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Past Seminars 2021

Date Visitor Title of Seminar Host
02/04/2021 Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos, Professor of Genome Sciences and Medicine, University of Washington "Programming the Human Genome" Biochemistry Graduate Students
02/18/2021 Dr. Kun-Liang Guan, Distinguished Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Moores Cancer Center at UCSD "The Hippo pathway in cell growth, organ size control, and cancer" Biochemistry Graduate Students
02/25/2021 Dr. Cheryl Stucky, Professor; Director of Neuroscience Doctoral Program, Medical College of Wisconsin "Skin Matters: Keratinocytes Contribute to Touch, Thermal Sensation and Pain" Dr. Sheila Baker
03/25/2021 Dr. Sonja Schmid, Chair, Biophysics, Wageninegin University, Netherlands "Protein Dynamics Across Timescales" Dr. Maria Spies
04/08/2021 Dr. Xiaolan Zhao, Professor, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center "Regulating two branches the DNA damage response" Dr. Maria Spies
04/15/2021 Dr. Kyle Roux, Scientist, Stanford Research "Nuclear Rupture, repair and beyond" Dr. Lori Wallrath
04/22/2021 Dr. Seychelle Vos, Assistant Professor of Biology, MIT "Pause & Go: Structurally elucidating mammalian RNA polymerase II regulation" Dr. David Price
05/26/2021 Colleen Caldwell, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Student, Thesis Defense Seminar RPA DNA-binding domain dynamics: A target for homologous recombination regulation Mentor: Dr. Maria Spies
07/06/2021 Alicia Salvi, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Student, Thesis Defense Seminar "Mechanisms of Force Transmission" Mentor: Dr. Kris DeMali
7/07/2021 Diamond Jelani, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Graduate Student, Thesis Defense Seminar "Chemical regulation of two-component systems: a study of the regulation of Staphylococcus aureus two-component systems, SrrAB and ArlRS, through the effects of small molecules"

Mentor: Dr. Ernesto Fuentes


Robert McDonnell, Biochemistry Thesis Defense Seminar, University of Iowa  "Modeling RNAs: From Small Molecules to Bacterial Polysomes" Mentor: Dr. Adrian Elcock


Dr. Michael Trakselis, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Baylor University

"Dynamic Regulation of Replisome Progression"

Dr. Maria Spies and Dr. Todd Washington
09/21/2021 Dr. Alissa Armstrong, Assistant Professor, Department of BIological Sciences, University of South Carolina "Nutritional control of Drosophila oogenesis mediated by fat-to-ovary communication" Dr. Lori Wallrath and Dr. Tina Tootle
10/14/2021 Liyang Zhang, Intigrated DNA Technologies, Coralville, IA "Engineered genome editing enzymes with enhanced activities" Dr. Ernesto Fuentes
10/21/2021 Dr. John Cooper, Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, University of Washington "Regulation of Actin Capping Protein at Membranes" Drs. Kris DeMali and Dr. Pete Rubenstein


 Colton Lankford, Molecular Medicine Graduate Student, Thesis Defense at 1:00pm "Function and regulation of the photoreceptor hyperpolarization-gated channel HCN1" Mentor: Sheila Baker
11/04/2021 Dr. Claudio Punzo, Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School "Role of Photoreceptor metabolism in retinal diseases" Dr. Sheila Baker
11/11/2021 Dr. Wendy Gordon, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, University of Minnesota "Decoding mechanotransduction mechanisms of cell surface receptors" Dr. Kris DeMali
11/16/2021 Fletcher Bain, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Student, Thesis Defense Seminar "Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerase 1 G-quadruplex DNA Binding and AutoPARylation is Dependent on DNA Sequence and Secondary Structure" Mentor: Maria Spies
11/18/2021 Dr. Borden Lacy, Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology & Immunology, Vanderbilt University "Structures and functions of the Clostridioides difficile toxins" Dr. Ernesto Fuentes
11/19/2021 Kelli Davie, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Student, Thesis Defense Seminar "The Regulation of Endothelial Lipase and Lipoprotein Lipase by ANGPTL3 and ANGPTL8" Mentor: Brandon Davies