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Seminars & Events

The weekly colloquium is generally held on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. in K-207 Auditorium (2-6408). Unless otherwise noted, our departmental colloquia program is supported by the Alejandro Zaffaroni Endowment Fund and the John R. Murlin Fund. For outside guests, contact Dr. Houhui Xia. For graduate student colloquia, contact Dr. John Lueck.

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Research Seminar: TBA

Emma W. Grygotis - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Denise C. Hocking

 Dec 22, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Research Seminar: TBA

Joseph A. Bisson - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Ethan David Cohen

 Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Adaptations to Mitochondrial Stress via Inter-Organelle Communication

Cole Haynes, Ph.D. - Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

 Dec 08, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Literature Review: Effects of Buprenorphine on Behavioral Tests for Antidepressant and Anxiolytic Drugs in Mice

Louben Dorval - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Jean M. Bidlack

 Dec 01, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Literature Review: Optogenetic Acidification of Synaptic Vesicles and Lysosomes

Brandon J. Berry - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Andrew P. Wojtovich

 Dec 01, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Thesis Proposal: KRIT1-mediated Regulation of Oxidative Signaling

Nicholas Nobiletti - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Angela J. Glading

 Nov 17, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Literature Review: A redox signaling globin is essential for reproduction in C. elegans

Miriam E. Barnett - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Andrew P. Wojtovich

 Nov 10, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Literature Review: Induced pluripotent stem cells used to reveal drug actions in a long QT syndrome family with complex genetics

Amanda N. Amoh - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Coeli M. Lopes

 Nov 10, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Lost in Translation: Identification of Tau-Mediated Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration

Jose F. Abisambra, Ph.D., - Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging/Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

 Nov 03, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Host: Dr. Gail V. W. Johnson, x6-3740

Guest Speaker: Sensory Receptors and Animal Behavior

Craig Montell, Ph.D. - Duggan Professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology and Neuroscience, University of California, Santa Barbara, California

 Oct 27, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Murlin Lecture and Departmental Retreat: TRP Channels: Universal Mediators of Sensory Signaling and Behavior

Craig Montell, Ph.D., - Duggan Professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology and Neuroscience, University of California, Santa Barbara, California

 Oct 26, 2016 @ 3:30 p.m.

Literature Reviews: Mutant IP3 Receptors Attenuate Store-operated Ca2+ Entry by Destabilizing STIM-Orai Interactions in Drosophila Neurons

Lara E. Terry - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. David I. Yule

 Oct 20, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Literature Reviews: TGF-β Signaling Mediates Endothelial to Mesenchymal transition (EndMT) During Vein Graft Remodeling

Chongyang Zhang - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Chen Yan

 Oct 20, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Literature Reviews: TBA

Tyler W. McCullock - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Paul J. Kammermeier

 Oct 13, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Thesis Proposal: Identifying c-Cbl as a Critical Point of Intervention in Acquired Tamoxifen Resistant Breast Cancer

Xiaowen (Cindy) Wang - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Mark D. Noble

 Sep 30, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Thesis Proposal: Characterization of Novel Mechanisms Promoting Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) Progression

Manisha Taya - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen R. Hammes

 Sep 29, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Research Seminar: Ablation of Transglutaminase 2 in Astrocytes Improves In Vivo Injury Recovery

Alina Monteagudo-Caballero - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Gail V. W. Johnson

 Sep 22, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Thesis Proposal: KRIT1 Stabilizes Endothelial Cell Junctions Through Multiple Interacting Partners

Harsha Swamy - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Angela J. Glading

 Sep 20, 2016 @ 9:30 a.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Thesis Proposal: The Role of PDE10A in Pathological Cardiac Remodeling and Dysfunction

Si (Vivian) Chen - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Chen Yan

 Sep 16, 2016 @ 9:30 a.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Wallace O Fenn Lecture: Forever FGF21: From Physiology to Pharmacology

David Mangelsdorf, Ph.D. - Alfred G. Gilman Distinguished Chair in Pharmacology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas

 Sep 15, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | Adolph Auditorium (1-7619)

Thesis Defense: Regulation of Endothelial Behavior and Vascular Function by Krev Interaction Trapped Protein 1 (KRIT1)

Peter V. DiStefano - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Angela Glading

 Sep 13, 2016 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | 2-6408 (K-207)

