in Huntington’s disease Endosome Mechanisms of Schizophrenia Susceptibility Genes 

Aryn Gittis, Ph.D.

5/21

Adam Kepecs, Ph.D., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Mapping the response repertoire of identified neurons during decision making

Alison Barth, Ph.D.

5/27

Tamara K. Berdyyeva, Ph.D., Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellow at Janssen

Investigating Mechanisms of Drug Action at the Neuronal Ensemble Level in Behaving Mice: Advantages of In-Vivo Calcium Imaging in Drug Discovery 
*Seminar will be held in MI 130

Sandra Kuhlman, Ph.D.

Date

Speaker

Title

Host

8/28

Maggie Braun, Ph.D.

Making the Most of Your Senior Year

9/4

Laura Rusche, Ph.D., University at Buffalo

Evolutionary Connections Between Heterochromatin and DNA Replication

Aaron Mitchell, Ph.D.

9/11

Melissa Moore, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School

Assembly & Dynamics of Uber Complex RNPs

John Woolford, Ph.D.

9/18

Sergey Nuzhdin, Ph.D., University of Southern California

Genotype-to-Phenotype Mapping in Post GWAS World

Joel McManus, Ph.D.

9/25

(12:30 pm.)

Garth Ehrlich, Ph.D., Drexel University, College of Medicine

The Universality of the Distributed Genome Hypothesis among Bacterial Species

Aaron Mitchell, Ph.D.

9/25

(3:30 p.m.)

Eric Betzig, Ph.D., HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus

Imaging Life at High Spatiotemporal Resolution

Nathan Urban, Ph.D.

10/2

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

Barth Grant, Ph.D., Rutgers University

Worming our Way Through Endosomes: C. elegans Provides Insights into Receptor Recycling Mechanisms

Manoj Puthenveedu, Ph.D.

10/9

Joshua Rest, Ph.D., Stony Brook University

Fitness and Modularity of Stochasticity in Gene Expression

Dannie Durand, Ph.D.

10/16

Jack Waters, Ph.D., Allen Institute for Brain Science

Excitation of Neocortical Pyramidal Neurons via Nicotinic Receptors

Sandra Kuhlman, Ph.D.

10/23

Tom Maniatis, Ph.D., Columbia University

The Clustered Protocadherins Provide a Barcode for Single Cell Diversity in the Mammalian Brain

Student-invited Seminar Series Committee

10/30

Alan Wells, D.M.Sc., M.D., Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh

Won't you be my Neighbor? Cell Fate Determination by the Microenvironment

Nathan Urban, Ph.D.

11/6

Guy Salama, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Sex Differences, Calcium and Cardiac Arrhythmias

Nathan Urban, Ph.D.

11/13

Denise Montell, Ph.D., University of California-Santa Barbara

Life, Death, and Resurrection at the Cellular Level

Student-invited Seminar Series Committee

11/20

11/27

No Seminar due to Thanksgiving Break

12/4

Cecilia Lo, Ph.D., Department of Developmental Biology, University of Pittsburgh

Genetic Etiology of Congenital Heart Disease: Insights Gained from a Large Scale Mouse Forward Genetic Screen.

Veronica Hinman, Ph.D.

Date

Speaker

Title

Host

1/16

Joel Kralj, Ph.D., Harvard University

Imaging Voltage in Electrically Excitable Cells

MBIC Search Committee

1/22

(Tuesday @ Noon)

Joshua Vaughan, Ph.D., Harvard University

Super-resolution Fluorescence Microscopy at the Molecular Scale

MBIC Search Committee

1/23

Matt Wachowiak, Ph.D., Department of Physiology and Brain Institute, University of Utah

All in a Sniff: Dissecting Olfactory System Function in the Context of Active Sensing

Nathan Urban, Ph.D.

1/30

Fan Wang, Ph.D., Department of Cell Biology, Duke University

Brainstem Sensorimotor Circuits for Active Touch

Alison Barth, Ph.D.

