BMS Seminar Series

The weekly Seminars in Biomedical Sciences attract renowned faculty from all over the world to present cutting-edge research related to human health and disease, and are open to the entire community.

2017-18 Seminar Schedule

Day/Time: Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m.
Location: N-225, Parnassus, except as noted

Some (but not all) presentations may be available via livestream and recorded video. Links to the live stream and recorded video will be available in the sidebar at the start of each quarter.


October 4, 2017

"Activity-based proteomics - protein and ligand discovery on a global scale."

Benjamin Cravatt, PhD
The Scripps Research Institute
Host: Jason Cyster, PhD

October 11, 2017

"Viral epitranscriptomics."

Bryan Cullen, PhD
Duke University
Host: Matija Peterlin, MD

October 18, 2017

"Deciphering the Biochemical Drivers of Phenotypic Change."

Daniel Jarosz, PhD
Assistant Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine
Host:  Robert Blelloch, MD, PhD

October 25, 2017

"Oncogenic Ras-dependent determinants of tumor fitness."

Daphna Bar-Sagi, PhD
NYU Langone Medical Center
Host: Rushika Perera, PhD

November 1, 2017

"Visualizing and Redesigning Genomes to Understand and Treat Cancer."

Clodagh O'Shea, PhD
Salk Institute of Biological Sciences
Host:  Eric Collisson, MD

November 8, 2017

"Unconventional steroid signaling: from reproductive tissues to the brain."

Polina Lishko, PhD
UC Berkeley
Host: Diana Laird, PhD

November 15, 2017

"Dissecting the genetic architecture of complex diseases through integrated analysis of genome wide association studies and genome annotations."

Hongyu Zhao, PhD
Yale University
Host: John S. Witte, PhD

November 29, 2017

"Stem Cells and Genomics for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine."

Joseph Wu, MD, PhD
Host: Deepak Srivastava, MD

January 10, 2018

"Clonal analysis of native hematopoiesis."

Fernando Camargo, PhD
Boston Children's Hospital
Host: Diana Laird, PhD

Note: Dr. Camargo's seminar will not be recorded or livestreamed.

January 17, 2018

"The Biology and Function of Exosomes in Cancer."

Raghu Kalluri, MD, PhD
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Host: Zena Werb, PhD

Note:  Dr. Kalluri's seminar will be livestreamed, but not recorded.

January 24, 2018

"Mechanisms of mitosis and size control in Xenopus."

Rebecca Heald, PhD
UC Berkeley
Host: Sophie Dumont, PhD

Note:  Dr. Heald's seminar will not be recorded or livestreamed.

January 31, 2018

"Microbiome-enabled detoxification in a novel mammalian system and potential applications to human health."

Denise Dearing, PhD
University of Utah
Host: Peter Turnbaugh, PhD

February 7, 2018

"An evolutionary perspective of the human mutation rate."

Priya Moorjani, PhD
UC Berkeley
Host:  Mark Seielstad, PhD

February 21, 2018

"Metabolic heterogeneity and liabilities in cancer."

Ralph Deberardinis, MD, PhD
UT Southwestern
Host: Diane Barber, PhD

February 28, 2018

"Phenomics as a Driver of Human Genomic Discovery."

Nancy Cox, PhD
Host:  Lauren Weiss, PhD

March 14, 2018

"Synaptic plasticity: the brain's response to experience."

Robert Malenka, MD, PhD
Host: Mark Anderson, MD, PhD
Trefethen Family Visiting Professorship

March 21, 2018

"Molecular and cellular mechanisms driving the growth of small cell lung cancer."

Julien Sage, PhD
Stanford University

March 28, 2018

"Immune regulation at barrier surfaces."

David Artis, PhD
Note:  Dr. Artis' seminar will not be recorded or livestreamed.

April 4, 2018

"Stochasticity and Cell Fate."

Richard Losick, PhD
Host: Joanne Engel, MD, PhD
Karl F. Meyer Memorial Lecture

April 11, 2018

Daniela Kaufer, PhD
UC Berkeley
Host: Jeanne Paz

April 18, 2018

Eric Verdin, MD
Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Host: Mark Ansel, PhD

April 25, 2018

"New Findings in the Genetics of Schizophrenia, PTSD, and Anorexia."

Laramie Duncan, PhD

May 2, 2018

"Genetics of Immunometabolism."

Richard Flavell, PhD, FRS
Host:  Shomyseh Sanjabi, PhD

May 9, 2018

"Dissecting the complexity of neurodevelopmental disorders."

Santhosh Girirajan, MBBS, PhD
Penn State
Host: Nadav Ahituv, PhD

May 16, 2018

Kathryn Moore, PhD
New York University
Host:  Ajay Chawla, MD, PhD

May 23, 2018

Sallie Permar, MD, PhD
Host: Trevor Burt, MD

May 30, 2018

Morgan Sheng, MD, PhD
Host: Yadong Huang, MD, PhD