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.

2018-19 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 3, 2018

"Chemical and genetic approaches to studying infertility and contraception."

Martin Matzuk, MD, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine
Host: Susan Fisher, PhD
This talk will not be livestreamed or recorded.

October 10, 2018

"Alternative Cell Death Pathways in Antiviral Host Defense."

Ed Mocarski, PhD
Emory University
Host: Lewis Lanier, PhD

October 17, 2018

"Learning from Viruses: CNS Immune Responses and Cognitive Dysfunction"

Robyn Klein, MD, PhD
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Host: Susanna Rosi, PhD

October 24, 2018

"Genomic mechanisms of glucocorticoid responses."

Tim Reddy, PhD
Nadav Ahituv, PhD

October 31, 2018

"Genome-wide interrogation of extracellular vesicle biology"

Suzanne Pfeffer, PhD
Host: Jay Debnath, MD

November 7, 2018

"Regulation of stem cell number in the intestine."

Benjamin Ohlstein, MD, PhD
Host: Todd Nystul, PhD
This talk will not be livestreamed or recorded.

November 14, 2018

"Gene-environment interactions in pediatric brain disease"

Joseph Gleeson, MD
Host: Su Guo, PhD

November 28, 2018

"Living in the cold – adaptions during hibernation."

Wei Li, PhD
Dengke Ma, PhD

January 9, 2019


Denise Montell, PhD
Host: Todd Nystul, PhD

January 23, 2019


Margaret T. "Minx" Fuller, PhD

January 30, 2019

"Subcellular Architecture Controls a Bacterial Cell Cycle."

Lucy Shapiro, PhD
Host: Joanne Engel, MD, PhD
K.F. Meyer Memorial Lecture

February 6, 2019

"Defects in mRNA translation and neurodegeneration"

Susan Ackerman, PhD
Host: Saul Villeda, PhD

February 13, 2019

"How does the immune system adapt to co-exist with a persistent pathogen?"

Elina Zuniga, PhD
Host: BMS Students

February 20, 2019

"Epigenetics of social behavior in ants."

Roberto Bonasio, PhD
Perelman School of Medicine, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Host: Saul Villeda, PhD

February 27, 2019


Bruce Spiegelman, PhD
Host: Shingo Kajimura, PhD
co-hosted by the UCSF Diabetes Center

March 6, 2019


Carol Wise, PhD
UT Southwestern
Host: Nadav Ahituv, PhD

March 13, 2019

"Genetic compensation and transcriptional adaptation."

Didier Stanier, PhD
Max Planck Inst.
Host: TBD

March 20, 2019


Christine Seidman, MD, PhD
Host:  Mark Anderson, MD, PhD
Trefethen Family Visiting Professorship
co-hosted by the UCSF Medical Scientist Training Program

March 27, 2019

"Regulation of lung progenitors and their microenvironment"

Carla Kim, PhD
Host: Tien Peng, MD

April 3, 2019

"Tackling the Tsunami of Drug-Resistant Malaria."

David Fidock, PhD
Host: Stephanie Gaw, MD, PhD

April 10, 2019


Elaine Fuchs, PhD
Host: TBD

April 17, 2019

"Prenatal inflammatory exposures and neonatal immune development."

Claire Chougnet, PhD, PharmD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Host:  Tippi MacKenzie, MD

April 24, 2019

"Sodium channels and epilepsy: mechanisms and interventions."

Miriam Meisler, PhD
University of Michigan Medical School
Host: Lauren Weiss, PhD

May 1, 2019

"New Insights from De Novo Models of Human Cancer."

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

May 8, 2019

"Epigenomic Signatures of Neuron Diversity and Connectivity in the Mammalian Brain"

Joseph Ecker, PhD
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Host: Joseph Costello, PhD

May 15, 2019

"Targeting Intestinal Stem Cells in cancer"

Frederic de Sauvage, PhD
Host: TBD
This talk will be livestreamed, but not recorded.

May 22, 2019

"New approaches to understanding human alloimmunity and autoimmunity"

Megan Sykes, MD
Host: Audrey Parent, PhD
co-hosted by UCSF Diabetes Center

May 29, 2019

"The placenta is a pivotal target organ for reproductive health."

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