2011 Seminars

Seminars are presented on Fridays at 12:00 pm in 2-101 NHH


Fall 2011

September 23: The Persistence Mechanism of Long-Term Memory Storage

Todd Sacktor, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, Departments of Physiology, Pharmacology, and Neurology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Hosted by: Dr. Jordan Holtzman (612.626.9822)

October 7: Functional Consequences of Kappa Opioid Receptor Ligand-Directed Signaling

Jay Mclaughlin, Ph.D.
Associate Member, Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies
Hosted by: Dr. Li-Na Wei (612.625.9402)

October 10: From the Structure and Function of the Ribosome to New Antibiotics

Thomas A. Steitz, Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Yale University
Hosted by: Dr. Horace Loh (612.626.4460) and Dr. Fang Li (612.625.6149)
Monday, 1:00 PM, Mayo Auditorium
2011 F.E. Shideman-Sterling Annual Lecture

October 21: Structure and Function of Insect Odorant Receptors

Charles W. Luetje, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
Miller School of Medicine
University of Miami
Hosted by: Dr. Ping-Yee Law (612.626.6497)
Co-sponsored by the Basic Research Center on the Molecular and Cell Biology of Drug Abuse (NIDA: DA011806)

October 28: No seminar scheduled

Student Poster Session in Atrium

November 11: Synaptic Development: Insight from Fly Neuromuscular Junction 

Chunlai Wu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Departments of Cell Biology and Anatomy and Neuroscience
Health Science Center School of Medicine
Louisiana State University
Hosted by: Dr. Brock Grill (612.626.8837)

November 18: Regulation of Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate single channel activity

David I. Yule, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pharmcology and Physiology
University of Rochester Medical Center
Hosted by: Dr. Jonathan Marchant (612.624.4664)

December 2: microRNA Biogenesis and Beyond 

Yan Zeng, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmcology, University of Minnesota 
Host: Dr. Fang Li (612.625.6149) 


Spring 2011

January 14: Novel Pathways for Regulating G-Protein-gated Potassium Channels in Response to Drugs of Abuse

Paul Slesinger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Salk Institute for Biological Studies 
Hosted by: Dr. Kevin Wickman (612.624.5966)
Co-sponsored by the Basic Research Center on the Molecular and Cell Biology of Drug Abuse (NIDA: DA011806)

January 28: Medicinal Chemistry Approaches to Solving Biological Problems

Robert Kerns, Ph.D.
Head, Division of Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry, 
College of Pharmacy
University of Iowa 
Hosted by: Dr. Hiroshi Hiasa (612.626.3101)

February 2: A Role for the L-type Ca2+ Current in Skeletal Muscle Function and Disease (Faculty Candidate Seminar)

Roger Bannister, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics
University of Colorado
Hosted by: Dr. Li-Na Wei (612.625.9402)
Wednesday, 12:10 
2-137 Jackson
No ITV

February 9: Molecular Mechanisms of Heart Failure (Faculty Candidate Seminar)

Il-Man Kim, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
Hosted by: Dr. Li-Na Wei (612.625.9402)
Wednesday, 12:15
2-137 Jackson
No ITV

February 11: Dysbindin and the Molecular Mechanisms Controlling Homeostatic Synaptic Plasticity (Faculty Candidate Seminar)

Dion Dickman, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow 
University of California, San Francisco
Hosted by: Dr. Stanley Thayer (612.626.7049)
No ITV 

February 16: Single-Cell Genetic Analysis of Synaptic Glutamate Receptors (Faculty Candidate Seminar)

Wei Lu, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
Univeristy of California, San Francisco
Hosted by: Dr. Timothy Walseth (612.625.2627)
Wednesday, 12:15
2-137 Jackson
No ITV 

February 23: Late Endocytic Transport: Impact on Autophagy-Lysosomal Regulation and Neurodegeneration (Faculty Candidate Seminar)

Qian Cai, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Fellow, Synaptic Function Section
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH
Hosted by: Dr. Gibson Wood (612.625.2742; 612.467.3303)
Wednesday, 12:15
2-137 Jackson
No ITV

February 25: The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Itch Sensation (Faculty Candidate Seminar)

Qin Liu, Ph.D.
Research Fellow, Department of Neuroscience
The John Hopkins University School of Medicine 
Hosted by: Dr. Kirill Martemyanov (612.625.5309)
No ITV

March 8: MAGE Protein Family: Protein Degradation, Genome Stability, and Cancer (Faculty Candidate Seminar)

P. Ryan Potts, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biochemistry
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Hosted by: Dr. Ping-Yee Law (612.626.6497)
Tuesday, 12:00
2-101 NHH
No ITV

March 9: Peptidyl-prolyl Cis-trans Isomerase Pin1 in Aging, Cancer and Alzheimer's Disease (Faculty Candidate Seminar)

Tae Ho Lee, Ph.D.
Instructor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Hosted by: Dr. Gibson Wood (612.625.2742; 612.467.3303)
Wednesday, 12:15
2-137 Jackson
No ITV

March 11: Multiple Mechanisms of Opioid Tolerance

William Dewey, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Virginia Commonwealth University
Hosted by: Dr. Horace Loh (612.626.4460)
Co-sponsored by the Basic Research Center on the Molecular and Cell Biology of Drug Abuse (NIDA: DA011806)

March 25: Iron Oxide Nanoparticles as MRI Contrast Agents to Monitor Immune Responses in Cardiac Transplant Rejection

Chien Ho, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, 
and Director, Pittsburgh NMR Center for Biomedical Research 
Carnegie Mellon University
Hosted by: Dr. Horach Loh (612.626.4460)
Co-sponsored by the Basic Research Center on the Molecular and Cell Biology of Drug Abuse (NIDA: DA011806)

April 1: Molecular Mechanisms Regulating the Functional Assembly of Presynaptic Active Zones

Craig C. Garner, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science 
Stanford School of Medicine
Hosted by: Dr. Brock Grill (612.626.8837)

April 15: Structure and Function of Vitamin K Epoxide Reductase: Connecting Oxidative Folding with Blood Coagulation

Weikai Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics 
Washington University in St. Louis
Hosted by: Dr. Fang Li (612.625.6149)

May 6: β-Apocarotenoids: β-Carotene Metabolites that Function as Retinoid Receptor Antagonists

Earl Harrison, Ph.D.
Dean's Distinguished Professor of Human Nutrition
Ohio State University
Hosted by: Dr. Li-Na Wei (612.625.9402)