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Department Seminars

Thursday Series

The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology has joined the University Program in Cell and Molecular Biology and the Department of Cell Biology to create a seminar series we refer to as the "Thursday Series." These seminars are held each Thursday from 12:30-1:30pm in 147 Nanaline Duke Building.

2013 - 2014
Date Speaker Title
Aug 22 Kacy Gordon
University of Chicago

Host: Mohamed Noor
Evolution of gene regulation across space, time, and the phylum nematoda
Aug 29 Laimonis Laimins
Northwestern University
Host: Bryan Cullen
Regulation of the differentiation- dependent life cycsle of human Papillomaviruses by miRNAs and cohesins
Sep 5 Matthew Sachs
Texas A&M University
Host: Joseph Heitman
Stability of fungal mRNA is controlled by NMD EJC and CBP
Sep 12 Douglas Golenbock
UMass Memorial Medical Center
Host: Mari Shinohara
Synergistic actions of plasmodial DNA and malaria pigment hemozoin drive the innate immune response in malaria
Sep 19 Nick Davis
Host: Andy Alspaugh

Global analysis of protein palmitoylation in yeast and brain disease

Sep 26 Zev Bryant
Stanford University
Host: Dan Kiehart

Optogenetic tools for mechanobiology: Remote control of biological molecular motors using light-activated gearshifting

Oct 3 William Sullivan
Host: Donald Fox
Wollbachia, microtubules, and African river blindness
Oct 10 Dong Yan
Host: TBD
Wiring and rewiring: Synapse formation and axon regeneration in C. elegans
Oct 17 David Mangelsdorf
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Host: Donald McDonnell

Regulation of nutrient metabolism by FGF21

Oct 24 Lora Hooper
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Host: Raphael Valdivia
Environmental influences on intestinal immunity
Oct 31 Hiro Matsunami
Duke University Medical Center
Host: TBD
Neurogenetics of olfaction
Nov 7 Jeff Brodsky
University of Pittsburgh
Host: Nicole Calakos and Dennis Thiele
Protein conformational diseases and ER-associated degradation (ERAD): Lessons from model systems
Nov 14 Jonathan Howard
Host: Harold Erickson
Regulation of microtubule catastrophe by motors and MAPs
Nov 21 Chris Newgard
Duke University Medical Center
Host: Joseph Heitman
Metabolomics reveals cardiometabolic disease mechanisms
Dec 5 Philip Howe
University of South Carolina
Host: Gerard Blobe
Translational regulation of EMT/metastasis
Dec 12 Klaus Frueh
Oregon Health & Science University
Host: David Pickup
Viral control of T cell activation
Dec 19 Maurice Swanson
University of Florida
Host: Mariano Garcia-Blanco
RNA-mediated pathways to disease
Jan 9 Gary Bassell
Emory University
Host: Debra Silver
mRNA traffic, local translation and fragile x syndrome
Jan 16 Juan Bonifacino
NIH Intramural Research Program

Host: Michel Bagnat
Mechanisms of polarized sorting in neurons
Jan 23 Terence Dermody
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Host: Bryan Cullen

Invasion of the central nervous system by reovirus

Jan 30 Mark Zylka
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Host: Cagla Eroglu
Gene length matters in autism
Feb 6 James R. Sellars
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Host: TBD
Not all myosin 2 molecules are create equal
Feb 13

Rick Bushman
Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Host: Bryan Cullen

The human virome in health and disease
Feb 20 Rong Li
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Host: Terry Lechler

A numbers game: Rapid cellular evolution driven by chromosome instability and dosage imbalance

Feb 27 Patricia Clark
University of Notre Dame
Host: Terry Oas

Effects of synonymous codon selection on protein structure:
Lessons for protein design

Mar 6 Eyleen Lay Keow Goh
Duke/NUS Graduate Medical School
Host: Patrick Casey
Class 3 semaphorin signaling in adult neurogenesis and memory consolidation
Mar 13 Jeanne Stachowiak
University of Texas at Austin
Host: Daniel (Danny) Lew

Reverse engineering biological membranes – from the mechanics of endocytosis to new approaches in drug delivery

Mar 27 Tom Blanpied
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Host: Scott Soderling
Nanoscale organization of single synaptic sites
Apr 3 Rebecca Heald
University of California, Berkeley
Host: Donald Fox
Mechanisms of mitosis and intracellular scaling
Apr 10 Karen Zito
University of California, Davis
Host: Anne West

Sculpting the brain: Mechanisms of structural remodeling during synaptic plasticity

Apr 17 Harmit Malik
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Host: David Tobin

Genetic conflicts: The usual suspects and beyond

Apr 24 Denise Monack
Stanford University School of Medicine
Host: Jörn Coers

The Yin and Yang of persistent Salmonella infections

May 1 Katerina Darwin
New York University School of Medicine
Host: Dennis Thiele

Mycobacterium tuberculosis, proteasomes, copper and plant hormones

May 8 Neal Alto
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Host: Scott Soderling
Decoding molecular interaction networks at the host-pathogen interface
May 15

Nicole Calakos
Duke University School of MedicineHost: Cagla Eroglu

From synapse to behavior and back again: Insights to neural mechanisms and novel treatments for compulsive behaviors
May 22 Emily Derbyshire
Duke University
Host: Joe Heitman
Chemical genomics of malaria parasites
May 29 Jeff Dorfman
International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
Narrowly neutralizing anti-HIV–1 antibodies that recognize targets of broadly neutralizing antibodies: What can they tell us about epitope priorities for vaccine development?

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