2/6

CANCELLED:

Garth Ehrlich, Ph.D., Drexel University, College of Medicine

Testing the Universality of the Distributed Genome Hypothesis among Bacterial Species: Development of a Core Genome-based Taxonomic Method

N. Luisa Hiller, Ph.D.

2/13

Moriel Vandsburger, Ph.D., Weizmann Institute of Science

Upon Closer Examination: Tailoring Magnetic Resonance Imaging Methods to Elucidate In Vivo Biological Phenomena

2/14

(Thursday)

Dave Zhang, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

Nucleic Acid Molecular Engineering for Diagnostic Applications

MBIC Search Committee

2/20

Elizabeth Rhoades, Ph.D., Yale University

Order from Disorder: Understanding the Role of Natively Unfolded Proteins in Neurodegeneration

Adam Linstedt, Ph.D.

2/27

Vladislav Verkhusha, Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Engineering Fluorescent Proteins for Multiparameter Imaging

3/6

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

Indira Raman, Ph.D.,  Northwestern University, Department of Neurobiology

Synchrony Coding in Cerebellar Circuits

Aryn Gittis, Ph.D.

3/13

No Seminar due to Spring Break

3/20

Arjumand Ghazi, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

The Genetics of Aging and Reproduction in C. elegans

Manojkumar Puthenveedu, Ph.D.

3/27

Allyson O'Donnell, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Arrestin’ Developments: New Biological Functions for the α-arrestin Family of Trafficking Adaptors

Tina Lee, Ph.D.

4/3

Thanos Tzonoupoulis, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Mechanisms and Functions of Synaptic and Intrinsic Plasticity in Normal and Pathological Auditory Processing

Alison Barth, Ph.D.

4/10

John Williams, Ph.D., Vollum Institute

Acute Desensitization of Opioid Receptors

Manojkumar Puthenveedu, Ph.D.

4/17

Sanford Simon, Ph.D., The Rockfeller University

Searching for the “Holey Grail” – the Mechanism of Transport Through the Nuclear Pore of Cells

How physics, chemistry and computational simulations are elucidating the mechanisms of biological machines.

Marcel Bruchez, Ph.D.

4/24

Jianhua Cang, Ph.D., Northwestern University

Critical Period Plasticity and Binocular Matching in the Mouse Visual Cortex

Sandra Kuhlman, Ph.D.

5/1

Howard Shuman, Ph.D., University of Chicago

The Right Host can Make or Break the Visit of an Accidental Pathogen: Tales of Legionella

Aaron Mitchell, Ph.D.

Date

Speaker

Title

Host

8/29

Nathan Urban, Ph.D., Dr. Frederick A. Schwertz Distinguished Professor of Life Sciences & Head Department of Biological Sciences

Carrie Doonan, Ph.D., Director of Undergraduate Laboratories & Teaching Professor

Preparing for Your Senior Year at Carnegie Mellon (For Undergraduate Students)

9/5 & 9/6

Next Generation Medical Imaging Workshop

9/12

William Guido, Ph.D., University of Louisville

Circuit Development in the Visual Thalamus of the Mouse

Sandra Kuhlman, Ph.D.

9/19

Mark Rebeiz, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Morphological Evolution: The Modification and Origination of Nodes and Networks in Development

Veronica Hinman, Ph.D.

9/26

10/3

Amy Caudy, Ph.D., Donnelly Centre, University of Toronto

Metabolic Profiling of a Prototrophic Yeast Deletion Collection

Dannie Durand, Ph.D.

10/10

Sarah Ross, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

The Neural Circuits of Itch

Alison Barth, Ph.D.

10/17

Adam Kwiatkowski, Ph.D., Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, University of Pittsburgh

Promoting Change From Within: A Mechanistic Framework for Actin Network Reorganization by Alpha-Catenin at Cell-Cell Contacts

Tina Lee, Ph.D.

10/24

Frank Conlon, Ph.D., Department of Genetics, University of North Carolina

Transcriptional Control of Early Cardiovascular Development

Veronica Hinman, Ph.D.

10/31

CANCELED: Indira Raman, Ph.D.,  Northwestern University, Department of Neurobiology

Synchrony Coding in Cerebellar Circuits

Aryn Gittis, Ph.D.

11/7

Reserved.

11/14

No Seminar due to Rotation 1 Presentations

11/21

No Seminar due to Thanksgiving Break

11/28

Reserved.

12/5

Reserved.

Date

Speaker

Title

Host

1/5

Matthew Smear, Ph.D., HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus

Active Olfaction

Alison Barth, Ph.D. & the Neurobiology Search Committee

1/11

Aryn Gittis, Ph.D., Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, UCSF

Striatal Interneurons and the Regulation of Striatal Output Pathways

Alison Barth, Ph.D. & the Neurobiology Search Committee

1/18

No Seminar Due to Advisory Board

1/25

David McCormick, Ph.D., Yale University

Cortical Dynamics are Controlled by Inhibition

Alison Barth, Ph.D.

