Seminars

Every Monday, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Meetings now conducted via WebEx

***Unless otherwise noted below***

September 14, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Vasanthi Jayaraman, Ph.D
Affiliation: Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Center for Membrane Biology Houston, Texas
Presentation: “Glutamate Receptors-Conformation to Function”
Location: 3.001
Host: Dr. John Spudich

September 28, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Qingchun Tong, Ph.D
Affiliation: Professor, Center for Metabolic and Degenerative Disease, Cullen Chair in Molecular Medicine, McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas
Presentation: “A Shared Mechanism between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes”
Location: 3.001
Host: Dr. Wenbo Li

October 26, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Valeria Vasquez, Ph.D
Affiliation: Associate Professor, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee
Presentation: “Dietary Fatty Acids Fine-Tune Neuronal and non-Neuronal Cells Mechanical Response”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Vasanthi Jayaraman

November 2, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Ana Lucia Mora, Ph.D
Affiliation: Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Director of Education and Ageing Institute, University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Presentation: “Mitochondria Dysfunction at the Crossroad of Aging and Lung Fibrosis”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Harry Karmouty-Quintana

November 9, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Francois St-Pierre, Ph.D
Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Presentation: “SPOTlight: All-Optical Method to Isolate Single Cells with Unique Spatiotemporal Properties”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. John Spudich

November 16, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Paul Boutros, Ph.D
Affiliation: Director, Cancer Data Science at UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, California
Presentation: “The Origins of Cancer Aggressivity”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Leng Han

November 23, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Faleh Tamimi Marino
Affiliation: Associate Professor of Dentistry, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Dental Education, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
Presentation: “Chronobiology and Inflammation: Implications in Healing and Tissue Regeneration”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Harry Karmouty Quintana

November 30, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Javid J. Moslehi, MD, PhD
Affiliation: Associate Professor of Medicine, Director, Cardio-Oncology Program, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Presentation: “Cardio-Oncology: A New Platform for Investigation”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Leng Han

December 7, 2020
Speaker: Jiusheng Yan, Ph.D
Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Presentation: “NAADP-Evoked Calcium Signaling: the Search for a Receptor”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Vasanthi Jayaraman

January 11, 2021
Speaker: Francis T.F. Tsai, Ph.D
Affiliation: Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Presentation: “Determining the Structure of Molecular Chaperones and Stress Proteins Using Hybrid Methods”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Irina Serysheva

January 25, 2021
Speaker: Yang Gao, PhD
Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Biosciences, Rice University, Houston, TX
Presentation: “Molecular Basis of DNA Replication Revealed by Structures of Bacteriophage T7 Replisome”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Irina Serysheva

February 1, 2021
Speaker: Na Li, Ph.D
Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine and Cardiovascular Research, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Presentation: “Emerging Role of Inflammasome in Cardiac Arrhythmogenesis”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Elena Govorunova

February 8, 2021
Speaker: Michaela Jansen, Ph.D, PharmD
Affiliation: Associate Professor, Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Presentation: “Structure-Function Studies of the Intracellular Domain of Serotonin Type 3A Channels”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Vasanthi Jayaraman

March 1, 2021
Speaker: Ming Zhou, PhD
Affiliation: Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Presentation: “Mechanism of triglyceride synthesis and inhibition in human diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGAT1)”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Irina Serysheva

March 8, 2021
Speaker: Pingwei Li, PhD
Affiliation: Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Presentation: “Molecular mechanism of dsDNA sensing through the cGAS-STING pathway”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Irina Serysheva

March 29, 2021
Speaker: Roman Kondratov, PhD
Affiliation: Professor, Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
Presentation: “Circadian Mechanisms in Adaptation to Caloric Restriction”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Zheng “Jake” Chen

April 5, 2021
Speaker: Neal Waxham, PhD
Affiliation: Professor, McGovern Medical School, Neurobiology and Anatomy, Houston, Texas
Presentation: “Investigating Membrane Architecture at the Nanoscale Utilizing Cryo-EM”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Rodney Kellems

April 12, 2021
Speaker: Yohannes Ghebre, PhD, FAHA, ATSF
Affiliation: Associate Professor; Director of Radiation Biology Research and Education, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Presentation: “Repurposing Proton Pump Inhibitors for the Treatment of Lung Fibrosis”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Harry Karmouty-Quintana

April 19, 2021
Speaker: Po-Lin Chiu, PhD
Affiliation: Assistant Professor, School of Molecular Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Presentation: “Structural and functional analysis of disease-linked p97 ATPase mutant complexes”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Kuang Lei Tsai

April 26, 2021
Speaker: Olga Rafikova, MD, PhD
Affiliation: Assistant Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona
Presentation: “Energy crisis on a cellular level: mitochondrial dysfunction as a leading cause of pulmonary hypertension”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Harry Karmouty-Quintana

May 3, 2021
Speaker: Rodrigo Morales, PhD
Affiliation: Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Mitchell Center for Alzheimer’s Disease & Brain Disorders, McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas
Presentation: “Conformational Strain Diversity in Misfolded Amyloid Peptides and Potential Repercussions in Alzheimer’s Disease”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Harry Karmouty-Quintana

May 17, 2021
Speaker: Mingshan Xue, PhD
Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Presentation: “Molecular Engineering of Light-Gated Chloride Channels for Optogenetic Inhibition”
Location: WebEx
Host: Dr. Elena Govorunova