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. The seminars are open to the entire community.

2019-20 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 2, 2019

"Understanding protocadherin-related epilepsies: implications for brain development."

Alicia Guemez Gamboa, PhD
Host:  Jeanne Paz, PhD

October 9, 2019

"Using developmental pathways to stimulate organ regeneration."

Kristy Red-Horse, PhD
Host:  Todd Nystul, PhD
co-hosted by the UCSF DSCB Graduate Program

October 16, 2019

"Understanding acquired and genetic epilepsies through stem cell-based models."

Jenny Hsieh, PhD
UT San Antonio
Host:  Scott Baraban, PhD
Note alternate room:  N-217

October 23, 2019

"Can sleep fix a broken brain?"

Paul Shaw, PhD
Washington University St. Louis
Host:  Louis Ptacek, MD
This talk will be livestreamed, but not recorded.

October 30, 2019

"Telomeres and Cancer: Tumor Suppression and Genome Instability."

Titia de Lange, PhD
Rockefeller University
Host:  Joseph Costello, PhD
This talk will be livestreamed, but not recorded.

November 6, 2019

"Regulation of lung progenitors and their microenvironment."

Carla Kim, PhD
Host:  Tien Peng, MD
This talk will be livestreamed, but not recorded.

November 13, 2019

"Keeping order in the immune system and beyond."

Alexander Rudensky, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Host: Mark Anderson, MD, PhD

November 20, 2019

"Viral nucleases reveal surprising connections in the gene expression cascade."

Britt Glaunsinger, PhD
UC Berkeley
Host:  Jody Baron, MD, PhD

December 4, 2019

"The cell biology of Listeria monocytogenes pathogenesis: From bacterial genetics to cancer immunotherapy."

Dan Portnoy, PhD
UC Berkeley
Host:  Joanne Engel, MD, PhD
K. F. Meyer Memorial Lecture

January 15, 2020

"New insights from de novo models of human cancer."

Connie Eaves, PhD, FRS (C)
Terry Fox Lab, Univ. British Columbia
Host: Zena Werb, PhD

January 22, 2020

January 27, 2020

Chromatin as an oxygen sensor component of the cell

Sónia Rocha, PhD, FSRB
University of Liverpool
Host: Susan Fisher, PhD
Note: This seminar will be held on Monday

February 5, 2020

Finding a Niche – Microbial Colonization of Host Mucosal Barriers

Katharina Ribbeck, PhD
Host: John Fahy, MD
This seminar has been canceled.

February 12, 2020

"Stem cell quiescence: Regulation, dynamics, and chronological aging."

Tom Rando MD, PhD
Host: Andrew Brack, PhD

February 19, 2020

Molecular mechanisms of nutrient sensing and signaling by mTORC1

Roberto Zoncu, PhD
UC Berkeley
Host: Jayanta Debnath, MD
This talk will be livestreamed, but not recorded.

February 26, 2020

"From Membrane to Nucleus: the Molecular Logic of Notch Signal Transduction."

Stephen Blacklow MD, PhD
Host: Mark Anderson MD, PhD

This talk will be livestreamed, but not recorded.


March 4, 2020

"The significance of the placenta for healthy pregnancy outcomes - new insights and cell models"

Myriam Hemberger, PhD
Universtiy of Calgary
Host: Susan Fisher, PhD

March 11, 2020

"New approaches to understanding human alloimmunity and autoimmunity."

Megan Sykes, MD
Host: Audrey Parent, PhD
co-hosted by the UCSF Diabetes Center
This seminar has been canceled.

March 18, 2020

Seeing the Light for Retinal Gene Therapy: From Fantasy to Reality

Jean Bennett, MD, PhD
Trefethen Family Visiting Professorship
co-hosted by the UCSF Medical Scientist Training Program

This seminar has been canceled.

March 25, 2020

"Transposable element activation in neurodegenerative tauopathy."

Bess Frost, PhD
UT San Antonio
Host: Eric Huang, MD, PhD
This seminar has been canceled.

April 1, 2020

"The population genetics of complex genetic disease: a new look at some old models"

Jeremy Berg, PhD

Univ Chicago
Host: Jeff Wall, PhD

Seminar recording

April 8, 2020

Xin Sun, PhD
This seminar has been canceled.

April 15, 2020

"Systems approaches to mitochondrial biology and disease."

Vamsi Mootha, MD
Hosts: Diana Laird, PhD and Isha Jain, PhD
co-hosted by the UCSF BBC graduate programs
This seminar has been canceled.

April 29, 2020

Identification and Therapeutic Targeting of a Pro-metastatic Gene

Yibin Kang, PhD
Princeton University
Host: Hani Goodarzi, PhD
This seminar has been canceled.

May 6, 2020

"Cardiac amyloidosis: Then and now."

Ronglih Liao, PhD, FAHA
Host: Matt Springer, PhD
Seminar Recording

May 13, 2020

"Genomic analysis of enhancers in development and disease."

Bing Ren, PhD
Host: Yin Shen, PhD
Seminar Recording

May 20, 2020

"Myelin plasticity in health and disease."

Michelle Monje-Deisseroth, MD, PhD
Host: Susan Fisher, PhD
Seminar Recording

May 27, 2020

"Genetic basis for risk and resistance of heart attack."

Sekar Kathiresan, MD
CEO, Verve Therapeutics
Host: Jay Debnath, MD
Seminar recording