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Current Lecture Season

All lectures are viewable live at and then later archived there.

Additionally, the following lectures will be in person at Lipsett Amphitheater to a limited audience: May 4 (Namandjé Bumpus), May 11 (John Kuriyan), May 25 (Olufunmilayo Olopade), June 7 (Yishi Jin), June 8 (Yakeel Quiroz), June 15 (Gillian Griffiths), and June 29 (Ileana Cristea). Contact if you are interested in attending.

The Future of Non-invasive Functional Imaging in the Era of Big Data

June 1, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Damien Fair, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

The Fair laboratory focuses on mechanisms and principles that underlie the developing brain. The majority of this work uses functional MRI and resting state functional connectivity MRI to assess typical and atypical populations. Dr. Fair is the co-director of the new Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain.

Molecular Genetic Mechanisms in Neuronal Stress and Maintenance

June 7, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Yishi Jin, Ph.D., UCSD School of Medicine

(This will be a hybrid lecture, on Tuesday, in person at Lipsett Amphitheather and on NIH VideoCast.) The Jin lab research focuses on the molecular genetic mechanisms underlying the development and function of the nervous system using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. The transparency, defined anatomy, and rapid life cycle of this organism greatly facilitate our studies at the subcellular resolution. Moreover, the entre cell lineage and connectome are known, enabling functional understanding at deep levels.

Charting the Path for Alzheimer's Prevention with the Colombian Kindred with Autosomal Dominant Alzheimer's Disease

June 8, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Yakeel Quiroz, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

(This will be a hybrid lecture, previously advertised as being on June 22, now June 8 in person at Lipsett Amphitheather and on NIH VideoCast.) Dr. Quiroz is Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. She currently serves as Director of the MGH Familial Dementia Neuroimaging Lab, and Multicultural Alzheimer’s Prevention Program (MAPP).

Identifying Novel Genes That Impact T Cell Effector Function

June 15, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Gillian Griffiths, Ph.D., University of Cambridge

Cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) play a critical role in the immune system, recognizing and destroying virally infected cells and cancer targets with remarkable specificity. These cells are extraordinarily efficient serial killers that rapidly deliver their lethal hit using precisely polarized secretion of cytolytic proteins from modified lysosomes to destroy their targets. CTLs provide a fascinating system in which to understand the cell biology of secretion in a specialized cell type.

Dynamic Organelle Shape and Function During Herpesvirus Infection

June 29, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ileana Cristea, Ph.D., Princeton University

(This will be a hybrid lecture, in person at Lipsett Amphitheather and on NIH VideoCast.)  Ileana Cristea is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. Her laboratory focuses on characterizing mechanisms of cellular defense against viruses, as well as mechanisms used by viruses to manipulate these critical cellular processes. Towards these goals, she has promoted the integration of virology with proteomics and bioinformatics.


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