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Weekly Seminar Program

Our weekly seminar series features presentations by experts from across Johns Hopkins and other biomedical research institutions, and provides students with a view of current research in the topics across the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology and insight into experimental design and methods.

The weekly seminar series has ended for the 2020-2021 academic year and will resume in Fall 2021.

Looking for older seminars? Check out the Past Years Weekly Seminars page.  

2020 – 2021 Seminars

September 21, 2020
"Microbiota metabolites regulation of host immune responses at the mucosal surface"
Yingzi Cong, PhD
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Texas Medical Branch

September 28, 2020
"How chromosome structure and recombination ensure homolog segregation in mammalian meiosis"
Francesca Cole, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

October 5, 2020
"Chemical Control of Gene Expression and Cell Fate"
Aseem Ansari, PhD
R. J. Ulrich Endowed Chair
Department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

October 12, 2020
"Neutral circuit mechanisms and technologies for pain and social touch"
Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, PhD
Mitchell and Margo Blutt Presidential Assistant Professor
Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania

October 19, 2020
"RNA granules: a view from the RNA perspective"
Tatjana Trcek, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology, Johns Hopkins University

October 26, 2020
"K63 ubiquitin and translation control during oxidative stress"
Gustavo M. Silva, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology, Duke University

November 9, 2020
"Investigating the Role of Neutrophils in Bone Metastatic Prostate Cancer"
Leah M. Cook, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center

November 16, 2020
"Regulation of signaling and protein interactions by intrinsically disordered linkers"
Magnus Kjærgaard, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University

November 30, 2020
"New Sides for an Old Coin: Copper as an Intracellular Mediator of Kinase"
Donita Brady, PhD
Presidential Assistant Professor
Department of Cancer Biology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

December 7, 2020
"Modeling and visualizing RNA velocity of single cells in situ"
Jean Fan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering and Center for Computational Biology, Johns Hopkins University

December 14, 2020
"On the Battlefront: Host PARPs vs the Coronavirus Macrodomain"
Anthony Fehr, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Kansas

January 25, 2021
"Molecular basis for activation of receptor kinases"
Natalia Jura, PhD
Assistant Professor
Cardiovascular Research Institute and Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, University of California San Francisco

February 1, 2021
"Mechanisms of host-pathogen coevolution in bacterial CRISPR-Cas immune systems"
Dipali Sashital, PhD
Associate Professor
Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology, Iowa State University

February 8, 2021
"Immune responses to SARS-CoV-2"
Akiko Iwasaki, PhD
Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor, Department of Immunology, Yale School of Medicine
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

February 22, 2021
"Unravelling the poly(ADP-ribose) code: How the structural diversity of the post-translational modification poly(ADP-ribose) affects biochemical and biological processes"
Aswin Mangerich, PhD
Department of Biology, University of Konstanz, Germany

March 1, 2021
"Base Editing and Prime Editing: Genome Editing Without Double-Strand Breaks"
David R. Liu, PhD
Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard

March 8, 2021
"The Ubiquitin-like SUMO System: From Basic Mechanisms to Human Disorders"
Stefan Müller, PhD
Institute of Biochemistry II, Goethe University Frankfurt

March 22, 2021
"ADP-ribosylation signaling in regulation of DNA damage response"
Ivan Ahel, PhD
Professor, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford
Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow

March 29, 2021
"Single cell analysis of human melanocyte development informs melanoma cell of origin, disease progression, and therapeutic approaches"
Robert Judson-Torres, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Dermatology, University of Utah School of Medicine

April 5, 2021
"RNA Binding Proteins, Mitochondria and Neurodegeneration"
Jane Wu, MD, PhD
Charles Louis Mix Professor of Neurology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

April 12, 2021
"Chromatin Reader, Biomolecular Condensates, and Cancer"
Liling Wan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Cancer Biology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

April 19, 2021
"Deep Mutagenesis of a DNA Polymerase Clamp Loader System"
John Kuriyan, PhD
Departments of Chemistry and Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

May 3, 2021
"Regulatory drivers in cancer"
Esther Rheinbay, PhD
Assistant Professor
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Harvard Medical School