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Department Seminars

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Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Seminar Series: “Tips and Tricks for Surviving and Thriving in your PhD”

Lucy Taylor, PhD - Junior Research Fellow, Christ Church College/ Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, England

 Nov 18, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Catherine Ovitt

DBB Seminar: “Novel Technologies for High Throughput Measurements of Translation”

Can Cenik, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, TX

 Nov 10, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Xin Li (co-sponsored by the Bioinformatics Cluster and the RNA Structure & Function Cluster)

DBB Seminar: "RNA Editing by Adenosine Deaminases that Act on RNA (ADARs)"

Peter A. Beal, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis, CA

 Nov 03, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Yi-Tao Yu (co-sponsored by the RNA Structure and Function Cluster)

DBB Seminar: “Security Checkpoint in Genome Defense: The Functions of Germ Granules in Small RNA-mediated Genome Surveillance”

Heng-Chi Lee, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 Oct 27, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Xin Li (co-sponsored by the RNA Structure and Function Cluster)

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Seminar Series: "Polymers to Policy; Perspective on a Winding Path"

Clayton Cox, PhD - Assistant Director for Federal Relations, Office of Government & Community Relations, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

 Oct 21, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Catherine Ovitt

DBB Seminar: “What is There to Eat Around Here? How Nutrient Availability Impacts Tumor Biology”

Alex Muir, PhD - Assistant Professor, Ben May Department for Cancer Biology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 Oct 20, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Joshua Munger and Dr. Isaac Harris

DBB Seminar: "RNA-based Mechanisms of DNA Virus Restriction"

John Karijolich, PhD - Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

 Oct 13, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Yi-Tao Yu (co-sponsored by the RNA Structure and Function Cluster)

DBB Seminar: "Weighted Ensemble Simulations of Long-Timescale Dynamics: From Chemical Reactions to SARS-CoV-2"

Lillian T. Chong, PhD - Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

 Sep 29, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Alan Grossfield (co-sponsored by the Bioinformatics Cluster)

DBB Seminar: "Visualize and Manipulate Single Allele and RNA in Live Cells"

Bin Wu, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

 Sep 22, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Xin Li (co-sponsored by the RNA Structure and Function Cluster)

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Seminar Series: "Transitioning from Academia to Industry"

Meemanage (DD) DeZoysa, PhD - Scientist, Molecular/Viral Vector Biology, Elevatebio, Waltham MA

 Sep 16, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat

“Dynamic multivalent interactions drive mammalian RNA regulation” & “Characterizing cellular RNA-protein interaction networks with chemical probes”

Sethu Pitchiaya, PhD & Chase Weidmann, PhD - University of Michigan, Center for RNA Biomedicine

 Jun 30, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Nils Walter, PhD, Co-Director, U-M Center for RNA Biomedicine

"Revealing new functions for ancient RNA modifying enzymes in health and disease" & "Mechanisms of posttranscriptional regulation during the maternal to zygotic transition"

Wendy V. Gilbert, PhD & Antonio Giraldez, PhD - Yale Center for RNA Science and Medicine

 Jun 16, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Jessie Mohsen, Yale Center for RNA Science and Medicine

“An evolutionarily conserved structure-to-function axis governs the functional mechanism of the regulatory lncRNA MEG3“ & “Mechanistic dissection of SPEN function during X chromosome inactivation”

Lena Anastasakou (PhD student, Marco Marcia Lab) & François Dossin (PhD student, Edith Heard Lab) - European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

 Jun 02, 2021 @ 9:00 a.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Marco Marcia, PhD (EMBL)

Biochemistry & Biophysics Ph.D. Thesis Defense Seminar: Use of Lab-Evolved Proteins to Guide Development of Inhibitors that Target HIV-1 TAR RNA

Sai Shashank Chavali - PhD Candidate

 May 26, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom

Host: Joseph Wedekind, Ph.D. – Advisor

Biochemistry & Biophysics Virtual Awards Ceremony

Dr. Jeff Hayes

 May 21, 2021 @ 1:30 p.m.

Zoom

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) *SPECIAL EVENT*: GWIS Mentoring-Up Resolution Presentations by UR Graduate Students

Taylor Uccello, Ashlin Poruthoor, Lily Cisco, Shraddha Shah

 May 20, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat and Dr. Catherine Ovitt

GWIS Mentoring-Up Resolution Challenge Presentations by UR Grad Students

Taylor Uccello (IMV, Gerber Lab), Ashlin Poruthoor (BSCB, Grossfield Lab), Lily Cisco (CMPP, Lueck Lab), Shraddha Sha (NGP, Briggs Lab)

 May 20, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Lynne Maquat, PhD

Nucleoside-modified mRNA Therapeutics

Drew Weismann, MD, PhD - Professor, Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

 May 19, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom

Host: T32 Training Graduate Student, Lily Cisco and Dr. Lynne Maquat (Co-sponsored by the NIH T32 Training Grant in Cellular, Biochemical and Molecular Sciences, Dr. Lynne Maquat, PI, and the RNA Structure

Biochemistry & Biophysics Ph.D. Thesis Defense Seminar: Capturing the influence of solvent and local structure in a fixed-charge force field for RNA

Viktoriya Anokhina - PhD Candidate

 May 11, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom

Host: Benjamin Miller, Ph.D.