2/1

2/8

2/15

2/22

2/29

3/1

MI Auditorium

Erik Shapiro, Ph.D., Departments of Diagnostic Radiology, Biomedical Engineering & Yale Stem Cell Center, Yale University School of Medicine

MRI-based Stem and Immune Cell Tracking

Eric Ahrens, Ph.D.

3/7

Kimberly Beatty, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Chemical Tools for Imaging Proteins and Pathogens

Eric Ahrens, Ph.D.

3/14

No Seminar Due to Spring Break

3/21

Maxime Dahan, Ecole normale supérieure, Paris; Transcription Imaging Consortium, HHMI, Janelia Farm

Research Center

Investigating the Nuclear Exploration and Target Search of DNA-binding Proteins in Mamallian Cells at the Single Molecule Level

Marcel Bruchez, Ph.D.

3/28

4/4

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

Techung Lee, Ph.D., University of Buffalo

Lend me your Stem Cells to Heal my Broken Heart

BioSAC Student-invited Speaker

Student Representative: Kaitlin Healy

4/11

Becky Seal, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Delineating the Functional Role of Cholinergic-Glutamatergic Co-transmission in the Striatum

Alison Barth, Ph.D.

4/18

Jennifer Lee, Ph.D., National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH

Amyloids in Pathology and Biology: Lessons from α-Synuclein and Pmel17

Chien Ho, Ph.D. and Gordon Rule, Ph.D.

4/25

Maurice Swanson, Ph.D., University of Florida

Mechanisms of RNA-Mediated Disease

John Woolford, Ph.D.

5/2

Melissa Rolls, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pennsylvania State University

Staying Alive: Strategies Used by your Neurons to Function as Long as you Do

Brooke McCartney, Ph.D.

5/9

(MI Auditorium)

Luisa Hiller, Ph.D., Center for Genomic Sciences, Allegheny-Singer Research Institute

Sex, War and Rumors: Driving Heterogeneity in Biofilms

Aaron Mitchell, Ph.D.

Date

Speaker

Title & Abstract

Host

8/31

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

Lynne Maquat, Ph.D., University of Rochester

Tales from the Cellular Underworld: Quality-control and Conditionally Regulated mRNA Decay

Javier López, Ph.D.

9/7

Philip Benfey, Ph.D., Biology Department and IGSP Center for Systems Biology, Duke University and GrassRoots Biotechnology

Development Rooted in Interwoven Networks

Veronica Hinman, Ph.D.

9/14

Veronica Hinman, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University

The Evolution of Developmental Gene Regulatory Networks

9/21

James Hurley, Ph.D., National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH

Nipped in the Bud: The Strange Ways that ESCRTs Sever Membranes

SISS Committee

9/28

Amanda Paulovich, M.D., Ph.D., Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

You Can't Study What You Can't Measure

Aaron Mitchell, Ph.D.

10/5

Meyer Jackson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Exocytosis, Fusion Pores, and Membrane Bending

Manojkumar Puthenveedu, Ph.D.

10/12

10/19

Leslie C. Griffith, M.D., Ph.D., Brandeis University

Sleep Circuits in Drosophila

Manojkumar Puthenveedu, Ph.D.

10/26

11/2

Dmitry Rinberg, Ph.D., HHMI's Janelia Farm Research Campus

Timing in Olfaction

Nathan Urban, Ph.D.

11/9

Tim Ryan, Ph.D., Weill Cornell Medical College

Control of Synaptic Function

Manojkumar Puthenveedu, Ph.D.

11/16

Paul Selvin, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nanometer Accuracy and Resolution with Fluorescence Microscopy: Watching Molecular Motors; Cancer Therapy

Marcel Bruchez, Ph.D.

11/23

No Departmental Seminar due to Thanksgiving Break

11/30

 Sandra Kuhlman, Ph.D., UCLA

Practice Makes Perfect: Defining the Role of Inhibition in Vision and Sensory Learning

Alison Barth, Ph.D. & the Neurobiology Search Committee

12/7

Lynne Angerer, Ph.D., NIH-NICDR

Qwnt-essential Patterning of the Sea Urchin Embryo

Veronica Hinman, Ph.D.