Thesis Proposal: The Effect of EVI1 Expression on Hematopoietic Stem Cell Differentiation

Edward Ayoub - Graduate Student in the laboratories of Drs. Archibald S. Perkins and David I Yule

 Sep 08, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Faculty Candidate: The Homeodomain Protein VAX1 is Required for GnRH Neuron Maturation and Fertility

Hanne M. Hoffmann, Ph.D., - Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Reproductive Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California

 Aug 09, 2016 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | Adolph Auditorium (1-7619)

Faculty Candidate: Mechanisms of AMPA Receptor and Acid Sensing Ion Channel Gating

David M. MacLean, Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Center for Membrane Biology, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX

 Jul 25, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9576 (Case Method Room)

Faculty Candidate: Structural Insight into DHPR-RyR Signaling and Its Role in Calcium Homeostasis in Skeletal Muscle

Claudio F. Perez, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital/ Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

 Jul 12, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-7619 (Adolph Auditorium)

Research Seminar: Transforming Inositol 1, 4, 5 Trisphosphate Receptor Mediated Calcium Signals by the Activity of Intracellular Proteases

Liwei Wang - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. David I. Yule

 Jun 30, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Faculty Candidate: Mechano-chemical Regulation of Second-messenger Signaling During Cell Migration

Alan K. Howe, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Vermont College of Medicine & The University of Vermont Cancer Center, Burlington, VT

 Jun 28, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-7619 (Adolph Auditorium)

Rotation Seminar: Effect of antiretroviral therapy on lipodystrophy

Chongyang Zhang - Graduate Student

 Jun 23, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Rotation Seminar: Exploration of ORAI1 Gain of Function Mutations in Tubular Aggregate Myopathy

Breandan R. Quinn - Graduate Student

 Jun 23, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Rotation Seminar: The Effect of the G2498S Missense Mutation on IP3R2 Mediated Calcium Release

Lara E. Terry - Graduate Student

 Jun 23, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Rotation Seminar: A Potential Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor Positive Allosteric Modulator Binding Site: An In Silico Informed Hypothesis

Tyler W. McCullock - Rotation in the laboratory of Dr. Paul J. Kammermeier

 Jun 16, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Rotation Seminar: High and Low Affinity Binding Sites for Kappa Full and Partial Agonists and Antagonists on the Human Kappa Opioid Receptor: Differences Among Antagonists

Louben Dorval - Rotation in the laboratory of Dr. Jean M. Bidlack

 Jun 16, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Rotation Seminar: Complex II ROS Microdomain and Mitochondrial Function

Miriam E. Barnett - Rotation in the laboratory of Dr. Andrew P. Wojtovich

 Jun 09, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Rotation Seminar: The role of Stac3 Protein in Skeletal Muscle Excitation-contraction Coupling

Amanda N. Amoh - Rotation in the laboratory of Dr. Robert T. Dirksen

 Jun 09, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Research Seminar: The Role of KRIT1 Subcellular Localization in Cell Contact Stability

Harsha Swamy - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Angela J. Glading

 Jun 02, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Research Seminar: The Role of Phosphodiesterase 10A (PDE10A) in Pathological Cardiac Remodeling and Dysfunction

Si (Vivian) Chen - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Chen Yan

 Jun 02, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

PhD Thesis Defense: Ric-8A Depletion on a Suppressor of Oncogenic G-protein alpha Subunit Alleles Driven Cancer

Bharti R. Patel - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Gregory G. Tall

 May 27, 2016 @ 9:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | 1-7619 (Adolph Auditorium)

Research Seminar: Identifying c-Cbl as a Critical Point of Intervention in Acquired Tamoxifen-resistant Breast Cancer

Xiaowen (Cindy) Wang - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Mark D. Noble

 May 26, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Research Seminar: The Role of Estrogen Signaling in a Mouse Model for Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM)

Manisha Taya - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen R. Hammes

 May 26, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

PhD Thesis Defense: Activation of Adhesion G Protein-coupled Receptors by a Hidden Tethered Agonist

Hannah M. Stoveken - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Gregory G. Tall

 May 26, 2016 @ 9:30 a.m.

