2014 Seminars

Jan 16: Harnessing Allostery in Pursuit of Selective Kinase Inhibition

Nick Levinson, Ph.D.,
Postdoctoral Fellow
Standford University, Department of Chemistry
10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Nils Hasselmo Hall 2-101


Feb 7: Histone Modifications and Genome Stability

Junhong Han, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor
Mayo Clinic Rochester 
9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Nils Hasselmo Hall 2-101


Feb 28: Hypercholesterolemic Zebrafish and Regulation of Angiogenesis by Cholesterol Efflux

Longhou Fang, Ph.D.
Assistant Project Scientist
University of California at San Diego 
10:15 - 11:15 a.m., Nils Hasselmo Hall 2-101


March 21: Developmental Trajectories of Dopaminergic Maturation and Behavior: Relevance to Mental Illness

Minae Niwa, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 
10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Jackson Hall 2-137


April 11: Molecular Insight into the Structure and Function of TRP Channels

Vera Moiseenkova-Bell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Departments of Pharmacology and Physiology & Biophysics
Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics
Case Western Reserve University
10:15 - 11:15 am, 2-101 Nils Hasselmo Hall


April 25: A Subset of Spinal Analgesic Synergy Requires Activation of Protein Kinase C-Epsilon

George Wilcox, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
10:15 - 11:15am, 2-101 Nils Hasselmo Hall


May 9: AAV-Mediated Gene Transfer of Human Arginine Decarboxylase to the Central Nervous System Reduces Neuropathic Pain and Morphine Analgesic Tolerance

Carolyn Fairbanks, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Departments of Neuroscience and Pharmacology
10:15 - 11:15am, 2-101 Nils Hasselmo Hall


May 23: Engineering Better Biomarkers

David Wood, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
10:00 - 11:00am, 2-101 Nils Hasselmo Hall


June 6: Relevance of Heteromeric Receptors as Targets for Opioid Ligands

Phil Portoghese, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry
10:00 - 11:00am, 2-101 Nils Hasselmo Hall


June 20: Protein Prenylation and Alzheimer's Disease

Ling Li, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Experimental & Clinical Pharmacology
10:00 - 11:00am, 2-101 Nils Hasselmo Hall


June 27: From Empirical Development to Rational Design of Vaccines against Chronic Noncommunicaable Diseases

Marco Pravetoni, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology
12:00 - 1:00pm, 2-101 Nils Hasselmo Hall


July 8: New Roles and Therapeutic Potential of Mitochondria in the Heart: Exploiting the Cell's Departments of Energy, Health and Defense

Ethan Anderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, & Cardiovascular Sciences
Director, Human Cardiovascular Tissue Bank
Brody School of Medicine
East Carolina Universty
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 2-101 Nils Hasselmo Hall


September 5: APOBEC-mediated mutagenesis of viral and cancer genomes

Reuben S. Harris, Ph.D.
Graduate Faculty Candidate
Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics
Associate Director, Institute of Molecular Virology
University of Minnesota
12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Moos Tower


October 10: Meeting the challenge of developing drugs for neglected tropical diseases

James H. McKerrow, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
UC San Diego
12:00 - 1:00 p.m., 2-530 Moos Tower


November 7: Innate Immune Actions of Vitamin A and Vitamin D Against Tuberculosis

Philip Liu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Medicine,
Division of Dermatology
UC Los Angelas
12:00 - 1:00 p.m., 2-530 Moos Tower


November 14: Comparative Approaches in Oncology: Using Naturally Occuring Cnacers in Dogs and Cats to Study Human Disease

Erin Dickerson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Veterinary Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota
12:00 - 1:00 p.m., 2-530 Moos Tower


December 5: Adenovirus-Based Gene Therapy for Cancer: From Basic Science to Clinical Application

Julia Davydova, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Division of Basic and Translational Research
Department of Surgery
Medical School
University of Minnesota
12:00 - 1:00 p.m., 2-470 PWB