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.

Supported in part by the Cancer Cell Map Initiative.

Day/Time: Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m.

The seminars will be held by one of the following:

Zoom only: Zoom streaming links will be sent out on weekly announcements to those on the BMS listservs. Please review our Zoom etiquette guidelines before joining the meeting. You will be able to ask questions of the presenters via Zoom. Please contact Demian Sainz if you are not already on one of our listservs.

In person: Speaker and audience at room N-225, Parnassus Campus.

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

2022-23 Seminar Schedule

September 28, 2022

"Single-cell Epigenomics: Gene regulation at unprecedented resolution"

Jason Daniel Buenrostro, PhD
Host:  Nadav Ahituv, PhD

October 5, 2022

"Molecular mechanisms of paralog-specific transcription factor function in vivo"

Richard Mann, PhD
Host:  Licia Selleri, MD, PhD
In person at Room N-225
***This seminar has been CANCELED***

October 12, 2022

"From Single Cell Genomics to Neural Circuits: Surprises from Mapping the Lung"

Xin Sun, PhD
Host:  Tien Peng, MD
In person at Room N-217

October 19, 2022

"What transcriptomics can tell us about immune cell states and susceptibility to autoimmune diseases"

Maria Gutierrez-Arcelus, PhD
Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Host:  Sara Suliman, PhD
In person at Room N-225

October 26, 2022


November 2, 2022

"Interpreting the evolution of SARS-CoV-2"

Jesse Bloom, PhD
Fred Hutchinson/ University of Washington/HHMI
Host:  Raul Andino, PhD
zoom only

November 9, 2022

"Using helminths to expose the role of pathogens in modulating host immune development"

Keke Fairfax, PhD
University of Utah
Host:  Ari Molofsky, MD, PhD
In person at Room N-225

November 16, 2022

Houra Merrikh, PhD Vanderbilt School of Medicine
has been postponed to Fall 2023 (date TBD)

November 30, 2022

Chenghua Gu, PhD Harvard
has been postponed to Fall 2023 (date TBD)

January 11, 2023

“Finding the most ‘essential’ essential genes in M. tuberculosis”

Jeremy Rock, PhD
Host:  Babak Javid, PhD
In person at Room N-225

January 18, 2023

Age against the machine: How the aging microenvironment governs tumor progression

Ashani T. Weeraratna, PhD
John Hopkins University
Host:  Rushika Perera, PhD
In person at Room N-225

January 25, 2023

“Brain organoids as avatars to understand human neurodevelopmental disease”

Paola Arlotta, PhD
Host:  Julie Sneddon, PhD
zoom only (this seminar will NOT be recorded)

February 1, 2023

Four Contemporary Clues from Genetic Epidemiology to Reframe Biomarker Discovery in Autism

John Constantino, MD
Host:  Elliott Sherr, MD, PhD
In person at Room N-225

co-hosted by the UCSF DSCB Graduate Program

February 8, 2023

Neural codes for 3D auditory localization in echolocating bats

Cynthia Moss, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
Host:  Nadav Ahituv, PhD
In person at Room N-225

February 15, 2023

"Developing a monkey model to drive streamlined translation and clinical impact for autism"

Karen Parker, PhD
Host:  Elliott Sherr, MD, PhD
In person at Room N-225

February 22, 2023

"Transcriptomics-based dissection of cell type interactions using cerebral organoids in Autism and Alzheimer’s Disease"

Elaine Lim, PhD
Host:  Lauren Weiss, PhD
In person at Room N-225

March 1, 2023

Debby Silver, PhD, Duke University
has been postponed to 2023-24 (date TBD)

March 8, 2023

Marcia Haigis, PhD Harvard
has been postponed to Fall 2023 (date TBD)

March 15, 2023

“What do reactive astrocytes (really) do?”

Shane Liddelow, PhD
New York University
Host:  Anna Molofsky, PhD
In person at Room N-225

April 5, 2023

"Signaling between synapse and nucleus during synaptic plasticity"

Kelsey Martin, MD, PhD
Host: Aimee Kao, MD, PhD

Trefethen Family 'Visiting' Professorship
co-hosted by the UCSF Medical Scientist Training Program

April 12, 2023

“The role of apoE and the innate and adaptive immune response in tau-mediated neurodegeneration”

David M. Holtzman, MD
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Host:  Yadong Huang, MD, PhD and Oscar Yip
zoom only

April 19, 2023


April 26, 2023

"Building cellular memories as a mechanism of therapy resistance in melanoma"

Arjun Raj, PhD
Penn University
Host:  Elphege Nora, PhD
In person at Room N-225 (this seminar will NOT be recorded)

May 3, 2023


May 10, 2023

Vibrio parahaemolyticus: Invasion, Proliferation and Escape

Kim Orth, PhD
UT Southwestern/HHMI
Host:  Joanne Engel, PhD
In person at Room N-225

May 17, 2023

Meng Wang, PhD Baylor College of Medicine/HHMI
has been posponed to 10/18/2023

May 24, 2023

“Effector-Triggered Immunity””

Russel E. Vance, PhD
UC Berkeley
Host:  Babak Javid, PhD
In person at Room N-225