 Medical Center | 2-6408 (K-207)

Faculty Candidate: Characterizing and Treating Dysfunction and Neuropsychiatric Consequences Arising from Exposure to HIV-1 Tat Protein

Jay P. McLaughlin, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacodynamics, University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Gainesville, FL

 May 25, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-7619 (Adolph Auditorium)

Research Seminar: KRIT1-Mediated Regulation of Oxidative Signaling

Nicholas Nobiletti - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Angela J. Glading

 May 19, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Research Seminar: The Effect of EVI1 Expression on Hematopoietic Stem Cell Maturation

Edward Ayoub - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Archibald S. Perkins

 May 19, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Wallace O. Fenn Lecture: G Protein Signaling in the Retina and Beyond

Kirill A. Martemyanov, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, The Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL

 May 17, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

PhD Thesis Defense: Ca2+ Signaling in Pancreatic Stellate Cell Proliferation and Potential Therapeutic Target

Alexander F. Fricke - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. David I. Yule

 May 12, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-7619 (Adolph Auditorium)

Faculty Candidate: Regulation of Reversible Phosphorylation in Synaptic Plasticity and Memory Formation

Hugh (Houhui) Xia, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Neuroscience Center, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans, LA

 May 10, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-9576 (Ryan Case Method Room)

Research Seminar: Mice With Cardiac Expression of CUG-repeat mRNA Exhibit Both QTc and Ventricular Action Potential Duration Prolongations

Kevin M. Tylock - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Robert T. Dirksen

 May 05, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Guest Speaker: Metabolic Signaling in the Heart

Steven P. Jones, Ph.D., F.A.H.A. - Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY

 Apr 28, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Host: Dr. Paul S. Brookes

PhD Thesis Defense: Short- and Long-term Roles for Orai 1 in Skeletal Muscle Structure and Function

Ellie M. Carrell - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Robert T. Dirksen

 Apr 26, 2016 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 3-7619 (Upper Auditorium)

Research Seminar: The Role of Transglutaminase 2 in Proliferation and Migration

Alina Monteagudo-Caballero - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Gail V. W. Johnson

 Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Research Seminar: Regulation of Ric-8A by Phosphorylation

Makaia M. Papasergi-Scott - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Gregory G. Tall

 Mar 31, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

PhD Thesis Defense: Regulation, Function, and Mechanisms of Cyclic Nucleotide Phosphodiesterase 1C in Pathological Cardiac Remodeling and Dysfunction

Walter E. Knight - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Chen Yan

 Mar 29, 2016 @ 1:00 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-7619 (Adolph Auditorium)

Guest Speaker: Structural Insights into Stromal Interaction Molecule (STIM) Regulation of Orai Channels

Peter Stathopulos, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, The University of Western Ontario London, Ontario, Canada

 Mar 24, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Host: Dr. Trevor J. Shuttleworth

Faculty Speaker: The ACTH Receptor: A GPCR That Can’t Do A Thing Without Its Partner

Patricia M. HInkle, Ph.D. - Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology and Physiology, University of Rochester

 Mar 17, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

PhD Thesis Defense: Unique Regulatory Properties of Heterotetrameric Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate Receptors Revealed by Studying Concantenated Receptor Constructs

Rahul Chandrasekhar - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. David I. Yule

 Mar 10, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 1-7619 (Adolph Auditorium)

Research Seminar: Phospholipase Cε Regulation of Endothelial Rap1

Peter V. DiStefano - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Angela J. Glading

 Mar 03, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Research Seminar: Regulation of Cell Polarity and Adhesion by Counterbalanced Gαi-GTP and Gβγ Signaling

Jesi Lee Anne To - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Alan V. Smrcka

 Feb 18, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Research Seminar: Mitochondrial Calcium Uniport in C. elegans

Rachel L. Walker - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Keith W. Nehrke

 Feb 11, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Research Seminar: A Novel Myocardin-Related Transcription Factor Signaling Center at Cardiac Intercalated Discs

Michael A. Trembley - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Eric M. Small

 Feb 04, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

Research Seminar: Role of the Methyltransferase Prdm3 in Leukemia

Kelly A. McGlynn - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Archibald S. Perkins

 Jan 28, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m.

 Medical Center | 4-6912 (Anders Room)

PhD Thesis Defense: Structural and Functional Impact of Mitochondrial Ca2+ Signaling in Skeletal Muscle

Alina Ainbinder - Graduate Student in the laboratory of Dr. Robert T. Dirksen

 Jan 26, 2016 @ 11:00 a.m.

 Medical Center | 2-6408 (K-207)