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.

2020-21 Seminar Schedule

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

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.


BMS Seminars will be conducted via Zoom meeting until further notice. Please review our Zoom etiquette guidelines before joining the meeting. You will be able to ask questions of the presenters via Zoom.

The Zoom link and meeting password will be sent out to those on the BMS listservs the day of every journal club. Please contact Demian Sainz if you are not already on one of our listservs.

September 30, 2020

The INO80 chromatin remodeling complex in pluripotent stem cells

Guang Hu, PhD
NIEHS - National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Host: Diana Laird, PhD

Seminar Recording_Hu

October 7, 2020

Stem Cell Interactions with the Niche - Following Clonal Dynamics with Cellular Barcoding

Leonard Zon, MD
Host: Julie Sneddon, PhD

Seminar Recording_Zon

October 14, 2020

3D organoid models for brain development and neurological disorders

Guo-Li Ming, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Host: Alex Pollen, PhD

Seminar Recording_Ming

October 21, 2020

Hijacking the host: how Mycobacterium tuberculosis subverts immunity

Jennifer Philips, MD, PhD
Washington University, St. Louis
Host: Anita Sil, MD, PhD

This seminar will not be recorded.

October 28, 2020

Mining the microbial miniproteome

Amy Bhatt, MD, PhD
Host: Sue Lynch, PhD


Seminar Recording_Bhatt

November 4, 2020

Molecular Mechanisms that affect Reproductive Outcomes

Sarah England, PhD
Washington University
Host: Mark Anderson, MD, PhD

Seminar Recording_England

November 18, 2020

Understanding the source of regenerative potential in animals

Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, PhD
Stowers Institute
Host: Guo Huang, PhD

Seminar Recording_Sánchez Alvarado

December 2, 2020

Molecular mechanisms of T cell exhaustion and role in human disease

John Wherry, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Host: Kole Roybal, PhD


Seminar Recording_Wherry

January 13, 2021

Quorum-Sensing Communication: From Viruses to Bacteria to Eukaryotes

Bonnie L. Bassler, PhD
Princeton University
Host: Carol Gross, PhD

Seminar Recording_Bassler

January 20, 2021

Why we need a good night’s sleep: insights from a small animal model

Amita Sehgal, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Host: Ying-Hui Fu, PhD

Seminar Recording_Sehgal

January 27, 2021

Host adaptations to microbial diversity

Ken Cadwell, PhD
NYU School of Medicine
Host: Joel Ernst, MD

Seminar Recording_Cadwell

February 3, 2021

Single cell genomics reveals novel correlates of immunologic control in tuberculosis

Sarah Fortune, MD
Host: Oren Rosenberg, MD, PhD
This seminar has been canceled.

February 10, 2021

The African killifish: a new model to study aging and ‘suspended life’

Anne Brunet, PhD
Host: Abby Buchwalter, PhD

Seminar Recording_Brunet

February 17, 2021

Epigenetic Drivers in Cancers with RB Loss

Claudia Benavente, PhD
UC Irvine
Host: Hilde Schjerven, PhD
This seminar will not be recorded.

February 24, 2021

Somatic mutation and genomic diversity in human brain in development, disease, and degeneration.

Christopher Walsh, MD, PhD
Host: Matt State, MD, PhD
Seminar at Special Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Seminar Recording_Walsh

March 3, 2021

The regulation of hematopoietic stem cells and their niche in health and disease

Lei Ding, PhD
Columbia University
Host: Guo Huang, PhD
Seminar at Special time: 12:00-1:00pm

Seminar Recording_Ding

March 10, 2021

Germline genetic regulation of cancer progression, metastasis and anti-tumor immunity in melanoma

Sohail Tavazoie, MD, PhD
The Rockefeller University
Host: Louis Ptacek, MD

Seminar Recording_Tavazoie

March 17, 2021

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

Jean Bennett, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Hosts: Mark Anderson MD, PhD and Aaron Tward MD, PhD

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

Seminar Recording_Bennett

March 24, 2021

Exploiting the microbiome to combat antibiotic-resistant infections

Eric Pamer, MD
University of Chicago
Host: Joel Ernst, MD

Seminar Recording_Pamer

April 7, 2021

A pathway to immune cell education that improves pregnancy outcomes

Francesco Colucci, PhD
University of Cambridge
Host: Adrian Erlebacher, MD, PhD
At Special Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Seminar Recording_Colucci

April 14, 2021

Mechanisms of gastrulation: from zebrafish to human

Lilianna Solnica-Krezel, PhD
Washington University - St. Louis
Host: Nadav Ahituv, PhD

Seminar Recording_Solnica-Krezel

April 21, 2021

Cell and mechanobiology of Asymmetric cell division

Clemens Cabernard, PhD
University of Washington
Host: Todd Nystul

Seminar Recording

April 28, 2021

Airways, Injuries, and Regeneration: New Cells and New Behaviors

Jayaraj Rajagopal, MD
Harvard University
Hosts: Julie Sneddon, PhD and Tien Peng, MD
At Special Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Seminar Recording_Rajagopal

May 5, 2021

Wnt Signaling and Cell Division Control

Roel Nusse, PhD
Stanford University
Host: Bruce Wang, MD

Seminar Recording_Nusse

May 12, 2021

Axolotls as a roadmap for vertebrate appendage regeneration

Jessica Whited, PhD
Host: Guo Huang, PhD

Seminar Recording_Whited

May 19, 2021

Transcriptional programming of CD8 T cell immunity to pathogens and tumors

Ananda Goldrath, PhD
Host: Benjamin Wheeler and Mark Anderson

Seminar Recording_Goldrath

May 26, 2021

Microbiota control of immunity

Yasmine Belkaid, PhD
Host: Mark Ansel, PhD

Seminar Recording_Belkaid