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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Weekly Seminar Program

Our weekly seminar series features presentations by experts from across Johns Hopkins and other biomedical research institutions, and provides students with a view of current research in the topics across the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology and insight into experimental design and methods.

The seminars will be presented online until further notice.

Upcoming 2020 – 2021 Seminars

January 25, 2021
"Molecular basis for activation of receptor kinases"
Natalia Ju, PhD
Assistant Professor
Cardiovascular Research Institute and Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, University of California San Francisco

February 1, 2021
"Mechanisms of host-pathogen coevolution in bacterial CRISPR-Cas immune systems"
Dipali Sashital, PhD
Associate Professor
Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology, Iowa State University

February 8, 2021
"Immune responses to SARS-CoV-2"
Akiko Iwasaki, PhD
Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor, Department of Immunology, Yale School of Medicine
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Past 2020 – 2021 Seminars

September 21, 2020
"Microbiota metabolites regulation of host immune responses at the mucosal surface"
Yingzi Cong, PhD
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Texas Medical Branch

September 28, 2020
"How chromosome structure and recombination ensure homolog segregation in mammalian meiosis"
Francesca Cole, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

October 5, 2020
"Chemical Control of Gene Expression and Cell Fate"
Aseem Ansari, PhD
R. J. Ulrich Endowed Chair
Department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

October 12, 2020
"Neutral circuit mechanisms and technologies for pain and social touch"
Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, PhD
Mitchell and Margo Blutt Presidential Assistant Professor
Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania

October 19, 2020
"RNA granules: a view from the RNA perspective"
Tatjana Trcek, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology, Johns Hopkins University

October 26, 2020
"K63 ubiquitin and translation control during oxidative stress"
Gustavo M. Silva, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology, Duke University

November 2, 2020 [Postponed - to be rescheduled]
"R-loops in autism spectrum disorders"
Kavitha Sarma, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Gene Expression and Regulation, The Wistar Institute

November 9, 2020
"Investigating the Role of Neutrophils in Bone Metastatic Prostate Cancer"
Leah M. Cook, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center

November 16, 2020
"Regulation of signaling and protein interactions by intrinsically disordered linkers"
Magnus Kjærgaard, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University

November 30, 2020
"New Sides for an Old Coin: Copper as an Intracellular Mediator of Kinase"
Donita Brady, PhD
Presidential Assistant Professor
Department of Cancer Biology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

December 7, 2020
"Modeling and visualizing RNA velocity of single cells in situ"
Jean Fan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering and Center for Computational Biology, Johns Hopkins University

December 14, 2020
"On the Battlefront: Host PARPs vs the Coronavirus Macrodomain"
Anthony Fehr, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Kansas

Previous years seminar series

2019 - 2020 Weekly Seminar Program

2018 - 2019 Weekly Seminar Program

2017 - 2018 Weekly Seminar Program

2016 - 2017 Weekly Seminar Program

2015 - 2016 Weekly Seminar Program

2014 - 2015 Weekly Seminar Program

2013 - 2014 Weekly Seminar Program