12/8

Kevin Franks, Ph.D., Columbia University

Assembling an Odor: Cortical Integration of Olfactory Information

Alison Barth, Ph.D. & the Neurobiology Search Committee

12/14

(MI Social Room)

David Cox, Ph.D., The Rowland Institute at Harvard

Reverse-Engineering the Neuronal Substrates of Invariant Visual Object Recognition

Alison Barth, Ph.D. & the Neurobiology Search Committee

Date

Speaker

Title

Host

1/12

1/17

(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.

1/24

(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.

1/26

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.

2/7

(Monday)

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

2/17

(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.

2/22

(Tuesday)

Jesse Gray, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

How do Transcriptional Networks Rewire Neuronal Circuits?

A. Javier Lopez, Ph.D.

2/28

(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.

3/2

William Costerton, Ph.D., Allegheny-Singer Research Institute, West Penn Allegheny Health System

Microbial Biofilms in Nature and Disease

Aaron Mitchell, Ph.D.

3/9

Mark Histed, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

Connecting Cortical Representations to Behavior

Alison Barth, Ph.D.

3/16

Jian Lu, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University

Function and Evolution of Small RNA Targeting

A. Javier Lopez, Ph.D.

3/23

Wah Chiu, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine

Visualizing Chaperonin in Different Functional States by Cryo-EM

Russell Schwartz, Ph.D.

3/30

Joel McManus, Ph.D., University of Connecticut Health Center

Evolution of Gene Regulatory Networks in Drosophila

A. Javier Lopez, Ph.D.

4/6

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

4/13

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

Neurodegeneration

Ge Yang, Ph.D.

4/20

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.

4/27

Dr. Robert Langer, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT

The Future of Regenerative Medicine, Tissue Engineering and Controlled Drug Delivery

BioSAC

Student Representative: Amy Wang

Date

Speaker

Title

Host

Thursday, 8/19 (1 – 3 p.m.)

Ben Jantzen, Coordinator of Graduate Student Programs, Eberly Center

Overview of Student Cognition

8/25

Maggie Braun, Ph.D., Assistant Department Head for Undergraduate Affairs and Special Faculty Lecturer, Carnegie Mellon University

Preparing for Your Senior Year at Carnegie

Mellon (For Undergraduate Students)

9/1

9/8

Nathan Urban, Head, Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

Navigating NIH Funding (For Graduate Students)

9/15

9/16 (2 p.m.)

Chris Bakal Ph.D., Institute for Cancer Research in London

Signaling Networks that Regulate Morphological Noise and Promote Exploratory Behavior

Robert Murphy, Ph.D.

co-sponsored by the Ray and Stephanie Lane Center for Computational Biology

9/22

9/29

10/6

Aylin Hanyaloglu, Ph.D., Imperial College, London

Unravelling the Trafficking Code of G protein-coupled Receptors (GPCRs): Impact on Hormonal Signaling and Reproduction

Manojkumar Puthenveedu, Ph.D.

10/13

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

Katrin Karbstein, Ph.D., The Scripps Research Institute

Dissecting 40S Ribosome Assembly

John Woolford, Ph.D.

10/20

Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Utah

Planarians, Stem Cells, and Regeneration

SISS Committee

10/27

Steve Cresawn, Ph.D., James Madison University

Fostering Bacteriophage Genomics in the Classroom and Beyond

Jonathan Jarvik, Ph.D.

11/3

Jeff Schloss, Ph.D., Program Director for Technology Development Coordination, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), NIH

A Revolution in DNA Sequencing Technologies -- Challenges & Opportunities

Nathan Urban, Ph.D.

11/10

11/17

Mark von Zastrow, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco

Regulation of Signaling Receptors by Endocytosis

Manoj Puthenveedu, Ph.D.

11/24

No Seminar due to Thanksgiving Break

12/1

Ed Lein, Ph.D., Allen Brain Institute

Neuroanatomical Transcriptomics: Large Scale Gene Expression Mapping in the Developing Mammalian Brain

Alison Barth, Ph.D.

12/3 (11 a.m., 6115 Gates-Hillman Center)

Klaus Palme, Freiburg Inst. For Advanced Studies, University of Freiburg (Germany)

The Magic Role of Auxin and Beyond

The Lane Center for Computational Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, and Joint CMU-Pitt Ph.D. Program in Computational Biology Seminar