Epidemiological Epididymosomal Epigenomics

Oliver Rando, MD, PhD - Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

 Apr 28, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom

Host: Dr. Xin Li (co-sponsored by the RNA Structure & Function Cluster)

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Seminar: “We plan, the gods laugh: Splicing, slicing, editing, and living”

Erik Sontheimer, PhD - Pillar Chair in Biomedical Research; Professor and Vice Chair, RNA Therapeutics Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

 Apr 15, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat

Graduate Student NIH T32 Retreat in Cellular, Biochemical and Molecular Sciences: Pro- and Anti-CRISPR

Erik Sontheimer, PhD - Pillar Chair in Biomedical Research; Professor and Vice Chair, RNA Therapeutics Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

 Apr 14, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

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Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat (Co-sponsored by Graduate Women in Science and the RNA Structure & Function Cluster)

MBI 501 Student Seminar: Regulation of effector function in CD8+ memory cells

Ashwin Kumar - BCH PhD Candidate

 Apr 08, 2021 @ 12:00 p.m.

Zoom Invitation

Host: David Topham, Ph.D.

Biochemistry & Biophysics Ph.D. Thesis Defense Seminar: Capturing the influence of solvent and local structure in a fixed-charge force field for RNA

- Chapin Cavender

 Mar 25, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom

Host: David Mathews, Ph.D. - Advisor

New Paradigms in Microtubule Biology: The Tubulin Code and Microtubule Repair

Antonina Roll-Mecak, PhD - Senior Investigator and Unit Chief, Cell Biology & Biophysics Unit, NIH, Bethesda, MD

 Mar 24, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom

Host: Dr. Clara Kielkopf

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Seminar: “Investing for your future”

Igor Yurovskiy - J.P. Morgan Private Client Advisor, Senior Vice President-Investments, Chase Private Client, Pittsford, NY

 Mar 18, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat

Integrator is a Key Regulator of the Cellular Stress Response

Eric Wagner, PhD - Professor and Vice-Chair of Education; Director of Graduate Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas

 Mar 17, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom

Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat

The Structural Biology & Biophysics Facility and Its Role in a Phase 3 Clinical Trial of a Recombinant Follicle Stimulating Hormone Biosimilar

Jermaine Jenkins, PhD - Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

 Mar 03, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom

Host: Dr. David Mathews

Biochemistry & Biophysics Ph.D. Thesis Defense Seminar: Identifying Molecular Determinants of the Structure of the Intrinsically Disordered H1.0 Carboxyl-Terminal Domain

Fanfan Hao - PhD Candidate

 Feb 18, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom

Host: Dr. Jeff Hayes

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Seminar: “Leading successful scientific research through mentoring”

Celia Schiffer, PhD - Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology; Gladys Smith Martin Chair in Oncology; Director, Institute of Drug Resistance, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

 Feb 11, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Clara Kielkopf and Dr. Joseph Wedekind

Combatting Drug Resistance: From Base-Editing to Machine Learning in Drug Design

Celia Schiffer, PhD - Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology; Gladys Smith Martin Chair in Oncology; Director, Institute of Drug Resistance, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

 Feb 10, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom

Host: Dr. Clara Kielkopf and Dr. Joseph Wedekind (co-sponsored by Graduate Women in Science, the Bioinformatics Cluster, and the RNA Structure & Function Cluster)

SPECIAL EVENT: RNA Presentations by UR Grad Students, Postdocs, and Technicians (Day 3)

Deb Maji (Kielkopf Lab), Elizabeth Abshire, PhD (Maquat Lab), Xavier Rambout, PhD (Maquat Lab) - University of Rochester, Center for RNA Biology

 Jan 27, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat and Dr. Dave Mathews

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Seminar: “Identity in academic research: carving your path”

Amanda Larracuente, PhD - Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

 Jan 21, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat

Biochemistry & Biophysics Ph.D. Thesis Defense Seminar: Roles of Cyclic Nucleotide Phosphodiesterases in Smooth Muscle Cells and the Pathogenesis of Vascular Restenosis

Lingfeng Luo - PhD Candidate

 Jan 14, 2021 @ 1:00 p.m.

Zoom

Host: Chen Yan, Ph.D., Xin Li, Ph.D. – co-Advisors

SPECIAL EVENT: RNA Presentations by UR Grad Students, Postdocs, and Technicians (Day 2)

Chen Bao (Ermolenko Lab), Sean Lindley (Anderson Lab), Arica VanderWal (O'Connell Lab) - University of Rochester, Center for RNA Biology

 Jan 13, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat and Dr. Dave Mathews

SPECIAL EVENT: RNA Presentations by UR Grad Students, Postdocs, and Technicians (Day 1)

Lily Cisco (Lueck Lab), Xueyang He (Boutz Lab), Shon Koren (Johnson Lab), Kamel Awayda (O'Connell Lab) - University of Rochester, Center for RNA Biology

 Jan 06, 2021 @ 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat and Dr. Dave Mathews