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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 seminars are normally held Mondays at noon and are open to the Johns Hopkins community.

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

2023-2024 Seminars

Upcoming Seminars

February 26, 2024
Targeting glutamine in immune-suppressive Tumor Associated Macrophages (TAMs) to overcome tumor immunity in mCRPC
Jelani C. Zarif
Robert E. Meyerhoff Endowed Professor, Oncology Department, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

March 4, 2024
Plasma Membrane Lipids in Shaping Neural Crest Cell Behavior
Mike Piacentino
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

March 11, 2024
Using Yeasts and Flies to Explore SUMO Function in Fertility and Stress Tolerance
Oliver Kerscher
Associate Professor, Biology Department, The College of William & Mary

March 25, 2024
Tumor:Host Communication in Ovarian Cancer Metastasis
M. Sharon Stack
Ann F. Dunne and Elizabeth Riley Director, Harper Cancer Research Institute, Kleiderer-Pezold Professor of  Biochemistry, Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, University of Notre Dame

Past Seminars

September 11, 2023
Compartmentalized Mitochondrial NAD+
Lulu Cambronne
Assistant Professor, Molecular Biosciences Department, University of Texas at Austin

September 18, 2023
From Biological Conflicts to New Biochemistry
Aravind Iyer
Senior Investigator, National Center for Biotechnology Information, NIH

September 25, 2023
Epigenetic Dynamics of Aging and Cancer Development
Hariharan Easwaran
Associate Professor, Oncology Department, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

October 2, 2023
Nucleases in Proofreading Coronavirus Replication and Driving the Diversity of Host Adaptive Immunity
Chang Liu
Assistant Professor, Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry Department, John Hopkins University School of Medicine

October 9, 2023
Total Synthesis of Innate Immune Functions in Inert and Artificial Cells
Takanari Inoue
Professor, Cell Biology Department, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

October 16, 2023
Insights into Aging from RNA Biology
Myriam Gorospe
Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Genetics and Genomics, National Institute on Aging, NIH

October 23, 2023
Special seminar co-hosted with the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism, and Equity and the Student Assembly
"The Risk and the Resistance: Dismantling the Toxicity in the STEM Ecosystem”
Ebony McGee
Professor of Innovation and Inclusion in the STEM Ecosystem, Johns Hopkins University

October 30, 2023
Pan-African Ancestry Approach to Reduce Cancer Disparity
Clayton Yates
John R. Lewis Professor of Pathology, Pathology Department, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

November 6, 2023
Mechanistic Dissection of Treg Cell Contribution to Breast Cancer Progression
Paula Bos
Associate Professor and Cancer Biology Program Co-Leader, Pathology Department, Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center, Virginia Commonwealth School of Medicine

November 13, 2023
Characterizing tumor-host interactions in mucosal melanoma
Kasey Couts
Assistant Professor, Co-Director CU Center for Rare Melanoma, Assistant Director CU Skin Cancer Biorepository, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Colorado School of Medicine

November 27, 2023
RNA binding proteins, stress granules and ALS
Haining Zhu
Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology Department, University of Arizona

December 4, 2023
The Early Beginnings of Metastatic Prostate Cancer – Biomarkers to Metastasis-Directed Therapy
Phuoc Tran
Professor and Vice Chair, Radiation Oncology Department, University of Maryland

December 11, 2023
Targeting Protein Post-Translational Modification Pathways for Cancer Therapies
Wenyi Wei
Professor, Pathology Department, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

December 18, 2023
Targeted Therapy Approaches for Sarcomas Driven by Loss of NF1
Christine Pratilas
Associate Professor, Oncology Department, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

January 29, 2024
Strategies for Success in Writing & Communicating at Every Level: Manuscripts, Cover Letters, Emails, Tweets, and More
Ushma Neill
Vice President of Scientific Education, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Editor-at-Large, Journal of Clinical Investigation

February 5, 2024
s or Trans? Does it Matter? New Insights into Protein Kinase Auto-regulation
Thomas Leonard
Professor of Molecular Biology, Department of Structural & Computational Biology, Max Perutz Labs, Medical University of Vienna

February 12, 2024
"Tools and Tactics for Targeting RNA with Small Molecules
John (Jay) Schneekloth, Jr.
Senior Investigator, Chemical Biology Laboratory, Head, Chemical Genetics Section, National Cancer Institute, NIH

February 21, 2024
"Stromal and Immune Plasticity Shape the Metastatic Microenvironment
Neta Erez
Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicne, Head, Laboratory of Tumor Biology, Tel Aviv University